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The Big Bridgend Christmas blog 2014!

Screen Shot 2013-11-20 at 11.14.12Get set for an action-packed, Rock 'N' Roll Christmas in Bridgend! There's a huge array of exciting events, markets, entertainments and festive traditions going on this year, so get well and truly into the Christmas spirit and experience the best that festive Bridgend has to offer!
Bridgend Christmas market (29th and 30th November 2014)
Bridgend's streets will be filled with traders and stalls for their Christmas Market on Friday and Saturday, offering plenty of festive treats and goodies. But the real fun begins on Saturday at 11am when Santa will ride into town in style alongside biker Elves and Rudolph, kicking off a rocking Christmas season in Bridgend! He will then head down to the opening of Santa's Grotto in Bridgend Indoor Market, and will pop back again on 7th and 14th December to make sure all the kids (and the adults!) are behaving themselves. The festivities will peak with the switching on of the Christmas Lights at 4:30pm, really marking the beginning of the Christmas period!
Porthcawl Grand Pavillion's 12 Days of Christmas (2nd December 2014)
Don't miss out on the extra special 12 Days of Christmas at Porthcawl's Grand Pavillion on Monday 2nd December; traditional carols, choirs, dance, readings and enactments and the evening will conclude with a rousing rendition of 'The Twelve days of Christmas' - audience participation a must!

Even Elvis has been getting into the Christmas spirit...

Even Elvis has been getting into the Christmas spirit...

Porthcawl Christmas Tree Festival (3rd to 8th December 2014)
As December gets going, All Saints Church will be the setting for the Porthcawl Christmas Tree Festival from 3rd-8th December and there will be carol and choral services all week culminating in the Cancer Research Annual Candle Service on 8th December, so come along for a sing-along, fill yourself with festive cheer and really embrace the spirit of Christmas by raising money for a good cause.
DSC_0035Santa Express street train and Christmas Fayre (7th to 14th December 2014)
On Saturday 7th December, families will be able to ride the Santa Express street train around Bridgend Town Centre to take in the Christmas lights and decorations, visit the annual Christmas Fayre in Maesteg Town Hall. The Maesteg Market Square Ice Rink will open until 14th so you can have a festive day out and get in some of that all important christmas shopping.
Snow White at the Grand Pavillion (11th December to 5th January 2014)
Panto season is in full swing (oh yes it is!) and The Grand Pavillion will present Snow White, opening Wednesday 11th December until Sunday 5th January - and there will be a special video appearance from CBeebies superstar, Justin Fletcher!
209The famous Bridgend Elfsteddfod! (14th December 2014)
Now let's not forget Bridgend's famous annual Elf-steddfod, taking place on Saturday 14th December! There will be activities and entertainment from 12pm to 3pm including a 'snowball on the spoon' competition, igloo building, music from 'Rockin Dave' and a chance to make your own reindeer food, with the Elfsteddfod count in Adare Street at 2pm.
This weekend also sees traditional yuletide cheer at Bryngarw House and Country Park as they host a Victorian Christmas event featuring a christmas market, victorian fair-ground rides, story-telling, street theatre and Santa's Bryngarw Grotto - with a special appearance from Reindeer who will fly in on Sunday afternoon.
Adran and Aelwyd Yr Urdd Porthcawl Carol Service (18th December 2014)
Embrace tradition with the Adran and Aelwyd Yr Urdd Porthcawl Carol Service, at Tabernacle Chapel on Wednesday 18th December, and take a break from the stress and chaos of the pre-Christmas preparations!
The big Christmas Morning Swim!
And finally, as Christmas arrives, don't miss out on an exhilarating tradition - the Annual Christmas Morning Swim! Meet at the Hi Tide Inn from 10:30am with the swim commencing at 11:45 - work up a healthy appetite for the Christmas dinner cooking away at home!

Maesteg Tapas Festival

Maesteg Tapas Festival, originally uploaded by BridgendBites.

Maesteg Tapas Festival Friday 11th - Sunday 13th May, 2012 Maesteg Town Hall and Talbot Street

Lloyd Daniels

Lloyd Daniels, originally uploaded by Tourism Bridgend.
The X Factor's Lloyd Daniels will be appearing at Maesteg Town Hall on Friday 11th February, 2011, 7pm

Mari Llwyd

Mari Llwyd, originally uploaded by Tourism Bridgend.
The Christmas festival which takes place in Llangynwyd called 'Mari Lwyd' has now passed from truth into the realms of legend and folklore and no one can remember when the custom started. It's name was once thought to be connected to the Biblical story of ‘Holy Mary’ as originally the event was a religious festival. The event also includes a large group of men and boys who carry flaming wooden torches, touring the streets of the village and knocking on the doors of houses requesting entrance and hospitality. This would involve a lot of comedy and singing.

The Three Valleys (part 1!)

Nantymoel, originally uploaded by fatdeeman.

I've worked in Bridgend for the best part of two years now and one of the best surprises for me was the Three Valleys that sit north of the M4 and which I had never visited before (I tell a lie, I once went to the Old Parish in Maesteg to watch a game of rugby when I was 14!).  These valleys are certainly off the beaten track, yet just a stone's throw from the M4 so really easy to get to. What makes them special is that they are relatively unknown, full of character, humour and very Welsh in their own way.  Scenically they are both dramatic and gentle in parts, and also great for walking without the being too extreme (‘walking for softies’ if you like!).  The Ogmore Valley or Ogmore Vale was the first place I visited in Bridgend, and loved it.  The drive up to the top through Nantymoel taking you into the Rhondda Valley via what is known locally as 'the Bwlch' is spectacularly memorable for all the right reasons.  There’s a great little farm shop up there just before the climb starts to the top of the mountain, a nice place to replenish with a cake or two!   So, if you are staying locally in South Wales,  the 3 Valleys is a must really, and this drive in particular I highly recommend.  You could combine the journey with a visit over the top of the mountain to the Grogg Shop in Pontypridd for instance.... see our previous post!