Countdown to Christmas with Pontypridd Town Council
Written by Gavin on 6th December 2021
Join in the festive fun in Pontypridd town centre this Christmas with a host of events and activities organised by Pontypridd Town Council.
Pontypridd will be merry and bright this Yuletide, with further investment made by the Town Council into the town’s Christmas lights. Adding to the new lights unveiled in the town centre in 2020, this year additional areas will be included in the festive glow with the Christmas lights now extending to Taff Street, Market Reserve and Church Street.
A special visitor will be in town in the run-up to Christmas. Pontypridd Museum will be home to Santa’s Grotto on November 27th and December 4th, 11th and 18th from 11am – 3pm.
Come and meet Santa, who’ll be giving out selection boxes and sweets as early Christmas presents. Thanks to a very generous anonymous donation to the Town Council of £200, children will be able to visit Santa’s Grotto for free! Contributions to the Mayor’s charities Appeal are still gratefully received.
On Saturday, December 18th join the Meadow Street Community Garden gang in Treforest for some outdoor Christmas cheer. There will be crafts to make and take home, hot drinks and cake, walks in the woodland to find fairy doors all accompanied by Cathay’s Brass Band playing Christmas carols. All money raised will support the garden and volunteer activities.
Family Christmas trails are back again this year. In the weeks before Christmas, a Victorian themed trail will run through the town centre, with prizes for completed trails. And why not blow away the cobwebs between Christmas and New Year by following the 12 Doors of Christmas Trail on Pontypridd Common.
Town Centre Trail
Step back in time to discover Victorian Pontypridd. Follow the clues around town to find objects from Pontypridd Museum representing businesses from 1895. The objects will be on display in shops throughout the town centre. Participants can collect their trail sheets from Sugar and Spice Toy Shop in Pontypridd market, with awards given for completed trails.
Pontypridd Museum Curator, Morwenna Lewis says the idea for this year’s trail came from an old article in the Pontypridd Chronicle and Workman’s News, dated December 23rd 1892, where a columnist known as ‘Man About Town’ visited businesses in Pontypridd and wrote about the Christmas wares on offer in the shop windows.
The trail will be available Monday – Saturday from 11th – 23rd December.
Pontypridd Common Trail
Go on a journey of elf discovery between Christmas and New Year to be in with a chance of winning a £40 Amazon voucher.
Help Santa find one of his elves, who is hiding on Pontypridd Common. To take part in the trail scan the QR code opposite the war memorial and start searching. There are elf doors dotted around Pontypridd Common and each will have a letter on it that will spell the name of the missing elf.
The trail will be available from December 26th until January 4th.
There are lots of opportunities to get creative this Christmas too.
Schools in the Town Council area have all received a Christmas tree and have been invited to take part in a competition to decorate the Christmas tree of the future. In a continuation of the Town Council’s focus on tackling climate change, schools will decorate their tree using recycled and sustainable materials. Pontypridd Town Mayor, Carl Thomas will judge each entry and the winners will be announced on Monday December 13th.
Pontypridd residents can join in the creative Christmas cheer by sharing pictures or videos of their own Christmas trees or Christmassy window decorations on social media. Don’t forget to tag Pontypridd Town Council when posting.
The winners of the annual Christmas card competition in partnership with Kip McGrath Pontypridd will be announced on Monday December 13th.
All entries will either be displayed in the Pontypridd Museum or laminated and hung on the Christmas tree in Pontypridd Town Centre and the winners in each age group will receive a prize of £25 and have their card framed. In the run up to Christmas, the three winners will also see their Christmassy creations on the big screen on the EE building in Pontypridd Town Centre.