The festive season is nearly upon us and the Council is ensuring it can be celebrated in style this year with funding for each of Rhondda Cynon Taf’s town centres.
The Council is providing £75k to fund Christmas events in Aberdare, Mountain Ash, Porth, Tonypandy, Treorchy, Ferndale and Llantrisant, with each town centre also receiving funding for a Christmas Tree and festive lighting.
The Council is also making a contribution to support Pontypridd town centre’s Christmas event, Christmas tree and lighting, which are organised by Pontypridd Town Council.
The Christmas event has already been held in Pontypridd. The festive fun around the County Borough continues:
Tonypandy - November 25 (11am-5pm)
Attractions include Santa; Festive Funfair; Face Painting and much more.
Santa will switch on the Christmas light 4.30pm.
Porth - December 1 (3pm to 7.30pm)
Attractions include Santa and his Reindeer; Snow Globe; Festive Funfair; Face Painting; Balloon Modelling and much more.
Mountain Ash - December 2 (11am-6pm)
Attractions include Santa’s Grotto; Festive Funfair; Face Painting and much more.
Llantrisant – December 6 (3pm-9pm)
Attractions include Santa, Festive Craft Stalls, Carols and much more, including the Lighting of the Christmas Tree at the Bull Ring at 7pm. This event is being organised by Llantrisant Community Council.
Aberdare - December 9 (10.30am to 4.30pm)
Attractions include Santa; Christmas Market; Reindeer; Snowboard Simulator; Farm Animals; Festive Funfair; Face Painting and much more.
Treorchy - December 9 (11am to 5pm)
Attractions include Santa’s Grotto; Festive Craft Market; Reindeer, Festive Funfair; Face Painting and much more. The Childrens’ Lantern and Reindeer Parade takes place at 4:30pm.
Ferndale - December 16 (11am to 4.30pm)
Time and details to be confirmed – announcement to follow.
Rhondda Cynon Taf Council Leader, Cllr Andrew Morgan, said: “Speaking with traders over the last year, I know how important the festive period is for our town centre traders, and this is why the Council is expanding the support for them by providing funding for Christmas trees and festive lighting and for a range of Christmas events across the county borough’s town centres.
“Last year, our Christmas events brought thousands of visitors into our town centres, providing a boost to the local economy and an opportunity for each of our town centres to showcase what they have to offer.
“This year we are going even further, with Christmas events planned in Llantrisant and Ferndale as well as Aberdare, Mountain Ash, Porth, Treorchy, Tonypandy and Pontypridd.
“On top of guest appearances from Santa, there will also be many attractions in our towns, along with the switching on of the Christmas lights.
“As a further incentive, shoppers will be able to park for FREE in Aberdare and Pontypridd town centres during December, with FREE parking all year round already in place in our other town centres.”
There will be a charge of £2 per child to visit Santa, which includes a gift at all the Council-run Christmas events. All monies raised at all Council-run events will go to the Rhondda Cynon Taf Mayor’s Appeal.
Free Christmas Parking will be available after 10am in Council-owned car parks in Aberdare and Pontypridd throughout December. Free parking is on offer in Council car parks in Mountain Ash, Tonypandy and Porth throughout the year.
Please note: Temporary road closures and diversions will be in place to allow these festive events to go ahead. For details on all of the above Christmas events, visit www.rctcbc.gov.uk/whatson or call the Council’s Events Team on 01443 424123. Also follow Whats On RCT on Facebook for all the latest events updates.
Posted on Wednesday 22nd November 2017