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Ho Hum
it's that time of year again!

Love it or loathe it, you can't ignore Christmas, especially if you have children!

Special events at Christmas for children in Barry and the area include...


Holton Road Christmas Lights are due to be switched on at 4pm on Thursday 25th November.

A French Market will be running between Friday 17th December and Sunday 19th December 2004, with some 26 stalls, and produce from all over France.

And for the youngsters, a funfair will be operating on King Square every weekend until Christmas, and from 17th December, will be there for the week

Christmas Lights, Holton Road


Cowbridge Christmas Lights - On Friday, 26th November Cowbridge will be switching on their Christmas Lights with Derek 'The Weatherman" Brockway (and he should be able to arrange a break in the rain!).

The show starts at 6pm, there will be live music from PHIXX and local band DV8, a Carol Idol Competition, and the Cowbridge Choral Society. Bridge FM will be providing live radio coverage. The evening will be rounded off with a fireworks display.


High Street Christmas Lights

If you've been down to High Street recently you may have noticed that Santa's little helpers (and some not so small ones as well!) have been busy decorating the street with many wonderful new animated Christmas lights.

Alun Jones, chairman of High Street Traders Association Ltd. said -

"We've spent over £4,000 on new lights for this year and I can confidently say that this year we have a fantastic display. Following the huge success of our Summer Festival we've decided to hold a Street Christmas Fayre that will coincide with the switching on of our breathtaking lights.

On Saturday 27th November at 3pm we are closing the street ready to hold a Christmas Fayre the like of which has yet to be seen in this part of Wales. Ysgol Sant Baruc Cymraeg will start the event with a selection of Christmas carols, followed by an afternoon packed with entertainment for all the family. Barry Male Voice Choir will be in fine voice, a carnival atmosphere will be provided by the Vale of Glamorgan Steel Band, and we are privileged to have the Vale's own BRIDGE FM who will be hosting a Roadshow with live music to suit all tastes. There will be stall holders from various charities and plenty of children's entertainment including stilt walkers, fire eaters and even a fire engine for inquisitive little children! As always hot food and drinks will be on offer by many traders to keep out the winter chill.

The climax of the afternoons entertainment will be the GRAND SWITCH ON at 5.30pm performed by none other than Father Christmas and a few of his little helpers."

Also starting at the "Switch On" look out for shops participating in a Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs Competition to be run until 17th December.

The competition is open to all ages.

So for a fantastic afternoon of festive family fun make sure you are in High Street on Saturday 27th November.

Christmas Lights, High Street


Santa and his Reindeer will be visiting Cowbridge on Sunday 28th November. Shops will be open all day from about 10am, and Santa is due at 12 noon. After the parade, you can see Santa in his grotto. There will also be live music from the Carol Idol competition and local choirs!

There's normally a bucket collection for charity, so take your spare change!

Santa and his Reindeer in CowbridgeSanta's Reindeer in Cowbridge


Santa Specials will be run by The Barry Steam Railway Company in the weekends running up to Christmas.

The 2004 dates are -The Santa Special

December 4th and 5th,
December 11th and 12th,
December 18th and 19th, and
December 21st, 22nd and 23rd

Trains run on the hour between 10am and 3pm

Ticket prices are -

Adult £4
Child £5 (including a present)
Family (2 adults + 2 children) £15

Refreshments are available at the station.

Warm clothing is advised! And a camera!

Please ring 01446 748816 (10am - 4pm) for further details.


The Christmas Spirit

There are plenty of householders around the town who go crazy with the decorations - nowadays you need to have something attached to the top of the chimney to be special!

Christmas Lights, Whitewell RoadChristmas Lights, Southey Street

Some of these displays have collection boxes for charity - the Children's Hospital for Wales being a favourite. So again, when you take the kids to see the lights, take your loose change!


There are loads more (2003) christmas pictures
- many with camera shake - sorry! -
Click on the camera to see them...

Click here for more Christmas Images


Scout Christmas Post 2004

Let the Cardiff & Vale Scout Post deliver your cards in time for Christmas!

The price of stamps has been held at 14p and represents a considerable saving on the cost of posting Christmas cards to loved ones.

Last Post - Monday 6th December 2004

Stamps are on sale Now!

Click here for details of the delivery area covered and where to buy stamps!


And did you hear about the dyslexic devil-worshipper
who sold his soul to Santa?


Cardiff's Winter Wonderland will be running again this year from 25th November to 9th January in front of the City Hall, Cathays Park, with a funfair and ice skating, and other events including music, Santa and his reindeer, ice sculpture and street entertainment.

Click here for more details.


(I know it's far too early, but...)

Wishing you

Best wishes for Christmas, and

 a happy and prosperous new year!

From the www.barrywales.co.uk team


...and finally, there are always some things to brighten up the grown-up's day

- like the novelty spam...

...which makes a pleasant change from the Viagra advertisements!