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PJ Masks and medal winning gymnast set to light up Merthyr Tydfil this Christmas

The countdown to Christmas in Merthyr Tydfil starts on Saturday 17 November with a fabulous day of festive fun throughout the town, leading up to the main event in Penderyn Square when the town’s beautiful Christmas lights will be switched on from the balcony of Redhouse.


The festivities start mid-morning with thousands of people expected to visit Merthyr Tydfil through the day. Young fans of PJ Masks will be able to come and see their favourite heroes Catboy, Owlette and Gekko, who will be making personal appearances in front of High Street Baptist Church at intervals between 11am and 3.30pm, before lending a helping hand with the switch on of the Christmas lights as darkness falls.


Santa and his helpers will be ensconced in his festive grotto in St Tydfil Shopping Centre, ready to greet the children and find out what they want for Christmas, whilst other seasonal attractions include real reindeer, fairground rides, a pop-up Christmas Gift Market, walkabout characters, face painting and balloon modelling, the Capital FM Street Stars, an animal petting zone, dance and music performances by local groups, a mobile climbing wall and much more.


The big switch-on takes place in Penderyn Square in front of Redhouse at approximately 5.30pm. Starting at 5pm, the show will be hosted by Matt and Polly from Capital FM’s breakfast show. Tenovus Cancer Care’s Sing With Us choir will be providing the festive music, whilst Santa and our PJ Masks heroes will be joining the festivities too. As darkness falls, Merthyr Tydfil’s very own local hero, Latalia Bevan, fresh from her medal-winning performance at this year’s Commonwealth Games, will join us to press the plunger and light up the town.


The annual Christmas Lights switch on is jointly organised by Merthyr Tydfil County Borough Council and The Big Heart of Merthyr Tydfil Business Improvement District and marks the beginning of a busy festive shopping season in the town centre.


The Leader of Merthyr Tydfil County Borough Council, Councillor Kevin O’Neill said: “The atmosphere in town for the switch on of the Christmas lights is absolutely fabulous with so many families out and about enjoying the entertainment. It is one of our busiest days of the year in the town centre so please give yourselves lots of time to enjoy it all.”


He added, “We were very proud of the new Christmas lights in the town last year and have made some final improvements ready for this year. It should be a wonderful day so come along, dress warm and get into the Christmas spirit early.”


Carl Mason, Chair of The Big Heart of Merthyr Tydfil Business Improvement District, said: “We know how important the build up to Christmas is for our retailers and hospitality businesses so we urge you to come into town and give them your support. For many families, the switch on of the town’s festive lights marks the start of the Christmas festivities making it an ideal day to start your Christmas shopping as well as enjoy the live entertainment.”


For visitors to the town centre, parking will remain at £1 all day on Saturdays in the pay and display car parks so Christmas shoppers need not rush back to their cars but rather can enjoy the extensive range of shops, cafes, pubs and restaurants across the town centre.


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