Step into Christmas
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Join us to celebrate as the city’s festive lights twinkle to life for another year. The celebrations include music, magic, merriment and lots of tempting in-store offers. It’s a great reason to start your Christmas shopping early!
The city centre will be bursting with a cornucopia of crazy characters. Festive favourites old and new fill the streets with fire, frolics and fun for all the family.
The evening also marks the opening of Cardiff’s Winter Wonderland on City Hall Lawn. The stunning, new-look Cardiff’s Flybe Winter Wonderland features the ever popular open air ice rink, new Alpine Village and spectacular 60 metre high Star Ride. Last session on the night will be 5.30-6.30pm. Book your tickets now to avoid disappointment by calling TicketlineUK on 029 20 230 130.
Step Into Christmas highlights include:
• Appearances at intervals by Yojojo & Lau Lau from Waybuloo
• Santa and his Reindeer Parade
• Christmas Markets - John Street, Hayes Island, Trinity Street, Working Street
• Santa’s Grotto – Queen Street
• Live open-air music from the Bandstand on St Mary Street
• Festive Street Theatre - various
• Cardiff Market, Cardiff Story and Cardiff Central Library all open till 8pm
• Late night shopping and in-store offers
• FREE parking at Cardiff East Park & Ride*
*ts & cs apply, see www.christmasincardiff.com for details
Amongst the dozens of other acts Yule be spoilt for choice as our free selection box of fantastic fire jugglers, amazing acrobats, and runaway reindeer invite you to ‘Step Into Christmas’ with them!
The playful Piplings, Yojojo & Lau Lau from Waybuloo travel from their happy land of Nara all the way to Cardiff to make appearances at intervals throughout the evening.
Santa and his Reindeer Parade from 4.30pm
How else would Santa arrive into the Capital of Wales but by his trusty Reindeer?
Leave from Central Library 4.30pm
Around St John Church
Finishing at their pen on St Mary Street near Guildhall Place.
Bjorn the Polar Bear
A realistic, beautifully animated life sized Polar Bear with his Inuit helper Ursula. Bjorn likes to be stroked and pose for pictures. He is so life-like it should carry the warning: not a real Polar Bear!
Put your hooves in the air for two of Santa’s naughtiest reindeer! These red nosed rogues have stolen Santa’s sleigh and are now loose on the streets of Cardiff, playing tunes and performing magic tricks.
Sister Ruth, a madcap nun, will cruise the city centre bringing her unique style of festive song and dance to the streets.
These spectacular birds never fail to astonish and amaze audiences, accompanied by the entertaining jungle explorer Major Apus.
This troupe of stunning acrobats from Tanzania will have you gasping with amazement at their powerful and graceful dance routines.
Bad jokes are assured if you pull this pair at Christmas.
They are quite literally …..crackers.
These merry urchins will light up any street corner with their cheery Christmas tunes.
FlameOz Fire Show
A multi award-winning company bring their stunning fire show to Cardiff. Featuring unique circus artistry and beautifully choreographed fire dancing.
These angels will wow audiences wherever they go with beautiful movement, illuminated costumes & absurd humour.
Two pointy eared snow elves leap on & off their huge white snow balls, juggling as they globe walk around the city!
Christmas really starts to rock when the Elvish Pressies rolls into town!
In between combing their quiffs and showing off their Elvish moves these two characters will find out what's on the Christmas wish list whilst offering advice on how to stay the right side of naughty.
A couple of cheerful colourful toys. Come join the Soldier’s Band and sing a merry tune with Dolly.
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Sizing up the Step Into Christmas crowd in Cardiff is a big job; so Santa has sent out his biggest helpers Horace and Boris to take notes. How do you measure up - Naughty or Nice? They'll be bouncing around deciding who deserves a visit from the boss man.
These regency footmen will attend to the foot needs of all the Christmas shoppers in Cardiff.
These charming Christmas Belles are a warm and festive image that will put a smile on every face. Their hand bells chime with yuletide cheer.
Nursie and the Pram
Full of festive cheer, Nursie and the Pram will lighten hearts with rosy cheeks and animated infants. Curious twin puppets Tweedle Dum and Tweedle Dee, the cheekiest of babies, miraculously come to life to intrigue and delight audiences with their amusing babble and chatter.
Betty Twinkle & her faithful Robin Red Breast
Betty Twinkle is an old Victorian fairy borne on the back of Robin, her reliant red breast. Heeding Santa's warnings of staff shortages this Christmas, Betty and Robin have left their country life to bring Christmas cheer to all throughout the land. Robin whistles classic Christmas songs whilst Betty works her magic with fairy dust, snow and chocolate gold coins for those who have been good.
The Occasional Brass Ensemble
Energetic Christmas tunes, intense swing rhythms, jazz and pop in a New Orleans Mardi Gras style from these local legends.
A bizarre and wonderful spectacle, watch as these creatures glide and glow in perfect harmony.