RCT has Christmas Wrapped Up!

Get ready to celebrate the festive season in style in Rhondda Cynon Taf!

FREE family events FREE parking and loads to see, do and enjoy are on offer this Christmas.

With just five weeks to go until Christmas Day, we are showcasing all there is to offer this Christmas in our lovely county borough, which is home to a great range of town centres and shopping destinations.

Whether you want to relax and have a break from the shopping or the working day or fancy a night out with friends or family, it’s on the menu in Rhondda Cynon Taf!

Boasting award-winning independent boutiques, nationally-acclaimed craft and gift shops and a mix of high street names and local businesses run by generations of families, you can pick up a bargain, choose a locally-made gift, avoid the city centre rush and congestion and take advantage of free parking in all Council run town centre car parks throughout December.

What better way to enjoy our town centres and find out what is on offer than at one of the FREE family events which begin this Saturday in Tonypandy


Join us in Dunraven Street and the Lower Car park from 10am to 5pm on Saturday, November 21 for a festive spectacular organised in partnership with the Tonypandy Chamber of Trade and Mid Rhondda Communities First. Attractions include Santa’s Grotto (10am until 12.30pm and 1.30pm until 4.30pm), Christmas lights switch-on at 5pm, Giant Snow Globe, Petting Farm and Reindeer display, street entertainers, festive funfair and Christmas market.


Christmas event takes place on Saturday, November 28 (10am until 7pm) in conjunction with Porth Cluster Communities First and part-funded by Welsh Government. Attractions include a Christmas Ice Rink, Festive Funfair, Petting Farm, Santa’s Grotto, Christmas Market, Seasonal Foods and much more. Pre-booking ice rink tickets is essential. Call 01443 497176. 

Mountain Ash:

Christmas event takes place on Saturday, December 5 (10am until 3pm), in association with the Lower Cynon Cluster Communities First. Attractions include a Festive Funfair, Reindeer Parade at noon, Santa’s Grotto at Mountain Ash Day Centre, Christmas Market, Giant Snow Globe and street entertainment.


Christmas event, in conjunction with Upper Rhondda Faw Cluster Communites First, also takes place on Saturday, December 5 (10am until 4pm) at the Treorchy Boys & Girls Club. Attractions include a Christmas Market, Festive Funfair and Children’s Christmas Parade at 3pm.


Christmas event takes place on Saturday, December 12 (10am until 4pm) in conjunction with Aberdare Business and Tourism Association and part-funded by Welsh Government. Attractions include Santa’s Grotto, Petting Farm and Reindeer display, Giant Snow Globe, street entertainment, a Christmas Market and Festive Funfair, along with festive face painting and a display from Falconry UK. 

Don’t forget you can enjoy the events and town centres with FREE parking in all council run car parks after 10am every day in December.

If you fancy a festive experience with a difference, don’t forget to pay Rhondda Heritage Park a visit. It has a Santa’s Toy Mine where you can meet the man himself and enjoy an underground visit, a lovely gift shopped packed with locally-made wares and decorations plus a festive menu in the Level One Cafe and Gallery.

Cllr Maureen Webber, Rhondda Cynon Taf Council’s Cabinet Member for Council Business said: “This Christmas we want to showcase and celebrate our town centres to not only boost the local economy, but also highlight to residents the fantastic offer that is right here in their local towns and high streets.

“There are some real hidden treasures in our town centres, offering great value for money and, of course, by supporting local businesses, you are supporting local employment and industry.

“Our popular Christmas events return bringing people into our Town Centres with Christmas Markets, Reindeer Parades, Festive Funfairs and, of course Santa’s Grotto.

 “All this is supported with our offer of free car parking in all council town centre car parks throughout the month to make it even easier for residents and visitors to experience Christmas in RCT this year. We are also looking forward to working with all local businesses to help them promote and share their festive offers.”

If you are a local business with a festive offer, sensational seasonal shop window or display or Christmas event  you want to share with residents, please tweet to @RCTCouncil or share via Rhondda Cynon Taf Council on Facebook.

Alternatively, email the Christmas in RCT team.

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