Weekends are getting festive in Ammanford town centre throughout this month.
For the next three weekends there will be something for everyone.
Next Saturday (November 17) sees the Christmas lights switch-on in the town’s Quay Street.
Not only is Father Christmas coming to town but Ammanford is hoping to gather the largest ever gathering of Santa’s Elves.
The Switch-on event has been organised collaboratively by Carmarthenshire County Council, Ammanford Town Council and Gail Jones, liaison officer for Alun Griffiths (Contractors) Ltd, the main contractor for the regeneration works on Quay Street.
The decorative Christmas lights have been supplied and erected by Alun Griffiths as part of their commitment to the community.
Carmarthenshire Radio will control the stage events and is providing some of the entertainment.
Stage entertainment will be between 3pm-6.30pm with the Christmas Lights being switched on at 5pm. A local school pupil will switch on the lights on the nine trees newly planted in Quay Street and the Mayor of Ammanford Cllr Paula Treharne will switch on the main lights.
Father Christmas will be in the Pensioners Hall from 5.30pm. Ammanford Town Silver Band will perform on stage and there will be a circus skills workshop, fire eater/juggler performance.
The Big Yellow Play Bus, a double decker bus converted into a soft play area for children aged 3-9 years, will also be in town.
On Saturday November 24 there will be a Ready Steady Cook demonstration with Anthony from Stwnch. Two teams made up from the audience will test their culinary skills, as they try and recreate a dish demonstrated by Anthony. There will also be roaming street entertainment.
Then on Friday November 30 there will be an Arts and Crafts Market with local crafters forming an outdoor market on Quay Street. It will include glass art, bespoke silver and crystal jewellery, personalised wooden plaques, wood turning, toys and more – all perfect gifts for Christmas.
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The council’s executive board member for regeneration and leisure Cllr Meryl Gravell said: “There is an exciting range of festive events coming to Ammanford’s new-look Quay Street. I would urge people to go along and join in the fun.”