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Christmas Holiday Fun! 

Festive fun and frolics
 
Christmas Fun 2012
Christmas is an exciting time for the kids, but it can be hard to find something other than the latest games console to entertain them.
 
But fret not. For here at SwindonWeb, we've compiled the best in the west for entertainment this season - so take our advice for the kids (and big kids!), and fill your holidays with good old Christmas spirit...
 
In the Town Centre
 
Festival Of Light Parade
Thursday 06 December 2012
 
Working with schools from all over Swindon, this will be the first Festival of Light Parade.
 
The Parade is scheduled to start at Swindon Town Hall in Regent Circus at 6.00pm. The procession will lead down Regent Street, along Canal Walk into Wharf Green where the Salvation Army will be waiting to the lead the children in some favourite Christmas Carols.
 
Bring the children along to join in the singing!

Time: 6 - 7.30pm
 

Down on the farm
 
Roves Farm 
 
Roves Farm Swindon
Roves Farm
We all know baby Jesus was born in a manger, so how better to celebrate the Christmas period than getting up-close and personal with some of the farm animals present at his birth (not the actual ones, obviously)...  
 
There will also be a Elves' Workshop which is open all day for children's Christmas crafts. Why not make sparkling Christmas cards, lanterns and tree decorations to take home.
 
For more information visit the Roves Farm website via the link below. 
 
 
Step back in time
 
Christmas at STEAM
 
STEAM Museum Swindon
STEAM Museum
Following on from the huge success of last years event the 01 and 02 of December will see the whole Museum turned into a Christmas wonderland with all the traditional trimmings.
 
Over 40 market stalls will be placed around the Museum, selling luxury goods and traditional crafts from all over the region. Designer jewellery, pottery, paintings, games and toys, organic soaps, handmade chocolates and chutneys will be amongst the hundreds of goods on offer.

Time: 10.00am - 5.00pm
 
 
Victorian Christmas
Saturday 01 - Sunday 20 December
 
Lydiard Swindon
Lydiard Park
See Lydiard House decked out for a Victorian family Christmas with traditional trimmings on real Christmas trees and beautifully festive floral decorations in the State Rooms.

Throughout December, Lydiard will be hosting a whole range of Christmas activities including performances from Swindon Ladies Co-operative Choir and craft workshops, where you can learn how to make beautiful Christmas tree decorations and a star lantern.
 

A spot of sport!
 
Now this is something the whole family can enjoy - Archery!
 
They're open 7 days a week and will be open between December 27 and New Year for tuition and experienced days.
 
Test your accuracy and skill!
 
 
At the Outlet
 
Outlet Centre Swindon
Outlet Centre
Swindon's Designer Outlet will become a Christmas wonderland this year.
 
On Saturday 17 November their Christmas lights will be switched-on, and the fun continues to build from then on!

Meet Santa and his Reindeer!

Saturday 24 Nov & Saturday 01 Dec 2012

Join the Designer Outlet on 24 November and 01 December when Santa's Reindeer will be paying them a visit between 2 - 4 pm outside Gap. This will be a chance for the little ones to see them first hand before they head off to get ready for the big night. 

On 01 December the Outlet will have added festive cheer with Victorian themed carol singers rejoicing in the malls, from 11 am - 5 pm.
 
> Outlet Centre - website
 
Theatre Time
  
Aladdin
Wyvern Theatre
Saturday 08 December 2012 - Sunday 06 January 2013

For 2012 TV legend Keith Chegwin returns this Christmas, in another hilarious and spectacular pantomime at the Wyvern.
 
Christmas Fun 2012

Aladdin is a wish come true - packed with all the traditional Wyvern Theatre panto ingredients of side - splitting comedy, stunning sets, beautiful costumes and a fantastic cast.
 
 
All Aboard
 
Santa Specials
Swindon & Cricklade Railway
Various dates - Saturday 01 December - Sunday 23 December

Bring the children to ride on a train and meet Santa in his grotto.
 
Trains run approximately every 20 minutes.

Swindon & Cricklade Santa Specials

No pre-booking necessary
Free parking
Cafe and gift shop available
 
 
At the Zoo!
Cotswold Wildlife Park
Cotswold Wildlife Park
Take your cheeky monkeys somewhere they can really run wild!
 
Open all year round with fun activities to do and lots of animals see - just make sure you wrap up warm! 
 
Catch the animals at feeding time, jump around in the play area or take a train ride!

Santa's Grotto
15-24 December, 2012

This December Santa will be in his Grotto in Cotswold Wildlife Parks newly refurbished Gift Shop from 15 - 24 of December. 

Keep an eye out for our very own real Reindeer (on loan from Father Christmas of course) talking walks around the Park with their Keeper throughout December.
 
Opening Times: 11am-3pm.
 

Bowl 'em over!
 
Ten Pin Bowling
Ten Pin Bowling
Why not bowl a couple of games in the Ten Pin alley? It's a great bit of fun for all the family - and remember, a little bit of competition can be healthy!
 
Bowl them away this Christmas, with a fun-filled family game - available day and night!
 

At the movies!

Swindon cinema times
Popcorn, Pepsi and Pick 'n Mix. Surely a kid's dream! And with an abundance of Christmas films, it'll be hard to drag them away.

Maybe hold back on the ice cream though - unless they're feeling brave, brrrr!
 
 
Take in the Tropics!
 
Butterfly World Studley Grange
Butterfly World, Studley Grange
One thing's for certain Christmas is set be a cold one! So why not get a taste of the tropics at Butterfly World off the M4's Junction 16.

They've got hundreds of butterflies flying about plus loads more to see including outdoor animal paddock with ducks, geese, rabbits and goats.

The next door craft village is also a great place to explore and pick up a few presents.
 
 
Pop in and Paint
 
Pop in and paint, Studley Grange
Pop in and Paint, Studley Grange
This one is more for the adults, with master classes in plaster-casting.
So why not go down for an afternoon with friends, or even save on the last-minute Christmas shopping and give a more personal gift this year.
 
A chance to have fun while creating your very own work of art - or perhaps a personal Christmas gift?
 
 
And...for those still desperate!

If you manage to make your way round all of these, then check out the following links for even more things to do during the holiday.
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