Come and meet Rudolph as Garwnant gears up for Christmas

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Rudolph the red nosed reindeer will be visiting Garwnant this weekend as the Forestry Commission Wales centre begins its countdown to Christmas.

Santa’s reindeer will take time out from his busy schedule to stop off at the visitor centre, just five miles outside Merthyr Tydfil, on Sunday, 27 November.

Children will be able to feed him during the day and there will also be fairground rides and children’s entertainers to get youngsters into the festive spirit, while mulled wine and roast chestnuts will be on sale in the courtyard for parents.

The festive fun day is just part of a Christmas extravaganza planned by Forestry Commission Wales to keep families entertained right up to the big day.

A Christmas arts and crafts fayre will be held at the woodland centre every weekend from this Saturday (26 November) right through to Sunday, 18 December from 12pm to 4pm (11am for Rudolph’s visit this Sunday).

Children will also be able to visit Santa, who will be handing out gifts at his woodland grotto, and caterers Just Perfect Catering will be offering seasonal specials in the restaurant/coffee shop.

Recreation Ranger Arnold Thomas said, “There will be something for all the family to enjoy at Garwnant as we count down the weekends to Christmas.

“The reindeer’s visit will set the scene for a colourful array of events and Santa will be taking up residence in the woods as the excitement builds towards the big day.”

For more details on meeting Rudolph, contact the café on 01685 373053. Tickets to meet Santa and receive a wrapped gift cost £5 per person, which includes parking.

The centre has a full events programme in place for the rest of the year. See for more details or call Garwnant Visitor Centre on 01685 722481.

Caption: Santa will be stopping off at Garwnant each weekend between November 26 and December 18.

Media enquiries: Forestry Commission Wales press officer Clive Davies on 0300 068 0061, mobile 07788 190922, email