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Sunday return for Christmas Parade

SANTA Claus will be switching on Swansea's festive lights this weekend as he makes his way across the city in the Christmas Parade.

image depicting Santa in Swansea

The annual parade leaves the Dylan Thomas Centre at 5pm on Sunday (November 18) before making its way to Guildhall.

The route will take in Wind Street, College Street, Princess Way and St Helen's Road. Santa will turn on the lights as he passes.

It's just one of three events being organised by Swansea Council this weekend to kick-start the city's Christmas celebrations. Waterfront Winterland returns to Museum Park from Friday (November 16) and a Christmas launch party is being held in the city centre on Saturday (November 17).

Cllr Nick Bradley, Swansea Council's Cabinet Member for Regeneration, said: "Christmas is always a terrific time of the year in Swansea. Events like the annual parade and Waterfront Winterland have become hugely popular features of our annual celebrations that help people of all ages get in the spirit of things and count down till the big day.

"The sight of thousands of onlookers watching Santa turning on the Christmas lights is magical but these events have a positive impact on the local economy too. This is a crucial time of year for our city centre traders and it's important we do what we can to encourage shoppers into the city centre. This is why events and attractions of this nature are so important."

The seven-float procession this year will follow a toy land of yesteryear theme. They're being decorated by the Bonymaen Kids Play Initiative, Doodles, Montana Park Community Centre, Townhill Kick Boxing Club and Rural Youth Clubs.

The floats will be accompanied by marching bands, dance groups and festive street entertainers such as Samba Tawe and the Dixie Land Jazz Band.

The community groups will also be joined in the procession by St Phillips Community Centre on the Bay Rider land train, the Bumbles of Mumbles float and Swansea Council's Waterfront Winterland float.

The Christmas Parade is supported by Nation 80s.

Have a look at http://www.swanseachristmas.com for more details.


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