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12/07/2017

Review: Christmas Nights at St Fagans.


Last night we experienced the most magical Christmas event I think we've ever experienced! We were invited along to Christmas Nights at St Fagans, and wow did we have a treat in store; with Santa, carols, fire eaters and more, there's something for everyone at this fantastic museum.
We arrived quite late because of a traffic accident, so I would advise leaving early and allowing plenty of time for traffic so you can get there for 6pm and enjoy the full 3 hours of festive fun. We were greeted with a map, star stickers for the kids (and adults if that's your bag!), a candy cane and an offer of wristbands (if you choose) to pop on your children's wrists with your phone number in case they (or you!) get lost. Although we didn't take them up on the wristband offer, I think it's an excellent idea for a busy event such as this.

We checked our map before heading off and our first stop was taking part in Christmas crafts in the Weston Centre for Learning. George and Molly loved the craft activities, in particular the Reindeer Food and the Christmas Bag Making, but there was also the chance to make Christmas Cards and Tea Light Boxes too! The room felt super festive and there were lots of people on hand to offer help and just chat to us and the children; George had a great time sitting with a lovely man having a chat about Christmas whilst designing his Christmas Bag.





After we'd crafted for a bit we decided to head out to see Santa, but we were sidetracked by the lovely Pen-rhiw Chapel where we became part of the choir! We sang a lovely selection of Christmas carols and it was just so much fun, we didn't really want to leave! There was a fab vibe there and we chatted to other visitors and it just felt so incredibly festive...


After we'd exercised our vocal chords we headed to Santa, where we were super impressed with the lovely intimate Cilewent Farmhouse and the general soothing vibe as we sat beside the fireplace and George and Molly chatted to Santa. I didn't take any photographs here, it just felt too special a moment to start flashing away and I think it was more special because we were all in the moment and not worrying about pictures. George and Molly had a lovely time and Santa gave them a very lovely gift each before we left - I'm not telling you what it is though, you'll have to go to find out yourself!

We stumbled upon the Maker's Market at this point and George delighted in buying Molly a gingerbread man for £1, a Christmas gift (for me!) as well as making a soap decoration with Garlic Meadow for the tree for just £1! At the same time Molly was shown how to make jewellery with a lovely lady from Bezeal; she loved having a go with the hammer and watching how the intricate rings are made.

 

Next we headed over to the Cockpit for storytelling but we were a little early, so when George and Molly spotted some fire flying though the air we had to check it out! It turned out to be one of George and Molly's NoFitState Circus teachers, and he was doing all sorts of crazy tricks with fire; it was very impressive!



We had a bit of time to check out the fair and let George and Molly spend money they'd made at a recent car boot sale. They bought candyfloss, had a go at hook-a-duck, went on a ride and checked out the Hall of Mirrors (we could just hear giggling on repeat during this part of the night haha!). Then it was time for storytelling and we all enjoyed a bit of a sit down and a Christmas tale. 



At this point it was coming to an end, so we took a gentle stroll back to the main entrance to take part in more Christmas carols. It was so lovely all singing along to the songs and feeling super festive!

We had an amazing time last night and I think it's the kind of event that you never really forget; there's so much to see and do, and the atmosphere is so special. We left singing songs and smiling all the way home.

Thank you for having us St Fagans! Merry Christmas!


Tickets range from £8-£15 and the event is running from 6th-9th December 2017. Get your tickets whilst you can!


Disclosure: We received tickets in exchange for review. All opinions are 100% honest and my own.

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