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There’s so much to see and do this Christmas in Swansea City Centre. Combine a visit to the magical Waterfront Winterland with a stocking full of shopping and festive fun for all the family!

SHOPPERS CHOICE Swansea City Centre has the best range and quality of shops for the discerning Christmas shopper in the region. Several big name brands such as Zara, Slaters and Animal are new for this festive season joining over 260 established shops offering a wide choice of high street names and independent and specialist stores.

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Explore the hustle and bustle of Oxford Street, the city’s main pedestrian boulevard, where you’ll find all the major players as well as something slightly different when the Oxford Street Christmas Market and French Market come into town.


With easy access to the adjacent multi-storey car park, the Quadrant Shopping Centre offers convenient indoor shopping and invites the whole family to enjoy the festive atmosphere. Browse Plymouth Street, Nelson Street, High Street, and the Arcades, including the new Castle Arcade (just off Castle Street) which combine to give Swansea City Centre a truly unique Christmas flavour. Continental delis, clothing and quirky gift and craft shops are among the superb variety on offer.

fresh meat, fish, fruit and vegetables; traditional Welsh cuisine, gifts, cards, flowers, clothes, confectionary and much more - all the ingredients for a perfect Christmas! Our market traders pride themselves on their personal service and expertise. For further details visit www.swanseaindoormarket.co.uk

Proud to be Wales ’ largest indoor Market, Swansea Market is the original supermarket located in the heart of the City Centre where you can enjoy more quality, value and choice. Home to over 100 stalls all under one roof, traders come together to offer a huge selection of

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OPENING TIMES Round the clock shopping, seven days a week will be available in Swansea City Centre from Sunday 15th November and the switch on of the Christmas lights. The main opening times will be as follows: Sundays:

11.00 - 17.00

Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays & Saturdays:

9.00 - 17.00

Wednesdays, Fridays & Christmas week (from Monday 21st Dec):

9.00 - 21.00

* Please note that the listings above reect the main opening times and do not include individual variances

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EATING OUT STAYING OUT Booking the office Christmas party? Looking for somewhere different to go? Swansea City Centre is a bustling leisure destination with a multitude of traditional and continental family friendly eateries, pavement cafes, pubs, clubs and entertainment venues. Whether it’s the traditional Christmas fair, something more exotic or a simple after light bite; Swansea has a reputation for its culinary delights with an exciting range of local and international dishes available at a wide range of restaurants and bistros. Christmas group bookings are welcome! Festive party-goers will discover that Swansea is one of the safest cities to enjoy a night out. And as the sun sets an exciting nightlife of authentic pubs, modern bars, live music venues, nationally renowned clubs and casinos come to life. Wind Street and The Kingsway are at the hub of Swansea’s vibrant night scene offering a wide range of fabulous venues to suit every age, taste and pocket.

PREEN & PAMPER Make sure you look your very best for the festive party season with our award winning hair and beauty salons offering top to toe treatments and relaxation to hone and tone the body beautiful. Looking good for that all important Christmas night out has never been so easy. Fashionistas have an abundance of choice. From high street fashion to exclusive designer threads the City Centre offers something to suit all. swansea christmas 09

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EVENTS & ATTRACTIONS Christmas Parade & Light Switch On 15 November From 12 noon a Christmas sleigh full of fabulous events and activities will be available through out the City Centre to mark the official start of the festive season. Later join us from 5pm to watch the procession of decorated floats parade through the City Centre and see our dazzling lights as they are switched on by Father Christmas. Oxford Street Christmas Market 27 November - 13 December The Christmas Market makes a welcome return! From Welsh fruit wines and liqueurs, jewellery,

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personalised wooden gifts, scenic photography and attractive garden ornaments you’re sure to find the perfect Christmas gift. Christmas Entertainment Daily from 27 November There will be lots of festive cheer with our exciting programme of daily music and children’s entertainment throughout the City Centre. Santa Jog 29 November – National Waterfront Museum Walk, jog or run dressed as Santa, the British Heart Foundation will once again host the fantastic Santa Jog. For further information visit www.bhf.org.uk/santajog


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For full listings and special in-store promotions go to www.swanseachristmas.com

Sleeping Beauty 16 December - 17 January 2010 Swansea Grand Theatre This season’s spectacular promises to be glitzy, glamorouss and more ‘Grand’ than ever with a star studded cast including ‘Emmerdale’ actress and ‘I’m Here’’ A Celebrity Get Me Out off Here’ favourite Malandra Burrows and Andrew Agnew, known to thousands of children and parents as the loveable PC Plum from ‘Balamory’. Our very own Kevin Johns will also be providing plenty of fun and fairy tale frolics. Other Swansea Grand Theatre attractions for the festive period include Mal Pope’s Cappuccino Girls, Swansea Ballet Russe The Nutcracker and A Family Christmas Concert. Visit www.swanseagrand.co.uk for further details.

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we’ve added an undercover spectator area. There’s tons of fun to be had at Waterfront Winterland – climb aboard the Admiral Giant Wheel and see the city from 44 metres up – it’s a panoramic view not to be missed! Favourites return with the traditional carousel and the Snow Storm ride, plus we’re adding a new ride - to be announced soon.

15 November – 3 January 2010 Starry skies, mince pies, ice skating and festive fun – you know Christmas is on its way when Waterfront Winterland opens its gates for another year. Join in the festivities from 15 November when the grounds of the National Waterfront Museum are transformed into the magical Christmas attraction. With real ice skating, the Admiral Giant Wheel, family funfair, festive food, Santa’s Grotto and live entertainment, Waterfront Winterland promises to once again thrill the crowds. The Admiral Rink is back and it’s got company! Brand new for 2009 is Rocky’s Rink - Wales’ only children’s ice rink and 8

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To say thanks for visiting, Waterfront Winterland is giving you the chance to win a fantastic Nintendo DSi in time for Christmas. Pick up a Christmas bauble postcard at the Christmas Parade on 15 November or at any Council venue in Swansea to enter. Closing date is 11 December. Terms and conditions at www.waterfrontwinterland.com Visit www.waterfrontwinterland.com to book online for ice skating and for the latest information about the event. Winner of the 2008 photography competition


OTHER ATTRACTIONS Discover the City Centre’s other best attractions, the Glyn Vivian, the city’s oldest art gallery, has a host of FREE activities, events and workshops planned just in time for Christmas. There’s also the Dylan Thomas Centre with its wonderful bookshop-café – a perfect place to find that unique Christmas gift!

The National Waterfront Museum plays host to a superb programme of festive themed activities including A Chrismassy Night at the Museum and Deck the Halls Christmas scrap heap challenge.

Don’t forget the Environment Centre, Swansea Museum, Plantasia and Branwyn Hall; all of which have plenty to offer over Christmas. There’ll be a Christmas Splash in the fabulous LC Waterpark for everyone to enjoy as well! swansea christmas 09

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SHOP ‘TIL YOU DROP £1,000 FREE PRIZE DRAW How would you like to win £1,000 worth of shopping to spend in Swansea City Centre? The festive season is an expensive time of year, so Swansea Business Improvement District is offering you the unique opportunity to come in and spend £1,000 on a shopping spree of your choice! To enter this exciting competition no purchase is necessary, simply fill out your details below, tear off the slip and drop it in at one of the following stores in Swansea City Centre, or complete the form on-line at www.swanseabid.co.uk • Cafe Ole, Lower Oxford Street • Cranes, St Davids • Debenhams, Quadrant

• Little Nation, Plymouth Street • Burgess World Travel, The Kingsway • Brian Brown, The Kingsway

Name Address

Phone No Email I would like to receive details about the City Centre and events in Swansea For further information please contact the BID Office on 01792 648284. The prize drawer will take place on Tuesday 1st of December 2009. Terms and conditions apply.

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GETTING HERE Bus & Coach Services As the bus station undergoes a radical facelift it’s business as usual for Swansea City Centre. All bus and coach services will be running from temporary bus stops and hopper services will also be operating a circular route. For the latest information on the new bus station, bus time-table and where to catch your bus visit www. swanseacitycentre.com/busstation.

Park Ride Over Christmas it’s so quick and easy to use Park Ride at Landore, Fforestfach and Fabian Way. It costs just £2.20 for all day parking and bus travel for up to 4 people and facilities will be open every Sunday from 15th November (until 20th December). Car Parking Shoppers will delight over the 8,580 car parking spaces and 25 car parks

either based within the City Centre or nearby. Council car parks are FREE every Sunday and for late night shopping and 2 hours FREE parking is also available at St David’s MultiStorey Car Park. Shopmobility Swansea’s Shopmobility Centre, based in St. David’s Shopping Centre, hire electric scooters or powered and manual wheelchairs. Contact 01792 461785 for further information.

FURTHER INFORMATION For the latest information on Christmas in Swansea visit www.swanseachristmas. com. Alternatively drop into the Tourist Information Centre on Plymouth Street or ring 01792 468321 / 01792 476370.

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Reproduced from the Ordnance Survey Digital Map with permission of the controller of H.M.S.O Crown Copyright City & County of Swansea Licence No 100023509

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Some images © Crown Copyright (2009) Visit Wales

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For details about Swansea bus station including the location of temporary bus stops and hopper services please visit www.swanseacitycentre.com/busstation I gael manylion am orsaf fysys Abertawe gan gynnwys lleoliad y safleoedd bws dros dro a gwasanaethau gwennol, ewch i www.canolyddinasabertawe.com

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