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Real Alice inspires town's big switch-on; GETTING IN THE MOOD: Christmas lights, panto time and special markets.

Byline: DARREN DEVINE

LLANDUDNO'S Christmas lights - which feature Alice in Wonderland characters - were switched on last Friday.

The lights refer to the town's connection with Alice Liddell, the Victorian girl who inspired the book. On December 8 Santa will lead a parade through the town, beginning at the railway station at about 4.15pm and passing along Mostyn Street to end at the town hall.

Bob the Builder switched on Wrexham's Christmas lights on November 15.

Rhyl has invested in further new Christmas lights following the success of its trial batch last year. They are due to be switched on in the first week of December.

Gareth Nickels, of Rhyl Town Council, said, "Last year we brought some new lights in and they were well received. We're adding more of those lights every year, if we can.

"We've had enquiries from councils all round the place trying to find out where we got our lights from."

Bala will light up its Christmas display on December 6, although the Christmas trees are likely to precede the overhead lights by about a week. Entertainments on the switch-on night will include music from the Oakeley Band.

The town council has organised a competition for the best-dressed festive window. The winning shopkeeper will receive pounds 50 to be passed to a charity of their choice.

The Christmas pantomime season begins at the North Wales Theatre, in Llandudno, on December 13, when Su Pollard and Paul Dannan (formerly Sol from Hollyoaks) star in Dick Whittington.

The show runs until January 6 and performances begin at 10.30am, 2.15pm and 7.15pm.

On December 22 Wind in the Willows begins at Theatr Colwyn, in Colwyn Bay and will run until January 5.

On November 30 Llangollen Christmas Lights are being switched on and there will be late night shopping until 7pm. A Victorian festival with a street entertainer will be held in Llangollen on December 1. In the afternoon there will be a bazaar at Llangollen Town Hall and late night shopping until 7pm.

The Vale of Llangollen Canal Boat Trust concert takes place at Llangollen Town Hall on December 23 at 7.45pm.

On December 8 the RSPCA's Christmas Fair will take place at Llangollen Town Hall at 10am.

The Daily Post Christmas Carol Concert in Llangollen International Pavilion will be held on December 17.

On January 4, 5, 11 and 12th a panto will be held at Llangollen Town Hall with Saturday matinees.

Denbigh will light up on the same day with Jessica Stevenson, star of The Royle Family. Also there's a children's film being shown at the Town Hall.

On December 14 there will be late night shopping with entertainment in Denbigh. There will also be late night shopping in Denbigh on December 21.

A Christmas craft fair will be held in the Old Post Office, High Street, Rhuddlan, on December 1.

There will be a Christmas bingo session at Llys y Nant residential home, Prestatyn, at 1.30pm on December 5, and everyone is welcome.

A Christmas raffle draw is being held at Llys y Nant residential home, Prestatyn, on December 17.

There will be excellent prizes, refreshments and entertainment for all.

Ysgol Dewi Sant, Rhyl, will play host to a Christmas Fair on December 6 at 6.30pm. For more information contact Linda Tadgell on 01745 351276.

A Christmas concert is being held at Ysgol Dewi Sant, Rhyl, on December 12 and 13 at 6.30pm.

Phone 01745 351355 for more details.

"A Dickens of a Christmas" is being held with a story time session for the under-5s in Denbigh Library between 10.30am and 11am on December 7. Between 2pm and 7pm on the same day Denbigh People's Market will be open to all trying to stock up on presents. Also there will be a Victorian Novel Reading and discussion session in Denbigh Library between 2.30pm and 4pm, plus late night shopping and Father Christmas.

Join Denbighshire County Council's countryside officer to make beautiful Christmas mobiles at the Loggerheads Country Park between 2pm and 4pm on December 22 and 23. They will make ideal gifts or decorations. Anyone interested should book in advance and meet at the Countryside Centre, Loggerheads Country Park between 2pm and 4pm.

At Rhyl Town Hall the British Heart Foundation is holding its Christmas Fair on November 24 between 10am and 1pm.

St Thomas's Church holds its Christmas Fair on December 1 between 10am and 2pm at Rhyl Town Hall.

On December 1 at 7.30pm the TIC Players Pantomime is being held at the Town Hall. Tickets are pounds 3.50 for an adult and pounds 2.50 for a child.

The TIC players pantomime matinee is being held on December 2 at 2.30pm. The evening show starts at 7.30pm. December 7 will see Christmas celebrations and carols at the Town Hall with a buffet.

The following day at 7.30pm the Rhyl Scout and Guide Band holds its concert in the Town Hall.

On December 9 the Rhyl and District Operatics Society is holding a concert at 7.30pm in the Town Hall.

The Rhyl Music Club holds its Christmas Concert between 7.30pm and 9.30pm on December 12. Tickets cost pounds 7 and the venue is the town hall.

Between 2pm and 5pm on December 13 a tea dance is being held at the Town Hall as well as a Christmas Craft Fair. On December 16 there will be a carol service at the Town Hall starting at 7pm.

Jack and the Beanstalk is being held at Clwyd Theatr Cymru between November 30 and January 19.

Greenfield Valley Heritage Park plays host to Santa's Grotto in the Greenfield Valley Museum on December 8, between 11am and 4pm, and December 9 between 11am and 3pm. The Greenfield Valley Wardens will be making Christmas decorations at the Heritage Park during a "Crafty Christmas" session on the same day.

Markets in Buckley, Mold, Connah's Quay, Holywell and Flint will operate as normal with the exception of Mold Market on Boxing Day, which is cancelled.

In Wrexham on December 1 the Round Table Parade takes place in Queen's Square, Wrexham, from 10.30 am onwards. On December 6 there is a traditional family Christmas in Wrexham with carol singers, jugglers and fire-eaters throughout the town centre.

Also you can light a candle for peace in Argyle Archway or give Santa a shoebox for Operation Christmas Child on Queen's Square between 5.30pm and 7.30pm.

On December 15 the Giant Snowmen come to town for the Enterprise Fair in Queen's Square, Wrexham, between 10am and 4pm.

Wrexham Farmers' Market will be selling the best in Welsh agrifood produce between 9am and 3pm on December 21.

There will be late night shopping in Wrexham town centre until December 20 and there will be Sunday openings until December 23.

Tip Top Productions is presenting Cinderella at the Stiwt, in Rhosllanerchrugog, Wrexham County Borough, between December 27 and 29.

With the original script written and directed by Peter Swingler, Cinderella promises lots of audience participation, great songs and dances and the corniest jokes you have ever heard. There are also the most outrageous Ugly Sisters you will ever have seen in Rhos.

To book call Gwyneth Roberts on 01978 364843 or call in at the Wrexham Tourist Information Centre in Lambpit Street.

Alternatively go and enjoy some festive cheer in Bellevue Park.

Once again there is lots going on for all the family.

On the 8 and 15 of December there will be a Christmas Fair in the Community Centre in the park, this will include stalls that will be selling all sorts of Christmas ideas for friends and family.

You will be entertained by "Sausage & Mash", a duo who will enthral you with magic and illusion.

They will also take pleasure in painting your face with Christmas designs. Children can also enjoy a fun fair ride in the car park. There is also a chance to visit Father Christ mas in his grotto, with all proceed going to Hope House Hospice.

If you need refreshment then th Woman's Institute will be on hand to provide hot drinks and festive cheer. If that is not enough you can also enjoy a live band between 7p m and 10pm in the parks bandstand and don't worry if you are cold a someone will be on hand to provide hot drinks. The fun begins at noo n On Anglesey Oriel Ynys Mo n Llangefni, is holding a Christm a Craft Exhibition until Decemb e 23. The centre is open from Tue s day to Sunday between 10.30a m and 5pm.

A Christmas parade, including the arrival of Father Christmas and the Snow Princess, is being held i n Newtown on December 1. For fur ther details contact Newtown Town Council 01686 625544.

There is also a Santa Run on De cember 9 organised by Newtow n Dial-a-Ride. Also a Friends of G r egynog Festival Christmas Conce r is being held on December 9 a 3pm.

One of the greatest footballer ever to play for Wales, John Charles, will switch on the Christ mas lights in the centre of Abery s twyth at 5pm on November 30.

Charles, who made his name with Juventus in the late 50s and early 60s, will be joined for the switch-on by school children and the town's Mayor Alec Dauncey.

Christmas fact

THE word carol is derived from the old French word caroller which derives from the Latin choraula. This itself was derived from the Greek choraules.

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