Barry Town Council Celebrates Christmas


Barry Christmas Festival.

Barry Christmas Festival has now come to a close – with a great few weeks of events being held around Barry.

The Mayor’s Christmas Market was held on Saturday 25 November at Cemetery Approach Community Centre, raising money for the Mayor’s chosen charities; 2Wish and Mind in the Vale. The event saw 9 traders set up inside the community centre and offer their festive and customized products to the community of Barry. The event raised over £200 for the Mayor’s chosen charities and after its success will hopefully be the beginning of a series of Mayor’s markets!

The Barry Christmas Festival featured a festive market, bar area, funfair rides, stage with music, street entertainment, Santa’s grotto, light arches, photo opportunities and a movie night. The event spanned 3 days from Thursday 30 November until Saturday 2 December and was open 12pm until 8pm daily. Thursday 30 November saw the grand opening of the event and music from Barry Male Voice Choir, Barry Community Choir, Act Happy, Nia Tyler and Superchoir throughout the day into the evening. The official light switch on took place on Thursday at 6:30pm, with Santa lighting up the square with his special North Pole button, sending sparks into the air as the tree and town hall lit up the night.

On Saturday 2 December, Home Alone was shown in Central Park at 4:30pm with heaters, beanbags, deck chairs and benches scattered around to create a cosy, if a little chilly, cinema area. Maxim the snow lion roamed the area, posing for photos along with stilt walking angels, light up birds and a roaming snowglobe – entertaining everyone who attended.

The event was brought to you by Barry Town Council and Vale of Glamorgan Council and partially funded by the Levelling Up funding from the Welsh Government.
On Sunday 3 December lots of elves descended onto Barry Island for the 2k Mental Elf Run. Barry Town Council organized the fun run to support the Mayor’s chosen charities; 2Wish and Mind in the Vale.

The event started at 11am with dogs, children and adults all taking part to run, walk or jog the 2k route around the Island. Winners for the categories were – Adults: Noel Martinez-Walsh, Children: Gethin Hart & Dogs: Bonnie Morris. The winners took home a hamper, created and donated by Mind in the Vale.
Each runner had an elf hat and a snowflake Mental Elf Run medal for taking part, with the run raising over £650 for the Mayor’s Charities.