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Christmas events set to entertain families in Gloucestershire this weekend

By Gloucestershire Echo  |  Posted: December 20, 2013

By Sally Cross

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CHRISTMAS is nearly upon us and there is plenty to keep you entertained this weekend if you fancy a break from last-minute shopping.

Some people may prefer their breakfast in bed or around the family table but how about spending it with Father Christmas?

At Slimbridge Wetland Centre tomorrow, spend the morning with Santa and meet his elves as he stops off on the way to his grotto.

Once you’ve finished your buffet breakfast, you and your family will be taken to meet the main man himself and if you’ve been good you may even find yourself taking home a gift. Tickets cost from £5 to £13. Call 01453 89122.

It’s a busy day for Santa with a trip to The Brewery in Cheltenham also on his schedule.

Children can have their taken photo with him at the free event with donations given to Macmillan Cancer Support.

While you’re in Cheltenham town centre you can also browse the stalls at the Christmas Market on the Promenade.

German sausages, Belgian waffles and mulled wine are the order of the day and there is plenty of places to pick up presents for loved ones.

The market is open from 10am to 8pm tomorrow and 11am to 5pm on Sunday.

At Gloucester Cathedral tomorrow, enter into the festive spirit and join in the fun on the Christmas trail.

You’ll have the opportunity to walk around a nativity trail – finding out what gave the ‘stars’ of the first Christmas the ‘X Factor’.

It’s open from 10.45am to 3.15pm tomorrow and noon until 2.30pm on Sunday.

Alternatively, head to the Dean Heritage Centre this weekend where Santa is the main attraction. Craft activities with a festive theme will keep the whole family entertained and there is also a Christmas trail.

If you don’t fancy the slapstick humour of pantomime shows then theatre company Rain or Shine’s performance of The Snow Queen may be the ticket for you.

They will be performing an adaptation of the Hans Christian Anderson fairytale with a cast of five taking on the title characters at Sandhurst Village Hall in Tewkesbury from 7.30pm tomorrow. Tickets cost £6 for children and £10 for adults. Call 01452 731489.

Meanwhile, at Cheltenham Town Hall tomorrow night, the annual Christmas Ball will see classic cabaret and a truck-load of mince pies to put you in the Christmas spirit.

The music starts from 8pm. Tickets cost £18.50. Call 08445 762210.

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