It’s the first weekend in December, so there’s lots of festive fun to be had in the city, plus the last game of the autumn international series, a Japanese animation festival, and much more.
Here are some of our highlights for the weekend ahead…
Theatre company Theatre Giant arrives in Cardiff this weekend for their month-long run of A Christmas Carol with Puppets at the Copthorne Hotel. Welsh BAFTA winner Stuart Brennan leads the cast as the voice of Bob Cratchit in the production of Charles Dickens’ novella, which is directed by Peter Snee. The show opens on Saturday, and will be performed every Saturday and Sunday at 11am and 2pm from December 1 to December 29. There will also be Christmas Eve performances at 10am, 1pm and 4pm. More information and ticket details can be found here.
Wales will take on Australia in their final autumn international game at the Millennium Stadium this Saturday. Kick-off is at 2.30pm, with a crowd of 74,000 expected to attend. Find all the travel advice you need for getting in and out of the city – including road closures and alterations to bus time tables – here.
Roath Police Station will be transformed into a Santa’s Grotto on Saturday, with parents and children invited along to meet Santa and Rudolph between midday and 4pm. Officers and PCSOs from the Roath Neighbourhood Policing Team will be on hand all day to meet anyone who wants to come along.
Cardiff-based performance collective Kitsch & Sync bring their first full-length production to Cardiff this weekend, called Private Eye Detective. Inspired by vintage, retro fashion trends, film noir and electro swing music, the cabaret-style dance production follows the story of three women as they investigate murder, betrayal and adultery. Private Eye Detective is on a Chapter Arts Centre on Saturday and Sunday nights at 8pm. For tickets telephone 02920 304 400, or you can check out the event Facebook page.
Now in their third weekend, the Christmas markets on St Mary Street, St John Street and The Hayes will be bustling this weekend. Head down for plenty of unusual gift ideas, or just a browse and a glass of mulled wine.
Free performances of the nativity story begin in the Tabernacle Welsh Chapel in The Hayes this Saturday, as part of the Christmas – The Story project. The idea behind the project, which is now in its third year, is to make performances of the nativity story as accessible as Santa’s grottoes, and there will be performances every day between December 1 and 22. The 20-minute production will be performed daily at 10am, 10.40am, 11.20am, 12pm, 12.40pm, 1.20pm, 2.40pm, 3.20pm, 4pm, 4.40pm and 5.20pm. The 3.20pm performance is in Welsh. More details can be found on the Christmas – The Story website.
The third Kotatsu Japanese Animation Festival will be held at Chapter Arts Centre on Saturday, with a mission to screen the best in Japanese animation and culture to a wider audience. This year’s event includes a Japanese market from 11am, with stalls selling comics, Japanese crafts, anime goods and food. There is a Manga drawing workshop, and various screenings. See the full programme here.
Mack Church, in Mackintosh Place, will hold a creative Christmas coffee morning between 10.30am and 12.30pm on Saturday. All are welcome to join in with Christmas crafts, as well as coffee and cake.
Cardiff Mini Film Festival’s latest event is a Christmas special, which will be held on Sunday night. Guest judge for the Christmas event will be Clare Sturges, director of award-winning documentary Sex Work and Me: Red Light Conversations, which was screened at Cannes 2012. The event starts at 6.30pm. More information can be found here.
Cardiff Storytelling Circle returns to Chapter on Sunday night, with everyone welcome to join from 8pm to share and listen to stories, real or imagined.