Spending Xmas in Swansea for International Students

By Akosua Darko

Whether you are spending three months, a year or the whole duration of your course in Swansea. You should have a little feel of Christmas here, before you go back to your home country. I know some of you will be off before Christmas. But the majority of you will stay over the holidays, so here are some ideas to make the most out of Christmas, in a foreign country and, without your family and, those closest to you.

1) Check out the Waterfront Winterland

 “Swansea’s award-winning Christmas attraction returns Friday 13 November – Sunday 3 January, Museum Park with all the magic and wonder of the festive season right in the heart of the city.

Ice skating will again be top of the bill  with two fantastic outdoor ice rinks- the Admiral Rink and a children’s rink, festive funfair plus a wonderful Santa’s Grotto complete with elves and an indoor café – all the ingredients for a perfect day out!

Whatever you are there for, it’s the must attend event for Christmas 2015! Keep checking for updates to find out which rides will feature this year on the website”

2) Another event which looks spectacular is from 11 December to 10 January. The Jack and the Beanstalk pantomime.

“Featuring more comedy than you can shake a bag of magic beans at together with outrageous costumes, fabulous sets, and a huge beanstalk…with one very mean giant at the top of it.

With ticket prices to suit all pockets you won’t have to sell the family cow to enjoy spectacular pantomime in Swansea at the Grand Theatre.

Led by Dancing on Ice judge, dancer and West End theatre sensation Louie Spence (Spirit of the Beans) with Kevin Johns (Dame Trot), Zoë George (The Princess), Michael Colbourne (Jack) and Stefan Pejic (Fleshcreep) “

All other events coming to Swansea, can be found on the website below, where you can keep checking for updates it’s important to go out and have a feel of Christmas.


3) Check out the Swansea SU international officers Facebook page, to see what the Union may have planned for International students during Christmas. Or the Union page to see if they have anything in general planned.

4) Check out your society Facebook pages and see if they have any Christmas events, that you would like to attend.

5) On Wednesday the 2 December there is Silent Night at the Liberty Stadium. Check out the Facebook page : Silent Night at the Liberty Stadium.

6) The Swansea shoreline theatre is hosting an event too…

“Shoreline Theatre warmly invites YOU, one and all to our annual Christmas pantomime…

Little Red Hood: A Panto With Friction.

Playing in DIVA’s on the 7th & 8th December, doors open @ 7pm. Society Members: £3. Non Members: £4. “

7) If you go to a church or are Christian, churches will have events coming up, enquire to make sure you are informed. Pluås even those who are not Christian can usually attend events churches put on, get in touch with Swansea Christian union to find out, what’s on.

8) Go shopping, go partying and clubbing in Wind Street or travel to Cardiff if that’s your style. If you are more of the stay at home type, host indoor parties, play cards, bake and just have fun. Go to the Cinema, the theatre, host bonfires and make sure you are surrounded by friends and you have fun this Christmas !

9)  Also watch some TV and, enjoy the Christmas specials they have on, plus cook and have Christmas dinner with your friends, society, church or whoever is available.

Merry Christmas international students and a very happy new year!