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Facts and figures behind Waterfront Winterland success story

From 10pm every night, the 30,000 light bulbs on Waterfront Winterland's big wheel get a break for a few hours in readiness for thousands of visitors the next day.

Big wheel

The number of light bulbs on the 40-metre high ride at the Museum Park attraction, which lights up the city skyline for eight weeks, is just one of several facts and figures that help make Waterfront Winterland a continuing success.

Run by Swansea Council, Waterfront Winterland is now open until Sunday January 7, only closing on Christmas Day.

Other facts include the 60,000 litres of water needed to fill the Admiral ice rink, which typically takes about two days to freeze, depending on the weather. Two disability sleighs are also available for use on the ice rink, along with penguin-styled skating aids. 

Cllr Robert Francis-Davies, Swansea Council's Cabinet Member for Culture, Tourism and Major Projects, said: "Waterfront Winterland, first introduced in 2006, has been an outstanding annual success story, attracting 180,000 visitors last year.

"Over 150 people are involved in its setting-up and day-to-day operation, including contractors, funfair workers and caterers, so the event is a real team effort for the benefit of Swansea residents and visitors to the city every Christmas.

"Combining with Oxford Street's Christmas Market and other Christmas events and activities across Swansea this month, Waterfront Winterland boosts festive spirits and generates a feel-good factor during a special time of year."

Other facts and figures include the 450 pairs of ice skates available at Waterfront Winterland, with 42,000 ice skaters taking to the ice last year.

Also available at the attraction are the Admiral children's ice rink, a family funfair, Alpine-style dining cabins, and Santa's Grotto, which runs until 5pm on Christmas Eve.

Santa's post box is at Waterfront Winterland until Thursday December 7, giving children the chance to send letters to Father Christmas. 

New for 2017 are rides called Snow Storm and Sky View, as well as the indoor Moose Head Bierkeller which serves mulled wine and traditional beers.

The Christmas Market on Oxford Street, featuring over 40 red and green festive chalets, runs until Thursday December 21. Selling arts and crafts, festive foods, decorations and gifts, the market, which includes a Christmas bar, is open from 9.30am to 5.30pm from Mondays to Saturdays, and from 10am to 5pm on Sundays.

Santa's Grotto is available on Portland Street at its junction with Oxford Street until Thursday December 21, giving visitors the chance to receive a Christmas gift and have their photos taken with Santa.

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