Shop Local This Christmas
With Christmas just around the corner, shoppers don’t have to travel to large cities to buy their gifts - Rhondda Cynon Taf is home to a wide range of high streets and bustling town centres.
Boasting award-winning independent shops, nationally-acclaimed craft and gift shops and a mix of high street names and local businesses run by generations of families, you can pick up a bargain right here in Rhondda Cynon Taf.
Avoid the hustle and bustle of city centre shopping and the traffic congestion, ‘Shop Local’ this Christmas and take full advantage of FREE parking throughout December.
The Council has also once again provided funding to ensure that the festive season is celebrated in style in Tonypandy, Porth, Treorchy, Mountain Ash, Ferndale and Aberdare.
Councillor Robert Bevan, Cabinet Member for Enterprise, Development and Housing, said: “There are many hidden gems in our town centres, just waiting for shoppers to explore and discover this Christmas.
“Each of our towns has a wonderful history and has been an integral part of valley life for many decades. It is therefore fantastic to see these shopping hubs moving with the times and taking on the city centres.
“We all have a part to play in keeping our town centres vibrant places, which not only attract more and more shoppers, but also attract other stores and independent business to move into the area.
“Shop Local this Christmas and let’s keep those tills ringing across Rhondda Cynon Taf.”
Christmas events for all the family are taking place during the festive season, with each town centre also receiving Council funding for a Christmas tree and festive lighting.
All town centres in Rhondda Cynon Taf have their own unique appeal, with a vast variety of stores and eating places to suit all tastes - and to make your Christmas shopping even easier, the Council is again providing FREEparking in all Council car parks in Aberdare and Pontypridd after 10am every day throughout December. Parking is FREE in all other Council car parks all year around.
With the perfect mix of High Street brands and independent stores, there is much to explore across the County Borough. Whether you want to pick up the perfect present - from clothes and toys to scented candles or even a beauty salon gift voucher - you can find it all in Rhondda Cynon Taf.
Do you have a Christmas party coming up? If you are getting ready to celebrate the festive season in style, treat yourself to a new outfit, have your hair done or pick up those perfect party shoes at a wide selection of stores.
And if you are looking for somewhere to settle down for a relaxing drink and a meal after all that shopping, there are plenty of places to choose from in our town centres, which offer a wide range of cafes, pubs and restaurants, all serving everything from an all-day breakfast to gourmet meals.
After all that shopping, there is also plenty to do as night falls across the County Borough. Enjoy a night out on the town during the festive season and, if you are looking for great night out ideas, look no further than the historic Park & Dare Theatre in Treorchy and the Coliseum Theatre in Aberdare, home this year to the Council’s traditional family pantomime Jack and the Beanstalk, starring Clare Hingott, Maxwell James, Lee Gilbert and Jemima Nicholas.
Support our town centres: Shop Local this Christmas – get all your Christmas food and gifts in Rhondda Cynon Taf