Tag Archive: Santa

  1. Festive Elves

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    Making their first appearance in a book published in 1856, Christmas elves are tiny magical creatures known for helping Santa. Not only do they make toys, they also look after the majestic reindeers and discreetly spy on children to determine the nice and naughty lists. These lovely dwarf-like characters, with long and pointy ears, are perfect to reinforce the gleeful spirit of Christmas.

    Due to their central place in the Christmas mythology, elves have gained a prominent place in Festive wholesale range throughout the years. Our delightful hanging ornaments, tabletop and room decorations, shaped into lovely elves, are designed to provoke laugh and merrily enliven any home.


    1. 15cm hanging elf gonk (P013613)

    2. 22cm 2 asstd elf table decorations (P008673)

    3. 9.5cm clay dough elf head hanging ornament (P007567)

    4. 11.4cm claydough elf with present (P007886)

    5. 25cm 2 asstd wooden wreaths with felt elves (P007713)

    6. 20cm elf hanging ornament (P007700)

    7. 30cm standing elf decoration (P014939)

    8. 19cm 2 asstd hanging elf decorations (P012921)

    9. 30cm elf door stopper (P007369)

    10. 9cm cool elf decoration (P015154)

    11. 11cm 2 asstd claydough elf decorations (P013741)

    12. 60cm 2 asstd standing elves (P012920)

  2. Festive Plush Pals

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    Festive plush collection has considerably expanded this year. Whilst new adorable animals have been added in our fabulous range, creatures already composing our line, have welcomed more relatives. Traditional Christmas characters, including our Scandinavian Santas (gonks), have seen their recruits increase. Furthermore, many of our new plush pals have been conceived by our talented design team.

    New arrivals can be noticed in our fantastic plush range. Cheeky foxes, lovely sheep, wonderful raccoons, and imperial owls have recently shown up at Festive to merrily enliven Christmas.


    1. 19cm plush owl with scarf – black and white (P013348)

    2. 30cm plush sheep (P015282)

    3. 25cm grey plush raccoon with scarf (P010223)

    4. 56cm standing fox with fur jumper (P010465)

    5. 18cm grey and white skiing owl (P010461)

    6. 53cm tartan sitting foxes (P013588)

    Our marvellous reindeers, bears, and mice have also seen their family expand this year.


    1. 27cm brown plush reindeer with hat and scarf (P010221)

    2. 35cm white plush polar bear (P015281)

    3. 43cm standing grey fur trim reindeer (P013536)

    4. 30cm cream plush bear with sweater (P010224)

    5. 65cm wobble reindeer (P015168)

    6. 53cm standing fluffy reindeer (P013620)

    7. 30cm plush bear with Santa hat (P015023)

    8. 50cm red and white mouse with dangly legs (P010463)

    9. 26cm plush reindeer with scarf – white / grey (P013347)

    10. 100cm wobble mouse (P014788)

    In 2017, Festive is introducing more Santas, snowmen, elves, and gonks. These cheery characters are perfect to embody the jolly spirit of Christmas.


    1. 50cm 2 asstd boy and girl snowflake snowmen (P013576)

    2. 78cm wobble gonk (P015165)

    3. 47cm grey wobble gonk (P015170)

    4. 170cm standing Santa with extendable legs (P013581)

    5. 57cm 2 asstd extendable leg heart and star gonk (P013606)

    6. 56cm Nordic cone Santa (P013564)

    7. 87cm 2 asstd extendable furry gonks (P013634)

    8. 60cm 2 asstd standing elves (P012920)

    9. 68cm tumble gonk (P014787)

    10. 66cm leatherette gonk (P015609)

    Our new plush collection has greatly benefited from the expertise of Festive designers. Our home-designed reindeers and gonks are ideal to bring an ounce of glee and originality to any décor.


    1. 65cm standing reindeer with faux fur (P007834)

    2. 130cm grey fur trim reindeer with extendable legs (P013534)

    3. 170cm standing grey fur trim reindeer (P013538)

    4. 67cm standing white fur trim reindeer (P013531)

    5. 35cm reindeer gonk (P013608)

    6. 30cm Santa gonk on sleigh (P013612)

    7. 53cm elf gonk (P013616)

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    Look out for the ‘Designed by Festive’ logo for exclusive Festive products.

  3. Get the look: Nordic Forest Christmas tree

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    Our decoration showroom is a magical realm populated by imperial Christmas trees. Adorned with wonderful and original ornaments, Festive trees serve to epitomise each theme exhibited in our mesmerising world. This year, we are presenting a display influenced by Scandinavian culture. This majestic décor brings an ounce of refinement to woodland elements. To create a Nordic Forest display, sophisticated ornaments coming in rustic textures are to be favoured. Our Scandinavian tree, located in Cwmbran, is composed of elegant skeleton leaves, natural textures such as wood, and graceful feathers.

    Our skeleton leaves are perfect to add a refined touch to any Christmas tree. Their detailed and minimal patterns serve to bring delicacy into the Nordic woods.


    10cm 2 asstd metal leaf ornaments – gold/silver (P007493)


    60cm silver hanging leaf decoration (P011126)

    Natural textures are essential to reproduce the rustic ambiance of the Scandinavian forest. Our Christmas tree comprises ornaments made of wood and hessian.


    1. 8cm 2 asstd glass white hessian shape on balls (P012658)

    2. 8cm 2 asstd hessian shape white glass balls (P012854)


    3. 13cm wooden house hanging decoration (P011902)

    4. 13cm wooden mahogany red house hanging decoration (P011903)


    24cm large reindeer antler (P013831)


    12cm 3 asstd wooden tartan decorations (P013822)

    Our decorative feathers are designed to adorn any Christmas tree with exceptional chic.


    1. 8cm white feather effect bauble (P011923)

    2. 70cm feather bunch spray (P008538)

    3. 8cm gold feather effect bauble (P011921)

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    Look out for the ‘Designed by Festive’ logo for exclusive Festive products.

  4. Christmas Gherkin

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    Did you know that Americans place a gherkin made of glass on their Christmas tree? In the United States, stockings, baubles, wire lights, and presents are not the only mandatory festive items! The Christmas gherkin definitely has a crucial part in the gleeful celebrations.

    Adding a gherkin to a Christmas tree is a popular tradition, believed to have first seen the day in Germany. This cheery custom works as follows: parents wait until Christmas Eve to hide a small glass ornament shaped into a gherkin on their tree. The gherkin has to be concealed between the branches so it remains out of sight. When Christmas day arrives, children wake up with one mission: finding the hidden gherkin. The first to spot the decoration on the tree is either rewarded with an extra present, or is promised a year of good fortune.

    At Festive, we believe in putting foreign traditions into the spotlight. This year, we are introducing our own gherkin. Wearing a lovely Santa hat, our gherkin is ideal to spend fun family times.


    8cm glass gherkin with Santa hat (P013968)


  5. Christmas wrapping: tips and tricks

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    Wrapping presents is a crucial task during the festive season. Time-consuming, this activity can be quite stressful. However, there are many ways to make wrapping easier! Here is a complete guide to help you save time, act in an eco-friendly manner, personalise your wrapping, and send parcels on time.


    This post has been made in collaboration with Claire Brain (Boom-Online)

    Here is the full piece: http://www.13-ten.com/blog/ultimate-guide-wrapping-packing-sending-christmas-presents/

    Ultimate Guide To Wrapping, Packing, Sending Christmas Gifts


  6. What to do in December 2016 in Wales

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    Not only is December the most festive month of the year, it is also a very lively period during which there are many cheery family activities to do. And, Wales is a great place to get into the Christmas spirit!



    Illuminated Gardens

    When: 25th November – 11th December, 5pm – 8:30pm

    Where: Powys, Powis Castle

    How much: Child – £2.60/£3.35 / Adult – £5.20/£6.70

    Website: https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/whats-on

    The illumination of the castle gardens, courtyards, and terraces, is mesmerising. You will definitely be in awe at the gleaming lights enchanting the wintery night.

    Santa’s Post Office

    When: 27th November – 18th December

    Where: Cardiff Bay

    How much: Free

    Website: https://www.wherecanwego.com/event/1058515-santas-post-office/events.aspx

    Make sure your children get a reply from Santa by bringing them to the Post Office in Mermaid Quay. There, children will be helped by elves to write their letter to Father Christmas.



    Santa’s Toy Mine

    When: 27th November – 24th December

    Where: Rhondda Heritage Park

    How much: Child – £8.95/£9.95 / Adult – £5.45/£6.45 / Under 3 years – £7.45/£8.45

    Website: http://www.rctcbc.gov.uk

    Join Santa in his exciting underground adventures. And, whilst children will be rewarded with presents, adults will receive mince pies and hot beverages.

    Yuletide Tours

    When: 2nd/9th/16th December, 11:30am – 12:30pm

    Where: Newport, Tredegar House

    How much: £8.00

    Website: https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/whats-on

    Yuletide Tours will give you the opportunity to discover the Tredegar House beautifully adorned with Christmas decorations. You will also learn more about Charles Morgan and his enchanting tales.

    Coral Welsh Grand National

    When: 3rd December

    Where: Chepstow

    How much: From £20.00 if booked / £22.00 on the day / Pie & pint package – £25.00

    Website: http://www.chepstow-racecourse.co.uk/

    Spend the festive season at Chepstow races betting on your favourite horses. Who knows? December might be your lucky month! A day at the races is also the opportunity to show off your most sophisticated outfit and impress the elite society.

    Choir of the year

    When: 3rd December, 5pm – 8pm

    Where: Cardiff, Wales Millenium Centre

    How much: £17.50 – £31.50

    Website: http://www.choiroftheyear.com/

    Discover the 6 talented finalists of the most renowned choirs in the UK. They will harmoniously compete in front of expert judges who will choose the 2016 winner.

    Santa Claus dressed in his home clothes sitting in the room by the fireplace and Christmas tree. He is reading a list of good boys and girls. Christmas. Decoration.


    Santa’s Grotto in Cardiff Castle

    When: 3rd/4th/10th/11th/17th/23rd December

    Where: Cardiff Castle

    How much: 1 child + 2 accompanying adults: £10.95 / Additional adults: £12.00

    Website: http://www.cardiffcastle.com/whats-on/2016/11/26/santas-grotto/

    Santa will be patiently waiting for all the well-behaved children in the enchanting Black Tower of Cardiff Castle. Do not forget to capture this marvellous moment on your camera.

    The Snowman

    When: 4th – 6th December

    Where: Cardiff, Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama

    How much: £10.00

    Website: http://www.visitcardiff.com/events/the-snowman/

    Created by Raymond Briggs, The Snowman focuses on the nocturnal adventures of an alive snowman and his human friend. The acclaimed story will be on screen and enhanced with live orchestra



    Christmas Snowsongs

    When: 4th – 6th December, 1pm – 3pm

    Where: Cardiff, Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama

    How much: Free

    Website: http://www.visitcardiff.com/events/christmas-snowsongs/

    Many talented vocalists will enliven festivities by brilliantly performing gleeful songs. The show will take place near a majestic Christmas tree.

    Ffestiniog & Welsh Highland Railway

    When: 10th/11th/17th/18th/22nd/23rd December

    Where: Porthmadog, Beddgelert, and Dinas

    How much: Adult and child (over 2 years old) – 1st class – £17.00/£18.00 / 3rd class – £12.50/£13.00 / Child (under 2 years old): £3.00

    Website: http://www.festrail.co.uk/content/publish/specialevents/169.shtml

    Santa and his hard working elves will go on a railway tour around Western Wales. Departing from Porthmadog, Beddgelert, and Dinas, Santa trains will give your children the opportunity to meet Father Christmas and get presents from him.

    Christmas Celebrations

    When: 17th December

    Where: Cardiff, St David’s Hall

    How much: From £10.00

    Website: http://www.visitcardiff.com/events/christmas-celebrations-2/

    Get into the merry mood with a lively musical spectacle reuniting your Christmas favourites. The show is guaranteed to please everybody in the family.

    Tea Party with Santa

    When: 17th-20th December, 11am/1pm/3pm

    Where: Cardiff, St Fagans National History Museum

    How much: £14.00

    Website: https://museum.wales/stfagans/whatson/9083/Tea-Party-with-Father-Christmas/

    Santa, accompanied with Mrs Claus and friendly elves, will host delightful tea parties in Cardiff. They will share their exceptional stories and give your children incredible presents.



    Tendy Boxing Day Swim

    When: 26th December, 10am – 4pm

    Where: Tenby, Pembrokeshire

    How much: Free

    Website: http://www.tenbyboxingdayswim.co.uk/

    Instead of spending your boxing day wandering around crowded shops, you could join in this fun charity fund raising event. Your mission will consist in running into the cold sea wearing your fanciest outfit.

    Mari Llwyd & New Year Walk In

    When: 31st December, 10:30pm

    Where: Llanwrtyd Wells – Town Square

    How much: Free entry – Torch: £3.00

    Website: http://www.green-events.co.uk/events.html?id=61

    Do not hesitate to take part in this ancient Welsh tradition by participating in the parade led by a skull of horse attached to a pole.

  7. Santa Claus

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    img_9972Santa Claus is indisputably the emblematic figure of the festive season. On Christmas Eve, when children are asleep, Santa, sat on his magical sleigh led by flying and adorable reindeers, delivers presents all over the world. Whilst Santa Claus is known by everybody, his story remains a bit mysterious for most of us.

    From Saint Nicholas to Santa Claus

    Santa Claus might come from North Pole or Lapland, but his predecessor, Saint Nicholas, was originally from the Byzantine Empire, situated in today’s Turkey. Saint Nicholas of Myra was a Greek Christian bishop who lived during the 4th century. The pious man was mostly known for being generous with the poor. The white-bearded bishop, generally dressed in a canonical robe, used to offer secret presents to children and those in need. This tradition continued years after his death as every 6th December, children were given presents.

    But, after the Protestant reformation, Saint Nicholas lost his popular aura in Europe as the attention switched back to the Christ rather than to saints. As a result, someone else was urgently needed to distribute presents. In the UK, Father Christmas was introduced and was tasked to give gifts on the day marking Jesus’ birth, namely 25th December. Father Christmas was generally portrayed as a cheerful large man wearing a green or scarlet robe ornamented with fur. Santa Claus turns out to be a mix of Saint Nicholas and Father Christmas.

    inflatables-2Modern Santa Claus

    Santa Claus started resembling the character we are all familiar with today in the 19th century. Back then, anonymous poems, Old Santeclaus and A visit from St Nicholas (The Night before Christmas) introduced the contemporary Santa Claus by describing an old man on a reindeer sleigh, entering chimneys to offer presents to children after landing on roofs. The main protagonist of both poems was depicted as chubby and jolly.

    The man that contributed to the modern representation of Santa is the American cartoonist Thomas Nast, who drew a large red-suited Santa for Harper’s Weekly. But it is only in 1930s that Santa, in his red and white outfit, became an iconic figure of popular culture, thanks to a Coca-Cola commercial, featuring him with a bottle of the soft drink.

    Today, Santa Claus is everywhere during Christmastime: films, TV, streets, houses, and gardens. Santa Claus is a central and timeless figure who continually inspires Festive to make delightful decorations. At Festive, Santa is represented in many different ways: traditional, woodland, Scottish, Nordic, etc.



  8. Gonks

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    What are ‘Gonks’?

    Gonks, also known as Tomte in Sweden, Tonttu in Finland, Nisse in Norway and Denmark, are small mythological white-bearded creatures, resembling garden gnomes. While they used to be seen as home protectors, these little characters, wearing knitted hats and arising from the Scandinavian folklore, are now considered as the Nordic version of our Western Santa Claus.

    The Gonks myth

    According to Scandinavian legends and tales, Gonks were powerful guardians protecting farms from potential catastrophes and misfortune. The small household defenders were notably believed to take care of the family and animals, ensuring the financial growth of the farms they were watching. In exchange for their hard work, Gonks liked to be rewarded with porridge and butter. If they were not properly thanked, or worse, if they were faced with rudeness, Gonks could turn into cruel little monsters playing tricks, ruining barns, or even killing animals.

    Gonks in today’s society

    Nowadays, Gonks are mostly associated with Christmas. Despite the immense popularity of jolly Santa in Scandinavian countries, Gonks have not disappeared, and can even take on the role of Father Christmas. But contrary to Santa who slides down chimneys to distribute his presents, Gonks prefer to knock at front doors to directly hand out their gifts to impatient children.

    The short-tempered creatures, which are increasingly depicted as adult-size white bearded men carrying sacks full of presents, are everywhere during Christmas in Scandinavia! Indeed, they gleefully ornament Christmas cards, mugs, plates, living rooms and gardens. Also, some traditions surrounding Gonks continue to exist. For example, it is quite common to leave a bowl full of porridge with butter on the top, on Christmas Eve to make Gonks happy, and therefore ensure good luck for the year ahead.

    Festive Gonks

    Seduced by the adorable little creatures, Festive has released a unique range of fun and funky Gonks inspired from the old Scandinavian tales and the modern Nordic beliefs. Wearing long stripped, patterned, or polka-dotted hats, Festive Gonks will enhance your Christmas décor with an ounce of glee and originality. Here are some of our wonderful products:

    img_0070Assorted standing Christmas Gonks to bring a festive cheer to your Christmas décor: 16cm – 793891 / 35cm – 793884 / 52cm – 793877 / 70cm – 793860

    img_0057Assorted red & white Nordic Gonks with knit patterned hats to create the perfect winter wonderland scene: 18cm – 689446 / 28cm – 689453

    img_0068Assorted cuddly Santa Gonks with extremely long and wavy beards: 34cm – 269655 / 52cm – 269662 / 75cm – 269679

    img_0052Assorted grey haired Gonks to merrily enliven your Christmas décor: 31cm – 689477 / 39cm – 689484

    img_0059Assorted heart Gonks to spread love in your home this Christmas: 27cm – 689408 / 50cm – 689415 / 100cm – 689422

    img_0060Assorted heart Gonks with dangling legs to create a delightful atmosphere filled with love: 32cm – 689439

    gonks-3Splat Gonk to make your Christmas joyful: 38cm – P003878 / 45cm – P003877 / 50cm – P003876


    Fabulous sitting long leg Gonks with red hats to adorn your home with glee this Christmas: 46cm – P001090 / 65cm – P001091 / 68cm – P001089 / 93cm – P001092.

    793853Hanging Christmas Gonks, perfect to embellish your Christmas tree: 11cm – 793853