KIDS big and small are in for a festive treat tonight, when Father Christmas passes over Pembrokeshire in his sleigh.

Between 5.17pm and 5.27pm, and again between 6.54pm and 7pm, the glint of sleigh bells are expected to be visible in the sky from everywhere in the county.

The light will actually be that of the International Space Station (ISS), as it passes over the UK.

A spokesman for the Met Office, which has predicted clear skies across England and Wales tonight, said: "The space station will be passing over – and it might look like santa’s sleigh."

But given that tonight is his busiest time, Santa will be keeping to a tight schedule, and anyone hoping to wish upon a space station is urged to be outside in plenty of time.


People are also being warned to ignore a photo being shared on social media that says the ISS will be visible overhead at 6pm, as this post is several years out of date.


Forty years ago to the day, on December 24, 1968, the crew of the Apollo 8 delivered its famous Christmas Eve broadcast from lunar orbit.

The crew rocketed into orbit on December 21, circling the moon 10 times on Christmas Eve.

On Christmas morning, mission control waited anxiously for word that Apollo 8 had safely left lunar orbit.

They soon got confirmation when astronaut Jim Lovell radioed, "Roger, please be informed there is a Santa Claus."