Welsh Christmas market breaks

Let the festivities begin! The air is colder, the nights are darker and Christmas is a hop, skip and jump away. The Christmas market breaks season is upon us. UK Christmas markets are popping up across the country so get in the mood for Christmas by visiting a Christmas market in Wales.

And don't forget about Wales’ Medieval and Victorian fayres that bring to life the many charms and traditions of Christmases past.

Below is just a selection…

  • Christmas food stalls in Cardiff
    Christmas market, Cardiff

    10 November - 23 December 2016

    Cardiff transforms into a ‘Christmas city’ as over 80 stalls with a rolling programme of over 200 exhibitors take centre stage at Cardiff Christmas Market. Located throughout the pedestrianised streets of Cardiff city centre, including St John Street, St John's Church Area, Working Street, The Hayes, Hills Street and Trinity Street. It's perfect for present hunting and is also only a short stroll from Cardiff’s Winter Wonderland, busy shopping streets (complete with festive lights) and decorated castle.

  • Christmas lights in Llandudno during Christmas market
    Christmas lights in Llandudno by Robert Mann

    17 November – 20 November 2016 

    Llandudno Christmas Fayre has a Dickensian atmosphere and is one of Wales' largest Christmas markets. Over 165   stalls will line Madoc Street, Augusta Street and Trinity Square Street selling a feast of local food, handmade gifts and arts along with craft demonstrations and a Santa's grotto for the children to enjoy.  This year don’t miss the Alice in Wonderland grotto, the world’s Bara Brith Championships to determine the champion producer of Wales' speckled tea time favourite and the town’s ‘Cake Trail’.

  • Ferris wheel and stalls lit up with lights at Swansea Waterfront Winterland
    Swansea Waterfront Winterland, West Wales by Jordd01

    24 November – 21 December 2016

    Experience the lights, the entertainment and abundance of shopping opportunities in Swansea's Christmas Street Market, where you can also visit the man in red himself at Santa’s Christmas grotto.  When you’re all shopped out, why not head over to the city’s Waterfront Winterland for some festive cheer?

  • A woman with a shopping bag looking at a window display

    Christmas time in Hay, Wye Valley and Vale of Usk 

    26 November 2016

    This cosy and intimate one day festival allows you to fully focus on the best of winter cooking and flavours. With around 50 stalls, the free festival takes place in the centre of town in the Memorial car park and  includes entertainment via local brass bands, choirs and folk musicians. You’ll certainly be all warm inside afterwards (but that might be the mulled wine!)

  • Image of Edwardian staff welcoming guests to Dinefwr's Christmas Market
    Llandeilo Traditional Christmas Fayre at Dinefwr by National Trust Wales

    26 – 27 November 2016

    Fancy getting in the mood for Christmas? How does swishing about an old mansion house and courtyard surrounded by festive choirs and bands? For added sparkle, try the complimentary mulled wine and mince pie, tasty treats and festive local produce.  Newton House will play host to a range of local suppliers, with more than three floors of the building dedicated to handmade gifts and crafts.   Santa will be greeting families in his Grotto in the basement of Newtown House.

  • Welsh pony carts at the Royal Welsh Winter Fair in Builth Wells, Mid Wales
    Royal Welsh Winter Fair, Builth Wells, Mid Wales by Laurel Jarvis

    28 – 29 November 2016

    TheSet in the heartlands of Llanelwedd and Builth Wells, the Royal Welsh Winter Fair shows off the best of British farming as well as Poultry, Hounds and Farriery demonstrations, 300 stalls to browse and an opportunity of course to meet Santa in his grotto Festive visitors can also experience the buzz of live auctions, livestock on display as well as many classes and competitions.

  • Image of Portmeirion buildings in the snow

    Portmeirion in the snow, Snowdonia Mountains and Coast 

     by Portmeirion Ltd

    2 - 4 December 2016

    One of Wales’ prettiest villages will open its doors for three days this winter to a whole load of Welsh merriment and wonder.  Portmeirion village will play host to a range of exhibitors specialising in local produce, music makers galore and plenty of cooking demonstrations to inspire your Christmas feast! There’ll be more than 100 Welsh artisan stalls to tempt you, a Santa’s grotto – and a Woodland Express to help you on your merry way after all those tasty treats!

  • Aberglasney House and gardens
    Aberglasney House and Gardens, Carmarthenshire

    2 – 4 December 2016

    Aberglasney Winter Fair offers all visitors a free mince pie and mulled wine to enjoy as you stroll around the fair, listening to the festive tunes courtesy of local bands and choirs. The grounds of the mansion are filled with over 100 stalls selling handmade Welsh gifts, crafts, Christmas decorations and tasty foods, perfect to stock up on for the holiday season.

  • Image of Santa sitting in his Grotto at Blackwood Christmas Market

    Santa's Grotto, Blackwood Christmas Market 

     by Visit Caerphilly

    3 – 4 December 2016

    Food and craft stalls, entertainment and traditional funfair rides all feature in this year’s Blackwood Christmas Market.  Families visiting Santa’s Grotto can also expect to meet elves and real reindeer before meeting Santa Claus himself (and receiving a special gift).

  • Image of a lantern with festive lights in the background

    Depot Christmas Market weekends, Cardiff Capital of Wales 

     by Depot

    3rd, 10th & 17 December 2016

    Trendsetter Depot continues to ride the wave of popularity for street food and tasty artisan fare in Wales’ capital. This year, they will host three consecutive weekends of Saturday Christmas markets to tickle your taste buds via their fabulous fairy-lit warehouse. Expect lots of live music, cocktail master classes, terrible Christmas jumpers, Bingo Lingo (alternative bingo!), Christmas activities and lashings of mulled wine and hot cider.

  • Two children visiting santa at Caerphilly Christmas Fayre
    Caerphilly Christmas Fayre, South Wales Valleys

    10 – 11 December 2016

    Enjoy two days of fun and festivities for all the family as Caerphilly town transforms itself into a Christmas shopping paradise with over 100  food, drink and craft stalls, many of which will be displaying locally made goods. Along with stalls you’ll find a farmer’s market, craft fayre, music, entertainment, santa’s grotto and street theatre. Enter the Castle's mighty walls and enjoy the festive atmosphere. 

  • Jo Dennison at Surf Snowdonia

    Jo Dennison, Welsh Champion

     by Surf Snowdonia

    10 – 11th December 2016

    Surf Snowdonia will be playing host to a hip and happening Christmas market celebration at the centre’s glamping village on the edge of the surf lagoon. So even if you don’t fancy dipping your toe in to the chilly water for a bit of snowy surfing, you can stay warm in the real ale tent, try the tasty festive foods and let the kids enjoy the carousel and fair rides.

  • Stall at Abergavenny Christmas Fair
    Abergavenny Christmas Fair, Wye Valley by Tim Woodier - Abergavenny Food Festival

    11 December 2016

    With a huge array of the best regional speciality food producers, demonstrations from top chefs and a music and light parade, the Abergavenny Christmas Food Festival promises to be a great mix of good produce and festive cheer – all happening in and around Abergavenny’s Market Hall.  Be sure to try the sparkly Christmas cocktails this year. 

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