Carols and candlelight in Wales

What could be more Christmassy than gathering with friends, family or locals to sing and enjoy festive songs? Here's our guide to just a smattering of the many carol and festive events across Wales. Carol concerts are a great opportunity to put down the phone, connect with others and get that warm fuzzy feeling inside. A song, some glowing candles and possibly a bit of Christmas cheer afterwards – who’s up for it?

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Carols and candlelight

Carols and candlelight service

 by Llandaff Cathedral

North Wales

Portmeirion: Food and craft festival 2-4 Dec 2016, Portmeirion LL48 6ER Take in the views of the Italianate wonderland and explore Christmassy stalls while enjoying live music and seasonal entertainment.

Conwy: Winterfest 10 Dec 2016, High Street LL32 8DE Conwy town centre will be taken over by musicians, choirs and plenty of street entertainment.

Rhyl: Town Hall Christmas Concert 14 Dec 2016, Rhyl Town Hall LL18 1HZ The Vale of Clwyd singers fill Rhyl with a cappella festive songs

Anglesey: A Festival of Carols 16 Dec 2016, Ucheldre Centre, Holyhead LL65 1TE A concert of Christmas favourites, sung by The Isle of Anglesey Choral Society.

Wrexham: Community Carol Service 18 Dec 2016, Wrexham Glynd┼Ár University LL11 2AW This free event in the Creative Industries Building will fill you with festive cheer, thanks to Christmas songs, readings of the Christmas story and seasonal nibbles.

Mid Wales

Aberystwyth: Carols by Candlelight 18 Dec 2016, St Michael's Church SY23 2AU As it sounds, this is a warm evening of classic carols by the light of hundreds of flickering candles throughout the church.

Brecon: Carols and Canapes 19 Dec 2016, St David's Church, Llanfaes LD3 8EB The Brecon Singers light up the church with carols, interspersed with readings, fun stalls and a raffle.

 Lovelight Christmas Concerts
Lovelight Christmas Concert by Tenovus Cancer Care

West Wales

Swansea: Salvation Army Christmas Concert 11 Dec 2016, Brangwyn Hall, SA1 4PE The Salvation Army Swansea Citadel’s band, choir children and timbrel players perform a special festive concert of celebration and remembrance.

Swansea: Carols at the Square 14 Dec 2016, Castle Square, Princess Way SA1 3PP Carol singing, live music and short readings to celebrate Christmas time. The event is free, but collections will be made for Wales Air Ambulance & Swansea Hope Projects.

Haverfordwest: Christmas Carol Evening 15 Dec 2016, Scolton Manor SA62 5QL Scolton Manor, decked out for a Victorian Christmas, hosts an evening of carols around the Christmas tree. Places are limited so book in advance.

Mumbles: Christmas Carol Concert 20 Dec 2016, Mumbles Pier (Beach Hut Cafe) SA3 4EN A free family event hosted by Gwalia Singers male voice choir. Traditional festive songs will be sung and mulled wine and mince pies will be in abundance.

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Lovelight concert choir

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South Wales

St Fagans: The St Fagans Christmas Song Sheet 8 & 9 Dec 2016, St Fagans National History Museum CF5 6XB, Wales Sing old and new Christmas songs in the wonderfully restored 18th century Pen-rhiw chapel. Booking essential.

Newport Cathedral: Tenovus Wales Lovelight Concert 8 Dec 2016, Newport Cathedral, NP20 4EA Part of Tenovus’ network of Lovelight fundraising carol concerts across Wales, join in with an evening of candle-lit music and entertainment at Newport Cathedral. With guest entertainment from Newport Male Voice Choir, the Vibe Singers, Soloist Jack Templar-Jones, the Millennium Chime Singers and the Cwmbran Sing with Us choir, this is sure to make your heart feel full.

Cardiff: A Christmas Concert of Seasonal Music and Carols 14 Dec 2016, St David's Hall CF10 1AH Spend the evening listening to Christmas music in aid of CLIC Sargent Children’s Charity. Performances come from the Welsh Guards' The Brass Ensemble, the Massed Welsh Hospitals Choir, local children and guest artists.

Llandaff: NSPCC Wales Carol Concert 19 Dec 2016, Llandaff Cathedral CF5 2LA A night of festive sing-alongs and readings from special guests, raising funds for the NSPCC's work with children and families in Wales who are attempting to overcome abuse.

Lovelight Christmas Concert

Lovelight Christmas Concert

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