10 top Christmas Ideas in the Brecon Beacons From wandering the stalls of a pop-up Christmas market to dozing in front of an open fire in your very own holiday cottage, we pick 10 of the best ways to enjoy Christmas in the Brecon Beacons. Brecon's Christmas pop-up village Why traipse around in the bleak mid-winter when you can do all your Christmas shopping from the comfort of one single hotel in Brecon. The town’s pop-up village is located in the George Hotel, and boasts a whole three floors of local gifts, decorations and curiosities. Treat yourself to luxury local food Hamper of Welsh produce From luxury smoked food hampers to single malt whisky, the foodie in your life will no doubt adore receiving an edible Welsh gift this year. Then again, we’d just as quickly stock up our own cupboards ready for when the family and friends come knocking on Boxing Day. Lace up your boots and get walking Pen y Fan, Brecon Beacons We’ll all be in need of a little extra exercise come January and what better way than by exploring the rugged hillsides of the Brecon Beacons. From Hay’s cobbled alleyways to the picturesque Dinefwr Park and Castle, getting fit is rarely this rejuvenating, or this much fun. Go Christmas shopping in Hay-on-Wye Hay on Wye, Mid Wales Famous for both its annual Literary festival and its army of second hand bookshops, Hay is also home to a whole host of shops offering up everything from kids’ clothes to original artworks. A visit in December also means revelling in the sweet-scented stalls of the market held every Thursday. Book into a self-catering cottage Self Catering cottage in the Brecon Beacons If you don’t fancy Christmas at home this year, book yourself into a self-catering holiday cottage. With spectacular views, roaring log fires and room for even the largest groups, you’ll have the freedom to make Christmas day as busy or as tranquil as you want it to be. More self-catering accommodation in the Brecon Beacons Wander the stalls of a local market Llandovery, Carmarthenshire Wales is famous for its quality local produce, which is why it comes as no surprise that the Brecon Beacons is home to so many bustling markets. Pick up the best beef in Brecon, local lamb in Llandovery, arty gifts in Abergavenny and crafts for kids in Crickhowell. Gifts that keep on giving Tregoyd Riding Centre, Brecon Beacons by njkobie Learning to horse ride at Tregoyd Riding Centre, improving cycling techniques with Drover Holidays or perfecting your survival skills with Outdoors@Hay – choose from any number of gifts that keep on giving and show your loved on they’re worth so much more than a token scarf. Enjoy quality time in Talgarth St Gwendoline's, Talgarth, Brecon Beacons by Pete Roberts Talgarth is a great place to spend quality time with family and friends away from the strains of Christmas shopping. Be sure to visit St Gwendoline’s Church and stop off at the Bakers’ Table to pick up fresh bread made with flour from the town’s newly restored watermill. Green gifts in Llandovery Llandovery has so much more to offer than the annual sheep festival, especially if you’re after gifts with an ethical slant. The Red Giraffe offers a range of home and lifestyle gifts with genuine provenance, while nearby Myddfai specialises in toiletries and spa products inspired by the Welsh landscape. More attractions in the Brecon Beacons Enjoy this? Share it with friends Related items Favourite St Davids spots Travel writer Alf Alderson tells us about his favourite places to spend time in St Davids. Events in May We've picked a variety of events to help you plan your next day out May. Take it easy in Mid Wales Come to relax on an easy three day activities tour of Mid Wales. Family friendly Llandudno For the best family fun in Llandudno and Conwy try these ideas from The Family Adventure Project. South Wales activities Enjoy a three day activity break in South Wales. Easter bank holiday Break away with a well earned rest in Wales. Wales Tourism Awards 2010 The National Tourism Awards 2010 showcased the very best of Wales' tourism industry. Welsh hill farming Gareth Wyn Jones, the celebrity farmer's introduction to the Welsh hill farming experience. Top 5 Cardiff must-sees After some insider tips on the best places for a big day out in Cardiff? Look no further.