Events in Wales during December

December, we all know its all about family and the magic of Christmas. But this year, set 'It's a Wonderful Life' to record. Put that 2nd (or is it 3rd?) box of chocolates down and as a certain TV programme used to say 'switch off your television set and go out and do something less boring instead'. So here's some great ways to do just that in Wales.

  • Planet Rockstock, Trecco Bay
    Planet Rockstock, Trecco Bay by Nick Elliott

    04 - 06 December 

    An action-packed weekend of live music and entertainment with over 25 bands including head-liners Rival Sons, The Darkness and FM.

    Find out more about Planet Rockstock 
  • Real Ale Train, Llangollen Railway

    Real Ale Train, North Wales Borderlands

     by Andrew Gale

    10 December

    All aboard The Real Ale Train! Enjoy a selection of real ales on a real steam train while taking in the scenic surroundings of this part of North Wales.

    Find out more about the Real Ale Train

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

    10 – 11 December

    Experience the sights, sounds and smells of a town and castle preparing for Christmas. Over 100 traders will descend on the town, along with activities and entertainment for the family. Enter the castle to discover a medieval castle dressed for the occasion, where you can enjoy entertainment as well as the chance to see Father Christmas and his sleigh.

    Find out more about Caerphilly Christmas Fayre

  • 14 – 31 December

    Step into a magical world of bizarre contraptions, creative games and puzzles as you meet Billy, son of ice rink impresarios Barry and Francine, and help him find his confidence and creativity! Explore rooms around Theatr Clwyd to tell this positive Christmas story ending with a skate on the ice.

    Find out more about The Nutcracker

  • Children playing in the snow in between the trains.
    Ffestiniog & Welsh Highland Railway, Porthmadog by Ffestiniog & Welsh Highland Railways

    Various dates in December: Santa Trains

    December 10th, 11th, 17th, 18th, 22nd, 23rd: Welsh Highland Railway - Santa Trains. Santa certainly comes to town when he and his elves aboard the festive trains from Caernarfon. These trains are as good as going to the pantomime! 

    December 10th, 11th, 17th, 18th, 22nd: Ffestiniog Railway - Victorian Santa Trains. A traditional Victorian family Christmas with carol singing on the platform, sherry and mince pies and, of course, Santa will be handing out presents to all the kids.

    Find out more about Ffestiniog Railway and Welsh Highland Railway

  • Tenby Boxing Day Swim, Pembrokeshire

    Tenby Boxing Day Swim, Pembrokeshire

    26 December

    Want a novel way to freshen up after all of that Christmas over indulging? How about taking in part in this charity fund raising event? Join nearly 600 others and run into the inviting sea with your best fancy dress on. Or simply spectate from within the warmth of the crowd.

    Find out more about the Tenby Boxing Day Swim

  • Coral Welsh Grand National at Chepstow racecourse.
    Coral Welsh Grand National, Chepstow by Chepstow racecourse

    27 December

    Watch the action and place a few bets at one of the biggest horse races of the year. There is a range of exciting entertainment during the day to ensure you have a fun post Christmas day out. There's something for all the family with a Christmas choir, human statues and face painters for the children.

    Find out more about the Coral Welsh Grand National

  • The gravestone of Guto Nyth Brân (Griffith Morgan)

    The grave of Guto Nyth Brân (Griffith Morgan)

     by Rhodri ap Hywel

    31 December

    Celebrate the achievements of Guto Nyth Brân (Griffith Morgan) on New Years Eve in the South Wales Valleys with the Nos Galan Road Races. There are numerous tales of Guto, including one that he could run so fast he could catch a bird in flight. Each year a famous sports personality takes part, so come along and find out who it is this year!

    Find out more about the Nos Galan Road Races

  • Mari Llwyd at St Fagans National History Museum

    Mari Llywd at St Fagans National History Museum

     by Huw

    31 December

    The ancient Welsh New Year custom of parading the skull of a horse around the parish to bring luck for the year ahead has been revived in many places. The Mari’s party try to gain access by singing, and those inside barter back, also in song.

    Find out more about Mari Llwyd and New Year Walk In

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