A new year, a new you, striding forward with those cast iron resolutions... ah well, never mind! Wrap up and get a warm fuzzy feeling inside with this selection of events that will educate and entertain all ages. 

Winter in Swansea Bay

08 November 2022 - 08 January 2023.Swansea’s Waterfront Winterland returns to Museum Park, with an extended Alpine Village. There’s a host of funfair attractions and a range of festive food and drink, providing a perfect setting for socialising. Book ice skating online. Accessible sessions for skating are available during the first hour of skate sessions every Tuesday. New for 2022 are super saver tickets, offering substantial savings for families and students on skating, food and drink.

Cardiff Winter Wonderland

15 November 2022 - 08 January 2023. Enjoy ice skating, funfare rides, including the Big Wheel in the centre of our capital city. Cardiff Winter Wonderland takes place at Cardiff Castle and the City Hall lawn.

Luminate Wales, Margam

17 November 2022  - 02 January 2023. A spectacular, illuminated trail, full of wonder and intrigue, to delight and enthral your senses at the historic gardens of Margam Country Park and Castle. See Luminate Wales for more information.

The Garden of Wales Winter Light Trail, Carmarthenshire

01 December 2022 - 02 January 2023. Luminate comes to the National Botanic Garden of Wales this winter. Enjoy the Garden of Wales Winter Light Trail, a spectacular mile long illuminated trail, with fabulous interactive light play, all set to ambient music.

Reindeer Trail at Elan Valley

01 December 2022 - 08 January 2023. Santa's reindeer have escaped. Follow the trail map and help to find them all.  The Reindeer Trail at Elan Valley trail map is available from the Elan Valley Visitor Centre for £2 per child, collect a gift on your return. 10am – 4pm. 

Pen y Garreg Dam in full flow.
panoramic view of Pen y Garreg Dam.

Pen y Garreg Dam, Elan Valley, Mid Wales

New Year's Day walk, Llanwrtyd Wells

01 January. Start of the New Year with a walk in Llanwrtyd Wells in Mid Wales.

Find out more about the walk and other events throughout the year on the Green Events website.

New Year's Day Swim, Saundersfoot

01 January 2023. The Saundersfoot New Year's Day Swim returns in 2023 and will be the village's 37th swim.  The last swim in 2020 attracted over 2,000 swimmers.  

Fan Dance winter series, Pen y Fan

07 - 08 January 2023. The Fan Dance Race is a gruelling 24km non-navigational race over two sides of Pen y Fan, the highest mountain in the Brecon Beacons. This infamous route has long been a part of SAS (Special Air Service) and SBS (Special Boat Service) selection.

Hen Galan, Pembrokeshire

13 January. The New Year starts on the 1st January, right? Wrong. 

If you're in the Gwaun Valley in Pembrokeshire the New Year starts on the 13th. The people of this valley have carried on with the ancient Julian calendar (instead of the Gregorian calendar). Children welcome in the New Year by visiting their neighbours singing for gifts.

Find out more about Hen Galan.

St Dwynwen's Day event, Caerphilly Castle

22 January 2023. To celebrate St Dwynwen’s Day, there's a special event at Caerphilly Castle. Enjoy a custodian led tour of the castle, plus talks about St Dwynwen. There are also craft activities and card making. 


Dydd Santes Dwynwen

25 January. This is St Dwynwen’s Day, when we honour our Welsh patron saint of lovers. It’s our very own version of St Valentine’s Day - although we celebrate that, too.

Lighthous and ruins on Llanddwyn Island.

St Dwynwen's Church at Llanddwyn Island on Anglesey

National Museum events

There are a number of events at our seven National Museums throughout the year. As well as events at the museums, there are often Digital Events too.

Search for more festive swims.

Search for more events in January

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