December, as we all know, is about family and the magic of Christmas. Here's some great ways to fill up your stocking with fun, festive activities in Wales for all the family.
Christmasland Chronicles, Bluestone
2 November – 20 December 2021. Enjoy an exciting adventure with the Bluestone Elves at Bluestone in Pembrokeshire. Enjoy the magical Christmasland festival, which this year is The Christmasland Chronicles.
Cardiff Christmas Market
12 November – 23 December. Cardiff Christmas Market will take place on St John Street, Working Street, the Hayes, Hills Street and Trinity Street and will include an exciting and eclectic mix of both new and returning exhibitors to tempt you as their original, hand made work is the essence of what makes our market so different and special every year.
Christmas in Bute Park
25 November - 31 December 2021. Enjoy a magical new light trail, flame garden, enchanting fairy tree forest, laser shows and mirror balls, as well as funfair rides, locally sourced street food in Bute Park in Cardiff.
Find out more about Christmas in Bute Park.
Tenby Boxing Day Swim
26 December. Want a novel way to freshen up after the Christmas over-indulgence? How about taking part in this charity fundraising event? Nearly 600 participants run into the inviting sea in their best fancy dress. You can of course opt to simply spectate from the shore staying warm and dry.
Find out more about the Tenby Boxing Day Swim.
Reindeer safari, Mold
27 November - 24 December 2021. Reindeer Lodge are offering up a drive-through reindeer safari experience and theatre show that you can enjoy from the comfort of your own car. You can choose a day ticket to enjoy the stunning scenery or a night ticket to see the woodland illuminated. There's also a hidden Elf village and a drive-thru Santa's Grotto and Toy Workshop.
Nos Galan Races
31 December. Celebrate the achievements of Guto Nyth Brân (Griffith Morgan) on New Year's 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 Virtual Challenge.
Mari Lwyd and New Year Walk In
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 Lwyd and New Year Walk In
Christmas in Swansea Bay
TBC. If you're visiting Swansea during the Christmas period, there's plenty to keep you busy. Museum Park will once again be transformed into the Alpine Village, including seated and takeaway food and a rides and games area. Oxford Street will host the Christmas Market - where you can find a selection of unique gifts, tempting treats and beautiful decorations.
Caerphilly Christmas Market
TBC December 2021. Experience the sights, sounds and smells of Caerphilly town and castle and prepare for Christmas with delicious food, the smell of mulled wine, exciting street theatre and over 100 food, craft & gift stalls. Find the perfect gifts at Caerphilly Christmas Market… whether it's wine, liqueurs, chocolates, jewellery or something a little more unusual. Feel festive as you browse the Christmas decorations and seasonal stalls (while sampling some tasty food and drink of course!)
Find out more about Caerphilly Christmas Market
Coral Welsh Grand National
TBC December 2021. Usually just after Boxing Day. Watch the action and place a few bets at one of the biggest horse races of the year. All the family can have a fun post-Christmas day out, including a Christmas choir, human statues and face painters for the children.
Find out more about the Coral Welsh Grand National