December, as we all know, is about family and the magic of Christmas. Here are some great ways to fill up your stocking with fun, festive activities in Wales for all the family.

Featured events in December

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Christmas shopping, markets and winter wonderlands

There are a range of Christmas markets and other places to get your Christmas shopping across Wales. 

From around mid November until early January there are winter wonderlands, which feature fun rides and seasonal ice skating rinks.

girl skating holding a penguin skate aid.
Big wheel and winter wonderland aerial view.
skaters on indoor skating rink with lights.

Waterfront Winterland, Swansea, West Wales

Other events and things to do in December

18 November - 24 December 2023. Gower Fresh Christmas Trees, Three Crosses, Swansea, is home to Swansea Winter Wonderland and Grotto

24 November - 24 December 2023. Reindeer Lodge with a drive-thru reindeer safari experience, Santa's Grotto and theatre show, hidden Elf village and Toy Workshop.

29 November to 24 December 2023. Garden of Wales Winter Light Trail, National Botanic Garden of Wales.

29 November - 31 December 2023. Luminate Wales, Margam Park.

01 - 03 December 2023. Enjoy the family friendly Portmeirion Food & Craft Fair, with great local food and drink, plus entertainment.

03 December 2023. Cardiff Santa Dash.

25/26 December and 01 January. Festive swims and dips in various locations, usually on Christmas or Boxing Day or New Year's Day. 

27 December 2023. Coral Welsh Grand National.

31 DecemberNos Galan Races.

31 December. Mari Lwyd and New Year Walk In.

31 December 2023. Ghost hunt, Gwrych Castle.


group of people with lights.
people in fancy dress on beach.

Luminate Wales, Margam Park, Neath Port Talbot, West Wales and Porthcawl Christmas Day Swim, Vale of Glamorgan, South Wales

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