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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.

Christmasland Chronicles, Bluestone

02 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

11 November - 23 December 2021. 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.

nighttime shot of Christmas market stall selling lamps with people in the foreground.

Stall at the Cardiff Christmas Market

Christmas in Swansea Bay

12 November 2021 - 24 December 2021. Swansea’s Museum Park will be transformed into the City’s ultimate festive hotspot, 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. The Waterfront Winterland has a new and extended layout.

This year features Swansea’s first Ice Walk, which will meander through the park’s trees, with twinkling lights to guide you on your way. Tickets for Ice Skating can be booked on the Ticketsource website.

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

Waterfront Winterland, Swansea

Cardiff's Winter Wonderland

16 November 2021 - 24 December 2021. This year Cardiff’s Winter Wonderland is spread across two locations at the heart of the city centre. Cardiff Castle will be home to both an all-weather covered ice rink and a 150m ice walk, with the 12th Century Norman Keep featuring as its stunning backdrop.

A stone’s throw away at City Hall Lawns, the traditional favourites of funfair rides and attractions, as well as the Big Wheel. City Hall’s popular Sur La Piste bar has been extended to allow more guests to enjoy the après-ski ambience and will be accompanied for 2021 by an all-new Ice Bar, sculpted exclusively for Cardiff’s Winter Wonderland. Enjoy a refreshing Christmas-shopping break at -10 degrees. To book ice skating tickets go to the Cardiff Winter Wonderland website.

Ice skater with top hat and jacket with stars.
wooden ski lodge with Christmas tree.

Cardiff Winter Wonderland

Luminate Wales

18 November - 24 December 2021. 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. Tickets must be pre-booked, online in advance. See Luminate Wales website for more information.

group of people with lights.
two females walking through archway with multiple lights.

Luminate Wales, Margam Park, Neath Port Talbot 

Welsh Aber Falls Farmers’ Market

19- 21, 27 and 28 November, 04, 05, 11, 12, 18 and 19 December 2021. Enjoy a range of goods from some of the best bakers, makers and traders in Wales at the Welsh Aber Falls Farmers’ Market. The market takes place over five weekends in November and December, with entertainment on Friday 19 November including a Christmas light switch on and choir on the final night of the market.

Christmas in Bute Park

25 November 2021 - 3 January 2022. 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.

Christmas shopping in Swansea

26 November - 21 December 2021. Oxford Street hosts a Christmas Market, where you can find a selection of unique gifts, tempting treats and beautiful decorations.

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.

Christmas Enchanted Adventures at Fonmon Castle

Throughout December 2021. Enjoy the Christmas Enchanted Adventures at Fonmon Castle, Vale of Glamorgan. There's a Santa Show, festive lights, themed walks, rides and a festive market, alongside the existing popular medieval and dinosaur attractions.

Festive Afternoon Tea, Bodnant Gardens

Throughout December 2021. Enjoy a Festive Afternoon Tea at Bodnant Gardens, Conwy. Treat yourself with a selection of sandwiches, a festive spiced muffin, mince pie, cranberry and orange scone with jam and cream plus a hot drink of your choice. You can add prosecco or mulled wine too. Booking is essential.

Llandudno 5K Santa Run

04 December 2021. The Llandudno 5K Santa Run is a real family event where even the family pet is welcome to come along and join in the festivities. The 5km route takes you along the beautiful sea front of Llandudno North Shore. The entry fee includes a Santa Suit and your finisher’s medal.

Caerphilly Winter Food & Craft Market

04 December 2021. While the traditional Christmas fayre won't be back until 2022, the Caerphilly Winter Food & Craft Market will take place in Caerphilly town centre. It is one of four winter food and craft markets taking place in Caerphilly County Borough during November and December.

 

Christmas at Dinefwr

04 - 05, 11 - 12 and 18 - 19 December 2021. At the National Trust's Dinefwr, Llandeilo, enjoy weekends with a different festive activities. Father Christmas is available on Sundays (pre book).

 

 

 

Santa’s Tea Party, Celtic Manor Resort

04 - 24 December 2021. Santa’s Tea Party is a magical festive experience is where grown-ups and children, alike, will be fully immersed into a Christmassy wonderland as they step into the stunning Caernarfon Suite to enjoy afternoon tea with Santa, with an exciting virtual twist!

As well as their own delicious afternoon tea, children will enjoy a very special chance to see, hear and interact with the man himself when he dials in from ho-ho-home for a fun group video call from the North Pole!

A Brenig Merry Christmas

04 and 05 December 2021. Keep your little ones entertained with a Brenig Merry Christmas at Llyn Brenig, Conwy, with lots of fun activities. There’s a Christmas reindeer trail with nine naughty reindeers who have hidden and festive crafting and colouring in. Meet Santa and get a gift plus there are hot drinks, snacks and soup on sale. The gift shop has a range of locally made produce including wine, biscuits and gin and there are gifts including cushions, coasters, mugs and jugs.

Merthyr Mawr Pudding Race

05 December 2021. The Merthyr Mawr Pudding Race is a 10k multi terrain race, which takes place in the beautiful area of Merthyr Mawr Estate, Bridgend. Race in the second biggest sand dune in Europe and enjoy a mulled wine and mince pie stop. Competitors can choose to receive a Christmas Pudding at the finish line or the organisers will donate the equivalent amount to charity.

people at start of race on sandy beach.
group of people in festive running costumes.
man with Christmas hat running through water, with other runners and bare trees in background.

Merthyr Mawr Pudding Race

Santa’s Grotto, Blaenavon Ironworks

04, 05, 11, 12, 18 and 19 December 2021. Meet Santa at Blaenavon Ironworks. There’s a Christmas trail too. Booking is essential.

Cardiff Santa & Elf Dash, Cardiff Bay

05 December 2021. Walk, run or simply support those raising money for charity in the Cardiff Santa & Elf Dash 2021. Starting at 12pm, you are bound to see lots of people in festive outfits. All ticket money goes to charity. Children, pushchairs and dogs are welcome.

Christmas Fair at Llys-y-Frân Lake Visitor Centre

05 December 2021. Buy presents at the Christmas Fair at Llys-y-Frân Lake Visitor Centre, Pembrokeshire. There will be handmade and artisan gifts including jewellery by Emma Bourton from Fishguard, unique gifts including reindeer shoes from Artisan blacksmith James Barnes from Yr Hen Gof Forge based in Solva and a selection of sustainably made soaps by Clarby Soap, located just outside Haverfordwest. Enjoy seasonal hot drinks and a winter and Christmas menu in the visitors' centre.

Festive Afternoon Tea with Santa, New House Country Hotel, Cardiff

05, 12, 19, 20, 21 December 2021. Child perfect for celebrating with family and friends, enjoy a festive afternoon tea, a visit from Santa too. Arrival from 12 noon, Tea from 12.30 Please note only children under the age of 12 will receive a gift from Santa.

Telephone 02920 520280 to book. Pre booking is essential.

Museum Talks: Christmas and New Year Traditions

09 December 2021. Discover some of the Christmas and New Year traditions in Wales, including Plygain and Mari Lwyd. This online Museum Talks event is available in Welsh or English and there's a pay what you can donation. 

 

 

 

Father Christmas and Friends - At Home

11 December 2021. Sit on your sofa and enjoy an afternoon of festive magic with Father Christmas and Friends - At Home. Watch the video call from the Secret Forest in Lapland. Learn how to make gingerbread with Mother Christmas, while the elves will be making paper snowflakes and snow globes. Meet some of the reindeer, sing along to festive tunes and discover some cool Welsh traditions.

This event is aimed at children aged 3 to 8 and is available in Welsh or English. This is a National Museum Wales digital event. Booking is required and charges apply.

 

Blackwood Winter Food & Craft Market

11 December 2021. Blackwood Winter Food & Craft Market features around 25 food and craft stalls, plus there's a selection of children's funfair rides and street entertainment. Blackwood has a number of independent shops too. It is one of four winter food and craft markets taking place in Caerphilly County Borough during November and December.

Cotyledon's Christmas Food and Craft Market

11 December 2021. The Cotyledon Christmas Food and Craft Market takes place in the car park of Tredegar House, Newport. The event is free and booking is not required.

Magical Christmas at the Silver Mountain Experience

11 and 12 and 18 - 23 December 2021. Enjoying a Magical Christmas at the Silver Mountain ExperienceExplore the Elves’ workshop and find Santa in his grotto. Activities include Christmas cookie decorating and access to the Surface Attractions.

 

Winter and Christmas events at Tredegar House

Various dates late November and throughout December. There are a number of winter and festive events at the National Trust's Tredegar House, Newport, including a winter wander with Percy the park keeper, Twelve Days of Christmas trail and a self-led Christmas craft in the orangery. There are also Yuletide walks, plus a magical music weekend on 18 and 19 December and Scrooge returns. 

Brunch with Santa, Llandegfedd lakes

18 and 19 December 2021Enjoy Brunch with Santa, at Llandegfedd lakesLakeside Café at Llandegfedd Lakes Visitor Centre, Monmouthshire will be decorated for Christmas, with festive music to enjoy. Santa will arrive by speedboat, chat to children and give them a gift.

Christmas Trail, Chepstow Castle

18 - 23 and 27 - 31 December 2021. Enjoy a festive trail around Chepstow Castle

Tenby Boxing Day Swim

26 December 2022. 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 North beach 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.

Swimmers jumping in Santa Claus / Father Christmas costumes.

Boxing Day swimmers in festive costume about to brave the winter sea in Tenby!

Coral Welsh Grand National

TBC 2022 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 at Chepstow Racecourse, including a Christmas choir, human statues and face painters for the children.

Find out more about the Coral Welsh Grand National

Chepstow Racecourse showing the circuit and spectator stands.

Chepstow Racecourse, which has been home to the Coral Welsh Grand National since 1949

Brother Thomas the Cellarer, Tintern Abbey

28 December 2021. Brother Thomas the Cellarer will take you back in time at Tintern Abbey and tell you about the workings of the abbey. Learn about the life of the monks and attend religious services throughout the day.

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.

Night photo of three men crouched at grave with wreath and flaming torch.
two males running at event with blurred audience and barriers.
statue of man running with multi coloured strings of lights in background.

Nos Galan Road Races

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

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