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VisitWalesFestive events in Wales

December 2015


With the festive season upon us, Cardiff and other leading towns and cities in Wales are being taken over by Christmas cheer, food markets, ice rinks and magical winter wonderlands. Sip mulled wine at Wrexham Christmas market; discover a Victorian Christmas at a 13th century medieval castle, or take the little ones to visit Santa this Christmas at the Brecon Mountain Railway.

Cardiff Christmas Market, now until 23 December 2015
Cardiff transforms into a ‘Christmas city’ as over 75 stalls, with a rolling programme of over 190 exhibitors, take centre stage at Cardiff Christmas Market. The market is located throughout the pedestrianised streets of Cardiff city centre, including St John Street, St John's Church area, Working Street, The Hayes, Hills Street and Trinity Street. It's perfect for present hunting and enjoying delicious treats including German sausages cooked on a traditional swing grill and freshly made crepes. It is also only a short stroll from Cardiff’s Winter Wonderland which boasts an ice skating rink and an Alpine village.

Wrexham Victorian Christmas Market, 10 - 15 December 2015
The Wrexham Victorian Christmas Market is one of the most eagerly awaited events in the town’s calendar, attracting thousands of shoppers each year, with music and entertainment.  Located in the most picturesque part of the town centre, the market comes into its own and takes on a magical look as darkness approaches and each stall is lit and decorated with greenery and tiny twinkling lights.

Swansea Christmas Street Market, 25 November – 22 DecemberExperience the lights, entertainment and a lovely array of shopping opportunities at Swansea's Christmas Street Market.  Oxford Street will boast an abundance of stalls offering the best choice of arts, crafts, handmade gifts, fine foods, speciality products, unique Christmas decorations and festive essentials. When they’re all shopped out, visitors can head over to the city’s Waterfront Winterland for some festive cheer.

A Magical Victorian Christmas at Picton Castle, 24 November – 19 December 2015
Visitors are invited to go on a magical Victorian Christmas tour of this stunning 13th century medieval castle in Pembrokeshire. The tour includes the opportunity to explore the magnificent staterooms, beautifully dressed in Victoriana style with Christmas trees, garlands, twinkling lights and a welcoming log fire in the Great Hall. Guests can also enjoy mulled wine and mince pies in the elegant Regency Dining Room, where the table will be laid for a sumptuous Victorian Christmas feast.
Tickets:  £10.00 per person (groups of 20 or more)

Santa Specials, Brecon Mountain Railway,
December 5th, 6th, 12th 13th, 19th, 20th, 21st, 22nd, 23rd 2015

Children can visit Santa this Christmas and ride the railway to Santa's grotto - the perfect festive day out for families.
Travel by Steam Hauled Train from Pant Station to Santa's Grotto where everyone will receive a present from Father Christmas.  Sherry and mince pies are also served to the adults.

Trains leave at 10.30 12.15 14.00 15.45 17.30
Babies    - (Under 36 months) FREE      
Children - (15 and under)        £11.75
Adults     -                                     £13.75

Conwy Medieval Christmas, 5 December

The annual Conwy Medieval Christmas includes a hog roast, an elf school for the children, craft making classes, storytelling, birds of prey, musicians, dancers, Santa Claus, and outdoor fairground games. There is even a torch lit parade at 17:45.

Abergavenny Christmas Food Festival, 13 December 2015

With a huge array of the best regional speciality food producers and demonstrations from top chefs, the Abergavenny Christmas Food Festival promises to be a great mix of good produce, festive cheer and tastings – all happening in and around Abergavenny’s Market Hall and Brewery Yard.

Nos Galan Road Races, 31 December 2015

The annual New Year’s Eve Nos Galan Road Races commemorate the 18th-century Welsh runner Guto Nyth Brân (who was supposedly so quick, he could blow out his candle and be in bed before it was dark). There are races for all abilities, street entertainment, funfair and a fabulous firework display.

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