Christmas in the City
With both Cardiff and Swansea’s Christmas lights being switched-on last week it’s clear that the Christmas countdown has begun.
Wales’ biggest cities are getting into the festive spirit and there’s plenty to get involved no matter what age.
Last year Cardiff was rated one of the top cities in the UK where people enjoy visiting a Christmas market and the capital's Yuletide shopping bonanza is nothing less than spectacular.
Cardiff's Winter Wonderland
One of the main attractions in Cardiff over the festive period is Cardiff’s winter wonderland. Situated in front of the national museum the festive spectacular returns once again this year to entertain all ages.
Opening on the 10th November the winter wonderland will feature an outdoor ice-rink. After the previous year’s wet weather the Ice Rink operators are reducing the risk of people missing out by introducing a clear span roof and night lights to keep skaters dry.
In addition to the outdoor ice rink Winter Wonderland provides a variety of Festive family attractions. Including the 60m high big wheel (that’s the height of three double decker buses) so visitors can experience an exceptional view across the capital an even catch a glimpse at some of the cities amazing Christmas lights.
Once again returning to Cardiff for 2016 is the wonderland’s Alpine Village. The authentic chalet units are a popular catering area where visitors can enjoy festive food and sample a heart-warming Gluhwein or refreshing beer at the Bierkeller Bar.
Swansea’s Waterfront Winterland
For the 11th year, Museum Park (in the grounds of the National Waterfront Museum) will be transformed into a Winter Wonderland.
Last year tens of thousands of visitors enjoyed ice skating on the Admiral ice rink and children’s rink (the only one of its kind in Wales)
Visitors are also able to experience the festive family funfair, delicious foods from the Alpine dining cabins and the Big Wheel!
Fesitive fun wouldn’t be complete without a trip to Santa’s Grotto. Housed in a welcoming wooden chalet, children will be greeted by Santa Claus’ elves before meeting Santa and receiving a Christmas present from him.
Chestnuts roasting on an open fire may be a line from a famous Christmas song but it is also something you can experience yourself at Cardiff and Swansea’s outdoor Christmas Markets.
Run by Craft Folk for the past 20 years Cardiff’s Christmas market returns once again to get the people of Cardiff in the Christmas spirit. Located across some of Cardiff’s central shopping streets, with more than 190 exhibitors there is something for everyone.
The beautifully decorated wooden stalls line St John Street, Working Street, Hills Street, Trinity Street and the Hayes bringing a variety of food, alcohol, craft and gift producers together. The talented businesses and their unique products are what makes the market so special.
Mulled wine in hand and mince pie in the other take a walk through the crowds and experience the incredible atmosphere first hand.
The market will run from November 10 - December 23, 2016
The popular green and red wooden chalets make a welcome return to Swansea City Centre this Christmas!
Over 40 traders will arrive in Swansea offering the best choice of arts, crafts, handmade gifts, fine foods, unique and personalised Christmas decorations and so much more.
As well as being spoilt for choice with an array of gift ideas, a visit to Swansea Christmas Market offers a great day out! Sample some local specialities; stop and watch the art of glass blowing; or treat yourself to delicious crepes or German delicacies
Swansea Christmas Market is open 7 days a week from Thursday 24 November to Wednesday 21 December 2016. Opening hours are Monday to Saturday 9.30am to 5.30pm and Sunday 10.00am to 5.00pm.
A traditional festive occurrence is the pantomime and both Swansea and Cardiff are warming up to present some spectacular showings of Peter Pan and Sleeping Beauty.
Cardiff’s New Theatre pantomime will 'Hofficially' be the biggest and best yet with global television and entertainment mega-star David Hasselhoff as the dastardly Captain Hook in the swashbuckling adventure Peter Pan.
Fresh from winning ITV's Britain's Got Talent, Lance Corporal Richard Jones and Coach Trips’ Brendan Sheeran will be making magic and laughter in Swansea’s Sleeping Beauty.
The Wales Millennium Centre is proudly showing the multi-award winning musical Mary Poppins this Christmas. The magical story of the world’s favourite nanny arriving on Cherry Tree Lane has been triumphantly and spectacularly brought to the stage with dazzling choreography, incredible effects and unforgettable songs.
If this is something you’re interested in why not enquire about our package offer that includes a two night stay and Mary Poppins tickets! Call 029 2009 9889 for more details.
Coca Cola Truck tour
The popular Coca-Cola Christmas Truck Tour will be returning to the Cardiff on the 24th November, giving families the chance to get closer to the magic.
On your visit you'll have the chance to wander through an enchanted winter wonderland, before having your photo taken with the iconic truck.
Once the sun has set, you'll be invited to enjoy an incredible after-dark surprise as the Coca-Cola team screen a short Christmas animation onto the truck, powered by your goodwill and festive cheer!
Christmas carols are an integral part of the festive season. Most of us love a silent night sing-a-long but where exactly can you join in?
Within Cardiff and Swansea we are lucky enough to have multiple carol services across the Christmas month so there are plenty of opportunities to take part in the coming weeks….
Looking to visit Father Christmas this Christmas?
Mr Claus will be popping up in a variety of places in Cardiff this Christmas, including Cardiff Castle, Principality Stadium, and Cardiff Bay.
Swansea will not be missing out with Santa not only visiting the Winterland but also the city centre and the Gower Heritage centre.