Christmas in Cardiff

Christmas in Cardiff

Today, kicks off everything Christmas in Cardiff, and here’s our guide so you don’t miss a thing.


Cardiff’s name replacement of what effectively is the ‘Christmas light switch-on’. Today (November 12th) will see the city transform into it’s Christmas-Self, to officially start the Christmas season. There will be a reindeer pulling Santa through the street’s of Cardiff, starting at Cardiff’s Central Library at 4:45pm and then heading to St Mary Street until 7:30pm. There will be lots of entertainment to ensure after the three hour event you will be truly in the Christmas spirit.


The festive open air ice rink returns, an attraction which can be enjoyed by all ages. As well as a traditional funfair from Helter Skelter to hook a duck, all with a  Christmas twist. They’ve also brought back last year’s popular Alpine village, a place to relax, eat and drink. There’s a new Bierkeller bar which lets you sample the wide range of German beer, as well as a variety of traditional German sausages, crepes and hot beverages. Sponsored a second year running by WalesOnline, you can expect another year of Chirstmassy fun for everyone! Last year the ice rink was attended by more than 60,000 people with 300,000 visiting the Winter Wonderland. This year they will hope to break another record… another reason why Cardiff is a great place to live!

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In addition to the usual things you can expect from Winter Wonderland, this year they have also announced a brand new Ice Kingdom which also opens today (November 12th) until January 2016. This will be an -8 degree hall of wintery welsh ice sculptures, similar to that of London’s Hyde Park attraction.  The Ice Kingdom will feature an ice throne, a welsh dragon and of course, a rugby ball. Over 45 tonnes of ice have been transformed into works of ‘Ice Art’ scuplted by the some of the best in the world. Situated within Winter Wonderland, it is recommended tickets are to be booked in advance….


Cardiff largest shopping centre is now open for late night Christmas shopping, complete with an array of Christmas decorations, an oversized Christmas stocking and lots of festivities, the shopping starts now! With some of the major retailers open until 9pm daily. There are lots a shopper’s discounts as well as a new Flagship store for H&M opening November 25th, with exclusive promotions between 6pm-9pm, this will be there biggest store in the UK.


The traditional Christmas Markets will run from Thursday 12th November until Wednesday 23rd December. The markets will dominate St John Street, Working Street, The Hayes, Hills Street and Trinity Street. For original and unique Christmas inspiration this will be the place to visit. There will be over 190 exhibitors selling a wide selection of gifts from small welsh businesses, there will be something for everyone. Whilst you’re there take advantage of the seasonal hot turkey stuffing and cranberry baguettes, mmm!

For specific trading hours see here


No Christmas shopping trip would be complete without a visit to Santa so visit him in his spectacular log cabin on Queen Street and listen to Rudolph sing! Beautifully housed within a wooden chalet, Santa’s grotto brings sparkle and wonder to any child’s festive season .£6 per child with 2 accompanying adults – Buy your tickets at the Grotto, tickets are not available to buy in advance.


Mermaid Quay Christmas Light switch on event will take place on Saturday November 14th between 1pm and 5pm. The Tenovus Cancer Care choirs will be belting out the Christmas carols as well as performances from Christmas Pudding and Christmas ted. With lots of restaurants, you could make a day of it here. Suitable for all ages.


November 22nd will mark the annual Roath switch on, focussing on Wellfield Road there will be some Festive Disney characters getting involved in this event. There will be a main stage with plenty of entertainment for all ages.


November 22nd, Cardiff’s suburb, Whitchurch will commence the Christmas light switch on. Another hub of entertainment here, including music and a parade. The main street will be closed to mark this annual event.


An out of Cardiff Christmas Fayre, is hosted in Caerphilly Castle. This year’s theme is ‘A Victorian Christmas’ so expect Punch and Judy, traditional Christmas Carols, ferret racing and a Victorian fairground. Seasonal refreshments of mulled wine and hearty stews as well as boasting a full traditional Christmas market of local welsh traders. Tickets and pricing can be found here


Officially on Friday 18th December, it’s the last Friday before Christmas, so at this point there is no excuse for anyone not being in the Christmas spirit! Whether it’s a competition in the workplace or a fundraising event for charity, everyone should take part in this, we certainly will!


The Wales Millennium Centre are hosting the musical Shrek.

The New Theatre will be putting on the pantomime production of Aladdin.

St David’s Hall has a variety of Christmas Ballets including The Snow Maiden, The Nutcracker and Swan Lake.

Published: November 12, 2015