Cardiff’s annual Winter Wonderland is making a return this year!!
Get ready for mulled wine, an ice rink and bratwurst to return to your winter itinerary, the much loved winter wonderland is back and now spread over two sites!
The annual Christmas attraction is a highlight of the festive season which was forced to cut short its ice-skating attraction due to public safety concerns during Lockdown. Now it’s back bigger than ever and it will be spread over two locations in the city.
Similar to last year the open-air Ice Walk and rink will be inside the Castle grounds which will includ a wider pathway, to allow greater social distancing. The trail will take skaters around the castle grounds past glittering animals.
The second site outside city hall will host the 33m high Big Wheel which will give riders breath-taking views across the city, and there will also be a small selection of festive family rides and games in that area as Sayers Events and Cardiff Council create some much-needed seasonal cheer. Work will start next week on building the ‘Christmas at the Castle’ attractions in the heart of the city and winter wonderland on the lawns outside City hall.
City Hall Lawns will boast two spectacular bars for 2021 – with a new-and-improved Sur La Piste Bar with rooftop terrace and even a brand-new Ice Bar! Visitors will be able to chill (quite literally) in -10-degree temperatures and take their best selfies in Cardiff’s newest and coolest Instagram hotspot.
Running from Thursday, November 16, to Sunday, January 3, daily from 11:00 – 22:00 Christmas at the Castle is being managed according to rigorous safety standards designed to allow visitors to enjoy themselves in a COVID-safe, socially-distanced environment.
Visitors will pay for each attraction individually, with pre-booking required for the Ice Walk and rink only. Operated by A2H Live, Ice Skating bookings are available now Ticket Source £9 for a child, £12 for an adult and £35 for a family of 4.
The attractions will be open from 11 each day, with the Ice Walk closing at 9pm on weekdays, and 10pm on Fridays and Saturdays. The moat attractions are open until 10pm every night. With 53 days to enjoy the festivities, visitors are advised to avoid the likely busy periods, such as weekend evenings, so that social distancing can be maintained.
Cabinet Member for Culture and Leisure, Cllr Peter Bradbury said:
“Cardiff’s Winter Wonderland is a stand-out event for the capital and a firm favourite in the city’s seasonal festivities.
“The news that 2021 will see Cardiff’s biggest Winter Wonderland yet, at two of our most iconic landmarks, is fantastic and means we can welcome visitors over plenty of space for a safe experience at this first-class attraction.”
Organiser of Cardiff’s Winter Wonderland, Norman Sayers said:
“We are delighted to bring Winter Wonderland back to Cardiff for another year and to offer visitors a whole new experience with the use of both City Hall Lawns and the grounds at Cardiff
There is also plenty to enjoy in Christmas at the Castle – with the festive Christmas decorations, it’s one of the best times of the year to buy a ticket and explore the splendid Castle rooms. Visitors can book onto the new private Santa tours with people from their own household, they can grab a drink and a bite to eat in the Keep Dining Experience, where they can relax and take in one of the best views in the city, and even indulge in some Christmas shopping for unique Welsh presents in the gift shop.