How To Spend The Perfect Christmas In Cardiff

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas!

The festive season has arrived and it’s now acceptable to start swigging mulled wine and getting this Christmas playlists together. Naturally, we’re seeking out the very best ways to make the most of it before it inevitably comes to an abrupt end.

Fancy celebrating in style this year? Here’s everything, we’ve found to make the yule time merry.

Take part in the Santa Dash around Cardiff Bay

Officially the biggest festive run in Wales is back. Under current restrictions the Dash is set to be as big as ever before. Sign up for the lifesaving 5k dash and raise some money for a superb cause before the holidays. Bring the little ones too for the Elf Dash!

Sip on Afternoon Tea with Santa and his Friends

Santa’s going to be a busy boy this year, darting between St David’s Centre and the Bay but he’ll be in The Lo Lounge, nevertheless, fuelling up on afternoon tea to get ready for the big day. Meet Santa  and friends


Catch the Panto at the New Theatre

This years Panto at the New Theatre is a star-studded cast performing the Christmas classic, Aladdin. Paul Chuckle, Gareth Thomas, Stephanie Webber and the one and only Gareth Gates to name a few! Packed full of the traditional pantomime ingredients audiences have come to know and love. Nothing quite beats a Panto and after missing the show last year, we are eager to sink our teeth into this one.

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Pick your own Christmas Tree at Clearwell Farm

Come and get your tree at a farm owned by the Phillips family for over a century, with their ancestors dating back to the 1600’s. It doesn’t get more locally grown than that! Offering trees and wreaths all grown here in South Wales, you can decorate your house in style. Head down to Clearwell Farm where you can pick your own tree, the perfect start to your Christmas.

Sip a drink at the new Ice Bar

Brand new for 2021 is Cardiff Winter Wonderland’s Ice Bar. At a cool -10°C the Ice Bar has ice sculptures of polar bears and penguins.

Tickets include overcoat hire, as well as a shot glass made entirely of ice with a choice of colourful AU Vodka or Jägermeister shot, or a non-alcoholic option.

Beauty and the Beast at the WMC

Disney’s beloved ‘tale as old as time’ is perfect fun for the whole family.

Spectacularly reimagined using the latest theatrical innovations, this beloved ‘tale as old as time’ will be brought to life on stage like never before at the Wales Millennium Centre from the 9th December.

Wizard of Oz at the Motorpoint Arena

The UK’s biggest panto will hit Cardif,

The Wizard Of Oz, the largest panto will be in Cardiff this festive season. Starring The One Show celeb Matt Baker, the performance turns the classic tale of Dorothy and the Yellow Brick Road into a grand spectacular .

Grab a festive burger

Christmas just wouldn’t be Christmas without a Christmas burger now, would it?

Looking for some banging Christmas burger?
Then our list of the perfect festive pattiesI one you’re going to want to work your way through.

Browse quirky Christmas gifts at the annual festive Markets

Follow the trail through the centre of town on a magical tour of dozens of totally unique stalls, many full of handmade and locally produced craft items and delicious foods to fill your stockings. You can buy art, wine, ceramics, brownies and much much more. Find a gift for your family that is truly special.

Meet Norbert the magical talking Reindeer at the St David’s Santa’s Grotto

Totally upstaging the big man in red this year is Norbert the singing reindeer. Galloping into town as part of the Believe event in St David’s, you can sing a song with Rudolf’s number one rival to warm you up for your big moment with Santa. Running right up until Christmas Eve so you have plenty of time to brush up your lists.

Take the family to LOL Surprise

Dust off your glad rags because we’ve all been invited to a VIP Party! The whole gang will be there; Mallory, Lady Diva, Royal Bee, Swag and Neonlicious are inviting us all to get up and dance with your most fashionable BBF’s in this concert for all the family.

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Discover The Botanist Rooftop Winter Garden

Tis the season to celebrate whilst looking over Cardiff’s picturesque winter skyline. Back by popular demand, the rooftop pods are returning to The Botanist. In association with Rekorderlig Cider, the Botanist will launch the pods that you can book for a group of friends to sip bubbly with and escape the chaos of the shopping frenzy down below.

Marvel at the magic of Beauty and the Beast in the Wales Millennium Centre

Rivalling the panto this year is a spectacular reimagining of the Disney classic, Beauty and the Beast. And you guessed it… the Wales Millennium Centre are proudly inviting you to be their guest. The tale as old as time is brought to life before your very eyes, as the Broadway smash hit show comes to Cardiff after 26 years of wowing audiences across the globe.

Munch on a German Sausage at the Market

We may have already mentioned the market as a perfect place to buy your gifts, but don’t forget there is also a whole host of street food and drink available. Grab a Bratwurst and some sliced potatoes drowning in cheese. Wash it all down with a few pints from the Alpine bars. Doesn’t that sound like something worth braving the cold for? We think so.

Santa’s Stories at De Courceys Manor,

Enjoy a warm elf welcome and soak up the festive atmosphere in our elegant dining room, where the little ones will be treated to festive cookies and a drink and the grown ups will enjoy our homemade mince pies with mulled wine or soft drink.

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Sing some XXXmas Christmas Carols down the Bay

Finally, a Christmas event that caters to the naughty list. Putting the ‘ass’ back into Christm-ass, Poly Amorous and friends do Dickens in Cardiff’s own chaotic anti-panto at the Wales Millennium Centre. Gather round for a bizarre retelling of Charles Dickens’ Christmas Carol which is more tinsel covered fever dream than cathartic journey for dear of Scrooge. Featuring a whole host of South Wales artists, you won’t want to miss early Christmas present that’s a lot more naughty than nice.

Catch a Christmas Film at The Deck

One to bring your biggest of woolly coats to, The Deck are rolling out a movie marathon along with Santa’s little helpers Lost Land Cinema. Step out onto the Jetty bar where you can snuggle up under a blanket with a mug of mulled wine and watch some of the festive classics. The Grinch, Gremlins and Romeo & Juliet will all be in attendance, with the marathon rounding off with the definitive greatest Christmas film of all time… Die Hard (no debating here we all know it is).

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Celebrate The Festival of Light in Bute Park

Spend a magical evening watching the dazzling light displays, interactive installations, flickering fires, laser shows, fairy forests and mirror balls as you wander through the trees into another realm. Its your chance to see the park like you never have before and step into the light, all while sipping on mulled wine (of course, I don’t think there will be a single event on this list that won’t provide a decent mug of mulled wine) and munching on street food.

Festive Afternoon tea at Park Plaza

Indulge in our Festive Afternoon Tea fit for a festive delight. From Caramalized Red Onion & Pork Sausage Rolls to Roast Turkey & Cranberry Mayonnaise… ‘𝐘𝐮𝐥𝐞’ 𝐫𝐞𝐠𝐫𝐞𝐭 𝐢𝐭 𝐢𝐟 𝐲𝐨𝐮 𝐦𝐢𝐬𝐬 𝐢𝐭!

Pick up some gifts at Cardiff’s latest hub of independent business

The Corporation Yard in Canton has a new neighbour this year… the Corporation Market. Filled with some new and familiar faces, the market has quickly become a new hive of local independent businesses in the city. Support local and get your hands on some unique craft items like a starters guide to cross stitching kit, or support none for profit mental health awareness clothing brands, and so so much more. You can even get your haircut in the market while you do your shopping. Result!

And that’s our list, if you know of any other events, we should be shouting about this festive season then please let us know. We cannot wait to get the ball rolling on all these Christmas events, as the end of 2021 shapes up to be a December to remember

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