What to do in December 2016 in Wales

Not only is December the most festive month of the year, it is also a very lively period during which there are many cheery family activities to do. And, Wales is a great place to get into the Christmas spirit!



Illuminated Gardens

When: 25th November – 11th December, 5pm – 8:30pm

Where: Powys, Powis Castle

How much: Child – £2.60/£3.35 / Adult – £5.20/£6.70

Website: https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/whats-on

The illumination of the castle gardens, courtyards, and terraces, is mesmerising. You will definitely be in awe at the gleaming lights enchanting the wintery night.

Santa’s Post Office

When: 27th November – 18th December

Where: Cardiff Bay

How much: Free

Website: https://www.wherecanwego.com/event/1058515-santas-post-office/events.aspx

Make sure your children get a reply from Santa by bringing them to the Post Office in Mermaid Quay. There, children will be helped by elves to write their letter to Father Christmas.



Santa’s Toy Mine

When: 27th November – 24th December

Where: Rhondda Heritage Park

How much: Child – £8.95/£9.95 / Adult – £5.45/£6.45 / Under 3 years – £7.45/£8.45

Website: http://www.rctcbc.gov.uk

Join Santa in his exciting underground adventures. And, whilst children will be rewarded with presents, adults will receive mince pies and hot beverages.

Yuletide Tours

When: 2nd/9th/16th December, 11:30am – 12:30pm

Where: Newport, Tredegar House

How much: £8.00

Website: https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/whats-on

Yuletide Tours will give you the opportunity to discover the Tredegar House beautifully adorned with Christmas decorations. You will also learn more about Charles Morgan and his enchanting tales.

Coral Welsh Grand National

When: 3rd December

Where: Chepstow

How much: From £20.00 if booked / £22.00 on the day / Pie & pint package – £25.00

Website: http://www.chepstow-racecourse.co.uk/

Spend the festive season at Chepstow races betting on your favourite horses. Who knows? December might be your lucky month! A day at the races is also the opportunity to show off your most sophisticated outfit and impress the elite society.

Choir of the year

When: 3rd December, 5pm – 8pm

Where: Cardiff, Wales Millenium Centre

How much: £17.50 – £31.50

Website: http://www.choiroftheyear.com/

Discover the 6 talented finalists of the most renowned choirs in the UK. They will harmoniously compete in front of expert judges who will choose the 2016 winner.

Santa Claus dressed in his home clothes sitting in the room by the fireplace and Christmas tree. He is reading a list of good boys and girls. Christmas. Decoration.


Santa’s Grotto in Cardiff Castle

When: 3rd/4th/10th/11th/17th/23rd December

Where: Cardiff Castle

How much: 1 child + 2 accompanying adults: £10.95 / Additional adults: £12.00

Website: http://www.cardiffcastle.com/whats-on/2016/11/26/santas-grotto/

Santa will be patiently waiting for all the well-behaved children in the enchanting Black Tower of Cardiff Castle. Do not forget to capture this marvellous moment on your camera.

The Snowman

When: 4th – 6th December

Where: Cardiff, Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama

How much: £10.00

Website: http://www.visitcardiff.com/events/the-snowman/

Created by Raymond Briggs, The Snowman focuses on the nocturnal adventures of an alive snowman and his human friend. The acclaimed story will be on screen and enhanced with live orchestra



Christmas Snowsongs

When: 4th – 6th December, 1pm – 3pm

Where: Cardiff, Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama

How much: Free

Website: http://www.visitcardiff.com/events/christmas-snowsongs/

Many talented vocalists will enliven festivities by brilliantly performing gleeful songs. The show will take place near a majestic Christmas tree.

Ffestiniog & Welsh Highland Railway

When: 10th/11th/17th/18th/22nd/23rd December

Where: Porthmadog, Beddgelert, and Dinas

How much: Adult and child (over 2 years old) – 1st class – £17.00/£18.00 / 3rd class – £12.50/£13.00 / Child (under 2 years old): £3.00

Website: http://www.festrail.co.uk/content/publish/specialevents/169.shtml

Santa and his hard working elves will go on a railway tour around Western Wales. Departing from Porthmadog, Beddgelert, and Dinas, Santa trains will give your children the opportunity to meet Father Christmas and get presents from him.

Christmas Celebrations

When: 17th December

Where: Cardiff, St David’s Hall

How much: From £10.00

Website: http://www.visitcardiff.com/events/christmas-celebrations-2/

Get into the merry mood with a lively musical spectacle reuniting your Christmas favourites. The show is guaranteed to please everybody in the family.

Tea Party with Santa

When: 17th-20th December, 11am/1pm/3pm

Where: Cardiff, St Fagans National History Museum

How much: £14.00

Website: https://museum.wales/stfagans/whatson/9083/Tea-Party-with-Father-Christmas/

Santa, accompanied with Mrs Claus and friendly elves, will host delightful tea parties in Cardiff. They will share their exceptional stories and give your children incredible presents.



Tendy Boxing Day Swim

When: 26th December, 10am – 4pm

Where: Tenby, Pembrokeshire

How much: Free

Website: http://www.tenbyboxingdayswim.co.uk/

Instead of spending your boxing day wandering around crowded shops, you could join in this fun charity fund raising event. Your mission will consist in running into the cold sea wearing your fanciest outfit.

Mari Llwyd & New Year Walk In

When: 31st December, 10:30pm

Where: Llanwrtyd Wells – Town Square

How much: Free entry – Torch: £3.00

Website: http://www.green-events.co.uk/events.html?id=61

Do not hesitate to take part in this ancient Welsh tradition by participating in the parade led by a skull of horse attached to a pole.

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