There are so many exciting events in Cardiff this Christmas season, with something for everyone. Here’s our guide to a few highlights…
It’s the most wonderful time of the year!
Looking for Christmas events in 2019? Remember, Cardiff is the events capital of south Wales and the holiday season is no exception. Head in to town and enjoy a whole host of magical music, spectacular theatre shows, festive family fun and of course Cardiff’s Winter Wonderland!
Cardiff’s Winter Wonderland
08 November – 05 January
With an undercover ice rink, bars and food stalls, all against the backdrop of the iconic civic centre and spectacular lights, Christmas in Cardiff isn’t complete without a visit to Winter Wonderland! New for this year and unique in the UK is the Alpine Ice Trail, where you can explore a 250m long route without taking your skates off! It’s not just about the skating – Cardiff’s Winter Wonderland has a funfair with a range of games and rides, including familiar favourite the Big Wheel, and a great ‘Après Ski’ atmosphere at the Sur La Piste Bar.Find out more and book your tickets
DEPOT Christmas Market
Stuck on what to get your nearest and dearest for Christmas? Don’t worry, DEPOT has got you covered with the return of their Christmas Market following last year’s success.
There will be an array of local traders offering the perfect gift for everyone, as well as live music throughout the day and an arts and crafts corner for kids. Street food, hot wines & ciders with Crimbo vibes all day, all for £1 entry.Find out more and book your tickets
The Red Dragon Centre, Frozen Fun Day
Join a fun-filled fairytale day on Sunday 24 November and help support Ty Hafan. Featuring your favourite princesses and their snowman friend at intervals between 12pm and 4pm, as well as free face painting and the chance to help craft a giant eco-friendly polar bear, there will plenty of family fun to enjoy alongside all the great places to eat and play! Why not check out the release of Disney’s Frozen 2 at ODEON to complete your day out in seasonal style?
Your one stop destination for entertainment this Christmas season! With the biggest blockbusters at South Wales’ only IMAX cinema, tasty dining and treats, hitting the bowling lanes, gym or casino, they’ve got festive fun covered all under one roof. Open daily until late (excluding Christmas Day) with 6 hours free customer parking (terms apply).Find out more and book tickets
St David’s Hall
25 November – 24 December
St David’s Hall has a real variety of concerts and shows this festive season, including The Ratpack, Handel’s Messiah, Bert & Cherry’s Christmas Plum Pudding, carol concerts, and The Overtones. Perhaps the most magical offering are the three ballets – Coppelia, The Nutcracker, and Swan Lake – a real Christmas treat.Find out more and book tickets
21 November – 12 January
A trip to the pantomime is a popular Christmas tradition and great fun for all the family. This year the New Theatre’s must-see production is Cinderella, featuring Gok Wan, Mike Doyle, Ceri Dupree and Phil Butler.
If you love musicals, then the New Theatre also has the perfect festive delight for you: Magic of the Musicals at Christmas, from Orbit Theatre. With a glittering selection of musical theatre favourites from the last fifty years, the Orbit Theatre Orchestra will have you singing along to all your favourite numbers from Oliver, A Chorus Line, Chicago, Les Misérables, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, White Christmas and many more.Find out more and book tickets
Wales Millennium Centre
19 November – 04 January 2020
Join Wales Millennium Centre this festive season for Christmas at the Centre. With family-friendly shows such as Nativity! The Musical kicking off in November, and Red and The Christmas Clock in December, both of which are fully accessible, there’s really nowhere else better to bring the family together.
The adults aren’t left out either: with three Welsh language Christmas productions (Cabarela Nadolig, Connie Orff: A Christmas Con, and 50 Shêd o Santa Clôs) and plenty more to enjoy, you can’t go wrong with Christmas at the Centre, no matter who you are spending it with!Find out more and book tickets
Sophia Gardens Candyland Christmas Party
30 November – 31 December
Wander through the Glamorgan gates into a world of pure imagination. Treat yourself to the sweetest party around and get ready for The Candyland Christmas Party at Sophia Gardens this Christmas.
The party will feature giant candy canes, lollipops and the famous Glamorgan gates, so why not get your golden tickets and enjoy fine wine, great company and fabulous entertainment.
Christmas parties at Sophia Gardens Cardiff, home of Glamorgan Cricket, are famous for being the best in town, and we know you’ll have a fabulous and ‘Glamorous’ night at The Candyland Christmas Party.Find out more and book tickets
Motorpoint Arena Cardiff
Pete Tong Presents Ibiza Classics
Pete Tong along with conductor Jules Buckley and 65-piece The Heritage Orchestra will be bringing a fresh show of Ibiza Classics to Cardiff. With special guest vocalists Beverley Knight and Robert Owens, this promises to be a great night out in the lead up to Christmas.Find out more and book tickets
The Magic of Motown
Bring in the festive period with the biggest party of the year as the unstoppable Magic of Motown show steams into town! Seen by over a million people, it’s no surprise that the show is one of the biggest success stories in British theatre history.
With the timeless music of Marvin Gaye, Diana Ross, Stevie Wonder, The Temptations, The Supremes, The Four Tops, Jackson 5, Smokey Robinson and more.Find out more and book tickets
Get the Christmas break started with Jools Holland and his distinguished Rhythm & Blues Orchestra on their annual excursion to Motorpoint Arena Cardiff.
Accompanying Jools with the Rhythm & Blues Orchestra will be the supremely talented Ruby Turner, Louise Marshall, and original Squeeze member and powerhouse Gilson Lavis on drums.
Additional special guests will be Pauline Black and Arthur ‘Gaps’ Hendrickson from the legendary ska band The Selecter.Find out more and book tickets
Christmas with the Llandaff Cathedral Choir
Much-loved Llandaff Cathedral Choir perform a concert of music and readings for Christmas. The choir, with their angelic boy choristers, will sing a variety of choral favourites for the festive season, including “Ding dong! Merrily on high”, “Lully, lulla”, “In the bleak midwinter”, and music by Mathias, Leighton and Lauridsen. There will be one or two surprises along the way too!
The choir will be joined by brass ensemble for roof-raising audience participation in singing several of the nation’s favourite Christmas carols, including “O come, all ye faithful”, “Hark! The herald” and “O little town of Bethlehem”.
We are also delighted to welcome BBC Wales favourites Rebecca John and Nicola Heywood Thomas as special guest readers and Beverley Humphreys as host for the evening.
Do join us for what promises to be an evening of entertainment and festive fun in the company of one of Wales’ premier choirs!
Organist David Geoffrey Thomas
Director of Music Stephen MooreTickets cost £10, click here to buy yours now from Eventbrite.com or Garlands, Llandaff High Stret
Nutcracker On Ice 11 December – 05 January
The Imperial Ice Stars are coming to South Wales with their dazzling production of The Nutcracker on Ice for Christmas 2019. Over the last 15 years the award-winning troupe have performed to over four million people across five continents, including sold out seasons at the Royal Albert Hall and the London Palladium. The theatre at the Celtic Manor Resort will play host to 37 performances of The Nutcracker on Ice over the Christmas and New Year period.Find out more and book tickets
Cardiff Bus Discounted Family Travel
23 December – 03 January
Cardiff Bus’ family tickets are reduced on weekends and during local school holidays. A family of up to 2 adults and 3 children can travel all day for £5.50 in Cardiff or £8 across their entire network. Terms and conditions apply.
Going solo? Enjoy unlimited travel in Cardiff for just £3.80 for adults or £2.50 for young persons when purchased on the Cardiff Bus app. Or Park & Ride at Cardiff East (CF23 8HH) to ride the bus lanes into the city centre.Find out more and book tickets
As the public transport information people, Traveline is here to make sure you can plan your public transport journeys around Wales this Christmas with ease.
At the start of December, the Christmas Travel page will be launched on the website and app. This will have all the information you need about changes to bus and rail services over the festive period. Simply find the name of your service operator to see what services they will be running this Christmas. You can also find this information on the Journey Planner and Timetables Page. Safe travels!
Stagecoach South Wales
There are tons of great festive events around South Wales this December. It’s the most wonderful time of the year and also the most expensive, but Stagecoach are here to help. All our group tickets have been reduced to £13 or less for the whole of December, that’s just £2.60 or less each for unlimited travel all day. So grab your friends or family and get down to one of these great events for less, get in to the Christmas spirit at Cardiff’s Winter Wonderland or visit Santa at Cardiff Castle, just don’t forget your list. Eat, drink and be merry…We’ll drive.Find out more and book tickets