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The summer is barely over but, here at Visit Cardiff, we’re already thinking about the festive season (sorry, not sorry). We’re busy planning lots of content to share with you as the countdown continues. Make sure you visit this page regularly, or sign-up to our mailing list to stay up date.
What's you're favourite thing about Christmas in Cardiff? Maybe a trip to the Christmas Market, the lights going up, seeing Santa or the first skate of the season at Winter Wonderland...
CARDIFF CHRISTMAS MARKET 2021
From Thu 11 Nov – Thu 23 Dec, opening times 10:00 – 18:00
Unlike the Christmas markets you may find in other cities, when you visit Cardiff you can be assured that you will be purchasing original work from a hand picked selection of talented makers. Combined with a variety of seasonal food and drink, there will be a vibrant festive atmosphere.
As seen in The Times’ best UK Christmas markets!
CARDIFF CHRISTMAS LIGHTS 2021
Will be switched on from Friday 12 November.
Although there will be no lighting ceremony held this year, Christmas in Cardiff will officially begin on Friday 12 November as we switch on the lights for the first time. Alongside the beautiful displays in the city centre, there will also be a new light show on the walls of Cardiff Castle.
CARDIFF'S WINTER WONDERLAND
Cardiff's famous and much loved Winter Wonderland will be back for 2021, bigger and better than ever. Now occupying two stunning sites at City Hall and Cardiff Castle, with additions including the Ice Bar and an outdoor roof terrace. Tickets are on sale now , so make sure you book early to avoid disappointment...
SEE SANTA CLAUS IN CARDIFF
At this hectic time of the year, Santa always finds time in his schedule to visit Cardiff (hopefully he uses our website…) in the build up to Christmas. Sometimes he even appears in several places at once, it’s magic and we don’t understand it either but probably best not to question it.
STAY IN TOUCH
The city centre has a super collection of retail options, from big name brands to boutique Edwardian arcades. You're sure to get your Christmas shopping all wrapped up in Cardiff this year...
CARDIFF LATE NIGHT SHOPPING 2021
As we get closer to Christmas, Cardiff’s shopping areas will start to open later, giving you extra time to get those wish lists all ticked off. With so much great choice from the big brand centres to the boutique Edwardian arcades, you’re sure to get your Christmas shopping all wrapped up in Cardiff this year.
Our guide to late night shopping in Cardiff is coming soon…
ST DAVID’S DEWI SANT
With more than 150 shops, restaurants and cafes…
Located in the heart of the Welsh capital, St David’s Cardiff is Wales’ leading shopping destination. With over 40 million shoppers pouring through the doors each year, St David’s has put Cardiff city centre firmly on the map as one of the best retail hotspots in the UK.
Nothing helps the festive feeling like getting out and about for some fun with the family. As well as the usual Christmas shows and panto, Bute Park has an exciting new outdoor light trail to look forward to. Along with our famous Winter Wonderland it really will be the most wonderful time of the year.
CHRISTMAS AT BUTE PARK
From Thu 25 November – Fri 31 December
Christmas at Bute Park will take visitors on a breath-taking tour of festive delight through the biggest Christmas lights trail Wales has ever seen. From late November the park will be taken over by laser shows, an enchanting fairy tree avenue, a mesmerising lily pond, flickering fire sculptures, spectacular mirror ball displays, huge illuminated trees and much more.
CHRISTMAS FOOD & DRINK
CARDIFF’S FESTIVE QUARTER
The Bavarian themed Festive Quarter has been a popular fixture on Working Street for many a year, providing an atmospheric haven amid all the hustle and bustle. Make sure you stop by, grab a table in the cosy cabins and enjoy a much needed beer and bratwurst, it’s the perfect way to power up before the next round of Christmas shopping!
FESTIVE FOOD GUIDE
One of the great joys of Christmas time is getting together with friends and family over a really nice meal, or a few drinks (or both!). Luckily Cardiff is a capital city with a suitably fantastic choice of festive food and drink on offer.