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There’s never a bad time to Visit Cardiff, with so many events, attractions and things to see in the thriving capital city, but there’s something magical here during the festive season. So feel the spirit of the season come to life, whatever makes it special for you, Christmas in Cardiff is for everyone. 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 LIGHTS 2021
Now lighting up the city.
Although there will be no lighting ceremony held this year, Christmas in Cardiff officially began on Friday 12 November, switching on the lights for the first time. Alongside the beautiful displays in the city centre, there will are lights on the historic walls of Cardiff Castle.
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...
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 millions of 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.
Walk through St David’s Dewi Sant and you’ll enter Queen’s Arcade, with another 30 shops showcasing a mix of popular brands and unique retail.
TAKE A BREAK
We love the buzz of Cardiff at Christmas and the festive feeling you get exploring our city, but if it gets a little much, take some time away from it all in one of the two tranquil Breather Bubbles locations.
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 PROJECTION SHOW
Live daily from 4pm-9pm
An immersive visual experience with family themed Christmas stories and building designs with sound to delight people of all ages. Feel and hear Christmas come to life through the power of digital architectural projection. With different shows every hour, you can come back time again to enjoy the show.
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CHRISTMAS FOOD & DRINK
CARDIFF’S FESTIVE QUARTER
Sat 30 Oct & Sat 6 Nov then daily Thu 11 Nov – Thu 23 Dec
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.
CONNECT AT CHRISTMAS...
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