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WE HOPE YOU HAD A WONDERFUL CHRISTMAS!
The festive season is over, now it’s time to switch off the lights and pack away the decorations for another year. But it’s only eight months until we start counting down to next Christmas so, until then, we wish you a happy and healthy 2024.
There’s never a bad time to Visit Cardiff but there’s always something magical about the city during the festive season, it really is the most wonderful time of the year. We just love it when those dark and dreary winter nights are warmed up with a mulled wine and brightened by the beautiful Christmas lights.
Whatever makes it special for you, there’s definitely something for everyone to look forward to. So, while it may be a little early for some, we’ve already put together the top reasons to Visit Cardiff this Christmas.
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ILLUMINATED REEDS SYMPHONY
Don't miss the Illuminated Reeds Symphony, the enchanting interactive light experience commissioned by FOR Cardiff. It's free for all to enjoy until Sunday 18 February, so come and join in the fun down on Churchill Way.
REASONS TO VISIT CARDIFF AT CHRISTMAS...
CARDIFF’S WINTER WONDERLAND
Cardiff’s much-loved Winter Wonderland returns in 2023 with it’s famous undercover ice-rink and family funfair among a whole host of attractions. Alongside the alpine ski-lodge bar, Sur la Piste, festive food and drink stalls, not to mention the seriously cool Ice Bar, Winter Wonderland really is at the heart of the Cardiff’s seasonal celebrations.
CARDIFF CHRISTMAS MARKET
At the Christmas Market in Cardiff, curated by Craft*Folk, you will find original work from talented makers in each and every stall. Look out for bespoke jewellery, beautiful textiles, wooden turned gifts, and original artwork across all mediums. Combined with a variety of seasonal food and drink, you can be sure to enjoy a vibrant festive atmosphere.
CARDIFF CHRISTMAS LIGHTS
Cardiff looks amazing dressed in all its festive finery, with a beautiful display of Christmas lights around the city centre. If you're looking for a dose of seasonal spirit then make sure you visit Cardiff from Thursday 16 November when the lights will be switched on, Winter Wonderland, the Christmas Market, and Festive Quarter will all be open.
CHRISTMAS EVENTS IN CARDIFF
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 is most wonderful time of the year.
CHRISTMAS AT CARDIFF CASTLE
Christmas at the Castle is always an exciting time and, with the return of a certain seasonal celebrity, 2023 will be no exception. The Castle is open to paying visitors all through the festive period and, one again, Cardiff’s Winter Wonderland Ice Rink and Ice Walk will be bringing it’s own brand of festive fun to the Grounds, so there is plenty to look forward to!
Going to see a show is a staple of many people's Christmas time traditions, whether it's the annual pantomime, a West End style musical, or a festive themed opera or ballet, Cardiff has plenty of options to keep you entertained. The Christmas Festival also returns this year, moving from the Castle Grounds to Sophia Gardens, with a selection of shows in the magical Spiegeltent!
SEE SANTA IN CARDIFF
The whole festive season is building up to the big day, when boys and girls wake up and hope that Father Christmas has left them lots of presents. For those who can’t stand the wait until December 25, some good news, you can catch an early appointment with Santa Claus in Cardiff. Sometimes, he might even be appear to be in several locations at the same time but it’s Christmas magic and we don’t question it.
CHRISTMAS FOOD & DRINK
During the festive season, a little (or maybe more) over indulgence is generally advised. Whether you’re heading out for the office Christmas do, drinks with friends, dinners with the family, or just grabbing a tasty treat to take the edge of that frosty winter air, Cardiff has plenty of choice to keep you satisfied!
CHRISTMAS SHOPPING IN CARDIFF
With big name brands, boutique arcades and a Christmas market full of uniquely hand crafted gifts, Cardiff is the perfect place to wrap up your Christmas shopping.