With just five weeks left until Christmas we thought it time to share some of the best things you and your family can do in Wales this Christmas. From festive days out to wintry food fairs, there’s something everyone will enjoy going on in Wales this Christmas. So put on your Christmas playlist, sit back and start to plan your festive days out:
Wickedly Welsh Chocolate Day Out
At Christmas, we all want to indulge a little, right? Well, we don’t think there’s any better place you can indulge your sweet than Wickedly Welsh – a chocolate factory in Pembrokeshire. At the factory you can watch as the chocolates get made, you can also create your own bars and your own wrappers. One thing you have to do is try their delicious liquid hot chocolate and their choclate bomb truffles (there as good as they sound!).
Cardiff Winter Wonderland, 13th November to the 5th January
Cardiff is set to be a hub of yuletide celebrations this year with its very own Winter Wonderland. There’s going to be hair-raising rides – as well as a few gentler additions for the younger members of the family. The big attraction will be the ice skating rink. The ice rink will be open seven days a week from now until the 5th January, although the rink will be closed on Christmas. Remember, you need to book tickets for the skating.
Once you’ve worked up an appetite you can visit the Alpine Village, where you’ll be able to find plenty of warming winter treats, including German sausages, crepes and you can grab a Gluhwein (a mulled wine) from one of the Winter Wonderland chalets.
The 25th Royal Welsh Winter Fair, 1st and 2nd of December
The Royal Welsh Winter Fair has become a highlight of the winter season in Wales. Although there are stockmen competing over the two day long fair for prizes, there are also Christmas gifts for sale, delicious foods to try at the Farmers Market, a Santa’s Grotto and lots of crafts people have made that will have been entered into the fair for judging.
If you have a big family, with lots of different to please you might find the Royal Welsh Winter Fair is the right day out for you.
Here’s a video of the Welsh Winter Fair:
Admission Prices – Royal Welsh Winter Fair 2014
You can buy single day tickets for the fair. Single day adult tickets are £12 if you book in advance, or £14 on the gate. Children aged between five and sixteen are £5, whilst children under four are free. For a two-day ticket, adults are £22 in advance and £26 on the gate.
Here’s where you can book your tickets for the Royal Welsh Winter Fair.
Hay Festival Winter Weekend, 28th – 30th November
We can’t wait for the Hay Festival Winter Weekend, which is run over a weekend and has a series of different events you can attend. If you’ve got little ones, visit Father Christmas on Saturday 29th between 12pm and 3pm. If you’re a book lover, or want to get a book signed by one of the authors appearing at Hays Festival Winter Wonderland, then you’ll definitely find something of interest in the Hay’s Festival Winter Weekend brochure. There’s swing jive lessons, Christmas crafts sessions for children, the big Christmas light switch on and writing workshops to enjoy too.
Take a look at the Hay’s Festival Winter Weekend brochure for more information.
Visit Father Christmas at Chirk Castle, Wrexham, 13th to the 21st December
This year Father Christmas can be found in Chirk Castle, Wrexham, from the 13th of December until the 21st December. The Castle will be transformed to celebrate the festive season in a traditional medieval style. There will also be mediaeval feast in the courtyard, crafts to make and the Christmas-trimmed castle to explore.
For more information about seeing Father Christmas and the medieval activates going on at Chirk Castle you’re best to ring 01691 777701, or email: firstname.lastname@example.org