Your Christmas Events Calendar

It’s so lovely to once again have a Christmas period full of incredible events! There are so many events, workshops and markets to keep track of so we’ve created your ultimate Christmas events Calendar! And for events all year round, head over to our What’s On Guide.

And have you been taking part in our Christmas Shop Local Bingo? You can find a bingo sheet on our Facebook and start taking part now!

Classes & Workshops

Luxury Wreath Making Workshop

Wreath making workshop with afternoon tea. All materials included. Full tuition with one to one help. A beautiful bespoke wreath of you’re own to take home. 

Date19th & 20th November
LocationLlanharan OAP Hall, Llanharry

Email to book your place

Christmas Fused Glass Workshop

Why not learn all about festive fused glass at this fun half-day workshop? Guided by a friendly teacher, this Christmas craft class is a perfect introduction to fused glass for beginners and will help you discover all the secrets and techniques behind making gorgeous fused glass art.

Date12th, 19th & 26th November
Time12th & 26th- 2pm to 5pm // 19th- 10am to 1pm
LocationGlass by Design, Penarth

Book your place here

Christmas Wreath Making Workshop at St Donat’s Castle

The day includes unlimited tea and coffee, but pre-order a bottle or two of Prosecco to enjoy if you fancy a tipple. As you finish your fill of festive food, Wild Meadow Floral will begin the wreath-making workshop – guiding you through your creation.

Date10th & 15th December
Time2pm-5pm & 6:30pm-9:30pm
LocationSt Donat’s Castle
Price£74.15 (includes booking fee)

Book your space here

Robins on Bobbins Needle Felting Class

Using solid fleece and needles, you’ll learn how to make a beautiful felted robin perched on a bobbin. You’ll get plenty of one-to-one guidance from your experienced teacher and pick up plenty of handy tips and tricks.

Date1st & 2nd December
Time6pm & 1:30pm
LocationGlass by Design

Book your spot here

Traditional Green Christmas Wreath Making Workshop

Add a warm, welcoming detail to your home for the winter season by crafting a beautiful Christmas wreath! The classic festive decoration brings a traditional touch to your seasonal décor, and it’s sure to be something you can bring out year after year.

Date11th, 18th & 25th November and 2nd December
Timevarying times
LocationHobbycraft Cardiff

Book your spot here

Gold Flourish Christmas Gift Box Workshop

Make every Christmas gift golden by creating this beautiful wooden gift box design! The hand-decorated box is sure to become something to treasure, making your present that little bit more thoughtful.

Date8th December
LocationHobbycraft Cardiff

Book your space here

Festive Wreathmaking at Penarth Pier Pavilion

We are delighted to welcome back to Penarth Pavilion, Toni Horne of award winning Lily Pad Florist, for a wonderful evening of festive creativity!

Date24th, 30th November & 1st, 7th December
LocationPenarth Pier Pavilion
Price£47.95 (+ booking fee)


Cardiff Christmas Market

Discover what makes our Cardiff Christmas Market absolutely unique. The original, hand made work of our makers is the essence of what makes our market so different and special every year.

Date10th November- 23rd December
TimeAll Day*
LocationSt John Street, Working Street, Trinity Street and the Hayes
PriceFree to visit

Christmas Fayre at St Donat’s Castle

Christmas Fayre returns to St Donat’s Castle and welcomes over 60 local craft and street food traders!

Date4th December
LocationSt Donat’s Castle

Book your tickets here

Christmas Market at Goodsheds

The market stalls will be packed with local and independent businesses with mixture of products for you to shop and all undercover. Our fabulous street food vendors will be open and our lovely independent shops, along our Urban High Street, will be open for you to pick up beautiful and unique gifts for everyone

Date12th-13th November
TimeAll Day*
LocationGoodsheds, Barry
PriceFree to enter

Barry Christmas Market

There’s nothing more magical then visiting a Christmas Market to get into the Christmas Spirit! This year’s Christmas Market, taking place on Kings Square, will be run from December to coincide with the Festival of Light and is the perfect opportunity to start Christmas shopping.

Date2nd-11th December
LocationKings Square, Barry


Christmas Festival- The Nutcracker

The Cardiff Castle Christmas Festival opens with a festive classic, but this isn’t just an version of The Nutcracker, this is the Christmas ballet with a Welsh Twist, befitting the unique venue in which it is being performed.

Date25th-27th November
Time25th- 7pm / 26th- 2:30pm & 7pm / 27th- 2pm & 6:30pm
LocationCardiff Castle

Book your tickets here

Christmas Festival- Santa’s Wish

This heart-warming family musical adventure, enriched with original songs, immersive storytelling and a sprinkling of circus magic is guaranteed to leave the whole family bursting with festive joy and happiness.

Date2nd-24th December
TimeVarying Times- Check website here
LocationCardiff Castle

Book your tickets here

Pavilion Open Day & Carol Singing Event

The day starts with carol singing in front of the Pavilion at 11am, and we are pleased once again to be joined by Penarth Salvation Army Band. After the carol singing, come inside for some warming tea/coffee and mince pies and the opportunity to look around this beautiful building.

Date10th December
LocationPenarth Pier Pavilion

Christmas Festival- Castellana

The brand new, jaw-dropping spectacle of Castellana is a sensational blend of cabaret, burlesque and comedy with a hint of naughtiness with anthemic music and a storyline set in a magical mystical world filled with intrigue and suspense. 

Date1st December-8th January
TimeVarying Times- Check website here
LocationCardiff Castle

Book your tickets here

Festive Brass

Royal Welsh College Brass Band, directed by Dr Robert Childs, presents its popular lunchtime concert of carols and festive favourites at St David’s Hall. The perfect chance for a family sing along and to embrace some Christmas cheer.

Date2nd December
LocationSt David’s Hall

Book your tickets here

Junior College Winter Festival

Join the very talented 8-to 18-year-olds of the Advanced Course as they present a diverse range of solo, ensemble and orchestral music throughout the afternoon.

Date3rd December
LocationThe Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama

Christmas with Cardiff Chamber Choir

Join our string section for a festive celebration at our home Stanwell Road Baptist Church, featuring Christmas classics and other wintery treats!

Date10th December
LocationStanwell Road Baptist Church

Christmas on Broadway

Our ever popular Christmas on Broadway series returns. Join us for a celebration of festive musical theatre treats from stage, screen and more.

Date8th-9th December
Time7:30pm & 2:30pm
LocationDora Stoutzker Hall, The Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama

Book your tickets here

BillBoard Ensemble present Snow White

With a brand new script, Snow White will be filled with lots of laughs, catchy tunes, special effects and theatrical magic! This is a family show with bangs and flashes, a couple of scary moments, and some good old Panto innuendo.

Date14th-18th December
TimeVarying times
LocationMemo Arts Centre

Book your tickets here

Kinetic School of Performing Arts: Step into Christmas

Tis that time of year again! Join the whole of Kinetic School of Performing Arts featuring some special guests & alumni as we bring in the holiday season with song, dance, drama and plenty of festive cheer accompanied by live orchestra! 

Date17th-18th December
Time1pm & 7pm
LocationRoyal Welsh College of Music and Drama

Book your tickets here

Royal Welsh Badinerie Consort: Christmas Baroque

In this programme of Baroque masterpieces, join Badinerie Consort of Instruments and Voices for a celebration of the mystery, splendour and chills of winter.

Date2nd December
LocationDora Stoutzker Hall, The Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama

Book your tickets here


Christmas at Bute Park

Christmas at Bute Park returns to Cardiff for another winter of wonder! After an outstanding first year sell-out success, our award winning light trail returns to the iconic Bute Park December 2022, with a host of dazzling NEW installations in tow! Immerse yourself in magic this festive season with an unforgettable light trail for you and the whole family to enjoy.

Date1st December – 1st January
Time7:30pm – 8:15pm time slots
LocationBute Park, Cardiff
PriceChild- £13.95 & Adult- £19.50

Christmas Experience and Forage

With the festive season fast approaching, Forage, once again, presents to you its magical Christmas Experience! Taking place in December, as evening draws in, our cheeky Elf puts on a show which will delight and immerse you in all things Christmassy.

Date2nd-23rd December

Book your tickets here

Christmas at The Royal Mint Experience

This Christmas, discover the wonder of Santa’s workshop at The Royal Mint Experience as he teams up with the The Royal Mint. Filled with wonder and delight, it is sure to be a truly magical and festive experience for all the family to enjoy.

Date26th November- 24th December
LocationThe Royal Mint Experience

Book your tickets here

Cardiff’s Winter Wonderland

We’re back for 2022 – bigger and better than ever before! Join us for the ultimate winter experience split across two prestigious locations. You’ll be pleased to hear all your festive favourites of the ice rink, funfair attractions, ice bar, food and drink are making a return!

Date15th November 2022 until 8th January 2023
Time11am-10pm (most days*)
LocationCity Hall Lawns and Cardiff Castle Grounds
Price£15.50 for ice skating

Festival of Light

Back by popular demand, this year’s Festival of Light will be held over 10 days, and feature majestic mirror balls, a neon ribbon and animal trail, a light show, an enchanted fairy garden and more!

Date2nd-11th December
TimeAll Day event*
LocationCentral Park, Barry
Price£1.50 (Family Ticket of up to 5 people)

Elf Trail

Help Santa by picking up a Trail Map from Barry Library (and other participating stores) and help him solve the name of the Christmas Film by visiting participating shops and noting down each letter you find! One lucky child will win a £100 voucher to a local shop of their choice!

Date2nd-11th December
TimeAll Day event
LocationBarry Town Centre

Santa Fun Run

The Annual Santa Fun Run is held at Barry Island each year and organised by Barry Town Council. This year, the Fun Run has been incorporated as part of the Barry Christmas Festival. All participants must register beforehand, and all adults will receive a Santa Suit to run in, whilst children (under 16) are encouraged to dress up and take part in the Mayor’s Fancy Dress competition.

Date11th December
Time11am (10am registration)
LocationBarry Island
Price£6 for adults & FREE for 16 and under

Register here