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Top Christmas events in Cardiff 2023

Here are the best Christmas events in Cardiff this year to get you in the festive spirit.

(Cardiff Winter Wonderland)

Until 2 Jan

Cardiff Winter Wonderland

City Hall & Cardiff Castle

Cardiff’s much-loved Winter Wonderland will be returning in 2023 with it’s famous undercover ice-rink and Ice Walk, the Big Wheel and family funfair, plus a whole host of other 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.


1 Dec - 7 Jan

Cardiff Bay Snow Trail

Cardiff Bay

This free trail invites everyone to get out and about in Cardiff Bay to track down eight snow-themed characters. There’ll be a chance to pocket a prize every week, and if you work out the festive word, you could win a fantastic family day in the Bay!


2 - 3, 9 -10,16 -17 Dec

Carols in the Chapel

St Fagans National Museum Of History

There’s nothing like a bit of carol singing to get you in the mood for the festive season. Visit St Fagans National Museum of History's 18th century Pen-rhiw Chapel for a favourite sing-a-long. There'll be lots of traditional tunes and a few contemporary Christmas classics.


Until 24 Dec

Santa's Grotto

Queen Street, Cardiff

Visit the man himself this Christmas at Cardiff’s official Santa’s Grotto. On Queen Street, outside Queen’s Arcade, you’ll find a magical log cabin with a singing Rudolph. No need to pre-book, just arrive and every child will be seen. Open daily from 10.30am until Christmas Eve, it’s £8.99 per child that includes a gift to take away.


14 Dec

After Hours: Silent Nights & Icy Science

Techniquest, Cardiff

Enjoy Techniquest after dark at this winter-themed adults-only evening. Explore over 100 hands-on exhibits, take in a live science show or Star Tour, dance the night away in the silent disco and get stuck into a host of extra activities.

There's a welcome drink, food station and bar.


2 - 3, 16 -17, 22 Dec

Santa's Spy Squad

Techniquest, Cardiff

Santa’s legendary magic master key has vanished, we suspect a mischievous elf has gone rogue, and it’s up to you to don your lab coats and become super sleuths. Unlock the secrets of forensic science as you unearth hidden clues. You’ll dive into the world of crime-solving by looking for fingerprints, analysing mysterious clothing fibres, and uncovering the secrets of ink through chromatography.


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