The clocks have gone back, the nights are drawing in and the temperatures are dropping. This can only mean one thing – Christmas will soon be upon us, once again. For some, that means big family get-togethers and traditional celebrations with friends, but in recent years, more and more people have started to see Christmas as an opportunity to take a much-needed break instead, taking a staycation holiday rather than having the usual Christmas meal at home. In today’s post, we look at why Cardiff is an excellent choice for a Christmas break, and highlight a few things going on there over the Christmas period that are guaranteed to fill you with festive cheer.
Where to stay in Cardiff over Christmas
As Wales’ capital city, Cardiff is well-served with holiday accommodation, offering a huge range of hotels, B&Bs and guesthouses, as well as more quirky choices. For us, Christmas is about spoiling yourself, so we recommend choosing a luxury hotel, where your every whim can be catered for. St. David’s Hotel & Spa sits right on the waterfront of Cardiff Bay, and is perfectly located for exploring the city centre as well as enjoying the many bars and restaurants at Mermaid Quay.
If the modern chic of St. David’s Hotel isn’t quite what you’re looking for, a stay at Miskin Manor Country Hotel might be more appealing. This glorious manor house is set in 22 acres, and looks every inch the grand country house, with period features at every turn.
We have lots more holiday accommodation options in Cardiff, so be sure to check these out.
What’s on in Cardiff over Christmas
Cardiff will once again play host to its Christmas Market, this year. The market opens on November 9th, and runs until December 23rd, with more than 200 craftspeople, producers and makers showcasing their wares throughout one of Cardiff’s principal pedestrianised areas. If you’re taking a break before the Christmas holidays start, the market is the perfect way to get all of your Christmas shopping done in one go, whilst enjoying some fabulous local food and drinks at the same time.
Also launching on November 9th is Cardiff’s Winter Wonderland, where you can skate on an undercover ice rink, sink a pint or two in the bierkeller and enjoy the thrills and fun of the fairground. It’s a magical atmosphere, and great fun for both children and adults alike.
If your winter break in Cardiff takes in New Year’s Day, head along the coast to Barry Island, where thousands of swimmers will take to the water for the annual New Year’s Day Swim. Whether you choose to join the swimmers in the sea, or you simply go along for the spectacle, it promises, as always, to be a fun day out. Whilst Barry Island has been unfairly immortalised as a less than exciting destination, thanks to TV’s Gavin and Stacey, the truth is that Barrybados, as it’s known locally, offers a glorious sandy beach, alongside some good old-fashioned seaside fun at the Pleasure Park.
We’ve only really scratched the surface of what’s on offer in Cardiff over Christmas, and there are plenty of other options, from visiting Cardiff Castle to taking in a first-class show at the theatre. If you don’t want another traditional Christmas at home, watching tired repeats on TV and listening to Aunty Doris snoring on the sofa, ditch that traditional approach and start planning your Christmas holiday in Cardiff! A warm Welsh welcome awaits.