We haven’t got the decorations up at Wales Tourists HQ yet, but we’re definitely getting into the Christmas spirit. Today, over a mid-morning coffee break, we chatted about a few of our Christmas traditions. We thought you might like to know about the best suggestions.
So here’s a list of some of our favourite Christmas activities in Wales that you can do this December:
Ice skating at Swansea Winter Wonderland 2015
First on the list had to be ice skating at Swansea’s Winter Wonderland. The Admiral rink is set in the heart of the fair and is a fantastic place to skate. Plus, there’s also a children’s rink. Apparently this is the only children’s rink in Wales.
Once you’ve finished skating you could also visit the grotto, ride the big wheel or try out the fun fair. And after all of that, refuel at the Alpine cabins with some hearty food and drink.
Prices: Prices ranged from £5.50 to £9.00. You can get discounted tickets if you book in advance. Family passes are also available.
Fact: 43,000 people skated at Swansea Winter Wonderland last Christmas.
Santa’s Toy Mine at Rhondda Heritage Par
If you have small children or young kids in the family, Santa’s Toy Mine is a must-do activity for you this December. You’ll be invited to follow clues through the mine to find Father Christmas. During your festive adventure you’ll pass through the sweet mine and the ice cave.
The Toy Mine is held at Rhondda Heritage Park and is open until the 24th December 2015.
Tickets are £7.95 for children and £4.95 for adults
Fact: Until the mid-1800s, it’s thought that Father Christmas rode a donkey.
Mold’s Festive Market, 13th December
Whether you’re looking for handmade Christmas gifts for someone special or some traditional Christmas food, you’re sure to find it aplenty Mold’s Festive Market. As well as craft stalls, there will be performers, Christmas rides and inflatables, as well as a Santa’s grotto, a children’s treasure hunt and a Santa Dash race. So quite a busy day! This year the event is held on the 13th December between 9am and 2pm.
Christmas concert at St David’s, Cardiff, 18th December
Listening to beautiful voices is one of the best ways we know how to get into the Christmas spirit and we know the talent planned for this year’s concert at St David’s is bound to warm even though most Scrooge-like of folks. This year the line-up includes Leroy Anderson’s Sleigh Ride and music from The Snow Maiden by Rimsky-Korsakov’s. Of course, you’ll also get the chance to get involved too during the sing-along sections. So get practicing.
Also taking part in the Christmas concert are: Edwin Outwater, the conductor, the BBC National Orchestra of Wales, the BBC National Chorus of Wales and the Caerphilly Children’s Choir. The concert takes place on the 18th of December and Tickets range from between £10 and £32.
Fact: The largest ever Father Christmas was a statue in Singapore. The Santa was 15.6 m high, weighed 2.5 tonnes and was in place for Christmas 1996.