Celebrate Christmas in South Wales

From Christmas fairs and candlelit walks to lavish decorations and festive trails, find out more about what's happening on your doorstep in South Wales this Christmas.

Two performers at the Night at the tinworks event, at Aberdulais, Neath.

Aberdulais, Neath 

Explore the Tin Works and Waterfall by night at Aberdulais. On the first two Tuesdays you’ll step back in time and experience Victorian life, using lights, sounds and silhouettes. For the last two Tuesdays you’ll take a candlelit walk to the waterfall, where you can enjoy storytelling and make traditional Victorian decoration. Don’t forget a torch!

Christmas tree outside Newton House

Dinefwr, Carmarthenshire 

Kicking off Christmas at Dinefwr will be their traditional Christmas Fair on 25 and 26 of November. The mansion and courtyard will be filled with tasty treats, handmade gifts and festive entertainment in the marquee. Come back in December and enjoy Christmas in Newton House as each room will be beautifully decorated. If you prefer the outdoors then wrap up warm and help the rangers feed the deer in the parkland, or join one of their guided walks.

12 Days of Christmas Trail, 2016

Dyffryn Gardens, Cardiff 

Celebrate traditions past and present with Dyffryn’s magical 12 Days of Christmas trail from 18 November to 7 January. Enjoy new magical displays around the gardens bringing the much loved Christmas carol to life. There’ll also be family fun events and a visit from Father Christmas and his elves. Or for a more laid back Christmas join the Spectrum Singers in the Grand Hall for Christmas carols, enjoy a spot of late night shopping or wreath making workshops.

Christmas decorations at Llanerchaeron

Llanerchaeron, Ceredigion 

Soak up the magic of the festive season at Llanerchaeron’s annual weekend fair and see the working farm preparing for Christmas. There will be 70 stalls, a visit from Father Christmas plus mince pies and mulled wine. Or beat the winter blues by heading out on a woodland walk and experience Llanerchaeron at its most wild and wintry. The farm, tea-room and shop will be open throughout December (except 24, 25 and 26 December).

Mari Lwyd Lantern Parade at Pennard

Pennard, Swansea 

Many years ago, during the darkest of winter nights, a strange beast roamed the villages of South Wales by the name of Mari Lwyd. Nowadays people in Pennard celebrate this legend with by lighting up the skies in a lantern parade. Help keep this old tradition alive this year by joining the parade on 6 of December. If you can’t join on the night then there will be lantern making workshops held in Pennard in the run up to the big night.

Shopping at a craft fair

Southwood Farm, Pembrokeshire 

Celebrate the festive season at Southwood Farm’s Christmas Fair. Find finishing touches and last-minute Christmas treats around the 19th century farm range. Make a wish on our wish tree and uncover the story of Southwood at the shearing shed exhibition.

Visitors enjoying the festive fun run

Stackpole, Pembrokeshire 

Burn off those Christmas calories with a festive fun run around the Stackpole Estate. Choose from 1.5 miles, 3 miles or 6 miles. After your run treat yourself to a mince pie and hot chocolate in the Boathouse tea-room. If running’s not for you, then simply enjoy one of Stackpole’s walking routes, open every day of the year.

Christmas tree at Tredegar House

Tredegar House, Newport 

Travel through time at Tredegar House this Christmas to explore traditions past and present. Get a taster for the lavish Twelfth Night masquerade balls in the Morgan Room and experience a night before Christmas in the family bedrooms as the first floor is opened for the first time over the festive period. Indulge your nostalgia with pomander making, lace gifts and paper chains galore or wrap up warm and enjoy a glass of mulled wine and mince pie as you explore local food and craft stalls.

Little boy dressed up in traditional Tudor costume

Tudor Merchant's House, Tenby 

Step back in time and learn more about Christmas in Tudor times at Tudor Merchant House. Watch as this historic house comes back to life with weekend enactments by the Lord of Misrule. Delve deeper and find out more about the 12 days of Christmas, what people ate and how they celebrated Christmas.

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