After a bit of that nostalgic time that comes when we have to say goodbye to summer, we’re now entering the pre-Christmas period. And what does that mean? It means cozy knitted sweaters, hot chocolate and planning the fun things to do around Christmas holidays. This is why we’re here to give you a little overview of some of the best Christmas markets happening in Wales this winter season. So curl up with a cup of warm tea and your agenda, and start getting excited for all the baked chestnuts, mulled wine and twinkling lights that await you!
Cardiff Christmas Market
Naturally, the Cardiff Christmas market is one of the local Christmas markets that is definitely worth a visit. What you can look forward to are 80 stalls and over 200 exhibitors with a large focus on hand-made pieces and local craftspeople, alongside a number of artisan food and drink producers. Come for some original, one-of-a-kind gifts and while you’re here you can also visit Cardiff’s Winter Wonderland, which is a short stroll away. What are you waiting for?
Llandudno Christmas Fayre
This is the biggest off all Christmas markets in North Wales, with over 165 stalls lining Madoc Street, Augusta Street and Trinity Square Street, making it a perfect Christmas stroll location. You can expect local food and drinks, homemade gifts alongside craft demonstrations and a little Christmas village for children. A must-see!
Swansea Christmas Street Market
This market begins early with a show of marching bands, actors in festive costumes and Santa with his helpers parade through the city centre and end the show with a celebratory switching on of Christmas lights. The next day the market is all set up and ready for Christmas-hungry customers! Led to perfection with an ice rink, Santa’s grotto, tons of delicious treats and fun handmade presents, this market is one of the Christmas markets in Wales one simply must make time for!
Aberystwyth Christmas Fair
Located in Aberystwyth’s Art Centre, this fair is opened annually for 8 weeks around the Christmas period and offers over 80 stalls with various handmade jewellery, ceramics, textiles and lots more. Moreover, a large part of the fair is dedicated to food and you can find artisan food and drinks all around from Welsh cheese to pastries and wine. If you’re going for the food, this is one of the local Christmas markets you should not miss!
Portmeirion Food and Craft Fair
This market, set in Portmeirion that might at first glance seem to you like a town taken from Italy, this fantasy village surprises its visitors every year with more and more magic and wonder. A range of exhibitors that specialise in local produce and musicians from the area all convene here to bring you the spirit of Christmas. With more than 120 stalls, a huge gingerbread village and Santa’s grotto, this festival is one of the most unique Christmas markets in Wales and offers something for everyone!
Are you feeling the Christmas cheer yet? This little guide will hopefully provide you with some inspiration in terms of where to go this Christmas season to enjoy it fully and maybe even find some nice, unique Christmas presents. Merry Christmas!