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Wales is the perfect winter wonderland with its magical hills and woodland and the communities across Swansea and the Brecon Beacons have been preparing to host a hubbub of festive events to make your Christmas special.

Let’s take a peek at the wintery wonder on offer!

Swansea

The welcoming City of Swansea never fails to offer up a cracking Christmas experience with a whole flurry of festive events. The festivities kick off with the City’s sparkling Christmas parade that lights up the City Centre just in time for the Christmas Market which welcomes visitors from across the UK. A magical transformation at Swansea Waterfront brings the festive fun of the fair and a cosy Alpine village with bars, eateries and ice-skating rink!

The Mumbles Pier will be hosting Santa this festive season with plenty of opportunities to join him at his tea party, or maybe schedule in a special breakfast, afternoon tea or visit with the Father of Christmas at his toyshop. And what would Christmas be without a festive panto? A star-studded cast brings a comical delight to the Swansea Grand this Christmas in the magical story of Snow White and the Seven Dwarves – a fun night out for all the family!

Waterfront Winterland | Waterfront Museum Swansea | 12 Nov – 13 Jan

Christmas at Mumbles Pier – Visit Santa, Breakfast or Afternoon Tea with Santa, Christmas Market | 20 Nov – 24 Dec

Christmas Market | 26 Nov – 21 Dec | City Centre | Mondays – Saturday: 9:30am – 5:00pm
Sundays: 10:30am – 4:30pm

Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs | Swansea Grand Theatre | 10 Dec – 2 Jan

The Gower

Take a tractor ride through the magical winter woodland at Poundffald Farm to find yourself the perfect Christmas tree. Home to Santa’s reindeer, you can meet and feed this herd of sleigh-pulling helpers as they rest and prepare for a busy Christmas eve! And don’t forget to pop in and see Santa and his elves at his grotto after exploring the farms winter wonderland.

If you’re fancying some Christmas creativity head down to the Gower Heritage Centre for a fun, festive arts workshop and to shop at the many artisan studios. You can learn how to paint a stunning portrait of a festive character at a paint along workshop with the Paint Along Lady – festive fun for over 5-year-olds with all materials provided and accompanying adults can paint for free.

Christmas Paint Along | The Paint Along Lady: The Gower Heritage Centre | 27 Nov and 4, 11, 18 Dec

Gower Fresh Christmas Tree Experience | Poundffald Farm

Brecon

Brecon is a beautiful place all year round and Christmas makes it even more magical with events and fairs sprinkled throughout the towns and communities that call the Beacons it home.

Hay-on-Wye hosts a winter mini-festival of music, comedy, kids workshops and Christmas shopping, all taking place at venues around the town. The whole family can ride the Christmas Express at Brecon Mountain Railway in Merthyr Tydfil, to Santa’s Christmas Grotto to see the main man himself or you can visit one of the many town Christmas fayres and markets across the Brecon Beacons, to find that perfect gift for family and friends.

 

Hay Festival Winter Week | 22 – 25 November | Hay-on-Wye

Santa Specials at the Brecon Mountain Railway | Merthyr Tydfil |

Christmas Markets and Fayres

Llandeilo Traditional Christmas Fayre | Dinefwr | 26 Nov |

Royal Welsh Winter Fayre | Llanelwedd | 26-27 Nov

Crickhowell Christmas Fayre | Crickhowell | 6 Dec 

Myddfai Christmas Fayre | Myddfai | 7 Dec

Christmas Fayre at Tretower Court | Crickhowell | 14 Dec 

Christmas decorations