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Christmas markets in Wales

Sarah 11 September 2023

It’s the most wonderful time of the year! With festive events ringing in Christmas cheer all over the country, Christmas in Wales is crammed with yuletide fun to keep you going right up until the big day. 

We’ve picked out the very best Christmas markets in Wales to keep you in the festive spirit – now all you have to do is choose where to go! 

Need somewhere to stay too? We have suggested some cottages close to these events but you can also browse our full collection of Christmas escapes too. 

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Christmas markets in South Wales

Cardiff Christmas Market

9 November-23 December 2023

Cardiff Christmas Market
Cardiff Christmas Market, @canuckrunningamuck via Instagram

Cardiff’s Christmas market spreads over the city from early November right through until a few days before Christmas, with plenty of stallholders showcasing their goods. A huge variety of food, gifts and crafts will be available, with sellers switching throughout the festive period to keep the market fresh and exciting, even for those visiting more than once.

Christmas at Bute Park is also a must-see with its magical light trail just waiting to be explored. This wonderful park is illuminated and transformed into a magical winter wonderland during December. Wind your way through a breathtaking spectrum of illuminations, sculptures and special effects!

Christmas markets in North Wales

Llandudno Christmas Extravaganza

16-19 November 2023

North Wales Christmas market

Set in the heart of Llandudno, get into the Christmas Spirit this festive season. 

The Llandudno Christmas Extravaganza is a family fun event with plenty of festive food, drink, gifts, funfair, entertainment and more.

Christmas markets in Mid Wales

The Royal Welsh Winter Fair

27-28 November 2023

Christmas decoration

In late November, the two-day Royal Welsh Winter Fair returns with a combination of agriculture, horticulture, gastronomy and handicrafts, all enveloped in a yuletide ambience that will have you jingling all the way to Christmas! 

Hundreds of trade stands, demonstrations and exhibitions will provide something for every kind of visitor.

Hay Festival Winter Weekend

23-26 November 2023

Hay Festival Winter Weekend
Hay Festival - Sam Hardwick

The Hay Festival Winter Weekend is a seasonal weekend of wonder in the beautiful Hay Castle, a newly renovated centre for arts, literature and learning.

Expect an eclectic mix of performers and speakers, candle-lit storytelling, comedy, music and fun family workshops.

Christmas markets in West Wales

Llandeilo Festival of Senses

17-19 November 2023


The Llandeilo Festival of Senses pre-Christmas event is a sure way to get you into the festive spirit through your senses. Smell the spices of a warm mulled wine, taste delicious local delicacies, indulge in treats for yourself, and hear and see a whole schedule of events. 

Held in its town centre with shops, pubs, cafes and restaurants, this yuletide event brings Christmas magic to this West Wales town.

Aberglasney Winter Fair

1-3 December 2023

Aberglasney Gardens - Nigel McCall

The Aberglasney Winter Fair is a spectacular Christmas event. The fair sees the beautiful gardens transform into a Christmas shoppers’ paradise. 

You'll find an abundance of exhibitors selling their hand-crafted goods. They are a hand-picked selection of talented artists, makers, crafters and designers. 

Spend a day discovering unique gifts, handmade decorations, amazing art and beautiful homeware, and have your fill of delicious artisan food and drink.

Pembroke Castle Christmas Market

24-26 November 2023

Pembroke Castle

Imagine an amazing Christmas wonderland with the backdrop of a spectacular illuminated castle! Well, you can experience this at the annual Pembroke Castle Christmas Market.

Expect wonderous stalls selling amazing gifts, toys, local produce, clothing and jewellery. Visit Santa in his grotto and browse the best Christmas gifts that Pembrokeshire has to offer along with musical entertainment from local school carol singers and musicians who will be performing throughout the weekend. 

The highlight of this wonderful Christmas market will be the highly anticipated arrival of Santa at 6.30pm on Friday evening! 

More Christmas markets, fairs and events in Wales

Christmas market

Find a cottage for Christmas in Wales

The Hollies
The Hollies, Old Churchstoke

Looking for somewhere to stay over the festive period? We have picked out some of our cosiest cottages for Christmas in Wales, whether you are planning to get the family together or to escape for a quiet break, just the two of you. 

You can also browse our full collection of cottages for Christmas in Wales.

Disclaimer: Whilst every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of the information at the time of writing, please ensure you check carefully before making any decisions based on the contents within this article.

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