The Best Christmas Events in Cardiff This Year


It is almost the most wonderful time of the year again! Whether you’re spending time in Cardiff on a  family break, doing some last-minute shopping or just enjoying a festive trip with friends – there is plenty to see and do to bring some extra Christmas cheer!

Winter Wonderland

Cardiff’s Winter Wonderland has been a feature of the city’s festive season for 17 years and it’s back bigger and better than ever for 2021. Now split between Cardiff Castle grounds and City Hall Lawn, both a short walk from the hotel. You can enjoy a host of Iconic Cardiff Christmas events including the new Ice Bar, a large funfair, giant wheel, a range of festive food and drink outlets and new for 2021 the Ice Trail – there is something for all the family to enjoy. Open from 16th November – 2nd January 2021 (closed on Christmas Day and Boxing Day) there is plenty of time to enjoy some festive cheer!

Christmas Markets

Cardiff Christmas Markets are just one of the magical festive treats the city has to offer, priding itself on being a market for handmade goods – jewellery, craft, clothing and much more. With a varied selection of souvenirs, arts, crafts, food and drink, it’s the perfect place for some last-minute shopping. Just a short walk from the hotel, with rows of beautifully decorated wooden stalls laid out in the pedestrian heart of the city centre, a visit will rival that of any European city. The beautifully decorated and colourful wooden stalls will again grace St John Street, Working Street, the Hayes, Trinity Street from Thursday 11th November to Thursday 23rd December 2021.

Shopping in Cardiff

Shopping in Cardiff gives you a unique blend of the old and the new, all within a short distance of our hotel. Listed as one of the top ten shopping destinations in Britain, there really is something for everyone.
St David’s Shopping Centre is home to over 150 brands, from your high street favourites to top designer labels and everything in between. Located in the very heart of the city and only a 3 minute walk from the Clayton Hotel Cardiff, which makes it easy to access and is open until 8pm on weekdays.

Cardiff Market (also known as Central Market) has been trading since the 1700’s and is filled with local independent businesses and a wide variety of products ranging from traditional Welsh cuisine to artisan coffee; vintage clothing to second hand records; fruit and veg to a local fishmonger. There are two entrances, one found on St. Mary Street, with the other entrance being located at Trinity Street, near St. John’s Church. With its impressive Victorian structure, it’s the perfect place to take a stroll and have a relaxing break from a busy shopping day in the Capital.

No shopping trip to Cardiff would be complete without a wander through the city’s arcades. The unique Victorian arcades have been attracting shoppers for over a century and still remain one of Cardiff’s top attractions. Home to an eclectic mix of the city’s independent businesses and some of the city’s best food and drink offerings in a distinctly traditional setting.

Christmas at Bute Park – Festival of Light

The Festival of Lights is a brand new Christmas event in Cardiff for 2021. Experience the largest festive light trail Wales has ever seen! The park will be transformed with interactive light installations, enchanting fairy tree forests, laser shows, festive street food, mulled wine and much more! Suitable for all the family and children of all ages the event runs from 25th November – 31st December. For more information and tickets visit Christmas at Bute Park website.

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