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Top 5 Christmas Markets in Wales

19 November 2022

Wales has Christmas Markets aplenty this year, so here are the Top 5 Christmas Markets in this wonderful country!


Taking place between November 10th and December 23rd, Cardiff Christmas market is exactly what you imagine when someone says those two magical words, ‘Christmas market’. The market is situated in the city centre and is fully pedestrianised, allowing for magical strolls during the day and night. You could pay a visit to one of the 200+ stalls showcasing original pieces of arts and crafts from local craftspeople. Taking place around Hayes, St John Street, Working Street and Trinity, the market is definitely an attraction for all those spending the festive season in Wales this year!

Royal Welsh Winter Fair

Lasting only two days, this short but sweet Christmas event is a must-see if you want to add a bit of character and uniqueness to your Christmas schedule. The Winter Fair at the Royal Welsh Agricultural Society contains all the traditional Christmas stalls. Think of shops selling crafts, food and drink, as well as providing the usual festive entertainment.

The fair also has a livestock auction, a hot air balloon show and a very popular yearly Christmas competition. The competitions (for livestock, not children!) are for home crafts, dressed poultry and floral art. So for a Christmas market with a twist, look no further than the Royal Welsh Winter Fair.

National Trust Fairs

Taking place all throughout December, the National Trust is putting on dozens of amazing Christmas events across Wales. The events include beautiful walks through illuminated gardens and strolls down candlelit boulevards. For those of us with a love of Christmas music, there are tons of opportunities for carol and choir singing.

Best of all? There is very likely an event taking place nearby you! So, have a look at the National Trust website to see where your local site is and make sure to pop by.

Swansea Christmas Street Market

This market is a staple tradition for those in Swansea and its surrounding areas, so why not pay it a visit? This fair has consistently brought festive cheer to the city and deserves some admiration! The market itself makes an effort to support craftspeople returning each year, so you’ll be able to see and buy from many familiar faces alongside exciting new traders. Taking place along Swansea’s streets, the market is a wonderful day out and an even better shopping experience.

Let’s not forget about the food and drinks available. The festive bar and restaurant area provides a great way of getting out of the cold and warming up with traditional drinks.

Llandudno Christmas Fayre

Over the course of 3 glorious November days, the Llandudno Christmas Fayre is a picturesque event containing over 100 stalls, not including various craft demonstrations. Although in a smaller location, this event packs a serious punch.

Alongside the traditional Christmas crafts and food stalls (which are of a very high quality), there are also a number of vintage Victorian fairground rides and themed exhibitions. The event is aimed at attracting visitors of all ages, and aims to put a smile on the faces of your whole family - all free of charge!

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