Best time to go to Wales

Christmas Markets (Fayres) 2024-2025

Festive Christmas atmosphere full of Welsh traditions and charms

Dates: early November–early January

Christmas Markets (Fayres)
Christmas Markets (Fayres)
Christmas Markets (Fayres)
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Christmas markets or fayres pop up across the main squares of Welsh cities and towns from mid-November to Christmas Eve. Visitors can choose between typical Christmas markets with lights & foods and medieval fairs with traditional knights and handicrafts, or stock shows and agricultural competitions.

Cardiff Christmas Market (November 9–December 23, 2023) & Cardiff Winter Wonderland (November 16– January 2, 2024)

Pedestrian streets of Cardiff host about 100 Christmas market stalls and 200 exhibitors that, together with Cardiff's Winter Wonderland, turn the center of the capital into a magic Christmas area. You can find all sorts of Christmas-themed stalls selling arts, handicrafts, candles, food, clothing, jewelry, and so on.

Caerphilly Christmas Market | Caerphilly Winter Food & Craft Market (December 2, 2023)

Caerphilly town and castle get filled with sounds, smells, and sights of all things Christmasy. Enjoy delicious local food, mulled wine, street theatre performances, and over 100 stalls selling gifts and foods. Caerphilly is just 10 miles from Cardiff so that you can spend a day away from the capital's buzz and fuss.

Royal Welsh Winter Fair at Royal Welsh Showground (November 27–28, 2023)

Royal Welsh Winter Fair is set at the Royal Welsh Showground in-between Llanelwedd and Builth Wells. It exhibits the best of British farming and poultry alongside with hounds and farriery demonstrations. Visitors can stroll through 300 stalls and meet Santa in his grotto. Fayre guests can also experience the vibes of live auctions, see livestock on display, and participate in classes and competitions.

Winter Fair at Aberglasney (December 1–3, 2023)

Plenty of winter magic awaits at the Aberglasney Winter Fayre as well. Two huge pavilions are set up in its gardens where one can buy Christmas gifts, try the tasty food and Welsh cuisine, or drink a glass of mulled wine. The unique shopping experience features dozens of artists, makers, crafters, designers, and other exhibitors. One of Wales’ biggest runs from 10 am to 4:30 pm each day.

For the tickets and latest updates, please check with the official websites (see External Resources below.) Also, take a look at the map suggesting the best accommodations nearby.

Last updated: by Eleonora Provozin