Best time to go to Wales

Christmas Markets or Fayres 2018

Festive Christmas atmosphere full of Welsh traditions and charms

Christmas Markets or Fayres in Wales - Best Time
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Christmas markets or Fayres pop up across in the main squares of Welsh cities and towns from mid-November to Christmas Eve. There are all kinds of markets and fairs like typical Christmas markets with lights and food stalls, Medieval fairs with traditional knights and handicrafts, and even stock shows and agricultural competitions.

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

Lights of the Cardiff Christmas Market
Lights of the Cardiff Christmas Market

The true "Dickensian atmosphere" is hovering on the streets of Llandudno. Here is located the biggest Christmas market in the country. Besides traditional events, the Llandudno Christmas Fayre offers the town’s ‘Cake Trail’ and the world’s Bara Brith Championships to find the champion among Welsh tea producers.

Magic events await you 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. It also hosts some medieval Christmas markets in Wales.

Medieval Christmas Fayre in Caerphilly Castle
Medieval Christmas Fayre in Caerphilly Castle

Royal Welsh Winter Fair is set 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.

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