The 4 Best Christmas Markets In South and Mid-Wales
Christmas time in Mid-Wales is truly enchanting. The rolling green hills, delicately coated with a soft glaze of frost, the snow-capped mountains of the national parks and the warmth of community Christmas spirit set the perfect scene. Nestled within the dramatic countryside, you'll find a charming, sleepy village adorned with a warm, inviting glow emanating from its fire-lit pubs and cafes. These places eagerly await your arrival, ready to provide a cosy haven for sipping a delightful cup of tea or indulging in the seasonal warmth of mulled wine.
Among the myriad festive activities, one of the highlights in Mid-Wales at Christmas is strolling through the numerous traditional Christmas markets scattered across the county. Whether you're on a quest for gifts to delight your loved ones or simply relishing the joy of exploring the diverse stalls, each market promises a delightful array of delectable treats. Engaging in this wholesome experience is undoubtedly the best way to kindle the spirit of Christmas in Mid-Wales.
In this blog, we will outline some of our favourite South and Mid-Wales Christmas markets taking place this year.
Hay-on-Wye Christmas Market, Mid Wales
Nestled along the Wales-England border, Hay-on-Wye, known as the "Town of Books," declared independence from both countries in 1977 – a testament to its unique character. While not officially an 'independent kingdom,' the town exudes a distinct sense of autonomy, particularly evident as you wander through its charming shops. Hay-on-Wye boasts an atmosphere that celebrates high-quality, free-thinking individualism, making it an ideal destination for a unique Christmas shopping expedition.
Exploring the shops here feels like stepping into a realm where individuality is cherished. This atmosphere adds an extra layer of charm to your holiday shopping experience. And if you happen to visit in the holiday season, you're in for a treat with the Hay Festival Winter Weekend. This event goes beyond the literary offerings, featuring a delightful food festival and a vintage fair, creating a festive ambience that perfectly complements the season.
Whether you're in search of literary gems or distinctive gifts, this border-straddling town offers a shopping experience like no other.
Cardiff Christmas Market, South Wales
Embrace the holiday spirit as you explore Cardiff's premier shopping destinations. The St David’s shopping centre stands as a beacon, featuring prestigious retail brands and flagship stores like John Lewis and Apple. Venture into the warren of Victorian and Edwardian arcades to discover the city’s strong independent streak, with numerous home-grown boutiques, cafes, and delis waiting to be explored.
Christmas transforms the area with a big seasonal street market, just outside the traditional Victorian indoor market that has stood the test of time for over a century. Organized and successfully run for 30 years, this well-established Christmas Market, situated in the heart of Cardiff City Center, offers a unique and alternative shopping experience. Here, you can directly buy original work from the makers themselves.
With 70 stalls showcasing an extensive rolling program of over 200 individual businesses, the market is a treasure trove of diverse arts and crafts. Immerse yourself in the festive ambience, interspersed with seasonal food and drink, as you indulge in a shopping experience that celebrates creativity and originality. Don't miss this opportunity to make your holiday shopping truly special in the lively and magical atmosphere of Cardiff's Christmas Market.
Blith Wells- Royal Winter Fair
Immerse yourself in the festive spirit and witness the grandeur of the finest prime stock show in Europe at the Royal Welsh Winter Fair. Held annually at the Royal Welsh Showground in Builth Wells, this extraordinary event on Monday, November 27th, and Tuesday, November 28th, promises two days of excitement, competition, and a unique Christmas shopping experience.
For £20 per ticket, you can join the crowds flocking from far and wide to partake in this exceptional celebration of Christmas. The Royal Welsh Winter Fair stands as one of the premier prime stock shows in Europe, offering a festive extravaganza with a diverse array of competitions, festivities, and opportunities for holiday shopping.
The event serves as a festive hub where you can kick-start your holiday season in style. Explore the numerous competitions featuring cookery, crafts, livestock, and hounds, showcasing the best of the season. Don't miss the chance to encounter reindeer at specified times, adding a touch of enchantment to your experience.
Venture into the expansive food hall brimming with local Welsh produce, browse craft stalls adorned with beautiful handmade products, and visit Santa's Grotto for a magical encounter. The grand finale awaits with a magnificent fireworks display, bringing the Royal Welsh Winter Fair to a spectacular close.
Myddfai Christmas Craft Fair
Nestled on the western edge of the Brecon Beacons, Myddfai is a charming village and a sought-after tourist destination. Renowned for the rich history and heritage of the Physicians of Myddfai and the captivating legend of ‘The Lady of The Lake,' this village becomes especially enchanting during the winter season.
Immerse yourself in the breathtaking winter landscape and experience the festive magic at the Myddfai Christmas Craft Fair. Hosted at the Village Community Hall on the 2nd and 7th of December from 10 am to 4 pm, this Christmas market promises a delightful array of local crafts, cakes, games, and even a quiz for all to enjoy.
As you explore the fair, take in the festive spirit and indulge in the warmth of the season. The cafe will be serving up delightful treats, including mulled wine, mince pies, and other tasty homemade refreshments. It's a perfect opportunity to find unique Christmas gifts, support local artisans, and revel in the joyous atmosphere of Myddfai during this magical time of year. Don't miss this wonderful Christmas market in the heart of the Brecon Beacons.
Mid-Wales Hotel and Spa For Christmas
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