Christmas in Cardiff and Newport

9 Awesome Things to Do in Newport and Cardiff at Christmas

Visit Cardiff and Newport at Christmas: From Cardiff’s Winter Wonderland to New Year’s Eve Parties

In the most wonderful time of the year, Cardiff and Newport are dressed to impress their visitors and offer them an unforgettable holiday. There’s plenty of festive fun to look forward to in the two of the most beautiful cities in Wales. From the ‘Alpine Ice Trail’ at Cardiff’s Winter Wonderland to the new year’s parkrun around the Tredegar House, this yuletide you can make memories to last a lifetime. Whether you’re in the mood for a nice classical show and a luxury Christmas feast or a lively wingding, there is something for you here! Don’t miss the chance to indulge in a wide range of fun activities and enjoy with your closest and dearest in Cardiff and Newport at Christmas!

However, surprisingly high prices for accommodation at this time of year can spoil all the fun. Don’t worry about that! Just check this list of all the bustling Christmas events and entertainment and make up your mind which one to join. With immediate access to what the city holds deep within its heart, Newport Central Hotel is nestled 2 minutes from Newport train station. The ideal location of the hotel gives you the chance to easily access Cardiff within 14 minutes from Newport train station. Let us help your festive season be merrier and brighter!

Visit Cardiff at Christmas: Winter Wonderland

City Hall Lawn

8th November – 5th January

There is no better place to enjoy the excitement and sheer beauty of a Christmas day than the Winter Wonderland in Cardiff. From an undercover ice rink to bars and food stalls, many entertaining activities await you in Cardiff this winter. Indulge yourself in all the seasonal activities in the merriest time of the year! Make your Christmassy holiday complete with visiting the Winter Wonderland. Even Alice had never been as amazed as the visitors to the Winter Wonderland!

Winter Wonderland in CardiffAlpine Ice Trail Takes You on a Tour of Winter Wonderland

As one of the most popular winter attractions in the UK, Cardiff Winter Wonderland presented its brand-new Alpine Ice Trail for the first time on 8th November, 2019. Prepare yourself for a one-of-a-kind icy tour. No need to take your skates off! Just get on the 250m long ice trail and get astonished while exploring the whole site of the Winter Wonderland. The open-air Alpine Trail is not only one of the longest Ice Trails in Europe, but also the only one found in the UK this winter.

Eating and Drinking in the Winter Wonderland

Sur La Piste Bar

Nestled in the heart of Winter Wonderland, the two-floor Sur La Piste bar makes an excellent setting for a catch-up over a mulled wine. Fancy something warm? Change your mood with a cup of hot chocolate. You can enhance the delectation of your experience by heading to the Alpine village and tasting the piquant food and drink offered in the bustling village. They serve food for every mood from sweet and savoury crêpes to toasted marshmallows and grilled sausages.

From Wheelchair Users to Kids, Everyone Takes Pleasure in Here!

What makes the whole event so exceptional is their attention to the pleasure of each and every one of the guests.

John Davies of ice rink operator 11th Hour said: “In 2017 we were the first outdoor ice rink in the country to get Access Accreditation, and were delighted to welcome wheelchair users and those requiring additional support to experience the thrill, excitement and enjoyment of outdoor skating in Cardiff. We hope that even more will come along when we open in November.”

Apart from the skating, even the BIG Wheel which provides an eye catching view of the whole city is also accessible to wheelchair users this year.

Moreover, if you see some funny penguins moving around on the ice, don’t be shocked! They’re there to help your younger children and toddlers enjoy an icy holiday alongside the other family members.

The entrance is free, but if you want to make the most out of the whole site and the additional activities, don’t forget to book your tickets.

Visit Cardiff at Christmas: Bingo Lingo, the Ultimate Christmas Cracker

Friday 3rd January, 5:00 – 11:00 pm

From 1 to €30.00

The newest and yet the most breathtaking breed of Bingo is on board! This time of the year deserves a game night merged with an enlivening, unforgettable party. While you are enjoying the game in a vintage spot, you can rejoice this friendly, intimate atmosphere. The dress code is casual which makes you and your friends comfortable, yet you can enjoy spending time making new friends whom you are sharing table with!

This will get highly and extremely busy and the prize of the game is pretty much tempting. Your prize would be whether a random stuff or if you are lucky enough you would win a car! So make sure you book before it’s too late!

Bingo Lingo in CardiffVisit Cardiff at Christmas: Swan Lake

Friday 27th December, 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Mixing magic, romance and tragedy, this timeless love story is performed magically in four acts. Swan Lake is brought to life this Christmas at St. David’s Hall. Watch the swan princess swimming on a lake of tears and her nights in her beautiful human form. The dual role of Odette/Odile magnifies the emotional intensity of the performance. Although it is presented in many different versions, the enchantment of the story stays the same in all shows.

Book your tickets to make sure you won’t miss this breathtaking performance.

Friday 27th December 2 pm & 7 pm
Saturday 28th December 2 pm & 5:30 pm
Sunday 29th December 2 pm & 5:30 pm
Monday 30th December 2 pm & 7 pm
Tuesday 31st December 2 pm

Swan lake at St. David's HallVisit Newport at Christmas: New Year’s Day at Newport Parkrun

A great parkrun course around the grounds of Tredegar House, it is a mix of gravel tracks and off road paths. On New Year’s Day, Newport, Riverfront and Penallta parkrun will be running at 10:30 am with the opportunity to ‘do the double’ with Cardiff, Grangemoor or Barry Island parkrun events which will start earlier at 9 am. One of the most scenic, nicely-wooded areas and a beautiful lake! You get the chance to meet friendly people running with their dogs and get inspired by all the volunteers around! What a better and healthier way to start 2020?

New Year's day at Newport parkrunNYE 2020 “Newport’s Biggest New Year’s Eve Party” 

31st December, 10:00 pm – 1st January, 8:00 pm

Newport’s biggest and best New Year’s Eve party returns! What’s the combination of One Wristband and six spectacular venues? One big Christmas party! Below, there is a list of the locales and the types of music and dance each of them offer to all the revelers and merry-makers looking for some fun at the merriest time of the year!

– The Courtyard (46 Cambrian Road)
The Glitter Ball; Commercial and Urban
– Blind Tiger (50 Cambrian Road)
RE:WORK; House, Techno and Dance
– Cotton Club (54 Cambrian Road)
Masquerade Ball; R&B, Dancehall and Hip Hop
– Mojos (40 Cambrian Road)
Peaky Blinders NYE; Karaoke, Retro and Rock & Alt
– The Lounge (48 Cambrian Road)

Tickets are now on sale! Hurry up before you’re left out! General Admission is £10 and for VIP it is £20. Good news is that if you get to the Cotton Club before 11:30 you’ll get 50% off drinks!

Newport's biggest New Year's partyVisit Cardiff at Christmas: A Journey to Vienna

Thursday 9th January, 2020, 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm

Start your new year with some of the Europe’s finest music. Let WNO Orchestra take you on a memorable journey to the quaint city of Vienna. Under the direction of Leader and Concertmaster David Adams, visit every nook and cranny of Europe in works by Offenbach, Mozart, Brahms, Dvorak and, of course, Strauss. The Orchestra is thrilled to be joined by soprano Mary Elizabeth Williams who has become a firm favourite with WNO audiences in recent years winning critical acclaims.

A journey to Vienna with WNO Orchestra in CardiffNew Year’s Eve with Salut on Tuesday

31st December 2019

DEPOT, Dumballs Road, CF10 5FE Cardiff, Cardiff, United Kingdom

Minimum age: 18

Entry price (public): From £17.50 (Additional fees may apply)

Experience a memorable and unforgettable celebration for this spectacular year going along with multi-award-winning show band, SALUT. The music would satisfy all as it contains Disco, Funk, Pop and Soul and the party goes on until the early hours.

New Year's Eve with SalutA Christmas Party Like No Other in Rainbow Casino

Offering a range of packages at unbelievable prices, the Rainbow Casino creates an exhilarating atmosphere this Christmas. Great buffet and dinner packages plus festive entertainment makes it a perfect setting for a wonderful Christmas. The passionate sound of Motown with live music featuring hits from The Supremes, Whitney Houston and Aretha Franklin adds to the spectacular ambience of the place.

Fancy playing some games? Then this is the right place to spend your New Year’s Eve. Majority of their packages include fun casino gaming. Don’t forget to try your chance in their ever-popular roulette!

Their Christmas packages start from £23.95 per person. Nights with entertainment are the most voguish, so book before it’s too late!

Christmas party in Rainbow Casino in CardiffEarly Bird at Chapel 1877 Bar & Restaurant

Why not celebrate the most glamorous night of the year in style? Join the Early Bird for an exclusive and wonderful New Year’s Eve event. 5 course meal, glass of champagne on arrival, live band, magician and so much more bustle to make an incredible night for you.

The artistic décor and eclectic menus making for a charismatic ambience makes the chapel a perfect setting for your celebration. If you’re not in the mood for a four course Christmas feast, their festive buffet offers great value for lighter bites.
Father Christmas will also be joining you in the celebrations and each and every one of the guests will go home with a gift!

Early Bird at Chapel 1877 Bar & RestaurantAccommodation

When you think of the money you have to pay for a convenient stay in Cardiff, the excitement of all the Christmas activities may evaporate. However, you don’t need to worry. Newport Central Hotel, nestled only 2 minutes from Newport train station (with trains arriving from Cardiff, Bristol and London regularly), provides you with a perfect stay. You can easily access Cardiff within 14 minutes from Newport train station. This makes Newport Central Hotel a convenient spot for all the business or leisure travellers.

Boasting 61 rooms, Newport central Hotel caters ultimate comfort and luxury at an affordable price range for every mood and taste. With all the rooms featuring comfy beds, luxury plumb pillow and duvets, your peaceful night’s sleep is ensured. Make a plan for your Christmas and pack your stuff right now! We offer a wide variety of rooms including double, deluxe double, disable double, triple, and quad rooms, as well as family suites. Call your fellow travellers and pick a room based on your number and needs. Book direct with us at Peymans and save up to 10%!

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