Christmas markets, Christmas cracker pulls, Christmas carol concerts, Santa runs… there’s plenty happening in Cardiff to get you in the festive spirit this weekend!
Here are a few of our highlights, and if you’ve got any other events you’d like us to add – Christmas-related or not – then drop us a line on firstname.lastname@example.org or Tweet us @yourcardiff.
The Christmas lights will be switched on in Radyr tonight, with the tree in Morganstown Granny Park lit at 6pm, followed by the one in Lychgate Gardens at 6.10pm. The main light switch-on in Station Road will take place at 6.45pm, with BBC Wales’ Jason Mohammad doing the honours.
Celebrate the festive season across the weekend with “Christmas at Cardiff Bay”. A Christmas market will be open from today through until Sunday, with more than 40 stalls selling arts, crafts, local food and handmade jewellery. There will also be music on the bandstand, carol singing, fun fair rides, and a Santa’s grotto. On Saturday night, there will be a Guinness World Record attempt, organised by the Fire Fighters Charity, for the highest number of simultaneous cracker pulls. The evening will be finished off with a firework display over the water. On Sunday, Youth Beats on Radio Cardiff will launch a new scheme to get the city’s young people on the stage and the airwaves with a unique Christmas sound, and the Elf Cycle Ride takes place along Cardiff Bay Barrage. The Christmas market will be open until 8pm tonight, from 10am until 8pm on Saturday, and 10am until 6pm on Sunday. The cracker pull and fireworks will begin on Saturday night at 7pm.
On Saturday afternoon there will be a number of Cardiff choirs performing in a special Christmas event at The Cardiff Story. The Plough Singers will kick off the afternoon at 2pm – an all-male chorus who have been singing together for the last 21 years. They will be followed by the Adamsdown Community Choir at 2.45pm, who have a mixed repertoire of modern, contemporary and traditional music. Sororitas Female Voice Choir – a ladies choir launched in September this year – will round off the afternoon at 3.30pm.
The Taste Christmas Fayre returns to Wales Millennium Centre this Saturday and Sunday, with a range of stalls, plus free Christmas craft workshops. More details can be found here.
The choice of Christmas markets continues, with a craft fair at Sherman Cymru on Saturday from 10am to 5pm.
Father Christmas will be at Roath Park Lighthouse from 10.30am on Saturday and Sunday. Children and parents are invited to have their photographs taken, and “if you are good, he may give you a gift and let you ride on Roath Park motor launch!”.
An ecumenical Christmas memorial service will be held at the Wenallt Chapel at Thornhill Crematorium on Sunday from 2pm-3pm for anyone who wants to pay their respects to lost loved ones during the Christmas period. The service will be led by Reverend Lionel Fanthorpe and contain a number of readings, poems and Christmas carols. A collection will also be made in aid of the Teenage Cancer Trust based at the University Hospital of Wales. Memorial tags will be on sale for a minimum donation of £2, which can be bought in memory of a loved one and placed on one of the Christmas memorial trees in the Wenallt Chapel Courtyard.
Join thousands of Santas in Bute Park on Sunday for the annual British Heart Foundation Santa Jog. Starting inside Cardiff Castle, Santas will follow a 5km route around Bute Park. Registration will open at 9.30am, and the event starts at 10.30am. Entry costs £15 for adults (including a Santa suit) and £5 for children. More details can be found here.
Rules of Play host their monthly Boardgaming Sunday at Chapter from 5.30pm.