There are less than 24 hours to go before the big day, and here at yourCardiff, we happen to think that Christmas Eve is almost as special as Christmas Day itself. All that anticipation, the family arriving in droves, and all that food just waiting to be eaten…
But don’t get too comfy in front the Christmas TV schedule just yet, because there’s lots to do in Cardiff on Christmas Eve. Here’s our round-up carol concerts, church services, midnight masses and festive events happening today. And from us here at yourCardiff, Merry Christmas!
9.40am: What better way to celebrate the real start of the Christmas holidays than with a visit to Cardiff Winter Wonderland. Skating sessions run today from 9.40am until 5.40pm, and you can book here.
From 10am: Visit Santa Claus at the Millennium Stadium, where he will be busy stocking his sleigh full of gifts on Christmas Eve. Families will get to see all the highlights of the normal stadium tour, including the Welsh rugby team’s home changing room and players’ tunnel, but with the added magic of finishing your stadium experience at Santa’s grotto. The tours last around 35 minutes, and run from 10am until 6pm. A family ticket for two adults and two children costs £25, while a single adult ticket costs £5.50, and children two to eight-years-old will cost £8.50. To book call 029 2082 2308.
10am, 1pm, and 4pm: A Christmas Carol with Puppets. If you’re yet to go and see a Christmas show or pantomime, Theatre Giant will be putting on three performances of their show, A Christmas Carol with Puppets, today at the Copthorne Hotel. Starring Welsh BAFTA winner Stuart Brennan as Bob Cratchit, it’s a great show for all the family. Tickets cost £15 for adults, £10 for children and can be purchased by calling the box office on 020 7378 7840 or the Copthorne Hotel on 02920 599100.
3pm: Pre-school and family service at Thornhill Church, Excalibur Drive.
4pm: Christingle and crib service, Christ Church, Lake Road North, Roath Park.
4pm: St Martin in Roath Church on Albany Road will hold its nativity celebration with the Sunday School. There will also be the First Vespers of Christmas at 6pm, and the first mass of Christmas at 9pm.
4.30pm: Family crib service at Llanishen Baptist Church, Fidlas Road.
5pm: Christingle service at St Isan Church, Station Road in Llanishen.
5pm: Christingle and crib service at St John’s Church on Cowbridge Road East in Canton.
6pm: Vigil mass at Christ the King Church, Newborough Avenue, Llanishen.
6.30pm: Vigil mass at St. Brigid’s Church, Crystal Glen, also Llanishen.
10pm: Midnight Mass at St. Brigid’s Church, Crystal Glen.
10pm: First mass of the nativity at Christ Church, Lake Road North, Roath Park.
10pm: Midnight Eucharist at St. Faith’s Church, Morris Avenue.
11pm: Midnight mass at Cardiff Metropolitan Cathedral of St David, Charles Street, city centre.
11.15pm: Christmas Eve celebration at Park End Church, Rhydypenau Crossroads.
11.15pm: Midnight mass at St Catherine’s Church, Kings Road, and St Luke’s Church, Cowbridge Road East, both in Canton.
11.30pm: Midnight Eucharist at St. Isan Church, Station Road.
11.30pm: Midnight communion service at Llanishen Baptist Church, Fidlas Road.
12pm: Midnight Mass at Christ the King Church, Newborough Avenue