Things to do in Cardiff this Christmas

Cardiff’s Winter Wonderland

Cardiff’s Winter Wonderland has been a feature of the city’s festive season for 17 years and is home to the largest indoor ice rink in Wales. Just a short walk from the hotel you can enjoy a host of other attractions at the event including the famous Alpine Bar, a large funfair, a range of food and drink outlets and the UK’s first Ice Trail – there is something for all the family to enjoy. We are also proud sponsors of this years Winter Wonderland so keep an eye out for our banner on the ice rink. Open from 8th November – 5th January 2020 (closed on Christmas Day) it is bigger and better than ever before.

Christmas Markets

Cardiff Christmas Markets is just one of the magical festive treats the city has to offer, priding itself on being a market for handmade goods – jewellery, craft, clothing and much more. With a varied selection of souvenirs, arts, crafts, food and drink, it’s the perfect place for some last-minute shopping. Just a short walk from the hotel, with rows of beautifully decorated wooden stalls laid out in the pedestrian heart of the city centre, a visit will rival that of any European city. The beautifully decorated and colourful wooden stalls will again grace St John Street, Working Street, the Hayes, Trinity Street and Hills Street from Thursday 14 November to Monday 23 December.

Shopping in Cardiff

Shopping in Cardiff gives you a unique blend of the old and the new, all within a short distance of our hotel. Listed as one of the top ten shopping destinations in Britain, there really is something for everyone.

  • St David’s Shopping Centre is home to over 150 brands, from your high street favourites to top designer labels and everything in between. It’s located in the very heart of the city, which makes it easy to access and is open until 8pm on weekdays.
  • Cardiff Market (also known as Central Market)  has been trading since the 1700s and is filled with local independent businesses and a wide variety of products ranging from traditional Welsh cuisine to artisan coffee; vintage clothing to second hand records; fruit and veg to a local fishmonger. There are two entrances, one found on St. Mary Street, with the other entrance being located at Trinity Street, near St. John’s Church. With its impressive Victorian structure, it’s the perfect place to take a stroll and have a relaxing break from a busy shopping day in the Capital.
  • No shopping trip to Cardiff would be complete without a wander through the city’s arcades. The unique Victorian arcades have been attracting shoppers for over a century and still remain one of Cardiff’s top attractions. Home to an eclectic mix of the city’s independent businesses and some of the city’s best food and drink offerings in a distinctly traditional setting.
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