Things to do with the Kids this Christmas in Cardiff

Things to do with the Kids this Christmas in Cardiff

It is never too early to get excited for Christmas! Cardiff is the perfect place to celebrate, and keep the children entertained with award-winning events and entertainment lined up for Christmas in Cardiff.

Nativity! The Musical

At the Wales Millennium Centre between Tuesday 19th November until Saturday 23rd November 2019. The performance follows the story of the St Bernadette’s School annual nativity play. All of the children want to be the star, and Mr Maddens, the class teacher has promised them that a Hollywood producer is coming to see the show. With his crazy teaching assistant, Mr Poppy, they struggle to make everyone’s Christmas wish come true. With a whole lot of sparkle and shine, there is a lot of hilarious mayhem in Bethlehem.

Win a Family Break and tickets to Nativity! The Musical

Plus, in conjunction with the Wales Millennium Centre, we are giving away tickets to see Nativity! The Musical as well as winning a one-night bed and breakfast break for a family of four, with a 3-course dinner in Thomas Bar & Restaurant, on Wednesday 20th November 2019.

Enter to win here

The Winter Wonderland

Christmas in Cardiff isn’t complete without a visit to Winter Wonderland. With an undercover ice rink, seasonal activities, a funfair, bars and food stalls, all against the backdrop of the iconic National Museum of Wales and City Hall all lit up with spectacular lights. It opens on Friday, 8th November 2019 until Sunday 5th January 2020.

Winter Wonderland in CardiffImage courtesy of Visit Cardiff


Oh, yes, there is! With thousands of festive theatregoers enjoying the magic of the New Theatre panto every year do not miss the magic of this year’s must-see production of Cinderella, the Fairy Godmother of all pantomimes! On stage between Saturday 7th December 2019 and Thursday 12th January 2020.

Panto in Cardiff 2019 - Cinderella

Christmas in the Castle

Did you know that Christmas is one of the best times of year to visit Cardiff Castle? At Christmas in the Castle, as well as discovering more about its history, visitors can also see the house in all its splendour, dressed with spectacular Christmas lights and decorations. Remember, if you live or work in Cardiff you are entitled to a key to the castle, which gives you free entry. 

Also, the Castle’s Visitor Centre is free for all to enter, so why not escape the Christmas shopper crowds and grab a drink and bite to eat in the Bistro, or find the perfect present in the Welsh gift shop.

Christmas in Cardiff CastleImage courtesy of Cardiff Castle

The Santa Express in Cardiff Bay

The brightly coloured, highly festive Santa’s Express steam train has an elf driver plus two carriages stuffed full with 24 presents and a Christmas tree – complete with 20 baubles – all made with a total of nearly 300,000 LEGO® bricks.

The incredibly detailed, full contact models – which took 8 BRICKLIVE builders 1,664 hours, that’s 3 months to build – will be on display in the heart of Mermaid Quay from Saturday 30th November 2019 to Sunday 5th January 2020.

Visitors will even be able to climb aboard the train for the perfect Christmas selfie! The display is visible at any time, but access to sit on the train will only be available between 10am – 6pm daily. The most exciting part is that it is free of charge.

The Santa Express in Cardiff BayImage courtesy of Visit Cardiff

Sunday Lunch with Santa

Spend some time with the family, get your Christmas jumpers on and join us at Future Inn Cardiff for a festive lunch with Santa. There will be a 3-course Sunday Lunch served carvery style, followed by a family disco and a chance to meet and greet Santa in his grotto.

On Sunday, 8th and Sunday 15th December 2019 at 12pm. Adults are priced at £19.95 per person, under 12’s are £9.95 and under 5’s are complimentary. Book quick, as limited spaces remain.

Sunday lunch with Santa in Cardiff

Whatever you decide to do this Christmas with the children, we hope it is a magical time for you all. Merry Christmas everyone!


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