The city of Cardiff comes alive in December, from ever-growing traditions to lesser known gems; be sure to experience all there is to offer this festive season. Enjoy Christmas carols sung by the BBC National Chorus of Wales or glide through Cardiff Castle’s grounds, where a wonderland of entertainment and festivities await you.
A Spellbinding Night at the Spiegeltent
Sophia Gardens takes a transformation over the month of December as it is home to the spectacular Spiegeltent stage. Watch as the curtains reveal a cabaret showstopper with endless entertainment and opulent performances at Cardiff Christmas Festival. Only a handful of these legendary tents remain in the world and Cardiff is lucky enough to see the return of The Fortuna.
Watch the Welsh of the West End, stars of Britain’s Got Talent! as they present a night of musical festive favourites, or treat the whole family to Santa’s Wish. A magical Christmas musical with immersive storytelling, catchy numbers.
Spice up your December with Castellana, following its critically acclaimed debut last year, and prepare to witness the art of aerial acts, fire dances and wickedly hilarious naughtiness. This show-stopper is undoubtedly thrilling and an unmissable performance this season.
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A Candlelight Christmas
Witness one of the most well-kept Cardiff secrets. You’ll be mesmerised as you enter a room filled with the glow of candles and watch as the light moves to the sound of your favourite festive musical soundtracks. A breath-taking experience that will leave you feeling the pure joy of the Christmas season. Located at Llandaff Cathedral, Candlelight concerts bring you a multi-sensory spectacle like you’ve never seen before. Featuring musical numbers from some of your favourite festive movies, like Love Actually and Home Alone, you can relax under the gentle glow of candlelight as you embrace the season and relish in your unique surroundings for one night only.
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Exclusive Ice Bar at Winter Wonderland
Visit Cardiff Castle and City Hall Lawns through to January 2nd to experience our city’s exclusive Winter Wonderland ice bar. Take a break from the stressful festivities, wrap up warm and prepare for endless photo opportunities, as you treat yourself to a glass of fizz or a classic shot in a chiselled ice glass. Take a seat in the sub-zero lair as you soak up the winter atmosphere and appreciate the craftsmanship and dedication to bringing this experience to thousands of visitors this Christmas.
Constructed of over 17 tonnes of ice, this bar is a sight to behold for every guest. Each session inside the ice bar lasts 40 minutes and includes your first spirit-based ice cocktail, sip away whilst you gaze upon the crafted sculptures and frosty atmosphere.
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Immersive Events at The Angel Hotel
Wanting to experience a little thrill this December? Located in the heart of our city, The Angel Hotel is a classic Victorian landmark and the perfect site for a festive murder mystery break. Murder 57, hosted by The Angel Hotel, offers a selection of package events which enthral you into the centre of a themed murder mystery. With several themed nights throughout the month including both Christmas and New Years Eve; you can have a front row seat to an immersive dining experience. Indulge yourself in an overnight stay and a three course dinner alongside your mystery event.
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Sing-Along Carols for Christmas
If you’re a lover of classical music, be sure to join the BBC National Chorus of Wales as they perform a number of festive favourites. Sing-along as the chorus is joined by a massed Children’s Choir from schools across Wales, all directed by composer Adrian Partington. The perfect amalgamation of a traditional Welsh Christmas is available for you to experience on Sunday 10th of December at BBC Hoddinott Hall. Expect a night filled with music, readings by recognisable BBC Wales presenters and a symphony, brought to stage by the brass and percussion of BBC NOW.
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