If you are staying in one of our gorgeous cottages or holiday homes here in West Wales, then we are sure you will have a magical time. Not only will you be staying in a beautiful part of the world, there is also so much to see and do over the festive period to keep everyone amused. You will also be able to meet local people and really get into the spirit of things.
There lots of fun, energetic activities being held for you to choose from within Pembrokeshire such as a Santa Run in Narberth (Sunday 8th December), the Boxing Day Swim held in Tenby and a Christmas Pudding Run held at Broad Haven (Saturday 30th November).
Whether you’re staying in Carmarthenshire, Ceredigion or Pembrokeshire you will also be able to walk along the spectacular paths and beaches which hug the coastlines of these counties. Gorgeous strolls abound within the countryside and woodlands too. Check out our guide to Winter Walks in Pembrokeshire for more inspiration. After all, a walk will help you blow cobwebs away and work off your Christmas roast.
Christmas is a great time of year to get creative and luckily the National Trust host lots of hands-on activities at Christmas time. This year wreath making classes will be held on 8th December at Stackpole, on 14th December at Llanerchaeron and on 8th December at The Welsh Wildlife Centre near Ceredigion. A drop in Christmas craft day is also being held at Southwood Farm, near Haverfordwest on 7th December. The National Botanic Garden of Wales will also be hosting some festive events. The candle and cosmetic making courses will enable you to handmake some special gifts and the captivating conifers course will help you pick your perfect tree (please check your holiday cottage will allow you to put one up).
If you like having a good sing-along with a mulled wine in hand, then make sure you attend one of the carol concerts held throughout West Wales. If you’re lucky you may even be able to attend a traditional Welsh carol singing service ‘Plygain’. Parties of carol singers take turns to sing Christmas songs, usually unaccompanied and in close harmony. They used to start anywhere between 3-6am but modern events now take place in the early evening. Other more typical concerts which will be sure to make you feel festive include the Town and Gown in Aberwystyth (5th December) and those held in St Mary’s Church in Tenby which are led by local choirs and schools. Carols by Candlelight at St Davids Cathedral is also a really special concert and is very popular. Depending on where you are staying there are also number of candlelit concerts held in local churches too, again like the Plygain services, they will be advertised nearby.
Finally, if you have little ones to keep amused you could also head to the theatre. There are lots of plays and pantomimes to choose from so no matter where you are staying there will be one nearby. Jack and the Beanstalk is being performed by Saundersfoot Footlights at The Regency Hall in Saundersfoot as well as at the Mwldan Arts & Theatre Complex, Cardigan. The Torch Theatre Company, Milford Haven will be putting on a production of Aladdin, while Cinderella will be performed at The Lyric Theatre, Carmarthen.