Father Christmas is coming to Cadw sites

Thursday 12 November 2015

Visitors to some of the country’s most impressive historic sites will be shown the ultimate in festive cheer this Christmas, as we welcome Father Christmas to Wales.

Picture of Santa Claus at one of our historic sites

Santa Claus at one of our historic sites

The man himself in his grand red sleigh, and an enchanting travelling grotto, will make an appearance at a number of Cadw sites across Wales (Tintern Abbey, Raglan Castle, Tretower Court and Castle, Harlech Castle, Caerphilly Castle and Blaenavon Ironworks) as part of its seasonal events programme, meeting and greeting those who ‘believe’.

Younger visitors can say hello to Santa Clause, or ‘Siôn Corn’ in Welsh, and tell him what they’d like for Christmas. Those who’ve been extra nice this year will also be rewarded with a gift to take home.  

From wreath-making classes at Elizabethan manors to carol-singing at medieval castles, there are also a number of other exciting events taking place across the festive season, offering Christmas entertainment for the whole family.

In the lead-up to Christmas, Castell Coch and Plas Mawr will host Christmas Wreath Making Workshops. Visitors can join the workshops to make wreaths from holly, ivy and other natural materials.

While one of the highlights of the Christmas calendar will include a magical Victorian Christmas experience at Beaumaris Castle, featuring Victorian games, Punch & Judy shows and the sounds of carol singing and the traditional Welsh Plygain.

Caerphilly Castle will host the annual Caerphilly Christmas Fair this December, set to include a special visit from Father Christmas and his reindeer.  With more than 100 traders set to descend upon the castle, visitors can enjoy a spot of Christmas shopping as well as a taste of the festive refreshments on offer, including a delicious hog roast, mince pies and mulled wine.

Ken Skates, Deputy Minister for Culture, Sport and Tourism, said: “More than two and a half million people visit Cadw’s 129 sites every year, and with events planned across Wales, Christmas is the perfect time for local communities and visitors alike to explore these fascinating monuments and experience history coming to life.”

For full event listings and booking info, please visit our events section. You can also ‘Like’ Cadw on Facebook and follow @CadwWales on Twitter to stay up to date.

Cadw Christmas event listings:  

Father Christmas Comes to Cadw Sites
Tintern Abbey 28 – 29 Nov
Blaenavon Ironworks 5 – 6 Dec
Harlech Castle (Date TBC)
Raglan Castle 12 – 13 Dec
Caerphilly Castle 12 – 13 Dec (as part of its Christmas Fair – see full listing below)
Tretower Court and Castle 21 – 22 Dec
12pm – 4pm

Father Christmas is coming to Cadw sites!

Santa, his grand red sleigh, and a beautiful travelling grotto will make an appearance at a number of enchanting historic locations this Christmas, meeting and greeting children who believe.

Visitors can say hello the man himself and tell him what they’d like for Christmas. Those who’ve been extra nice this year will also be rewarded with a gift to take home.  

Come along and experience the magic of a traditional Christmas during this festive tour. For more information visit www.gov.wales/cadw.  


Christmas Wreath Making Workshop at Castell Coch
Saturday, 28 November 2015 – Sunday, 29 November 2015
11am-4pm

Join the drop-in workshop at Castell Coch and make a fragrant wreath from natural materials this Christmas.

The workshop leader will show you how to twist and fasten holly, ivy and other greenery to form wreaths and other Christmas decorations too.

All natural materials will be supplied.  A small charge will apply for wire and decorative materials. Bring your own gardening gloves.

A Victorian Christmas at Beaumaris Castle
Saturday, 28 November 2015
11am-4pm

Experience the spirit of a Victorian Christmas at Beaumaris Castle this year with a range of traditional Victorian games, food and shows on offer to visitors.

What’s more, there will be Christmas carols and Welsh Plygain carols bringing Christmas cheer to the castle chapel throughout the day.

Don't forget to wrap up warm! Refreshments will be available.

Free entry for children.

Wreath Making Workshop at Plas Mawr
Sunday, 6 December 2015
11am-4pm

Join the drop-in workshop at Plas Mawr and make a fragrant wreath from natural materials this Christmas.

The workshop leader will show you how to twist and fasten holly, ivy and other greenery to form wreaths and other Christmas decorations too.

All natural materials will be supplied.  A small charge will apply for wire and decorative materials. Bring your own gardening gloves.


Caerphilly Castle Christmas Fair
Saturday, 12 December – Sunday, 13 December 2015
9.30am-5pm

Visitors get to experience the sights, sounds and smells of a town and castle preparing for Christmas. Over 100 traders will descend on the town, providing festive activities and entertainment for the family.

Visitors will discover a Medieval castle dressed for the occasion as well as see Father Christmas and his sleigh. And on the Saturday, there will be a real life reindeer joining the fun!

Refreshments will be available, including a tea room, a hog roast, mulled wine and mince pies.