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02 Dec 2019

The Christmas spirit is well and truly at Cadw sites this December, with an exceptional range of things to do and presents to buy this festive season.

Cadw’s 8 ‘must-do’ things for Christmas 2019 …

1. Ice skate at Wales’s largest castle

From 6 December to 6 January, Caerphilly Castle will be transformed into a Christmas wonderland, where guests can enjoy outdoor skating on a real ice rink, indulge in treats from a pop-up cafe and get involved in other seasonal activities.

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2. Visit Santa at a Cadw site

Come and see Father Christmas at Blaenavon Ironworks and Chepstow Castle this Christmas and make unique memories for the whole family! English and Welsh sessions available (see website for more detail of these events).

Blaenavon Ironworks: Santa’s Grotto  —  Chepstow Castle: Father Christmas


3. Christmas events at Cadw monuments

Christmas Festivities at Plas Mawr, Christmas Tales at Caerleon Baths, a Medieval Christmas at Chepstow Castle and Tretower Court and Castle’s Christmas Fayre are just some of the fantastic seasonal events at Cadw sites in December. Check out our events finder for more information and even more events.

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4. Get Frozen at Cadw shops

Do you want to build a snowman? Or maybe buy one instead? Our range of limited edition Frozen characters are available at Castell Coch, Caerphilly Castle, Raglan Castle, Harlech Castle & Conwy Castle. Choose from Olaf, Elsa, Anna, Sven, Kristoff or Samantha (okay, not Samantha).


5. Buy a bespoke bauble

Visit Raglan Castle or Conwy Castle to buy one of our beautiful bespoke baubles, the prefect addition for any Christmas tree.  


6. Check out our new Christmas range

As well as must have local baubles and the cast of Frozen, Cadw shops are now full of new seasonal gifts, including local and bespoke items. Our new range is available at Blaenavon Ironworks, Caerleon Roman Fortress and Baths, Caerphilly Castle, Castell Coch, Chepstow Castle, Conwy Castle, Denbigh Castle, Harlech Castle, Kidwelly Castle, Plas Mawr, Raglan Castle, Tintern Abbey and Tretower Court and Castle.


7. Buy the gift of Cadw membership

Buy Cadw membership for that special someone and give the gift of adventure in 2020. Starting at £38, treat your loved ones to unlimited visits to Cadw monuments across Wales and discounted entry to historic monuments across England and Scotland too.


8. Why not treat yourself to a little something too?

Whilst shopping for the perfect Christmas present, why not treat yourself to something too? Our visitor centres are packed full of must have goodies, including Welsh Slate products, designer jewellery, books for all ages, local and seasonal food and drink, and wonderful Tweedmill blankets. Or maybe buy yourself a Cadw membership, making 2020 your most adventurous year yet!