Delve into the spirit of Christmas at Wales’s historic sites

Thursday 19 October 2017

Cadw Santa

Wales’s magical historic monuments will come alive with the spirit of Christmas this winter, as the Welsh Government’s historic environment service (Cadw) presents a full programme of festive family events.

From an action-packed Christmas fayre to nostalgic Victorian festivals and even special appearances from a traditional green-clad Santa, there will be something for everyone at Cadw sites this season, offering a sprinkle of Christmas cheer for all the family.

Guests at Beaumaris Castle will discover Victorian traditions from Christmases gone by, with hands-on activities, beautiful Christmas trees and traditional Welsh music echoing through the corridors of the site’s atmospheric chapel.

Other highlights include a traditional pomander making workshop at Castell Coch, allowing visitors to bring the fragrance of a Victorian Christmas into their own homes.

Meanwhile, visitors to Caerphilly Castle can expect an exhilarating Christmas extravaganza featuring an ice rink, a giant slide, a reindeer rodeo and even a 50-foot snowman bouncy castle — ideal for those wanting to burn off the mince pies.

There will even be a special visit from Father Christmas, or ‘Siôn Corn’ in Welsh, at numerous sites across the country (Castell Coch, Raglan Castle, Harlech Castle, Blaenavon Ironworks, Tretower Court and Castle, Caerphilly Castle), allowing lucky young visitors to fit in some last-minute Christmas wishes — only to be granted to those on the ‘good’ list, of course.

Cabinet Secretary for Economy and Infrastructure, Ken Skates, said: “We hope that Cadw’s itinerary of festive fun will entice visitors of all ages to escape the stress of Christmas shopping and enjoy an array of seasonal activities against breath-taking historic backdrops.

“2017 is Wales’ Year of Legends – and what better way to celebrate the magic of Christmas than with a visit to one of Wales’s legendary historic sites?”

For full Christmas event listings and booking info, please visit, follow @CadwWales or @CadwCymru on Twitter and find Cadw on Facebook.