A definitive list of everything you should do in Cardiff this Christmas
It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas…
Somehow November's almost over and December is upon us, which only means one thing- Christmas. Whether you're a Bar Humbug or the joyful epitome of Buddy from Elf, at this time of year there's a festive experience in Cardiff for everyone. From stuffing your face with Bratwurst, to drinking the bar dry, here is a definitive list of everything you should do this Christmas in The Diff.
Walking in a Winter Wonderland
It's only tradition that you go to Cardiff's Winter Wonderland this festive season. The yuletide set up, situated just outside Cardiff Town Hall, offers indoor ice-skating, fairground rides, bars and the all-important German-inspired food stalls- Bratwurst anyone?
Even more exciting is the Sur la Piste Bar , which is brand new to Cardiff this year. This two-floor cosy wooden chalet is the perfect place to lounge on the sofa all evening with your friends enjoying mulled wine after mulled wine. Is there anything more festive? Also new to Cardiff’s Winter Wonderland is a Drop Tower ride and penguin dodgems- maybe not recommended after a few mulled wines.
Bingo Lingo: The Greatest Christmas Show
Every Friday and Saturday of December, Depot are hosting one of their famous Bingo Lingo events. But this time, Depot will be stepping into Christmas with a circus, performers and tricks- giving us major The Greatest Showman vibes. The event promises to be a Christmas night out to remember as both guests and staff are encouraged to wear Christmas costumes.
The Taf's all day bar exchange
For lots of us it’ll be heart-breaking leaving our uni mates for a month over Christmas, but the Taf is providing the perfect chance to say goodbye. The ‘All Day Bar Exchange’ also known as 'drink the bar dry' on Friday the 14th of December gives everyone a chance to have one last sesh with their mates, for a fraction of the price. During the all day bar exchange, punters can watch the price of drinks go up and down and bag themselves dirt cheap pints if they get to the bar in the nick of time. Expect cheap booze and embarrassing Christmas singing.
Have a massive house Christmas dinner with all the trimmings
This is sure to get you all in the festive spirit. Our top tips for the best flat Christmas dinner would include Mariah Carey on repeat, endless pigs in blankets, lots of booze and a drunken board game to end the evening. Don’t forget the all-important decorations; crackers, tinsel and if you’re feeling extra-christmassy a tree.
The German-inspired Christmas Market
If you haven't already noticed, Cardiff’s city streets are lined with rustic wooden stalls filled with everything and anything you could want or need, from clothing and jewellery, to food and drink. You must try one of the famous bratwurst sausages with a warm glass of mulled wine, it's a Christmas essential. Be sure to go in the evening, as the market undoubtedly looks 100 times more festive when all the lights are switched on.
Watch a Pantomime
Lots of us have festive memories of our grandparents taking us to the pantomime when we were kids, but who says we can't still go? A pantomime is the perfect way to get in the Christmas spirit, especially if you love corny humour and get star-stuck at seeing celebs perform. Cardiff's New Theatre are putting on the classic tale of Beauty and the Beast this December. To make Christmas even better, the cast includes rugby legend Gareth Thomas and Loose Women's Lisa Riley as Belle.
Billy Mack’s Love Actually Christmas party
Come on, we all actually love this film- it’s an all-time Christmas favourite. On the 10th of December, Clwb Ifor Bach are hosting Billy Mack’s Love Actually Christmas party which is being hosted by Billy Mack himself. Well he is in cardboard cut out form. Either way he's feeling the festive vibe in his fingers and his toes…
O Come all ye' Dry slope skiing
If you didn’t make it on to the Cardiff Uni ski trip this year, don't be downtrodden, there’s an alternative. Ok, its not quite Tignes or Val D'Isere, but it’s the next best thing- 'Cardiff Ski'. They offer a full day of 'recreational' skiing for £12 (including equipment hire) and it promises to be a fun day out. It's like France, without the goggle shaped sunburn.
Rock around Cathays with a Christmas costume pub crawl
Gather a group of friends and compete for the best Christmas costume as you travel around Cathays' best pubs for a night to remember- or forget. Everyone has to buy the person with the best costume a shot.
Find Cardiff's most festive sandwich
Forget Greggs, because there are so many amazing sandwiches scattered around the capital, which can be found in Cardiff Market and some of the hidden eateries in the arcades. For a cheap option, Cardiff Market offer a standard £2 turkey roll. Whilst Bomber's Sandwich House on Guildhall Place offer the perfect concoction of roast turkey, stuffing, redcurrant jelly, streaky bacon and chipolata sausages all inside a sub roll for just over £3.
For a pricer option, at £9 the New York Deli in the High Street Arcade offer a Christmas creation made by angels. Their festive feast of a sandwich contains perfectly distinct layers of turkey, homemade stuffing, cheese, streaky bacon and lettuce, topped off with cranberry sauce and a controversial choice of English mustard. You also get to choose whether to eat it hot or cold.
If you can fit all of this into your yuletide festivities, you're sure to have a Merry little Christmas.