Christmas shopping and entertainment in Ceredigion

Enjoy Christmas in Ceredigion with a feast of local produce and creative gifts. Order your Christmas tree, turkey, goose or vegan treats from local suppliers and find unique handmade gifts at Christmas fairs and markets across the county.  


Prepare for your Ceredigion Christmas from mid November as local businesses and communities dress for Christmas with Christmas lights,wreaths and colourful displays brightening up town and country alike.  You'll find Christmas Fairs being held in village halls across Ceredigion with stalls stacked with goodies handmade locally by craftmakers and cooks.

Christmas carols 

Visitors are welcome to join in Christmas services across the county. One of the most picturesque locations in the country to experience a candle-lit service on Christmas Eve is Holy Cross church at Mwnt.   There are Christmas carol services St Mary's church in Cardigan, St Padarn's in Llanbadarn Fawr and at the beginning of December St Michael's Church in Aberystwyth holds a Stable Trail, complete with donkey rides, followed each Sunday up until Christmas by carol services. 

Plygain is a traditional Welsh Christmas service and the carols are very different from the usual English Christmas carol tradition. There will be no programme set out before hand and no one leads the service as soloists, groups and even choirs take turns to sing traditional carols without accompaniment. This unique Welsh language tradition can be experienced at St John the Baptist church in Penrhyncoch, near Aberystwyth.

Classic Christmas performances and panto merriement

Theatr Mwldan  and Aberystywth Arts Centre bring live broadcasts of ballet and opera performances from the Royal Opera House in London and regular features of Aberystwyth Arts Centre programme is the Aberystwyth Chorale's Christmas Oratorio performance, whilst everyone is invited to join in the annual charity singalong led by popular Aberystwyth mixed choir Sgarmes. 

Christmas wouldn't be complete without a trip to the theatre.    Theatr Felinfach weaves classic pantomime capers with local stories and contemporary issues, performed in Welsh by the local community, whilst Victoria Hall  in Lampeter hosts a classic touring panto. To draw the season to a spectacular end Aberystwyth Arts Centre's Wardens present a fortnight run of slapstick comedy and great songs. 

Ffabl  - magical Christmas lights and lanterns 

Ffabl (Welsh for Fable) is a new lantern and light festival at Cardigan Castle. Experience the magic of Christmas and encounter creatures and heroes sh mythology as you wander through scenes from Wales’ legends, the Mabinogion

Christmas trees, wreaths and treats

Love that special fresh smell of a real Christmas tree? 

You can source a beautiful tree to decorate that has been grown locally in the Cambrian Mountains  or the slopes of the Teifi valley.  There's a choice of size and type -  fir, spruce or pine. 

 

Natural and sustainable materials are used to create Christmas decorations in workshops with Make it in Wales at Studio 3 in Cardigan or with the National Trust at Llanerchaeron

Christmas Craft Fairs

There are craft fairs held in arts and village halls across Ceredigion. From Mid November through to last week before Christmas there are over 50 stalls displaying crafts, food and gifts at Aberystwyth Arts Centre, which is open daily, and into the evening on weekdays. 

Pafiliwn Cymru at Pontrhydfendigaid holds an annual fair where you'll find local, established and new crafts and Christmas treats, while the Lampeter Campus of the University of Wales Trinity St David's hosts a Christmas Fair with music and food.

Cardigan Castle is the magical setting for its ever popular Christmas Fair, with over 40 stalls within the Georgian villa and the garden pavilion.  Visit Santa's Grotto or enjoy a warming cup of mulled wine. 

 

Santa Trains and Grottos

Take a train ride to Santa's secret station on each weekend running up to Christmas week with the Teifi Valley Railway, or boook your slot for the family to visit the Elves workshop and Santa's grotto at the Silver Mountain Experience at Llywernog.