18 Things to Do with the Kids this Family Christmas in Cardiff

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Spend the perfect family Christmas in Cardiff at Exchange Hotel where you and the kids can enjoy a huge selection of festive events in the city.

From Santa’s Grotto to perfect Panto, charity runs and Christmas crafting, there’s something for every family to enjoy this Christmas in Cardiff.

Santa’s Grotto

Where: Cardiff Castle

When: Every Saturday and Sunday then special openings 21st– 23rd

Inside one of the oldest parts of Cardiff Castle Santa has set up his grotto to meet all the good boys and girls.

Take the whole family to meet Santa to tell him your Christmas list this year in person. All children will receive a gift, and some can even snap a Santa selfie during their visit.

After you’ve said goodbye to Santa take a tour around the rest of the castle to see the Christmas decorations, meet some of the castle Christmas staff and try your hand at Christmas crafting.

Skate with Frozen

Where: Cardiff Winter Wonderland, City Lawns

When: 25th November or 6th January

The mystical magic of Arendelle will be descending upon Cardiff’s Winter Wonderland giving families a chance to meet their favourite characters from Disney’s Frozen.

Book tickets to this snowy spectacular and take the little ones along to see Queen Elsa and Princess Anna, give Sven the reindeer a carrot or Olaf a nice warm hug.

The perfect family Christmas in Cardiff with the cast of Frozen at City Lawns Winter Wonderland.

Wind in the Willows

Where: Sherman Cymru

When: 1st – 30th December

Introduce your family to some magical characters from your own childhood memories at Wind in the Willows taking place in Sherman Theatre over Christmas.

Join Mole, Rat, wise old Badger and Mr Toad as they embark on some whacky adventures in the woods and beyond their homes.

This superb stage performance promises to be one full of fun and laughter with breathtaking sets and colourful costumes and plenty of live music the whole family can enjoy.

Reindeer Run

Where: Whitchurch

When: 2nd December

In aid of Cancer Research Wales, Whitchurch village fills with all things festive this year on the 2nd of December for the annual Reindeer Run.

This year take the family along for a fun festive day of fabulous entertainment and delicious festive food.

There will be a huge outdoor cinema screening your favourite Christmas classics as well as live music, the main event reindeer fun run and the arrival of Santa and his elves.

A full family day out and a great way to donate to charity in Cardiff this Christmas.

Hansel and Gretel

Where: The Gate Arts Centre

When: 2nd –  16th (select dates only)

A unique theatre space in Cardiff has brought the popular Grimm’s fairytale, Hansel and Gretel, to life for Christmas.

Take the family along to view a spectacular show relating the story of Hansel and Gretel to an eager young audience using puppets.

This will be a wonderful theatre experience for any family Christmas in Cardiff which is both unforgettable and enjoyable.

Christmas Wonderland

Where: St David’s

When: 3rd December

In support of Save the Children, Cardiff’s St David’s Hall will be transformed into a magical Christmas wonderland filled with the sound of Christmas music and the vision of beautiful ballet performances.

In complete Christmas costume talented dancers, singers and other performers will set out to kick-start your family Christmas in Cardiff with all your favourite things of the season.

Enjoy a cleverly choreographed show for all ages with dancers from all backgrounds at St David’s this Christmas.

Santa Special Miniature Railway

Where: Heath Park

When: 3rd December

Hitch a ride with Santa on the Miniature Railway at Heath Park as he takes passengers on a festive journey through to his magical grotto.

See an alternative view of picturesque Heath Park with Santa as your guide and get the whole family on board for a fun and festive treat in Cardiff.

Cardiff Santa & Elf Dash

Where: Roald Dahl Plass

When: 3rd December

Go the extra mile with the family in Cardiff this Christmas and join Welsh Hearts for a festive 5k dash along Roald Dahl Plass.

Do your bit and help keep Wales healthy by entering the dash yourselves here.

Families are encouraged to dress up in their finest festive fancy dress and come along as Santa and his elves or anything Christmas related to some healthy outdoor festive family fun.

St Fagan’s Christmas nights

Where: St Fagan’s

When: 6th – 9th December

Carol singing, brass bands and plenty of festive fun is all on the cards at St Fagan’s Christmas nights.

The historic village will be opening its ancient homes, welcoming visitors to sit by roaring log fires and experience a Christmas from the past.

See what a traditional family Christmas in Cardiff involves at St Fagan’s Christmas nights 2017.

Beauty and The Beast

Where: Paget Rooms, Penarth

When: 7th – 10th December

Christmas wouldn’t be Christmas without a little bit of Panto and the Paget Rooms have put together the perfect panto for a family Christmas in Cardiff this year.

Beauty and The Beast, but not as we know it, will take to the stage with an amazingly talented cast of actors bringing the story to life.

A short distance outside Cardiff city centre but well worth the journey this promises to be a show the whole family will love.

Santa’s Post Train

Where: Mermaid Quay

When: 7th December

Get your little ones to pen their list to Santa and take it along with them to Mermaid Quay. Here they can join Santa’s elves upon the special delivery Satna’s Post Train and turn their list into a personalised letter.

Watch as they post their wish list into the magical post box on board and see their faces light up with glee as they receive a reply direct from the man in red himself.

Say farewell to the Snow Dogs

Where: Captiol Centre, Queen Street

When: 8th – 10th December

Support an amazing charity in Cardiff on the lead up to Christmas and bid farewell to the Snowdogs as they depart the city together.

Each Snowdog will be auctioned to companies and organisations for charity, Ty Hafan, but before they go you and the whole family can go and see them all together one last time.

The event will include some activities for the little ones and live entertainment as well as the chance to get your hands on a limited edition Snowdog souvenir guide and little Snowdogs for Christmas gifts.

This has been Cardiff’s most exciting art event of 2017 and all proceeds from the Snowdog trail have gone to an amazing cause. Do your part and have fun with a family Christmas in Cardiff at the Snowdogs Farewell event.

Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs

Where: New Theatre

When: 9th – 14th December

Enjoy the fairest panto in the land this family Christmas in Cardiff, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs.

A barrel of laughs, plenty of sing-along songs and some sensational dance numbers make up a spectacular showstopper perfect for some festive fun at the theatre.

The children will love the interactive script and the chance to outsmart the wicked queen with the handsome prince and of course, sleepy, dopey, doc, bashful, grumpy, happy and sneezy to help them along.

Meet and Adopt an Elf

Where: Hamley’s Toy Store

When: 9th – 10th December

Take the Elf on the Shelf to a whole new level this family Christmas in Cardiff with a trip to Hamley’s toy store.

Here your little ones can visit the Elf adoption centre and pick up their very own naughty Elf.

And wait there’s more as Hamley’s have arranged for some fun and festivities for the day when you collect your Elf including storytelling, arts and crafts and some elf selfies.

What’s more, a life-size Elf will be there to meet you and your family and give some superb Elf goodies to help you care for your own newly adopted Elf.

Do It your Elf

Where: Red Dragon Centre

When: 10th December

A perfect place to take the kids this family Christmas in Cardiff, the Do It Your Elf craft workshop.

First of all, the event is free and second of all the kids will love getting involved in lots of fun hands-on activities.

Let them design and make their very own elf hat, get their face painted and meet a super special elf and his pet reindeer.

Keep them busy at The Red Dragon Centre during your visit to Cardiff this Christmas.

The Bear

Where: Wales Millennium

When: 12th-31st December

Polar Bears don’t make the best pets, but they are super snuggly and at Wales Millennium Centre this Christmas the whole family get to see what it’s like to look after a polar bear.

This Christmas Raymond Brigs much loved story is brought to life on stage I a wonderfully wintery theatre special.

Watch as Tilly tries to bathe the bear, ride the bear and even dance with the bear in a heart-warming masterpiece perfect for your little ones first visit to the theatre.

Carols at the Museum

Where: National Museum

When: 14th December

Get your Christmas jumpers on and bring your loudest singing voice along to a Christmas Carol service at the National Museum in Cardiff.

This magnificent venue has the perfect acoustics to echo all your favourite Christmas Carol’s around for all to hear, sung by a professional choir.

What’s more, you and the family can enjoy filling up on festive goodies such as mince pies and for adults only warm up your vocals with a glass or two of hot mulled wine.

An amazing event in Cardiff sure to get the whole family in the Christmas spirit.

Bert & Cherry’s Christmas Plum Pudding

Where: St David’s

When: 16th, 18th and 19th

A Tiddly Prom spectacular, especially for the littlest of your little ones, will be taking place at Cardiff’s St David’s Hall on the lead up to Christmas.

An amazing orchestral performance has been specially crafted for children under five to experience the joys of classical music from a young age.

The show-stopping performance takes place at Bert’s house as he prepares for Christmas, decorating wrapping presents and singing lots of silly songs.

The perfect way to kick-start a family Christmas in Cardiff with music, storytelling and of course some delicious Christmas plum pudding.

Keep the Kids busy at Exchange Hotel

During your family Christmas in Cardiff staying at The Exchange Hotel there’s plenty of fun things to keep the kids entertained whilst letting you explore the capital as well.

We have the most amazing family suites available for groups of up to four to stay and relax together in comfort and luxury.

What’s more the wonderful city centre location means no tired little legs getting to and from all these fun festive events?

There’s only one place to stay in Cardiff for the most memorable family Christmas in Cardiff and that’s Exchange Hotel.

Call 0151 601 8801 or email info@signaturelivng.co.uk to arrange your visit for December or check out our amazing seasonal offers here.