An enchanting city with a charming history, Christmas in Cardiff is a sight to savor. Everything from the earliest Cardiff Christmas Markets, to the spectacular festive decoration the capital has adopted over time, Cardiff adores Christmas and celebrates it so well.
So, as the festive season approaches, we thought we’d show you 11 Christmas photos of Cardiff throughout the years.
Pendulous icicles and illuminated gemstones were the wintery themes on High Street in 2014, as festive folk shopped at stores bordering one of Cardiff’s most Christmassy streets.
A stunningly decorated Christmas tree elegantly looms at the bottom of this Cardiff boulevard.
Cardiff Christmas Markets
Wondrous sapphire stars dangle above shoppers’ heads on St John St, as the Cardiff Christmas Markets celebrated their 20th anniversary in 2014.
Located on both Working and Trinity St, the Cardiff Christmas Markets are a wintery staple for festive bargain hunters.
St. Mary St.
This enchanting image was captured in 1963, with mid-century motors aligning the snow coated pavements of St Mary St.
Here the overhanging, snow smothered Christmas trees enhance the sense of wintery wonder as illuminated spirals decorate the sky.
Photographed in December 1963, the wool clad pensioner walking beside the 10B to Ely Bridge embodies winter in Cardiff.
Although the snow-covered tree in the background is longing for a string of Christmas lights, the image is still somewhat Christmassy.
St. John St.
There’s something hauntingly beautiful about this snapshot, be it the unlit Christmas decorations or the church steeple that dominates the Cardiff skyline.
As dawn begins to break, St John St is bathed in Christmassy colours. The saluting snowman in the foreground enhances an already festive photograph.
From the garlanded St John St to an eminent landmark, Cardiff is seriously stunning at Christmas.
Here, Cardiff Castle is reminiscent of an expensive Christmas card with the snow-covered clocktower rocketing above the frozen saccharum trees.
This snow scene is Cardiff Christmas in a nutshell.
The One Wise Man
A solitary wise man came bearing a bucket in December 1988 as a motorised sleigh drove through Cardiff.
The tinsel entangled Rudolph is a particular highlight as Santa Claus is nowhere to be seen. Indeed, St. Nicholas’ traditional hooded gown seems to have been replaced by a khaki bomber jacket.
Roath Park is one of the best attractions in Cardiff and offers several superb activities such as boating and fishing.
However, in 1963, one of the activities on offer to Cardiffian’s was a spot of ice-skating as The Roath Park Lake froze over.
To the left of the photograph a couple are walking leisurely across the ice whilst in the background, a young Welshman is riding his bicycle on top of the frozen waterway.
Santa Claus Comes to Cardiff
Santa Claus came to Cardiff in this greyscale Polaroid as the three tie-wearing children looked overjoyed to meet the man himself.
The three beaming smiles in the foreground are not matched by St. Nicholas’ irked expression. This snapshot epitomises the child-adult divide in the majority of households at Christmas.
Holidays are Coming
Snapped in November 2018, the Coca-Cola Christmas Truck visited Cardiff City Centre this festive season.
Hundreds of festive folks gathered under the illuminated Capitol building to welcome the wagon – made famous by the Coca-Cola Christmas advert which first hit our television screens in 1995.
A Festive Fairground
Christmas is a magical time for almost everybody, and nothing says magical more than a festive fairground.
The illuminated helter-skelter and merry-go-round are a particular Cardiff Christmas staple.
The Exchange Hotel
There is nowhere quite like The Exchange Hotel during the festive period. Come together with family and friends for an utterly magical Christmas & New Year.
Sound wondrous? Our friendly team can’t wait to hear from you. Call us on 02920 107050 or head over to The Exchange Hotel website today.