Christmas in Pembrokeshire

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Festive things to do in Pembrokeshire, West Wales

It’s the most wonderful time of the year! So to celebrate we’ve listed some of the best festive things to do and activities around Pembrokeshire and Carmarthenshire

Christmas in Pembrokeshire

These festive things to do are sure to get the whole family in the holiday spirit. From pantomimes to firework displays and ice skating to Christmas markets, winter in West Wales is a truly special time.

So if you want to make this Christmas feel even more magical, take a refreshing break to Pembrokeshire or Carmarthenshire and immerse yourself in some festive fun!

Unique Festive Activities around West Wales

Saundersfoot Coastal Christmas

Fireworks in Saundersfoot, Pembrokeshire

  • When? December
  • Where? Saundersfoot, south Pembrokeshire coast
  • Nearby holiday park: Woodland Vale

December is one big Christmas extravaganza at Saundersfoot! There are loads of family-friendly events going on throughout the month: live events, parades, fireworks and tunnel lights.

Food and drink lovers are well catered for with cabins selling street food and many local restaurants and cafes planning special Christmas menus. It’s hard not to get into the celebratory spirit at the Saundersfoot Coastal Christmas.

Saundersfoot Coastal Christmas Website 

The Garden of Wales Winter Light Trail 

Christmas lights trail

  • When? December
  • Where? Nearest large town is Carmarthen, Carmarthenshire
  • Nearest holiday park: Grondre Holiday Park

The National Botanic Garden of Wales is being transformed into an illuminated spectacle for you to visit this December. The mile-long Winter Light Trail is an absolute feast for the eyes, with lighting elements and interactive light play throughout.

It’s the perfect family* evening activity to top off an exciting day on holiday. Tickets are limited and some days are already sold out, so book soon to avoid disappointment.

Light Trail at the Garden of Wales

*Please note that the winter light trail is suitable for all ages but dogs aren’t allowed (with the exception of assistance dogs).

Carmarthen Winter Wonderland 

Ice Skating at Camarthen Winter Wonderland

The Carmarthen Winter Wonderland is a fantastic world of activities to appeal to the whole family. Some of their Christmas activities include:

  1. A funfair (with a selection of rides suitable for different ages)
  2. An all-weather ice skating rink
  3. Santa’s Grotto
  4. Frozen ice bar (one for the adults to enjoy!)

Plus, they have loads of tasty Christmassy food and drink options available so you won’t get hungry during the festive fun.

Winter Wonderland

Sleeping Beauty Pantomime 

A christmas pantomime

You can’t beat a classic Christmas pantomime! This year, the Torch Theatre Company in Pembrokeshire is putting on a dreamy production of Sleeping Beauty which they promise has something for everyone. 

Pantomime tickets

8 Christmas Markets and Fairs in Pembrokeshire and Carmarthenshire, 2022 dates

British Christmas Market

Wandering through a Christmas market is guaranteed to give you that festive feeling. Whether you want to get some of your Christmas shopping ticked off or sample some mulled wine and crepes, you’ll find all that and more at our favourite Christmas markets.

Below are some of the best Christmas Markets in the West Wales region, they’re usually only available for a few days so you don’t want to miss them…

  • Picton Castle Christmas Fair, Haverfordwest | 19th-20th November
  • Narberth Christmas Market (Queen's Hall), Narberth | 24th-26th November 
  • Pembroke Castle Christmas Market, Pembroke | 25th-27th November
  • Castell Henllys Christmas Fayre, north Pembrokeshire | 26th November
  • Oriel y Parc Gallery and Visitor Centre Christmas Market, St Davids | 2nd December 
  • Carew Castle Christmas Fayre, south Pembrokeshire | 3rd December 2022

Things to experience this winter

As well as all the Christmas magic in the air, there are a lot of great things to do in Pembrokeshire and Carmarthenshire that aren’t holiday-related. It’s a gorgeous region of Wales no matter the season, although winter is the perfect time to…

Watch the sunset from the coast

Sunset in the evening

On a clear evening, you can’t get a much more romantic sight than watching the sunset over the ocean. During November and December, it happens early enough for you to then make the most of the evening.

Why not head to the west of Pembrokeshire for uninterrupted sunset views over the waves? It’s important to stay warm and cosy so we suggest bringing a flask and picnic blanket if you’re at the beach.

Take a dip in the sea 

Swimming in the sea by West Wales

This may sound like a summer activity, but taking a quick dip in cold water has a lot of health benefits and can be very invigorating (just be sure to do it safely). 

If you need some more encouragement there are even organised swims at Saundersfoot on New Year's Day and a Boxing Day swim at Tenby!

Potter around the towns

Tenby, Pembrokeshire looking lovely in Winter

There are loads of independent shops in the towns around Pembrokeshire and Carmarthenshire which are perfect to spend the day browsing.

We recommend Narberth and Tenby in particular, they have plenty of delightful boutiques and eateries. Also, just to the north of Pembrokeshire is Cardigan which has a fantastic Welsh high street including a toy shop and lots of places to eat at!

Where to stay

As much as a holiday is about having fun, it’s also about relaxing! So finding the perfect accommodation to kick back at the end of the day is key.

Our holiday parks in Pembrokeshire region are peaceful countryside retreats. They’re well located though - only a short drive away from the best things to do in Pembrokeshire and Carmarthenshire.

Related parks

  • Fishguard holiday park

    Fishguard Holiday Park

    Fishguard Holiday Park is by the charming seaside resort town, Fishguard on the north Pembrokeshire coast.
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  • Grondre

    Grondre Holiday Park

    Grondre is a countryside holiday park in Pembrokeshire, West Wales, there are top facilities at the park and it’s nearby to family-fun attractions.
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  • Woodland Vale Holiday Park

    Woodland Vale Holiday Park

    Family-friendly Woodland Vale is set around a small lake in the village of Ludchurch. Just a few miles away are beaches, restaurants, castles, leisure activities and fantastic shopping.
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