Upcoming Christmas Events

2 weeks ago Tue 15th Nov 2022

The most wonderful time of year is back, and you can enjoy the festive season even more with Cardiff Bus! With our range of routes, you can travel to Christmas events and attractions across Cardiff, Penarth, and Barry and make your Christmas activities more convenient.

Whether you’re finishing off your Christmas shopping, looking for some festive fun, or you just want to get into the Christmas spirit, Cardiff Bus will get you there. Check out our handy journey planner to plan the best route for you.

Hop on any city centre route to experience Christmas in Cardiff!

Believe at St David’s

If you’re looking for a festive, fantasy-filled day you’re in the right place! Head down to St David’s shopping centre from 25th November – 24th December with your little ones to meet Santa’s very special helpers!

From this event you can expect:

  • A friendly meet and greet with Santa’s most trusted elves, McJingles and Norbert and his special reindeer friend
  • A creative festive activity making reindeer food ready for Christmas Eve
  • An invitation to meet Santa and receive a gift in his magical grotto

This is the perfect festive family event to enjoy with your little ones, and it’s a great opportunity to squeeze in some Christmas shopping after!

Cardiff Winter Wonderland

Will you be walking in a winter wonderland this Christmas? Well, in Cardiff you can! From 15th November 2022 until 8th January 2023, Cardiff’s Winter Wonderland is back, bigger, and brighter than ever.

Cardiff’s Winter Wonderland is the perfect place for all the family, to meet up with friends and for Christmassy couples this winter. Hop on board with Cardiff Bus for the ultimate Christmas experience!

From Christmas activities to festive food and drink, Cardiff’s Winter Wonderland has everything you need to start this year’s festivities.

Christmas at Bute Park

Wander through one of Cardiff’s most well-known and well-loved parks filled with illuminating lights and the magic of Christmas this winter!

Follow the 1.4km trail stretching through Bute Park this Christmas to be immersed in the light and colour of Christmas through a vast range of fluorescent displays and immersive effects.

If you’re feeling hungry on your way, grab some delicious and locally produced food and drink from the range of stalls along the trail.

This is the perfect place to begin the festivities with your friends and family. So hop on board with Cardiff Bus and immerse yourself in Christmas magic at Bute Park.

Christmas at Cardiff Castle

After a stroll around Bute Park this Christmas, pop into Christmas at Cardiff Castle right next door. This Christmas Cardiff Castle is treating you to a brand-new attraction filled with festive fun from 15th November 2022 – 8th January 2023!

You’ll be spoilt for choice with attractions and activities this Christmas. The festive entertainment at the Christmas Festival performing fan-favourites such as The Nutcracker and Santa’s Wish will fill you with Christmas cheer.

Head down to the heart of Cardiff city centre this Christmas for festive fun at Cardiff Castle!

Travel on services 93, 94, 95, 96, 96A, 97, 97A or 98 to Barry this Christmas for festive fun on the Island!

Annual Santa Fun Run

The Annual Santa Fun Run is back!

Grab your running shoes and Santa hat and join in the festive fun run on 11th December 2022 on Barry Island. Participants can run or walk this 2km race and all those who take part will be on Santa’s nice list! Don’t miss out on this festive annual run and travel to Barry Island with Cardiff Bus.

Christmas Good Market

Join local bakers and crafters on the 3rd – 4th December at Goodsheds in Barry Island this winter for the Christmas Good Market. Get into the Christmas spirit with festive foods and Christmassy crafts that will get you feeling festive!

Stroll through the market from 9am – 1pm surrounded by the most delicious local food and drink as well as amazing artistry and crafts all under one roof. The market is also dog friendly, so your furry friends won’t miss out on the Christmas cheer!

You can get to this marvellous market on services 94, 95, 96 and 96A.

Elf Trail

Santa’s elves are causing mischief, hiding in different shops around Barry! They plan on doing this from 2nd – 18th December, will you help Santa tame his pesky elves?

All you need to do is pick up a Trail Map from Barry Library and visit all the participating shops to find clues to name the Christmas Film. One lucky helper will win a £100 voucher for a local shop of their choice, what more could you want for Christmas?

This is the perfect activity for a festive family day out, so hop on board with Cardiff Bus and help Santa before his elves cause even more chaos!

Festival of Light

This year Barry Island is bringing back the Festival of Light in Central Park by popular demand. Head down to Barry between 2nd and 11th December for light shows, animal trails, an enchanted fairy garden and much more!

What better way is there to get begin the magic of Christmas with your family than immersing yourselves in this fantastic festival?

Pop down to Penarth this Christmas on services 7, 92, 92B, 93 and 94

Festive Wreath Making at Penarth Pier Pavilion

For a more relaxing festive activity, put your Christmas creativity to the test this year at the Festive Wreath Making workshop at Penarth Pier Pavilion on 30th November. Shelter from the cold winter evenings in the gorgeous Pavilion Gallery with a glass of warm mulled wine and a tasty minced pie in the lead up to Christmas where you will have the opportunity to make your very own Christmas wreath which makes for the perfect present or addition to your home at Christmas.

Lead by award winning florist Toni Horne, you won’t run out of inspiration for your unique wreaths this Christmas. This is the perfect opportunity to wind down and relax during the Christmas chaos!

Wondering where you can go on our 6 (baycar) and 8 services? Look no further…

SantaDash Wales

Join the biggest festive fun run in Wales on 4th December and participate in SantaDash Wales this Christmas. Raise money with your family, friends, and other loved ones for a great cause in the season of giving.

All donations will go towards heart screening in Wales, placing defibrillators in Welsh communities and providing free CPR & defibrillator training. So, hop on board with Cardiff Bus and give something back to the community this Christmas.

We all know and Love St Fagans, so hop on our 32 service for some festive St Fagans fun!

Father Christmas and Friends

On 10th, 11th and 17th December, Santa Claus is coming to town! Head down to St Fagans with Cardiff Bus from 10am – 5pm to see Santa and his elves before Christmas. With various meet and greets performed in English and Welsh, this is the perfect Christmas event to get your family excited for the festive cheer!

Travel to Tredegar House on service 30 this Christmas.

Celebrate Christmas at Tredegar House

Travel to Tredegar House this Christmas for plenty of festive treats, from festive visits to yuletide tours, there is plenty of festive fun to be had in Tredegar House but that’s not all…

Embrace your inner creativity with some Christmas crafts, perhaps you would rather mooch around the markets or get lost in the magical music performances being held throughout December?

No matter how you are celebrating Christmas, Tredegar House is the perfect place to bring the celebrations to life.

There are plenty of things to do this Christmas and Cardiff Bus will get you there. We’ll see you on board soon!