December, we all know its all about family and the magic of Christmas. But this year, set 'It's a Wonderful Life' to record. Put that 2nd (or is it 3rd?) box of chocolates down and as a certain TV programme used to say 'switch off your television set and go out and do something less boring instead'. So here's some great ways to do just that in Wales.

Caerphilly Christmas Market

7- 8 December. Experience the sights, sounds and smells of Caerphilly town and Castle preparing for Christmas with delicious food, the smell of mulled wine, exciting street theatre and over 100 food, craft & gift stalls. Find the perfect Christmas gifts at Caerphilly Christmas Market… whether it’s wine, liqueurs, chocolates, jewellery, or something a little more unusual. Feel festive as you browse the Christmas decorations and seasonal stalls (whilst successfully sampling some tasty food and drink of course!)

Find out more about Caerphilly Christmas Market

Ffestiniog & Welsh Highland Railway

Various dates in December: Santa Trains

December dates TBC: Welsh Highland Railway - Santa Trains. Santa certainly comes to town when he and his elves aboard the festive trains from Caernarfon. These trains are as good as going to the pantomime! 

December dates TBC: Ffestiniog Railway - Victorian Santa Trains. A traditional Victorian family Christmas with carol singing on the platform, sherry and mince pies and, of course, Santa will be handing out presents to all the kids.

Find out more about Ffestiniog Railway and Welsh Highland Railway

Tenby Boxing Day Swim

Swimmers jumping in Santa Claus / Father Christmas costumes
Tenby Boxing Day Swim

26 December. Want a novel way to freshen up after all of that Christmas over indulging? How about taking part in this charity fundraising event? Join nearly 600 others and run into the inviting sea with your best fancy dress on. Or simply spectate from within the warmth of the crowd.

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Coral Welsh Grand National

27 December. Watch the action and place a few bets at one of the biggest horse races of the year. There is a range of exciting entertainment during the day to ensure you have a fun post-Christmas day out. There's something for all the family with a Christmas choir, human statues and face painters for the children. 

Find out more about the Coral Welsh Grand National

Nos Galan Road Races

31 December. Celebrate the achievements of Guto Nyth Brân (Griffith Morgan) on New Year's Eve in the South Wales Valleys with the Nos Galan Road Races. There are numerous tales of Guto, including one that he could run so fast he could catch a bird in flight. Each year a famous sports personality takes part, so come along and find out who it is this year!

Find out more about the Nos Galan Road Races

Mari Llwyd and New Year Walk In

31 December. The ancient Welsh New Year custom of parading the skull of a horse around the parish to bring luck for the year ahead has been revived in many places. The Mari's party try to gain access by singing, and those inside barter back, also in song.

Find out more about Mari Llwyd and New Year Walk In

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