Christmas Shopping in Wales
Every year I decide that this will be the year I finally get properly organised with my Christmas shopping. Unfortunately, so far, that has never really happened and I really need to get a wriggle on if all my family are going to have something to unwrap on the big day. Inspiration for me is often the problem and when it is difficult to find the time to have a wander round the shops to see what is out there.
This is why I love a good Christmas market. What better place for picking up interesting and unusual gifts for your loved ones. Get into the Christmas spirit at the Broneirion Winter Wonderland on the evening of 5 December. At this classic Victorian house in Llandinam, Mid Wales, you can peruse the Victorian style Christmas market, visit Santa and Mother Claus, take part in Christmas crafts and join in with the choir as they sing carols around the 140ft Christmas tree! For a unique gift for someone special visit The Royal Cambrian Academy, Conwy North Wales, where a special exhibition of affordable art, ceramics and craftwork by academy members is on at the moment and where nearly everything is for sale. For more artwork, gifts and local produce why not take the opportunity of Thursday late-night shopping on 4, 11 & 18 December at Erddig, a very fine National Trust historic house on the outskirts of Wrexham. After your shop you can even treat yourself to a Christmas dinner with all the trimmings in the restaurant situated in the old hay loft.
The Caerphilly Christmas Markets is one of the biggest our country has to offer and this year will be held on the 13 & 14 December. I was lucky enough to go a few years ago and the range of crafts and foods on offer, along with the entertainment and workshops offered, was astonishing. The stalls stretched from the castle into the town square and I happily spent a whole afternoon browsing, sampling and purchasing. The local cheese makers stall got quite a few visits! If you have already finished your shopping but still want an excuse to visit this historic South Wales town why not come and experience the River of Light Parade on the 18 December. Enjoy the lantern parade through the streets and make your way to the magnificent castle for the grand finale of a fireworks display.
If city shopping is more your thing then make your way to Swansea. With a fantastic range of high street names, independent shops and a Christmas street market, which runs from the 28 November to 21 December, there is plenty of choice. For the kids, both big and small, there is the Swansea Winter Wonderland. Book some time on one of the two ice rinks, visit Santa in his grotto and make the most of the festive funfair.
Is there anywhere special that you return to when you are looking for an important gift or when you just can’t think what to get that one person who has everything? I can’t wait to hear from you as I need some ideas!