As winter draws closer and we come up towards Christmas and the New Year, there’s plenty of fantastic events to enjoy with your loved ones. Cardiff is always a buzz of activity and excitement, and this is all the more true at this magical time of year. We’ve scoped out the best events for you to enjoy over the upcoming months. Whether you’re looking for some family fun days out, musicals you’ll all love or sophisticated trips to the theatre, we’ve got you covered. Read on below to see all that’s coming to our captial city.


Festivities for the whole family

We’ve scoped out the best festivities and fun-filled events that the whole family will enjoy.


Fantastical Chocolate Festival Cardiff
18th November at DEPOT Cardiff

This is the ultimate event that chocoholics in Cardiff won’t want to miss out on!


Cardiff’s Christmas Market
15th November – 23rd December

Everyone loves a Christmas Market, wondering around the stalls, looking at the local arts and crafts while sipping your cosy hot chocolate! Cardiff’s Christmas Markets return this year on the 15th November in Cardiff City Centre.

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Cardiff’s Winter Wonderland
15th November – 6th January

Another firm festive favourite in our capital city is Winter Wonderland, which is opening on 15th November on Cardiff City Hall Lawns.

Matilda: The Musical
4th December – 12th January

This family favourite film is coming to the Wales Millennium Centre stage over the Christmas period. Tickets are bound to sell out quickly, so get yours now.

Elf – A Christmas Spectacular musical
14th – 16th December

Watch your favourite Christmas film characters come to life in the Motorpoint Arena Cardiff this Christmas. Fun for all the family! Tickets are available here.

Beauty and the Beast pantomime
8th December – 13th January

Everyone knows you can’t beat a pantomime at Christmas, laugh your socks off with Beauty and the Beast in the New Theatre over the festive period. This one is bound to be a hit with family members of all ages. Tickets available here.

New Year’s Eve fireworks
31st December

Celebrate seeing the New Year in with a magical fireworks display and an electric atmosphere outside City Hall.


Wales vs England: Six Nations
23rd February

A little bit ahead of time, but tickets are already available for the highly-anticipated Wales vs England Six Nations match in the Principality Stadium.


“The show must go on!”

Are you more of a theatre go-er, music and dance-lover? These events could be for you.


Singin’ in the Rain: Orbit Theatre
28th November – 1st December

With the unforgettable songs we all know and love, lots of toe-tapping and rain-splashing, this stage adaptation of the fabulous movie is bound to give you a night to remember. Tickets are available here.


The Best of Billy Ocean tour
23rd November

On his grand tour, “The Best of Billy Ocean”, the soul icon is performing at our very own St David’s Hall. Get your tickets now!

The Nutcracker: The Russian State Ballet
21st – 24th December

Enjoy an evening of beautiful, emotive dance. With the classical music from Tchaikovsky that we all know and love. The Russian State Ballet are performing this magical show at St David’s Hall just before Christmas to really get you in the spirit.

Swan Lake: The Russian State Ballet
27th – 29th December

The Russian State Ballet are back, straight after Christmas with the beautiful ballet, Swan Lake. Don’t miss out on tickets to what promises to be a stunning evening at St David’s Hall.

Beyond the Barricade: Musical Theatre Concert
5th January

Performing the best of songs from musicals that have graced the West End and Broadway, including the iconic Les Miserables, Beyond the Barricade are coming to the St David’s Hall in the New Year. It’s a show not to miss.


Jersey Boys: the Story of Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons
16th – 26th January

With music we all love, this show is bound to be a crowd-pleaser. Get your tickets for the Donald Gordon Theatre show here.

Sandi Toksvig Live One Woman Show
24th January

Fancy a night of comedy and laughing away your worries? Sandi’s stand up show at the St David’s Hall is the one for you! You can buy tickets here.

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