...and other great Christmas events in Pembrokeshire!
The festive season is firmly on the way here at Penally Abbey as large, jingling bags of decorations are being brought precariously down from the attic in preparation. The date is in the diary for the Christmas trees to be delivered from our local garden centre at Lydstep, and the anticipation is mounting as we start thinking about which Christmas markets and festive events we shall be merrily skipping along to!
Whether you live in Pembrokeshire or are thinking of visiting our pretty coastal county, there is no better way to get in the festive spirit than to head out to a local Christmas market or a jolly carol concert. Christmas markets are particularly good places to get some Christmas shopping ticked off whilst supporting local businesses - something we are particularly passionate about at Penally!
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So, wrap up warm and let us give you the low down on the best ways to embrace Christmas in Pembrokeshire!
Christmas Markets in Pembrokeshire
Colby Winter Fair | Colby Woodland Garden
Saturday 17th & Sunday 18th November
The first of the Christmas events in Pembrokeshire is at the beautiful Colby Woodland Gardens. Whether you'd like to start your Christmas shopping early, or simply browse for some gift inspiration, you'll be spoilt for choice at this annual winter fair. This particular National Trust run event is a cosy, intimate affair which has a lovely family atmosphere. Stalls will be selling local crafts, hand-made pottery and homemade goods. Dogs are welcome on leads which means a stroll through the woodlands after makes for a perfect day out for the whole family!
Opening Times: Saturday & Sunday: 10am - 4pm
Parking: Colby Wood Gardens car park
Pembroke Castle Christmas Market | Pembroke Castle
Thursday 29th November - Sunday 2nd December
This fabulous Christmas market is one of the biggest in Pembrokeshire and every year continues to wow its visitors with more stalls, events and magical festivities. It is a weekend for all the family with the highlight being the grand arrival of Father Christmas at 6.30pm on Friday evening.
Set in the most incredible, historical castle at Pembroke, the birthplace of Henry VII, with over 60 stalls selling local produce, gifts, toys, jewellery, crafts, clothing and delicious food, there is something for everyone. There is plenty to do for children with Father Christmas is in the grotto from 11am - 4pm on Saturday and Sunday, and the high chance of snow falling from the castle walls. During the evening there will be carols sung by the local school choirs and mulled wine to keep everyone warm and full of festive cheer!
Opening Times: Thurs: 4pm - 8pm | Fri: 10am - 8pm | Sat: 10am - 6pm | Sun: 10am - 4pm |
Parking: Commons Car Park which is pay and display (£1.00 for 5 hours)
Saundersfoot Christmas Festival | Saundersfoot Harbour
Friday 7th - Sunday 9th December
For the Saundersfoot annual Christmas Festival, the pretty harbourside is transformed into a magical Christmas wonderland. The festival is one of the biggest in Pembrokeshire with 60 exhibitors selling everything from beautiful jewellery and handmade gifts to local food produce ready for the big day! There will be live music, kitchen demonstrations with celebrity chefs, Santa's grotto, carol singing and mulled wine served all weekend. It truly is an event for the entire family.
One of the highlights of the weekend is the lantern parade led by Father Christmas through the harbour with the fantastic Samba Doc band. The parade is on Friday at 5.30pm and includes the switching-on of the Harbour Decking Illuminations with carols sung by Saundersfoot Primary School choir and orchestra.
Price: £2.50 per person (includes unlimited entry to the marquee) | 16yrs and under: free
Opening Times: Friday: 2pm - 7pm | Saturday 10am - 7pm | Sunday: 10am - 5pm |
Santa's Grotto Opening Times: Saturday: 12noon - 6pm | Sunday: 12noon - 3pm |
Parking: follow signs for parking when you come into Saundersfoot
Tenby Christmas Market | at De Valence Pavillion, Upper Frog St.
Friday 14th - Sunday 16th December
Tenby is the perfect setting for a Christmas market and this year the town will be happily anticipating the first festive market in many years. It will be hosted in the De Valance pavillions on Upper Frog street, so no matter what the weather, visitors will be able to shop, browse and be merry in comfort! The Christmas market will be full of stalls selling beautiful homemade crafts whilst the various local food traders will be serving up a storm.
Throughout the weekend there will be live music played at a number of venues around the town and at the De Valence, there will be face painting and activities for children as well as live carol singers and a raffle.
Tenby itself is also the perfect spot to spend the day mooching around the shops - I recommend picking up some delicious foodie goods from Loafley Deli and bakery just a short stroll away from the De Valence!
Opening Times: Friday & Saturday: 10am - 7pm | Sunday: 10am - 4pm |
Parking: Park Road multistory car park (free on Saturdays and Sundays throughout December)
Carol Concerts in Pembrokeshire, 2018
Carols by Candlelight | The Courtyard, Penally Abbey Hotel
Sunday 23rd December
This magical evening will be held in our twinkling, candlelit courtyard with the Quaynotes choir from Carew. The evening will be full of singing carols, eating mince pies and roasted chestnuts and sipping mulled wine!
The evening will be raising money for Alzheimer's Society, a charity close to our hearts and everyone is welcome.
Time: 6.30pm - 8pm (The choir will be singing 7-7.30pm)
Parking: Penally train station or the village green (The hotel carpark is reserved for guests staying at the hotel)
St. Davids Cathedral Carol Services | St.Davids Cathedral
Saturday 22nd December
The beautiful St.Davids Cathedral is easily the most magical setting for any Christmas carols service. The Cathedral is open to the public, as usual, for all of December. There are multiple special Christmas services throughout the month of December and you can see all of their events here.
Time: Doors open 5.45pm and close at 6.55pm.
Parking: St.Davids Cathedral car park (Free)
Christmas Events in Pembrokeshire
Sunday 9th December | 12noon - 1 pm
The fantastic annual Santa run through Tenby town is back for the third year running. All entrants receive a Santa suit ready for the race which is included in the entry cost. The result is a hilarious group of Santas running through Tenby!
This year there will be two courses, a 3K fun run through the centre of town and a shorter course for children.
Registration: 11am | Starts: 12noon - 1pm
Entry: Click here
Cost: Adults: £13.00 | Children 14years and under £9.00
Wednesday 26th December
Whether you're keen to jump into the frosty waters or watch from the comforts of a cosy coffee shop, the Tenby Boxing Day swim is a wonderful event for all. This year, hundreds of crazy swimmers will be running into the sea with the theme of Space Travel. Last year, over £9,600.00 was raised for charities and good causes thanks to the event.
Time: 11 am (North Beach)
Parking: Park Road multistory carpark (free during the winter)
Happy shopping everyone!