Vale of Glamorgan Christmas Events

With Bonfire Night and Halloween behind us, Christmas is just around the corner and we have put together a list of the top Christmas events taking place in the Vale of Glamorgan.

Don’t forget, if you’re hosting an event this Christmas then you can submit it to our What’s on Guide for free via


Friday 16th November: High Street Christmas Light Switch on & Market

“Christmas starts with the High Street light switch on!” Expect the usual festivities, as the High Street Traders association close of the road and turn it into a Christmas Street Party.

Enjoy mulled wine, carol singing and stalls including local food, drink and crafts, as well as enjoying the range of Independent Shop High Street has to offer.

The events starts at 1pm and run until 6pm, with the switch on taking place at 5pm.

For more information, visit High Street Christmas Market


Sunday 18th November: Penarth Christmas Festival

Penarth’s annual Christmas Lights Switch On takes place in the Town Centre on Sunday 18th November.

With Local Choirs, Magicians, Brass Band, live Entertainment, a Nativity Performance and an appearance from Santa, plus some special guests all before the switch-on at 5:30pm.

For more information, visit Penarth Christmas Lights Switch On


Friday 23rd November: Cobbles Christmas Gift Market

For more information, visit Cobbles Kitchen Deli


Saturday 24th November – 6th January 2019: Dyffryn Gardens presents O Christmas Tree

Discover Dyffryn Gardens brand new Christmas trail, explore our gardens and see 12 alternative Christmas trees, each one telling a different part of Dyffryn’s story.
The event will celebrate the history of the Dyffryn Gardens estate with unusual and unique Christmas trees.
See suspended parrots, heaps of coal and a dose of flower power, among other themed trees.
This event is free, but normal admission charges apply. No booking necessary.

For more information, visit O Christmas Tree


Saturday 24th November: Llantwit Major Christmas Lights Switch On

Details to follow.


Saturday 24th & Sunday 25th November: Holton Road Christmas Light Switch on & Market

On Saturday 24th & Sunday 25th November the Holton Road Traders and Vale of Glamorgan Council turn Holton Road into a festive market filled with gift ideas, food and drinks. Enjoy a hot drink or festive tipple, whilst inspiring yourself with an array of local crafters and retailers.

Barry Round Table’s Santa will be in a Grotto on King Square, with live entertainment on stage hosted by Bro Radio on Saturday before the switch on at 6pm.

The Market returns on Sunday, alongside festive Christmas films in an Open air cinema in Central Park

For more information, visit Barry, Holton Road Christmas Lights & Market


Sunday 25th November: Cowbridge Annual Reindeer Parade

A Cowbridge institution, the annual Reindeer Parade is a family favourite that caters for kids and the big kids in all of us! The last Sunday of November sees Cowbridge’s beautiful high-street transformed into a winter wonderland, as Christmas trees adorn the local shops, and mitten-clad crowds line the streets to see Santa pass through town.

The parade starts at 12pm and includes a nativity of Y-Bont-Faen Primary School students, a marching band playing classic tunes, and elves, who make way for Santa himself who’s sleigh is pulled by a herd of reindeer! Following this, children can visit Santa in his grotto to tell him their Christmas wishes, and see the Reindeer up-close in their pens behind the Town Hall.

In front of the Town Hall, a variety of acts play live music to get you in the Christmas spirit. The day of festivities ends with a bang – quite literally – as the town’s Christmas lights are ceremoniously switched on, to a stunning fire-work display.


Thursday 29th November: High Street Late Night Shopping

Enjoy an evening of Late night shopping with a host of Independent shops staying open late with giveways, samples and special offers to help you get Christmas sorted early!


Friday 30th November: St Andrews Major Christmas Fayre

St Andrews Major Golf Club presents its annual Christmas Fayre, this year in aid of the Stroke Association.

Browse a range of christmas decorations and gifts from lcal traders with an array of stalls.

Doors open at 6:30pm.

For more information, visit St Andrews Major Golf Club


Friday 30th November: The Grinch Fundraiser Screening

Join the Memo Arts Centre for our fundraiser screening supporting local schools and community groups. The screening will be supporting 10th Barry Guides, High Street Primary School PTA and Romilly Primary School PTA.
£1 from each advance sales will be donated, who will you support?

‘The Grinch’ lives alone in a cave, and he likes peace and quiet. When his neighbours’ Christmas celebrations threaten to disrupt his tranquillity, there’s only one option: to steal Christmas.

They’re going to make this Christmas three times bigger than usual, so the Grinch’s only choice is to be even more mean to teach them a lesson. And so he disguises himself as Father Christmas to carry out his scheme…

Benedict Cumberbatch is the voice of ‘The Grinch’ in this retelling of the classic story from the creators of ‘Despicable Me’ and ‘Sing’.

For more information, visit The Grinch (U) Fundraiser Screening


Friday 30th November: Festive Cafe Concert at St Donats Arts Centre


Saturday 1st December: Rhoose Christmas Lights & Market 

The team behind Rhoose Summer Music present a day of festive fun at Rhoose Community Centre between 2pm & 8pm.

Visit Santa in is grotto, browse 20 stalls, enjoy lantern making and live music from The Scoundrels and The Shameless before the lights switch on.

For more information visit Rhoose Summer Music.


Sunday 2nd December: Barry Town Council Annual Santa Fun Run & Doggy Dash

Barry Town Council’s Annual 2K Santa Fun Run is back and this year includes a 2K Doggy Dash to this year’s event!

Hosted by Bro Radio, the 2K Family Santa Fun Run takes participants around Barry Island, with entry at just £6 for adults and free for children, with all adults will receiving a Santa Suit to complete the course in and all participants will receive a medal.

This year, a 2K Doggy Dash will take place after the 2K Family Fun Run. All adult participants will receive a Santa Suit to complete the course in, all furry friends will receive some tasty doggy treats upon completion and all participants will receive a medal. Entry for Adults is £6, children FREE and dogs are £2 each.

This year the event is raising money for Barry Round Table, Barry Rotary Club, Barry Army Cadets, Barry RAF Cadets and Surfers Against Sewage.

Registration for this event will close on Friday, 23 November 2018 at 4.30 pm. So please make sure you register in time!

For more information, visit Annual 2k Santa Fun Run & 2k Doggy Dash


Sunday 2nd December: Christmas Fayre at St Donat’s Castle

Get into the Christmas spirit and visit St Donats for their annual Christmas Fayre.  There will be over 50 food, drink and craft stalls, live music by students of UWC Atlantic College.  There will also bef ace painting and a chance to meet Santa in his grotto.   There will be something for everyone at this one-day event.

Tickets are £8 per car or £3 per person on foot.

For more information, visit St Donats Art Centre


Sunday 2nd December: St Athan Christmas Lights Switch On

Join Bro Radio for the St Athan Christmas Lights Switch on with live entertainment on stage from 3pm.

Enjoy live bands, singers and choirs, alongside free fairground rides and face painting, Santa’s Grotto, the V-Pod Bus and locals more.

During the event there will be Christmas Crafts in St Tathan Church ending with a traditional Christingle Service after the lights go on at 5pm.

There will also be a special guest celebrity switching on the lights!


Wednesday 5th December: Penarth Late Night Shopping

Enjoy late night shopping for all the family in some of Penarth’s independent shops.


Thursday 6th December – Friday 14th December: Party with the Elves at Dyffryn Gardens

Join Dyffryn Gardens for some fun and games with Father Christmas’ elves. Enjoy some party food, play some children’s party games and write your letter to Father Christmas.

Parents go free, tea, coffee and mince pies provided.

Tickets are only required for children and can be bought now from our website. Make sure to wear your most festive outfit!

For more information, visit Party with the Elves


Sunday 16th December: The Polar Express and Afternoon Tea

All aboard for a fantastic family afternoon out at St Donats Arts Centre to enjoy the magical Christmas film Polar Express.
A delicious mug of hot chocolate awaits you before departure of The Polar Express at 1.30pm. Following the film, it’s just a hop, skip and a jump across to the medieval Dining Hall of the charming St Donat’s Castle for a fabulously Festive Afternoon Tea (at approximately 3.30pm)

Adults are priced at £20.95,with under 12s at £15.95 and discounts for family tickets. Booking early is advised.

For more information visit St Donats Art Centre


20th – 23rd December: Billboard Ensemble present Beauty and The Beast

Barry’s premiere amateur drama company, BillBoard Ensemble, present their annual Christmas Pantomime at the Memo Arts Centre.

An arrogant young prince and his castle’s servants fall under the spell of a wicked enchantress, who turns him into the hideous Beast until he learns to love and be loved in return. The spirited, headstrong village girl Belle enters the Beast’s castle after he imprisons her father Maurice. With the help of his enchanted servants, Belle begins to draw the cold-hearted Beast out of his isolation.

Tickets are just £14 full or £12 for concession, with a family ticket just £45.

For more information, visit Memo Arts Centre


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Nathan Spackman

Nathan is the Operations Director and one half of Vale Breakfast on Bro Radio. You'll hear him reading local news, hosting at local events and presenting our facebook live videos.