12 Days of Christmas

You’ve finally arrived. The car is unpacked and everything is set for your Christmas Day celebrations.

Start the festive season with Midnight Mass in St Davids Cathedral, followed by walks on the beach, a Boxing Day swim, a visit to a panto and a foot-stomping night out at a local Twmpath.

Here’s our top 12 Days of Christmas to help you make the most of the holidays...

Tuesday 23rd December

You’ll be spoilt for choice with last minute Christmas shopping at the Haverfordwest Farmers Market with offers such as home-reared turkeys, Welsh Black Beef, fish and shellfish platters, real ale, homemade fir and holly wreaths, stollen, yule logs, Christmas cakes and puddings. Everything you could need for your Christmas Day feast.

Wednesday 24th December - Christmas Eve

One of the loveliest ways to start the holiday is to sing into Christmas with Midnight Mass at St Davids Cathedral. The service starts at 11.00pm, with the First Eucharist of Christmas, Procession & Blessing of Crib.

St Davids christmas

Thursday 25th December – Christmas Day

Locals usually mark Christmas morning with a walk. A brisk walk up Carn Ingli is a firm favourite with the Newport crowd, while down in St Davids it’s a walk along Whitesands or Newgale beach. In Pembroke Freshwater West is the Christmas walk of choice, while Tenby offers a long stroll along South beach to work up an appetite. Wherever you are in the county, have a wonderful day!

Friday 26th December – Boxing Day

There’s only one thing to do on Boxing Day and that’s the Tenby Boxing Day swim. Tenby has been hosting this event since 1970 and this year is its 44th event. Join thousands of onlookers for the 11:30am ‘immersion’ on Tenby’s North Beach as hundreds of dippers dive into the water for their chosen charity. If you fancy a swim yourself this year’s fancy dress theme is ‘Pirates and Princesses’.

Saturday 27th December

Twmpath @ Abercych Village Hall
The Gower All Stars and Julie Murphy are back. This wonderful family event will get your feet stomping and your heart singing. If you’ve never danced before don’t worry, a friendly crowd will guid you through the steps and you will soon be swept up by the evening. Starts at 7:30pm.

Sunday 28th December

Pantomime - Cinderella

Six days left for the Panto season at the Torch Theatre. This enchanting and enthralling adaptation of the much loved fairytale Cinderella is bursting with magic, mayhem, music and plenty of fairy dust - in fact it’s a right royal show especially for you! Tickets available from  the Torch Theatre.

Monday 29th December

Pantomime - Robinson Crusoe

Aye, Aye Shipmates! Join in the fun with Span Arts this December following the tale of Crusoe, heroic captain of the Good Ship Lizzie, and his mission to seek out wondrous treasures, discover strange new lands and to boldly go where no action-packed family adventure has gone before! Performances at 2pm and 6pm. Tickets available from Span Arts

Tuesday 30th December

Step out for a Fireside Walk

Even on the wildest, windiest, wettest days of winter you have places to explore: Newport, Angle, St Davids, Rosebush and Tenby. And with our fireside walks there’s the sheer joy of knowing that at the end of the day you will retreat inside, your face glowing, to good food, warm drinks and fireside conversations that nurture your soul.

Wednesday 31st December

New Years Eve

Tenby will be counting down to midnight in Tudor Square and Fishguard will be putting on another infamous street party this year.

Take a look at our ideas for New Year’s Eve celebrations across the county this December.

Thursday 1st January - Happy New Year!

New Years Day Swims

Splash into the New Year with a swim in the sea in Saundersfoot, which is hosting its 31st New Year’s Day swim in 2015. This year’s fancy dress theme is ‘World War I’ and the swim starts at 12:30 on Saundersfoot beach, just in front of the harbour.

If you’re closer to St Davids, the St David’s Penknife Club is holding its annual New Year’s Day Swim on Whitesands beach. Registration at 11:30, in the water at 12 noon.

Friday 2nd January

Head to the woods

If the weather turns a bit wild during the holidays our top tip is head to the woods! The Gwaun Valley, Canaston Woods, Bosherston Lakes and Colby Woodland Garden are some of the most sheltered places to go exploring when the wind whips up.

Saturday 3rd January

TYF are running a Family Classic Coasteer course - An exhilarating blend of scrambling, leaping and traversing along the coastline, where the sea meets the land. There are spots to jump, stretches to swim, caves to explore and waves to navigate. Wetsuits provided.

Hope you have amazing adventures this Christmas break - don't forget to share them with us on Facebook and Twitter.

Happy New Year!

 I travel the world with my job, Tenby is right up there as a top destination.  
Mike Doyle, comedian

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