12 Things to do over Christmas in Pembrokeshire

You’ve finally arrived in the county, 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, or a visit to a panto.

Here's our top 12 Days of Christmas to help you make the most of the holidays:

Wednesday 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.

Thursday 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

Friday 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!

Saturday 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 45th event. Join thousands of onlookers for the 11:30am ‘immersion’ on Tenby’s North Beach and hundreds of dippers dive into the water for their chosen charity.

This year’s fancy dress theme is Cool Cymru, as a celebration of all that’s great about Wales, and there are prizes for the best-dressed and highest sponsored swimmers.

All swimmers are presented with a commemorative medal and can warm up by the blazing beach bonfire.

Fun on the beach starts at 11am with a canoe race and the Daitanic raft race challenge.

Staged in memory of Dai Rees, who loved taking part in the event, the crazy race has just a few simple rules: each raft entered must be made of only two barrels and some rope. Oars are allowed and the two people on board must wear lifejackets. Crews are being encouraged to collect sponsorship for the Dai Rees Foundation/Life Support Nepal.

Tenby Boxing Day Swim

Sunday 27th December

Pantomime - Jack & The Beanstalk

Five days left for the Panto season at the Torch Theatre. This production of ‘Jack & The Beanstalk’ is bold, bright and the ‘best panto in Britain’ as described by the Western Mail - complete with outrageous costumes and packed with music, magic and laughter. There is also a return to the stage for our favourite Dame of them all - the indomitable Dion Davies. Tickets available from Torch Theatre

Monday 28th December

Pay What You Can - Children’s Theatre

Christmas continues with Span Arts this December with their ‘Pay What You Can’ Children’s theatre. You simply book your tickets, enjoy the show, and Pay What You Can towards the production. 

Circus Rum Bab

Circo Rum Ba Ba - an established, highly experienced women’s circus theatre company which fuses spectacular theatre with a diverse range of circus skills and disguise. This hugely energetic Christmas show is magically told by a story telling giant Grande Dame and the whole adventure unfolds from her sumptuous dress. There is lots of audience participation and something for every age group.

Starts 2pm. Tickets available from Span Arts

Tuesday 29th December

Winter Photography

Just because its winter doesn’t mean your camera has to go into hibernation. Make the most of the dramatic weather this Christmas and follow are our tips on how to get stunning images of Pembrokeshire in Winter. You might even try your hand at stargazing and capturing our incredible Dark Skies.

Wednesday 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 Preseli Hills. 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.

Fireside walks

Thursday 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. 

Friday 1st January

New Years Day Swim

Splash into the New Year with a swim in the sea in Saundersfoot, which is hosting its 32nd New Year’s Day swim in 2016. This year’s 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

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.

Saturday 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.

Sunday 3rd January

Winter Wildlife

If you thought bird-watching took a back seat during the winter, then you’d be wrong. Check out these four stunning winter locations that will keep you going until spring. Remember to bring your binoculars.

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Merry Christmas.

 Just had a week in Pembrokeshire, just loved every minute, may as well throw my passport away, don't want to go anywhere else for holiday! 
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