12 Days of Christmas 2016

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, and watching a panto. Happy Holidays!

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

Wednesday 21st 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.

Haverfordwest Christmas market

Thursday 22nd December

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.

Friday 23rd December

Pantomime – Sleeping Beauty

Get the family in the Christmas mood with a pantomime! The Torch Theatre Company are performing Sleeping Beauty. The evil witch Maleficent curses Princess Rose on her 16th birthday but thanks to Rose’s Fairy Godmother she only falls into a deep sleep that can be ended with the kiss of a handsome prince. Tickets available from Torch Theatre.

Torch Theatre - Sleeping beauty

Saturday 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.

Sunday 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!

Monday 26th December

Tenby Boxing Day Swim

Keep the Christmas cheer rolling and get yourself down to the annual Tenby Boxing Day swim. You’ll be in the company of about 600 fancy dress dippers, all raising money for their chosen charity. Or join the thousands of onlookers cheering them on. Swim starts at 10am on Tenby’s North beach.

Tenby Boxing Day swim

Tuesday 27th 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 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 with Circo Rum Ba Ba. The company is well known for its elaborate, colourful costumes and wonderfully bizarre, offbeat walkabout characters, designed specifically for festivals and events. And that’s exactly what they’re doing for us!

L'Hotel Nöel will be completely unique and specifically created for families this Christmas. It is Christmas Eve - the excited Bell Boy and the Bah Humbug Chamber Maid of the smallest hotel in the world are busy preparing for guests to arrive for Christmas.

You simply book your tickets, enjoy the show, and Pay What You Can towards the production. Starts 2pm. Tickets available from Span Arts

Thursday 29th 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.

Tafarn Sinc - Fireside walks

Friday 30th December

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 the Welsh Wildlife Centre, Cilgerran are some of the most sheltered places to go exploring when the wind whips up.

Saturday 31st December

New Year’s Eve

Parties, food, music and fun will be happening up and down the county this New Years Eve. Click here for a full run-down on the New Year’s Eve events happening this year.

Sunday 1st January

New Years Day Swim

Splash into the New Year with a swim in the sea in Saundersfoot, which is hosting its 33rd New Year’s Day swim in 2017. This year’s swim starts 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.  

Merry Christmas! 

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