There’s a Christmas Pudding Dash in Broad Haven, a ‘Man Up’ Mud race in St Davids and the Santa Race in Tenby.
And once Christmas Day is over you can wash it all down with a Boxing Day swim in Tenby! Magic.
Friday 2nd December
Stargazing @ Stackpole
Join the Stackpole Estate team in their on-site planetarium and learn more about the night sky and its amazing constellations. Follow the story of the Christmas star and if the skies are clear, have a go at stargazing with the telescopes. Can’t make the event? Check out our Stargazing page for top tips.
Friday 2nd – Sunday 4th December
St Nicholas Market
The turning on of the Christmas lights in Saundersfoot is a firm favourite with families, and with celebrity chefs to inspire your Christmas treating, live music and lantern parade, this is a market not to be missed.
Saturday 3rd December
Join local artist Sara Lloyd-Morris for a day’s jewellery making, where you will make your own ring, pendant or earrings. No previous experience is necessary. With groups of 10-4 people being catered for this is a really fun way to make a one-off gift for your loved one (or yourself!).
With so many fantastic artisans in and around St. Davids, Oriel y Parc market is not to be missed. Drop into the café for mulled wine and mince pies whilst the little ones visit Santa with their Christmas lists.
Newport Christmas Fair
Take the whole family shopping at the Newport Christmas Fair in the Newport Memorial Hall. Kids are always well entertained and there will be beautiful local crafts and farmers market. Starts at 10am – 4pm.
A Tudor Christmas
The Tudor Merchants House in Tenby is open every Saturday and Sunday in December. Pop along to find out about the 12 Days of Christmas and see how the merchant and his family would have celebrated Christmas. From 11am – 3pm.
Sunday 4th December
Soak up the festive atmosphere at Carew Castle and warm yourself beside the fire in the Lesser Hall as you browse local crafts and Christmas treats. From 11am – 3pm.
Thursday 8th December
Headlining this month is Australian comic John Robertson. He has sold out shows across the world and this man is a whirlwind of insults dressed in a nice suit. Joining Robertson is Southport New Comedian of the Year and MC for the evening is Jim Smallman. Tickets available from Span Arts
Saturday 10th December
Man Up! Mud Run
It’s getting to that time of year again and what better way to escape from the hustle and bustle than to spend a couple of hours running around the North Pembrokeshire countryside, whilst climbing through, under and over mud laden natural and man made obstacles. The annual ‘Man up! Mud Run’ race is back. Starts at 11am.
Wreath Making Workshop
Decorating the home with evergreens has been popular since the pre-Christian age and Picton Castle provides the perfect setting for the traditional Victorian Christmas decorations. Workshop starts at 1pm.
Southwood Farm Christmas Fair
Crafts, gifts and food - find finishing touches and last minute treats around this charming national trust Victorian farm range between Newgale and Roch.
Sunday 11th December
Broad Haven Christmas Pudding Run
Get this 10k Xmas Pudding Run under your belt before Christmas. Race starts at 12noon. Fancy dress is optional.
Tenby Santa Fun Run
If dressing up as Santa is more your style head to Tenby for the 3km Santa Dash! Starts at 12noon outside St Mary’s Church.
Christmas at Milford Marina
Come and meet Santa and his little helpers at Milford Haven Museum and have your photo taken in the giant snowglobe. You can also get your Christmas tree and wreaths as well as Christmas chocolates and be entertained with facepainting and a musician.
Fancy a good dance? The new Anglo-French acoustic dance band Topette are playing at Rhosygilwen. This collective of uninhibited musical adventurers playing self-penned and traditional music from anywhere with a winning mix of bonhomie and grit. It helps that those musicians are some of the finest on the Anglo-French dance scene. Starts at 7:30pm.
Friday 16th December
Music: The Correspondents
The Span Arts Xmas Bonanza is back again at the Queens Hall with one of the best live acts in the UK (The Telegraph's top 10 Highlights of Glastonbury in two consecutive years). The monochrome clad Mr Bruce sings with force, scatting at speed and dancing like his life depends on it while Chucks takes the audience on a journey through a multitude of genres from jazz and blues to the nether regions of electro and drum’n’bass. This is going to be a Christmas party worth going to. Tickets available from Span Arts
Saturday 17th December
Back to Rhosygilwen for their annual festive concert and supper with a special appearance by bass Sion Goronwy, accompanied by Eirian Owen. Supper is served after the concert and followed by carols around the piano. Ticket price includes supper.
Saturday 17th – Saturday 31st December
Pantomime – Sleeping Beauty
For Christmas 2016 the Torch Theatre Company will perform a spellbinding new production of Sleeping Beauty. Filled with jealousy, the evil witch Maleficent curses Princess Rose to die 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
Sunday 18th December
Stackpole Fun Run
Burn off those Christmas calories with a festive fun run around the Stackpole Estate; choose from 1.5 miles, 3 miles or 6 miles. Free event, meet at Stackpole Quay @ 10:15am.
Tempus Christmas Concert
Picton Castle is hosting the Tempus Vocal Group for a lively and enchanting Christmas Melodies matinee concert. Starts at 2:30pm.
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.
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 11pm, with the First Eucharist of Christmas, Procession & Blessing of Crib.
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.
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. You simply book your tickets, enjoy the show, and Pay What You Can towards the production. Starts 2pm. Tickets available from Span Arts
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.
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