Christmas is coming! Although we are still feeling the effects of the past year’s challenges, this time of year is a wonderful opportunity to get together with those you love, have a short break somewhere in the UK and take in the festive period. And Cardiff is such a wonderful place to visit during the winter months. This year the city is pulling out all the stops to welcome you back!

If you stay at one of Aaron Wise’s stylish city centre apartments, you will be in amongst the action, so can get your Christmas fix without straying too far from your apartment! We take a look at some great things to do this Christmas period in Cardiff nearby to your Aaron Wise apartment. So whether you’re staying for two, three, five nights or more, we’ve got you covered!

A short two night Christmas shopping getaway in Cardiff


If you’re travelling to Cardiff to pack in some Christmas shopping you’re coming to the right place! For the ultimate handmade art and crafts from predominantly small Welsh businesses, Cardiff Christmas Market has returned this year. Just a few minutes walk from Aaron Wise apartments, wrap up warm and wander through with a mulled wine in hand to keep warm until 23 December. And for market goods Portcanna Market has some amazing markets, which change depending on the day. Check out the Portcanna events calendar to plan your visit.

Along the route of the Christmas Market, you’ll see a few of the six Victorian shopping arcades that are dotted around Cardiff. These beautifully preserved structures provide a more intimate shopping experience, and you’ll be able to pick up unique gifts, as well as something for yourself.

At the end of the Christmas Market route (depending on which way you go!) you will arrive at the impressive entrance to Cardiff Central Market, a glass-roofed beauty of a building. The market sells everything from bowler hats to balls for your cats and is a great spot to find Christmas presents. And some lunch from one of the many excellent food stalls while you’re at it. Plus, if you’re exhausted from all the shopping and fancy a night in, you could buy some fresh produce to cook at home in your fully equipped Aaron Wise kitchen and watch a film while relaxing on your sofa.

Three nights exploring Cardiff with loved ones


If you have an extra day to enjoy the festivities, and are all shopped out, just 5 minutes from your Aaron Wise apartment is Cardiff Castle. Not only is it worth a visit to learn about its rich history (and if you’re lucky, it looks magical in the snow), but they hold a number of festive events including classic Welsh Christmas banquets, excellent ice skating and Christmas films such as Elf and personal favourite Die Hard! Winter Wonderland is spread across the Castle and City Hall Lawn and has all the Christmas-related fun you could wish for – a funfair, ski lodge bar and even an ice bar!

Five nights Christmas Holiday in Cardiff with Aaron Wise


Images by Bournemouth based Photographer James Bridle, from Christmas at Bute Park website.

When you can stretch your stay over a leisurely five days, you have the opportunity to relax in the comfort of your Aaron Wise apartment. With all the comforts of a hotel and your home, just a few moments from the station and city centre, we are a great option for your stay in Cardiff. As well as cleaning service, modern appliances and on-hand concierge via WhatsApp, we also have topnotch towels and toiletries, plus incredibly comfy beds and sofas for lounging, so you can enjoy staying in as much as going out!

But if you’re still itching to experience some of the local Christmas offers, we give you Christmas at Bute Park. From late November, the park will be taken over by the biggest festival light trail in Wales. With dazzling light displays, interactive installations, a flickering fire area, an enchanting fairy tree forest, laser shows & mirror balls, as well as locally-sourced street food, mulled wine and plenty more Christmas festivities. It will be a sight to behold and we recommend you book in advance to ensure entrance.

Whatever you want to do when you visit Cardiff, get in touch if you need a place to stay as we would love to host you. Here’s to a Merry Christmas and a very Happy New Year!


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