24 Ways A Welsh Christmas Is Utterly Delightful
Father Christmas is called Siôn Corn here, which directly translates to “John Chimneypot”.
Cardiff's Christmas Market may be small compared to the massive ones in London, but that's what makes it so charming.
There’s also a Winter Wonderland in Cardiff, and it’s not as heinously busy as the one in Hyde Park.
Since singing is a Welsh tradition, carol singers are never in short supply.
One amazing custom that’s still carried out in winter is Mari Lwyd: a grey mare who brings luck.
Another old tradition involves making taffy (or toffee) on Christmas Eve.
After taffy-making, people gather in churches in the early hours of Christmas Day to sing for the "Plygain" service.
The Welsh used to get drunk from the “wassail bowl” at Christmas.
Of course, the Welsh countryside is perfect for a brisk, chilly walk.
And if it snows, there are plenty of fields to go sledging in.
The Millennium Stadium puts on lovely Santa Claus Tours over the festive period.
Of course, old Welsh pubs are the perfect places to while away the hours while sipping on a festive tipple.
And if you don't drink, there are always plenty of tea-rooms around.
Swansea Indoor Market is so great that it had its own BBC series set around Christmas.
Then there's Swansea Christmas Street Market too.
And Swansea’s award-winning Waterfront Winterland.
The hills of the Brecon Beacons and Snowdonia are even more stunning when they're covered in snow.
And you can join Santa and his elves for a trip along the Ffestiniog and Welsh Highland Railways.
On Boxing Day, around 600 swimmers run into the sea for the Tenby Boxing Day Swim.
And the more sensible, albeit less generous, go to the rugby on Boxing Day.
Then New Year starts frugally with a warming homemade cawl.
Talking of festive foods, there's plenty of that: Welsh Black beef, lamb, local cheese, fresh fish and seafood, Welsh beer, and cider.
Basically, Wales wins.
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