After spending a year away in hot climates with some very non-Christmassy vibes, I was excited to come home to Cardiff and start getting in the Christmas spirit as we neared the festive season.
Cardiff’s Winter Wonderland has been a firm family favourite since its arrival in the city. People flock there every year to enjoy some time on the ice, cosy down with a mulled wine or have some fun on the wide selection of fairground rides.
Past years’ bad weather conditions (we are in Wales after all) has meant that many people have been left disappointed when when their skating sessions have been cancelled…cue the arrival of the new “all-weather” rink equipped with a clear roof. Only 10 years too late..
Having an ice-skate is always fun, whether you’re really good..or really bad. No one can be as bad as my Mum though, who, a few years ago managed to fall and be stretchered off. Never one for making a scene, my Mum. Whether you want to spend the time holding onto the sides and making your way slowly round, or if you’re feeling brave and want to show off your skills, it’s hard not to skate with a smile on your face. Even if there are those pesky school children getting in your way.
Cardiff’s Winter Wonderland is the perfect Christmas tradition with the guarantee that everyone who attends is left feeling all things merry and all things festive. Open throughout the day and well into the evening, you can’t really not enjoy yourself. Live music in the Alpine Village ensures that you are tapping your foot and singing along whilst munching on a bratwurst or a freshly made crepe and slugging on a toasty hot chocolate or mulled wine. Just don’t do a me and forget to bring some cash so you can’t indulge in the bratwurst sausage you’ve been smelling all afternoon. Sigh.
The funfair rides offer something for everyone. From the big wheel to the Santa train to the snow slide, all the family can be entertained and finish off their day with a giggle. Relatively cheap prices (if you’re not a family of four..), these are your typical fairground rides there for the simple purpose to get you smiling. The Big Wheel is a personal favourite as it takes you up and over the city, offering you some cracking views.
With the end of the Christmas period fast approaching, it’s probably about time you got your skates on and made a move to this festive Winter Wonderland before it’s no longer acceptable to eat your weight in chocolatey crepes and drown yourself in mulled wine. What am I saying, that’s acceptable any time of the year…..
Tickets – Adult – £9.50
Child (3-7) – £6.50
Youth (8-16) – £7.50
Student – £8.00
Family (2 adults, 2 children) – £30.00
(written alongside Laura Williams)