Unwrapping Holiday Magic in the Brecon Beacons: Your Ultimate Christmas Getaway Guide
The nights might be well and truly closing in, but there is still plenty to do in the Brecon Beacons National Park as we head into Christmas.
If you’re coming from away, there are still some places to stay available over the next few weeks – check out the second section of this post.
Festive Things to Do in the Brecon Beacons
1. Cantref Adventure Farm
Experience the magic of Christmas at Cantref Adventure Farm:
- Visit Santa: Don’t miss the chance to meet Santa in the run-up to Christmas.
- Day Full of Activities: Enjoy a range of activities throughout the day, including including Elf Academy, gingerbread decorating, Mr. Ev’s Christmas Show, and heartwarming pet handling.
Plan your festive adventure here.
2. The Old Railwayline Garden Centre
Create some memories and bag those last minute gifts at The Old Railwayline Garden Centre with their amazing Christmas department.
You can plan your visit here.
3. Trek with Christmas Alpacas
Embark on a unique adventure with the alpacas at Alpaca My Boots before they put their feet up for a well-earned winter rest.
- Last Treks of 2023: Join the final treks on December 23rd & 30th.
- Trekking Vouchers: Gift a trekking voucher for an alpaca lover’s dream experience in the coming year.
Book your trek or buy vouchers here.
4. Theatr Brycheiniog
Theatr Brycheiniog has some fab winter events on the horizon and it’s not too late to book tickets.
- The Nutcracker in December: Delight in the holiday classic showing on the 15th to the 17th of December.
- Winter film screenings: Including Arthur Christmas and Miracle on 34th Street.
- Westenders Pantomime in January: This year Cinderella is the chosen show – showing from the 19th to the 27th of January.
Book tickets to all of the above on the Theatr Brycheiniog website here.
5. National Botanic Gardens of Wales – Luminate Trail
Immerse yourself in the enchanting Luminate Trail at the National Botanic Gardens of Wales:
- Illuminated Wonderland: Wander through a captivating mile-long trail.
- Interactive Light Play: Engage with stunning light show set to music.
- Hot Drinks & Toasted Marshmallows: Enjoy a timeless experience for all ages.
Luminate runs until the 24th of December – find out more and book your visit here.
Before the rush of the rush Christmas period gets too much why not take yourself out for some Dark Skies relief.
The Bannau Brycheiniog is a Dark Skies Reserve and that combined with the height of the Geminid Meteor Shower means, skies permitting, a perfect time to do some star gazing. The shower will peak around the 15th of December but will be visible until around the 20th of December.
Places to Stay
1. Ty Newydd Holiday Self Catering Cottages
Nestled in the heart of the Brecon Beacons, Ty Newydd invites you to a festive break like no other:
- Child and Dog Friendly: Bring the whole family, furry friends included.
- Spectacular Views: Wake up to breathtaking scenery each morning.
- Local Pub Excursion: Enjoy a leisurely 30-minute walk along the canal to a charming local pub.
- VisitWales 4-Star: Walker-friendly cottages endorsed by VisitWales.
- Decked in Christmas Cheer: Immerse yourself in the holiday spirit with beautifully decorated accommodations.
Find out more about Ty Newydd and book your stay here.
2. The Star Bunkhouse
For a warm and casual winter getaway, The Star Bunkhouse in Bwlch offers a unique experience:
- Warm & Cosy: Designed for winter nights and muddy boots.
- Dog & Family-Friendly: Perfect for a family adventure with your four-legged companions.
- Private Bedrooms: Ideal for individuals, couples, and small groups.
- Great Walks: Explore the Brecon Beacons and Black Mountains from your doorstep.
- Flexible Stays: Availability between December 16 – 28, 2023, and January 2 – 4, 2024.
Discover more about The Star Bunkhouse and secure your spot here.
3. New Year’s Eve at the Angel Abergavenny
Ring in the New Year with style at The Angel Abergavenny:
- New Year’s Eve Dinner: Reserve your space in The Wedgewood Room for a delightful dining experience.
- Live Music & Cocktails: Enjoy live music by Jim Ramsey and indulge in cocktails and nibbles at Abergavenny Hotel.
- Festive Treats: Explore the festive goodies and gifts at Angel Bakery.
Learn more about New Year’s Eve at the Angel Abergavenny and plan your celebration here.