Caerphilly’s Window Wanderland

Inspired by Penarth, The Big Phill are organising Caerphilly’s first Winter Window Wanderland as a Covid-safe way to spread Christmas cheer throughout Caerphilly Town this year!

This festive season, we invite you to put on your winter coats and wander around our local area after dark to see the wonderful windows that our neighbours have created.

Whether it is big or small, a simple candle or an outdoor display, everyone is invited to create a family friendly display and help lift Christmas spirit during this crazy year.

We invite you all to post images of your Christmas displays on our Facebook event page (please click here) and there is the opportunity for participating addresses to be included on a digital map to form a trail which will be lit up from 5-9pm on the 19th & 20th of December (click here to see our digital map).

To have your displays placed on here,  simply email pictures and your address details to the email address below and help us create a festive walkway through Caerphilly and bring Christmas cheer to to adults and children alike!

Otherwise simply dress up warm and head out with your families to enjoy Caerphilly’s first Winter Wanderland this December!
Keeping safe:

Please stay in small groups when wandering and follow government guidelines regarding social distancing

River of Light Lantern Parade in Caerphilly Town Centre 2019

Whether you’ve got your lanterns ready or you’re excited about watching the magical glow of the beautful lanterns, you won’t want to miss Caerphilly’s infamous River of Light Lantern Parade this year. Especially, as this simply fabulous festive parade ends with a wonderful firework display that lights up our fantastic Caerphilly Castle!

 The parade starts at Caerphilly Train & Bus Station Park & Ride, then flows through the town to the rear of Caerphilly Castle (Crescent Road)

Participants will be accompanied by Samba dancers, Jazz bands and dancers creating a sea of colour through the town.  Bring your lantern along and take part in this annual event.

Enjoy some FREE family fun time and bring the children along to make a festive lantern ready for the Lantern Parade.  The workshops will be an enjoyable experience for the young and old, children can release their creative abilities and adults get the chance to behave like children and really get stuck in!

To find out more about the fantastic Christmas events running in and around the castle, please click below:

Ice Skating at Caerphilly Castle

Caerphilly Christmas Markets

Visiting Father Christmas

River of Light Lantern Workshops

Heading out over Christmas? Then, why not book your taxi with 1st Choice Caerphilly Taxi and enjoy a 20% off Christmas and New Year’s rates. Simply click here for details.



Ice Skating at Caerphilly Castle -December 2019

After the tremendous success of last year’s event, a fantastic Ice Skating Rink will return  to Caerphilly Castle this Christmas!

The wonderful experience of ice skating within the grounds of Wales’  largest castle will be even more magical this year with the opportunity to go ice skating on Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve too!

Skate sessions for last year’s event were a sell out for all weekend bookings, so book your tickets soon if you would like to go ice skating  within the grounds of this magnificent 750 year old castle.

The ice rink will be open from  Friday 6th December (in time for the Caerphilly Christmas Market) and will continue for a WHOLE month until Monday 6th January 2020. During this time, Caerphilly Castle will be transformed into a Christmas wonderland, where guests can enjoy outdoor skating on a real ice rink, indulge in treats from a pop-up cafe and visits from Father Christmas are also planned.

The ice rink will be open from 12pm to 9pm on Wednesdays and Thursdays and from 10am to 9pm on Friday, Saturday and Sundays – last skate at 8pm – with each slot lasting 45 minutes. The rink will be closed on Mondays and Tuesdays.

Skate sessions, within the walls of Wales’s largest castle, should be pre-booked online at, with tickets priced at £6.50 for children under 14, £9.00 for adults and £27.00 for families (two adults and two children) with standard skate hire included in the skate price.

This event has been organised by Cadw in partnership with Castle Court Shopping Centre, Caerphilly County Council, Caerphilly Town Council, Transport for Wales and 11th Hour.

Further Information

1. Ten penguin-shaped ‘ice walkers’ per session will be available at an extra cost for younger guests, (first come first served) with children aged 3-7 years only permitted to skate when accompanied by an adult.

 2. Discounted school bookings are available from 12pm to 5pm on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday by calling 02920 099087.

3. Special concessions are also available on weekday group bookings for clubs, choirs, local sports teams and office parties from 12pm-5pm.

4. Visitors in wheelchairs are welcome to enter the ice rink, but must be joined by a companion. Meanwhile, Autism friendly sessions will take place on Sunday, 15 December at 10am and Wednesday 18 December at 12pm.

5. The event ties into Cadw’s three year £5.3m investment plan which aims to transform the Castle into a world class heritage attraction, increasing visitor numbers and making the monument more sustainable.  Based on a recently completed masterplan, this new ambitious programme will truly enhance visitors’ experience through improved welcome, floodlighting, catering offer and innovative interpretation.  Critical conservation work will also help improve their understanding and enjoyment of one Wales’s most important historic sites.

Minister for Culture, Tourism and Sport, Lord Elis-Thomas, said: “Following the success of last year, we are delighted to announce that the ice-skating experience will be returning to Caerphilly Castle this December. We look forward to seeing people of all ages enjoying the surrounding of this magnificent castle in the lead up to Christmas.

Cllr Sean Morgan, Deputy Leader and Cabinet member with responsibility for tourism at Caerphilly County Borough Council, said:“The return of the ice rink to Caerphilly Castle is welcome news, not only for our residents but also for visitors to the area.  We work closely with Cadw to promote Caerphilly as a tourist destination of choice and are pleased to support them in launching this year’s ice rink and festive events.’

Need a taxi this festive season? Then, why not click here and follow 1st Choice Caerphilly Taxis to find out more about their offers and loyalty scheme.

For other events this Christmas, please go here:

A Medieval Christmas 2019 at Caerphilly Castle (including the chance to meet Father Christmas!)


Caerphilly Christmas Market in Caerphilly Town Centre

River of Light Lantern Workshops at Caerphilly Leisure Centre

River of Light Lantern Parade in Caerphilly Town Centre 2019


1. REFUNDS – ALL TICKET SALES ARE FINAL. No refunds, for whatever reason, shall be given on any booking, in full or in part.

2. EXCHANGES – Customers may exchange bookings, subject to availability, to different skate session date / time, of the same value. If an off-peak ticket was bought, the difference must be paid by the customer to exchange to a peak session. Exchanges should be made at least 12 hours before the skating session you are booked onto. Any Exchanges requested within 12 hours will not be permitted. All exchanges will incur a £1.00 processing fee, per booking. All exchange requests should be made by calling 0333 666 3366.

3. By purchasing this ticket, it is your responsibility as the skater / participant / ticket holder to understand and assume liability for the risks and dangers inherent to ice-related sports and recreational ice skating.
These risks and dangers include, but are not limited to:
Minor injuries such as scratches, bruises, blisters and sprains
Major injuries such as eye injury, loss of sight, joint or back sprains, strains, breaks, concussions, sever cuts, head trauma, dismemberment, cardiac arrest, partial or total paralysis and death.
We recommend you consulting a doctor before you participate in any sporting activity.

4. WARNING – ICE IS A SLIPPERY SURFACE, this presents skaters with many hazards, which all skaters should fully understand before entering the ice pad, point 3 above refers.

5. CODE OF CONDUCT FOR SKATING –All skaters (ticket holders) agree to all the terms and conditions of skating, and agree to obey all posted signage, and instructions given to them by rink staff and management. Skaters found disobeying rules shall be ejected from the site. Skaters code of conduct rules, and terms and conditions can be found at You are advised to read and understand fully these terms and conditions for skating, before confirming your booking.

By confirming your booking, you are agree to the terms and conditions for skating, and the skaters’ code of conduct.

6. Customers not complying to the rules for skating, appear drunk and disorderly, or under, or suspected to be under the influence of drugs, management have the rights to refuse admission to the ticket holder, and also reserve the right to remove members of the public from the site.

7. 24H CCTV CAMERAS IN OPERATION – CCTV Cameras are in use across the event site including the ice rink and ice surface for safety, insurance and fraudulent claim purposes. All video images and audio, from all cameras are recorded, and kept for a minimum of 6 years.

8. Children between the ages of 3 and 7 years of age inclusive, must be accompanied by a responsible adult when ice skating at this rink. Children under 3 are not permitted on the ice.


Christmas Light Switch On 2019 – Caerphilly Town Centre

The big man himself will be return this Christmas to turn on the lights and mark the start of the festive period in Caerphilly Town Centre.

The lights go on at 7pm but the entertainment from local choirs (including the popular Only Boys Aloud), will start at 5.30pm. Additionally, the wonderful owners of Casa Mia Restaurant are kindly giving away mince pies and mulled wine to help spread the Christmas spirit during the festivities.

Please see below for the entertainment schedule:

5.30pm-5.45pm – Caerphilly County Schools Big Band

5.55pm – Plasyfelin School Choir

6.05pm – Twyn School Choir

6.15pm – Cwrt Rawlin School Choir

6.25pm – Caerphilly Stage School

6.35pm – Only Boys Aloud

6.45pm – Caerphilly Community Chorus

6.55pm – Father Christmas arrives

7.00pm – Lights switch on

Running alongside this event will be the incredibly popular Caerphilly By Twilight event. Please click here for details!

To find out more about Christmas events running in and around Caerphilly Castle, please look below!

Christmas Markets

Ice Skating at Caerphilly Castle

Visiting Father Christmas at Caerphilly Castle

River of Light Lantern Parade

River of Light Lantern Workshops

Need a taxi this festive season? Then, why not click here and follow 1st Choice Caerphilly Taxis to find out more about their offers and loyalty scheme.


Annual Christmas Market at Bryn Meadows

Bryn Meadows’  annual Christmas Market is back this November and will help you get set for the festive season!

Confirmed stall holders include:

Bobbly Bows
JD’s Log Reindeers
Cupcake Corner
Suit U
Slimming World
Body Shop
K&L Designs
We love pets
Your perfect presents
Cwtch Creatives
Velindre Cancer Care
Claires in Stiches
Its All About The Bake
All sorts of gifts
Love Country Crafts
Vintage Repro
Serendipity Gifts
Literally Made
The Bumblebee Makery
The Welshiest G&T
Driftwood Trees
Nanniepubs Crafts

There will also be exclusive offers from Fusion Spa and Winners Golf Supplies. Gift Vouchers will also be available to purchase.

Stalls are available to hire. Contact the events team on for more information.

Visit Father Christmas in his Grotto at Caerphilly Castle in 2018

Winter is coming and things are looking really interesting at the iconic Caerphilly Castle in 2018. As part of their magical Christmas celebrations, there’s the chance to see Father Christmas in their fantastic, medieval castle – what better way to get into the Christmas spirit?

Indeed the town of Caerphilly will be alive with festive magic on the second weekend of December,  when you cannot only visit Father Christmas in his grotto but also take a walk around their famous Christmas Markets and enjoy a mulled wine or two. There will also be the amazing opportunity to skate on Caerphilly Castle’s first ever ice rink as well.   The perfect way to relax and enjoy the festivities within these stunning castle grounds.

The ticket price will include a present for your little one and their entry to the castle.

Tickets will be available to buy  at Caerphilly Castle from 1st November 2018. Please call 02920 883143.

To find out more about the fantastic Christmas events running in and around the castle, please click below:

Ice Skating at Caerphilly Castle

Christmas Tree Festival 

Christmas Markets

Visiting Father Christmas

River of Light Lantern Parade

River of Light Lantern Workshops

Heading out over Christmas? Then, why not book your taxi with 1st Choice Caerphilly Taxi and enjoy a 20% off Christmas and New Year’s rates. Simply click here for details.




Holly at Christmas at Blackwood Miners’ Institute

Buddy Holly and the Cricketers once again herald in the Yuletide festivities at Blackwood Miners’ Centre with their fantastic Holly at Christmas, the show that *is now as traditional as mulled wine and mince pies!*

Why not head along to hear Holly’s hits, other contemporary classics and a selection of  Christmas songs that are sure to get you in the festive mood!

Whatever the season, whatever the excuse to party, make your Heartbeat a little faster with the show that has thousands of fans the world over saying: “I can’t believe it’s not Buddy!”

Please click here to book tickets.

Looking for some beautiful gifts this Christmas? Then, why not check out these two fantastic local craft pages – Sugar Plum Gifts and BookArt Gifts!

Hells Bells – Xmas Eve Special at Newbridge Memo

For the first time ever, the incredible Hells Bells are here to spice up your Christmas Eve! This electric band will pay homage to the legendary group AC/DC by covering all of their greatest hits in a true rock star fashion; from guitar riffs to top grade vocals, this band is sure to put a spark in your night before Christmas.

This event is 18+ only.

Bar open: 7.00pm | Event starts: 8.00pm | Tickets: £12.00 ADV / £15.00 door

Purchase tickets online or call our Box Office on 01495 243252 to enquire further.


Christmas Fancy Dress Run at Parc Penalta

Junior parkrun is a series of 2k runs for children aged between 4 and 14. They are held in areas of open space around the country. They are open to all, free, and are safe and easy to take part in. If you are not a junior. They also have runs for non-juniors  weekly on Saturday instead.


To make this event,  even more fun and join the lovely Junior Parkrun team on Christmas Eve morning and enjoy their weekly junior parkrun in your best Christmas Themed Fancy Dress!!

There will also be Christmas Music and chocolates for all the runners. Sounds like the perfect way to build up an appetite before the big day!  🙂