My mid-afternoon arrival in Cardiff started in the Festive Quarter, which skirts the main indoor shopping centre. Around here I found a good mix of German beer and bratwurst stalls with local Welsh produce and crafts.
The market is a great place to buy unique handmade gifts and homeware. Many of the food and drink stalls were also offering samples, such as the Snowdonia Cheese Company. I purchased a cheese reel with ginger for an after dinner nibble with crackers.
Even though my sweet tooth was aching for doughnuts, crepes and brownies from the market, I warmed up over lunch inside Le Rendez-Vous.
Just opposite the market in Queen’s Arcade, the quirky café sells cakes and freshly made sandwiches, including Christmas inspired ciabattas and panini’s.
As daylight began to die away, Cardiff’s Winter Wonderland was alive with lights and laughter. Situated beside a frosty blue city hall, I was pleasantly surprised by the other attractions on offer besides the ice rink.
Just around the corner there’s a collection of fairground rides and chalets which have a very nostalgic feel to them.
There appears to be rides catered to all age ranges, with the star attraction being the super high sky swing.
I was really impressed by the grand Alpine Cabin in the heart of the Wonderland.
When you step into this cosy lodge you’re greeted by warm air, wooden beams and rustic furnishings, the perfect environment to sip coffee and pretend you’re somewhere high in the Swiss Alps.
Upon leaving, the smell of coal fired sausages from the opposite stall was enticing – a flavoursome finish to the day’s festivities.