The lights are up, the mulled wine is flowing and Father Christmas has less than a month to get everything ready for the big day. So to get you in the festive spirit, here’s a some ideas for the best things to see, do, eat and drink in the lead up to Christmas in Ceredigion.
If December has snuck up on you, look no further than the fair for last minute gift ideas from the country crafts, wood work and homemade cosmetic stalls. Instead of feeling the pressure about your own Christmas feast, simply take inspiration (or even cheat and buy some for yourself) from the local food producers for homemade jams, fudges and puddings. On the last day of November this will be a lifesaver for those who are feeing the Christmas panic.
Craft Fair at Llanerchaeron Estate (Saturday 7th & Sunday 8th December)
The marvellous house itself is a sight to behold as it is decorated wonderfully for Christmas. As well as plenty of crafts there are Christmas trees and mistletoe for sale and Father Christmas will of course be making an appearance.
Christmas Music at the Ceredigion Museum (Friday 6th December)
Be soothed with the sounds of delicate harps, dulcimer, whistles and vocals bringing medieval carols alive. Guests won’t be able to deny that Christmassy feeling here!
Christmas at Ceredigion Museum (Friday 12th December, between 6 and 9 pm)
Everyone is invited for an evening of carols singing, homemade mulled wine, all the best local food including traditional ‘pulling’ toffee. Guests can even get involved with crafts to make Christmas cards and decorations.
Pantominme Skills at the Small World Theatre, Aberteif (Saturday 14th December)
Children can learn and perform like pros at this theatrical workshop, everyone is invited to have a go and don’t be shy!
The Winter Craft and Gift Fair, Aberystwyth Arts Centre (now until December 23rd)
Aberystwyth Arts Centre’s annual Winter Craft & Gift Fair opens seven days a week for over eight weeks around Christmas. Over 80 stalls sell everything from jewellery, ceramics, woodwork, photography, prints, metalwork, slate, to textiles and food. Many are produced by local makers from Ceredigion and surrounding areas. The cafe, craftshop and bookshop are also open.
Where to shop:
Hidden in the little town of Llanybydder this shop has sold its quilts and blankets worldwide for many years, specialising in products from 1820-1939. Owner Jen Jones has an extensive collection of vintage and antique quilts from patchworks to floral to paisley and more. Perfect for cosying up by the fire this winter you can guarantee a gift from Jen Jones comes with a history.
As you know Ceredigion has an abundance of fantastic producers, many who are producing special items for the festive season. From whisky, chocolate, vegetables, chutney, cheese and beer, you will find something for everyone.
Do you have any other suggestions? Put them in the comments section below, we’d love to have as many as possible.