We’re celebrating the launch of Santa’s Post Train at Mermaid Quay on Thursday 7 December with a fun-packed afternoon & evening of Christmas shopping, music & entertainment.

There will be live music from Kitty’s Quartet Christmas Swing Band (12noon – 3pm), Sax for Fun (3pm – 6pm) and Rechoir (6pm – 8pm), plus Santa, a treasure hunt, face painting, mince pies and lots, lots more from 12 noon to 8pm.

Makers Guild Wales (Craft in the Bay) will be on the Quayside at Mermaid Quay providing craft making demos & have a go workshops. Weaver Laura Thomas will demonstrate mini-weaving and weaving around found objects from 12 – 2pm, while willow artist Clare Revera will demonstrate weaving with willow and hedgerow materials to make Christmas wreaths and tree decorations (1 – 3pm). And, there will be craft materials for children to have a go at making tree decorations.

Techniquest, the science discovery centre in Cardiff Bay, will also be on the Quayside with its exciting, interactive activities in the Science Busking tent (12noon – 4pm only). Solve fiendish brain-teasers and puzzles, perform tricks and get stuck in with table-top versions of Techniquest’s best-loved exhibits.

Plus, there will be displays & sampling from Mermaid Quay’s cafés, restaurants & bars – including mulled wine tasters from Veeno (12noon – 4pm) and a sushi-making demo by Yakitori#1 at 4pm.

And, of course, you can be one of the first people to visit the elves at Santa’s Post Train, write a letter to Santa, put it in the magical post box and get a reply from the big man himself.

The Mermaid Quay shops will be open till at least 8pm – so why not pick up some gorgeous gifts from Zia Boutique, Polka Dot, Fabulous Welshcakes, Pavers and Ken Picton.

And, there will be host of exclusive special offers available on 7 December only (see below).

Plus, of course, with more than 30 cafés, restaurants and bars there’s loads of great places to grab a bite to eat or drink or enjoy a leisurely meal – all overlooking Cardiff’s waterfront – to add to the fun.

Or why not stay on and have a laugh at The Glee comedy club’s Christmas Comedy Party Show – you can just book a ticket or add a two or three course Christmas meal. And, after every show our resident DJ will keep the party going late in to the night.

It promises to be a right Christmas Cracker of a do – and it’s all free – so don’t miss out!


Bay tours for just £3 per person with mince pies (usually £5) – 11am – 4pm, subject to weather.

Enjoy any hot drink for £2 (6pm – 8pm only) – excluding syrups & festive drinks.
Sample Cadwaladers’ luxurious teas & coffee range as well as its festive hampers and order your very own “Cadwaladers at Home” hamper.
One free coffee fill-up of a Cadwaladers travel mug sold only on the day – to keep energy levels high while shopping late – excluding syrups & festive drinks.

10% off in the restaurant and deli gift shop – a great opportunity to pick up great gifts and enjoy Carluccio’s Menu Festivo plus tastings of panettone & other Italian Christmas products through the day.

Christmas Bauble event – grab a bauble from the bag in store to find out what special offer you’ve won – there’s 50% off, free Crêpe, a free glass of Prosecco, a free mince pie, 20% off, 10% off on offer and more. Each customer gets a go, every bauble contains a special offer.

20% off when you spend £40 or more on gifts from Fabulous Welshcakes (excludes Welshcake gifts & hampers).

15% off your food bill – ’tis the season to eat burgers!

10% off all retail products including much in-demand ghd stylers and Christmas gift packs.

25% off food, download your voucher here

10% off Polka Dot’s range of hair accessories for girls, plus 20% off vintage clothes.

3 for 2 on all merchandise, coffee and impulse goodies plus sampling of festive favourites throughout the day with a discount on drinks when you go into the store with their sample cup, plus 50p off voucher give away.

Strada will be giving away balloons with “Kids eat for £1” discount cards attached plus free face-painting in the outside seating area.

20% off from 5.30pm – 7.30pm.

10% off when you spend £40 or more.

Terms & conditions apply, check with venue for details.