The holiday season is well underway, and there’s no better place to experience the joy, warmth, and festivities than in the beautiful Wye Valley and Herefordshire. If you’re planning on spending some time in this remarkable part of the world between December 18th and 24th, 2023, you’re in luck. A multitude of events is set to help make your stay more memorable. This guide will walk you through the events week by week.
December 18th, 2023
Start your week off with some festive shopping at the Monmouth Christmas Market. From handmade crafts to unique artisan gifts and sumptuous local produce, there is something for everyone. Also, don’t miss the opportunity to visit the grand castle and savour the brilliant views over the Wye Valley.
December 19th, 2023
On Tuesday, how about taking a fascinating trip to the Hereford Cider Museum? Special winter tour is taking place, giving visitors an insight into the traditional cider-making process of the county.
December 20th, 2023
On Wednesday, join the Winter Solstice Celebration at Raglan Castle. Enjoy the festive atmosphere, lantern procession, and live music, as well as warming treats such as mulled wine and mince pies helping you get into the festive spirit.
December 21st, 2023
Thursday brings the highly anticipated Carol Concert at Hereford Cathedral. The stunning architecture paired with the angelic voices of the choir make this an unforgettable festive event.
December 22nd, 2023
Get your Friday fill of local culture at the Ross-on-Wye Arts Festival. This vibrant celebration showcases the best in local visual and performing arts, with live performances, workshops, and galleries to explore.
December 23rd, 2023
Saturday invites you to the great outdoors for the Forest of Dean Winter Walk. This guided tour will take you through some of the region’s most scenic spots, providing excellent opportunities for winter wildlife spotting.
December 24th, 2023
Finally, on Christmas Eve, don’t miss the Christmas Eve Service at St. Mary’s Church. Come early to find a spot in this quaint church as the local community gathers to celebrate the spirit of Christmas with heartwarming carols and messages of hope.
The week leading up to Christmas in Herefordshire and the Wye Valley is filled with seasonal charm, beautiful landscapes, and cultural richness. From traditional Christmas carol services to local art festivals and intriguing cider tours, your holiday stay will certainly be one to remember. Whether you’re a local looking for something new or a visitor exploring the Region, this guide has hopefully provided some insight into the myriad events taking place this festive season.