by Menai Holidays
I’ve always had a sense of wonder and magic surrounding Christmas (likely because I was born on Boxing Day). I love wrapping up warm in a wooly hat and scarf and heading out to a Christmas event or two. Having been in North Wales for 8 years now I like to consider myself something of a festive event connoisseur, so here’s my list of some cracking Christmas events to pop on your calendar this year.
North Wales Choral Festival– Llandudno, Snowdonia. Friday 4th & Sunday 6th November.
Venue Cymru holds some fantastic shows and events in the lead up to Christmas (with the inevitable Panto, of course!); however this is now the largest Choral competition in Wales and you can see acts from all over Europe! There are choral battles in various categories, culminating in a concert on the Saturday evening. See the Venue Cymru website for full details.
Christmas Fayre – Llandudno, Snowdonia. 9:30am – 6/7:30pm 17th – 20th November.
Venture to this stunning seaside town to soak up some serious festive cheer! The streets will be filled with wooden huts jam-packed with interesting local crafts, sumptuous food and all sorts of interesting goodies to take home with you (or give as gifts, of course). The smell of freshly roasted nuts, coffee and Christmas trees fills the air – bliss! You’ll find around 180 stalls to browse, there will be entertainment around the town too! Please don’t blame me if you end up spending a small fortune – trust me when I say it’s easily done…easily one of my favourite Christmas events of the year!
Insider’s Tip: Llandudno has great public transport links, so why not ditch the car so you can enjoy a few mulled wine and mince pie combos? It would be rude not to, after all. There are car parks if you’d prefer to drive, however.
Christmas Fair – Plas Newydd, Anglesey. Friday 2nd – Monday 5th December.
This is the highlight of the Christmas events season for my family and I – we make sure we visit every single year! This year they’ve extended it so that it’s now over 4 days instead of just 2 (there were actually massive queues to even get in through the doors in 2015!). This stately home is magical year-round but decked out for the festive season and filled to the brim with stalls selling hand-crafted products, gorgeous local produce and food, locally produced spirits and ciders and all sorts of beautiful trinkets…just take my word that it’s a must-visit if you like festive events. I often save some room in my gift budget because I’ll inevitably see unusual gifts here to give family and friends – perfect for stocking fillers!
Entry is just £1 for adults unless you’re a National Trust member. Children get free entry.
Food & Craft Festival – Portmeirion, Llŷn Peninsula. Friday 2nd – Sunday 4th December.
Another annual event that just keeps growing! Portmeirion is worth a visit without this event, but why not take a trip during the run-up to Christmas to get even more out of it? There will be over 90 exhibitors this year and celebrity chefs will give seasonal demos in the pavillion using the best local produce. There is also seasonal entertainment, mulled wine (yum!) and so much more to look forward to. Father Christmas will of course be busy in his workshop for the little ones.
Tickets are from £4.
Christmas Food Slam – Menai Bridge, Anglesey. 12pm – 6pm Saturday 10th December.
These ‘Food Slams’ have been growing in popularity over the past couple of years (we’ve seen Menai Bridge, Llangefni and Benllech so far this year already) and we’ve now got a festive-themed version to enjoy on Prince’s Pier in Menai Bridge, Anglesey. It’s well worth popping along to this event if you’re in the area. Fab food, dangerously delicious drinks and excellent entertainment await!
Entry is free.
Surf Snowdonia Christmas Market – Dolgarrog, Snowdonia. 10am – 8pm Saturday 10th & Sunday 11th December.
The first event of it’s kind, Surf Snowdonia will be hosting this festive fayre. They argue it will be the ‘coolest Christmas market this side of Lapland’ but we’ll let you be the judge of that! There will be plenty of good-quality stalls, a real ale tent, acoustic music as well as a DJ and plenty of food to keep you satisfied. Real ale, crafts, food and free entry – I’m definitely going to be at this event!
Santa Trains – Ffestiniog & Welsh Highland Railways, Snowdonia & Llyn Peninsula. From Saturday 10th December.
If the idea of seeing Santa on a steam train piques your interest, then this is the event for you! Hop on one of the many ‘Santa Trains’ running throughout December to make the most of this fun festive treat – the kids will love it (taking children along is, of course, optional!). Trains run between Porthmadog and Beddgelert and also from Dinas.
To top it off, why not spend a cosy weekend staying in one of our many holiday cottages located across North Wales on the Llŷn Peninsula, Snowdonia and Anglesey? We have something to suit everyone. Cottages with hot tubs, romantic bolt holes for two, dog friendly cottages and great family friendly pads. If you would prefer to speak to one of our friendly team members to discuss your requirements, call 01248 430258.
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