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It’s the most wonderful time of the year! And what better way to continue the festive fun than with a visit to a Christmas market in North Wales?

Look forward to stalls filled with hand-crafted goods, delicious food, decorations, bars, rides, and plenty more!

Continue reading to discover all you need to know about Christmas markets in North Wales…

1. Llandudno Christmas Extravaganza

Father and son looking at a christmas tree decoration of a pine cone

Where? Llandudno, Conwy
When? 16th – 19th November 2023
Time? Thursday – Saturday 10am -9pm/ Sunday 10am – 5pm

First up on our guide to the best Christmas markets in North Wales to visit is the popular Llandudno Christmas Extravaganza.

Kick off the Christmas season at this free to attend family event, which takes place in the heart of this much-loved Victorian town. At this Christmas market in Llandudno you will find a variety of food and drink stalls, a funfair offering plenty of thrills, gift stalls, and live entertainment!

If you want to make an evening of it, why not pre-book a decorated igloo to enjoy a meal or a glass of fizz?

2. Snowdonia & Local Christmas Market

Man and woman browsing stalls at a Christmas market.

Where? Betwys-y-Coed, Conwy
When? 2nd – 3rd December 2023
Time? 10am – 4pm

Venture into the famous Snowdonia National Park to celebrate local makers and producers from Eyri and beyond.

Held in the car park of the Royal Oak Hotel, the stalls sell everything from handmade jewellery and distilled brews to pottery, knitted goods, and woodwork. Perfect for picking up any last-minute Christmas gifts!

Afterwards, if you fancy exploring the village a bit more, you can enjoy a tipple in nearby Y Stablau and grab a slice at Hangin’ Pizzeria if you still have room!

Or if you’re feeling adventurous, book an experience at the renowned Zip World Fforest or enjoy a hike up to Swallow Falls to blow away the cobwebs.

3. Colwyn Bay Christmas Artisan Market

Woman browsing hanging heart decorations at a christmas market.

Where? Colwyn Bay, Conwy
When? 9th December 2023
Time? 10am – 4pm

Picture live music and entertainment, a pop-up bar where prosecco and ales will be flowing, and street food with flavours from all over the world. Sound good? Then a visit to Colwyn Bay’s Artisan Christmas Market should definitely be on your to do list this festive season!

The town has been hosting a local market every Saturday all year round for over 30 years. With December’s market taking on a festive twist!

Grab a drink and wander around the traditional stalls, where you can check out arts and crafts, handmade gifts, and tasty treats. Or enjoy live music and entertainment, whilst the little ones can enjoy rides and face painting. Be sure to keep an eye for the man in red himself who is known for making an appearance for photos!

4. Prestatyn Winterfest

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Where? Prestatyn, Denbighshire
When? 25th- 26 November 2023
Time? TBC

This year the bustling town of Prestatyn will be joining in the Christmas fun with its first ever ‘Winter Fest’.

Set to take over the High Street, visitors to Winter Fest can look forward to a variety of stalls, selling arts and crafts, hearty food, and gifts. As well as Father Christmas’s Grotto, live entertainment, and plenty of activities still yet to be announced!

Keep up to date with the announcements on the Christmas AT Prestatyn page.

5. Conwy Winterfest

Selection of gingerbread men, stars, hearts, and stockings hanging at a christmas market.

Where? Conwy
When? 10th December 2023
Time? 4pm – 7pm

Prepare to step back in time with this next Christmas event in North Wales which takes part in the historic town of Conwy.

Enjoy a mulled wine and a mince pie as you are entertained by a procession of sword fighters, ladies with blazing torches, and armoured knights. Harking to the town’s rich medieval history.

You can also enjoy further entertainment from street performers, musicians, dancers, and drummers. Shops and restaurants usually stay open later, so you can catch up on your Christmas shopping, before grabbing a bite to eat in one of the many cosy pubs, including The Erskine Arms and The Jackdaw.

If you’re looking for things to do before the medieval parade, you can visit the magnificent Conwy Castle, The Smallest House in Great Britain, or wander the towering Conwy Town Walls.

6. Aber Falls Christmas Market

A woman looking at a snow-globe as she browses a stall of traditional Christmas decorations and toys at a market stall in Edinburgh, Scotland.

Where? Abergwyngregyn, Gwynedd
When? 9th December 2023
Time? 10am – 4pm

One of our favourite Christmas markets in North Wales has to be the Aber Falls Distillery Christmas Market.

The markets are held at the distillery which rests on the outskirts of the Snowdonia National Park and just 3 miles away from the stunning Aber Falls.

You’ll find all the usual delights of a traditional Christmas market, with tasty food, warming drinks, and delightful gifts available to buy from wooden Christmas chalets.

The distillery will still be offering tours whilst the market is on. You can choose from a distillery tour to learn more about their whiskey or a Gin Lab Experience, where you can create your very own gin!

7. Portmeirion Christmas Food & Craft Fair

Where? Portmeirion, Gwynedd
When? 1st – 3rd December 2023
Time? 9:30am – 5:30pm 

Foodies looking for a must-visit Christmas markets in North Wales are sure to love the Portmeirion Christmas Food & Craft Fair!
Celebrating the very best of Welsh produce with over 100 stalls and surrounded by the fairytale scenery of this Italianate village. It is no surprise this is one of the most popular North Wales Christmas markets.
Try delicious local dishes, snacks, and drinks, pick up tips whilst watching seasonal cooking demonstrations, and enjoy live music. For that extra touch of Christmas magic, you can also take a woodland train to visit Santa’s Grotto!
The Portmeirion Christmas Food & Craft Fair is the perfect place to eat, drink, and be merry in the build up to Christmas!

8. Ruthin Christmas Extravaganza

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Where? Ruthin, Denbighshire
When? 25th November 2023
Time? 10am – 3:30pm

This year sees the return of Ruthin’s award-winning Christmas Extravaganza. The event see’s approximately 100 stalls set up throughout the town centre, in the grounds of the historic Ruthin Gaol, Ruthin Market Hall, and St Peters Church.

Bring the whole family to explore a variety of stalls, where you will find sweet and savoury treats, drinks, gifts, arts, and crafts. There will also be live music to enjoy, with previous performers including a steel drum band and a rock choir.

Of course, a Christmas market wouldn’t be complete without Father Christmas himself. Children can visit him in the free Santa Grotto to tell him their Christmas wishes!

9. Wrexham Christmas Market & Winter Festival

Child on parents shoulders at a christmas market.

Where? Wrexham
When? 8th – 10th December 2023
Time? Friday – 12pm – 8pm / Saturday 10am – 7pm/ Sunday 10am – 5pm 

Head to the now famous city of Wrexham for its popular Christmas Market & Winter Festival. Renowned for its football club which features on the hit documentary ‘Welcome to Wrexham’.

The event see’s Queen Square decorated with a variety of festive stalls, serving food and drink, gifts, and locally made arts and crafts.

There’s plenty of shopping to be done, perfect for if you need to get some last-minute gifts or even start your Christmas shopping! As well as live entertainment, music, and lots of activities for the children which are still to be announced!

Who knows, you may even catch a glimpse of Ryan Reynolds or Rob McElhenney doing some last-minute browsing?!

10. Bangor Christmas Artisan Market

Mum and Daughter eating at a christmas market.

Where? Bangor, Gwynedd
When? 4th December 2023
Time? TBC

Experience Bangor like never before, with its special Christmas Artisan Market transforming the city into a winter wonderland! Get your skates on and show off your moves on the Ice rink, visit Father Christmas in his Grotto, or enjoy the thrills of the Reindeer Fairground.

As if that wasn’t enough, there will be live music providing a soundtrack as you browse an array of stalls with a tipple in hand from the festive bar.

For further festive fun, why not visit the grand Penrhyn Castle? Enjoy winter walks in the beautiful gardens and find the giant wreath, enjoy festive treats in The Stables Cafe, or have a family photo taken in front of the castle’s magnificent Christmas tree!

11. Abersoch Christmas Festival Weekend

Where? Abersoch, Anglesey
When? 1st – 3rd December 2023
Time? Friday – 5:30pm – 8:30pm/ Saturday 11am – 7pm/ Sunday – starting from 4:30pm

Our next Christmas market in North Wales takes place along the breath-taking Llyn Peninsula. Abersoch comes alive with Christmas magic for three days at the beginning of December.

Friday sees Santa opening proceedings on his sleigh whilst the local Sarn Bach School sing choirs. As well as appearances from the Abersoch Fire engine and firefighters, festive songs, and late-night shopping.

Saturday brings a variety of festive fun, from the Christmas Fair in the village hall, Santa’s Grotto, face painting, lantern making, a lantern parade, and a disco for the little ones.

Abersoch’s beloved Christmas Festival ends with the Christmas Tractor Parade on the Sunday. Afterwards, why not enjoy a bite to eat at The Potted Lobster or dine with a view at The Cove.

12. Beaumaris Artisan Christmas Markets

Two glasses of mulled wine with christmas decoration

Where? Beaumaris, Anglesey
When? 25th – 26th November 2023
Time? TBC

This next Christmas market in North Wales takes place on the beautiful Isle of Anglesey.

Explore the historic town of Beaumaris in all its festive glory. Its annual event features a wealth of artisan stalls selling hand-crafted gifts, mouth-watering food and drink, and home decor. Perfect for getting into the festive spirit and picking up unique Christmas gifts!

Be sure to explore Beaumaris afterwards, where you can see the town’s grand castle, Beaumaris Gaol and Court, enjoy brisk walks along the seafront, or enjoy a meal at The Midland Tapas and Wine Bar.

13. Caernarfon Christmas Market

Where? Caernarfon, Gwynedd
When? 18th November 2023
Time? 10am – 4pm

Last but certainly not least on our guide to Christmas markets in North Wales is in the historic town of Caernarfon. The Gŵyl Fwyd Christmas Market will set up home at The Old Courthouse and the Welsh Highland Railway Station.

Browse the extensive selection of stalls, where you can enjoy a tipple from Conwy Brewery and Aber Falls Distillery. You’ll also find many gift stalls, including Siop Sebon and Sit by the Fire, both of which offer handmade candles.

Or why not indulge in some delicious food? With Flame and Grain cooking up a storm in their woodfired oven, Ffyj Mam offering various flavours of fudge, and Zoli’s Bites where you can indulge in a Hungarian chimney cake!

Where to Stay When Visiting Christmas Markets in North Wales

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Has our list of Christmas markets in North Wales got you feeling festive? If so, check out our guide to the Christmas Events in North Wales You Don’t Want to Miss to continue the Christmas celebrations.

Or if you fancy extending your stay, browse our blog on 5 Great Reasons to Spend New Year’s Eve in North Wales!

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