Are you planning to spend time in North Wales this holiday season? Christmas breaks in North Wales are fun and festive, full of the magic of the season and the heavenly peace of the countryside. Did you know that there are five places in Wales designated as Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB)? One of these areas is part of the Llŷn peninsula, where you will find luxury cottages and modern apartments perfect for your family holiday. That fact alone should fuel your desire to go, but it is far from the only reason to visit North Wales at Christmas time. Here, we offer some suggestions for your trip, including Christmas events in North Wales and how to find the perfect Llŷn peninsula accommodation.
Aber Falls Christmas Market
When? 10th December
The festive season would not be the same without a visit to one of the Christmas markets in North Wales. There’s the Aber Falls Christmas Market in Abergwyngregyn, which features local produce and crafts. This market offers food, drinks, entertainment, and shopping, and there are some have offerings that are unique to their location. If Christmas markets are one of your favourite things about the season, North Wales is the place to be during the holidays.
Where? Caernarfon, Gwynedd
When? Santa Specials: Dec 11, Dec 17, Dec 18, and Dec 23
Christmas/New Year’s: Dec 28, Dec 29, Dec 30, Dec 31 and Jan 1
Santa Trains run from Caernarfon, Gwynedd, the former offering a Christmas adventure aboard a vintage steam train, and the latter running through beautiful Snowdonia National Park with Santa himself.
The Enchanted Forest at Greenwood Family Park
Where? Y Felinheli
When? From Wednesday 26th November 2022
The Enchanted Forest is a magical experience in an illuminated forest of glistening trees, complete with arts and crafts and a visit with Father Christmas.
Anglesey Zoo Christmas Markets
When? 10th, 11th, 17th, and 18th December 2022
You can visit the Anglesey Zoo Christmas Markets and have breakfast with Santa for the first 3 weekends of December or an afternoon with Elsa! This popular Christmas event in North Wales has plenty to do, including Santa’s Grotto.
Zipmas at Zip World in Snowdonia
When? 25th November – 24th December
Starting to feel like you have had too much Santa this season? Come for afternoon tea with Elsa instead. You can celebrate Zipmas at Zip World in Snowdonia, meeting Santa and his Elves in the underground Christmas Grotto, 500 feet underground in the historical Victorian slate mines, where you’ll have fun decorating a Welsh slate bauble and enjoying complimentary mince pie, hot chocolate, or mulled wine. Try your hand at a round of “Grotto Golf” while you are there, playing on the world’s only underground adventure golf.
Manorafon Farm Park Christmas Adventure
When? 10th, 11th, 17th, 18th, 22nd, 23rd December 2022
If you’re willing to take a short trip, Manorafon Farm Park Christmas Adventure takes place in Santa’s Village, with a visit to the Toy Factory, Mrs. Claus’s Kitchen, the Enchanted Christmas Tree Forest, Santa’s Stables, Elves, Market, and story time with Santa Claus.
When? 10th - 11th and 17th – 23rd December 2022
Christmas at Gwrych Castle features a visit to the Elf Academy, a scavenger hunt, the chance to meet Santa, and more.
RNLI Porthdinllaen New Year's Day Dip
Where? Llŷn Peninsula
When? 1 January 2023, 11.30pm
Is there a more stunning location than the Llyn Peninsula beach, a beautiful seafront of the North Shore. On New Year’s Day, swimmers gather on Morfa Nefyn at night to take a plunge into the beautiful but chilly ocean. You can join in an active tradition, or just watch and cheer.
If you are ready for a break from all the activities, set your own pace, playing by the shore, hiking in the countryside, or spending a leisurely day out at the shops and enjoying a long lunch in a charming café. Wake to a stunning winter sunrise, head to Snowdonia for a brisk winter walk with a view of the snow-capped mountains, and end the night by stargazing in the countryside, without the light pollution that hinders the view in much of the UK. On blustery days when going out into the wild weather does not appeal to you, enjoy some down time beside a cosy fire, in your cottage or in a local pub.
Even if you are not interested in Christmas-themed activities, though, you will never run out of things to do while staying in one of our beautiful properties in North Wales. The Llyn peninsula itself will keep you occupied for as long as you will let it, but when you are ready to head further afield, you are within easy reach of an abundance of things to do and see.
A short drive away, take a dramatic clifftop walk down to Porthdinllaen beach and stop by the Ty Coch Inn. One of the most famous pubs in the area, this inn was featured on a top ten list of the best bars in the world! Have a drink and relax for a bit while watching the fishing boats pull in their catch.
If you head the opposite direction leaving your holiday cottage, you can visit Nant Gwrytheyrn to discover the history of the Welsh language and the mining heritage so important to this area. Bring your boots because there are many trails to explore. It does not really matter which direction you go when you step outside of your holiday rental, because everywhere you turn you will find beautiful beaches, picturesque seaside villages, and much more.
Snowdonia National Park is a short drive away, where you will find not only wild natural beauty, including the iconic Mt. Snowdon, but also outdoor adventures like the world’s fastest zipline, alpine forest coasters, and zip safaris.
Together Travel has gorgeous luxury accommodations on the Llyn Peninsula. Our unique collection of self-catering cottages and apartments is beautifully situated on the stunning Welsh coastline, and you are sure to find a holiday home that is perfect for your family. We have converted barns that are loaded with character, a traditional Welsh farmhouse, contemporary new cottages, apartments, and more. We have places for every group, whether you are traveling with a large family or just having a couple’s getaway, and many of our accommodations are pet friendly, so you do not have to leave behind your four-legged family members. When you visit one of our North Wales holiday homes, you will be in the ideal spot to explore the dramatic landscapes of the Welsh countryside, right where it connects with the sparkling waters of the Irish Sea. You will have a nearly endless array of activities from which to choose, whether you are taking a stroll along a coastal path, enjoying the beautiful soft sand beaches, or exploring a secluded cove. The holiday season adds an additional layer of enjoyment, with all the contagious excitement in the nearby towns.
Where will you create your family’s Christmas memories this year? Spending time on the Llyn Peninsula coast, in a property perfect for your family gathering, is sure to be unforgettable. Our holiday homes are contemporary yet homely, timeless, and convenient, with spectacular sea views and plenty of excitement and adventure waiting just around the corner. Check out our Llyn Peninsula Activity Guide for more suggestions about how to spend your time, including recommendations for rainy day activities and the best places to eat and drink in the area.
If you want to spend your Christmas holiday in a place of rare beauty and abundant charm, Together Travel Co. is here to bring your holiday dreams to life. Why cope with stressful airport queues, when you can load up your car and be at an amazing coastal retreat before you know it? It is easy to connect with your family when you are exploring the rolling hills of the Welsh countryside or participating in fun Christmas events in North Wales. Whether you are interested in one of our beautiful properties on the Llyn peninsula, or you and your family are interested in visiting another locale, we have a wealth of luxury cottages in the UK for you to enjoy. Find out how we can make your holiday amazing by contacting our expert concierge team at +44(0)1625 416430 or emailing us for more information.