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Christmas activities in Wales

North East Wales

Experience and enjoy an illuminated garden at Erddig © Erddig

Chirk Castle, 13 to 21 December

Sample medieval food and drink, meet Lord of Misrule and watch the carolling at Chirk. Have a go at festive handicrafts, and take a look around the castle all dressed up for the festive season. And of course drop by and meet Father Christmas in his grotto.

Powis Castle, 29 to 30 November, 6 to 7, 13 to 14 and 20 to 21 December

Meeting Father Christmas is one of the experiences that makes the festive period so magical.
Despite being very busy, Father Christmas has agreed to join us at Powis Castle for four weekends. All those on the 'good children' list will receive an early Christmas gift.

Erddig, 5, 6, 12 and 13 December

Join us for an unforgettable Christmas experience and enjoy an illuminated after-dark stroll around Erddig's walled garden. Beautiful light installations and effects will help you to escape the bustle of the high street and enjoy a feast for the senses with festive food, music and plenty of good cheer.
 

South East Wales

Father Christmas gets a warm welcome in the South Drawing Room © Andy Davison Photography

Tredegar, 29 to 30 November, 6 to 7, 13 to 14 and 20 to 21 December

Get into the Christmas spirit with our 'A Christmas Carol' themed festivities. The house will be full of music and dressed with lavish Victorian decorations. Father Christmas will be visiting with a gift for all the children. Celebrate together with our traditional crafts, games and activities from pomander making to stirring the Christmas pudding. Or come and pick up a unique Christmas gift at our traditional Christmas craft stalls.

Dyffryn, 6 to 7 and 13 to 14 December

It's time to get festive, come along to Dyffryn to meet Father Christmas, make some pomanders and get your Christmas shopping started. Pick up some truly local and unique gifts for your loved ones and have a crisp winter walk amongst the gardens.
 

Mid Wales

Skip the hectic high street and wrap up your gift buying at our shop © Ben Walker

Dinefwr, 29 and 30 November

The whole of Newton House and the inner courtyard will be packed full of craft and food stalls. Staff and volunteers will be dressed in traditional Edwardian costume and there'll be entertainment and family craft activities on site too. Father Christmas will be in his grotto down in the Ale Cellar of Newton House and will be giving a gift to every child he sees.

Llanerchaeron, 6 and 7 December

Soak up the magic of the festive season and enjoy a great day's shopping at our annual Christmas fair. Join us for a weekend of mince pies, mulled wine and over 70 local food and craft stalls. The house will be decorated for Christmas and there will be a visit from Father Christmas and a treasure hunt for the children.
 

North West Wales

Penrhyn Christmas © Penrhyn Castle

Bodnant Garden, 29 and 30 November, 6 to 7, 13 and 14, 20 and 21 December

Create some Christmas crafts with the Bodnant elves. Come along to the magical setting of the Elves' Workshop and create some Christmas crafts to take home with you.

Aberconwy House, 29 and 30 November, 6 and  7, 13 and 14 and 20 and 21 December

Come and discover Father Christmas’s snug at Aberconwy House. Father Christmas and his elves will be at Aberconwy preparing for the festive season. You can enjoy craft-making with the elves, see where Father Christmas sleeps, and you can even deliver your Christmas letter to him in person.

Plas yn Rhiw, 6 to 7 December

Come and see Father Christmas and the house beautifully decorated. Bring the whole family; it’s a great chance to find some special gifts for all the family too.

Plas Newydd, 6 to 7 December

Join us for our famous Christmas fair with over 60 great and varied stalls full of local produce, handmade crafts and lots of festive treats.

South West Wales

Penrhyn Christmas © D Levenson

Rhossili shop, 30 November

Kick off your Christmas shopping and enjoy a mince pie and hot Christmas punch. Call it stress free Christmas shopping with amazing views over Rhossili bay.

Tudor Merchant, 6 to 7, 13 and 14, 20 and 21 and 27 and  28 December

We're open every Saturday and Sunday in December. Come and see how the merchant and his family would have celebrated Christmas in Tudor times. You can also do a spot of a Christmas shopping from our Tudor shop.

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