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Christmas activities in Wales

North East Wales

Chirk Castle Medieval Christmas 2014 © David Higgins / National Trust

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, 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, 19, 20 and 21 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, 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.

North West Wales

Create festive magical memories at Aberconwy House © Andy Davison Photography

Bodnant Garden, 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, 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.

Penrhyn Castle, 20 and 21 December

Meet our busy servants and experience life below stairs at Christmas time. Father Christmas will take a pit-stop at Penrhyn Castle Victorian kitchens. You can see him and his merry team get all those last-minute gifts sorted, before heading off to deliver the presents.

 

 

South West Wales

Create festive magical memories at Aberconwy House © D Levenson

Tudor Merchant, 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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Places to stay

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