Christmas at Bodnant Garden

Wish upon a tree at Bodnant Garden this Christmas

Christmas is a magical time at Bodnant Garden. Enjoy walks in a frost-sparkling landscape, bring the children to meet the elves, discover traditional gifts at the shop and hearty, festive fare in our tearooms.

Bodnant Garden is open all year-round (apart from Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and Boxing Day) and this 2018 festive season it’s the perfect place to escape the high street for some traditional family together-time.

The star on our tree is the Elves’ Workshop. Drop in at the marquee in the Dell and enjoy making Christmas crafts with our merry band of Bodnant elves. Join us on Saturdays and Sundays, December 1-2, 8-9 and 15-16 from 10.45am to 2.30pm. This activity is free and there's no booking required (normal garden admission applies) though sessions are popular so we advise getting to the garden early. 

There will also be Christmas cookie decorating inside the Old Mill on these weekends (cost £1.50 per child) and the whole family can warm up with our special festive food menu at the Dell kiosk from 11am to 3pm; tuck into a hot turkey roll and a delicious hot chocolate and enjoy marshmallow toasting around the brazier.

The fun starts at our Welcome Centre when you arrive. Pick up a Magic Penny to start your visit and follow the long Robin’s Secret Trail or short, step-free Lantern Trail to the Dell. These trails are free and self led, and will be on daily throughout the Christmas holidays.

Christmas and winter events at Bodnant Garden:

  • Santa’s Grotto: After visiting the elves why not pop along to our neighbours at Bodnant Garden Centre and see Santa, from 11am – 2pm on the December weekends leading up to Christmas.
  • Christmas Walk: Join our head gardener for a guided walk followed by a Christmas lunch in the Pavilion tearoom on December 12, 11am-2pm.Cost £30 per person (normal garden entry applies) See our website for details and to book.

  • Winter Birds Walk: Join a bird watching expert for a guided tour of the garden spotting winter birdlife, on 14 december from 11am-12.30. This event is free (normal garden admission applies) but call 01492 650460 to book your place.

  • Musical Afternoon Tea in the Pavilion: Enjoy our special Festive Afternoon Tea while listening to the vocal and pianist duo Carly and Russ on 30 December. Cost £14.95 per person (£19.95 with added fizz). See our website for details and to book.

The National Trust Gift shop and Bodnant Garden Centre offer a huge range of Christmas ideas, from cards, decorations and gifts to plants, and of course Christmas trees and wreaths. What’s more there’s a unique collection of local arts and crafts products at Bodnant Craft Centre, from jewellery, paintings, ceramics and furniture.

And of course there’s our famous garden to explore; soak up 80 beautiful acres including the seasonal highlights of the special Winter Garden. You can bring your dogs every day from October until the end of March too - a Happy Christmas holidays for all the family.

Make a decoration at our Elves Workshop
Hand made decorations at Bodnant garden, Conwy
Make a decoration at our Elves Workshop