Brighten up your dark winter nights with a stroll around the castle and spectacular illuminated garden, terraces and courtyard. That’s not all, from 24 November step into a ‘Portrait of Christmas’ in the stunning State Rooms and see a series of festive scenes unfold behind giant gilt frames. Traditional decorations and clever instillations will reveal more about how the Herbert family spent their Christmas. The Courtyard Restaurant and shop will also be open offering festive food and lovely gifts.
Discover that real Christmas feeling at Erddig this festive season. Warm yourself by the fire as the scents of mulled wine and festive cooking fill the air as the house prepares for the festivities. Or wrap up warm and take the family on Erddig’s winter toy trail. Discover toys scattered around the garden and outbuildings and explore captivating and surprising installations.
Enter a world of make-believe at Chirk Castle this Christmas. Lord Howard de Walden’s six children grew up in their very own fantasy castle. Follow their footsteps on a fantasy fairy tale trail or dress up and pose for photos and recreate a scene from the family album. That’s not all; see the beautiful decorations inside the State Rooms themed on the De Walden family pantomimes inspired from their very own family cinefilm.
Take a special garden trail down to the Old Mill in the Dell and discover the Elves' Workshop where you can create Christmas crafts for family and friends. Or escape the hustle and bustle of Christmas and explore 80 acres of beautiful winter landscape. The garden, tea-room and shop are open throughout the Christmas period (except 24, 25, 26 and 27 of December).
During the weekends Penrhyn Castle will be filled with music, Christmas traditions and even an appearance from Father Christmas himself. Try your hand at Christmas print making activities, see the festive food demonstrations in the Victorian Kitchen or start a new tradition with some wreath making in the elegant surroundings of the Grand Hall.
Sioned and Jenny of Tulipa Blodau will be holding a full day floristry workshop at Bodysgallen, during which you will make two unique designs, a luxurious door wreath and an elegant table display. Sioned will demonstrate the designs; you will then construct your own creation under her guidance. There will be a delicious two-course lunch with glass of wine and coffee, and an optional walk around Bodysgallen’s beautiful winter garden.
Escape the high street for a special pre-Christmas weekend on December 1 and 2 at this charming manor house overlooking the sea. Meet Father Christmas, explore the festive trail in the woodland and enjoy games and crafts (with a glass of mulled wine to warm you up.) The tea-room, garden and shop will also be open every weekend until 9 December.
Join Porth y Swnt will as they open their doors after dark on the 14 December. Follow the trail in search of hidden clues and have a go creating your own Christmas decorations. Browse the shop for that perfect Christmas gift accompanied by a glass of mulled wine and mince pie.
Meeting Santa is one of the experiences that makes the festive period so magical so why not visit him at one of our special places across Wales. Don't forget to check the details. You may even need to book in advance - he's a very busy man.