Christmas in Wales
From festive decorations and winter walks to family activities and Christmas markets, there are lots of events and things to do near you this winter in Wales. Plan your festive day out and find lots of things to see and do with all the family.
Fire young imaginations as this medieval fortress is filled with enchanting decorations. This year’s theme is inspired by a fantastical painting in the collection; ‘Orpheus Charming The Animals’, dating to the early 1600s. Look out for animals including birds in flight and monkeys causing havoc as you wander through the castle. Finish your visit with an immersive experience in the East Wing, which will be especially open for the holiday season. Outside, wrap up warm and enjoy wintery walks through the beautiful parkland, indulge with festive treats in the tearoom, or wrap up your Christmas shopping at Home Farm.
Erddig are pulling out all the stops this Christmas to celebrate 50 years since the property came into our care. Much of the house will be dressed for the occasion with some of the silver in the collection on display in the dining room and a staggering 2,268 wrapped presents in the Tribes Room, each one representing 10 items in the collection. On selected days there will be marshmallow toasting, craft activities, storytelling, live music and Breakfast or Supper with Santa will also be returning.
See Penrhyn Castle bursting with ornate decorations. The ground-floor will be dressed with glistening Christmas trees including a giant tree on the Grand Staircase, perfect to get your festive family photo. In the Library you can sit back and relax with a book, re-visit some favourite board games in the Games Room or head to the Victorian Kitchens to share your Christmas recipes as the smell of festive treats fills the air. Grab a hot chocolate from the tea-room and enjoy a winter walk around the garden and grounds and take a selfie under the giant wreath.
Put on your dancing shoes as Plas Newydd invites you to a silent disco this Christmas. The Music Room will be decorated to create a party atmosphere, complete with disco lights and party games following in the footsteps of past residents where many parties were held. Outside, wrap up warm and enjoy a winter walk before warming up with a festive treat in the café who are cooking up a feast with a set three course meal.
Blow away the winter cobwebs with a festive stroll through the accessible winter garden with its sensational display of foliage, flower, and scent or follow the longer route around Furnace Hill. Both will leave you hungry for some delicious festive treats from the tea-rooms where you can tuck into a two course Christmas lunch.
This Christmas, the State Rooms at Powis Castle will take inspiration from the treasures that lie within. Expect to be transported to different parts of the world as you explore beautifully decorated spaces, over-the-top Christmas trees, and festive fireplaces. Enjoy an Italian Christmas experience with a Venetian twist in the Dining Room and an Elizabethan theme in the Long Gallery. From 14 to 23 December, the courtyard will be illuminated as the castle is open late for you to make the most of the Christmas decorations and some last-minute Christmas shopping.
The Georgian villa at Llanerchaeron will open its doors for three days and will decorated in a fairytale theme as well as beautiful sustainable decorations as it plays host to the Christmas Fair on 1, 2 and 3 December. Enjoy a mince pie and mulled wine as you explore the grounds of the estate, filled with stalls showcasing local produce, food and music. Gardener Meg will also be running some wreathmaking sessions on selected days to create a gorgeous wreath from natural materials collected at Llanerchaeron. The woodland trail is also open throughout the festive period, perfect for a Christmas walk.
Dinefwr kicks off the Christmas period with their annual Christmas Fair on the 24, 25 and 26 November with festive stalls, selling a range of beautiful wares from handmade jewellery to tasty preserves. Newton House is also open every weekend throughout the festive period with the spectacular tree in the Outer Hall, the staircase and fireplaces will be adorned, and the twinkling lights will make you feel right at home. There’s also an evening of community carols on 15 December or revel in the Welsh wassailing folk tradition of Mari Lwyd on 22 and 29 December. There are ample walks to be enjoyed on the estate too, grab a hot drink from the café and enjoy a winter walk with family and friends.
Do you have what it takes to be a Dyffryn elf? This year join us in helping get Dyffryn ready for Christmas. Start your visit by adding to our ribbon walk, then hop into Father Christmas’ sleigh for a festive picture. In the Cloisters and Log Stack play area you’ll find interactive Christmas scenes and games for all the family. Decorate the snowmen and add bows to the presents, play our popular nutcracker hoopla and race to see who will be able to throw the most presents into Father Christmas’ sack.
Unwrap 500 years of Christmas as Tredegar House comes alive as you explore how toys, feasting and travel were experienced throughout history with ornate decorations, twinkling lights and a magical atmosphere. The ever-popular grumpy old Scrooge will make his return to cast his disapproving eye on the Christmas festivities, but there will be plenty of choir singing to keep the festive spirit alive. To make sure everyone has a chance to visit, the house will be open late on selected days too.
Discover how the Tudors have influenced our Christmas celebrations today at Tudor Merchant’s House. Step back in time and explore the house and its traditions, admire the Tudor wall hangings from a bygone era as the delicate scent of oranges and cloves fills the air. Little ones can meet the Lord of Misrule traditionally in charge of the Feast of Fools the celebration originally held at this time of year in Tudor times and receive a free Tudor toy to take home while stocks last.
Dinefwr kicks off the Christmas period with their annual Christmas Fair on the 24, 25 and 26 November where the frontage of Newton House will host festive stalls, selling a range of beautiful wares from handmade jewellery to tasty preserves. A highlight not to be missed.
The Christmas Fair at Llanerchaeron is back on 1, 2 and 3 December. Enjoy a mince pie and mulled wine as you explore the grounds of the estate, filled with stalls showcasing local produce, food and music. The Georgian villa will open its doors for three days and be decorated with sustainable Christmas decorations across the ground floor.
Create magical memories as you join Father Christmas for breakfast or supper at Erddig on weekends from 2-23 December (booking essential). With a craft activity, songs, a special story and a small gift, this memorable experience is guaranteed to fill everyone with festive cheer.
Get into the Christmas spirit and make some magical memories as you join Father Christmas for a festive supper at Chirk Castle on 15 December. Enjoy a delicious Christmas dinner followed by a mince pie and ice cream. Hear a special story and receive a small gift.
Visiting Father Christmas is one of the family experiences that makes the festive period so magical. Meet him in his grotto at Dinefwr on Saturdays and Sundays from 25 November to 17 December, where he’ll be making time in his busy schedule to hear your Christmas wishes.
Join the family festive weekends on 9, 10, 16 and 17 December at Tredegar House where a roaming Father Christmas will be spreading joy to all. The ever-popular grumpy old Scrooge will also be there to cast his disapproving eye on the Christmas festivities, but there will be plenty of choir singing and singalongs to keep the festive spirit alive.
Father Christmas will be paying a very special visit to the Christmas Fair at Llanerchaeron this year. See the house dressed for the occasion and visit Father Christmas in his grotto on Saturday and Sunday, 2 and 3 December, and receive a gift.
Enjoy the gift of giving by donating to the Wrexham foodbank in Erddig’s reverse grotto; Father Christmas will be waiting to thank you every weekend from 2 to 17 December. Food donations are welcome on weekdays too, but Father Christmas won’t be there to thank you.
‘Tis the season for giving so give back to the community this Christmas by making a donation to the Oswestry and Borders Foodbank. Food donations are welcome on weekdays, but Father Christmas will be there to thank you at weekends from 2 to 17 December.