We all know what winter means, bitingly cold weather, grey skies and fewer reasons to leave the house. Well luckily, thousands of years ago our ancestors had the very clever idea of celebrating the winter solstice, an astrological reason to throw a festival and cherish all that we have. This over the years has morphed into a number of incarnations, such as the Scandinavian celebration of yuletide and we know it today as Christmas. So, roundabouts the time that it gets cold and darkened we have the perfect excuse to be happier than ever!
So, brighten your shorted day with a trip to one of the many winter events thrown throughout the months, North Wales is a particularly merry place this time of year, and it’s our duty to bring you up to date on these. Keep reading for our pick of Christmas shin-digs you should really get to this winter.
Ah, the roots of Yule are fully celebrating in its authentic Celtic manor here with this appropriately titled market. Expect demonstrations, concerts, cabins, stalls, rarities, arts, crafts and of course merriment. The fayre guarantees to decorate the town’s main street with an abundance of Christmas festivities.
The event is, of course absolutely free and running Thursday to Sunday, 10:00 – 17:00.
26th November – 30th November 2015
The run up to Christmas will be hosted courtesy of the Castle of Chirk. From the 12th of December to the 24th. The fortress will be adorned with decorations and festivities that aren’t to go unappreciated by the castle’s aficionados. The main medieval Christmas events will be held on the weekends of the 12/13th, and the 19th /20th.
A smorgasbord of archaic merriment is to be found, including a gaggle of medieval characters consorting in the courtyard, a variety of craft workshops that you never you always wanted to try, such as candle making, table centres, and leather working. Medieval food and drink to play jester with your senses. Authentic mummer’s plays.
Treat your ears to live performed medieval music from minstrels plucked from time. If you’re one for a challenge then it’s down to you to follow the Christmas trail, who knows where it may lead? All this will have the ideal setting of the castle, dressed in medieval style festive dressings. It is events like this, which you will look back on, fondly over the years, as we do today of the medieval period.
Every year, on the 24th of December, Christmas Eve, the Welsh Mountain Zoo’s entrance fee drops from £9.95 for adults and 7.50 for kids to only £3 per person. What better way to spend Christmas Eve then for a family trip, romantic tour or solo expedition to the wonderful national zoo of wales.
Many of the zoo’s animals are from colder climates, such as the Snow Leopards, and so are very happy to be out and about in the wintry weather. So, why not make a flask of mulled wine, prep with a bit of David Attenborough and venture out into this famous zoological garden. It is sure to renew your fascination with wildlife and provide an unforgettable, charming day out.
The park is given a new life in the colder months; expect a visit from the one and only Father Christmas in his freshly fashioned seasonal grotto. Throughout the end of November and December Santa will be available every weekend and occasionally within the week. There will also be ‘Santa Brunch’ and ‘Santa’s afternoon tea’ events to attend. If you’re keen for a fun woodland day out, sprinkled with Christmas magic, then Greenwood Forest park is the ideal place for a seasonal outing.
Based out of the area and after a place to crash during your stay in North Wales. Well, Holiday Parks Llandudno would be the perfect place for you to stay overnight, or encamp a family troop for the length of your visit.