What’s on in North Wales this Christmas


For a traditional Christmas experience, visit North Wales this December.


Christmas is the most wonderful time of the year, and where better to spend it than in the magical and picturesque surroundings of North Wales?

Sumptuous feasting and enchanting atmosphere are a must, and the Royal Victoria Hotel will help you celebrate this Christmas in style.

Step into the Jazz Age as we celebrate a sparkling festive season with our 1920s-themed soirées with showstopping dinners and drinks. Prefer a more traditional experience? There will be delicious seasonal fayre on our menus throughout December plus a fabulous Christmas Day Lunch on the big day. Why not make a stay of it and choose from a range of festive accommodation packages?

Guarded by the craggy Welsh peaks of the Snowdonia National Park and nestled between two stunning lakes, our hotel boasts one of the finest locations in Llanberis. With such an unrivalled aspect, be sure to bring a camera for some fantastic winter photo opportunities.

Snowdonia during the winter is a wonderland in every sense of the word. From exploring the myths and legends of the region, many within a stones’ throw of the hotel, to simply roaming the snow covered hills on a crisp December’s day, there’s no need to stray far from the warmth and hospitality of our hotel!

If you’re keen to get the most from your visit, you’ve come to the right place. There is so much going on across North Wales this Christmas it could be difficult to decide what to do! To help, we’ve put together a list of our favourite Christmas events and activities within a short drive of the Royal Victoria.

What’s on this Christmas

Extended to four days this year by popular demand, the Plas Newydd Christmas Fair promises to deliver a sackful of unique craft and food gifts to treat yourself and loved ones to.

Running right up to Christmas Week, Penrhyn Castle’s Victorian Christmas will provide a charming look back at the origins of some of our most treasured seasonal traditions.

Take a trip to yesteryear at the Beaumaris Victorian Christmas event at the end of November. For one day, Victoriana takes over the town, with gift stalls and local food vendors, plus horse and carriage rides, people in period costume and even the prospect of a blizzard (created with slightly more modern technology)!

While the jolly red elf himself has his main mode of transport in for repair, you’ll find Santa on a very special train at the lake railway near Bala, between the 4-18 of December. Book to avoid disappointment, as to quote Thomas the Tank Engine himself, these are ‘very special specials’!

Prefer Christmas to have additional thrills to what you’ll find in your stocking? Head along to the very first Surf Snowdonia Christmas Market. The wave garden may be closed for the winter but there’ll be warming fire pits, some great live music, stalls selling local produce and handmade wares, plus a real ale tent for a well-earned pint after some extreme Christmas shopping.

Within walking distance of the hotel, the National Slate Museum is hosting a winter fair with a Welsh flavour. First, wander around the site visiting the Quarrymen’s Houses, many traditionally decorated for Christmas, then join in with seasonal crafting sessions, post a letter to Santa, listen to a spellbinding storyteller and generally get in the mood for Christmas!

Staying close to the hotel, the Llanberis Christmas Fair is a annual event not to be missed. The evening commences with a dazzling lantern parade before the grand lighting ceremony, with Santa the guest of honour. Carol singing around the Christmas tree, plus lashings of mulled wine and mice pies, makes this a really special local tradition we would love to share with you.

Pontio Arts Centre in Bangor is hosting an impressive programme of events suitable for all the family this Christmas. Head along to see a unique world-screening of The Nutcracker between the 8 -11 December, resplendent with Tchaikovsky’s mesmerising score and a host of dancers. Meanwhile, the little princesses in your life will love the sing-along screening of Disney’s Frozen on the 10 December, while for grown-ups a performance of Beethoven’s 6th Symphony from Bangor University Symphony Orchestra takes place later that same day.

If Christmas is a family affair, you should make a date to visit Greenwood Forest Park. North Wales’ premier amusement park is playing host to a whole range of Christmas-themed events suitable for children big and small. Join Santa for afternoon tea or pop into the grotto for a photo opp and a gift, then head to the Enchanted Woodbarn, Greenwood’s impressive soft play facility for hours of fun.

Be our guest

We look forward to welcoming you to North Wales this Christmas and while we can’t promise snow, we can promise warm Welsh hospitality and an unforgettable visit with memories to treasure this Christmas and many more.