North Wales Christmas Markets 2018

December 10th, 2018

This December cities and towns all along the Welsh coast will be celebrating Christmas with a festive market. Why not explore one to find some unique presents and Christmas treats?

There’s not a lot that will inspire a festive feeling more than a fabulous Christmas Market, and there are dozens taking place up and down the Welsh coast this December.

Christmas Markets are a real celebration of all things festive, where you’ll find stalls packed with unique gifts, tempting local produce, quirky winter clothing and plenty of delicious food and drink to ward off the winter chills. Christmas markets are usually open air markets that take place along main streets or town squares, and are becoming increasingly popular in Britain as shoppers look for alternatives to big high street shopping for their Christmas gifts and food.

These lively street celebrations originated in medieval Germany; the Christmas market in Dresden was first held in 1434 and the Bautzen market is even older – it was first recorded in 1384. In many towns across Austria and Germany, the beginning of the advent period is celebrated with the opening of the local Christmas Market that then stays in town until Christmas. And while the enormous Christmas markets of Frankfurt, Nuremberg, Augsburg, Erfurt and Stuttgart are truly a festive spectacle, you don’t have to travel that far to take part in the festive cheer, because the Welsh coast is home to some of the finest Christmas markets in the country.

This November, the coastal resort of Llandudno will be transformed into a winter wonderland for the annual Llandudno Christmas Fayre. Mostyn Street will be lined with craft huts and stalls full of delicious foodie goodies like local ale, farmhouse fudge, Snowdonia cheese, fresh cakes and bread, meats from nearby farms and dozens of mouth-watering treats. And when the browsing, shopping and gorging is done, you can hunt out Santa Claus – there’s a rumour he has a mini-break here before his busy season starts! There will also be lots of family-friendly events such as cookery demonstrations, the world Bara Brith Championships, performances by local bands and story readings.

Aberystwyth is another coastal town that will play host to a Christmas market this year. The ever popular local produce market, which was one of the first farmer’s markets in Britain when it was first held more than 16 years ago, will transform into a Christmas extravaganza at the beginning of December to coincide with the town’s Christmas lights switch on and the annual Lantern Parade.


Bryn Jones