The holiday season in Caernarfon and the broader North Wales region is a delightful mix of festive activities and picturesque winter strolls, presenting a superb destination for a holiday retreat. Best enjoyed while staying at the best hotels in Caernarfon.

Festive Excursions on Welsh Highland Railway

This Christmas, the Ffestiniog & Welsh Highland Railways are all set to host a festive extravaganza. The star attraction is the Santa Trains journeying from Caernarfon to Rhyd Ddu. Aboard, Santa and his Elves will bring joy with presents and songs. Moreover, at Porthmadog Harbour Station, a magical Grotto Carriage awaits, offering a special encounter with Santa. These Santa train rides are available on December 9th, 10th, 16th, 17th, 22nd, and 23rd, but remember to reserve your spots early!

Exploring Winter Trails in North Wales:

  1. Llanberis Path, Yr Wyddfa (Snowdon) (9 miles): Perfect for novices, this trail is the most gradual ascent to Wales’ tallest peak, boasting stunning vistas on clear days, complemented by a café en route for refreshments.
  2. Holyhead Mountain and South Stack, Anglesey (5 miles): An effortless trek that merges a gentle mountain ascent with expansive coastal views. Discover historical stone structures, observe seabirds along South Stack’s cliffs, and visit the famed lighthouse on Holy Island.
  3. Swallow Falls and the Ugly House, Betws-y-Coed (6 miles): This easy trail follows the Llugwy River from Betws-y-Coed to the mesmerizing Swallow Falls, passing by the Ugly House, a 15th-century cottage turned tearoom with a picturesque garden.
  4. Aberglaslyn, Llyn Dinas, and Cwm Bychan (5.7 miles): Starting in Beddgelert village within Snowdonia National Park, this circular route highlights Gelert’s Grave, the pristine Llyn Dinas, abandoned copper mines, and splendid views of Mt Snowdon.
  5. Cwm Idwal Nature Reserve (3 miles): Ideal for families, this gentle walk in an Ice Age-formed hanging valley showcases a pristine mountain lake and diverse wildlife.
  6. Aber Falls River Walk (4 miles): This path leads to the stunning 120ft Rhaeadr Fawr waterfall in the Coedydd Aber nature reserve, offering vistas over the Menai Strait and chances to spot wild Carneddau ponies and buzzards.

Caernarfon and the North Wales region offer a harmonious blend of holiday spirit and natural splendor, establishing an exemplary holiday spot for those seeking cultural festivities and outdoor explorations.

Each trail, ranging from the historic routes of Yr Wyddfa to the serene coasts of Anglesey, has a unique narrative, traversing ancient terrains and presenting awe-inspiring sceneries. These trails are not just about enjoying North Wales’ natural beauty but also about finding tranquility and introspection amidst the seasonal bustle. For both residents and visitors, the amalgamation of Caernarfon’s holiday allure and the peaceful trails of North Wales assures a memorable holiday experience filled with happiness, exploration, and tranquility.