Wednesday, 6 December 2023

Christmas in Caernarfon and Surrounding Areas – Santa Train, Walks and More

Christmas in Caernarfon and the surrounding North Wales area offers a blend of festive events and beautiful winter walks, making it a wonderful holiday destination.

Welsh Highland Railway Santa Trains

The Ffestiniog & Welsh Highland Railways are gearing up for a festive celebration this Christmas season. The highlight is the Santa Trains running between Caernarfon and Rhyd Ddu, where Santa and Elves will entertain passengers with gifts and carols. Additionally, a Magical Carriage Grotto awaits at Porthmadog Harbour Station, promising a unique meet-and-greet with Santa. Catch the Santa train on December 9th, 10th, 16th, 17th, 22nd & 23rd.

Make sure you book in advance!


Winter Walks in North Wales:

  • Llanberis Path, Yr Wyddfa (Snowdon) (9 miles): This path is ideal for beginners, offering the steadiest track up Wales’ highest mountain. The views from the top on a clear day are breathtaking, and there’s even a café halfway for a break​​.
  • Holyhead Mountain and South Stack, Anglesey (5 miles): This easy walk combines a small mountain climb with panoramic coastal views. Along the path, you can explore stone ruins and observe seabirds on South Stack’s Cliffs, and even visit the iconic lighthouse on Holy Island​​.
  • Swallow Falls and the Ugly House, Betws-y-Coed (6 miles): This accessible hike follows the Llugwy from the village of Betws-y-Coed, leading to Swallow Falls. You’ll also find the Ugly House, a 15th-century cottage now serving as a tearoom with a beautiful garden​​.
  • Aberglaslyn, Llyn Dinas and Cwm Bychan (5.7 miles): Starting from the village of Beddgelert in Eryri (formally Snowdonia) National Park, this circular walk features scenic highlights like Gelert’s Grave and the clear waters of Llyn Dinas. Along the way, you’ll find disused copper mines and beautiful views of Yr Wyddfa (formerly known as Snowdon)​​.
  • Cwm Idwal Nature Reserve (3 miles): This is a more relaxed family-friendly walk in a spectacular hanging valley formed during the Ice Age, featuring a crystal clear mountain lake and diverse flora and fauna.
  • Aber Falls River Walk (4 miles): This trail leads to the magnificent 120ft Rhaeadr Fawr waterfall in Coedydd Aber nature reserve, offering views over the Menai Strait and opportunities to see wild Carneddau ponies and buzzards.


Caernarfon and North Wales provide an ideal mix of festive cheer and natural beauty, making it a perfect holiday destination for those seeking both cultural experiences and outdoor adventures.

Each trail, from the historic paths of Yr Wyddfa to the tranquil shores of Anglesey, offers its own unique story, weaving through ancient landscapes and offering breathtaking views. These walks not only provide an opportunity to bask in the natural beauty of North Wales but also to reflect and find peace amidst the festive hustle. Whether you’re a local or a visitor, the combination of Caernarfon’s Christmas charm and the tranquil walks of North Wales promises an unforgettable holiday experience, filled with joy, discovery, and serenity.

Remember that the Black Boy Inn serves as a refuge from the biting cold that you may experience outside. With our roaring hearth fire and hearty meals – wash it down with a pint of ale and you’re sure to be in the festive mood!