Winter in Abersoch and on the Llŷn

Published: Monday 29th Oct 2018

The summer crowds may have gone and the streets may be a little bit quieter, but Abersoch and the Llŷn doesn’t shut down just because the nights are drawing in. 

The Llŷn’s villages offer a number of festive and family fun activities throughout November, into December and the new year.  Some of the local events not to be missed.

Criccieth Community Bonfire Night – Dylan’s, Criccieth Esplanade

2nd November 2018 from 5pm

Early evening on Criccieth beach is the venue for the Criccieth bonfire, with a selection of locally sourced food, snacks and drinks to keep you warm.  There are children’s activities, a beach bonfire and some live music to keep everyone entertained. A firework display completes the entertainment.

Mingle with a Jingle - The Ship, Llanbedrog 

14th November 2018 from 6pm until 10pm

Tickets are not required so where better than to do your Christmas shopping at the local pub.  Pop into the local pub in Llanbedrog to have a bite to eat or a drink whilst you consider your Christmas shopping and browse the items on display from a number of local business owners. 

Abersoch Christmas Festival - Abersoch

30th November – 2nd December  

The ultimate village Christmas festival weekend in Abersoch.  ‘Sion Corn’ (Father Christmas) will be arriving in style, in a fire engine, in Abersoch to turn on the Christmas lights in the centre of the village, before greeting the children on his sleigh. Join in the fun as many of the shops stay open late with welcoming glasses of fizz, mulled wine or mince pies. Hear the local children singing in the church hall, or listen to the brass band before joining your friends and family in the local bars and restaurants. A great atmosphere for all ages.  On the Saturday, you can browse the craft market in the village hall, visit Father Christmas Grotto, watch the lantern parade or have your face painted.  The fun starts at 10am on Saturday.  By Sunday, you may just be in the mood for more carols, coffee and cake in the village hall.  A lovely weekend to get you in the mood for Christmas.

Christmas Food and Craft Fair, Portmeirion

30th November - 2nd December 2018

The renowned Italianate village offers its annual Christmas fair with a large number of stalls offering locally produced food, snacks and drinks to keep you warm and entertainment for the whole family. Stalls showcasing local crafts are on sale, and musical entertainment and demonstrations will keep everyone interested. There is an entry fee to the Food & Craft Festival at £7.00 per person but children aged 12 and under are free. There is an additional cost of £3.00 for Santa's Grotto.

Plas yn Rhiw, Rhiw

2nd - 3rd December, 11am – 3pm.

This stunning National Trust property in Rhiw offers plenty of Christmas spirit, a special visit from ‘Sion Corn’ and activities for all the family, offering an older style, traitional family Christmas celebration. Welcome Sion Corn at noon in the woodland and hear a traditional Welsh song, calling out to him to come down the hillside, then he and his helpers will decorate the Plas yn Rhiw Christmas tree. There will also be other activities for the family too, including craft making and face painting. Something for all the family to enjoy and get you in the mood for Christmas.

‘New Year’s Dip’ - Abersoch Main Beach

New Year's Day – 12 noon prompt!

In aid of RNLI is not to be missed at the yacht club on Abersoch main beach!  Each year is a different themed fancy dress and hundreds of brave people, children and adults alike, take part in the dip from the main beach.  After your new year celebrations, it’s a great way to clear your head with a walk on the beach, support the local RNLI and its fantastic fun too.  If you are brave enough and want to join in yourself, you can fill out an entry form, available from Abersoch Boatyard and Abersoch Watersports shop in the village, and be sponsored to raise money for the RNLI, or like thousands of others, just watch, marvel and cheer on the dippers as they brave the water.  The children dip first, followed closely by the adults whilst the local RNLI keep a careful watch out on the water.  After the swimmers have finished in the water, why not head back to the village for something to eat and drink and enjoy the village buzz.

If you feel like a winter break, the Llyn is the place to visit.  Whatever time of the year you choose to visit then we would love to see you.