Powis Castle, Welshpool: after a meander around the castle you can enjoy the stunning illuminated terraces, garden and courtyards, and from 24 November onwards the castle will be holding a ‘Portrait of Christmas’ in their state rooms with festive scenes and traditional decorations.
Erddig, Wrexham: for that old-fashioned Christmas feel, enjoy the fire, decorations and mulled wine, or take the children on the winter toy trail to find hidden toys around the garden and outbuildings and kids can bring their own teddy too!
Bodnant Garden, Conwy: a magical Elves’ Workshop will be taking place in the Old Mill in the Dell, and you and your family can create Christmas crafts or wander around the lovely gardens and then warm up with tea and cake in the café!
Chirk Castle, Wrexham: children can dress up and pose for photos or enjoy a fantasy fairy tale trail. The state rooms will be decked out with themes based on the De Walden family’s very own pantomimes.
Penrhyn Castle, Bangor: During the festive season, Penrhyn Castle will come alive with music, Christmas traditions and the odd appearance from Santa himself! There will be opportunities to try print making and observe Christmas food preparations in the Victorian kitchen as well as a chance to make a lovely wreath in the Grand Hall.
Bodysgallen Hall Hotel and Spa, Conwy: a floristry workshop will be on offer for those who would like to try their hand at making a luxury wreath for a door as well as a sophisticated table display. In addition, there will be a tasty two-course lunch with wine and coffee and an opportunity to go for a winter wander around the delightful Bodysgallen gardens.
So, if you are thinking of combining a stay at a Lyons resort with some fun, festive activities, the National Trust website provides all the information you will need for these and other seasonal events at some of their gorgeous historic properties. You could combine this with some coastal walks, steam train rides and shopping whilst you are there, to make sure you get the most out of your break in this stunning part of Wales.
At this time of year there really is nothing like a trip to a traditional old building or castle to set the scene for a perfect Christmas. With mulled wine, music and traditional holly and mistletoe you may even feel you have stepped back in time!