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Posted on 01/11/2016 by David

There is nothing better than the smell of mince pies and warm mulled wine at Christmas time. Visiting a Christmas market, wrapped up in as many layers as you can, is all part of the exciting build up to Christmas and is that one time of the year where everyone seems happy and full of cheer.

There are hundreds of local Christmas markets in North Wales, but here are 6 of the best that you should try…

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Llandudno Christmas Fayre

Hosted in the centre of town, the Llandudno Christmas fayre is a special one, with over 165 stalls full of local food and drink, hand-made gifts (perfect stocking fillers!), live entertainment and even a Santa’s grotto for the kids!

When? – Thursday 17th November – Sunday 20th November

How much? - £2 for adults, free for children

Portmeirion Food & Craft Fair

Portmeirion is a beautiful place to visit all year round, but it has an extra special atmosphere at Christmas time. The food & craft fair is home to more than over 100 exhibitors showcasing the best Welsh produce. The perfect place to pick up special food and drink to have with your Christmas dinner!

When? – Saturday 3rd December – Sunday 4th December

How much? - £5 Adults, £2.50 for children

Rhos-on-Sea Christmas Fair

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If you’re looking for Christmas spirit – you’ll definitely find it here! From festive carolling, to freshest of local produce being sold on the stalls, it’s a great little Christmas fayre to visit when you’re in Conwy!

Colwyn Bay Celtic Winter Fair

The Colwy Bay Celtic Winter Fair is a very popular event with locals and visitors, and begins at the peak of Christmas shopping time! It is a festival of food and drink, as well as a range of crafts and fair trade gifts! The perfect way to start your Christmas shopping this year.  

When? – Thursday 24th November – Sunday 27th November

How much? - FREE

Surf Snowdonia Christmas Market 

The first ever Christmas Market at Surf Snowdonia. The accommodation pods will be transformed into stalls featuring lots of local food producers as well as a real ale tent (complete with fire pit), live music, a Santa's Grotto and carousel. All this plus the exisiting bar and restaurant, soft play area and don't forget the surfing!

When? - Saturday 10th December - Sunday 11th December

How much? - FREE

Errdig Christmas Market

This beautiful National Trust building comes alive at Christmas time with a plentiful supply of mince pies and mulled wine. From freshly made Welsh cakes and a variety of local cheeses, to the opportunity to stroke an owl – it’s the perfect way to feel Christmas cheer!

Wrexham Victorian Christmas Market

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This is a free market, and one of the most eagerly awaited in North Wales. From stalls selling candles, to toys, cider, jams and much, much more, there’s a whole host of stalls to explore at this fair. Walk into St Giles Cathedral and hear the warming sound of carols surrounding you – a truly special feeling to put you in the mood for Christmas!

When? – Thursday 8th December

How much? - FREE

Every turn you take in North Wales at Christmas time, you will see a Christmas market or an opportunity to embrace the Christmas spirit. On the lead up to Christmas, when we are trying to get those last minute bits and bobs together – why not visit North Wales for the weekend? Stay in a cosy cottage with an open fire – what could feel more Christmassy?

What’s your favourite Christmas market to visit? Let us know in the comments below or tweet us @NWHC…