Snowdonia is really a magical place to go for Christmas shopping. The location has some wonderful little local, independent stores, a large number of Christmas markets and craft fairs each year, less crowds, less from the ‘same old, same old’ products you could discover in almost any high-street chain in almost any city center, and way over its great amount of fantastic wintry views.
But how to start together with your Christmas shopping in Snowdonia?
As the bigger shopping centres like Bangor will easily have all the feaures close together (Bangor also offers several on vacation retail parks too, if you are searching for giant-name shopping), there’s also some real gems to locate within the smaller sized villages and towns, where getting there and locating the shop is a part of the enjoyment.
Listed here are five villages and towns in Snowdonia where you’ll have a magical Christmas shopping experience.
This walled medieval town using its castle centrepiece hosts some lovely independent shops in addition to a couple of (only a couple of!) high-street chains. Make certain you trawl every back street of Caernarfon inside your search for Christmas shopping gems, because they lurk in unpredicted places!
Lotti & Wren – beautiful gifts on her, for children, but for the home. Consider the gorgeous Christmas adornments, a few of which you’ll find it difficult to get in high-street chains.
Fron Goch Garden Center – fantastic Christmas department each year, boasting a great choice of Christmas adornments, lights and edible treats. Breakfast and tea with Santa occasions for the children are extremely popular.
Inigo Johnson Slate Works – just outdoors Caernarfon at Y Groeslon. Beautiful slate gifts and products for that home – you will find some lovely and weird gifts here.
The ‘gateway to Snowdonia’, Betws-y-Coed hosts a yearly Christmas festival which lasts an entire weekend and it is very exciting for the family. It isn’t a large place, however it seems to pack in lots of great shops nonetheless!
Candlespower – beautiful hand crafted candle lights in most shapes, colours and sizes. They create then sell an excellent selection of personalised candle lights, including Christmas candle lights.
Alison Bradley Gallery – stunning pieces of art affected by Snowdonia’s landscape and wildlife.
The Vacation Cabin – wide variety of Welsh love spoons (how much of an unusual and special present!) in addition to clothing, jewellery along with other great gifts.
This seaside town is really a hit throughout the year. Using its great views, great shops and great eateries and drink, Porthmadog is an excellent spot to frequent Christmas.
Portmeirion Village – beautiful Italianate village in which the Prisoner was filmed. Portmeirion hosts several wonderful shops selling beautiful and weird products. Download their winter entry voucher for discounted entry charges.
Kerfoots – this mall has been around Porthmadog for 125 many continues to be going strong! Shop for products for that home, games and toys, beauty items along with other gifts.
Pethau Melys – a tea, coffee and crafts shop along the side of that old harbour. Craft products are largely made on-site through the shop’s proprietors, so that you can be assured you will not locate them in high-street chains.
Dolgellau is definitely an ancient market town that also holds regular markets and animals auctions. This lovely town in Southern Snowdonia oozes character and charm, and boasts the greatest power of listed structures within the entire Wales (over 200 in the last count).
Corris Craft Center – an accumulation of craft shops just outdoors Dolgellau where you are certain to locate an unusual Christmas gift or five!
Medi – design-brought gifts crafted in Wales, France, Scandinavia and also the USA. Stockists of gifts, jewellery, products for that home plus much more.
Louloupurple – art and craft supplies, for individuals who choose to obtain creative at Christmas making their very own Christmas cards and gifts!
Another walled medieval town covered with its huge castle, Conwy’s narrow cobbled roads are full of wonderful little shops, supplying a Christmas shopping experience that feels almost Dickensian.
The Key Garden – sells “plenty of lovely gifts (shamelessly mostly only for women)” including jewellery, clothing along with other wonderful presents.
The Knights Shop – if we have featured a store that’s mostly for women, it is just fair also to feature one which has a tendency to appeal mostly to boys! Swords along with other replica weapons feature heavily, but there are more great gifts too, including period clothing along with other products of historic interest.
Yesteryears – a wonderful old-fashioned toy shop full of toys, games, puppets, ride-ons and almost everything a young child could want at Christmas.