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Saturday, March 2, 2024

Llangollen listed as one of UK's 10 best Christmas towns

* Magnificent seventh: Llangollen's mention in the TimeOut list.

Llangollen gets star billing in a magazine's 10 best Christmas towns in the UK.

The Denbighshire tourism attraction takes seventh place in the guide by TimeOut which also features the likes of  the royal town of Windsor in Berkshire, coastal beauty spot Mousehole in Cornwall and Shakespeare's birthplace of Stratford-upon-Avon in Warwickshire.

Llangollen is the only Welsh town to be featured in the list. 

The magazine says: "Throughout November and December many of these towns turn into something out of a Christmas movie, with everything from Shakespeare-themed candlelit walks and renowned light shows to festive railway rides and good old pantomimes on show. "

And of Llangollen it says: "Straddling the banks of the River Dee, Llangollen is a gorgeous Welsh gem well worth a winter visit – especially during its Christmas Festival, where the traditional Welsh SiĆ“n Corn (Chimney Jack) dons his green outfit, rather than the famous red, when switching on the lights. 

"The kids will also love the Santa Special: a two-hour journey from Llangollen to Lapland (Carrog) and back including a visit and a gift from Santa. 

"Over at Llangollen Wharf, adults can enjoy a four-hour luxury Christmas afternoon tea boat ride, or even join the party boat which includes a retro buffet and a DJ playing the biggest festive hits."

The full list of 10 is:

1. Windsor, Berkshire

2. Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwickshire

3. Mousehole, Cornwall

4. Ludlow, Shropshire

5. Oban, Argyll

6. Bournville, Birmingham

7. Llangollen, Denbighshire

8. Whitby, Yorkshire

9. Chipping Campden, Cotswolds

10. Buxton, Derbyshire 

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