Top Christmas ideas in Llangollen Explore the little town of Llangollen, set on the side of the River Dee this picturesque town is an ideal location for a Christmas break. With an abundance of independent shops, cafes and cultural attractions, as well as the town’s Christmas festival in November, there's plenty of festive fun to be had. Here are ten top reasons to visit Llangollen this Christmas. Explore the Stream in the Sky Pontcysyllte Aqueduct in winter, Wrexham, North Wales Borderlands It was only recently that Pontcysyllte Aqueduct joined the likes of the Taj Mahal and the Great Wall of China on the list of UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Take an early morning canal barge ride along the ‘stream in the sky’ and gaze out over River Dee and the frosty peaks beyond. Enjoy a train ride with Santa Llangollen's Santa Train, North Wales Borderlands by Sarah Baker It might not be his preferred form of transport but each year Santa takes time out to visit Llangollen Railway. Throughout December a very festive steam train will whisk families off to Lapland, while Saint Nick hands out gifts to the kids and mulled wine and mince pies to parents. Well-earned festive tipples The Corn Mill, Llangollen, Borderlands by Ian10B Llangollen has lots of pubs and bars for a well-deserved Christmas drink. Two favourites are the Corn Mill, right on the river, which in true pub-style serves drinks on Christmas Day. Another top pick, for their luxurious, sophisticated drinks menu is manorhaus, who serve seasonal cocktails and hot toddies. Get active on River Dee River Dee, LLangollen, Borderlands by Eagle 42 Who says adventure sports can’t be done in winter? Show the ‘big freeze’ who’s boss by taking to the River Dee and trying your hand at everything from canoeing and kayaking to white-water rafting with a ProAdventure professional. Think of it as working off Christmas lunch before you’ve even had it! Wander the grounds of Plas Newydd Plas Newydd, Llangollen by A Curious Mind Put your shopping worries to one side and spend an hour or two wandering the grounds of the Plas Newydd, former home of the famous Ladies of Llangollen. The gardens are particularly beautiful on a crisp winter’s day, and a potter around the dell is sure to cure you of your festive stresses. Pick up those last-minute gifts Porters Deli, Llangollen, Borderlands by Tedesco57 If you’ve left your present buying to the very last minute, Llangollen just might hold the answer. Head over to Porters Delicatessen for Mediterranean food with a local twist, or check out the locally produced gifts and jewellery on offer at Llangollen Country Market. Walk off those mince pies Castell Dinas Bran, North East Wales by Dyaln Arnold Work off those mince pies with a relaxed stroll through the glorious Welsh countryside. History buffs should check out the Llangollen History Trail, while the 15-mile Dee Valley Way and North Berwyn Way links Llangollen with nearby Corwen and can be completed in sections if you’d prefer to pace yourself. Find out more about walking in Llangollen. Treat yourself at a local tearoom Cottage Tea Rooms, Llangollen, Borderlands by spectrefloat You’ve worked hard this Christmas, which is why no one would blame you for stopping in at the cosy Cottage Tea Rooms for a traditional cream tea. Apparently there’s a secret ingredient in the scones that makes them particularly delicious – you might need to sample three or four before guessing. Giving the gift of art Llangollen has inspired many a local photographer with its rugged scenery. Why not book in for a few nights at Manorhaus where you can pick up one of the local photographs that adorn the halls before heading out (camera in hand, perhaps) to find your own source of inspiration. Enjoy this? Share it with friends Related items South Wales history The Big Bang, castles built on shifting sands, the rise of industry and the call of the collieries. Unique buildings in Wales The tiniest house, the oldest inn, the oddest wall and other intriguing places to visit in Wales. The story of North Wales From Viking beginnings to craftsmen, harpists and sunbathers, north Wales has quite a history. Christmas shopping Christmas shopping made easy Wales on Film Wales has been host to hundreds of films. Here are some of those scene-stealing performances. The great taste of Wales A selection of farm shops and delis where you can sample the award-winning local produce.