Spend New Year in WalesPublished on 14 Dec 2023 by Amy Greenwood
For some, New Year is a celebration, a time to party with friends and family, for others it’s a time to wind down after the festive season, take stock of the year that’s passed and look ahead to the coming months. Spending New Year in Wales offers something for everyone, a chance to enjoy the country’s rich heritage, breathtaking landscapes, and warm hospitality. Whether it’s the rugged beauty of Eryri (Snowdonia), the stunning coastline of Pen Llyn, or the cliffs and coves of Ynys Mon (Anglesey), the Welsh landscape itself makes a breathtaking backdrop for New Year’s celebrations, and the good news is, it’s not too late to book a last minute getaway.
As the clock ticks towards midnight, cities and towns across the country come alive. While Cardiff hosts lively street parties and slick light displays, here in North Wales towns such as Llandudno, Beaumaris and Beddgelert host fireworks displays on a smaller scale, illuminating historic landmarks such as Beaumaris castle.
Welsh hospitality is legendary, and our village pubs provide a warm and welcoming atmosphere, often hosting live music, with everything from folk tunes to contemporary covers. Locals will chink glasses with a convivial ‘Iechyd da!’ (Cheers) or ‘Blwyddyn Newydd Dda!’ (Happy New Year).
For those seeking a quieter celebration, the Welsh countryside offers a tranquil escape. The Snowdonia National Park, with its majestic mountains and lakes, provides a serene setting for a reflective New Year’s Eve. Imagine welcoming the first moments of the coming year amidst the peace and tranquillity of nature, and, rather than fireworks, a starlit sky overhead.
Spending time in nature is known to be beneficial to both physical and mental health and getting outdoors on New Year’s Day is a great way to start the year on a positive note. Many Welsh coastal villages, including Abersoch and Porthdinllaen, hold a bracing New Year’s Day Dip, where brave participants plunge into the chilly waters, often in fancy dress, to raise funds for charitable causes. This invigorating start to the year is not for the faint hearted, but luckily it also makes a great spectator sport.
A New Year’s Day walk is a tradition for many, a chance to breathe in the crisp winter air and get the heart pumping; blow the cobwebs away with a breezy beach walk, join the RSPB at South Stack for a ‘New Year’s Day Wildlife Wander’, or start the year with a challenging trek up Yr Wyddfa (Snowdon), spend New Year in Wales and the choice is yours.