iStock_000004825332XSmallIt has been a fantastic year for us here at the NorthWales.com office with plenty of amazing and exciting events and attractions in the local area for us to write about and bring to you. To wrap up the year, we’d like to wish you a Merry Christmas and go over some of our highlights of 2013.

The start of the year brought with a jam-packed calendar of events with many an attraction for the whole family. The Quiltfest in Llangollen was as popular as ever with many in attendance to share their trade on superb how to make the perfect quilt. Slightly later in February was the charming Model Railway show in Llanberis which was a hotspot for enthusiast from all over.

May was the month when the exciting side of North Wales was at its fullest with plenty of micro-festivals and fun for all. The Ffestiniog Steam Railway celebrated its 150th anniversary and it was a great day out for all but the undisputed king of all things Victorian was the Llandudno Extravaganza which was filled with the contemporary and classic attractions which highlight the wonder of the area.

The athletic season set off at a pace with the Slateman Triathlon in Llanberis: an event which always tests the most hardened athletes. On the slightly gentler side of excitement, the arts festival in Beaumaris was a superb occasion for all artists.

As anyone will know, the festival scene is always a special one in North Wales and so it proved again for 2013 with old favourite Wakestock and the young upstart Festival No.6 vying for attention in events which drew people in their thousands to the coast.

At the back end of summer, the activities showed no signs of slowing down with the Conwy River Festival, the North Wales Boat Show and the Anglesey County Show all being attended in great numbers.

When September rolled around and the anoraks started coming out, there was still no sign of the fun ending with the Mold Food and Drink Festival and Anglesey Oyster Festival setting the example for the big daddy that is the Gwledd Conwy Feast to follow which it duly did. Thousands flocked to the medieval town for a weekend full of food, drink and music in October.

One event which possibly did the best job of exhibiting the beauty of North Wales was the Wales Rally GB which was a frenetic and frantic event for competitors and spectators alike. Taking in all the highlights of the rural parts of the region, this fantastic occasion was a certified smash hit and the area would surely welcome it back again for the future.

Christmas time is special in this special region and 2013 was no exception with so many fayres, festivals and markets in North Wales to help you dive into the yuletide spirit. There was also an abundance of sightings of Santa Claus in North Wales with the man seemingly popping up everywhere!

With many of these events coming back for 2014, make sure you stay glued to NorthWales.com for all the latest news and where to be in this amazing area of Britain.

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