… well you could hardly call it a village… a group of houses on a hillside, near to Bala and every year (if not at any other time of year) it becomes famous for being lit up by a man named Gareth.
He lights his house in Rhyd Uchaf with Christmas lights in aid of charity. It’s a wonderful surprise, a delight for both children and adults, to drive up the pitch black road towards the Village and to see the brightly coloured lights shining out.
The Village (signposted Rhyd Uchaf) is off the A4212 not far out of Bala (a left hand turn – more of a fork). Keep on this road for a mile or so – you can’t miss it! Although it is possible to get there via “B” roads from the Trawsfynydd direction it is easier, quicker and safer (in the dark) to drive towards Bala on the “A” road and then to turn.
Here are some photos from a couple of years ago. There seems to be more lights (if that’s possible) every year and remember to leave a donation. You’ll probably find Gareth wandering around, talking to visitors. Also please remember that this is his home and his garden and respect it as such… and please park considerately.
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Hope to see you in Snowdonia soon. Kindest regards Sue