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Christmas Days Out & Events Near You!: Festive Fun

Posted 18 January 2022
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It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas, and one thing’s for sure, this festive season is what we need to brighten the end of another difficult year. So, as the countdown to the big day begins, it’s time to start planning some magical family Christmas days out! From visiting one of the many Santa Grottos near you, decorating gingerbread men with Mrs Claus or exploring spectacular winter wonderlands, here’s our guide to the best Christmas events near you.

We’ve written this list, and checked it twice, to try and only bring you the events that are still going ahead, and that still have tickets. But be warned, events are selling out super quickly this year so we can’t guarantee availability for the events featured below. As always, check before you travel and make sure you book online. 

Choose your region: London & South | Midlands | East  | North  | West 

Girl holding a Christmas present

Christmas events in London & South

Christmas at Gullivers Theme Park Resort

When: Various dates in November and December
Where
Christmas at Gulliver's Theme Parks - Choose from three theme park resorts (Warrington, Milton Keynes and South Yorkshire)
Price: Child (under 5) from £5.00, Child from £19.00, Adult from £19.00 and Concessions from £13.00

Your kiddies will absolutely love Christmas at Gullivers this year, where they can explore Santa Claus' magical and festive home and visit his toy workshop! They can first-hand witness where all the magic of toy-making happens, which will definitely be an unforgettable experience that they will be amazed at for years to come. You can also take a trip on some of the festive rides and enjoy the attractions that the whole family will love and have the best fun with. Not only that but Bing and Flop will be making special appearances throughout this Christmas season at Gulliver's Land Milton Keynes park, all ready to brighten up your kid’s days! A magical, Winter Wonderland will also be there to dazzle you, where you can also walk through the enchanting Christmas Forest that will leave you wonderstruck, especially with the opportunity to ride the North Pole Express at Gulliver's World Warrington. Set your sights on Christmas, because at Gulliver’s Theme Park Resort, the Christmas events will blow you away and bring a holly jolly sensation this year.

Book tickets here

Gulliver's World at Christmas

Glow Wild, Wakehurst, Surrey

When: Selected evenings from 25th November 2021 - 2nd January 2022
Where: Wakehurst, Surrey
Price: Infants (0-4) free, Child (4-16) £10.00 and Adult £16.00

Wakehurst is being brought to life this Christmas with enchanting lights, glowing lanterns and even torches of fire. You’ll find plenty of magical moments as you stroll through the gardens, from sparkling lights over the pond to an impressive projection over the elegant mansion. You’ll be blown away by the UK’s tallest living Christmas tree dressed up in a whopping 1,800 twinkling lights! 
 

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The Postal Museum, London

When: From 3rd November 2021 - 2nd January 2022
Where: London
Price: Child (3-15) £9.00, Young Person (16-24) £11.00 and Adult (25+) £16.00


Looking for a day out in London this festive season? Look no further than The Postal Museum! Packed full of interactive fun and engaging tech, the highlight is definitely a ride on the festive Mail Rail - the underground train! Hear incredible stories from those who worked on it, and discover interactive exhibits that the kids will love too. 

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A Celebration of Christmas at Paultons Park, Hampshire

When: 4th - 24th December 2021
Where: Paultons Park, Hampshire
Price: Any Individual (1 metre+) £33.50

There’s loads of festive fun to find at Paultons Park this Christmas, and it’s all included in your usual entry ticket. Spot all the decorations in Peppa Pig World, sing and dance at Santa's Christmas Wish Show...with the jolly man himself! Marvel at the magical illuminations around the park and meet Frosty the Snowman and Snow Princess!

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Natural History Museum Ice Rink

When: 22nd October 2021 - 16th January 2022
Where: The Natural History Museum, London
Price: Child from £8.50 and Adult from £12.65

Get your skates on and channel your inner Frozen vibes with a skate around the ice rink! It will be the last year the Museum will have the ice rink before transforming it into an urban garden, so make sure you make the most of it! Enjoy one last glide around the twinkling tree.

Book ice rink tickets

Christmas at Crealy

When: 27th November - 24th December 2021
Where:
Crealy Theme Park & Resort, Devon
Price:
Annual Passholders: Child (1-3) £5.00, Child (4-14) £8.00 and Adult (15+)
Non-annual Passholders: Child (1-3) £10.00, Child (4-14) £20.00 and Adult (15+) £16.00

Christmas, Christmas time is near…! Join the Crealy crew for Christmas this year as they celebrate with pomp and a new attraction! Enjoy a NEW Christmas on Ice Show: The Elves & The Toymaker, live at the Crealy Arena, a show all about a little old Toy Maker whose workshop transforms every night into a magical place full of wonder. The perfect show to watch with the family that will bring a joyous feeling to all those who love Christmas! But it’s not the only Christmas show, as Buddy & Blossom your favourite Bears, will mark their entry with their Christmas Bash full of festive song, dance and cheer. Yule love it! These shows will definitely bring a sense of enchantment and joy to your kids who will be extra excited for the festivities this year. Your little ones are also in for a special treat as they are given a free Christmas gift from Santa’s Toy Shop and will be overjoyed to see Santa and his friends in their farewell parade.

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Enchanted Light Trail at Cotswold Farm Park, Gloucestershire

When: 26th November 2021 - 1st January 2022
Where: Cotswold Farm Park, Cheltenham
Price: Infant (0-2) free, Child (3-16) £10.00 and Adult £16.00


See Cotswold Farm Park in a whole new light this winter (quite literally!), as it hosts an Enchanted Light Trail after dark. Follow the spectacular journey of sounds and lights around the farm, complete with crackling fire pits, a Christmas shop and lots of festive food and drink.

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Winter Wonderland at Wookey Hole, Somerset

When: 20th November 2021 - 2nd January 2022
Where: Wookey Hole, Somerset
Price: Infant (under 3) £4.00, Child (3-15) £15.95 and Adult £19.95

See the famous Wookey Hole Caves bursting with festive fun at this year’s Winter Wonderland event. With a wonder through Santa's magnificent Grotto, where each child will choose their own gift and marvel at the Christmas Circus Show! All glitz and glamour, ready to welcome you into the Christmas season.

Book tickets here

Christmas events in the Midlands

Christmas at Chatsworth House

When: 6th November 2021 - 9th January 2022
Where:
Chatsworth House, Derby
Price:
Child £15.00, Adult £26.00 and Family (2 adults & 3 children) £70.00

Christmas at Chatsworth House this year is a special one, as they celebrate their 20 magical years of Christmas. With glorious, breathtaking decorations that will leave you mesmerized, and an atmosphere abundant with festive cheer to really immerse you in the Christmas spirit. There will also be a kaleidoscope of colour that will encompass you, as the sound of jolly music fills your ears as well as being dazzled with the gems and minerals from Chatworth’s collection. Not only that but this year there will be illustrations of how to use recycled material to create wonderful Christmas decorations, encouraging sustainability, a fun but educational treat for your kiddies! And if you visit after dark, you’ll be captivated by the Festive Illumination walk, as you discover the sparkling lights while you venture across the garden to the Emperor Fountain, the Ring Pond and the Rock Garden, before ending your walk observing the Cascade illuminated with enchanting Christmas lights. The perfect event to kick start your Christmas season.

Book tickets here

Chatsworth House at Christmas

Lap of Lights at Silverstone, Northamptonshire

When: 26th November 2021 - 3rd January 2022
Where: 
Silverstone Circuit, Towcester
Price: 
From £30.00 per car

Come along to the UK's first and only light and laser drive in the comfort of your own car! Set your engines to go, because you can enjoy 3.5 miles of the biggest and brightest festive lights in the UK. Or skate your way into the pit lane with the illuminated ice rink! 

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Christmas Cracker at National Forest Adventure Farm

When: 27th & 28th November, 5th, 6th, 11th, 12th and 17 - 24th December 2021
Where: National Forest Adventure Farm, Staffordshire
Price: Infants (under 1) free, Child (1-2) £14.00, Child (2+) £24.00 and Adult £14.00

Looking for a cracking Christmas event? Look no further than the National Forest Adventure Farm, which is packed full of outdoor fun! Receive a personalised ticket from Father Christmas to the North Pole, collect your passport and Elf coins and journey through the Magic Portal. Enjoy lots of activities like helping the Elves sort parcels, singing songs, fixing toy machines and many more!

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Christmas Spectacular at Twycross Zoo

When: Selected dates from 4th - 24th December 2021
Where: Twycross Zoo, Atherstone
Price: Infant £10.00, Child £35.00, Adult £35.00 and Member £25.00

Christmas really is set to be spectacular at Twycross Zoo this year, with loads of festive fun, plus zoo entry, included in your ticket! Step in and smell the gingerbread wafting through Mrs Claus’ Kitchen, visit the Ice Queen at her Ice Castle for songs and spells. Plus, don’t miss the chance to join Santa and take a photo with him too!

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Santa’s Snowlynpics at Bluebell Dairy

When: 27th - 28th November and 4th, 5th, 11th, 12th, 18th, 19th - 23rd and 24th December 2021
Where: Brunswood Farm, Derby
Price: Infant (1-2) from £20.80, Child (2-16) from £25.75 and Adult from £12.85


A fun and interactive Christmassy experience the kids will really enjoy! Join in with the Great Penguin Sleigh Race, make way for some competition at the Snow Contest, discover the Treemendous Fashion show and help decorate Christmas Trees and many more festive activities!
 

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Christmas events in the East

Dippy’s Christmas Celebration at ROARR! Dinosaur Adventure

When: 26th November - 24th December 2021
Where: Roarr! Dinosaur Adventure, Norwich
Price:
From £12.95pp, other activities require purchasing a separate ticket, please see website for more.

Have a ROARR-some Christmas adventure with Dippy the Dinosaur as he performs live, sings carols and brings the kids to the Secret Garden for some Christmas crafts or meet Mrs Christmas and nibble on some warm gingerbread, candy canes and meet the jolly man himself, Father Christmas. Plus plenty more activities! 


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Light Fantastic at Epping Ongar Railway

When: Selected dates from 19th November 2021 - 9th January 2022
Where: Station Approach, Ongar
Price:
£20.00pp

Travel onboard a magical train experience and dazzle at the exterior of the train all festively lit up! Sit back, relax and experience a whole host of lineside displays, Christmas music, story narration and more. A truly unique and a real winter warmer, just be warned this won’t include an appearance from Santa.

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Christmas Special at Audley End Miniature Railway

When: 20th November - 24th December 2021
Where: Audley End, Saffron Walden
Price: Child (under 1) free, Child (under 92cm) from £9.00, Children and Adults (over 92cm) from£18.00

Hop aboard the Santa Express at Audley End Miniature Railway and head off on a wonderful ride through the Estate Woodland until you arrive at Father Christmas’s Winter Wonderland, where you’ll meet Father Christmas himself, who with the help of his elves has a special present waiting. Don’t miss a trip to visit the talking Gingerbread House, Dolly, and Mother Christmas even has a special interactive show for you too.

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The Magic of Christmas at Colchester Zoo

When: 4th, 5th, 11th, 12th and between 18th - 24th December 2021
Where: Colchester Zoo, Colchester
Price: Infant (under 3) free, Child £18.49 and Adult £20.99

See Santa's beautiful, hardworking reindeer in their stables, join the Elves in their workshop and get crafty with them,
enjoy a Christmas tale and treat the kids to some festive treats. Plus many more activities for the kids to be involved in! 

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The Father Christmas Experience at Marsh Farm

When: 13th November - 24th December 2021
Where: Marsh Farm, South Woodham Ferrers
Price: Infant (under 1) free, Child from £35.00 and Adult from £35.00

Ready for magic at Marsh Farm? Expect hours of full-on festive fun, from Passport Control to the all-important Elf Academy, meeting Mother Christmas and taking part in lots of Christmas activities, it’s hugely popular with rave reviews, so definitely one to consider this year! But tickets are selling out fast, so be sure to book soon!

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Christmas events in the North 

Christmas at Mother Shipton's Cave

When: 20th November - 24th December 2021
Where: Mother Shipton’s Cave, Yorkshire
Price: By car or on foot (up to 5 people) £31.00. Individual pedestrian £11.00

Guess whose coming…? Santa Claus! Through the twinkling lights, the Christmas wonder leading to Mother Shipton’s Cave will bring you and the kids a magical day. Take a step into the wintery wonderland to find the enchanted Christmas Village and be welcomed by the smell of festive treats and delights to fill your bellies and marvel at the merry displays dotted along the way. A magical meet up is in store when Chief Elf Chestnut welcomes you to Santa’s warm and cosy Grotto, where you can meet the jolly man himself. Take an ‘Elfie’ with him, or just say hello, he’ll be happy to bring a smile to your kid’s faces! Another special opportunity for the whole family will be to take a picture inside Santa’s beautiful sleigh, and you can even sit on the magical Christmas throne itself, followed by a visit to the Elf Mail Post Office to post the kid’s Christmas letters! An exciting journey from start to finish that will bring a joyous start to this festive season. And to end the perfect trip, grab some stocking fillers and small treats from the Gift Shop, bringing the Mother Shipton’s Cave Christmas cheer home with you. 

Book tickets here

Family at the elf post

Lanterns: A Starlit Christmas at Chester Zoo

When: Selected dates from Friday 12 November - Thursday 23 December 2021
Where: Chester Zoo, Chester
Price: Child from £11.00 and Adult from £13.00

What goes bump in the night...magical, illuminated animals! Explore Chester Zoo after dark to find the most beautifully lit animals hidden in treetops, out in plain sight and perched in the grass. Discover fantastical worlds set to blow you away, but also fill you with Christmas joy and merry-ment. A wonderful attraction to visit this November and a stunning way to create memories with your kids.

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Christmas at Otterspool Adventure

When: Selected dates from 27th November - 24th December 2021
Where: Otterspool Adventure, Liverpool
Price: Infant (under 1) £12.95, Child from £29.95 and Adult from £17.95


Home to one of the only live Christmas pantomimes in Liverpool this year, that’s not all you’ll find at Otterspool Adventure this Christmas. Visit Santa in his grotto, try your hand at decorating gingerbread with Mrs Claus and get your skates on to try the brand new ice rink - all before settling down to watch the classic Jack and the Beanstalk panto.

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Enchanted at Knowsley Safari

When: Selected dates from 20th November - 30th December 2021
Where: Knowsley Safari Park, Prescot
Price: Infant (under 3) free, Child from £9.00 and Adult from £9.00

Something magical is coming to Knowsley Safari this Christmas, where you'll venture out after dark and discover a path lit with enchanting magical Christmas lights, explore the forest on the animal light trail and enjoy festive food - like roasting marshmallows! You won't want to miss it. 

Book tickets here

Father Christmas on the Farm at Walby Farm Park

When: 4th, 5th and 12th December - but tickets are selling out fast!
Where: Walby Farm Park, Cumbria
Price: Infant (under 3) free, Child from £29.95 and Adult from £17.95

Father Christmas is set to enjoy some festive farmyard fun this December, with a visit to Walby Farm Park in a brand new event! Bring your letter to post to him at the Elves Post Room and receive your own Cuddly Teddie and if you're on the Nice list you can also choose your own gift from the Elves Toy Shop too! Plus plenty more festivities to enjoy.

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Christmas at Newham Grange Farm, Middlesbrough

When: 4th, - 24th December - book soon, because tickets are selling out fast!
Where: Newham Grange Farm, Middlesbrough
Price: Tickets from £7.50, children under 2 go free!


Step through the spinning clock towers to enter the magical Christmas Town at Newham Grange Farm, where Santa will be waiting in his Grotto to meet all the good boys and girls, who will each receive a small gift! Make a day out of it and enjoy a festive afternoon tea! Lots of treats to be had this year, you don't want to miss out!

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Christmas Light Trail at Alnwick Garden, Northumberland

When: 29th November 2021- 2nd January 2022
Where: The Alnwick Garden, Northumberland
Price: £12.10 per person

Pay a visit to Alnwick Garden during this dark month, for a Christmas Light Trail guaranteed to brighten up your day! Expect dazzling lights, festive sounds and a totally immersive experience as you explore the gardens in a whole new way.

Book tickets here

Christmas events in the West

Festival of Light, Bute Park

When: 25th November - 31st December 2021
Where: Bute Park, Cardiff
Price: Child (under 2) free, Child (3-15) £13.00 and Adult (16+) £18.00

Step into the light this Christmas and discover Bute Park’s enchanting and mesmerising festival light trail. It’s the biggest Wales has ever seen, so you know it’s a special Christmas event to go to! The whole park will welcome you with its glorious, sparkling lights set to immerse you from all directions with light displays, interactive installations, thrilling laser shows, mirror balls, a fantastical fairy tree first and more! The 1.4km route will also lead you to a magical flickering fire garden, where the flames will dance in front of you, made by the UK’s leading fire art specialists, an art display to rem-ember. There’s so much going on throughout the park this Christmas season, that there’s something for everyone in the family to thoroughly enjoy. As well as this, there will be a variety of Christmas illuminations, sculptures and special effects within the Bute Park grounds, all set to be merry and bright. Finally, warm yourself and the kids up with some sweet, delicious hot chocolate or mulled wine (adults only!) and chow down on some locally sourced street food.

Book tickets here

christmas lights at Bute Park

Enchanted Drive-Thru Reindeer Safari at Reindeer Lodge

When: Multiple dates from November, please check website for more
Where:
Reindeer Lodge, Leeswood, Mold
Price: From £39.50 per car

An enchanting and immersive drive-through experience that will bring happiness to both children and adults alike! With a 1.3km trail of festive Christmas lights with paddocks of beautiful reindeer herds and many more treats!

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Santa and the Owls, British Birds Of Prey Centre & National Botanical Gardens of Wales

When: 27th November - 23rd December 2021
Where:
National Botanic Garden of Wales, Carmarthenshire
Price:
Infant (under 5) free, Child from £10.00 and Adult from £16.50

A unique experience where you can meet the owls that deliver your letters to Father Christmas, as well as meeting him in his Grotto too! Meet Fudge the giant  Owl and watch the Christmas Flying Shows (some activities come at an extra cost). But there is plenty of festive fun to be had!

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Cribb's Christmas with Paddington™ Bristol

When: 13th November - 24th December 2021
Where:
The Mall at Cribbs Causeway, Bristol
Price:
Child from £10.00 and Adult from £2.50

A cosy Christmas experience meeting one of your favourite bears and also Santa Claus too! Join them for storytime and skate your way to a merry time with a brand new ice rink or make the most of the day and do your Christmas shopping too! A fun, festive day out for everyone!

Book tickets here

We hope you can find your favourite Christmas festivities from this list here! A range of activities for everyone across the UK, so start off your merry season the right way!