Last Updated on March 13, 2024 by Suzy McCullough

We have more than 80 of the best Christmas Days Out with Kids for 2023 listed for you in this post. That special time of year will soon be upon us again and I don’t know about you but I love a good Christmas event. There are literally hundreds of Christmas events for children each year in the UK. It can be quite a challenge to decide which events to book tickets for.

In this post, we cover some of the Best Family-Friendly Christmas events across each of the main areas of England. There is something for all ages from Santa meet and greets to Winter Christmas Light Trails, Santa trains and so much more. Each area is covered separately below to help you find a Christmas Day Out near you.

80 Best Christmas Days Out With Kids 2023

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Best Christmas Days Out in London

Eltham Palace – Christmas at Eltham – London – Tickets on Sale

Christmas at Eltham Palace is a brand new, interactive light trail for 2023 set to bring colour, lights and play to South East London this December! Brought to you by our event partner Kilimanjaro Live in association with English Heritage.

With a host of light installations designed to fit in with the natural surroundings, expect the unexpected and allow the Christmas spirit to take over as you immerse yourself in a world of seasonal sparkle and festive cheer.

Surprises are around every corner, and festive food, warming cocktails and picture-perfect moments add to the exciting and unique spectacle that will have you captivated as you enjoy an enchanted Christmas with family, friends and loved ones at this seasonal classic with a contemporary twist.

Address: London SE9 5QF

When? 1st December – 1st January

How much? Ticket prices vary, please follow the link above for up-to-date pricing. 

Hyde Park Winter Wonderland – London – Tickets on sale

Offering a wide variety of attractions, activities, entertainment, food, drinks and so much more, we guarantee there’s something for everyone! Mornings are great for families, where you can enjoy Winter Wonderland at a leisurely pace. When the evening comes around, Hyde Park is transformed by thousands of sparkling lights so grab your mulled wine, hot chocolate or stein of Bavarian beer and join in the festive fun!

Address: Hyde Park, London W2 2UH

When? Selected dates from 17th November – 1st January

How much? Off-peak entrance is £5 pp. Activities have an additional cost. 

Kew Gardens – Christmas at Kew – London – Tickets on Sale

As one of the highlights of the UK’s festive calendar, Christmas at Kew is an unmissable opportunity to herald the start of Christmas or welcome in the New Year. 

It’s a botanical world brimming with seasonal cheer as twinkling lights and seasonal sounds fill the air. Discover glittering tunnels of light, dancing lakeside reflections and trees drenched in jewel-like colour.

Address: Richmond

When? Selected dates, 15th November 2023 – 7th January 2024

How much? Standard advance adult: Off-peak £22.50/ Peak £29.00. Children are less and pre-booking is essential.

Christmas at Kew

Best Christmas Days Out in the South East

Paultons Park – Christmas at Paultons – Hampshire – Tickets on sale

See Peppa Pig World decorated for Christmas. Santa’s Christmas Wish Show! Singing, Dancing and fun! Guest starring the man himself, Father Christmas. Frosty’s Snowtime and Santa’s Storytime. Magical Illuminations around the Park. See and hear the Marvellous Musical Christmas Tree – with its own light show every 15 minutes. Meet Frosty the Snowman, Rudolph the Reindeer and Billy and Belinda Elves.

Address: Ower, Romsey SO51 6AL

When? Selected dates from 2nd until 23rd December.

How much? Tickets are £37.00 per person over 1m, prebooking is essential.

Leonardslee Gardens – Illuminated – West Sussex – Tickets on Sale

Walk through the beautiful grounds of Leonardslee Lakes & Gardens as they come to life with spellbinding illuminations, projections and interactive installations.

The trail takes 60 to 90 minutes to explore as you experience the gardens awash with light, sound, colour and festive cheer on a crisp Winter evening! Feast on wonderful seasonal food and drink before or after the trail. Enjoy the thrill of our funfair rides. Buy gifts from our Christmas Market.

Address: Brighton Rd, Lower Beeding, Horsham RH13 6PP

When? Selected dates in November and December

How much? Adults from £16 and under 16 from £9 

Lapland UK – Berkshire – SOLD OUT

Lapland UK is the epitome of all things Christmas. It’s where the ‘magic of Christmas’ lies and where fairytales come true. Besides being an absolute visual treat with its fake snow, log cabins and real huskies, it is above all a genuinely memorable experience. Especially when the children meet Father Christmas! The 2023 Toy Factory is now full! If any cancellations become available, they will be bookable through their website.

Address: Lapland UK, Whitmoor Forest, Swinley Rd, Winkfield Row, Ascot, Berkshire, SL5 8BD

When? Selected dates in December

How much? Tickets vary depending on when you book and when you book.

Lapland UK

Legoland Windsor – Legoland at Christmas – Berkshire – BOOK NOW

Get ready for a magical day of entertainment starting as soon as you enter the Park. Start your day snapping an (s)elfie in front of our giant DUPLO® Christmas Tree – the perfect spot for a family photo worthy of a Christmas Card. 

There will be lots of festive scenes hidden in Miniland for your little builders to discover.  Also, in Miniland, Christmas is taking over The Brick! Your little elves will be able to do festive activities and LEGO builds… 

There will be live entertainment and characters to meet plus a selection of our amazing rides and attractions will be available so you and your family will be able to build memories that will last a lifetime. 

Address: Winkfield Rd, Windsor SL4 4AY

When? Selected dates from 25th November

How much? Tickets from £34 per person. A Father Christmas visit upgrade costs + £20 for a child and adults are £5.

LEGOLAND Christmas

Bedgebury – Christmas at Bedgebury 2023 – Kent – Tickets on Sale

A magical trail with new lights for 2023 – an after-dark stroll through an iconic, illuminated tree collection. Firmly positioned as unmissable within the UK’s seasonal calendar, Christmas at Bedgebury has everything you need for an unforgettable time with friends and family, including a magical glimpse of Father Christmas along the way.

Discover softly lit doves delicately balanced on branches, reed-like neon structures, sparking tunnels of light and the Pinteum filled with all the colours of the rainbow as you walk under Liquid Sky, just one of the new displays to see this year. 

Address: Bedgebury Forest, Goudhurst, Wadhurst TN5 7QJ

When? Selected dates from 17th November – 31st December

How much? An adult standard ticket costs £21.50, children aged 3-16 are £14.50 and under 3s are free. Off-peak tickets are cheaper and peak tickets are more expensive. 

Christmas at Bedgebury

Bluebell Railway – Steam Lights & Santa Specials – East Sussex – Tickets on sale for Steam Lights

SteamLights returns in 2023 with a sparkling new theme and a new lighting-up performance to capture your imagination. 

Sparkle, glow and shimmer on a magical steam train covered by thousands of colourful lights. Feast your eyes on a magical and spectacular light show as you travel with us through the winter landscape!

Steam Light with Santa is a separate event.

Address: Park Station, Sheffield, Uckfield TN22 3QL

When? Steam Lights – These trains will be running on selected dates between NOVEMBER 17th to DECEMBER 30TH. Steam Lights with Santa – 17th, 19th, 20th & 21st December.

How much? Prices vary – please visit their website.

Bluebell Railway Steam Lights

Drusillas Park – Christmas – East Sussex – Tickets on sale

Watch little eyes twinkle with wonder as they experience the glistening magic of Christmas at Drusillas! Come and meet Santa snuggled in his cosy cottage, get nose-to-nose with our cuddly huskies, join in with our jolly singing reindeer, stroll through twinkling decorations, and marvel at our spectacular 24ft Christmas tree. You are all invited to soak up the seasonal cheer at Drusillas Park (near Eastbourne and Brighton).

No Christmas would be complete without a moment with the big man himself… so upgrade your visit to meet ol’ Saint Nick who will be nestled in the heart of our cosy Christmas grotto waiting to sprinkle festive magic on your little ones. Our Santa Experience includes a personal one-to-one with Santa, a photo opportunity, and a magical Christmas gift!

Address: Alfriston Rd, East Sussex BN26 5QS

When? Selected dates in November and December

How much? *Santa Experience tickets are an optional add-on and do not include entry into Drusillas. A valid Drusillas entry ticket is also required. Please visit their website for further information.

Blenheim Palace – Christmas at Blenheim – Oxfordshire – Tickets on sale

An exceptional after-dark trail with new lights for 2023 and Sleeping Beauty reimagined inside the Palace. Christmas at Blenheim Palace is a place where new memories are made as a multitude of twinkling lights and seasonal sounds fill the air with festive fun. Explore the Palace rooms transformed by the story of Sleeping Beauty as this classic fairytale is reimagined for a new generation. Outside in the Great Court discover a selection of treasurable gifts within the Christmas Market.

Address: Woodstock OX20 1PP

When? Selected dates from 17th November through to 1st January 2024

How much? There are a number of pricing and package options. Please see their website for further information. Prebooking is essential. An adult standard illuminated trail ticket costs £26.50 and children are £19.50.

Blenheim Illuminated

Chessington World of Adventures – Winters Tail – London – Tickets on sale

With the help of our jolly elves and reindeer, meet Father Christmas in his log fire grotto and revel in all the Christmas cheer that a traditional panto and carollers offer. Plus, NEW for 2023, visit the charming residents of Enchanted Hollow as they prepare for a magical Christmas. Help them countdown to the BIG day and wish them all a ‘Merry Christmas’ as you and your family wander through the delightful underground town of Enchanted Hollow decked out in all its festive finery.

Adventurers visiting Winter’s Tail up until 24th December will meet Father Christmas! Make your way into a snowy woodland before stepping foot into Father Christmas’ charming grotto*. Then head on over to his Toy Workshop, where children will receive an early Christmas gift!

There’s nothing the charming animal residents of Enchanted Hollow love more than… Christmas! Help them countdown to the BIG day and wish them all a ‘Merry Christmas’ as you and your family wander through the delightful underground town.

Address: Leatherhead Rd, Chessington KT9 2NE

When? 25th November – 31st December on selected dates

How much? Online from £30pp.

Best Christmas Days Out in the South West

Swanage Railway – Polar Express – Dorset – Tickets on Sale

The experience consists of approximately an hour-long return train journey leaving from the Swanage Railway Station, Railway Station Approach, Swanage, Dorset BH19 1HB. The train cannot be boarded at any other station. The nearest long-stay car park (Pay and Display) is on Victoria Avenue, BH19 1AP. We regret there is no parking available at the station.

On board, each train will be actors appearing as characters from the book and film THE POLAR EXPRESS™. There will be singing, dancing and interaction with our customers. All customers will receive a cup of hot chocolate and a cookie on the journey, and a special present on the return journey from the North Pole.

Address: Swanage BH19 1HB

When? Selected dates from 17th November – 30th December

How much? Prices Online

Swanage Railway Polar Express

Avon Valley Adventure Park – Christmas Experience – Somerset – Tickets on sale

This December visit Avon Valley for a full day of festive, family fun in a Christmas experience like no other in the South West. Celebrating one of the best times of the year, we pride ourselves in transporting you and your family to a place of Christmas wonder and magic.  There is so much to enjoy this year at Avon Valley in a specially curated day complete with a theatrical show and many themed activities and entertainment areas to enjoy.  Book your timed specific ‘Santa Show’ but enjoy the rest of the festive fun from 9.30 am.

Address: Pixash Ln, Bath Rd, Keynsham, Bristol BS31 1TP

When? Selected dates in December

How much? Christmas Experience up to £30 pp. Christmas nights up to £12.50 pp. 

Wookey Hole – Winter Wonderland – Somerset – Tickets on sale

You’re invited to get into the spirit of Christmas at Wookey Hole’s Winter Wonderland. Your adventure includes three incredible Christmas experiences wrapped up into one magical day out plus all the other activities at Wookey Hole.

You’ll start with a visit to the caves where over 100,000 lights magically illuminate the way. It’s a breathtaking Christmas light show. Best of all because it is always dark underground, even the littlest person can enjoy the twinkle, without being grouchy because it is past their bedtime.

Immerse yourself in Santa’s North Pole Grotto, where every child will get to meet Santa and take home a present from Santa’s Elves from the Toy Shop. Our traditional grotto will make kids smile, with the whimsical displays of animals and children enjoying wintry fun…and more

Address: Wookey Hole Ltd. Wookey Hole, Wells, Somerset BA5 1BB

When? Selected dates from 25th November – 24th December

How much? Adults are £22.45, children aged 3-15 £17.95, under 3s are £5 and other pricing options are available.

South Devon Railway – Polar Express – Devon – Tickets on sale

The most iconic feature of The Polar Express is its sleek black steam engine. It’s even inscribed with the ‘1225’ signage to identify it as Santa’s own train. Your children will gasp with amazement as the Polar Express train pulls into the station. Billowing steam all the way, your authentic steam train ride will last around an hour.

Throughout your train ride you’ll be entertained, meeting the Conductor and his crew. All the while the train steams towards the North Pole. ! Here you’ll meet Santa and one of his friendly elves. He will climb on board the train to meet you all. The Conductor will even clip your Polar Express tickets just like in the film.

Address: Buckfastleigh station, TQ11 0DZ

When? Selected dates from 24th November until 23rd December

How much? Standard tickets from £33.95 per person. More expensive premium tickets are also on offer.

South Devon Railway Polar Express

Cotswold Farm Park – Christmas on the Farm – Gloucestershire – Tickets on Sale

Secure your daytime visit with Father Christmas in his grotto, offering full access to the Christmas Experience on the Farm Park.

Enjoy decorating gingerbread, bringing your own soft toy to life and choosing your own present from the elves’ workshop. 

You’ll also get Farm Park entry to meet the animals and make the most of our indoor and outdoor play, all included in one price.

Plus there is a light trail in the evening which is a separate event.

Address: Guiting Power, Cheltenham GL54 5FL

When? 24th – 26th November, 1st – 3rd, 8th – 10th, 15th – 17th and 20th – 23rd December

How much? The daytime experience costs £54.95 for 1 child and 1 adult. Other pricing options are available.

Gloucestershire Warwickshire Railway – Santa Express – Gloucestershire – Tickets on Sale

Your journey to the ‘North Pole’ will begin from Cheltenham Racecourse Station, from where you will travel by steam train to the North Pole (Winchcombe Station).

Here you will be able to walk through a wonderland of lights, trees, and decorations and on to where Santa will be waiting to talk to all the children.

The whole family will be able to enjoy the usual refreshments including the railway’s famous and highly recommended mince pies; additionally, adults also have the option of a free glass of mulled wine. If you are still feeling peckish our griddle will be on the platform at Winchcombe selling baps filled with bacon, burgers or sausages.

There will also be the opportunity to buy takeaway beer and additional boxes of delicious mince pies to take back with you before re-joining the train for the trip back. Also, keep an eye out for the singing penguins!

Address: The Railway Station, Toddington GL54 5DT

When? 25th November – 23rd December

How much? £25 pp. Children under 12 months are free

Gloucestershire Warwickshire Railway - Santa Express

Westonbirt Arboretum – Enchanted Christmas – Gloucestershire – Tickets on sale

Welcome to Enchanted Christmas at Westonbirt Arboretum, where the magic of the festive season comes to life in spectacular illuminated fashion!

Prepare to be dazzled by an enthralling winter wonderland, filled with sparkling lights, festive sounds, and mesmerising installations – making for an unforgettable experience for all the family.

Westonbirt’s captivating landscape and stunningly lit trees create an enchanting world full of wonder and imagination – the perfect place to create cherished memories that will last a lifetime.

Address: Westonbirt, Tetbury GL8 8QS.

When? 24th Nov – 23rd Dec, open on selected evenings

How much? Adults £19-21, children aged 3-16 £12-14. Under 3’s are free but will require a ticket. Other pricing options are available. Advanced booking is essential.

Enchanted Christmas

Longleat – Festival of Light – Wiltshire – Tickets on Sale

This year Longleat’s Festival of Light is centred around ‘Treasured Tales’. Rediscover childhood stories as you make your own magical memories 

Breathtaking lantern displays will feature scenes from C.S Lewis’ The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe; Cinderella; Snow White; The Wizard of Oz; Winnie the Pooh and more. These stories have always been special and this winter Longleat is adding extra sparkle as they are brought to life with spectacular life-size lanterns.

Address: Warminster BA12 7NW

When? Selected dates from 11th November 2023 – 7th January 2024

How much? See the website for pricing

Stourhead – Christmas Lights – Wiltshire – Tickets on sale

A magical trail with new lights for 2023 – after-dark festive fun for all the family. Firmly positioned within the UK’s seasonal calendar, Christmas at Stourhead, Wiltshire has everything you need for an unforgettable time with friends and family, including a magical glimpse of Father Christmas along the way. Discover a sea of light stretching out into the distance, larger-than-life crystals suspended in trees and Liquid Sky filling the air with all the colours of the rainbow, just some of the new displays to see this year. 

Address: Stourton, Warminster, Wiltshire, BA12 6QF

When? Selected dates from 24th November – 31st December

How much? Standard adult tickets are £21.50 and children 3-16 £15.00. Off-peak tickets are more and off-peak tickets are cheaper.

Stourhead Christmas Lights

Best Christmas Days Out in the East Midlands

Conkers – Winter Wonderland – Leicestershire – Tickets on sale

Wrap up warm and get ready for a silly Elf adventure as you arrive at Waterside Winter Wonderland, where Santa’s Chief Elf and his team will lead you through the Enchanted Forest and the Valley of Christmas Lights to discover Santa’s Woodland Grotto. This is your chance to tell Santa that you have been good, and fingers crossed, he may share some pre-Christmas presents! 

Address: Rawdon Rd, Ashby-de-la-Zouch, Swadlincote DE12 6GA

When? Selected dates in November and December

How much? Adults from £14.95, children aged 1+ £18.95 and under 1s are £3.95.

Great Central Railway – Santa Express – Leicestershire – Tickets on Sale

Experience the enchantment of Christmas with a heartwarming journey on our heritage steam railway! Join us for a festive adventure as we invite you to meet Santa and his jolly helpers on the train!

The little ones will be delighted with our specially created Christmas Activity Pack, filled with games, puzzles, and colouring sheets. Santa knows how to spread happiness and cheer, and every child on board will receive a special Christmas gift from the man himself! The joy in their eyes will be priceless as they unwrap their surprises, and that’s not all! Each child will receive a drink and a treat onboard as well!

We haven’t forgotten about the grown-ups! As you enjoy the scenery and laughter of the children, indulge in a complimentary Irish Cream Liqueur and a delectable warm Mince Pie. It’s the perfect way to savour the season.

Address: Great Central Rd, Loughborough LE11 1RW

When? Services depart from 25th November through to 24th December

How much? Tickets from £24.

Christmas at Belton House – Lincolnshire – Tickets on sale

A magical trail with new lights for 2023 – after-dark festive fun for all the family. Firmly positioned within the UK’s seasonal calendar, Christmas at Belton, Lincolnshire has everything you need for an unforgettable time with friends and family, including a magical glimpse of Father Christmas along the way.

Discover a lawn filled with larger-than-life flowers, glowing lantern trees, a sparkling flock of jolly robins and contemporary Christmas trees all the colours of the rainbow, just some of the new displays this year. 

Address: High Road Belton, Grantham NG32 2LW

When? Selected dates from 24th November to 31st December

How much? Adult peak tickets are £22.50, children aged 3-16 are £17, under 3s are free and off-peak tickets are cheaper. 

Christmas at Belton

Rand Farm Park – The Real Christmas Experience – Lincolnshire – Tickets on Sale

Begin your Christmas Experience with Chip and Sparky in Sugarplum HQ.
Learn our hit song, Place a Star on Top, in MerryJingle’s Music School.
Visit Postie in the Sorting Office.
Say hello to our two real reindeer, Rudi and Rossi.
Wander through our 3D Enchanted Forest.
Learn how Santa’s sleigh flies with Oakley in the 3D Forest.
Help Santa’s Reindeer Keeper in the stables.
Make reindeer feed to leave out on Christmas Eve.
Meet Santa in his grotto with your family.
Pick a present from Santa’s Secret Toy Shop.
Decorate biscuits with Mrs Claus.
Finish your magical day out in our Build a Bear Workshop (charged separately).
At set times throughout the day, join Ginger and Pepper in Elf Academy.

Address: Rand, Market Rasen LN8 5NJ

When? Selected dates from 25th November – 24th December.

How much? Adults are from £15.95-24.95 and children are from £19.95-42.95.

Rand Farm Christmas

Bluebells Dairy ice cream – Father Christmas Experience – Derbyshire – Tickets On Sale

Celebrate the wonder of  Santa’s Enchanted Christmas this year!

Meet real reindeer, unleash your creativity at the Create-a-Bear workshop, meet our friendly and happy Elves and receive a gift from the magical chimney! This heartwarming adventure promises unforgettable moments of joy and togetherness for the whole family!

Address: Locko Rd, Derby DE21 7AR

When? 25th-26th November and 2nd-3rd, 9th-10th, 16th-17th, 21st-24th December

How much? Adults are from £18.50 and children aged 1-16 are from £35.

Chatsworth House – Christmas at Chatsworth – Derbyshire – Tickets on sale

Discover 24 rooms filled with Christmas wonder and the sights, sounds and scents of the season. Travel under archways adorned with candy canes, handmade Christmas stockings and mistletoe. Explore a winter wonderland and glittering Christmas tree brooch forest.

At the heart of the house, you’ll find Father Christmas’ workshop; a hive of activity as preparations are underway for the all-important Christmas Eve deliveries. Keep your eyes peeled for his little helpers around the house, who you may spot making mischief while Father Christmas is away.

Every festive celebration needs a host, and welcoming you on arrival will be Chatsworth’s ‘Host of Advent’, a gregarious character with a fondness for fun (and mince pies). 

Address: Bakewell DE45 1PP

When? 4th November – 7th January 2024

How much? Christmas tickets include admission to the house, garden and farmyard. Pre-booking is essential and includes car parking, one car per transaction. – Adults £34, children £19 and other pricing options are available.

Chatsworth Christmas

Northampton – Winter Light Trail – Northamptonshire – Tickets on Sale

This year we’re bringing you more installations, soundscapes and features! Get ready for the ultimate festive illuminations, following around a woodland trail through the stunning surroundings of Delapré Abbey.

PLUS, a great selection of local, independent food vendors, Après Ski bar and kids funfair attractions.

Address: London Rd, Northampton NN4 8AW

When? Selected dates in November and December

How much? Adults are £15-17 and children are £13-15. Other pricing options are available.

Winter Light Trail Northampton

Sundown Adventureland – Glorious Christmas – Nottinghamshire – Tickets on sale

As Christmas draws near, the park is converted into a Winter Wonderland with Christmas theming throughout and the annual opening of the wonderful ‘Night before Christmas’ ride. Climb aboard one of Santa’s sleighs and take a magical journey through the enchanted forest to arrive in style at Santa’s Magical Grotto.

You’ll be greeted by the elves and the ever-friendly Mrs Claus and when it’s your time, you’ll be invited to meet the big man himself. Where you’ll receive a lovely, individually wrapped present and the chance to share your wishes with him.

This year there is a HUGE new surprise with a massive purpose-built Four Seasons Arena. This will be the home for all of our biggest events throughout the year and we can’t wait to show you it!

Address: Treswell Rd, Rampton, Retford DN22 0HX

When? Selected dates in November and December

How much? Adults from £19-25, children 90cm-10years from £23-29 and under 90cm with a gift are £4.

Sundown Adventureland Meeting Santa

Wollaton Hall – Christmas at Wollaton – Nottinghamshire – Tickets on Sale

With over ten brand-new installations and a whole new look, this interactive light trail invites you to expect the unexpected and allow the Christmas spirit to take over as you take a stroll through the grounds of Wollaton.

Surprises are around every corner, and festive food, warming cocktails and picture perfect moments add to the exciting and unique spectacle that will have you captivated as you enjoy a magical Christmas with family, friends and loved ones at this seasonal classic with a contemporary twist.

Address: Wollaton Hall Natural History Museum, Wollaton Park, Wollaton, Nottingham, NG8 2AE

When? Most dates from 1st December – 1st January

How much? There are different pricing options – please visit their website

Wollaton Christmas Lights

Best Christmas Days Out in the West Midlands

Malvern Showground – Winter Glow – Worcestershire – Tickets on Sale

  • New theme for 2023! The Golden Snowflake will take visitors on an exciting journey around the North Pole to retrieve and bring the snowflake home.
  • Brand new installations! All installations are created by our team of local creative artists and lighting designers.
  • and/or you could meet Santa –
  • Receive a personalised invitation from Santa through your letter box.
  • Visit the Elves’ Toyshop, decorate biscuits in Mrs. Claus’ Bakery & view the delights of the Ol’ Sweet Shoppe.
  • Meet Santa in his grotto and receive a special gift.

Address: Malvern WR13 6NW

When? Runs from 24th November 2023 – 6th January 2024

How much? There are four different events you can book. Please visit their website for pricing.

Severn Valley Railway – Santa Trains – Worcestershire – Tickets on sale

The most wonderful time of the year calls for the most fantastic festive event – Santa Trains! Join us for Santa Trains on the Severn Valley Railway. 

After walking through a winter wonderland at Kidderminster Station and collecting your complimentary hot drink and sweet treat, you’ll board the steam train in a private compartment or exclusive personal table to steam along the line to the beautifully decorated Arley station.  

Here there are thrills, spills and plenty of laughs with a fabulous live stage show, featuring a host of festive characters alongside Father Christmas, including firm favourites Jingle and Jangle and NEW FOR 2023 Jack Frost! When you rejoin the train, each child will discover a premium-gift, waiting for them at their seat. 

Address: Station Dr, Kidderminster DY10 1QX

When? Selected dates in November and December.

How much? A private compartment from £160 for up to 4 people, from £240 for up to 6 people. Table for four people from £144.

Alton Towers – Christmas – Staffordshire – Tickets on Sale

For Fantastically festive celebrations and seasonal sensations, This Christmas, families can make magical memories at the Alton Towers Resort!

  • Access to family rides & attractions
  • Christmas Entertainments
  • UK’s only CBeebies Land at Christmas
  • Fantabulously Festive Atmosphere

Address: Alton Towers Theme Park Alton Towers Resort, Alton ST10 4DB

When? Selected dates from 24th November to 30th December

How much? Prices vary according to experience. Please see the website for booking information.

Alton Towers Christmas

Churnet Valley Railway – The Polar Express – Staffordshire – Tickets on sale

Your journey begins at Froghall Station on the Churnet Valley Railway in Staffordshire, where we invite you to hop on board THE POLAR EXPRESS™ Train Ride which takes you on a magical journey to the North Pole.

Do you Believe? Well, if you don’t by the end of your journey you will! Join our enthusiastic cast in telling the story whilst singing along with your favourite characters from the hit film.

All our passengers are encouraged to join in the fun by attending in your PJs (Don’t forget your dressing gown in case it’s cold at the North Pole!).

Address: Churnet Valley Railway, Kingsley & Froghall Station, Froghall, Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire, ST10 2HA

When? Selected dates in November and December

How much? Prices from £38.95 per person.

Churnet Valley Railway Polar Express

Drayton Manor – Christmas Wonderland – Staffordshire – Tickets on Sale

The ultimate destination for family Christmas fun featuring ALL NEW festive shows and attractions, Thomas Land rides & shows, plus over 500 animals in our fantastic zoo.

Featuring:

  • NEW: Wishmas Express – an illuminating light trail train journey
  • NEW: Enchanted Christmas Grotto
  • NEW: Rory’s Christmas Party Show
  • NEW: Mrs Claus’ Christmas Spectacular End-of-Day Show
  • NEW: Mrs. Claus’ Kitchen
  • NEW: Open late to make the most of magical Christmas evenings
  • Thomas Land rides & shows

Address: Drayton Manor Dr, Fazeley, Mile Oak, Tamworth B78 3TW

When? Selected dates between 25th November – 31st December

How much? Park entry tickets from £25 pp, park and Santa’s Grotto from

Drayton Manor Theme Park Magical Christmas

National Forest Adventure Farm – North Pole Adventure – Staffordshire – Tickets on sale

Check in and collect your Elf Coins before setting off. Journey through the Magical Portal to the North Pole. Explore the Victorian High Street and Sweet Shop. Decorate Gingerbread with Mother Christmas. Enjoy a special meeting with Father Christmas and much more.

Address: Postern Rd, Tatenhill, Burton-on-Trent DE13 9SJ

When? Selected dates from 25th November – 22nd December

How much? Adults are £25-35, children aged 2-16 £36-50 and toddlers 12-23 months are £25-35.

Snowdome – Winter Wonderland – Staffordshire – Tickets on sale

Santa’s back at the SnowDome for Christmas 2023 with a family festive extravaganza! From 11th November, his magical winter wonderland in the snow returns and this year he’s all set to spread heaps of magic along the way, including a new larger theatre experience. With real snow, real animals and the ALL NEW winter wonderland show, it’s the ultimate Christmas adventure for all the family!

Address: Leisure Island, River Drive, Tamworth B79 7ND

When? Selected dates from 11th November until 3rd January

How much? Prices from £17.95 each off-peak up to £24.95 per person peak.

Snowdome Tamworth Winter Wonderland

Coombe Abbey – Luminate – West Midlands – Tickets on sale

As the darkness of winter sets in, a spectrum of colour and light arises in Coombe Abbey for these Coventry Christmas lights 2023. 

Jump into a world of light as you embark on a trek through one of the most stunning light displays you’ll find this Christmas time. However young or old you are, a walk through Luminate’s Coombe Abbey Winter Light Trail is bound to bring a festive smile to the faces of everyone in the family. 

Be sure to wrap up warm! These are outdoor evening events and will be taking place whatever the weather, come rain or snow. 

  • An approximate 2.4km long walk of lights and music through the historic site of Coombe Abbey
  • A stunning display of light and ambience that immerses you into a world of brightness
  • Up to 13 ‘wow’ moments and highlights that will have you gazing in awe and wonder
  • Warm up by the fire pit and enjoy toasty marshmallows! 

Address: Coombe Abbey Hotel, Brinklow Road, Binley, Warwickshire, CV3 2AB

When? 25th November 2023 – 1st January 2024

How Much? Book now from £16.75 per adult

Hawkstone Park Follies – Follies Safari – Shropshire – Tickets on Sale

As we now have two vehicles that can accommodate 8 people you are free to join together with friends or family to fill the seats and share the costs. This is a great option for two families of 4 or for larger groups.

Tickets are per vehicle and numbers are limited. Each ticket will give you exclusive travel in an off-road vehicle that will either seat up to 6 or 8 people. You can fill your allocated seats with any combination of adults and children.

Address: Shrewsbury SY4 5JY

When? 1st – 23rd December

How much? Price for a vehicle up to 6 people: Daylight: £139.00 or £145.00. Twilight: £139.00, £155.00 or £159.00. Price for a vehicle up to 8 people: Daylight: £175.00 or £180.00. Twilight: £175.00 or £190.00

Hatton Adventure World – Enchanted Christmas – Warwickshire – Tickets on sale

Treat your family to a magical Christmas adventure at Hatton Adventure World and be amazed as our park is transformed into a Winter Wonderland. Join us for an unforgettable Christmas experience full of activities and festive entertainment.

The elves have been working hard on all their plans and they’ve got some fantastic NEW attractions for you to enjoy, including a Magical Illuminating Experience & a special Christmas Post Office.

Address: Hatton Adventure World, Dark Lane, Hatton, Warwick, Warwickshire, CV35 8XA

When? Selected dates from 25th November – 24th December

How much? Children from £25-45 and adults from £15.25. Under 2s are from £5-9.

Warwick Castle – Christmas at the castle – Warwickshire – Tickets on sale

Explore twinkling trees, dazzling decorations, and festive flourishes at every turn. Meet Santa in the cosy castle library as you hear a story of festive hope and joy. Wrap up warm and take a stroll through the enchanting Christmas market and treat yourself to a festive feast.

Gaze upon glittering trees, wander through a sparkling outdoor light trail and skate across the spectacular open-air ice rink underneath towers and turrets. With all of this and more in one enchanting destination, you’re sure to feel the magic of Christmas. 

Address: Castle, Castle Ln, Warwick CV34 4QU

When? 25th November 2023 – 1st January 2024

How much? Tickets from £21 castle, castle and Santa from £38, light trail from £16.50 and ice skating from £11.00.

Warwick Castle Christmas

Best Christmas Days Out in East Anglia

Mead Open Farm – Magic of Christmas – Bedfordshire – Tickets on Sale

Could you be a Magic Maker? Enjoy festive activities, meet our friendly animals, and indulge in delicious treats this Christmas at Mead Open Farm. Book now for a memorable festive day out!

Included in your Christmas Tickets is:

  • Make it through the Naughty and Nice Detector and meet Father Christmas for an enchanted group story.
  • Help Father Christmas’s team of North Pole folk collect enough magic for Christmas in our brand-new walk-through!
  • Tree Trimming Training show
  • Select your gift from Santa’s Toy Shop.
  • Get creative and decorate a Gingerbread in Mother Christmas’s kitchen.
  • Reindeer food factory
  • Explore the magical Christmas tree forest with 3D sparkle glasses.
  • Pick up your bear which is included in your ticket at the Make a Bear Workshop
  • Soak up the Christmas spirit in our Alpine Village…and more

Address: Stanbridge Rd, Leighton Buzzard LU7 9JH

When? Selected dates in December

How much? Please visit their website for pricing

Wrest Park – Enchanted Christmas Light Trail – Bedfordshire – Tickets on Sale

Christmas at Wrest Park is a brand new, interactive light trail for 2023 set to bring colour, lights and play to Bedfordshire this December! Brought to you by our event partner Kilimanjaro Live in association with English Heritage.

With a host of light installations designed to fit in with the natural surroundings, expect the unexpected and allow the Christmas spirit to take over as you immerse yourself in a world of seasonal sparkle and festive cheer.

Surprises are around every corner, and festive food, warming cocktails and picture-perfect moments add to the exciting and unique spectacle that will have you captivated as you enjoy an enchanted Christmas with family, friends and loved ones at this seasonal classic with a contemporary twist.

Address: Silsoe, Bedfordshire MK45 4HR

When? 1 December 2023 – 1 January 2024 

How much? Tickets vary in price – please visit the link above for pricing.

Nene Valley Railway – Santa Express – Cambridgeshire – Tickets on sale

Your Christmas experience will start before your train departs. So please arrive approximately 1 hour before your train’s departure time to give you time to park, get checked in, your tickets stamped and, most importantly, visit Father Christmas in his Grotto. Our team of Christmas Elves will be there to show you where to go and to introduce you to Father Christmas himself.  

Each child will receive a special gift when they visit the legendary man himself in his Cosy Grotto. Then it’s nearly time to board the train for your magical festive journey through the Nene Valley. On board, you will be joined by Father Christmas, who will walk through the train to say “Hi” one more time.

Address: Nene Valley Railway Ltd, Wansford Station, Stibbington, Cambridgeshire, PE8 6LR

When? Selected dates from 25th Nov to 24th December

How much? Prices start from £78 for a table for two and £156 for up to 4. Other pricing options are available. Prebooking is essential. 

Paradise Wildlife Park – Christmas at Paradise – Hertfordshire – Tickets on sale

Santa will be arriving at Paradise in a beautiful grotto based at our Safari Stage where your little ones can join him safely for a fabulous photo opportunity. Make sure to get a space in the queue early to not miss out, as we cannot guarantee everyone will be able to meet Santa on the day of your visit.

Santa has also brought the winter wonderland with him! There will be a glorious festive fairy light tunnel to walk through and enjoy with your loved ones. Make sure to take some amazing photos and tag us on social media with #paradisewildlifepark so we can join in on the fun too. The festivities do not stop here, however. We shall be decking out the park with a beautiful array of Christmas decorations, complete with our large Christmas tree!

Address: White Stubbs Ln, Broxbourne EN10 7QA

When? Every weekend from 2nd December and every day from 16th December to 24th December.

How much? Adults from £19.80 and children from £18.

Willows Activity Farm – Santa Spectacular – Hertfordshire – Tickets on Sale

Take a trip through our magical winter wonderland where you’ll find Santa in his amazing Grotto. Santa will give children a key to his Toy Shop where they can choose any gift from the hundreds stacked from floor to ceiling

Visit our Create-a-Cuddle Workshop where children can choose from a range of soft toys to make, name and take home along with a certificate. Get crafty and decorate tasty gingerbread. Write a letter to Santa (don’t forget to add your address so he can reply!).  Pop on 3D glasses to watch our short festive 3D film.  Sit back and enjoy our brand new Polar Bear show with a very special guest and so much more

Address: Coursers Rd, St Albans AL4 0PF

When? Selected dates in November and December

How much? Adults are from £24-31 and children are from £48-55. Other pricing options are available.

Audley End Miniature Railway – Christmas Special – Essex – Tickets on Sale

With a Nutcrackers help, this winter you will board the Polar Express and journey deep into the Enchanted woods of Audley End to visit Santa’s winter workshop! Together, with her very helpful elves, Mother Christmas is ensuring all the toys are ready for Christmas Eve while Santa comes to visit you in your carriage with a gift for every child.  

When departing the train, you will be greeted by Snowberry the frost fairy who will guide you through our illuminated woodland walk, home to our picture perfect bauble tree, to meet our reindeer keepers Logan and Thorn. Here you can create your own reindeer feed bags to leave out for Rudolph on Christmas Eve! and more

Address: Audley End Rd, Audley End, Saffron Walden CB11 4JB

When? 18th November – 24th December

How much? Adults – £18.00 – £30.00, Children over 92cm are £18-30.

Audley End Miniature Railway Christmas Special

Epping Ongar Railway – Santa Specials – Essex – Tickets on sale

Bring the family to see Santa on his special train with the fantastically festive Epping Ongar Railway Santa Specials! The experience starts as you join our heritage bus service at either Epping Underground station or in Ongar.

When you arrive at North Weald Station you will get the chance to get in the spirit with something from our festive food stall whilst you listen to our live brass band! As you wait for the train perhaps you will meet our characters who will be walking around the crowds looking for the nice children to make sure that Santa will find them later…read more on their website.

Address: Station Approach, Chipping Ongar, Ongar CM5 9BN

When? 25, 26 November; 2, 3, 9, 10, 16, 17, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24 December

How much? Prices from £110 for a family of 4.

Hylands Estate – Enlightened – Essex – Tickets on sale

Enlightened is a series of magical outdoor light trails hosted at multiple venues throughout the UK each winter. Last year, Enlightened Trails were visited by over 125,000 people and the feedback received was superb. Our 2023 season brings new installations and interactive elements across all of our trails to make Enlightened 2023 the biggest and brightest season of winter events to date.

Our unique trails are a magical experience for all the family and the perfect opportunity to join together and immerse yourself in the enchanted, illuminated world. 

Address: London Rd, Writtle, Chelmsford CM2 8WQ

When? 24th November to 1st January 2024

How much? Adults are £18.50 and children are £12.50.

Marsh Farm – The Father Christmas Experience – Essex – Tickets on sale

A wondrous journey awaits you, but before you can embark on your enchanted adventure, you’ll need to be granted special access to the North Pole! Don’t worry, our expert Elves in Passport Control will make sure all your papers are in order and send you on your way.

First stop, the Elf Academy! Here you have a once-in-a-lifetime chance to be inducted as an honorary Elf! Yes, you can learn the spells that could land you a spot on Fathers Christmas’s team…that’s as long as those mischievous Elves can remember how they go! and more (see link above)

Address: Marsh Farm, Marsh Farm Rd, South Woodham Ferrers CM3 5WP

When? Selected dates in November and December

How much? Tickets are from £30-75 per person.

Marsh Farm Christmas

North Norfolk Railway – Santa Specials – Norfolk – Tickets on sale

Sit back and relax as your train steams non-stop from Sheringham up the whole length of the line to Holt. Get into the festive spirit and make merry with complimentary onboard refreshments served to your table – mince pies and mulled cider for adults and gingerbread and hot chocolate for every child! There are festive children’s activity packs too, plus entertainers and balloon modellers who will stroll through the train spending time in each carriage for part of the journey.

Your journey will break at Holt as the engine switches end, giving you the chance to hop off and take photographs with the historic locomotive or to visit the onboard bar.

On the return journey, the train will stop at Weybourne Station where you will make your way through an enchanted Christmas Tree Kingdom with a magical seasonal theme, a snowy model railway and Santa’s friendly helpers before you meet Father Christmas himself who will present every child with a special, wrapped gift before you rejoin the train for the short journey back to Sheringham.

The whole experience lasts approximately 1 hour and 45 minutes from the time your train departs Sheringham to arriving back at the station.

Address: Sheringham Station, North Norfolk Railway PLC, Station Approach, Sheringham NR26 8RA

When? 25th November – 23rd December

How much? Fares range between £24.50 and £29.50 per person depending on the time & date of travel.

North Norfolk Railway Santa Specials

Thursford – Santa’s Magical Journey – Norfolk – Tickets on sale

Remember the excitement of your first visit to see Father Christmas? Give your children, grandchildren or your class a day they’ll never forget! Come and visit Father Christmas in the magical setting of Thursford. It will be a treat to cherish for everyone who wants to experience this magical fantasy journey.

Your journey continues as you venture outside to the Lantern Light Extravaganza,  with lots of creatures to marvel at a beautiful, breathtaking festival of luminous sculptures, from a fantasy underwater world to the wilds of the North Pole. Watch out for the naughty mushroom gnomes!

Christmas Spectacular 2023 is also available at this venue.

Address: Thursford, Fakenham NR21 0AS

When? Selected dates in December and January

How much? £22.50-28.50 per child and £15-22 per adult. 

The Thursford Collection

Wroxham Barns – The Christmas Experience – Norfolk – Tickets on Sale

Hop aboard our enchanting train ride to the North Pole and meet Santa Claus himself. Each family will get a personal experience with Santa and children will be given a special gold coin to spend in Santa’s Toy Factory.

Immerse yourself in a world of wonder as you journey through twinkling lights, snowy landscapes and festive cheer.

Address: Tunstead Rd, Hoveton, Norwich NR12 8QU

When?  Every weekend in December, PLUS Monday 18 to Sunday 24 December 2023.

How much? Adults are £23-27 and children aged 2+ are £30-35. Other pricing options are available.

Best Christmas Days Out in Yorkshire

Bolton Abbey – 12 Days of Christmas + Father Christmas – North Yorkshire – Santa Tickets on Sale

Father Christmas returns to Bolton Abbey this winter. It is with great pleasure we announce that Father Christmas will be bringing the magic back to Bolton Abbey this winter!

Step into the twinkling Christmas village, tucked away in the middle of Strid Wood and see what enchanting experience awaits. Become acquainted with the cheeky elves who have just arrived from the North Pole, and let them take you on the special journey to meet the Great Man himself.

Location: Bolton Abbey, Skipton BD23 6AL

Dates: 2nd-3rd, 9th-10 and 16th-22nd December

How much? £25-32 per visiting child and adults/older siblings are £12 each.

Bolton Abbey Santa

North Yorkshire Moors Railway – Santa Specials – North Yorkshire – Tickets on Sale

Join Santa and his special team of elves at either Pickering or Grosmont Station before a magical adventure aboard the Santa Express which will take you on a festive journey you won’t forget!

This enchanting Christmas experience sees Mr. Claus and his jolly helpers pass through the heritage carriages, giving children a chance to meet the legendary man himself on board the train, and gifting a special soft toy present to the children onboard – providing they’ve managed to keep themselves off the naughty list this year!

? Santa will visit you in your seat and check if you’ve been good or bad.
? Meet Santa’s Helpers onboard for fun and games!
? Soft toy for Children aged 1-15 which they can complete themselves.
? NYMR Christmas backpack.
⏱️ The return journey lasts approx. 1 hour on board the Santa Express from Pickering or Grosmont.

Address: 12 Park St, Pickering YO18 7AJ

When? 25, 26 November, 2, 3, 9, 10, 16, 17, 23 & 24 December

How much? The Adult or Child fare is £30 per person and includes a present and backpack for each child.

North Yorkshire Moors Railway Santa Special

Piglets Adventure Farm – Magical Sleigh Rides – North Yorkshire – Tickets on Sale – nearly SOLD OUT

Jump aboard the magical sleigh ride to Santa’s Woodland village for a truly unforgettable Christmas experience with lots of activities for this year. Reduced visitor numbers throughout the experience including on Santa’s sleigh. Santa’s cheeky elves will greet you and take you and your family to see Santa in his grotto for a new exclusive and truly personal experience. Plus much more.

Address: Towthorpe Grange, Towthorpe Moor Ln, Towthorpe, York YO32 9ST

When? 18th November – 24th December

How much? Tickets from £14.95-24.95

Piglets Adventure Farm Christmas

RHS Harlow Carr – Glow 2023 – North Yorkshire – Tickets on Sale

Take an enchanting walk at RHS Garden Harlow Carr, marvelling at spectacular light displays along your way. See iconic features adorned with festive lights including Streamside, the Edwardian Garden, Queen Mother’s Lake, Winter Walk, Doric Columns, Bath House and the Kitchen Garden.

Marvel at the ‘field of fire’ on the Main Lawn and don’t forget to take a selfie through the gilded frame in the Sun Border.

New for 2023, cross Thaliana Bridge in a rainbow of lights and enjoy playing with family on the illuminated Logness monster.

Address: Crag Ln, Beckwithshaw, Harrogate HG3 1QB

When: 22nd November – 30th December

How much? Adult non-member tickets are £15.95, children aged 5-16 are £8.45 and under 5s are free.

Stockeld Park – Christmas Adventure – North Yorkshire – Tickets on Sale

What was once but a simple Christmas Tree shop, from this small acorn, grew what came to be Stockeld Park’s most famous adventure season. Join us for Christmas fun, get active and discover large themed outdoor playgrounds within the beautiful woodland of Stockeld Park. Watch the Enchanted Forest come alive after dusk with our famous winter illuminations! This truly is the home of Christmas magic.

Stockeld Park

Address: Wetherby Rd, Wetherby LS22 4AN

When: From 18th November – some activities run until January 2024.

How much? Please visit their website, prices vary due to the number of different activities you can book.

Stockeld Park Winter Illuminations and Nordic Skiing Review

Wensleydale Polar Express – North Yorkshire – Tickets on sale now – SELLING FAST

Your journey begins just like the 2004 motion picture when THE POLAR EXPRESS™ will pick you up at Leeming Bar station to take you to the North Pole. You will get to meet the characters from the film including the conductor, the singing chefs, the hobo and of course the main man himself Father Christmas. You and your family, hopefully, dressed in PJs, will experience a fun-filled theatrical adventure as you make your way to the North Pole.

Don’t forget to have a bite of your cookie and authentic hot chocolate before arriving at the North Pole to meet Santa Claus. Santa will join you on board and, if you are on the nice list, hand you your first gift of Christmas, a Silver Sleigh Bell just as in the motion picture we all love. You will get to speak with Santa.

Address: Leeming Bar Station, Leases Road, Leeming Bar, North Yorkshire, DL7 9AR

When? Various dates from 10th November until 23rd December.

How much? Standard tickets from £31.95 

Polar Express Christmas Train Ride Events UK 2023

Sledmere – Magical Santa Experience – East Yorkshire – Tickets on Sale

– This year’s Great Reindeer Mystery – an actor-led walk-through experience with Rusticus Theatre Company – meeting several characters before meeting the big man himself in the Grotto – be sure to tell him what’s on your wish list!

– Explore the Christmas Village, meet the animals, play festive games and take part in some Christmas activities.

– Enter the Elf Toy Shop to choose your very own present with the Elves.

– Enjoy a festive tractor and trailer ride to see our beautiful herd of Red Deer and a chance to see if you can spot Rudolph while he waits for Santa with his friends.

– If you are visiting us during the daytime, for an add-on of £2.00 per Adult and £1.00 per Child, you can have full access to the beautiful walled garden, grounds, Rare Breed Farm Park and adventure play area all day!

Address: Sledmere, Driffield YO25 3XG

When? Weekends: November: 25th and 26th, December: 2nd, 3rd, 9th, 10th, 16th 17th, and 23rd Weekdays: December: 15th and 18th through to 22nd

How much? Adults are £24 and children aged 1-16 are £16.

Cannon Hall Farm – The Santa Apprentice – South Yorkshire – Tickets on Sale

For the third year running, we’ve teamed up with our amazing friends from Talegate Theatre Productions and the Copycat Party Company for an event that’s guaranteed to leave the whole family feeling full to the brim with Christmas spirit.

Join Santa on a magical adventure in our staged show (in our indoor heated event space) before adventuring on to the Toy Factory where children take their magic key to the elves…and choose their very own present!

Cannon Hall Farm is known for its festive experiences and, following the success of last year’s show, we are back with a new story.

Address: Bark House Ln, Cawthorne, Barnsley S75 4AT

When? 2nd – 24th December

How much? Adults are £14.95 and children are £19.95.

Cannon Hall Farm Santa

Yorkshire Wildlife Park – Winter Illuminations – South Yorkshire – Tickets on Sale

Our annual Winter Illuminations feature over 2,400 metres of illuminated trails filled with giant awe-inspiring hand-crafted lanterns.  Explore the illuminated lands of Fairytale Kingdom, Animal Adventures, Under the Sea and much more. This magical night-time adventure sees our walk-through Wildlife Park come alive with an enchanting spectacle of light, promising an experience bigger, better and more electrifying than ever before.

Location: Yorkshire Wildlife Park, Branton, Doncaster DN4 6TB

Dates: Select dates through winter

How much? Adults are from £24, children are from £19 and under 3s are free.

Yorkshire Wildlife Park Winter Illuminations Review

Keighley & Worth Valley Railway – Elf Explorer – West Yorkshire – Tickets on Sale

A magical Christmas experience that is guaranteed to light up your children’s faces and get the whole family in the mood for the Festive Season. This theatrical journey on board a beautiful steam train is the perfect way to travel, and we know that Father Christmas thinks so too.

Your adventure starts with a journey through our Winter Wonderland and into Santa’s workshop. Our elf will check you in and check if you’ve been naughty or nice! You must check in to collect your golden tickets to travel on the Elf Explorer. Please ensure that you give the age of the present you have booked when age stickers are given out.

Children can write a letter to Santa and complete other activities whilst parents may wish to visit ‘Rudolph’s refreshments’, visit our fully stocked bar for a Christmas tipple, or collect pre-booked drinks to take on the train. Please note that this year there isn’t an onboard bar and any drinks must be purchased beforehand and taken on board.

Address: The Railway Station, Haworth, BD22 8NJ

When? 25 & 26 November, 2, 3, 9, 10, 16, 17 & 21 – 24 December

How much? From £22-28.

Lotherton Hall – Christmas Experience – West Yorkshire – Tickets on Sale

A magical journey through the enchanting world of Christmas. From visiting Santa in the North Pole to crafting in the Elf Village, there’s something for all the family. Explore the Christmas Traditions Woodland Walk, and Fairy Dell. Marvel at Lotherton’s splendour in the Hall and lit gardens. Warm up with a hot chocolate or mulled wine, don’t forget to visit the Christmas stalls on a weekend.

Visit Santa ‘In The North Pole’ to interact with the elves, join the elf workshop and meet Santa (30-35 minutes) after school and on weekends. Pre-school children can enjoy a shorter Santa visit at ‘Santa’s Cabin‘ on weekdays during term time. Both experiences include a gift.

Location: Off Collier Lane, Aberford, Leeds LS25 3EB

Dates: 25 November 2023 – 7 January 2024

How much? Prices vary due to the different options available. Please visit their website.

Whistlestop Valley – Simply Santa & Santa Express – West Yorkshire – Tickets on sale

This festive season, you can choose from TWO special Santa events at Whistlestop Valley:  “Simply Santa” or “The Santa Express.” Both events feature a trip aboard the heated carriages hauled by one of our steam locomotives; transporting you to the North Pole!

Whilst at the North Pole, you will have a one-on-one meeting with the big guy himself inside his cosy grotto, filled with sacks of presents for the good girls & boys. Santa’s cheeky elf will be causing Christmas chaos at the Shelley North Pole – will you spot them?!

Address: Park Mill Way, Clayton West, Huddersfield, West Yorkshire, HD8 9XJ

When? Selected dates in November and December

How much? Prices are available online, they start from £19.95 for an adult and from £24.95 for a child.

Best Christmas Days Out in the North West

Bewilderwood – Presents Christmas – Cheshire – Tickets On Sale

This unique event will be like no other, allowing visitors to experience the wonderfully wonky woods transformed for the festive season. Full of beautifully handmade decorations, sparkly lights, Christmas cheer and of course the curious characters of BeWILDerwood will be sure to make an appearance. There will also be a mini pantomime, again with a magical BeWILDerwood twist.

Address: Malpas, Bickley Moss, Cheshire, Whitchurch SY13 4JF

When? 2nd – 23rd December

How much? £15.50 per person. Must be pre-booked online.

Bolesworth Castle – Christmas – Cheshire – Tickets on Sale

We invite you to walk in our winter wonderland! Features our iconic festive lights trail, an amazing 240sqm real ice skating rink, Santa’s Grotto and more

As dusk falls our dog-friendly Christmas Lights Trail comes to life and becomes the most dazzling winter illuminations event in Cheshire and beyond. Bolesworth is bathed in seasonal colour, our beautiful grounds lit with thousands of stunning lights and effects, projections and interactive installations creating an unforgettable seasonal experience for children and grown-ups alike.

If after all that walking you’re feeling a little sleighed, the perfect place to recharge is Rudolph’s Rest! As well as the chance to enjoy some festive refreshments halfway through the lights trail, you can meet Santa’s reindeer as they get ready for the big day. Please note Rudolph’s Rest will close after December 24 as the reindeer enjoy a well-earned rest!

Address: Bolesworth Rd, Tattenhall, Chester CH3 9HQ

When? 24th November to 31st December

How much? General admission for an adult costs from £30.95, children aged 4-12 are from £22.63 and under 4s are free.

Chester Zoo – Lanterns and Light – Cheshire – Tickets On Sale

Bigger, better and brighter than ever – you will discover never-seen-before light and sound experiences that will surround you in festive magic.

Explore new captivating light installations and be transported into enchanting lands filled with colour and festivity, where you can meet orangutans, lions, dolphins and woolly mammoths as you make your way along the trail!

Wonder at the colour-changing displays stretching as far as the eye can see, while birds and stars adorn the zoo’s winding paths and trees. Take a walk through the spectacular Winter Cathedral tunnel of lights and even catch a glimpse of Father Christmas in his sleigh.

Address: Chester CH2 1EU

When? Selected dates from 17th November – 31st December

How much? Adult standard ticket is £22, children aged 3-16 £17 and under 3s are free. Off-peak tickets are cheaper

Lanterns at Chester Zoo

Tatton Park – Welcome to Wonderland – Cheshire – Tickets on Sale

New for Christmas 2023! Step into a magical Christmas Mansion, down the rabbit hole and find yourself in the magical world of Lewis Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland. Follow Alice’s footsteps through the Duchess’ Garden, the Queen of Hearts’ grand palace, and on through the amazing Magic Forest.

Marvel at the Mad Hatter’s Tea Party and dance the Lobster Quadrille before entering the Queen of Hearts’ kitchen to pick up your festive tasty treat.

Be entertained by charming characters along the way and enjoy the festive illuminated displays that take over the staterooms and servants’ quarters this Christmas. 

Address: Tatton Park Tatton Park, Knutsford WA16 6SG

When? 21 November – 31 December 2023

How much? Adults – £14 | Children (3+) – £10 | (Infants aged 2 and under are free – no ticket required).

Cockfields Farm – Christmas at Cockfields – Greater Manchester – Tickets on Sale

Professional Photo with Santa.
Build your own Bear at the  Elf Academy.
Meet the real-life Prancer & Dancer.
Perfect Gingerbread Man in Mrs Clause’s Kitchen.
Magical Christmas Story from the Reindeer Keepers.
Cuddle the animals in Elf Village.
Post a Thank You letter in the North Pole Post Box.
Snowfall sessions.

Address: Lees Rd, Oldham, Ashton-under-Lyne OL6 8AR

When? Selected dates in November and December

How much? Adults are £23 and children are £43, under 1s are £12.

Dunham Massey – Christmas – Greater Manchester – Tickets on sale

A magical trail with new lights for 2023 – after-dark festive fun for all the family. Firmly positioned within the UK’s seasonal calendar, Christmas at Dunham Massey, Cheshire has everything you need for an unforgettable time with friends and family, including a magical glimpse of Father Christmas along the way.

Discover colour-changing batons of light stretching out into the distance, a huge silver star, Nova, shrouded in mist as if just fallen from the sky and star-shaped arches high above you, just some of the new displays to see this year. 

Address: Dunham Massey, Altrincham WA14 4SJ

When? Selected dates from 17th November to 31st December

How much? Adult standard ticket costs £22.50, children 3-16 £14.50. Other pricing options are available and peak tickets are a higher cost. 

Christmas at Dunham Massey

Farmer Teds – Farmer Christmas – Lancashire – Tickets on sale

You’ll begin your journey within our Animal Barn, before checking in to start your Christmas Adventure, you’ll get to walk through Santa’s winter wonderland, see where his elves make all your toys, and even where Santa sleeps.

Catch Christmas Storytime everyday with one of Father Christmas’ helpers. This will be an interactive storytime experience where your little ones can join in and feel the magic of Christmas through one or two of our lovely Christmas tales. Make sure you check the storytime timetable when you arrive for times and location on the day…and more

Address: Worrall House Farm Larder, Flatman’s Ln, Ormskirk L39 7HW

When? Selected dates in November and December

How much? Please see their website for pricing.

Walby Farm Park – Father Christmas on the farm – Cumbria – Tickets on Sale

Join the festive fun in our Father Christmas on the Farm event, which includes;

Warm (or perhaps frosty) greetings from our Snowman.
Snow Time Fun.
Wander through the Enchanted Forest with 3D glasses.
Decorate gingerbread biscuits – fun for both the kids and parents!
Make some Reindeer Food to take home and sprinkle outside on Christmas Eve.
Remember to bring your letter to post to Father Christmas.
Visit Passport Control.
Dare you enter the Naughty and Nice machine?
Meet Father Christmas himself (group session for 15 mins, including time for individual photographs).
Children can exchange a magical golden coin for a gift in the Elves’ Toyshop.
Make your own cuddly Teddie in our Teddie-Tastic workshop.
See real Reindeer.

Address: Walby Farm Park, Walby, Crosby-on-Eden, Carlisle CA6 4QL

When? 25th November – 24th December

How much? Adults from £18.50, children from £31.45 and under 1s with a gift are £12.45.

Walby Farm Christmas

Knowsley Safari Park – Enchanted – Merseyside – Tickets on Sale

This year, we’re delighted to introduce our new rainbow road and we’ll even have our own Knowsley Northern Lights to experience as well where the whole family can have fun capturing memories. You may even notice some talking trees have too! 

We’re also excited to reveal new animal installations at this year’s event, keep your eyes peeled for illuminated hippos submerged in our natural water features, whilst Enchanted favourites return, such as light-up giraffes, penguins, zebras, and polar bears.

Our Winter Village is back for its second year, journey through our technicolour light tunnel and watch as Santa’s elves prepare for the big day at his workshop – don’t forget to write and post your Christmas wish list to the big man himself.

Address: Prescot L34 4AN

When? 18 Nov 2023 to 30 Dec 2023

How much? General from £10 and members from £8.

Knowsley Safari Park Enchanted

Best Christmas Days Out in the North East

Adventure Valley – Winter Wonderland – County Durham – Tickets on Sale

Winter Wonderland is back for 2023 at Adventure Valley and will be our most magical event yet!

Ride the Winter Valley Express
Visit Claus’s Candy sweet shop!
Make a bag of reindeer food to sprinkle for Rudolph and his gang on Christmas Eve.
BRAND NEW Christmas show.
Decorate a festive Gingerbread Biscuit with Mrs. Claus.
Enjoy ride-on animals & bounce high on the huge winter inflatable.

Meet Santa and visit his Toy Shop to choose your own gift – Please note Babies & 1 year old’s will be able to participate in all activities and will receive an age-appropriate wrapped gift from Santa Claus

Address: Union Hall Farm, The Bungalows Finchale Abbey, Durham DH1 5SG

When? 20th December to 24th December 2023 – Every Day

How much? Adults from £15.95-17.95 and children aged 2-16 from £34.95-37.95. 

Beamish Hall – Forest of Lights – County Durham – Tickets on sale

Gather the family and join us as we open the doors to our wonderful world of magical illuminations and fantastic lighting displays during this festive period. At night, when the moon takes its place in the sky our magical forest comes to life.

A Forest of Light is a captivating illuminated experience set within our Enchanted Ancient Woodland. We have created a world filled with illuminations, music, interactive props and projections to dazzle and amaze with specially commissioned pieces only for A Magical Woodland which means that this is a unique experience not to be found anywhere else.

Address: Coppy Ln, Beamish, Stanley DH9 0YB

When? Various dates throughout November and December 2022 and January 2024

How much? £10 per person

Alnwick Garden – Winter Light Trail – Northumberland – Tickets on Sale

This Christmas, watch as Alnwick Garden comes to life as you have never seen it before with fantastic sound and light display at this after-dark spectacular!

This year, there are even more opportunities to visit the light trail with an extended run from 13th November all the way through to the 7th of January. There is also an offer of Early Bird pricing. Expect a fantastic sound and light trail which will lead you around the Garden at this after-dark spectacular! The event is fun for all the family.

Address: Denwick Lane, Alnwick NE66 1YU

When? 13th November ’23 – 7th January ’24

How much? £13.20 early bird offer.

Bamburgh Castle – Christmas at Bamburgh – Northumberland – Tickets on Sale

The magic of Christmas is returning to Bamburgh Castle this year. Father Christmas will be with us from the 18th of November until the 23rd of December in his very special festive grotto. A visit to see Father Christmas is an additional £19.95 per child plus the regular ticket price to the castle.

Plus Christmas Kingdom – The Christmas Kingdom returns to Bamburgh Castle on Saturday, November 11th. Following on from last year’s sumptuous The Twelve Days of Christmas, the Charlotte Lloyd Webber Event Design team returns with an inspired festive interpretation that promises to be our most dazzling Christmas experience yet with new immersive soundscapes that tinkle and peal and awe-inspiring 

Address: Bamburgh NE69 7DF

When? Father Christmas from 18/11/2023 – 23/12/2023.

How much? Please visit their website for pricing.

Kielder Winter Wonderland – Northumberland – Tickets on sale

Kielder Winter Wonderland is a full-day experience packed full of festive activities to keep you and your little ones entranced all day. Your full day will include everything from helping Mrs Christmas get ready for Christmas to helping in the elve’s workshop to walking through the forest to find Father Christmas plus lots more! With the forest home to Father Christmas and his festive friends, you never know who you could bump into!

Address: Kielder Forest Park, Kielder Waterside (Leaplish Waterside Park NE48 1BT

When? Selected dates from mid-November to 23rd December

How much? Ticket prices start from £33.50 per person. 

Kielder Winter Wonderland

Whitehouse Farm Centre – Santa’s Enchanted Elf Journey – Northumberland – Tickets on Sale

The Whitehouse farm elves are excited to present to you the most magical Santa’s Enchanted Elf Journey yet, for 2023.

This VIP Christmas experience will create magical memories to treasure with your loved ones. We have a jam-packed programme of festive fun, all included in the cost of your experience. 

We have no time limit in place, so you are able to join in the festivities at your leisure for up to 7 hours on the day of your visit if you wish of course. The only timed activity is your visit to the Enchanted Forest to meet Santa (when booking online, the timeslot you choose is the time you will depart on the festive tractor and trailer to the enchanted forest, but you are welcome to arrive earlier). 

Address: Whitehouse Farm Centre, Morpeth NE61 6AW

When? Various dates between 25/11/23 – 24/12/23

How much? Adults £18.50, children aged 2-16 £39.95 and under 2s are £31.95.

Leazes Park – Northern Lights – Tyne & Wear – Tickets On Sale

Northern Lights is a BRAND NEW light trail set in the heart of the city at Leazes Park. With immersive visuals and jaw-dropping illuminations, this after-dark experience will light up Newcastle like never before.

Be inspired by original audio compositions, dynamic choreography and intelligent design, across a mile-long walk through stunning parkland. Immerse yourself in magic this winter with an unforgettable light trail for you and the whole family to enjoy. Expect a fully accessible route & a Christmas village full to the brim with festive food and drinks.

Address: Leazes Park, Newcastle 

When? 23rd November ’23 – 1st Jan ’24

How much? Adults from £19, children aged 3-16 from £13.50 and under 3s are free.


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