Last Updated on March 13, 2024 by Suzy McCullough

There are some magical events happening this festive period in the South East of England in 2023 and some are yet to be confirmed. I’ve put them into one big post so you can search for the best Christmas events near you in the South East – in Berkshire – Buckinghamshire – London – East Sussex – West Sussex – Hampshire – Isle of Wight – Kent – Oxfordshire – Surrey where you can meet Santa and more. Don’t forget to book in advance this winter so your festive cheer isn’t left feeling disappointed.

Please double-check the event descriptions on the attraction’s website as the below information could change. It is essential that you read their own information carefully, some venues require you to prebook. 

There’s nothing like attending an event before Christmas Day and enjoying the festive atmosphere. Plus many places have some amazing Christmas decorations, previous years have been a testament to that.

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Best Christmas Events Hampshire 2023

4 Kingdoms – Magical Christmas Adventure – Hampshire – Tickets on sale

Join us this Christmas for a magical adventure to the North Pole, creating special family memories for years to come. Explore the fabulous world of the Elves before heading to Santa’s Lodge for a unique private audience. From snowballs and sleighs to presents and princesses, immersive yourself in a seasonal extravaganza; take lots of fantastic photos and come away laden with goodies and filled with Christmas cheer. Before you book your sleigh, let’s take a sneak peek and see what delights await you on your journey.

Address: Newbury Road, Headley, Thatcham RG19 8JY

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

How much? Regular adult tickets from £30, children from £40, under 1s £10.

Finkley Down – Magical Christmas – Hampshire – Tickets on sale

On arrival, you will collect your Christmas Passport, allowing you to participate in all of the magical fun. You will also collect your letter to send to Father Christmas via the Intergalactic Post Box using a special golden ball! As you complete each of the activities, the Elves will stamp your passport. Passport Control is open from 9:50 a.m.

Each child will go up individually to meet Father Christmas, and you will be surprised how much he knows about each of them. So, fingers crossed, they will all be on the good list!

Address: North Way, Andover SP11 6NF

When? 3rd December – 24th December

How much? Adult £12.95, child £35.95, other pricing options are available.

Longdown Activity Farm – Christmas – Hampshire – Tickets not yet on sale

Look out for the Festive Lodge and enter a magical world of twinkling trees, snow, sparkling lights and festive decorations to meet Father Christmas himself, who will be waiting to give the children a jolly wave and an extra special “ho-ho-ho”.

Our usual admissions apply. The farm will be open all day with a full schedule of your favourite animal activities to enjoy.

As a gift is not given, there is no additional charge to enter the Festive Lodge or to see Father Christmas.

Address: Deerleap Ln, Ashurst, Southampton, SO40 7EH

When? 24th November to 27th November, 1st to 4th December, 8th to 11th December, 15th to 23rd December 2023

How much? Normal entry costs apply.

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.

Sir Harold Hillier Gardens – Light Up – Hampshire – Tickets on Sale

We will showcase the gardens as they have never been seen before, transforming them into an awe-inspiring, kaleidoscopic, and multi-sensory world of light and sound. A truly unforgettable, magical walking experience for the whole family, and lovers of the great outdoors.

You’ll find a shimmering Tree of Joy, hypnotic lasers around the pond, mesmerising projected animals on the trees and a breathtakingly beautiful light show in Himalayan Valley to name just a few of this year’s spectacular and festive light art installations. We also have a feast of delicious street food and festive drinks for you to enjoy along your journey.

Address: Middle Park Way, Havant PO9 5HB
When? Selected dates from 30th November – 31st December

Staunton Farm – Enlightened – Hampshire

Enlightened are 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: Middle Park Way, Havant PO9 5HB

When? Selected dates December

How much? Adults from £18.50, children aged 3-15 from £12.50 and under 3s are free. Family tickets are available.

Best Christmas Events West Sussex 2023

Amberley Museum – Meet Father Christmas – West Sussex – Tickets on sale

Join us each weekend leading up to the big day as we celebrate the festive season with a selection of Christmas activities and book a magical visit to see Father Christmas and receive a present! Tickets to meet Father Christmas and to receive a present at Amberley Museum cost £7.50 per child (in addition to the general admission price).

Discover a selection of traditional craft gifts handmade by our wonderful volunteers in the Print Shop, the Pottery and Greenwood Village, or browse our Christmas Craft Market in Humphrey’s Barn.

Explore our lost Rodolph the Reindeer trail and send Father Christmas a telegram in the Connected Earth building.

Address: New Barn Rd, Amberley, Arundel BN18 9LT

When? 2nd-3rd, 9th-10th, 16th-17th December

How much? £7.50 per child to meet Santa plus the general admission price.

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Fishers Farm Park – Magic of Christmas – West Sussex – Tickets on Sale Soon

For more than 30 years we have truly cherished sharing our family-run farm park each Christmas with multiple generations from across Sussex, Surrey and the whole of the South, and this year we hope to be the most magical of all!

Join us in making the most incredible memories with your families and celebrating this Christmas season with Fishers Farm Park’s spectacular “Festive Fishers” event! The best Christmas day out since sliced (ginger)bread!

Watch the magic unfold as you are welcomed by real elves through the enchanting Christmas grotto! Join in the fun with some gingerbread decorating, a Reindeer Food creation station, then on to ‘Elf Security’ to check you’re on the nice list! Wind your way through the twinkly winter scenes, until you reach a very special door, where the real Father Christmas will be delighted to see you!

Address: Newpound Lane, Wisborough Green RH14 0EG

When? 25th November to 24th December

How much? TBC

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

Best Christmas Events West Sussex

Wakehurst – Glow Wild – West Sussex – Tickets on sale

Sussex’s ultimate festive trail is celebrating its tenth anniversary, featuring a never-before-seen route, brand new installations, and packed full of other surprises.

As darkness falls, the gardens are brought to life with beautifully hand-crafted winter lanterns and captivating light installations created by leading artists.

With under 4’s going free, Glow Wild is the perfect Christmas sensory experience for little ones.

This year, Glow Wild celebrates the sublime, inviting you to become part of the trail and discover awe-inspiring moments in nature.

Address: Selsfield Rd, Haywards Heath RH17 6TN

When? Selected dates from 23rd November – 1st January 2024

How much? Adults £19 pp, children 4-16 £12 pp and under 4s are free.

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Best Christmas Events Buckinghamshire 2023

Bekonscot Model Village and Railway – Santa Weekend – Buckinghamshire – Tickets on Sale

In his new Winter Wonderland Grotto in the picnic area, Santa will be welcoming visits from children between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. with a special gift for everyone.

Tickets will be for an allocated halfhour timeslot and will cost £9.50 per child. Tickets go on sale online on Wednesday 1st November

Address: New Barn Rd, Amberley, Arundel BN18 9LT

When? 9th-10th December

How much? Please see above. Normal entry ticket costs may also apply.

Bletchley Park – Vintage Christmas Grotto – Buckinghamshire – Tickets on sale

Come visit Father Christmas and his elves in Bletchley Park Mansion’s Ballroom, a beautiful, spacious wood-panelled room used by Codebreakers in World War Two.

Please phone 01908 272673 to book. Online booking will open shortly.

Address: The Mansion, Bletchley Park, Sherwood Dr, Bletchley, Milton Keynes MK3 6EB

When? 3, 9, 10, 16, 17, 20, 21, 22 and 23rd December

How much? £11 plus normal admission

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Buckinghamshire Railway Centre – Panto Express – Buckinghamshire – Tickets on sale

See Father Christmas in a ‘Grotto with a Difference’ – on a vintage steam train! Why queue for hours when you can sit on a steam train and wait for Santa to come to you?! You will be shown to your compartment on the steam train, and you will be taken up and down our 1/3 mile length of track whilst you wait for Father Christmas, who will be making his way along the train visiting all the children.

When he comes to you, one of his elves will pull gifts for the children from his huge toy sack! Once your train arrives back at Platform 4, make your way to the Pantomime seating at the far end of the Visitor Centre, sit back and enjoy the show! Enjoy the festive Christmas atmosphere inside our large Visitor Centre with decorations, a huge Christmas tree, festive music, plus a cafe and gift shop. 

Train ride approx. 25 mins; panto running time approx. 25 mins. You can stay and enjoy the cafe and gift shop etc before/after your experience.

Address: Quainton Road Station, Station Rd, Quainton, Aylesbury HP22 4BYv

When? Selected dates in November and December

How much? Tickets from £17.50 pp.

Gulliver’s Land – Christmas at Gullivers – Buckinghamshire – Tickets on sale

Look forward to a classic Christmas day out at Gulliver’s Land, Milton Keynes. All of our festive theme park packages below include:

  • Festive rides and attractions for all the family
  • Explore the Winter Wonderland before meeting Santa
  • A free gift for each child

Address: Livingstone Dr, Milton Keynes MK15 0DTv

When? Selected dates in November and December

How much? Tickets from £22 per person.

Odds Farm Park – Once Upon a Christmas – Buckinghamshire – Tickets on sale

Take a magical stroll to the North Pole and enjoy a personal visit to meet Father Christmas!

Soak up the seasonal splendour with the return of our sell-out Christmas Spectacular Experience, where the Farm Park has been sprinkled with yuletide wonder and festive frivolities, and families will be joined by a very special guest!

Enjoy a personal visit to meet Father Christmas in his grotto and be sure to tell him all of your Christmas wishes!

Address: Deerleap Ln, Ashurst, SWooburn Common, Wooburn Green, High Wycombe HP10 0LX

When? 25th November – 24th December

How much? Adults are £15.95, children are £48.95 and under 2s are £3.

Waddesdon Manor – Christmas – Buckinghamshire – Tickets on sale

This Christmas at Waddesdon, be spirited away to a magical wonderland as classic British tales come to life in the house and dazzling new light displays outside enchant and delight.

This year the Manor transforms into a fantastical and festive wonderland with displays in the house and brand-new light projections on the Manor façade inspired by three classic British tales. Go on a magical adventure as you enter the wondrous world of Alice in Wonderland, journey through the glittering snowscapes of The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe and fly with Peter Pan to Neverland.

Address: Waddesdon, Aylesbury HP18 0JH

When? Selected dates in November and December

How much? Adults from £22-37.50 and children from £11.50-18.50. National Trust members are cheaper.

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Best Christmas Events Kent 2023

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

Bewl Water – Elf Trail and Meet Santa – Kent – Tickets on Sale

Step into an enchanted Christmas at Bewl Water, where a tale of magic unfolds. At Santa’s request, with the delightful help of our woodland friends, we’ve brought all your Christmas wishes and festive fantasies to life, with moments and experiences you’ll treasure forever.

Bring your family to enjoy a magical Christmas at Bewl Water in the heart of our enchanted woodland! Tickets include four festive activities, a visit to Santa’s Grotto, a present for each child and live Christmas storytelling performances, so there’ll be plenty of fun to be had and mementoes to take home. Plus, there’s so much more to enjoy in our enchanted wonderland… stop off in our sweet shop for some marshmallows to toast and explore our themed magical lands and play zones all filled with plenty of photo opportunities!

Address: Bewlbridge Ln, Lamberhurst, Wadhurst TN3 8JH

When? 18th November – 24th December

How much? Children from £40 and adults are from £15.

Hever Castle – Christmas at Hever Castle – Kent – Tickets on Sale

This Christmas at Hever Castle, spend quality time with loved ones and enjoy a seasonal experience to remember.

Wrap up warm and enjoy a walk under the stars to explore the grounds. Witness the enchantment of the Castle, gardens and lake festooned with fabulous colours and twinkling lights, capturing the spirit of Christmas. 

Bring torches and pop on your wellies to see Hever Castle’s much-loved gardens lit up with glorious colour washes, spectacular illuminations and music.

In the Castle, you will be met with beautiful traditionally decorated rooms, welcoming log fires and twinkling Christmas trees.

Address: Hever Rd, Hever, Edenbridge TN8 7NG

When? 18th November 2023 – 1st January 2024

How much? Prices vary, please visit their website

Historic Dockyard Chatham – Mission Christmas – Kent – Tickets on Sale

This December you’re invited to step into the centre of this secret world and help Mrs Claus save Christmas from catastrophe. The elves are shy and hide from sight yet they are excited that humans will be passing through the substation BUT some of them have been up to mischief…

Your little ones will need to master the magical skills and learn the elf code before graduating from Elf Academy and solving the mystery of the missing clausometer.

Once you’ve saved Christmas, your journey will end in a magical meeting with Father Christmas. He’ll be so pleased with the help you’ve given Mrs Claus, he’ll present your little ones with a special gift to take home.

Address: Main Gate Rd, Chatham ME4 4TZ

When? 25th November – 24th December

How much? Prices start from £17 for a child and £14 for an adult. Prices vary depending on the date you visit.

Kent and East Sussex Railway – Santa Specials – Kent – Tickets on Sale

We love Christmas at the Kent and East Sussex Railway and we have been welcoming families to meet Santa on our trains for 46 years!  There’s nothing quite like the pleasure of a steam train ride knowing your child will meet Santa and receive a gift, all from the comfort of your allocated seats.  Sit back, relax and enjoy the journey!

Address: Tenterden Town Station, Station Rd, Tenterden TN30 6HE

When? Selected dates December

How much? Prices from £150 for 4 people

Kent Life – Christmas – Kent – Tickets on sale

A true Christmas Experience, the highlight of the visit will be meeting Father Christmas in his magical grotto, where children will be invited to select a gift of choice from the well stocked toy shop. You can also graduate from Elf School, snuggle up in front of some Christmas films, visit the sweet shop, build your own teddy bear*, catch a live show – or visit The Snow Inn for festive food and drink. Make sure you catch a ride on The Jingle Express too!

Address: Lock Ln, Maidstone ME14 3AU

When? Selected dates in November and December

How much? Adults are £10, children aged 1-15 £18 and other pricing options are available.

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Leeds Castle – Christmas Lights – Kent – Tickets on Sale

A magical trail with new lights for 2023 – festive fun at historic and glamorous Leeds Castle. Christmas Lights at Leeds Castle has everything you need for an unforgettable time with friends and family, including a magical glimpse of Father Christmas along the way.

It’s a place where new traditions can be made, a place designed for picture-perfect gatherings. Discover sparkling chandeliers delicately suspended in the trees, a laser garden filled with tiny beams of light, a path of twinkling mirrored hearts and Feast of Light, immersive glowing strings filled with all the colours of the rainbow, are just some of the new displays to see this year.

Address: Leeds Castle, Maidstone, Kent, ME17 1PD

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

How much? Standard tickets are £21.50 per adult and children aged 3-16 £15. 0-2-year-olds are free. Off-peak tickets are cheaper and peak tickets are more.

Christmas Lights at Leeds Castle

Leeds Castle – A Narnia Christmas – Kent – Tickets on Sale

This Christmas join us for our enchanting festive experience, bringing the beloved story of “The Lion, The Witch And The Wardrobe” to life. The whole family will embark on a magical journey through the wardrobe as they take in the wonder of Christmas in Narnia.

Travel to a winter wonderland cursed by an icy spell that has cast eternal winter on this mystical land. Will the spirit of Christmas be restored and will warmth and joy return?

Address: Leeds Castle, Maidstone, Kent, ME17 1PD

When? Selected dates from 25th November – 1st January

How much? Adults are £30 and children are £22.50 – tickets are now annual passes.

Romney Hythe and Dymchurch Railway – Santa Specials – Kent – Tickets on sale

Santa Specials include a return train journey from New Romney to Hythe, seasonal refreshments, and the main event – a visit to Santa in his Grotto, with a quality, age related gift for each child aged 1-15 yrs. Arrive early and visit the Model Railway Exhibition at New Romney before your train journey begins.

Add to your experience by selecting a All-Day Festive Breakfast before your departure to Hythe. Arrive early, and tuck into your Festive Feast at the Heywood Buffet, before visiting Santa at Hythe.

Address: New Romney Station, 2 Littlestone Rd, Littlestone, New Romney TN28 8PL

When? Selected dates in December

How much? Tickets from £29.50 per person.

Spa Valley Railway – Polar Express – Kent – Tickets on Sale

Your adventure starts exactly like the film, with THE POLAR EXPRESS™ collecting your whole family from Spa Valley Railway to start your magical journey to the North Pole and back. You’ll meet your favourite icons from the beloved movie, including the Conductor, dancing chefs, a mysterious ghost, and of course the magical Santa Claus himself. All of you (complete with your pyjamas for the authentic experience!) will experience gloriously immersive theatre on a train as you make your way slowly North.

Address: West Station, Royal Tunbridge Wells TN2 5QY

When? Selected dates in November and December

How much? Standard tickets from £33.95 up to £46.95.

Walmer Castle – Christmas at Walmer – Kent – Tickets on sale

Christmas at Walmer Castle is a brand new, interactive light trail for 2023 set to bring colour, lights and play to Kent 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: Kingsdown Rd, Walmer, Deal CT14 7LJ

When? 1 December 2023 – 1 January 2024 

How much? Please visit the link above for pricing

Enchanted at Walmer

Best Christmas Events East Sussex 2023

Blackberry Farm Park – Christmas – East Sussex – Entry to the farm can be prebooked

Tis the season to be jolly… Christmas fun at Blackberry Farm Park! Santa will be visiting us this year! Sessions bookable on arrival tickets are charged per child. (Gift included). Each visit includes a personal one-to-one with Santa, a photo opportunity, and a magical Christmas gift! Solve the Christmas Word Trail and receive a small treat. Treat yourself to a Mince Pie or Hot Chocolate from our Blackberry Cafe.

Address: Blackberry Farm, Whitesmith, Lewes BN8 6JD

When? Every weekend in December and during the holidays in the lead-up to Christmas

How much? £12.50 per person plus a small additional charge to meet Santa.

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.

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.

Best Christmas Events Oxfordshire 2023

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.

Best Christmas Events Oxfordshire 2020

Didcot Railway Centre – Steam into Christmas – Oxfordshire – Tickets on sale

Kids, there’s been a disaster, Santa’s reindeer have all escaped and are lost – you know that he needs them to deliver all the presents on Christmas Eve. 

We need your help! 

Can you help him find them? Explore the unique collection of Great Western Railway steam locomotives, carriages, wagons, buildings and small artefacts at our 21 acre museum set around the original 1932 engine shed whilst you locate all of the reindeer stations.

You’ll all receive a special passport and a stocking as you enter and as a reward, at each reindeer station, you’ll receive a small gift. Your visit will culminate with a visit to  Santa in our giant toy workshop where he’ll hear what you want to get for Christmas and you’ll get to choose your own gift from the selection on offer. Your entry ticket will also include unlimited train rides on our main demonstration line.v

Address: Station Rd, Didcot OX11 7NJ

When? Weekends 2, 3, 9, 10, 16, 17, December plus Wednesday 21, Thursday 22 and Friday 23.

How much? Adults are £20, children aged 1+ are £25 each.

Fairytale Farm – Christmas Fairytale – Oxfordshire – Tickets on sale

Tickets are now on sale for our Christmas Fairytale event 2023, which runs on Saturdays and Sundays from 2nd to 10th December, then daily from 11th December to Christmas Eve. Our Grotto is open until 5pm, except on Saturday and Sunday 9th, 10th, 16th, 17th and daily 21st to 23rd December, when it remains open until 7pm.

This year’s event will be significantly expanded compared to previous years, with a whole new area that will feature a range of new festive experiences. All the best elements from previous years will remain, such as the cosy and atmospheric Grotto, the Castle walk-through and our spectacular Christmas illuminations.

Address: Southcombe OX7 5QH

When? On selected dates from 2nd – 24th December

How much? £9.50 for an adult, children are £16.99 and under 2s are £7.49.

Best Christmas Events Surrey 2023

Birdworld Santa and the Polar Explorers – Surrey – Tickets on Sale

Join Santa and the Polar Explorers at our ‘Adventure Stories from the North Pole’ show – it’s all included in your entry ticket price!

Meet Horatio the Polar Bear, a warm and magical friend of Santa’s. He’s travelled all the way from the North Pole with the Polar Explorers to visit Birdworld. Horatio is excited to meet friendly faces, share Christmas stories, and tell you all about his special job as the Guardian of The Gifts.

Everyone will make a wish to send them to the North Pole while Santa has photos with the children, and the elves entertain and delight visitors young and old, ensuring everyone leaves with a warm, seasonal smile.

Address: Holt Pound Ln, A325, Farnham GU10 4LD

When? 2nd-3rd, 9th-10th and 16th-24th December

How much? Adults are £19.95 and children are £15.95. Under 3s are free.

Bocketts Farm – Christmas at Bocketts – Surrey – Tickets on sale

  • Meet Father Christmas in his magical workshop
  • Complete your Christmas Activity Book
  • Make your own Reindeer Food to take home
  • Get creative in the Christmas Craft Corner
  • Step into the Giant Snowglobe
  • Meet gorgeous baby lambs
  • Enjoy the heated indoor play
  • Explore acres of outdoor adventure

Address: Bocketts Farm Park, Young St, Fetcham, Leatherhead, Surrey, KT22 9BS

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

How much? Adults are £7-17 and children are £28-39.50.

Godstone Farm – Father Christmas – Surrey – Tickets on sale

We’re delighted that Father Christmas enjoys his annual visit to Godstone Farm so much, he’s going to come back again this year!

A visit to Father Christmas at Godstone Farm is a unique experience and will include a private meeting with Father Christmas in his cosy grotto, as well as the opportunity to take part in fun and festive activities! It’s the most wonderful time of the year so make it extra special with a magical visit to Godstone Farm.

Address: Farm Limited, Tilburstow Hill Rd, Godstone RH9 8LX

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

How much? Father Christmas visit with farm entry – Adults £13.95, children aged 2-16 £32.00, under 2 £26 and you can also purchase dusk tickets which are cheaper as they don’t include farm entry.

Hatchlands Park – Visit Father Christmas – Surrey – Tickets on sale

Book your visit to meet Father Christmas in his cosy hideout in the old stables and receive an exclusive Hatchlands teddy bear. Please note: Normal admission applies.

Father Christmas is visiting Hatchlands again this year. You can come along and meet him in his cosy hideout in the old stables, have a quick chat and receive our special Hatchlands Park 2023 teddy bear as a present from Father Christmas.

Father Christmas will see 8 children per slot. Your visit will be within the 30-minute time slot you booked so you may have a short wait when you arrive. Booking for this event is essential.

Address: East Clandon, Guildford GU4 7RT

When? 2nd-3rd, 9th-10th and 16th-17th December

How much? £7.50 per child plus the normal entrance fee.

RHS Garden Wisley – Glow 2023 – Surrey – Tickets on sale

Bring all the family for a magical evening at RHS Garden Wisley. At Glow 2023, see the garden in breathtaking beauty as amazing illuminations light your way on a wonder-filled journey.

The Glasshouse will be filled with light and fun with a Christmas beach theme, and outside, the Glasshouse Lake will sparkle with disco balls. Rock Garden and Oakwood will be all aglow, while the Alpine Meadow becomes a ‘field of fire’. Enjoy the Wisteria Walk lit in a haze of purple, before the grand finale of fire and water at the Laboratory. 

Please note that some installations contain flashing lights and special effects.

Address: Wisley Ln, Wisley, Woking GU23 6QB

When? 24 November 2023 – 2 January 2024. There is no Glow event is 24 – 26 December 2023

How much? Adult £19.95, child £12.95 and members are cheaper.

Best Christmas Events Surrey

Best Christmas Events London 2023

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.

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.

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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.

Kenwood – Christmas at Kenwood – London – Tickets on Sale

With 13 brand new installations and a whole new look, this interactive light trail invites you to expect the unexpected and allow the Christmas spirit take over as you take a stroll through the grounds of Kenwood.

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.

Internationally renowned and award-winning Creative Director Katherine Jewkes will work alongside light art pioneers, Luminism to create an exciting immersive experience guaranteed to thrill the senses as you explore the trail and witness the historic building bathed in light.

Address: Hampstead Lane, Hampstead, Greater London, NW3 7JR

When? 1st December – 1st January

How much? Ticket prices vary, please visit their website for pricing.

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.


Kingdom Of Winter – London – Tickets on sale

A new destination for festive fun – all under one roof

This Christmas, whisk your family away on a magical adventure. Journey to the Kingdom of Winter – London’s exciting new destination for festive fun at ExCeL London.

This is London’s only indoor festive experience designed with all the convenience that families need to make a perfect day out. Step into another world and enjoy a host of attractions, including a winter themed circus, ice skating, fairground rides, an immersive ice expedition trail, an alpine-style Christmas market and a tantalising range of festive food and drink all under one roof.

Address: Kingdom of Winter, ExCeL London, E16 1XL

When? Selected dates from 8th December – 7th January

How much? Prices vary – please visit their website

London Zoo – The Magic of Christmas – London – Tickets on sale

Santa is heading back to London Zoo this Christmas, along with a host of festive activities the whole family will love.

Full details will be coming soon, but we’re delighted to confirm that Santa will again be visiting throughout December.

Address: Outer Cir, London NW1 4RY

When? From 26th November – 1st January

How much? Normal entry costs plus £15 to meet Santa.

SEA LIFE London – Help Save Fishmas – Tickets on sale

Go on a journey to find the missing gifts scattered around the aquarium, whilst learning a thing or two about the world’s oceans and the creatures that call it home. Keep your cool as locate each of the missing presents, and waddle through to Penguin Point to get up close to London’s cutest colony of Gentoo Penguins.

Once you have found all the gifts, reveal the secret message for your chance to win special prize! Are you up for the festive challenge?

Address: Riverside Building, County Hall, Westminster Bridge Rd, London SE1 7PB

When? This December

How much? Adults from £29.50 and children are slightly cheaper

Secret Cinema – Wishmas – London – Tickets on Sale

This holiday season, Wishmas will be answering the question ‘Where do all your wishes go?’ The immersive storytelling experience will take place at The Old Bauble Factory under Waterloo Station and is set to be a great event for families, couples and anyone wanting some festive cheer, or an alternative to Winter Wonderland!

Address: Waterloo

When? Selected dates, 14th November 2023 – 7th January 2024

How much? Tickets from £29. Wishmas Meet & Greet Experience from £79.

Shrek’s Adventure – Christmas Grotto – London – Tickets on sale

This Christmas, the magical Shrek santa experience returns to Shrek’s Adventure! London.

Shrek’s Christmas experience is running on selected dates throughout December. Have the adventure of a lifetime and create memories you’ll never forget at Shrek’s Adventure! London this Christmas.

Address: Riverside Building, County Hall, Westminster Bridge Rd, London SE1 7PB

When? Entrance to Shrek Santa’s Christmas experience included on 3rd, 4th, 10th, 11th and 17th-24th of December

How much? Online from £24 per adult and children are from £19.

Tower of London – Christmas at the Tower – London – Event to be confirmed

Info from last year – We’re bringing the 12 Days of Christmas to life in a unique Tower of London style. Discover 9 rowdy ravens, seek out a Christmas tree for each of Henry VIII’s wives, or snap a photo with 3 lordly life-size lions in support of England’s World Cup campaign. Pick up a special trail map and find all the song’s famous verses with your true loves – whether they’re friends or family. Complete a perfect festive day out with an indulgent mince pie and warming hot chocolate from our café.

Address: London EC3N 4AB

When? TBC

How much? TBC

Wishmas – A Fantastical Christmas Adventure – London – Tickets on Sale

Wishmas is a fully immersive winter-time experience for all the family. 

Ever wondered where all of your wishes go?

For as long as there have been wishes, there has been Wishmas, an enchanted world where wishes take flight. For those who believe, the portal to Wishmas opens its doors for a twinkle in time during the most magical season: Christmas.

  • Duration – 60-90 mins (depending on the ticket)
  • Under 2’s do not require a ticket

Address: The Old Bauble Factory, Waterloo, Launcelot Street, London, SE1 7AD
When? 14th November ’23 – 7th January ’24

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4 Kingdoms Adventure Park and Farm – Magical Christmas Adventure – Berkshire – Tickets on sale

The Magical Christmas Adventure is a spectacular 2.5-hour storytelling journey filled with festive goodness. It’s a magical, immersive theatrical experience creating incredible memories and excitement for all the family. 

Now in its 11th year of festive magic, The Magical Christmas Adventure is the seasonal extravaganza filled with Christmas cheer. Guests will immerse themselves into Santa’s winter wonderland as they are transported to the North Pole in preparation for the Santa Annual New Toy Awards (the SANTA’s). As Santa and his Elves prepare for their busiest night of the year, guests will explore Santa’s lodge, the magical North Pole village of Sparkle Copse, woodlands with snow-laden trees, the elves’ very own kitchen filled with delicious cookies, and more, all topped off with a visit to Santa’s grotto to meet the big man himself. 

Guests can expect toys and teddies, snowballs and sleighs, reindeer and polar bears, and of course it wouldn’t be Christmas without presents, The Magical Christmas Adventure is a seasonal extravaganza and the ultimate festive day out where guests can create special family memories. 

Address: 4 Kingdoms Adventure Park and Farm, Newbury Road, Headley, RG19 8JY 

When? From 25 November – 24 December

How much? Standard and VIP Ticket options are available. Children’s tickets aged 1+ (with all the extras mentioned above), and adult tickets are available. Please visit their website. (Booking fees apply) 

Cholsey and Wallingford Railway – Santa Express – Berkshire – Tickets on sale

Be entertained by Santa’s elves, be visited by Father Christmas and every child will receive a present. Before departure adults will receive a free festive drink and mince pie, and children will receive a soft drink and a sweet treat from our Christmas Market.

The journey will take approximately an hour and you will be accompanied throughout by Santa’s elves and our team of volunteers. 

Address: Cholsey & Wallingford Railway Preservation Society, 5 Hithercroft Rd, Wallingford OX10 9GQ

When? November 25th & 26th, December 2nd & 3rd, 9th & 10th, 16th & 17th, 22nd & 23rd

How much? £20 pp and under 2s on laps are £5.

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.

Lapland UK

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 for.

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.

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Welford Park – Spectacle of Light – Berkshire – Tickets on Sale

Discover the night-time wonder of Welford Park through a wonderful spectacle of light and sound. Enjoy this beautiful, illuminated trail through the majestic woodland and around the gardens all lit under the stars.

Explore the stunning light installations, walk through the ever-changing Kaleidoscope and immerse yourself in the Carpet of Colour. Be amazed by the sparkling Light Beams, Moroccan Lanterns and much, much

Address: Welford, Newbury, Berkshire, RG20 8HU
When? 22nd November – 30th December

Windsor Park – Windsor Great Park Illuminated – Berkshire – Tickets on sale

With a generous sparkle of new installations and a sprinkling of favourites returning, this year’s Windsor Great Park Illuminated promises to be more magical than ever. Our most popular dates sell out quickly so make sure you get in quick to secure the date and time of your choice.

Follow a path through woodland awash with colour as mythical creatures, sparkles of fireflies and dancing fairies blaze the way, the lake alive with flood-lit fountains and breath-taking projections. At a cosy rest spot, enjoy mouth-wateringly good food, mulled wine and hot chocolate or toast marshmallows at one of the fire pits.

Address: The Savill Garden, Englefield Green, Egham TW20 0UJ

When? 16th November – 2nd January

How much? Adults from £19.80 and children from £12.10.

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Isle of Wight Steam Railway – Santa Specials – Isle of Wight – Tickets on Sale

An enchanting Christmas experience awaits you and your little ones at the Isle of Wight Steam Railway this December.

Board one of the majestic steam trains for a magical journey through wintery woodland from the comfort of a heated and beautifully restored carriage. Settle back and travel in style as you and your family enjoy your own exclusive compartment.

Listen to the evocative sound of the steam locomotive as you settle back for the 10-mile round trip.

Please note: pre-booking is essential.

Address: The Railway Station, Main Rd, Havenstreet, Ryde PO33 4DS

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

How much? Tickets from £20.50 for an adult and from £16.50 for a child aged 5-17, ages 3-4 are £10.95.

Tapnell Farm Park – Christmas Experience – Isle of Wight – Tickets on sale

Join us for another magical immersive journey with even more enchantment and magic than ever before!

Set your compass North as you embark on a Christmas adventure like no other. This award-winning immersive experience will leave you and the family full of Christmas magic as you set off on your travels, meeting the most fun-loving, memorable characters along the way.

With Christmas fast approaching and the clock ever ticking down to the big day, there seems to be a glitch with the North Pole Elves not receiving mail, and without this, the question on everyone’s lips is … how does Santa know who would like what for Christmas?!

Address: Tapnell Farm House, Newport Rd, Yarmouth PO41 0YJ

When? 1st – 24th December

How much? Daytime entry – Children aged 2-16 from £29.95-31.95 and adults from £23.50-25.50. Evening tickets are a separate cost.

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