Best Christmas Events West Midlands 2023 – Meet Santa and More

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Last Updated on September 1, 2023 by Suzy

There are some magical events happening this festive period in the West Midlands 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 West Midlands – Shropshire – Staffordshire – Warwickshire – Worcestershire 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 Worcestershire 2023

All Things Wild – A Magical Christmas Adventure – Worcestershire – Tickets on Sale

Santa’s Grotto: The star of the show, Santa Claus himself, will be waiting to greet children of all ages in his cosy grotto. During your individual family visits, you will have the chance to share your holiday wishes, snap a photo, and receive a small festive treat from the man in red and so much more.

Address: Station Rd, Honeybourne, Evesham WR11 7QZ

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

How much? Children are £24-30 and under 1s with a gift are £8. Adults are £16 each.

Attwell Farm Park – Winter Barn Workshop – Worcestershire – Tickets on Sale

There’s a host of heartwarming activities that capture the spirit of the season, including the chance to meet Buddy and Holly, our beloved reindeer companions. Craft magical reindeer food, Decorate your very own tree decorations, Write Father Christmas a letter and create personalized Christmas cards that will warm hearts.

Address: Seafield Ln, Redditch B98 9DB

When? Selected dates from 25th November to 25th December

How much? Prices vary as there are three different packages available. Please visit their website for pricing.

Bodenham Arboretum – Christmas Nativity Trail – Worcestershire – Tickets on Sale

Follow the stars that take you on a walk around the Arboretum’s ‘Big Pool’ and take part, if you wish, in our walk-along Christmas quiz! The trail will take you to our Farmyard where you can see our live nativity scenes starring our farm animals, including hopefully our new baby donkey.

Address: Bodenham Arboretum, Bodenham Lane, Kidderminster, Worcestershire, DY11 5TB

When? 25th November 2023 – 4th January 2024

How much? Adults are £7.50 and children aged 3-16 are £4.50 + there is a booking fee.

Little Owl Farm Park – Christmas – Worcestershire – Tickets on Sale

Our team have been busy working hard with Father Christmas and his elves to help us prepare for our most magical Christmas yet! Enjoy a day full of festive fun at the farm with your family & make some memories to last a lifetime. Meet Santa, Gingerbread Decorating, Mini Magical Village and Tinsel-Tastic Tractor Ride.

Address: Owl Hill Lane Dunhampton, Stourport-on-Severn DY13 9SS

When? Grotto Experience – 2nd, 3rd, 9th, 10th, 16th, 17th, 21st, 22nd, 23rd & 24th December 2023. Simply Santa – 2nd, 3rd, 9th, 10th, 16th, 17th, 21st, 22nd & 23rd December 2023.

How much? Please visit their website as there are different pricing options.

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.

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.  

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.

Christmas Events Staffordshire 2023

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.

Best Christmas Events Staffordshire 2020

Biddulph Grange – Festive Nights – Staffordshire – Tickets on Sale

Time to see the Garden in a festive light! Festive Nights returns to Biddulph Grange Garden once again. Bring along your family to explore the Garden after hours, beautifully lit with Christmas lights. A perfect chance to soak up the seasonal atmosphere and make wonderful memories.

Address: Grange Rd, Biddulph, Stoke-on-Trent ST8 7SD

When? Selected dates in December from the 2nd

How much? Adults are £12 and children are £8.50. Other pricing options are available.

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. 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.

Drayton Manor – Christmas Wonderland – Staffordshire – Tickets on Sale


  • 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 £30 or including Wishmas Express from £32.

Drayton Manor Theme Park Magical Christmas

Foxfield Railway – North Pole Express – Staffordshire – Tickets on Sale

The North Pole Express runs from the last weekend in November through to Christmas Eve and is a favourite for all ages. The train is decorated to bring festive cheer and each child gets a gift from Santa plus there’s plenty of entertainment along the way and Christmas treats to eat and enjoy. Book your places on the North Pole Express now to avoid disappointment.

Address: Foxfield Railway Station, Caverswall Rd, Blythe Bridge, Stoke-on-Trent ST11 9BG

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

How much? Table for up to 4 people £82, Standard Compartment for up to 8 people £171 and slightly more for 1st class

Lower Drayton Farm – Xmas – Staffordshire – Tickets on Sale

Immerse yourself in a world of enchantment and wonder as we invite you and your loved ones to experience the most magical Christmas extravaganza ever – Jingle Ville! Nestled in the heart of our winter wonder farm, Jingle Ville promises to transport you and your family to a realm of festive joy, where holiday dreams come true and cherished memories are made.

Address: The Play Barn Lower Drayton Lane, Stafford ST19 5RE

When? Selected dates in December

How much? Adults from £16.20, children (any age) from £32.50 to £40.00 and under 1s not participating are free.

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.

Peak Wildlife Park – Santa’s Grotto – Staffordshire – Tickets on sale

Use promo code WEB2023 for an extra discount.

This Christmas bring the whole family to Peak Wildlife Park to meet Santa in his magical grotto!

Spend the whole day at Peak Wildlife Park with your little ones meeting the animals and having some festive fun, knowing that you have an extra special treat lined up… The elves have some Christmas crafts planned for all to enjoy and are on hand to help you write your letter to Santa before visiting Father Christmas himself in his cosy Grotto.

Address: UK, Winkhill, Leek ST13 7QR

When? Selected dates in November and December

How Much? Adults are £18.95 and children are £16.95.

Shugborough Estate – Luminate – Staffordshire – Tickets on sale

Luminate’s Walton Gardens Winter Light Trail presents a delightful world of light and music in the beautiful Cheshire gardens. Immerse yourself in the trail as you enjoy stunning light displays and a captivating ambience as you stroll along the enchanting path of what feels like magic. 

Address: Milford, Great Haywood, Stafford ST17 0UP

When? Selected dates in December and January

How Much? Book now from £16.75 per adult

Shugborough Estate Luminate

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.

Statfold Barn Railway – Magical Santa Express – Staffordshire – Tickets on sale

All aboard Statfold’s Magical Santa Express this Christmas for a festive day out for the whole family! Your enchanting journey starts in the North Pole Post Office, where younger Guests will write their letters to Santa (assisted by his team of trustworthy elves) before posting them into a magical post box. All before boarding a beautifully lit train to head to see the big man himself!

Address: Ashby Rd, Tamworth B79 0BU

When? Selected dates from 26th November until 23rd December

How much? Adults from £18.50, children from £23.50, under 3’s are free. Other pricing options are available. Pre-booking online is essential.

Best Christmas Events Staffordshire

Trentham Shopping Village – Meet Father Christmas – Staffordshire – Tickets on Sale

Join Father Christmas and his loveable elf at Trentham’s North Pole in his grotto for a magical and unforgettable experience. Are you on the ‘good list’ this year to receive a small gift from Father Christmas?

Address: Stone Rd, Trentham, Stoke-on-Trent ST4 8JG

When? November 18, 2023 – December 24, 2023

How much? £17 per child

Christmas Events West Midlands 2023

Birmingham Botanical Gardens – Illuminate – West Midlands – Tickets on Sale

Be encapsulated at Birmingham Botanical Gardens’ Winter Light Trail this Christmas for an unforgettable night under the lights! Gaze and interact with a whole host of light displays and make the most of some delicious treats along the way. 

Address: Westbourne Rd, Birmingham B15 3TR

When? Selected dates from 25th November – 2nd January

How much? Book now from £16.75 per adult

Birmingham Botanical Gardens Illuminate

Birmingham Vintage Trains – Polar Express – West Midlands

THE POLAR EXPRESS™ Train Ride leaves Birmingham Moor Street station and takes place on board heritage carriages hauled on the return journey by a real steam engine. The performance offers the magic and charm of the 2004 motion picture. THE POLAR EXPRESS™ theatrically re-created so that you and your guests can immerse yourselves in the sights, sounds and intrigue of this classic children’s tale.

Address: Moor St Station, Moor St, Holloway Circus, Birmingham B4 7UL

When? Selected dates from 25th November – 23rd December

How Much? Prices start at £98 for 2 people.

Black Country Living Museum – Christmas – West Midlands – Tickets on Sale

Visit the Black Country Living Museum this festive season and explore Black Country Christmases through time. With a range of events on offer, there’s something for everyone to enjoy. 

  • Glad Tidings – enjoy the Museum after hours for a cosy evening
  • Santa Hunts – explore the Museum on a small guided tour to find Santa

Address: Tipton Rd, Dudley DY1 4SQ

When? Dates vary for each event

How much? Please visit their website or ring the ticketing team

Cadbury World – Step Into Christmas – West Midlands – Tickets on Sale

  • 17 shows throughout the day from 11.00 AM – 5.40 PM

To celebrate the most magical time of the year, Cadbury World will be transformed into a festive winter wonderland with a giant chocolate Christmas tree and festive decorations throughout the reception area. Visitors can also stock up on seasonal souvenirs, gifts and handcrafted festive chocolatey novelties in The Cadbury World Shop at the end of the self-guided tour.

Address: 69 Linden Rd, Birmingham B30 1JR

When? Weekends from Saturday 18th November to Saturday 23rd December + 21st & 22nd December.

How much? From £21 per adult and children aged 3-15 are from £15.50

Dudley Canal and River Trust – Winter nights by Christmas Lights – West Midlands – Tickets on sale

Climb on board and journey through our festive tunnels to enjoy winter nights by Christmas lights. On your 45-minute boat trip, we will transport you to a Magical Christmas Wonderland. Our caverns and tunnels will be beautifully lit and decorated to create a breathtaking atmosphere. After your trip, you disembark to join Santa and his elves in the Christmas workshop that is located in our main building. With a gift for every child.

Address: Dudley Canal and Tunnel Trust, 501 Birmingham New Road, Dudley, DY1 4SB

When? Selected dates from 1st to 23rd December

How much? £16.50 per person and under 1s are £2.75.

LEGOLAND Discovery Centre – Christmas Bricktacular – West Midlands – Tickets On Sale

Get into the festive spirit at the ultimate LEGO Christmas adventure! There are so many magical activities to join in with as well as two awesome rides, lots of LEGO build & play zones and a 4D cinema experience at the ultimate indoor LEGO® playground! Take part in a scavenger hunt in our winter wonderland-themed MINILAND® – find the reindeer to make sure Santa can deliver his presents in time! Meet LEGO Santa in his awesome new home*

Address: LEGOLAND Discovery Centre, Arena, King Edwards Rd, Birmingham B1 2AA

When? 19th November – 24th December

How much? From £18.50 pp and meet Santa in his Grotto from £7.50 pp.

SEA LIFE Birmingham – Visit Santa in his Grotto – West Midlands – Tickets on Sale

Sea explorers will be able to marvel at over 2,000 amazing creatures including jaw-some sharks, cheeky gentoo penguins and the UK’s first and only sea otters, Ozzy and Ola before entering our glittering grotto where Santa and his cheeky elves will be waiting in their magical winter wonderland to say hello and find out what’s on the top of those Christmas lists this year! Every child who visits Santa in his grotto will be given a present to take home and enjoy! Tickets to see Santa is an additional charge.

Address: Eleven Brindley Place, The Water’s Edge, Birmingham B1 2HL

When? 25th November – 24th December

How much? Priced at £8.50pp, all guests must also hold a valid ticket to the attraction for the same day. Merlin Annual Passholders can add on the Santa experience for £6.50.

Severn Valley Railway – West Midlands – Santa Trains – Tickets on sale

Make memories with Severn Valley Railway on the Santa Trains Christmas experience

Your Santa Trains ticket includes:

  • Private compartment or reserved table on a steam train
  • Train travel from Kidderminster to Arley and return (approximately 30 minutes each way)
  • Complimentary hot drink for adults and cold drink for children
  • Complimentary gingerbread biscuit for each passenger
  • Professional Christmas stage show at Arley where you see Father Christmas and other characters
  • Quality present for each child
  • Stunning photo opportunities

Address: 1st Floor, Bell Ct, Stratford-upon-Avon CV37 6EX

When? Selected dates in November and December

How much? Compartment of 4 £184, or 6 £276.00

West Midland Safari Park – Santa Safari – West Midlands – Tickets on Sale

Santa’s Grotto – With an allocated time to see Santa, you will be greeted in the Discovery Trail by one of his helpful Elves who will show you to the sleigh where you will be magically transported to the North Pole & into Santa’s Grotto!

Address: Spring Grove Rd, Bewdley, Kidderminster DY12 1LF

When? 24th November – 24th December

How much? Prices vary as there are different packages on offer. Please visit their website.

Wild Zoological Park – Meet Santa – West Midlands – Tickets on Sale

Each Santa ticket purchased is for x1 Child (2yrs – 15yrs Included) to meet Santa including x1 Child Zoo Admission Ticket and GIFT from Santa. We can’t find any exact information about this event.

Address: WILD Zoological Park, Upper Whittimere Farm, Tom Ln, Halfpenny Green DY7 5EP

When? Selected dates in December

How much? Child entry plus Santa meet tickets are from £30. Adults are normal entry prices.

Wolverhampton West Park – Luminate – West Midlands – Tickets on Sale

A spectacular, illuminated trail, full of wonder and intrigue, to delight and enthral your senses.

As darkness descends, embark on an enchanting journey, as we weave a captivating light trail through the beautiful gardens of West Park. Immerse yourself in our mesmerising almost mile-long trail, with stunning lighting elements and fabulous light play, all set to ambient music.

A timeless experience to be enjoyed by all, young and old alike.

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

Address: Wolverhampton, WV1 4PH

When? Selected dates from 1st December – 24th January

Christmas Events Shropshire 2023

Blists Hill Victorian Town – Victorian Christmas Weekends – Shropshire – Tickets on Sale

Join us as a choir and a brass band bring some festive spirit to Blists Hill Victorian Town’s Christmas Weekends. As well as enjoying the town’s usual exhibits, decorated for the season, kids will be able to whirl down the helter-skelter, enjoy the Punch and Judy show, and, of course, meet Father Christmas in one of the grottos. Book a place in Elf School* and learn how to become an Elf!

Address: Legges Way, Telford TF7 5UD

When? 9th – 10th & 16th – 17th December

How much? Tickets cost £25 for adults and £15 for children. Additional charges apply for some activities. 

Best Christmas Events West Midlands 2020 – Meet Santa and More

Coalbrookdale – Winter Wonderland – Shropshire – Event not yet confirmed

Info from last year – Explore the enchanted forest as you search for Santa and his Elves. Take a selfie amongst the twinkling trees, and enjoy music and entertainment whilst you wait for the big man. Make sure to think about what you’ll say to Santa, and how you’ll thank him for his generous gift! As an additional treat, everyone visiting Santa will receive a voucher entitling them to half-price entry to Enginuity on the day of their visit.

Address: Coach Rd, Coalbrookdale, Telford TF8 7DQ

When? TBC

How much? TBC

Best Christmas Events West Midlands 2020 – Meet Santa and More

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.

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

Hoo Zoo – A Snow Princess Christmas – Shropshire – Tickets on Sale

Experience Hoo Zoo all lit up for Christmas. Help Mrs Claus and Father Christmas’ elves make some sand art before travelling through the Winter Wonderland and meeting the main man himself. Afterwards, head into our Christmas village and meet both of our Snow Princesses whilst enjoying story time or singalong.

Address: Hadley, Telford TF6 6DJ

When? 24 November – 23 December

How much? Adults £10.95, children aged 2-15 from £18.96-23.96. Under 2s are £5 and other pricing options are available.

Park Hall Farm – The Santa Experience – Shropshire – Tickets on Sale

Our Santa Experience is a wonderful way to make festive memories with your children. Come along to the farm for an extra special visit to see Santa and his elves. Every child will receive a generous gift from Santa to take a little bit of magic home with them.

Address: Burma Rd, Whittington, Oswestry SY11 4AS

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

How much? Adult: £12.95, Child (over 2): £24.95, Child (under 2): £15.95 and Child Member: £18.95.

Wonderland – Christmas Wonderland – Shropshire – Tickets on Sale



Plus there is a daytime event with different activities on weekends from the 25th-26th of November to the 23rd of December.

Address: Hinkshay Rd, Dark Ln, Telford TF4 3NZ

When? Evening Event – 15th, 16th and 22nd Cember

How much? Prices differ for the two events. Please visit their website.

Christmas Events Warwickshire 2023

Coombe Abbey – Luminate – Warwickshire – 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. 

Address: Brinklow Rd, Binley, Coventry CV3 2AB

When? Selected dates from 24th November 2023 – 2nd January 2024

How much? Book now from £16.75 per adult

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.

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.

Kenilworth Castle – Father Christmas at Kenilworth – Warwickshire – Tickets On Sale

Join in the festive fun with Father Christmas at Kenilworth Castle as the man himself tells seasonal stories among the traditional decorations. Tickets to Father Christmas at Kenilworth Castle cost £9.50 per child. This includes the group storytelling session and a small present.

Address: Castle Green, Kenilworth CV8 1NG

When? Sat 2 & Sun 3, Sat 9 & Sun 10, Sat 16 & Sun 17, Sat 23 Dec 2023

How much? Please visit their website

Magic Alley – Christmas in the Crystal Kingdom – Warwickshire – Tickets on sale

Enter Christmas in the Crystal Kingdom and make your way through our magical rooms completing the Christmas quest and solving puzzles on the way. In 2023 your journey will start in our snow-covered Enchanted Forest. There may be more than one family in the forest to reduce queuing but the Quest Elf will come and find your family and allocate the appropriate quest to start your journey through the Crystal Kingdom

Address: 1st Floor, Bell Ct, Stratford-upon-Avon CV37 6EX

When? Selected dates in November and December

How much? All tickets are £15 per person

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.

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.

Best Christmas Events West Midlands

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