Best Christmas Events East Midlands 2021 – Meet Santa and More

Hurry, Hurry! Lots of places are selling out fast for their timed meet and greet Santa slots so it’s time to get booked. There are quite a few magical events happening this Christmas 2021 in the East Midlands. I’ve put them into one big post so here you will find the best Christmas events in the East midlands – Lincolnshire, Derbyshire, Leicestershire, Northamptonshire and Nottinghamshire – where you can meet Santa and more. Don’t forget to book in advance where possible.

Please check with the attractions with regards to cancellations/changing of events due to covid. It may also be an idea to check with the attraction that everything is as advertised the day before you visit.

Please also 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.

Things to do Christmas – Lincolnshire, Nottinghamshire, Derbyshire, Leicestershire – Northamptonshire – East Midlands

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Battlefield Line – Santa Specials – Leicestershire – Tickets on Sale

Following on from our highly successful 2020 Santa trains, we have listened to customer feedback and launching some exciting changes this year, beginning with the introduction of Bronze, Silver and Gold tickets.

Bronze – Passengers will be seated at their own table (each table seats up to 4) in one of our open plan coaches. Once boarded, all adults will be offered a mince pie, and children will receive a packet of sweets. During your return steam train journey, Santa will visit your group at your table to spread some festive joy and hand a small present to each child.

Please see their website for further information on the Silver and Gold packages.

Battlefield line

Address: Shackerstone Station, Shackerstone CV13 6NW

When? Selected dates in November and December

How much/Do you have to prebook? Prices start at £13 per person. Prebooking is essential.

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Christmas at Belton House – Lincolnshire – Tickets on sale

Look forward to some together time and make everlasting memories, as you discover sparkling tunnels of light, dancing waterside reflections and trees drenched in jewel-like colour. For a moment of reflection pause at mesmerising flickering flames in the fire garden, gaze up at larger-than-life illuminations and don’t forget to glimpse Father Christmas along the way.

Address: High Road Belton, Grantham NG32 2LW

When? From 25 November 2021 to 2 January 2022

How much/Do you have to prebook? Adult ticket £28 for first adult including your car and £20 for each adult thereafter. £14.00 for a child aged 3-16 and 0-2 are free. Prebooking is essential. Tickets are cheaper if you are a member of the National Trust.

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Belvoir Castle Regency Christmas and Light Trail – Leicestershire – Tickets on sale

Experience the magic of a colourful Regency Christmas, crafted by our award-winning designers, in one of the finest surviving examples of Regency architecture to be found anywhere in the world. Step back in time as you travel through the Castle and witness the wonders of Christmas past.

Illuminated trail – Brand new for 2021, we are partnering with Enlightened to bring you Enlightened Belvoir, a 1.3km light trail which will be illuminating the beauty of Belvoir Castle this winter

Belvoir Castle

Address: Grantham NG32 1PE

When? Selected dates November, December and January

How much/Do you have to prebook? Tickets priced individually for each event. Please visit their website for further information.

Bluebells Dairy ice-cream – Santa Snowlympics – Derbyshire – Tickets on sale

Join us for our FUN and INTERACTIVE Santa’s Snowlympics, and celebrate the joys of winter. You’ll discover the TREEmendous trail and an exciting snow contest. The Great Penguin Sleigh Race is the race to end all races, and Santa and friends will be there with you at Bluebell Dairy.

Bluebells Dairy

Address: Locko Rd, Derby DE21 7AR

When? Selected dates November and December

How much/Do you have to prebook? Prebooking is essential. Prices vary according to when you want to visit.

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

This year, we celebrate 20 magical years of Christmas at Chatsworth. Our displays are inspired by the past two decades of spellbinding decorations throughout the house and we can’t wait to share them with you. Entrancing scenes will combine nostalgic references to Christmases of years past with the traditions at the heart of Chatsworth’s seasonal celebrations. The Chapel will come alive with festive music; a kaleidoscope of colour will mingle playfully with gems and minerals from our collection; inventive use of recycled materials will illustrate the potential of sustainable decorating; and no winter celebration would be complete without a sprinkling of the white stuff…

Chatsworth House

Address: Bakewell DE45 1PP

When? 6th November – 9th January 2022

How much? Adult £26, child £15.

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Cleethorpes Coast Light Railway – Santa Specials – Lincolnshire – Tickets on sale

Fun for all the family – all aboard the magical Christmas Express, immerse yourself in festive wonder as this very special train takes you on a journey to Lapland Central. Whilst waiting to see Santa, adults can enjoy complimentary seasonal refreshments including mince pies, hot chocolate and mulled wine, with juice and biscuits for the children. There will be the chance to have a ride on Santa’s sleigh, letters to write to Santa, activity sheets and more to keep all entertained!

Cleethorpes Coast Light Railway

Address: Lakeside Station, Kings Road, Cleethorpes, DN35 0AG

When? 4th, 5th, 11th, 12th, 18th, 19th, 22nd & 23rd December 2021

How much? Adult £13, child £15, under 12 months £9.

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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 November and December

How much? Adult £13, child 1-15 £15.50. Other pricing options are available.

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Doddington Hall – Christmas at Doddington – Lincolnshire – Tickets on Sale

The Elizabethan Hall will once again be transformed for the festive period and decorated throughout for the theme ‘Secret Gardens’. Inspired by our walled and wild gardens, we’ll be bringing the outdoors in to create spectacular scenes for a magical family day out. Decorations throughout the Hall are largely handmade using material that’s grown or produced on the Doddington Estate. This is not a Santa event.

Address: Main St, Doddington, Lincoln LN6 4RU

When? Selected dates in November and December

How much/Do you have to prebook? Adults £12, children £6. Prebooking is essential.

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Ecclesbourne Valley railway – The Train Through Christmas Countryside – Derbyshire – Tickets on sale

Back for 2021, our immersive Christmas theatrical production onboard our steam train, a performance updated for 2021 to be even more magical than ever before. Experience the magic from the moment you arrive on the platform to the moment you leave. Sing along with the Porters as they dance, sing and entertain throughout the journey telling the story of Santa’s railway.

Ecclesbourne Valley Railway

Address: Unit 1, Wirksworth Station, Coldwell St, Wirksworth, Matlock DE4 4FB

When? 4th, 5th, 11th, 12th, 18th, 19th, 20th 21st, 22nd, 23rd, 24th December

How much/Do you have to prebook? Standard class apartment £60-75. First class apartment £70-85.

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Garden King – Santa’s Grotto – Derbyshire – Tickets on Sale

Four events – Santa’s Grotto – Santa Paws pet grotto – Santa baby and Festive Woodland Walk.

About the Festive Woodland Walk – Join us on a lit winter woodland walk through our woods. Children get an activity sheet where they can find the 12 days of Christmas hidden around the trees. You may also come across a naughty elf or two! NEW FOR 2021! Our pathways have been redone so we’re expecting a lot less mud! A lit walk-through tunnel has been added for an even more magical atmosphere.  

Lit from above, our woodland looks spectacular with many twinkling lights and brilliant Instaworthy photo opportunities. Why not grab an orange hot chocolate to walk around the woods with from our new barista ‘Hosta Coffee’. Note: Our real reindeer and pygmy goats will not be at the garden centre on 24th December 2021. Note: This is NOT our full grotto experience.

Garden King

Address: Garden King Garden Centre, Park Rd, Newhall, Swadlincote DE11 0TX

When? 20th November – 31st December. Closed the 25th and 26th December.

How much/Do you have to prebook? Festive woodland walk – £1 adults, £2 children. Tickets to meet Santa are considerably more and prebooking is essential.

Great Central Railway – Santa Specials – Leicestershire – Tickets on sale

Santa has swapped his sleigh for a fun filled journey on an enchanting steam train. Ride on board our award winning Santa Specials and let Father Christmas surprise you with a an exciting present at your seat and a chat with the man himself! We look forward to welcoming you for some pure festive magic. This years journey takes you from Quorn and Woodhouse station on a return trip to Leicester North Pole Station lasting around 1 hour. Travel through the picturesque Charnwood countryside whilst Santa comes to visit inside your compartment to hand out some gifts!

Great central railway

Address: Great Central Rd, Loughborough LE11 1RW

When? Selected dates December

How much/Do you have to prebook? Prices vary depending on the date. On some dates, presents aren’t available. Prebooking is essential.

Lincolnshire Wildlife Park – Breakfast With Santa – Lincolnshire – Tickets on sale

Santa is coming to the park for Breakfast! Come and meet Santa, while enjoying a delicious breakfast and walking around the park to view our beautiful animals and birds. Don’t forget to bring along your Christmas wish list, so that Santa can take it back to the elves at the North Pole. At just £15.00 per child, children will have breakfast in our decorated Rainforest Diner, meet Santa to give him their Christmas list and have a photo opportunity, then they’re free to roam the park and view the many wild and endangered birds and animals! What’s more, when booking your adult entry ticket at the same time as Breakfast with Santa, you’ll receive a complimentary hot roll & hot drink! Please call to book or for further details: 0871 384 1130

Lincolnshire Wildlife Park

Address: Dickon Hill Rd, Friskney, Boston PE22 8PF

When? Tues 7th Dec, Sat 11th Dec, Tues 14th Dec, Sat 18th Dec, Tues 21st Dec

How much/Do you have to prebook? Must be pre-booked. Children aged 3 – 12 years £15.00 each, children under 3 years £6.00 each. All children must be accompanied by a full paying adult at all times. Only adult tickets purchased at the same time as booking Breakfast with Santa will include a free hot roll and drink

Lincolnshire Wolds Railway – Santa Specials – Lincolnshire – Tickets on sale

Christmas is not so far in the distance and Santa is getting prepared to visit the Lincolnshire Wolds Railway. Join us as you steam along onboard our Heritage Steam Railway – The only standard gauge heritage steam railway in Lincolnshire. Get in the Christmas spirit as Santa visits you during your journey with his team of Elves and take your own photos with him at the end of the journey.

Lincolnshire Wolds Railway

Address: Ludborough Station, Station Road, Ludborough, Lincolnshire, DN36 5SQ.

When? 11th, 12th, 18th, 19th, 20th December

How much? Adult £10, child £14.

Manor Farm Park and Woodland – Santa’s Woodland Wonderland – Leicestershire – Tickets on Sale

– Visit Santa in his grotto and choose a toy from his woodland toy shop (must be pre-booked online in advance). 
– Enjoy our festive scavenger hunt as you explore the Elves’ Village. 
– Decorate a gingerbread biscuit in Mrs Claus’ house.
– Write a letter to Santa and post it in our special postbox. 
– Make magical reindeer food to take home and sprinkle on your lawn and lots more

When? Christmas event will be running every weekend from 27th November 2021, as well as from Monday 20th December to Friday 24th December. 

Address: Castle Hill, East Leake, Loughborough LE12 6LU

How much/pre booking? Tickets from £12 per person. Visits to Santa’s Woodland Grotto must be pre-booked and are priced at £5 per child on 27th & 28th November, then £6 per child during December.

Matlock Farm Park – Christmas Fun at the Farm – Derbyshire – Tickets on Sale

It’s confirmed – Santa and his beloved Mrs Claus will be joining us at Matlock Farm Park on weekends on the run up to Christmas – Hurrah!! There’ll be Grotto Experiences,  Breakfast with Santa (pre-book only), Christmas pony rides and more! Further details to follow. 

Matlock Farm Park

When? Various dates in November and December

Address: Jaggers Ln, Matlock DE4 5LH

How much? Info online

Mini Meadows Farm – Christmas Experience – Northamptonshire – Tickets on Sale

Join us at Mini Meadows Farm this festive season and experience Christmas like never before. You’ll be greeted by our elves and transported into our magical world of Christmas wishes and wonder. All you need is to believe!Let our elves lead you through the candy cane maze as you start your enchanted journey. Enter the magical elf forest and be sure to make a wish at the well.

Be amazed and amused in the elf village and look into their homes to see what they’re up to. But be prepared, they are very keen on elf and safety. Stop by at the sweet shop and don’t forget to also top up your adults with a festive drink and mince pie.

Mini Meadows Farm

When? Selected dates in November and December

Address: Naseby Road, Northampton NN6 6HZ

How much? Prices from £23.50 for a child, £10.50 for an adult.

Northampton and Lamport Railway – Santa Specials – Northamptonshire – Tickets on sale

What better way to get in the Christmas spirit than a great family Santa experience! And this year the NLR Santa Season is bigger and better! *New for 2021 – Breakfast with Santa – a VIP experience for small groups. *Upgrade you experience with the Children’s Activity Bundle, which includes crafts and games. All tickets include a meet with Santa, a present for children and complementary on-train refreshments.

NLR railway

When? Santa Specials run on all Saturdays and Sundays from 28th Nov to 19th Dec

Address: Pitsford Rd, Chapel Brampton, Northampton NN6 8BA

How much/prebooking? Prebooking is essential. Tickets are to be sold per table (up to 4 per table). Larger groups will need to purchase multiple tables – £70-85

Peak Rail – Santa and Steam – Derbyshire – Tickets on sale

We are keeping MOST COVID RESTRICTIONS in place throughout our Santa and Steam Operating Dates in December and we will be running a steam/diesel hauled service (top and tail) using a mixture of compartment stock and open plan style coaches (with covid screens and sneeze guards fitted). An altered timetable will be in operation to accommodate thorough cleaning regimes between train services.

Santa and his elves bearing age suited gifts will visit every boy and girl on the train. Mince Pie and Hot Chocolate for Mums, Dads, Grandmas and Grandpas (special dietary catered for please advise at the time of booking). Sit back and relax and enjoy professional entertainers during your journey. Beautifully decorated coaches piped with festive music.

Peak Rail

Address:  Matlock Station Station Yard, Matlock DE4 3NA

When? 4th, 5th 11th, 12th, 18th, 19th, 22nd, 23rd and 24th December

How much? Table for 2 £21, for up to 4 £42, a private compartment for up to 6 £63.

Pink Pig Farm – Christmas – Lincolnshire – Tickets on sale

Meet the man himself on his sleigh, pick up a hot chocolate and mini mince pie for every adult, receive your present down the chimney then join Mrs christmas for gingerbread decoration.

Pink Pig Farm

Address: Holme Hall, Holme Ln, Scunthorpe DN16 3RE

When? Selected dates in December

How much? Tickets from £10 for an adult, £15 for a child.

Poole’s Cavern – Santa Visits – Derbyshire – Tickets on sale

We are excited to announce that Santa will be at Poole’s Cavern this December to accept your Christmas wishes. Visit him in his elves workshop deep underground and explore the beautifully illuminated caverns.

Poole’s Cavern

Address: Green Ln, Buxton SK17 9DH

When? Selected dates in December

How much? Entry will be £12 per person including a visit to Poole’s Cavern, the grotto inside the cavern and presents for each child from Santa himself.

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

The real Christmas experience – Decorate biscuits with Mrs Claus, Meet our real reindeer. Step through the enchanted forest. Meet Santa. Santa’s Elf Academt and more.

Plus other Christmas events, see website for further information

Rand Farm

Address: Rand, Market Rasen LN8 5NJ

When? 27th November to 24th December

How much/Do you have to prebook? Adult £12.95, child 2 and over £17.95, child under 2 participating £11.95.

Rufford Abbey – Dine With Santa – Nottinghamshire – On sale

A brilliant treat for the kids this Christmas, a meal with Father Christmas himself

Breakfast Time: 8.30am – 10.00am. Here’s what’s on the menu for breakfast with the jolly great man in the red suit. Yummy Breakfast Fry Up with a selection of toast, waffles, muffins and unlimited tea, coffee and juice.

Lunch Time: 12.00pm – 1.30pm  |   Tea Time: 3.30pm – 5.00pm – Here’s what’s on the menu for lunch or tea with the jolly great man in the red suit. A festive themed platter of treats. Suitable for children from 2 year old, all children must be accompanied by at least 1 paying adult. 

Rufford Park Events

Address: Rufford Abbey Country Park, Ollerton NG22 9DF

When? Every weekend 13th November – 19th December and everyday 20th – 24th December

How much? £18.95 for 1 adult and 1 child and £9.50 for additional guests. For an extra special treat for only £5 why not add a gift from Santa

Silverstone – Lap Of Lights – Northamptonshire – Tickets on Sale

We’ve made it onto the nice list and Santa will be back in town for winter 2021! Our fabulously festive attraction will be back this year, bigger and better. Put your name down to be the first to s-know about ticket details. Dates are provisional. 

How much? From £30 per car

When? Selected dates in December

Address; Silverstone Circuit, Silverstone NN12 8TN

Springfields – Winter Wonderland Walk – Lincolnshire – Tickets on Sale

Our Winter Wonderland Walk is back for 2021, with all proceeds going to The Royal British Legion our charity of the year. Tickets are available now on an online only basis. Time slots available from 4pm every day 


How much? £1 child, £2 adult

When? 10th November to 23rd December

Address; Camel Gate, Spalding PE12 6EU

Sundown Adventureland – Glorious Christmas – Nottinghamshire – Limited tickets remaining

Christmas is back and it’s better than ever, with our family favourite Christmas Spectacular making a welcome return. We will still be operating enhanced cleaning regimes throughout for your safety. So let’s show you around this years Christmas Spectacular… As Christmas draws near, the park is converted into a Winter Wonderland with Christmas theming throughout.

Sundown Adventureland

Address: Treswell Rd, Rampton, Retford DN22 0HX

When? 20th November to 24th December

How much/Do you have to prebook? Prebooking is essential. Adult peak £18, child 90cm+ £20, other pricing options are available.

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Tropical Birdland – Winter Wonderland – Leicestershire – Tickets on sale

There will be two different events this year. Winter Wonderland and the Snow Queen – Grab a lantern and take a magical stroll down to Santa’s Grotto visiting all of his fairy friends along the way, visit our amazing Snow Queen in her Ice Cave plus much, much more.

Plus Tropical Birdland and Santa – Why not combine your tropical birdland experience with a magical visit to see Santa & our famous fairy walk. Take it in your own stride to walk around the bird garden meeting & feeding all the parrots along the way. Our free-flying parrots will be going to bed at 2:30pm. Please ensure to arrive early to give yourself enough time to enjoy the full experience.

Tropical Birdland

Address: Lindridge Ln, Desford, Leicester LE9 9GN


How much/do you have to prebook? Winter Wonderland and the Snow Queen – £2 per person, Under 2’s free, visit Santa £16 per child with gift, prebooking only. Plus Tropical Birdland and Santa – adults £8.50, children £5.75, visit Santa £16 per child with gift, also prebooking only.

Twycross Zoo – Christmas Spectacular – Leicestershire – Tickets on sale

Mrs Claus warmly welcomes your family to celebrate Christmas at Twycross Zoo. Discover our Ice Queen at her frozen Ice Castle in North Pole Plaza. Meet our troupe of cheeky Elves who are always up to mischief! Join Santa for story time, meet and greets and photo opportunities.

Twycross Zoo

Address: East Midland Zoological Society, Burton Rd, Atherstone CV9 3PX

When? 4th, 5th, 11th, 12th, 18th, 19th, 20th, 21st, 22nd, 23rd & 24th December 2021

How much/Do you have to prebook? Prebooking online is essential. There is a variety of packages available.

Wickstead Park – Christmas Extravaganza – Northamptonshire – Tickets on Sale

Our family-friendly daytime variety show returns to kick off this year’s festive season. With over 30 costume changes, stunning vocalists and dancers from West End shows such as Les Misérables, Oklahoma!, Miss Saigon and Carousel, plus the very best variety and comedy performers around, there’s something for everyone – whether you want to join in the festive sing-a-long or not! You’ll be served a delicious Christmas lunch before this seasonal slice of entertainment begins.

Wickstead Park

When? 22nd November – 16th December

Address: Barton Rd, Kettering NN15 6NJ

How much/prebooking? To book your tickets please email or call 01536 512475

Willow Tree Farm – Reindeer Encounter & The Christmas Experience – Tickets on Sale

Reindeer Encounter – Reindeer encounter for up to 6 people Entry to willow tree farm meet the elfs for a 30 minutes VIP reindeer encounter. feed our magic moss to the reindeer and meet our baby reindeer buddy also get a free hot drink for everyone in your group.

The Christmas Experience – Magical journey with 6 experiences check in to passport control and head off for a 2 hour expirances collect your stamps in each stop each child will get a passport, cookie, 16inch teddy with carry me home bag, certificate, letter from Santa, printed photo in frame, gift.

Willow Tree Farm

When? Selected dates in December

Address: Barton Rd, Kettering NN15 6NJ

How much/prebooking? Reindeer encounter £45 per group of up to 6. The Christmas experience – adult £7.95, child £29.99.

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

This Christmas, as twilight descends, Wollaton Hall turns into an enchanting world of light and music. A brand new trail for 2021 will bring new smiles of delight as the park is transformed into a magical wonderland, set to captivate visitors with awe inspiring illuminations. Back after a sensational debut, Christmas at Wollaton once again promises a visually stunning multi-sensory experience. 

Wollaton Hall

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

When? 26th November to 9th January

How much/Do you have to prebook? Tickets booked now are discounted. Prebooking is essential.

Struggling for gift ideas this Christmas? We are all for experiences over toys, please check out my post on 25 great non toy gift ideas. Or if you want even more ideas for things to do in Lincolnshire over Christmas please see – 25 + Things to do in Lincolnshire over Christmas. If you are looking for East Midland Halloween events please check out – Best Halloween Events East Midlands | Things to do

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