Best Christmas Events South East 2021 – Meet Santa and more

Lots of places are selling out fast for their Christmas 2021 events so it’s time to get booked – not everywhere has released their tickets as yet. There are quite a few magical events happening this Christmas 2021 in the South East of England. I’ve put them into one big post so here you will find the best Christmas events in the South East of England including Berkshire – Buckinghamshire – London – East Sussex – West Sussex – Hampshire – Isle of Wight – Kent – Oxfordshire – Surrey where you can meet Santa and more – Not all events include Santa. Don’t forget to book in advance where possible.

Things to do Christmas 2021 Berkshire – Buckinghamshire – London – East Sussex – West Sussex – Hampshire – Isle of Wight – Kent – Oxfordshire – Surrey

Please keep up-to-date with government guidance before booking or visiting. We can not confirm the following attractions policies on cancellations of events, please consider this before booking and check with them in advance. 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.

Highlighted Listing

Leeds Castle – Christmas at the castle – Kent – Tickets on Sale

From 27th November to 2nd January, step into Christmas at Leeds Castle, and enjoy wintery woodland walks and quality time spent with nearest and dearest in the crisp winter air. Put on your coats, gloves and scarves as you tread on crumpled leaves and spot the 12 unique artworks located across the estate, all themed to the Twelve Days of Christmas.

Cuddle up with your loved one as you walk under the turtle dove arch, admire seven mirrored swans a-swimming on the Great Lake and bang the 12 drummer’s drums with your little ones. 

With many photo moments, interactive elements and sensory experiences, make this Christmas one to remember at Leeds Castle. 

The Castle itself will be dressed with beautiful Christmas décor. From magnificent Christmas trees placed throughout the castle, to smaller displays of the Twelve Days of Christmas. No matter the weather, Leeds Castle will entertain you from the moment you arrive… after all, it is CHRISTMAS!

Leeds Castle

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

When? 27th November 2021 until the 2nd January 2022

How much? Included in regular entrance fee

4 Kingdoms – Christmas Adventure – Hampshire – Tickets on sale

Our Christmas Experience is a 3-hour storytelling journey that creates incredible memories and excitement for every child. Throughout your visit you will get involved in a variety of activities including our Musical Show, Build a Bear and getting a personalised visit from Santa. 

4 Kingdoms

Address: Newbury Road, Headley, Thatcham RG19 8JY

When? Selected dates in November and December

How much? Prices from £25-55 per person. Plus other pricing options including tickets for other Christmas events at 4 Kingdoms.


Amberley Museum – Christmas at Amberley – West Sussex – Tickets on sale

Meet Father Christmas in his grotto and receive a special gift for the children (Pre-booking required). Explore our 12 Days of Christmas family trail. Send Father Christmas a telegram in the Connected Earth building. Pick up a yuletide message from the Print Shop. Find handmade wooden ornaments and reindeer down in the Greenwood Village and more.

Amberley Museum

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

When? 4th – 5th, 11th – 12th, 18th – 19th December

How much? Adult £14, child £12.50. Other pricing options are available.

Best Christmas Events South East 2020 – Meet Santa and more

Battle Abbey – Christmas Adventure Quest – Tickets on sale – Sussex

Explore Battle Abbey with our festive family-friendly adventure quest. Follow the trail, find the clues and discover the Abbey’s amazing stories and secrets.

English Heritage

Address: Butter Cross, High St, Battle TN33 0AE

When? Sun 27 Nov – Sun 2 Jan 

How much? Members of English heritage are free. Adult standard ticket £13.90, child 5-17 £8.40. Other pricing options are available.


Bekonscot Model Village and Railway – Winter Wonderland – Buckinghamshire – Tickets on sale

For the last 2 weeks of the 2021 season, Bekonscot will be transformed into a winter wonderland. Enjoy festive scenes around the model village and take a ride on the Snowflake train ride. Look out for the Santa express on the model railway and the numerous reindeer hidden around the village. Find them all and win yourself a prize. See the magic of the village lit up at dusk and enjoy warming festive drinks and snacks.

Plus Santa Weekend 11th and 12th December

Beckonscot Model Village and Railway

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

When? 1st – 12th December

How much? Normal admission prices apply and tickets need to be booked online.


Bedgebury – Christmas at Bedgebury 2021 – Kent – Tickets on Sale

The after-dark illuminated winter woodland walk. Join us at the most wonderful time of the year when over a million lights, twinkling reflections and seasonal sounds fill the air with festive fun at Bedgebury. 

Address: Bedgebury ForestGoudhurst, Wadhurst TN5 7QJ

When? Selected dates in November and December

How much? Non member adult ticket with parking for 1 car from £28, adult trail only entry £20, children from £13.50


Blackberry Farm Park – Christmas – East Sussex – Event confirmed

Christmas may feel a little bit different this year at Blackberry Farm Park. We are working hard to ensure that Christmas is still fun but remains as safe as possible. Santa will be visiting us this year!! Every weekend in December and everyday during the holidays* *Sessions prebookable on arrival at the park.

Our Activities will be: * Visit the Christmas Barn Walk-through. * Solve the Christmas Word Trail and receive a small treat. * Treat yourself to a mince pie or Mulled Wine from our Tuck Shop and more.

Blackberry farm

Address: Blackberry Farm, Whitesmith, Lewes BN8 6JD

When? Weekends and holidays

How much? See website


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

It’s the most wonderful time of the year when over a million lights, lasers and seasonal sounds fill the air with festive fun through the Palace’s picture-perfect gardens. Look forward to some together time with family and friends as you discover glittering tunnels of light, dancing lakeside 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 the larger-than-life illuminations and don’t forget to catch a glimpse of Father Christmas along the way.

Blenheim Palace

Address: Woodstock OX20 1PP

When? Selected dates in November through to early January

How much? There are a number of pricing and package options. Please see their website for further information. Prebooking is essential.

Best Christmas Events Oxfordshire 2020

Bletchley Park – Vintage 1940s Christmas Grotto – Buckinghamshire – Tickets on sale

To celebrate the festive season here at Bletchley Park, we welcome children and their families to visit our unique Vintage Christmas Grotto to meet Father Christmas! Children will have a magical meeting with Father Christmas in our beautifully decorated Mansion, where they’ll receive a lovely Christmas gift to take home

Bletchley Park

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

When? 27, 28 November and 4, 5, 11, 12, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22 and 23 December 

How much? All dates are subject to availability. Booking is essential, to book your place please ring the Bookings Team on 01908 272673. Adults £21, children £9.50.

Best Christmas Events South East 2020 – Meet Santa and more

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

Board your train in your own private compartment for a safe and enjoyable journey. Mince pies and chocolate coins for you on board. Enjoy the trip to Horsted Keynes through the winter countryside. Visit Santa in his parlour with an opportunity for a photo and more. Plus visit their website for further information on the SteamLight event.

Address: Park Station, Sheffield, Uckfield TN22 3QL

When? Selected dates in November and December

How much? Tickets start from £90 for 4 people.


Bocketts Farm – Father Christmas – Surrey – Tickets on sale

Meet Father Christmas in his magical workshop. Explore the fun Christmas trail. Make your own reindeer food to take home. Meet gorgeous baby lambs. Enjoy the heated indoor play. Explore acres of outdoor adventure!

Bocketts Farm

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

When? 25th November to 24th December

How much? Adult £5.95 – £14.50. Child 3-17 from £22.95 – £32.95. Other pricing options are available.


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

See Father Christmas whilst enjoying a steam train ride and watch a pantomime – all in one amazing Christmas experience! This year’s mini pantomime is Goldilocks and the Three Bears. Running time approximately 20-25 mins.

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

When? Selected dates in December

How much? From £17.50-£21.50 per person.


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

Father Christmas and his band of merry elves are returning to Chessington once again for the festive season. Meet Father Christmas in his Grotto, encounter the Elves in the Toy Workshop and even enjoy a selection of our rides and attractions. Plus meet some of our incredible animals in our Zoo and Sea Life. Check back soon for more details

Address: Leatherhead Rd, Chessington KT9 2NE

When? Selected Dates 27th November – 3rd Jan 2022

How much? Tickets online from £20


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

Brand new to the Cholsey and Wallingford Railway for Christmas 2021, join us for the train ride your life.  An all-singing, all-dancing immersive theatrical extravaganza on board a genuine steam train, your magical trip to the North Pole and back again will leave you full of Christmas spirit. Whether you’re a Doubter or a True Believer, a child or a child at heart, there’s something for everyone in this beautiful show (based on the 2005 film and 1985 book of the same name). Experience a Christmas trip unlike any other.

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

When? Selected dates in December

How much? Prices are available online. Prebooking is essential.


Crystal Palace Park – Lightopia – London – Tickets on sale

The never-before-seen, illuminated trail will feature magical and multi-sensory interactive lights, lanterns and installations, illustrating a story of an imaginative Christmas fantasy festive world. The immersive experience is the perfect Christmas adventure for family and friends, filled with wondrous light installations and mythical creatures, and featuring a magic circus display!

Address: Thicket Rd, London SE19 2GA

When? 19th November – 2nd January 2022

How much? Adult £22.50 peak, child 3-15 £15.50, plus booking fee. Other pricing options are available


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

Climb aboard a train of vintage carriages with a private compartment for each group and listen for the whistle and whoosh of steam as the train sets off on a journey to meet Father Christmas.

Santa is letting his reindeer take a rest ahead of Christmas Eve and he will be in a special train full of presents in a wonderfully decorated Victorian station.  He has a gift for every child, helpers to entertain the family and has arranged a second steam train to take visitors (and their presents) on a festive journey, ready to explore the rest of the 21-acre living museum.

Address: Station Rd, Didcot OX11 7NJ

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

How much? Tickets from £15.75 per person.

Best Christmas Events Oxfordshire 2020

Dover Castle – Christmas Adventure Quest – Kent – Tickets on sale

Explore Dover Castle with our festive family-friendly adventure quest. Follow the trail, find the clues and discover the castle’s amazing stories and secrets.

English Heritage

Address: Castle Hill Rd, Dover CT16 1HU

When? Sat 27 Nov 2021 – Sun 2 Jan 2022 

How much? Free for members of English heritage. Adult ticket £23.50, child 5-17 £14.10, other pricing options are available.


Drusillas Park – Christmas – East Sussex – Tickets on sale

Watch little eyes twinkle with wonder as they experience the glistening magic of Drusillas Christmas! Come and meet Santa among the shimmering lights, get nose-to-nose with our cuddly huskies in the Ice Cave, stroll through the twinkling Tunnel of Lights, and marvel at our spectacular 24ft Christmas tree whilst enjoying a glass of mulled wine and a marvellous mince pie! 

Drusillas Park

Address: Alfriston Rd, East Sussex BN26 5QS

When? Selected dates in November and December

How much? £17.50 per child.


Eltham Palace – Enchanted Eltham – London – Tickets on sale

Gather your friends and family to banish the dark winter nights and experience the past in a spectacular new light this December. Explore the grounds and gardens to discover a magical world of illumination, sound and colour, and see the outside of the Great Hall bathed in light. 

English Heritage

Address: London SE9 5QF

When? 9th to 30th December

How much? Adult £14-16, child £9.50-11.50, other pricing options including family tickets are available.


Fairytale Farm – Christmas Fairytale – Oxfordshire – Tickets on sale

In this magical and immersive event, you will enter a beautiful Fairytale Castle and start your journey from the North Pole to the South Pole. You will meet some interactive dancing penguins, visit the Toymaker in his cosy log cabin and see Santa’s sleigh ready to launch into a clear night sky of twinkling stars. Then you will walk through the Secret Forest to meet Father Christmas himself in his charming Grotto, which evokes an atmosphere of Christmas past.

Fairytale Farm

Address: Southcombe OX7 5QH

When? Selected dates in December

How much? £7.75 for adults, children £13.99. Other pricing options are available.

Best Christmas Events Oxfordshire 2020

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. Mother Christmas adores baking! While you visit her in her kitchen, you will be able to decorate your own Festive Treat (allergen alternatives available, please notify the Elf on your way into the kitchen). 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!. You will make magical reindeer food and more

Finkley Down

Address: North Way, Andover SP11 6NF

When? Selected dates in December

How much? Adult £12.95, child £32.95, other pricing options are available.


Fishers Farm Park – Magic of Christmas – Sussex – Tickets on sale

The big man in red always makes time in his busy social calendar for his annual visit to Fishers Farm Park at this time of the year. He brings his elves and an array of amazing gifts to fill his Fishers Toy Store every Christmas. Listen to the sound of his sleigh bells gently ringing and head on through a magical journey of Father Christmas’ enchanting wonderland. The elves will be checking who has been naughty or nice and Father Christmas will be checking his list twice. Make your very own reindeer food ready to put out for Rudolph and his buddies on Christmas Eve. And don’t forget to also leave a carrot! Father Christmas, will be making a grand appearance in his spectacular Christmas grotto to entertain the whole family, from the littlest, to the biggest of kids!

Fishers Farm Park

Address: Newpound Lane, Wisborough Green RH14 0EG

When? 11th to 24th December

How much? £25 per person for non-members, other pricing options are available.

Best Christmas Events West Sussex 2020

Godstone Farm – Father Christmas – Surrey – Tickets on sale

The wonder of Christmas returns to Godstone Farm, with our ever popular visits to see Father Christmas and his friendly Elves in his cosy grotto.  Catch the magic in our enchanted woodland walkthrough and let our wondrous story captivate little minds. Do you believe? We certainly do. A Father Christmas visit includes the choice of…

Godstone Farm

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

When? Selected dates in December

How much? Child over 2 £26.95-28.95, child under 2 £20.95-22.95, adult £11.95. Other pricing options are available.


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

Escape to Gulliver’s Land at Christmas time for a festive family adventure.  Look out for Elfie mischief, fairy fun and snowy surprises. 

Selected festive rides and attractions for all the family
Explore the magical Winter Wonderland
Children choose their own gift from the Elf Workshop
Santa will be making appearances throughout the day!
Special appearances from Bing and Flop

Gulliver’s Land

Address: Livingstone Dr, Milton Keynes MK15 0DTv

When? Selected dates in December

How much? Prices from £19.


Hampton Court Palace – Palace Ice Rink – Surrey – Tickets on sale

Join us to skate at one of the country’s most scenic skating settings – Henry Vlll’s historic Thames-side Tudor palace – Hampton Court Palace. The open-air ice rink epitomises the very best in festive fun. Located in front of the spectacular palace, our stunning ice rink offers something for everyone, from novices to ice skating experts. Enjoy a daytime skate, followed by a visit to the palace, or soak in the ambience of an evening session, when the historic palace is bathed in multi-coloured lights.

Hampton Court Palace

Address: Hampton Ct Way, Molesey, East Molesey KT8 9AU

When? TBC

How much? Adults £16-19, children £11.50-14, other pricing options are available.


Hampton Court Palace – Palace of Stardust – Tickets on sale – Surrey

This Christmas, prepare to be swept up in a whimsical world of planets and stars on an enchanting new light trail at Hampton Court Palace. As dusk falls across this magnificent former royal home, an atmospheric, fantastical wonderland of clocks, moons, planets and sundials is just waiting to be discovered. Our light trail winds through some of the palace’s stunning gardens and across a flickering moonlit ball in the East Front Gardens. You can hear ancient trees as they whisper their secrets and peek into mysterious miniature shadow worlds before being transported to another planet in the deepest depths of the Wilderness, once home to King Charles II’s formal pleasure garden. 

Hampton Court Palace

Address: Hampton Ct Way, Molesey, East Molesey KT8 9AU

When? 08 December to 03 January 2022. Excluding 11, 24, 25, 26 December

How much? Separate ticket (advance booking required). Adult £12.50, child £8, under 5s go free and do not need a ticket. Family tickets are available.


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

Father Christmas is visiting Hatchlands again this year. You can come along and meet him in his cosy festive sitting room in the courtyard, have a quick chat and receive a small present. Father Christmas will see 8 children per slot. Your visit will be within the 30-minute time slot you book so you may have a short wait when you arrive. In order to help keep Father Christmas fit and healthy for Christmas Eve, please note that we will be practising social distancing in his sitting room. Booking for this event is essential.

National Trust

Address: East Clandon, Guildford GU4 7RT

When? Selected dates in November and December

How much? Child £5, everyone is welcome but this event is most suitable for ages 2-8 years. Please note: Normal admission also applies.


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

PINOCCHIO CHRISTMAS TRAIL

Begin your experience on the Pinocchio Christmas Trail in ‘Geppetto’s Workshop’ surrounded by his wonderful woodcarving creations. See Pinocchio in Stromboli’s puppet show before Pinocchio is captured in a cage by the Fox and Cat. Journey through the land of toys and discover it is not quite what it seems. ‘Head under the sea’ to rescue Pinocchio’s father and see the whale and shipwreck. As the trail finishes, the Blue Fairy grants Pinocchio’s wish of becoming a ‘real boy’. Spot Jiminy Cricket throughout the trail and the grounds. It takes around 30 minutes to follow the Pinocchio Christmas Trail. Plus more. Please see website for further information.

Santa is SOLD OUT

Address: Hever Rd, Hever, Edenbridge TN8 7NG

When? Various dates in December

How much? Prices vary.


Hop Farm – Father Christmas – Kent – update coming soon

Father Christmas is back at The Hop Farm during selected dates, this December! Treat the kids and meet the big FC up close and in person in his magical grotto experience. Lots of festive fun to be had in the Big Red Grotto.

Your Christmas experience inside The Big Red Grotto includes:
Visit with Father Christmas in his cosy Grotto
Meet his jolly helpers
A Christmas gift
One free printed photograph per group
Write a letter to Father Christmas, post it in his North Pole postbox or give it to him in person

Hop Farm

Address: Maidstone Rd, Paddock Wood, Beltring, Tonbridge TN12 6PY

When? Selected dates 5th – 23rd December

How much? Child (includes up to 2 free adults per booking and gift) – £18. Extra adults £2.


Hyde Park Winter Wonderland – London – Tickets on sale

Located in the heart of London in Hyde Park, immerse yourself in all things festive for 6 weeks from 19 November to 3 January. After missing out last year, we are even more excited to be back and celebrating the festive season. 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!

Winter Wonderland

Address: Hyde Park, London W2 2UH

When? 19th November to 3rd January

How much? Off-peak entrance is £5 per person. By spending £20 per person now on attractions, rides, games and food you will receive FREE admission!


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

My friends at the Steam Railway have been busy helping me get everything ready for the big day; they’ve even given me an extra special space to meet everyone, inside one of their beautiful Victorian carriages. I look forward to hearing all your Christmas wishes and if you’ve been good I will have a special gift for each and every child who visits me.

IOW steam railway

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

When? Selected dates in December

How much? Prices from £10.75-16.75


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!

Kent and East Sussex Railway

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

When? Various dates December

How much? Prices from £90 for a family


Kent Life – Christmas – Kent – Tickets on sale

Christmas at Kent Life in 2021 is going to be bigger and better than ever before! Of course the highlight will be visiting Father Christmas in his magical grotto where children can select a gift of choice from the well stocked toy shop. This year, you can also enjoy so much more festive fun! Graduate from elf school, learn about Victorian Christmas traditions in Petts Farmhouse, snuggle up in front of some Christmas films in the Chapel, visit the new sweet shop, stop off for mulled wine and food, decorate gingerbread or make reindeer food.

Address: Lock Ln, Maidstone ME14 3AU

When? Selected dates in November and December

How much? Adults £9, children £15, other pricing options are available.

`Best Christmas Events Kent 2020

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

Join us for the most wonderful time of the year at Kew Gardens as our magical winter trail lights up the evening skies for 2021. Enjoy our annual after-dark festivities with family and friends, as you discover sparkling tunnels of light, dancing waterside reflections, and trees drenched in jewel-like colour on your way to the panoramic Palm House light display.

Kew Gardens

Address: Richmond

When? Wednesday 17 November 2021 – Sunday 9 January 2022

How much? Standard advance adult: Off peak £21.50/ Peak £26.50. Prebooking is essential.


Lapland UK – Berkshire – Final tickets have been released

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!

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

Experience the magic of LEGOLAND® at Christmas this festive season. Wonder at the twinkling lights, snow-dusted pine trees, exciting seasonal festivities and see the park with a sprinkle of LEGO® magic!

Legoland

Address: Winkfield Rd, Windsor SL4 4AY

When? Selected dates from 27th November 2021 – 3rd January 2022

How much? Tickets from £29 per person.

Best Christmas Events South East 2020 – Meet Santa and more

Leonardslee Gardens – Illuminated – West Sussex – Tickets on Sale

Explore the magical, illuminated gardens as you follow a trail awash with light, sound, colour and festive cheer. A spellbinding experience for the whole family on a crisp winter’s evening. ‘Amazing experience at Leonardslee Illuminated! It was so magical, and we are already looking forward to coming again next year!’

Leonardslee Gardens

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

When? Selected dates in November and December

How much? Adults £16, children £8

Best Christmas Events West Sussex 2020

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

With a whole host of festive activities, we’ve got everything you need for a jam-packed fun family day out this Christmas! Little ones can meet Santa in his magical grotto at the heart of the Zoo and receive a very special early Christmas gift to take home. VIP tickets – For an extra special treat, our elves will sneak you into the Zoo at 8am before opening for a VIP Breakfast with Mrs Claus before meeting the man himself! Plus much more.

London Zoo

Address: Outer Cir, London NW1 4RY

When? 27th November to 3rd January

How much? Please see website.


Longdown Activity Farm – Christmas – Hampshire – Event confirmed

Once again, Father Christmas will be returning on his tractor sleigh to settle into his comfy chair in his Festive Lodge at Longdown Activity Farm on each of the listed days above. See festive scenes including Father Christmas’s sleigh, and the Nativity during this annual Christmas treat. The Farm will be open from 10am to 4pm for you to enjoy our full schedule of animal activities, and then pop into see Father Christmas when you want to! There is no additional charge to our usual admissions to see Father Christmas in his Festive Lodge.

Longdown Activity Farm

Address: Deerleap Ln, Ashurst, Southampton SO40 7EH

When? Selected dates November and December

How much? Adults £10.25, children £9.25, other pricing options are available.


Natural History Museum – Ice Rink – London – Tickets on sale

The Ice Rink is one of the most magical places to be this festive season. Experience the thrill of skating around the Christmas tree set against the backdrop of the Museum. Afterwards, swing by the Cafe Bar. It has a bird’s-eye view of the rink and is open to everyone whether skating or not. 

Natural History Museum

Address: Cromwell Rd, South Kensington, London SW7 5BD

When? 22nd October to 16th January

How much? Adults from £12.65, children from £8.80, family and Member discounts available


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

Snuggle down with your loved ones and be transported to a magical world of merriment and yuletide wonder, as Father Christmas treats you to tales full of Christmas adventure and festive frivolities. Father Christmas invites you to join him and his Elves for an enchanting group story-time. After meeting Father Christmas and stopping for a festive photo keepsake*, you will take a magical stroll deep into the sparkly, wintery Enchanted Woodland, to arrive at the North Pole, with a stop at The Toyshop on the way!

Odds Farm park

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

When? 1st to 24th December

How much? Child non-member £31.90, adult £13.95, other pricing options are available.


Osborne House – Christmas Adventure Quest – Isle of Wight – Tickets on sale

Explore Osborne with our festive family-friendly adventure quest. Follow the trail, find the clues and discover the site’s amazing stories and secrets.

English Heritage

Address: York Avenue, East Cowes, Isle of Wight, PO32 6JT

When? 27th November to 2nd January

How much? Free for members of English Heritage. Adult ticket £20.90, child age 5-17 £12.60. Other pricing options are available.


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

Visit Paultons over the Christmas period and discover the new land Tornado Springs, magical illuminations, Peppa and George in their seasonal outfits, Christmas characters, a Christmas show featuring Father Christmas and of course, selected rides and attractions (including the UK’s one and only Peppa Pig World).

Paultons Park

Address: Ower, Romsey SO51 6AL

When? Selected dates from 1st until 23rd December.

How much? Tickets are £29.50 each, prebooking is essential.


Polesden Lacey – Christmas – Surrey – Tickets on sale

Polesden Lacey has been enchanted this Christmas, with the house and garden transformed by the evergreen beauty of the festive season. Take part in our winter adventure, Finding Father Christmas, join the Percy the Park Keeper trail or simply wrap up warm and take a bracing walk across the estate. With festive treats in the café, retail therapy in our shop, and Christmas wreath making workshops, there’s something for everyone to enjoy.

Paultons Park

Address: Ower, Romsey SO51 6AL

When? 27th November – 26th December

How much? Normal admission applies – see website. Father Christmas is £10 per child (plus normal admission)


RHS Garden Wisley – Glow 2021 – Surrey – Tickets on Sale

Come and enjoy an illuminated adventure at RHS Garden Wisley in Surrey. Our longest ever Glow trail follows a magical new route, with brand new light displays and uplifting festive music.

RHS

Address: Wisley Ln, Wisley, Woking GU23 6QB

When? From 19th November until 31st December, not including the 23rd, 24th and 25th

How much? Adult non member £16, children £11.

Best Christmas Events Surrey 2020

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

Santa Special’s include: • Train journey from New Romney (TN28 8PL) to Hythe and return. • A visit to Santa in his Grotto. • A quality, age related, gift for each child aged 1-15 yrs. • Seasonal refreshments. • A visit to the Model Railway Exhibition at New Romney before your train journey begins.

Journey: New Romney Station (TN28 8PL) to Hythe Station.

RHDR railway

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

When? 4th to 24th December

How much? Tickets £23 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.”

Spa Valley Railway

Address: West Station, Royal Tunbridge Wells TN2 5QY

When? Selected dates in November and December

How much? Standard ticket from £24.95.


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

Let Tapnell Farm Park, take you on a magical Christmas Adventure from North to South this December..on the trail of the Naughty Elf! With immersive memory making around every corner, there is another world of imagination to discover this Christmas at Tapnell! Travel away from the humdrum, far from your daily worries, and straight to a place of wonderment…where kids can be kids, and grownups can too, to make magical memories to take home with you

Tapnell farm

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

When? Selected dates in December

How much? Child 2-16 £25, Adult £17-17.50, other pricing options are available.


Tower of London – Christmas at the Tower – London – Tickets on sale

Discover the iconic history of the Tower of London this Christmas through the animals that once lived within these walls, with a magical, festive experience for all the family. Explore spectacular displays of festive decorations and illuminated animal-themed areas across the fortress. From majestic elephants to a twinkling winter wonderland scene where polar bears roam and playful ravens nest; there is lots for all ages to see and enjoy in royal style.

Tower of London

Address: London EC3N 4AB

When? 1st December to 2nd January

How much? Included in palace admission – see website for prices (members go free).


Waddesdon Manor – Christmas – Buckinghamshire – Tickets on Sale

Christmas at Waddesdon is back with magical lights and the gardens aglow. Join us for festive fun with our enchanting outdoor extravaganza that will brighten the end of your year. As twilight falls see the gardens sparkle brightly with spectacular light displays bringing our extraordinary landscape to life, in partnership with Luminism. For the first time ever, see the Parterre illuminated by a dazzling light show, highlighting the geometric shapes of the bedding.

Waddesdon Manor

Address: Waddesdon, Aylesbury HP18 0JH

When? Selected dates

How much? Prices online

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