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.

Best Christmas Events South East 2020 – Meet Santa and more

4 Kingdoms – Christmas Experience – Hampshire – To be confirmed

Info from a previous event – The largest indoor immersive Christmas Experience in the UK. Hop aboard your sleigh for an interactive ride flying to the north pole…hold on tight. You will arrive at the hidden elf village Sparkle Copse. Visit the laundrette where you will meet Candy Swirl and Tutti Fruity. Unfortunately they have just been demoted from the sweet factory for eating to many sweets during lockdown.

4 Kingdoms

Address: Newbury Road, Headley, Thatcham RG19 8JY

When? TBC

How much? TBC


Amberley Museum – Christmas at Amberley – West Sussex – To be confirmed

Info from a previous event – Get into the spirit of ‘make do and mend’ with our festive, craft-themed trail. Send Father Christmas a telegram in the Connected Earth building. Pick up a yuletide message from the Print Shop. Find handmade wooden toys and reindeer down in the Greenwood Village. Make Christmas papercrafts and origami in Humphrey’s Barn. Our popular narrow-gauge railway and vintage buses will be running each day, with seasonal hot food and drink to take away from the Limeburners’ Café.

Amberley Museum

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

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

How much? TBC


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

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 – To be 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. 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. We are hoping for a few surprises along the way too.”

Blackberry farm

Address: Blackberry Farm, Whitesmith, Lewes BN8 6JD

When? TBC

How much? TBC


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

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 – To be confirmed

Info from a previous event – To celebrate the festive season here at Bletchley Park, we welcome children and their families to visit our Vintage 1940s Christmas Grotto to meet Father Christmas! Your family will have a magical meeting with Father Christmas in our beautifully decorated Mansion, where children can spend time telling him their Christmas wishes and take photos surrounded by vintage toys, Christmas trees, 1940’s greeting cards and decorations. All children will receive a lovely Christmas gift to take home.

Bletchley Park

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

When? TBC

How much? TBC

Best Christmas Events South East 2020 – Meet Santa and more

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

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 – Event confirmed

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! More details coming this September.

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

When? TBC

How much? TBC


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

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


Chiltern Open Air Museum – Christmas Weekend – Buckinghamshire – Dates confirmed

A special Christmas weekend opening. Come and find out a little about how Christmas was celebrated in the past and see some of the Museum’s historic buildings traditionally decorated for Christmas. There will be a small artisan Christmas market and the Museum’s shop will be full of handmade products made by local crafts people including jewellery, candles, preserves and gin – perfect for a bit of Christmas shopping!

Chiltern Open air museum

Address: Chiltern Open Air Museum, Newland Park, Gorelands Ln, Chalfont Saint Giles, Buckinghamshire, HP8 4AB

When? 4th and 5th December

How much? TBC


Cholsey and Wallingford Railway – Polar Express – Berkshire – Tickets available now

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.


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

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 – To be confirmed

Info from a previous event – Join our festively-fun adventure quest which will allow you and your family to explore and discover fun facts and untold stories in the places where history happened! Hunt for clues and QR codes which reveal quirky tales or sit back and enjoy a hot chocolate or mulled wine in beautiful surroundings.  It’s a great way for the whole family to get out and about in Christmas week.

English Heritage

Address: Castle Hill Rd, Dover CT16 1HU

When? TBC

How much? TBC


Drusillas Park – Christmas – East Sussex – To be confirmed

Info from a previous event – Experience the winter magic first hand at Drusillas Park this year! We’ve hung up our stockings by our chimney with care, in the knowledge that Saint Nick soon will be there! Bring your little monkeys to visit Santa Claus in his cosy Christmas Cottage, meet our lovable husky dogs in the husky ice cave, sample some festive food and drink and marvel at our giant Christmas tree.

Address: Alfriston Rd, East Sussex BN26 5QS

When? TBC

How much? TBC


Fairytale Farm – Christmas Fairytale – Oxfordshire – To be confirmed

Info from a previous event – At our magical ‘Christmas Fairytale’ event, you will journey from the South Pole to the North Pole and visit a Fairytale Castle along the way. You will meet some interactive dancing penguins, visit the Toymaker’s cosy log cabin and see Santa’s sleigh ready to launch into a clear night sky of twinkling stars, before walking through the Secret Forest to meet Father Christmas himself in his beautiful Grotto, which evokes an atmosphere of Christmas past

Other Christmas activities include a festive-themed hunt and mulled wine and mince pies for the parents, as well as a chance to see our extraordinary Christmas lights.

Fairytale Farm

Address: Southcombe OX7 5QH

When? TBC

How much? TBC

Best Christmas Events Oxfordshire 2020

Fishers Farm Park – Christmas – Sussex – To be finalised

Listen to the sound of his sleigh bells gently ringing and head-on through a magical journey to Father Christmas’ busy study. It’s piled high with his enormous lists – which one will you be on this year? Then, tiptoe through our magical winter wonderland and prepare for the most spectacular sight to greet you. Father Christmas’ very own Toy Store, here at Fishers Farm!

Address: Newpound Lane, Wisborough Green RH14 0EG

When? 18th to 24th December

How much? TBC

Best Christmas Events West Sussex 2020

Funland Hayling Island – Winter Wonderland – Hampshire – To be confirmed

Info from a previous event – Hayling Winter Wonderland is back at Funland, Hayling Island and this year it’s bigger and better than ever! The elves at Funland have been busy creating a spectacular wonderland experience and we invite you to come along. To start your journey you will be met by Santa’s elves, who will take you on your visit to Santa, with a breath-taking walk through Wonderland, where you will meet Santa Claus himself and the children will receive an early Christmas present!

Funland

Address: The Seafront, Hayling Island PO11 0AG

When? TBC

How much? TBC

`Best Christmas Events Hampshire 2020

Green Dragon Eco Farm – Farmer Christmas Land – Buckinghamshire – To be confirmed

Info from a previous event – You will be guided by a Green Dragon Elf through Farmer Christmas Land – an exciting enchanted place full of festive fun and activities. Children can search for gold tokens in Santa’s Snowpits, walk through the Enchanted Forest, meet Christmas animals, make special reindeer food to take home for Christmas Eve, make a star for the Wishing Tree, and even feed real Reindeer. And of course, meet Farmer Christmas too – sit up on his tractor and receive a Christmas gift.

Green Dragon Eco Farm

Address: E Claydon Rd, Buckingham MK18 3LA

When? TBC

How much? TBC


Hampton Court Palace – Palace Ice Rink – Surrey – To be confirmed

Info from a previous event – Located in front of the palace, our stunning ice rink offers something for everyone, from novice to expert. Enjoy a daytime skate, perhaps followed by a visit to the palace, or soak in the ambience of an evening session, when the historic Tudor gate is bathed in light. The ice rink is bigger than ever this year, allowing for extra space for you to skate safely. 

Hampton Court Palace

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

When? TBC

How much? TBC


Hever Castle – Christmas at Hever Castle – Kent – To be confirmed

Info from a previous event – Choose between these experiences for Daytime or Twilight:
– Gardens only
 – Castle & Gardens
– Father Christmas’ Grotto & Gardens
– Pre-booked tickets with arrival times are essential
– Covid secure rules and guidelines in place
– The Twilight experience takes place every evening from 4pm

Hever Castle

Address: Hever Rd, Hever, Edenbridge TN8 7NG

When? TBC

How much? TBC


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.


Isle of Wight Steam Railway – Santa Specials – Isle of Wight – To be confirmed

Info from a previous event – 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? TBC

How much? TBC


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

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 – To be confirmed

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 Now

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 – Tickets available at different times of the year

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

Leeds Castle – Christmas at the castle – Kent – Confirmed

This Christmas visit ‘the loveliest Castle in the world’ for a festive family day out. See the magnificent Castle rooms beautifully displayed with glittering decorations and take part in seasonal activities throughout the grounds.

Address: Deerleap Ln, Ashurst, Southampton SO40 7EH

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

How much? Included in regular entrance fee


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 Now

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 – To be confirmed

Info from a previous event – 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? TBC

How much? TBC


Longdown Activity Farm – Christmas – Hampshire – To be confirmed

Once again, Father Christmas will be returning on his tractor sleigh to Longdown Activity Farm. See twinkling lights, lots of animals, and the Nativity scene during this annual festive treat. More details to follow.

Address: Deerleap Ln, Ashurst, Southampton SO40 7EH

When? Saturday 28th November to Thursday 23rd November 2021

How much? TBC


Osborne House – Christmas Adventure Quest – Isle of Wight – To be confirmed

Info from a previous event – Join our festively-fun adventure quest which will allow you and your family to explore and discover fun facts and untold stories in the places where history happened! Hunt for clues and QR codes which reveal quirky tales or sit back and enjoy a hot chocolate or mulled wine in beautiful surroundings.  It’s a great way for the whole family to get out and about in Christmas week.

English Heritage

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

When? TBC

How much? TBC


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.

RHS Garden Wisley – Glow 2020 – Surrey – Tickets on Sale Now

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 – To be confirmed

Info from a previous event – WHAT’S INCLUDED ON TRADITIONAL SANTA SPECIALS: Santa’s grotto visit. Quality present for each paying child. Seasonal refreshments. Train trip from New Romney to Hythe and return. 30 minutes each way.

RHDR railway

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

When? TBC

How much? TBC

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

“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 – To be confirmed

Info from a previous event – Let Tapnell Farm Park, take you on a magical Christmas Adventure to the North this December… in search of Santa’s lost present! 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? TBC

How much? TBC

Tower of London – Ice Rink – London – To be confirmed

Info from previous event – Take in the magical ambience of the fortress beside the Thames at the famous Tower of London ice rink this winter — a unique and unforgettable setting, day or night. In the evenings the Tower walls are bathed in light, adding to the drama. For history with a modern twist, there’s no better location. The ice rink is bigger than ever this year, allowing for extra space for you to skate safely.  

Tower of London

Address: St Katharine’s & Wapping, London EC3N 4AB

When? TBC

How much? TBC

Best Christmas Events London 2020
Photo from previous years

Waddesdon Manor – Christmas – Buckinghamshire – Tickets on Sale Now

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

Best Christmas Events Buckinghamshire 2020