Best Christmas Events South West 2021 – Meet Santa and More

There are quite a few magical events happening this Christmas 2021 in the South West of England. I’ve put them into one big post so here you will find the best Christmas events in the South West – Cornwall – Devon – Dorset – Gloucestershire – Somerset & Bristol – Wiltshire where you can meet Santa and more – Not all events include Santa. Don’t forget to book in advance where possible. Hurry, Hurry! Lots of places are selling out fast for their Christmas events so it’s time to get booked.

Things to do Christmas 2021 South West – Cornwall – Devon – Dorset – Gloucestershire – Somerset & Bristol – Wiltshire

Please keep up-to-date with government guidance before booking or visiting. I am unsure of 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.

Best Christmas Events South West 2020 – Meet Santa and More

Highlighted Listing

John Lewis & Partners Cribbs Causeway – Father Christmas – Bristol
Tickets on sale

Build excitement on the lead up to Christmas with a visit to see Father Christmas in his secret wonderland room at John Lewis & Partners Cribbs Causeway. Greeted by one of his Elves, you will be taken behind the scenes of one of Bristol’s favourite department stores to meet Father Christmas in his enchanted wonderland. Get settled in and listen to a magical festive story for up to six children at a time. Each child will be presented with a beautifully wrapped, named gift, a bag of chocolate gold coins and a chance to have a photograph taken. Tickets cost £20 and places are limited.

To book yours, or for more information, call The Experience Desk on 0117 9581847 or email experiencedesk.cribbs@johnlewis.co.uk

John Lewis

Address: The Mall at, Bristol BS34 5QU

When? December: Sunday 5th, Monday 6th, Friday 10th, Saturday 11th, Sunday 12th, Monday 13th, Friday 17th, Saturday 18th, Sunday 19th, Monday 20th, Tuesday 21, Wednesday 22nd, Thursday 23 December

How much? £20 per child.


Adventure Wonderland – The Santa Show – Dorset
Tickets on sale

In 2020 we created a brand new production, “The Santa Show” in which guests could enjoy an all-singing, all-dancing stage show featuring Father Christmas and some of his trusted elves! This enchanting blend of grotto and Panto included a souvenir gift for every child.

This popular event sold out and our creative team are already busy planning a magical sequel for 2021! Tickets on sale now!

Adventure Wonderland

Address: Merritown Ln, Hurn, Christchurch BH23 6BA

When? Selected dates in November and December

How much? Adult £6, child £19 over 1 year, under 1 are free. Plus booking fee.


American Museum – The Enchanted Garden of Light – Somerset
Tickets on sale

Come together this Christmas for an enchanting trail of illuminations at the American Museum & Gardens. Families and friends will be transported into a magical after-dark adventure through spectacular light displays which will emblazon the entire house, gardens and woodland in glorious seasonal colour.

American Museum

Address: Claverton Manor, Claverton Down, Claverton, Bath BA2 7BD

When? Selected dates in December

How much? Standard adult ticket £15, child 5-17 £12. Other pricing options are available.


Avon Valley Adventure Park – Christmas – Somerset
Tickets on sale

Avon Valley is open this December to give you and your family a cool yule to remember!  The parkk is open for a full day of festive fun but wait….there’s myrrh!  You can also book a timed session* to see Father Christmas! The Reindeer Rocket Check-In is waiting to whisk you to the North Pole over Clifton Suspension Bridge.  Once there, take a snowy walk to see Mrs Claus and meet her talking reindeer before meeting Father Christmas himself!  After you let him know your most special wish for Christmas he will present you with a magical item to take to his toy shop to choose your own gift. 

Avon Valley Adventure Park

Address: Pixash Ln, Bath Rd, Keynsham, Bristol BS31 1TP

When? From 4th to 24th December

How much? Christmas park entry from £14.95 per person, Father Christmas prices up to £29.95 per person.


Avon Valley Railway – Santa Specials – Somerset – Tickets on Sale

Once onboard, you’ll enjoy a mince pie or festive biscuit as you travel the line and when you return to Bitton Station you’ll meet Santa and have the chance to take family photographs with him.  All good boys and girls will receive a present from him too!  But, like last year, he’s going to have to make some changes to the gifts he gives out as the virus (and now supply issues caused by Brexit) is causing no end of problems for his elves in Lapland.

Avon Valley Railway

Address: Bitton Station, 3 Bath Rd, Bristol BS30 6HD

When? Selected dates in November and December

How much? Tickets £15 per person


Bicton Park Gardens – Father Christmas – Devon – Tickets on Sale

Santa is making a special visit to Bicton and we invite you to come and see him in his Snow Globe! His reindeer will be with him after their long trip from the North Pole and Santa’s elf will be helping to get the presents ready for all children booked to see him at Bicton Park. 

Bicton Park

Address: Bicton, East Budleigh Salterton, Budleigh Salterton EX9 7BJ

When? Selected dates in December

How much? Father Christmas is available to members only at a cost of £15 per child, including a choice of a personalised present chosen by you, as detailed on the booking page. Day visitors to Bicton can upgrade to a full annual membership for only an extra £10 per person, giving 12 months unlimited entry to the Park, plus access to members-only events.


Bishop’s Palace – Christmas at the Palace – Somerset
To be confirmed

Info from a previous event – The rooms of the medieval Palace building will each be festooned with decorations on a variety of themes, from medieval through to Victorian. The Entrance Hall will be warmed by a roaring fire, and seasonal greenery and foliage from the Palace Gardens will be used to create stunning adornments to complement the historic interiors.

Outside the Palace, the Gardens will also be dressing up for Christmas, with a winter woodland theme, and outdoor lighting and decorations in the formal gardens. There will also be a Christmas-themed family trail which will take visitors through the Palace & Gardens, leading to a traditional nativity scene at the end.

Bishop’s Palace

Address: The Bishop’s Palace, Wells BA5 2PD

When? TBC

How much? TBC


Camel Creek – Christmas all wrapped up – Cornwall – To be confirmed

Christmas 2020 was a strange year for everyone, but we made it extra special with our Snow Tunnel, Story with an Elf and the biggest Santa’s grotto to date. In 2021 we look forward to making this even more special. Opening times – will be bookable timed slots. Watch this space.

Camel Creek

Address: Tredinnick, Wadebridge PL27 7RA

When? TBC

How much? TBC

Best Christmas Events South West 2020 – Meet Santa and More

Clearwell Caves – Christmas at Clearwell – Gloucestershire – dates confirmed

We will be busily creating our unique displays again this year, our ideas will adapt to coincide with changing circumstances, so we will be keeping within the Government guidelines nearer the date.  Watch this space for up to date information and booking later in the season. Pre-booking will be available at the end of September.

Dean Forest Railway

Address: The Rocks, Clearwell, Coleford GL16 8JR

When? 3rd to 24th December

How much? TBC


Corfe Castle – Christmas at Corfe – Dorset – Tickets on sale

Join the Lord of Misrule on a trip back to the 17th Century this Christmas at Corfe Castle. Follow the Twelve Days of Christmas family trail, make a yuletide wish then relax by the fire pit with marshmallows and a warm drink.

National Trust

Address: The Square, Corfe Castle, Wareham BH20 5EZ

When? Selected dates in December

How much? This event is free, but normal admission charges apply for the venue. Please see website for prices.


Cotswold Farm Park – Gloucestershire – Enchanted Light Trail – Tickets on sale soon

Let the lights guide you on an enchanted stroll through the farm park after hours. Join us for our Enchanted Light Trail, a spectacular night time journey of magical lights and sounds around the farm park. There is a set trail to follow which takes you from the visitor centre area right the way to the park’s boundaries and back. There will be crackling fire pits, a festive shop perfect for present buying and hot food and drink will be available at various points along the route.

Cotswold Farm Park

Address: Guiting Power, Cheltenham GL54 5FL

When? 26th November to 1st January

How much? TBC


Dean Forest Railway – Santa Specials – Gloucestershire – Tickets on sale

Visit the Dean Forest Railway this Christmas for your chance to ride behind a real steam engine and meet Santa and his elves on board! The train will depart from Norchard Station, heading first to Lydney Junction Station, where there is a short stop while the ending runs round (toilet facilities available on the platform). The train will then depart Lydney Junction and head non-stop through the forest to Parkend Station. There will be a short break at Parkend (where toilet facilities are available if needed), before returning back to Norchard Station to complete your 75-minute journey.

Dean Forest railway

Address: Forest Road, Lydney GL15 4ET

When? Selected dates from 27th November to 24th December

How much? £15 per person. Under 2’s are free. Prebooking online is essential.


Farmer Palmers – Father Christmas Magic – Dorset – Tickets on sale

Christmas at Farmer Palmers is a magical experience for so many reasons. So we are going to do more… All children wanting to meet ‘Farmer Christmas’ will need a ticket to enter the enchanted barn. Tickets will be available as an ‘add-on’ item when you book/reserve your admission tickets. 

Plus Twilight event 20th – 23rd December.

Farmer Palmers

Address: Wareham Rd, Organford, Poole, Organford, Poole BH16 6EU

When? 11th to 23rd December

How much? Please follow the link above for further information.


Christmas Events South West 2021

Gloucestershire Warwickshire Railway – Santa Experience – Gloucestershire – Tickets on sale

Santa is coming to the GWSR again soon. We’ll be offering two different experiences – the steam-hauled Santa Express and the diesel railcar Ride with Santa. Travel from Toddington Station by loco-hauled train to the North Pole (Winchcombe) where you’ll meet Santa and his elves in a wonderland of lights, trees, and decorations.  The number of tickets sold on these trains will be limited, so you will have either your own private compartment or specially reserved seats in an open carriage for your family.

GWSR railway

Address: The Railway Station, Toddington GL54 5DT

When? Selected dates from 27th November

How much? Tickets £24-25 per adult or child.


Best Christmas Events South West 2021

Hope Nature Centre – Magical Christmas – Wiltshire – Tickets on Sale

Hop aboard our Snowflake Express land train, and enjoy a ride around our Animal Park, spotting our resident animals. After your journey, you can wander through our magical Woodland Walk of twinkling lights. You can then have your very own ‘meet and greet’ with Santa. Children receive a present from Santa, and parents can enjoy a Hot Chocolate and Mince Pie from our Picnic Lodge.

Hope Nature Centre

Address: Frome Rd, Southwick, Trowbridge BA14 9QD

When? Selected dates in November and December

How much? Tickets from £7.95 per adult, £11.95 per child (early bird tickets)


Journey to the West Pole Westonbirt Arboretum 2021 – Gloucestershire – Tickets on sale

Set out on an adventure through the illuminated trees of the arboretum, speak to the trees and tree elves for clues, but watch out for the storm and don’t get lost! If you manage to locate all the Reindeer you may catch a glimpse of Father Christmas himself!

Address: Westonbirt, Tetbury GL8 8QS.

When? Selected dates from 26th November to 21st December.

How much? Adults £18, children age 5-18 £9. Under 5’s are free and do not require a ticket. Other pricing options are available. Advanced booking is essential.


Longleat – Christmas at Longleat – Wiltshire – Tickets on sale

Everything’s sparkling with music and magic at Longleat this Christmas! Belt out carols with Britain’s biggest singing Christmas tree, follow the disco balls through our after dark Hedge Maze, settle down for a storytime with owls and even meet Santa and his elves!

Longleat

Address: Warminster BA12 7NW

When? Selected dates 6th November to 8th January

How much? Christmas all in one ticket £36.95-39.95 per adult, £27.70-29.95 per child age 3-15. Other pricing options are available.

Best Christmas Events Wiltshire 2020

Pendennis Castle – Christmas Adventure Quest – Tickets on sale – Cornwall

Explore Pendennis Castle with our family-friendly Christmas adventure quest. Follow the trail to find clues dotted around the castle, and discover fun facts and festive folklore along the way.

English Heritage

Address: Castle Dr, Falmouth TR11 4LP

When? Weekends from 27 Nov – 19 Dec. Daily from 26 Dec – 2 Jan 

How much? Adult £12.50, child 5-17 £7.50, other pricing options are available. Members of English Heritage are free.


Pennywell Farm – Christmas Experience – Tickets on sale soon – Devon

This festive season, enjoy the perfect Christmas experience for all the family. It’s that time of year when the Farm becomes a magical winter wonderland with twinkling lights, hundreds of Christmas trees and plenty of Christmas sparkle. The Farm has been completely transformed into a winter wonderland for our Magical Christmas Experience, areas that don’t form part of the experience are closed. 

Pennywell Farm

Address: Lower Dean, Buckfastleigh TQ11 0LT

When? TBC

How much? TBC.


Perrygrove Railway – Christmas at Perrygrove – Gloucestershire – Twilight tickets on Sale

Christmas is bigger than ever at Perrygrove this year. With the uncertainty of Covid hanging still we have planned our Christmas to allow social distancing if we need it still. We are confident we will be able to run as planned even if we have a return to similar restrictions as 2020. and to put your mind at rest further we still offer our Covid ticket guarantee. Our events span the whole of December with both daytime and evening options during the week and at weekends. There is something for every budget and group size.

All of our event ticketing is sold as group or family tickets. We don’t offer individual person tickets. This enables us to manage the seat allocation on our trains much easier.

Perrygrove railway

Address: Perrygrove Rd, Coleford GL16 8QB

When? Selected dates in December

How much? Compartments from £33 for 2-3 people. From £66 for 4-6 people.

Best Christmas Events Gloucestershire 2020

Powderham Castle – Christmas at the Castle – Devon – Tickets on sale

Our light walk will extend over a mile through the grounds and gardens of Powderham Castle. We’ve also modified the route to ensure no steps, grassy paths or muddy tracks! This year, we’re opening the castle so that visitors can explore! Beautifully decorated for Christmas and with exciting light features, displays and story telling. The trail will lead all the way to the Secret Garden, where our animal friends will be waiting to meet you, plus offering pony rides and goat walks. With warm drinks and snacks available from the Potting Shed.

Christmas Grotto – £5 per child, must be purchased with day or evening entry tickets. 

Powderham Castle

Address: Powderham Estate, Exeter EX6 8JQ

When? Open Monday 29th November to Friday 31st December (excluding Monday 13th for a wedding and Christmas Day). Closed on Wednesdays, excluding the 22nd.

How much? Adult £10, children £5, tickets are cheaper for adults in the daytime.


Roves Farm – Christmas Experience – Wiltshire – Tickets on sale

Follow the twinkling lights as you make your way through the trees to find the grotto. You will be met by one of the cheeky elves who will lead you through the tinsel tunnel and in to the magic Grotto where Father Christmas and his sleigh await. You can choose a toy, make reindeer food and more.

Roves Farm

Address: Sevenhampton, Swindon SN6 7QG

When? 27th November to 23rd December

How much? Adult £8, child 3-16 from £25-26.50. Other pricing options are available.


South Devon Railway – Polar Express – Devon – Tickets on sale

Your family can now hop aboard this awe-inspiring steam train (located in Buckfastleigh, just half an hour from Plymouth and Exeter) and begin the journey of a lifetime to the Christmas experience to top all others. Our amazing team of chefs will serve the richest hot chocolate and tastiest cookies you have had all year, singing and dancing all the while.

The conductor stamps your ticket, causing a shower of smiles all round (and a shower of punches all over your table). Just as you think you couldn’t possibly be happier, the steam-powered beauty will come to a halt… You’re not dreaming; you’ve made it to the North Pole! Now for the most memorable part of your experience- Santa Claus on board the Polar Express! The ringing of bells dances around the carriage as your child’s eyes grow wide- they believe…. And so do you! Santa greets them personally and gives them their first gift of Christmas, a beautiful silver bell! Be sure to check for holes in their pockets before you leave…

South Devon Railway

Address: Buckfastleigh station, TQ11 0DZ

When? Selected dates from 20th November until 23rd December

How much? Prices start from £24.95 per person.


Stourhead – Christmas – Somerset – Tickets on sale

Look forward to some together time and make everlasting memories, as you discover sparkling 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, larger-than-life illuminations and don’t forget to glimpse Father Christmas along the way.

Wookey Hole

Address: Wookey Hole Ltd. Wookey Hole, Wells, Somerset BA5 1BB

When? 26 November 2021 – 2 January 2022 – closed Christmas Eve and Christmas Day

How much? Adult ticket including 1 car parking space £28, additional adults £20, children 3-16 £14.00. Discounted tickets are available for members of the National Trust.


Sudeley Castle – Spectacle of Light – Gloucestershire – Tickets on sale

Explore our magical after-dark experience now in its 6th Year and follow the New illuminated trail around our beautiful castle grounds. Enjoy the wonderful music as you discover each new secret of this romantic environment.

Sudeley Castle

Address: Sudeley Castle & Gardens Gloucestershire, Winchcombe GL54 5JD

When? Selected dates from November 26th to 30th December

How much? Tickets from £17.60.

Best Christmas Events Gloucestershire 2020

West Somerset Railway – Santa Express – Somerset – Tickets on sale

Make memories to treasure for a lifetime on our family favourite – the Santa Express. Step aboard our festively decorated heritage carriages, filled with Christmas cheer and excitement and take a wonderful journey through West Somerset’s winter woodlands. Santa’s presents and refreshments will be waiting at your table and he’ll be along for the ride to ensure you have received them! A round trip to Williton means there will be plenty of time aboard to soak up the experience, get in the festive spirit or relax with some refreshments whilst enjoying the journey.

West Somerset Railway

Address: Station Rd, Bishop’s Lydeard, Taunton TA4 3BX

When? Selected dates in December

How much? Adult £20, child £20. Other pricing options are available.


Wookey Hole – Winter Wonderland – Somerset – To be confirmed

Info from a previous event – Come and see the magnificent caves illuminated with Christmas characters on your magical tour. Come and meet our Wonderful Wizard after Christmas! 
The Wizard will be meeting and greeting visitors on arrival and throughout the day.

Wookey Hole

Address: Wookey Hole Ltd. Wookey Hole, Wells, Somerset BA5 1BB

When? TBC

How much? TBC