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Christmas Events and Attractions in the UK

Christmas Events and Attractions in the UK

There are so many fabulous Christmas events and attractions in the UK.  Here is a list of the best suggested by some fellow UK Family Bloggers.  Also see my Christmas Events in Yorkshire post for more Yorkshire based festivities!

Lapland UK

We visited Lapland UK last year and it was amazing – expensive, but amazing!  Have a look at my review here. Father Christmas was fabulous!


Hever Castle

November 24 – December 9 2018 (Wed – Sun)
December 10 – 24 2018 (Daily)

Hever Castle has a lovely Christmas event. Last year the theme was Jack and the beanstalk, there was a trail around the grounds and people in dressed in pantomime clothes told the story as you went round. You started with a toy cow that was exchanged for beans etc. There was also a lovely old fashioned fair with a carousel.  They also do an evening event where the castle and grounds are all lit up. It’s a beautiful place.

“Walk through the rooms of the Castle adorned with beautiful decorations and welcoming log fires. As dusk falls, the gardens are magically illuminated with up-lighting and colour washes.  For an extra special day visit Father Christmas in his Grotto (available on select dates, pre-booking is essential).  Enjoy superb seasonal dining options in the festively decorated cafés and restaurants serving a feast of winter warmers, and be inspired by a wonderful array of seasonal gifts, luxurious decorations, toys and stocking fillers that can be found in the Hever Shop.”

From Erica at The Incidental Parent.


Paulton’s Park

Peppa pig world! Peppa and George come out in Christmas outfits you can see them and you get a gift and visit to Santa!  Faye at Glossytots.


Kielder Winter Wonderland, Northumberland

Various dates from the 18th November – 20th December 2018

Leaplish Waterside Park at Kielder turns into an AMAZING winter Wonderland every weekend from November. It’s a day long event but when we’ve been we’ve rented a log cabin too as it’s the Hoseasons park. Anna from Me, Annie B

Drayton Manor – Magical Christmas

Take a trip to Thomas Land at Drayton Manor this Christmas. Step inside to join in with the Christmas magic. From fun rides, craft activities, visiting the reindeer and writing letters to Santa. Complete your trip with a visit to the Castle of Dreams and chat to Santa about what you’d like to find underneath the Christmas tree this year. From Boo, Roo and Tigger Too

Christmas at Kew Gardens, London – 2018

This is a post I wrote on Christmas at Kew at the end of last year. It’s a magical light trail at Kew Gardens, lanterns and lights hanging from trees, beautiful illuminated displays set to music, a little Father Christmas show, mulled wine, roasted chestnuts, marshmallow-toasting and fairground rides. I had never been before, but I’m definitely going again! Great for the kids too and buggy-friendly. Wonderful. By Awaybies Kids.


Thursford Christmas Spectacular Fakenham, Norfolk

6th November – 23rd December 2018 2.00pm & 7.00pm

Set in the magical surroundings of mechanical organs and fairground carousels, with a cast of 130 professional singers, dancers and musicians – many of whom are West End performers. The 3 hour performance delivers an extravaganza of non-stop singing, dancing, music, humour and variety. It’s a fast moving celebration of the festive season featuring an eclectic mix of both seasonal and year-round favourites, with famous and much-loved chart toppers being sung alongside traditional carols.  Suggested by Renee at Close Enough to Kiss.

Winter Wonderland, Manchester

Next to the intu Trafford Centre – not sure if this will be happening in 2018!

We took our son to Winter Wonderland Manchester at Event City last year and we’ll definitely be going back. Loads of rides, festive food and drink and a lovely Santa’s house too. He absolutely loved it and all the rides are included in the ticket price! They also include shows and things too. So much fun! Stacey from One Small Human. 

While you are in Manchester, you could also have a look at the Christmas Market there.

Frankfurt Christmas Market, Birmingham

15th November 2017 – 23rd December 2018

Birmingham’s Frankfurt Christmas Market, together with the adjacent Christmas Craft Market offer over 180 stalls for visitors to browse and generate a fantastic atmosphere and unique shopping experience. Suggested by Candace at Buckets of Tea 


Blithbury Reindeer Lodge

Various dates – 10th November 2018 – 23rd December 2018

Christmas at Blithbury is a truly at magical experience for the whole family. Our award winning* Christmas Experience is like no other; from the moment you arrive in our ticket office the festive spirit is in the air.

From Mama Mighalls 


Tulley’s Farm

24th November 2018 – 24th December 2018

Tulley’s farm do an awesome Xmas event from the end of November, through December. There’s a magical woodland walk, gingerbread decorating, Xmas puppet show, reindeer food package, sleigh ride to visit Santa in the woods and a build a bear type present from Santa, plus loads more. My little boy adored it, it really was magical and a great price we are definitely going again! Heidi from Southern Mummy.


Harrods at Christmas 2018

It is a popular grotto everyone seems to want to visit. I am not surprised why. The grotto has a changing theme every year, the decor is brilliant and kids have fun activities to complete. Santa’s little helpers have always been superb, ready to swoop in with smiles and distractions when parents are looking frazzled and stressed. And meeting Santa is always a treat, him taking time to have a proper chat with you in your own room, away from all other distractions. It’s these little things that make it a special experience. From Irina at Wave to Mummy.


Hyde Park Winter Wonderland

22nd November 2018 – 6th January 2019

Explore the land of Santa, see his workshop, meet the elves or ride on the Santa Express. An enchanting experience with children’s rides, games, eateries and all the magic of Christmas!  from Irina at Wave to Mummy.


Thank you also to Christmas MagicCruises and Caravans, Inspire Gratitude, Candyfloss and Dreams, Vikki at Family Travel with Ellie, Mel from Two Plus Dogs and to Faith at Raising Moonbows

Looking for European Christmas Markets, have a look at this great foodie post!

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Or why not visit Lapland itself in Finland?

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