25 days of Christmas events in Hertfordshire

1 . Santa spectacular, willows farm – St.Albans – 23rd November – 24th December

Santa Spectacular takes place at Willows Farm in StAlbans and it’s one of my personal favourite Christmas events in Hertfordshire. We visited last year  and absolutely loved it. You can meet Santa and receive a golden key to the key shop – your little one can then pick any toy they like from the toy shop. There’s a workshop where you can create your own husky dog, a 3d sleigh ride, Santa’s reindeer, festive wood ride, snowball shoot out, an ice rink and so much more. This is a must do event! If you purchase tickets in advanced online then an adults ticket is just £9 and £24 for a child.

2. Crews Hills, Enfield – 10th November – 24th December

I always remember visiting Crews hill as a child. I remember the magical  feel of visiting Springtime nurseries and visiting the christmas wonderland. It was beautifully decorated with so much to do. You can meet Santa, do a little bit of shopping, go ice skating, have some lunch in the cafe and go on a Christmas carousel. You can hop on a train which takes you through magical winter wonderlands to Santa’s grotto, This is a great afternoon out for all the family. £10 per child unless you book online and then it’s £8 per child.

3. Van hague, Great Amwell – 17th November – 9th January

Van hague has a wonderful ice rink which has been running for nine years now. You can experience the magic of ice skating with their undercover ice rink from just £5. Adults are £8, a banana is £7, a child is £8. They also have a lovely little on site cafe/restaurant where you can stop for lunch. They have a gorgeous range of christmas decorations and gifts. They also have a section outside where you can walk round and visit all their animals. They have monkeys, chickens, peacocks, rabbits and more. It’s a great day out for all the family. You can also meet Santa here for £7.50 every weekend. He’ll be in his grotto and has a special gift waiting for every child! You’ll have to book this online though.

4. Garden Shopping Centre, Letchworth GC – November 26th

The garden square in Letchworth city centre will have Santa in his grotto every Saturday. You can come visit him from 4pm up until 5pm. Entry is £3 per child or £5 for 2 children and all money raised will go directly to a local charity. A lovely event out of many Christmas events in Hertfordshire.

5. Christmas vintage and craft market – Baldock – December 3rd

There will be a Santa’s grotto at the Baldock Christmas Vintage and Craft market on Saturday, December 3rd from 9am until 6pm. The event in Baldock High Street will also feature a snow dome, a vintage craft fair, a funfair, live music, food stalls and church tower tours.

6. Christmas market – StAlbans – 24th November – 18th December

St.Albans is beautiful at Christmas time. St.Alban’s has one of the oldest regular markets in the UK, dating back to the 9th century. So what better City to hold a European-style Christmas Market? The 2016 Christmas Market will run from Thursday 24th November to Sunday 18th December 2016. There will be a variety of up to 60 stalls, the event takes place in and around the beautiful Vintry Garden – a walled garden adjacent to the magnificent 11th-century St Albans Cathedral. St.Albans is a beautiful place to visit at Christmas time!

7.  The Very Hungry Caterpillar family show – Hatfield – 26th November

It’s not so much as a ‘Christmasy’ day out but it will definitely feel like it. What child doesn’t like The Very Hungry Caterpillar?! This will take place at the university of Hertfordshire in Hatfield and Tickets start from £12.50 and go up to £19.50. This show is live on the 26th November so you’d need to get in there quick to book yourselves a ticket.

8. Santas Little Helper – St Albans – 26th November

This is the story of a young boy, Albert, who doesn’t believe in Santa. Yet that disbelief is changed into belief when he meets the man himself. Santa needs Albert’s help. Music, puppetry & high energy storytelling for ages 3-7. There will be plenty of laughs, songs and opportunities to join in with an interactive show. You can also meet Santa here too. This takes place on the 26th November at The Sandpit Theatre in St.Albans. Another last minute one, so if you fancy it then quickly book yourselves a ticket. They start from £6 – £8 – bargain.
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9. Christmas Fair – Carlton Park Hotel, Rotherham – 26th November

Leading up to Christmas, The Carlton Park Hotel has a selection of festive lunches and dinners including a Christmas Fayre Disco Lunch and Dinner and Disco. For family entertainment They have Santa’s Sunday Lunch with its own children’s menu and childrens entertainer. For more information and prices visit their website.

10.  The Big Skate – The Parade Watford – 26th November – 15th January

The big Skate makes for a lovely afternoon or evening out. As the nights have gotten a lot darker, why not wrap up warm and have and get lost amongst the huge amounts of Christmas Spirit at The Parade Watford. There’s plenty to do! From Ice skating, fairground rides, a bar, hook a santa, trampolining and more. A great family friendly event! Tickets start from £6.50 and you are able to book online. The onsite bar also provides a wide range of drinks and food for all the family.

11.  Victorian Christmas Fair – Hatfield – 27th November

Santa will be in his grotto at Mill Green Museum in Hatfield with his elf. For £5 each child can meet and greet santa and receive a gift too. There will be victorian street sellers some festive story telling around the enchanted woods and a variety of children’s activities on site. It’s £5 to get in but under 16’s are free. There will be plenty of Victorian street food and mulled wine, hot chocolate and mince pies! It’ll be a unique experience for the whole family with lots of commercial stalls selling crafty festive bargains. A great day out!

12. Harpenden Christmas Carnival – 27th November

Harpenden high street will be holding a christmas carnival on Sunday 27th November. There will be charity stalls, a farmers market, festive shopping, fairground rides and the big light switch on! The lights will be switched on by the Town Mayor at 17:00, followed by a fun fair and Santa’s grotto. Santa’s grotto costs £2 entry and is closed between 2.45 – 3.30. There will be stage acts at 1pm, live music at 3pm followed by more entertainment. A great day out for everyone!

13.  Winter Fair The Radeltt Centre – 27th November

On Sunday 27th November the christmas light switch on will be taking place at The Radlett Centre in Radlett. This will start from 1.3-pm – 5pm. There will be a grotto where children can meet Santa and his elves. There will be a great little crafts and arts fair, food stalls with plenty of mulled wine, bouncy castles and other festive attractions, Santa sumo, snowboard stimulator and so so much more. This is bound to be a great event for all ages with something for everyone.

14. Countdown to Christmas Family Fun Day – Herts inclusive theatre Watford – 27th November

Start the countdown to Christmas with this fun family day out! They’ll be face painting, arts and crafts, performances, bouncy castle, a soft play area, a storyteller,  a chance to meet Santa, and a mini Christmas market. This’ll be a great way to get into the Christmas spirit! All round family fun. It costs £3 for each entry although under 15’s are free.

15.  COCA‑COLA Christmas truck tour – Watford – 1st December

The Coca-cola truck will be at Tesco Watford Extra on the 1st December! We all know it’s Christmas when we hear and see the magical coca cola advert. After seeing it on TV, why not pop along and see it in real life? Coca-cola are taking their truck on another tour around Great Britain. Stopping here there and everywhere for people to come and visit! You can have your photo taken with the famous truck and soak up the festive spirit. They’ll be seasonal music, a free coca cola and a secret christmas surprise.
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16. Santa Claus and the Night Before Christmas – Watford – 1st December – 24th December

“It’s christmas eve nd whilst most children are hanging up their stockings, there are a few boys and girls in Watford who are not! They don’t believe in Santa and with Christmas morning fast approaching cheeky elves Charlie and Kara must help Santa prove that he is indeed real!” This is a great show for all children ages 2+. They’ll be magic tricks, songs and stories. It’s a great festive treat for all of the family. children can meet Santa after the show and receive a present of their own. Adult tickets are £14, children’s tickets are £13. You can also get family tickets (family of four) for £50.

17. Christmas Tree Festival & Mini Christmas Market – Rickmansworth – 3rd December

St Peter’s Church and hall, Rickmansworth, will be celebrating the life of the Mill End community by holding a Christmas tree festival. Christmas trees are being decorated by the  local community and on display in church. There will be a lovely mini christmas market with lots of goodies available. They’ll be fun craft actives for all ages. A great way to get into the christmas spirit. Entry is just £2. A bargain family day out!

18. Children’s Christmas Trail – Ashridge, Berkhamsted – 3rd December

During the weekends in December you can follow a seasonal train and join Robin as he visits woodland creatures’ homes at Christmas. You can get your card stamped as you go and receive a special christmas gift at the end of the train. Each trail costs £3 and all children need to be accompanied by an adult. Dogs are also welcome and trails may not be suitable for buggies due to mud! This is a different way to celebrate getting into the christmas spirit. A nice brisk walk with the whole family!

19. Garden Festive Celebration – Bushey Rose Garden – 11th December

Father Christmas will be in the summer house at Bushey Rose Garden on Sunday 11th December between 1-3pm for some festive celebrations. What better way to get into the christmas spirit with friends and family in such a beautiful location?

20. Breakfast or Tea with Father Christmas – A range of locations – 12th November – 24th December

What better treat than having breakfast or tea with Father Christmas? Is this not every little child’s dream come true!? This event takes place at Wyevale garden centres and is something that you will need to book online. This is a christmas treat for kids all ages and even grown ups too! Children can meet father christmas and then go ahead and pick their very own present. Children and adults can enjoy a freshly prepared breakfast or tea (whatever has been booked). You can then decorate your own christmas biscuit! Child prices start from £9.99 and adult prices start from £3.99.

21. Hogwarts in the Snow – Warner bros studio, Watford – 19th November – 29th January

Why not experience christmas at Hogwarts and discover a magical makeover of Hogwarts in the snow! The whole of Hogwarts will have be decorated and made up for Christmas. If you have Harry Potter fans on your hands then this is the perfect christmas treat for them! “Get up close to Christmas gifts, including Harry’s Invisibility Cloak and Molly Weasley’s hand-knitted jumpers. Discover how artificial snow and ice are created, and how special-effect fires are controlled on set.” A Child’s ticket is £27 and an adults ticket is £35.

22. Christmas Extravaganza – Hertford – 25th November

Hertford is such a pretty and quant little town. Why not come along on Friday 25th November, 4pm – 8pm to celebrate the Christmas lights switch on? They’ll be a Santa’s grotto (which will have a small charge per child). They’ll be carol singers, crafts and arts along with a christmas story. The whole event is free but donations are welcome! The perfect little event to get you into the Christmas spirit. There’s nothing better than wrapping up warm with the family to enjoy a christmasy evening.

23.  Santa Arrives at Paradise Wildlife Park – Broxbourne – 26th November – 24th December

Head along to Paradise Wildlife Park to see santa arrive in his carriage pulled by his white horses! This will take place on Saturday 26th November at 10.30am. Santa will be there to open the Christmas craft fair at 11am followed by taking ‘pride of place’ in his magical grotto. Children can meet Santa’s reindeer and then step inside the grotto to meet Santa himself. They will then be able to take home a special gift! After meeting santa you can carry on and explore paradise wildlife park and enjoy a nice hot drink in their restaurant. The whole park will be decorated for Christmas and so it’s sure to put you and your family in a christmasy mood! Each ticket online costs £4.50 (this doesn’t include entrance to the park itself – you must purchase a park ticket to be able to explore).

24. Toddler Christmas Party -Space2Play – Hitchin – 7th December

Visit Space2play in Hitchin for a fantastic toddler christmas party featuring Disco duck! They’ll be a visit to Santa’s grotto and a present for every child. The ticket prices are just £9.50 and children will be able to head off and play in this amazing indoor soft play centre.

25. Anna and Elsa Christmas Visits and Door Knocks – A range of locations – 9th December – 24th December

 A great and unique way to surprise your little one – have Anna and Elsa knock at your front door to wish your little one(s) a merry Christmas. Each visit includes a meet and greet to wish them a merry christmas, photo opportunities, singing, official princess crowning and certificate and an optional tiara gift (£4). All of this for just £30. Make your frozen-mad child’s christmas by having Elsa and Anna turn up at your door!

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