As the winter chill starts to freeze over, the Christmas holidays draw near. This fun-filled festive time of year is a great way for family bonding and catching up with old friends. We have selected some of the most popular Christmas activities for everyone to enjoy. We hope this selection gets you in the Christmas spirit this year!
If you’re going to be in Kent this Christmas...
Twilight Christmas at Hever Castle
20th November - 3rd January
All ages are welcome to revel in the Christmas spirit at Hever Castle this year. Wrap up warm and witness the magically dressed castle, glistening walks through the gardens. After you have completed the festive journey around the castle, make sure you don’t miss out on the fair!
A Canterbury Merry Brickmas
11th December - 2nd January
Santa's workshop has moved to Canterbury, if you want to see some Christmas enchantment this year visit the Beaney to see a life-size Santa and his reindeer, and those magical Christmas elves. After visiting the workshop, take a walk around Canterbury’s cobbled streets and festive activities to get into the Christmas spirit.
Every weekend from 27th November
Celebrate the festive season at Folkestone Harbour Arm's first-ever Christmas market! Get your Christmas gifts all wrapped up, feast on festive treats and journey to The Lighthouse for drinks. Bring an empty stomach, there'll be delicious street food, magical music and festive films in The Yard.
A real-life Rochester Dickensian Christmas carol
The whole family will enjoy the magical enchantment of Rochester Christmas Market and the Dickensian festival! From fairy lights draped over traditional German wooden chalets, to the chance to see a parade, costumed characters and open-air carol concerts. For the full festive programme check here.
10th - 19th December
If you want to be sprinkled with Christmas magic this season, Tonbridge Castle will be featuring an enchanting igloo theatre, Castlemas brew at the Jingle Bell bar and a shop local Christmas market. Magical music and even a Santa's Grotto, we can't wait to celebrate Castlemas this year!
If you’re spending Christmas in Cornwall...
Trebah Garden of Light
Selected dates from 2nd - 11th December 2021.
If you want to get in the Christmas mood, Trebah Garden is hosting a winter festival of lights for Cornwall. Suitable for all ages, you can create your own lantern with support from local artists. You’ll also find plenty of cheer at the Eden Project.
Meet Santa at the Lost Gardens of Heligan
Selected dates from 11th - 24th December 2021
Santa himself will be bringing Christmas cheer to the Lost Gardens of Heligan this year! You can share your stories, hopes and wishes with him. You can write a letter to him in the Melon Yard, even take home a small gift. You and your family will be welcomed to the exclusive festive reserve yard. Make this Christmas a cracker.
Meet Santa at Newquay Zoo
18th - 24th December 2021
If you want to enjoy a furry festive Christmas, Santa’s magical grotto will be at Newquay Zoo. You can learn to make reindeer food at the elf workshop to sprinkle on your lawn before bedtime. This enchanting event can be enjoyed by everyone in your family.
Christmas at Trerice
Open daily between 11th - 23rd December 2021
Do you want an adventure this Christmas? Wander the winter trail at this Elizabethan manor house in Trerice, Percy and his animal friends need some helpers to step into his wellies and give nature a helping hand.
Christmas at Camel Creek
27 November - 23 December 2021
Join Santa Elves in their workshop for festive arts and crafts, and enjoy tasty mulled wine and hot chocolate on a walk through an enchanted Christmas Tree Forest. You can also taste some delicious festive treats in Dina’s Christmas shack. You won’t want to miss out on visiting Camel Creek at Christmas!
If you’re off to The New Forest
Pick your very own Christmas Tree at New Park
10am - 4pm everyday
Christmas is extra special when you make precious family traditions, so this holiday season, why not make choosing the perfect tree one of yours? Put on your boots, wrap up warm and enjoy a great day in the New Forest at New Park, Brockenhurst. The experts at Forestry England offer a wide selection of sustainably-grown British Christmas trees, while providing you with a wonderful festive experience!
Dance the night away at The Balmer Lawn Hotel, Brockenhurst
12pm - 11pm everyday
Join The Lodge Kitchen & Bar at The Balmer Lawn Hotel for the biggest party in the New Forest.
Their outdoor pizza oven will be serving freshly made pizza while a live DJ plays from 5pm - 11pm. It will be an Après Ski themed restaurant, so whether you want to dance at your table or enjoy the atmosphere, you will have a great time!
Afternoon tea with Santa at the New Park Manor Hotel, Brockenhurst
2pm to 4pm, 20th – 22nd December
In celebration of Christmas, the New Park Manor Hotel is
offering a specially-designed Afternoon Tea complete with a very special guest. Visit them in December when Santa will arrive for a festive
"ho ho ho" and a gift for all the children!
Enjoy a day of farming fun at the Lockdown Activity Farm!
26th November – 23rd December
The Festive Lodge will welcome you with sparkling lights and festive decorations, where you can meet Father Christmas in a magical world of twinkling trees and snow.
There are a number of play areas where children have the opportunity to run off their adrenaline including go-karts, mini tractors, crazy golf, diggers, and the Piglets Play Barn.
Christmas at Paultons Park!
4th – 23rd December
The Park is transformed into a dazzling winter wonderland
with lights, decorations, and illuminations everywhere you look. At the gateway
building, guests will be welcomed by a magical light show featuring a giant
musical Christmas tree that comes to life every 15 minutes.
Santa will appear in his Magical Christmas Wish show daily for storytime! There will also be meet and greets with Peppa Pig and George Pig in their festive outfits at Peppa Pig World!
Spending the holidays in Suffolk?
Santa specials at Mid Light Railway
18th – 19th December
Enjoy a magical ride in the heart of Suffolk with the Mid Suffolk Light Railway Santa Special. Steam trains run from Brockford Station to ‘North Pole Halt’, where each child receives a present from Santa in his Guards Van.
Assist Santa and his helpers at Easton Farm Park!
4th – 24th December
Easton Farm Park offers children the chance to see and experience the holiday farm animals at Christmas time. Besides making food for Santa's reindeer and decorating gingerbread, the children will also assist the elves with present selection!
Illuminated Garden Trail at Helmingham Hall Gardens
19th November – 19th December
The illuminated trail around Helmingham Hall's historic gardens is back and is even better than before. Combined with mulled wine, s'mores, and toasted marshmallows, it truly is a winter wonderland experience!
Christmas at Kentwell!
13th November - 19th December
Discover the animals and garden crafts at the stables as you walk along the Days of Christmas Trail. Mother Christmas will welcome you to Father Christmas's Cottage, helping you write and post your Christmas letter! The event will include a giant sleigh for you to ride in and a family visit with Father Christmas for families with children under the age of eleven.
In Norfolk for Christmas?
Dippy’s Christmas Celebration
26th November - 24th December
Whether you want to attend Dippy’s Christmas celebration, jingle all day or sparkle in the dark you’ll want to simply soak up the atmosphere at this magical festive event. Everyone can enjoy singing carols, show off some merry moves and let the children get Christmas crafty in the Secret Animal Garden!
Thursford’s enchanted Journey of light
1st - 28th December
If you want to explore Santa’s magical building, see giant-sized teddies, penguins and polar bears all whilst enjoying a beautiful breathtaking festival of luminous sculptures from a fantasy underwater world to the wilds of the North Pole. Thursfords enchanted journey of light is one for you and your family to enjoy.
Christmas Afternoon Tea at The Norfolk Mead
Selected dates in December
Have you tried a festive afternoon tea? It’s one of the best Christmassy things to do in Norfolk after a morning of Christmas shopping at the markets. Sit down and enjoy clotted cream and fruit jam scones or turkey sandwiches, there’s an option for everyone to enjoy!.
The Polar Express Train Ride
13th November - 28th December
The Polar Express Train Ride is returning to the Mid-Norfolk Railway again with the magic from the Christmas film itself being theatrically re-created so you and your family can be immersed in the movie. Prepare to be surrounded by the magic and wonder of the Christmas season!
Christmas at Bressingham
28th November - 24th December
Christmas is always a magical time at Bressingham and is a very special experience for all the family. Under twinkling fairy lights, your Christmas visit to Bressingham includes a ride on the Steam Train on the Fen Railway for everyone both young and old, a festive spin on the Gallopers and a visit to Father Christmas.
Have a magical Christmas at Lovat Parks
Want to spend Christmas somewhere different this year? Here at Lovat Parks you can spend Christmas with your loved ones at one of our amazing ownership parks! Surrounded by nature, with so much nearby to keep your festive spirit high, make this Christmas special.
If you’re thinking of owning your own holiday home in any of our amazing locations, visit our holiday home ownership page. We hope you have a very Merry Christmas!