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30 Ultimate Christmas Events 2021

Written by Eleanor Weeks

Lots of our attractions are putting on seasonal fun, 
I’m sure you’ll be able to find the perfect one!
From arts and crafts to meeting Santa and his reindeer,
This is the perfect time for some Christmas cheer!

Farmer Palmer’s, Poole Dorset

11th December – 23rd December 2021

Take your children down to Farmer Palmer’s this Christmas to enjoy their magical Farmer Christmas experience! Meet Santa and his friends in the enchanted barn and enjoy more Christmas festivities! Tickets can be booked direct from Farmer Palmers online. Find out more here!

Wookey Hole Caves, Wells Somerset

20th November 2021 – 2nd January 2022

Wookey Hole is back with its Winter Wonderland which will get you in the Christmas mood! They have illuminated the caves with some festive surprise which you can see on your tour. Meet Santa and receive a free present from him and even tell him what you would like for Christmas. For prices check their website. Find out more here!

Roves farm, Swindon Wiltshire

27th November – 31st December 2021

Roves farm are offering a Christmas experience for you and your family that you certainly will not forget! Visit Father Christmas in his grotto and even meet his elves in the toy shop. With crafts and lots more on offer, you don’t want to miss out on this fabulously fun festive experience at Roves Farm. Tickets can be purchased here.  Or for more information, click here!


Longleat, Warminster

6th November 2021 – 3rd January 2022
Save an additional 5% off tickets when you book with Picniq!

This festive season enjoy music and magic at Christmas at Longleat! Join in with some Christmas carols around Britain’s biggest Christmas tree before heading over to the Longhouse for The Flight Before Christmas… a magical storytime featuring Longleat’s very own owls! Plus, with light shows continued around the grounds, the winter woodland path as well as all the animal and adventure attraction to explore, a fun filled day awaits! Book your tickets here!

Longdown Activity Farm, Southampton Hampshire

Weekends in December 2021

Visit Longdown Activity Farm for a festive Christmas weekend with the animals! Find the festive lodge and enter to see the magical world inside with snow, trees and much more! At the end of the lodge you might even spot a friendly face who delivers you presents. These festive activities are included with the price of admission. Find out more here!

Marwell Zoological Park, Winchester Hampshire

1st December 2021 – 3rd January 2022

Get closer to the wonders of the natural world with a magical visit to Marwell Zoo this winter. Father Christmas will be making some special appearances at the zoo on weekends and select dates in December. Keep a look out for all the festive decorations they have in the park too. Different ticket options are available to purchase from their website. Find out more here!

Godstone Farm, Surrey

4th December – 24th December 2021

The wonder of Christmas returns to Godstone Farm! Visit Santa and his Elves in the grotto, make sure to tell him what you want! (Selected dates) There is much more with entry to the farm for the whole day so you can do the woodland walk and even some Christmas themed sessions. For timeslots and ticket prices visit their website. Find out more here!


Kent Life, Maidstone Kent

27th November – 24th December 2021

Christmas at Kent life is back and better than ever this year! You can book tickets to visit Santa so your little ones can ask him what they would like him to bring them on Christmas eve. Elf school and cooking crafts are back so there is lots for you to do on your visit. For prices and to book tickets, please visit their website direct. Find out more here!

Leeds Castle, Maidstone Kent

27th November 2021 – 2nd January 2022

Celebrate the Twelve Days of Christmas at Leeds Castle, situated in Maidstone Kent! Walk through 12 different rooms which have artworks representing each day from the song, it may be 7 swans or 12 drummers drumming! The trail has been created for the whole family to enjoy as well as the Castle having its beautiful Christmas decorations up.  Plus, wrap up warm and enjoy beautiful wintery woodland walks around the ground. This event is included within the price of admission. Find out more here!


Shrek’s Adventure! London, South Bank

Selected days 4th December – 24th December 2021
Family of 4 ticket for £55 when you book with Picniq!

Shrek’s Grotto experience will be launching on Saturday 4th December at Shrek’s Adventure! London on the South Bank!! Guests who visit Shrek’s Adventure! London on selected days from Saturday 4th December to Friday 24th December will get the chance to venture through the grotto and pose for a picture with Santa before being gifted a candy treat made by the elves themselves. This is included on your standard ticket price.
Book with Picniq here!


Hyde Park Winter Wonderland, London

19th November 2021 – 3rd January 2022

Located in the heart of London in Hyde Park, you will find Winter Wonderland returning for 6 weeks this festive season! Offering a wide variety of attractions, activities, entertainment, food and drinks so much more, there is something for the whole family to enjoy. Find out more here!


Christmas at Kew Gardens, Richmond London

17th November 2021 – 9th January 2022 4pm – 10pm

Enjoy the annual after-dark festivities with family and friends at Kew Gardens! Discover sparkling tunnels of light, dancing waterside reflections, trees drenched in jewel-like colour  on your way to the magnificent panoramic Palm House light display. Make sure to keep your eye out for Father Christmas along the way to say hello. Tickets for this event can be booked direct with Kew. Find out more here!


Christmas Carols as St Paul’s, London

1st – 31st December 2021

Get you and the family in the festive spirit with an evening of carols inside St Paul’s Cathedral! The legendary London landmark hosts a series of free, unticketed family-friendly carol concerts each year. Find out more here!


Festive Fun at London Transport Museum, Covent Garden

4th December 2021 – 2nd January 2022

From the 4th December, enjoy lots of festive activities when you visit the London Transport Museum! Wander through a festive garden filled with glimmering lights, before enjoying an interactive sleigh exhibit. Santa will be at the Museum everyday too, between 11am – 4pm. Find out more here!

The Magic of Christmas at London Zoo, Regent’s Park

27th November 2021 – 3rd January 2022

For a jam-packed fun family day out this Christmas, London Zoo is the place to go! From a fun festive family trail where you will gather information to then send a post card to Santa Claus to make sure each animals gets a present they’ll love,  to clouds of candy floss and a forest of candy canes in the new for 2021 Sensory Sweet Shop and even meet Santa too. Find out more here!


Cannon Hall Farm, Barnsley South Yorkshire

4th December – 24th December 2021

Visit Cannon Hall Farms new festive experience this Christmas! They have teamed up with Talegate Theatre Productions and the Copycat Party Company to put on a special show just for Cannon Hall Farm which you won’t want to miss out on. Please check their website for opening times and Santa Show times. Find out more here!   

Lightwater Valley, Ripon North Yorkshire

Sat 4th & Sun 5th, Sat 11th & Sun 12th, Sat 18th & Sun 19th Dec, Mon 20th, Tues 21st and Wed 22nd December 2021 3:30pm – 8pm

Don’t miss out on this massive festive family fun event this Christmas at Lightwater Valley. They have so many exciting activities on, from a festive fairground, sing a long Santa Show, Santa’s Sleigh and so much more. Find out more here!


Winter Wonderland at Adventure Valley, County Durham

Selected dates from 27th November – 24th December 2021

Winter Wonderland is back at Adventure Valley and makes the perfect festive activity for you and your family! Lasting 90 minutes, you will embark on an glistening enchanted journey where your jump on board the Winter Valley Express, enjoy their cute ride-on animals and bounce high on the huge winter inflatable. Make sure to keep your eyes peeled for real life reindeers your meet along the way too. Find out more here!


Santa’s Enchanted Elf Journey at Whitehouse Farm Centre, Northumberland

Various dates 27th November – 24th December 2021

Create the most magical memories with your loved ones with this VIP Christmas experience at Whitehouse Farm Centre! Your journey will begin with a ride on the festive tractor and trailer to the Enchanted Forest where you will be greeted by fun forest elves ready to search for your personalised bauble, meet Santa’s reindeers and feed them plus so much more. Pre booking online is essential for this event Find out more here!


Lincolnshire Wildlife Park, Skegness Lincolnshire

Tuesday and Saturdays in December from 09:30am

Come and have breakfast with Santa at Lincolnshire Wildlife Park this Christmas! Bring your wish list so Santa who can pass it on to the Elves in the North Pole. You will eat in a decorated room and have the opportunity for a photo before you go out and enjoy the rest of the park and the animals too. Find out more here!

West Midlands Safari Park, Worcestershire

26th November – 24th December 2021

Book your tickets to visit Santa at West Midlands Safari Park this Christmas! You will be greeted by one of his elves who will take you around and show you Santa’s sleigh in which will take you to his grotto. Let them tell Santa what they would like and the elf will take a photo for you, once you have finished you can head to Mrs Claus kitchen for a complimentary refreshment. To book tickets visit their website direct. Find out more here!


Sundown Adventureland, Retford Nottinghamshire

20th November – 24th December 2021

The park has been converted into a Winter Wonderland for everyone to enjoy. Take a ride through the magical forest to arrive at Santa’s grotto to see Mrs Claus and the elves before you go see him yourself. Lots of festive food and markets selling Christmas goodies. To view the different ticket options available visit the attractions website direct. Find out more here!

Lower Drayton Farm, Penkridge Staffordshire

2nd – 24th December 2021 Sessions start at 10am, 11.30am and 12.30pm

This December Lower Drayton Farm will be changing their indoor play barn into a winter wonderland to get your little ones into the Christmas spirt. They will start their adventure with their Christmas passport to see if they have been naughty or nice! With much more to do during the day, you won’t be stuck for festive fun. We recommend checking their website for peak and off peak prices. Find out more here!


Santa Steam Trains at Bo’ness and Kinneil Railway, Bo’ness Scotland

 Saturday 4 & Sunday 5, Saturday 11 & Sunday 12, Saturday 18 & Sunday 19 and Thursday 23 December 2021

Santa trains are going ahead again this year (whoo!!) at Bo’ness and Kinneil Railway, but with a few changes to ensure everything safety! Santa will be walking down the aisle of the train to wave at the kids but he won’t be stopping with each child to have a chat. Instead, Santa’s helpers will be delivering lovely presents to the kids at their tables. Booking online is essential. There are 4 trains (each 60 minutes) on each day that the santa trains are running. Find out more here!

Santa’s Woodland Experience at North Ballochruin Farm, Balfron Station Scotland

Scotland’s number 1 outdoor woodland venue, North Ballochruin Farm, has it’s fab Santa woodland experience returning this year! Get ready to hop on an exciting tractor ride into the woods before walking along to Santa’s log cabin to chat and receive a present! There is hot food and drinks available too. Find out more here!


Seasonal Magic at Beecraigs Festive Forest, Linlithgow Scotland

3rd – 24th December 2021 4pm – 10pm

This year will be the second year of Beecraigs Festival Forest, home to a sensory explosion of seasonal magic! Enjoy  a 1.7km illuminated trail throughout the forest featuring special effects and sounds. The fun doesn’t stop here, as everyone will get the chance to post a letter to Santa, meet Santa himself in a special woodland grotto where he will read to you an enchanting story and receive a small gift too. Find out more here!


Cardiff’s Winter Wonderland, Cardiff

16th November 2021 – 3rd January 2022

Cardiff’s Winter Wonderland is here until the 3rd January 2022 at it’s old location in the Civic Centre at the City Hall Lawns! Enjoy the fun fair and new ice bar, as well  a fun ice walk, ice rink and plenty of food and drinks on offer too. Tickets must be booked online. Find out more here!

Reindeer Safari at Black Meadows Farm, Mold

27th November – 24th December 2021

This exciting safari, which can be experienced during the day or night, is an immersive drive-through experience that will include a drive-in theatre show, over 1.3km of enchanting Christmas lighting trails surrounded by paddocks of reindeer herds, stunning countryside views, a hidden elf village and so much more! Plus, you will get the opportunity to meet Father Christmas with every child receiving a gift all my from the warmth and safety of your own car.  Find out more here!


Bute Park Light Walk

25th November – 31st December 2021

Christmas at Bute Park is the biggest festive light trail wales has ever seen, therefore if you are local to the area you do not want to miss out! Get ready be dazzling by light displays, interactive installations, a warm flickering fire as, an enchanting fairy tree forest, laser shows and mirrors as well as locally sourced street food, mmm yummy!! Find out more here!


Zipmas at Zip World, Llechwedd Snowdonia

29th November – 24th December 2021

Zipmas will be arriving at Zip World’s Llechwedd site in Snowdonia from Monday 29th November and there until Christmas Eve! This exciting festive event will feature an underground grotto where little ones will get the chance to meet Santa. Grab your complimentary mince pies, hot chocolate or mulled wine and follow the elves who will show you and your family aboard the cable railway where you will delve deep underground on the festive tunnels to meet Santa. Tickets must be booked online in advance. Find out more here!


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