From Christmas markets to ice-skating rinks, and from twinkling Christmas lights to top Christmas shopping, this really is the most wonderful time of the year!
You'll be spoilt for choice with our selection of cosy glamping and camping pods, across a variety of winter glamping locations including the picturesque Lake District to the stunning scenery of the Sussex coast, there are plenty of reasons to go glamping at this time of year. With the Christmas season nearing, we’ve hand-picked a selection of festive activities for you to indulge in and enjoy, wherever you choose to venture to.
Winter Wonderland, Hyde Park
Offering a wide variety of attractions, activities, entertainment, food and drinks, Hyde Park’s spectacular Winter Wonderland is not to be missed.
Grab yourself some mulled wine, amble through the Bavarian Christmas market, jump on a fairground ride or two, enjoy the magical Ice Kingdom and take in the stunning circus acts.
There’s also a giant wheel and ice bar and ice sculpting workshops too! There is guaranteed festive fun for everyone!
Open from 19 Nov 2021 – 3 Jan 2022
Ice skating, various locations
You’ll be spoilt for choice with ice skating locations this Christmas, as London opens up its ice rinks once again. The Natural History Museum will be hosting its final year, so don’t miss out on zooming around a 30ft Christmas tree, with the stunning architecture of the museum as a backdrop. Open from 22 Oct 2021 - 16 Jan 2022.
Just over half a hour from Abbey Wood by train is Queen's House Greenwich. You can skate at a stunning UNESCO World Heritage site, right in front of a former royal residence with views over Greenwich Park and beyond, from 18 Nov 2021 - 9 Jan 2022.
Or head to the decadent skating experience at Somerset House, with its glorious 40ft Christmas tree designed with specially curated decorations from Moët & Chandon from 17 Nov 2021 - 16 Jan 2022.
Take in a Christmas Show
From the traditional Pantomime to festive ballets, to wondrous theatre productions, London is the place to be to see a magical Christmas show.
Lose yourself in the festive story of A Christmas Carol- The Musical Staged Concert backed by music from the London Musical Theatre Orchestra, hosted by the Dominion Theatre. Open from 7 Dec 2021 - 2 Jan 2022.
Go on an adventure of GIANT proportions with a Fee-Fi-Fo-FUN family festive pantomime of Jack and the Beanstalk at the Hackney Empire from 20 Nov 2021 – 2 Jan 2022.
Bring the family together for a purrr-fect Christmas treat!
Ready, Set, Glow this Christmas!
Wander the enchanting trail around the gardens of RHS Garden Wisley to see some of its iconic sights in a new and dazzling light display. Explore the Seven Acres, the Rock Garden and Wisteria Walk and marvel at the exhilarating displays inside and outside the Glasshouse.
Open from 19 Nov 2021 – 4 Jan 2022
Experience the Christmas journey in a new way
Enrich your festive experience as you walk with Mary, Joseph and the donkey on the winding, steep road to Bethlehem in this unforgettable, immersive 90 minute performance of The Nativity Journey.
Suitable for all the family, performances take place in Bramley, Guildford on 16, 18, 19 & 20 December 2021 only.
Get festive at the Brighton Royal Pavilion
Visit the Royal Pavilion ice rink and enjoy family-friendly skate sessions, and then venture inside the iconic building and wander around the decadent rooms dressed for the Christmas season, with the glittering trees. You can even have your photo taken in their winter sleigh, reproduced to look like the one Queen Victoria rode in when she visited Brighton.
The Royal Pavilion ice rink is open from 30 Oct 2021 - 9 Jan 2022.
The Brighton Santa Dash
Grab yourself a Santa hat and suit and join thousands of other santa-clad runners in the Brighton Santa Dash, as they walk, jog and run a fun-filled 5K through Brighton City centre.
This event is on 1 day only, on Saturday 11 December 2021 at 10:30am, starting at Hove Lawns, near the Peace statue.
Explore the largest Christmas market in Sussex
With over 150 festive stalls, the Brighton Christmas market has it covered. There’s two purpose-built entertainment venues, live shows, thrilling fairground rides, and of course a Christmas trip wouldn’t be complete without a visit to Santa’s Grotto. You can even soak up the atmosphere in the “apres ski zone” serving up the best mulled wine in town.
Open from 26 Nov - 31 Dec 2021
If you're planning a Christmas getaway to the Cotswolds this year there's plenty of festivities to get stuck into. The Cotswolds is beautiful in winter and there are many picturesque towns and villages to discover which will be illuminated by Christmas lights. Head to Moreton-in-Marsh for a cosy stay in one of our glamping pods, which are fully insulated and have all the amenities you'll need for your stay.
The spirit of Christmas comes to life.
Come and experience the National Trust's Chastleton House this festive season as it's dressed for a traditional Jacobean Christmas.
Wind your way through the decorated rooms and breathe in the scents of Christmas; wood smoke, oranges and spices. And keep an ear out for the sounds of the fire crackling in the grate, traditional lute music and the bustle of festivities.
The house is open from 27 Nov - 5 Dec 2021.
Enjoy some Christmas cheer at Blenheim Palace.
Enjoy the after dark illuminated trail in The Great Outdoors, with Blenheim Palace grounds magically transformed by decorations. Then watch the story of The Nutcracker re-imagined inside the Palace.
There is also a Palace Christmas market (open until 19 December 2021) where there will be between 60-70 chalets with an eclectic selection of seasonal gifts, delicious food and festive drinks.
Your very merriest Christmas starts here.
Open from 19 Nov 2021 - 3 Jan 2022
Festive fun for all the family
Enjoy some traditional Christmas family fun and take in a show this season. Cheer on the heroes and boo the baddies at the Everyman Theatre in Cheltenham with their panto extravaganza of Jack and the Beanstalk from 26 Nov 2021 - 9 Jan 2022.
Let down your hair, with the reimagined tale of Rapunzel at the Chipping Norton Theatre from 17 Nov 2021 - 9 Jan 2022.
Or head to the Roses Theatre in Tewkesbury to catch the medieval tale of King Arthur, from 27 Nov - 31 Dec 2021.
The Lake District is a beautiful place to visit, especially if you want to get away from the hustle and bustle of city living. With its quaint, picturesque villages and peaceful lakes, there’s an air of tranquillity about the region, even more so at Christmas time. You can stay in the heart of the Lake District National Park on our sites at Coniston Park Coppice and Troutbeck Head, with their warm and cosy camping pods and glamping pods.
Take a ride on the Tinsel Train
Climb aboard the LHR Tinsel Train and soak up the festive atmosphere in your private compartment embellished with all things Christmassy!
Starting at Haverthwaite to Lakeside and returned, you can sit back and relax with a seasonal drink and sweet treat, as the children get greeted by Father Christmas and gifted a special handpicked present just for them.
This festive experience runs only on the weekends in December, check the Tinsel Train website for details.
Christmas Fair at Wordsworth’s home
For one weekend only, a Christmas gift and craft fair will be held in Wordsworth’s home at Rydal Mount. With stalls featuring work from some of the county’s best artists, makers of glass, ceramics and jewellery, along with prints and cards. Copies of poetry and books, signed by members of the Wordsworth family will also be on sale.
Open from 11 -12 December 2021 only
Watch Santa’s Best Ever Christmas
Bring the little ones to Bowness-on-Windermere and join Father Christmas and friends in this brand new, interactive musical adventure, to get you feeling all festive!
You can make the day even more special, with a visit to the World of Beatrix Potter Attraction too.
Open from 19 to 24 Dec 2021
Where will you visit this Christmas?
Please note that although we strive to ensure that all the times, dates and information are correct, we recommend you visit the events websites directly before travelling.