Best Christmas Events East of England 2020 – Meet Santa | East Anglia +

Hurry, Hurry! Lots of places are selling out fast for their Christmas events so it’s time to get booked. There are quite a few magical events happening this Christmas 2020 in the East of England. I’ve put them into one big post so here you will find the best Christmas events in the East of England including East Anglia – Bedfordshire – Cambridgeshire – Essex – Hertfordshire – Norfolk – Suffolk where you can meet Santa and more – Not all events include Santa. Don’t forget to book in advance where possible.

Things to do Christmas 2020 Bedfordshire – Cambridgeshire – Essex – Hertfordshire – Norfolk – Suffolk

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Please keep up-to-date with government guidance before booking or visiting. I am unsure of the following attractions policies on cancellations of events, please consider this before booking and check with them in advance. It may also be an idea to check with the attraction that everything is as advertised the day before you visit.

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Audley End – Christmas Adventure Quest – Essex

Join our festively-fun adventure quest which will allow you and your family to explore and discover fun facts and untold stories in the places where history happened! Hunt for clues and QR codes which reveal quirky tales and lead you to a small reward. It’s a great way for the whole family to get out and about in Christmas week.

English Heritage

Address: Audley End Rd, Audley End, Saffron Walden CB11 4JF

When? 26th December 2020 until 3rd January 2021

How much? Free for members of English Heritage. An adult ticket costs £20.90 and £12.60 for a child age 5-17. Under 5’s are free, other pricing options are available. Prebooking is essential.

Audley End Miniature Railway – Christmas Special – Essex

Once you’ve checked in you will board upon the Santa Express where our driver will navigate you through the Estate Woodland. You will arrive at Father Christmas’s Winter Wonderland where you and your family will meet Father Christmas himself, along with his very helpful Elves, receive a special gift and also watch a Christmas dance!

After your train ride you will be led into the enchanted walk to visit the talking Gingerbread House. Here you will listen to tales of how cheeky Ginger and Brownie, our resident Fairy and Elf, have been causing havoc in the woods. Plus more….

Audley end miniature railway

Address: Audley End Rd, Audley End, Saffron Walden CB11 4JB

When? Selected dates from 21st November until 24th December.

How much? Adults and children over 92cms from £18-20. Other pricing options are available. Prebooking is essential.

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Bressingham Steam & Gardens – Christmas visits at Bressingham – Norfolk

For 2020, there will be no live entertainment in the Village Hall, Santa will be in his grotto where you will be able to see and speak with him, and receive a present – however you will not be able to enter the grotto and sit with him.

This year Santa is including:
A ride on the Steam Train on the Fen Railway for everyone.For those up to the age of 12 a visit to Father Christmas and a present from him. Rides on the Gallopers are included too.The Dads Army Exhibition will be decorated for Christmas.

Bressingham

Address: Low Rd, Diss IP22 2AA

When? Sun 29 Nov 2020 to Thu 24 Dec 2020

How much? Adult (advance) tickets are £12.50#. Children (advance) 3-12 £15.50#. under 3’s (advance) requiring a present are £8.00#. #Tickets on the day will be £1 per person more than in advance – if there are any still available.

Best Christmas Events East of England 2020 – Meet Santa Norfolk

Bure Valley Railway – Festive Express – Norfolk

Arrive at Aylsham Station 20-30 minutes before your train departs to collect your boarding pass and festive refreshments to enjoy on your journey. You will have your own heated private compartment for your party.

Once everyone has boarded, the train will depart our brightly decorated station to Brampton. Wave to your Steam engine as it turns around before returning.

As you make your way back to Aylsham Station Santa will be waiting to greet you on his sleigh. Stay seated in the warmth of your carriage as he makes his way down the train giving all the children a personalised present.

Bure Valley Railway

Address: Aylsham Station, Norwich Rd, Aylsham, Norwich NR11 6BW

When? Selected dates from 5th to 24th December

How much? Prices from £12 per person. Prebook to assure your ticket.

Best Christmas Events East of England 2020 – Meet Santa Norfolk

Church Farm Stow Bardolph – Father Christmas – Norfolk

This year Christmas will be a little bit different at Church Farm, but it will also be bigger and better!

All Father Christmas tickets include entrance to the Farm as well as visiting Father Christmas, so you can stay all day and there will be lots of extra Christmassy things for everyone to enjoy.

There will be a NEW Mini Church Farm Christmas Market this year from November 5th.  We will be open every Thursday, Friday, Saturday & Sunday in November.  This is where you will find scrumptious hot chocolate, mulled wine, festive food stalls and lots of special Christmas gifts and decorations. If you are visiting the Farm from 28th November,  you will find Father Christmas’s sleigh in the pig barn (before he sets off around the world). 

Church Farm

Address: Lynn Rd, Norfolk PE34 3HT

When? Selected dates from 28th November until 23rd December

How much? Adults £7.90, children £10-15 depending on when you visit. Prebook your visit online in advance.

Best Christmas Events East of England 2020 – Meet Santa Norfolk

Colchester Zoo – Christmas – Essex

Join us at Colchester Zoo this Christmas and immerse yourself in the wonderful Christmas atmosphere!

Unfortunately, due to COVID-19 we are unable to host our usual, ever-popular, Magic of Christmas events. However, the festivities are far from cancelled as we have put together a host of activities for everyone to enjoy safely!

You can enjoy festive fun during your day out at Colchester Zoo as well as the chance to see our Magical Animal Illuminations as we remain open for the early evening. Further details about Christmas at Colchester Zoo will be released as soon as possible. Thank you for your understanding.

Colchester Zoo

Address: Maldon Rd, Heckfordbridge, Colchester CO3 0SL

When? Selected dates in December

How much? TBC

Colne Valley Railway – Santa Specials – Essex

We are pleased to say that Santa is visitng us again this year. We have worked hard with Santa and the Elf and Safety team to ensure that your visit to him will be as enjoyable and safe as we can make it. Things will be different this year. You will meet Santa in his grotto before travelling on our diesel train to collect your present from Santa’s Toy Shop.

To comply with Covid19 measures and social distancing you will be booking an arrival time slot, Please arrive during this time slot. Groups must contain no more than 6 as per Government instructions, as in force at this time.

Colne Valley Railway

Address: Castle Hedingham, Halstead CO9 3DZ

When? Selected dates in December

How much? Prices start at £40 for 2 people up to £90 for 6 people. Prebooking is essential.

Epping Ongar Railway – Santa Specials – Essex

Santa’s special trains will operate a little differently in 2020. We have curated a special programme that still preserves the joy and wonder of seeing Santa himself at this special time of year. 

Whilst it will not be possible to meet Santa in the traditional way, there will still be opportunities to see him, and get those memorable photographs. All good children will receive a personal present from Santa; these will be distributed during the journey whilst the train is stopped in a station, by the elves who will leave them at the end of your coach for you to collect.

Epping Ongar Railway

Address: Station Approach, Chipping Ongar, Ongar CM5 9BN

When? Selected dates from 28th November until 24th December.

How much? Compartment for up to 6 people £175

Best Christmas Events East of England 2020 – Meet Santa Essex

Framlingham Castle – Christmas Adventure Quest – Suffolk

Join our festively-fun adventure quest which will allow you and your family to explore and discover fun facts and untold stories in the places where history happened! Hunt for clues and QR codes which reveal quirky tales and lead you to a small reward. It’s a great way for the whole family to get out and about in Christmas week.

English Heritage

Address: Church St, Framlingham, Woodbridge IP13 9BP

When? 26th December 2020 – 3rd January 2021

How much? Awaiting prices

Holkham Hall – An Audience with Father Christmas – Norfolk

Christmas at Holkham has built a magical reputation and a loyal following over nearly a decade of celebrations. This year sees our 10 year anniversary of Christmas at Holkham and most of the celebrations will be going ahead, however we have paused sales while we tweak our offer and finalise plans to ensure that the events adhere to social distancing measures and Covid secure guidelines. So please watch this space as we expect to be able to go on sale with these events at the end of September.

Holkham Hall

Address: Holkham Rd, Wells-next-the-Sea NR23 1AB

When? TBC

How much? TBC

LaplandUK – Berkshire

LaplandUK is an original adaptation of the Father Christmas story and the secret world of the elves brought to life through a 4-hour immersive experience of unprecedented scale and quality, as well as stories and interactive activities.

LaplandUK

Address: Whitmoor Forest, Swinley Rd, Winkfield Row, Ascot SL5 8BD.

When? 14th November until 24th December

How much? From £79 to £115 per person.

Best Christmas Events East of England 2020 – Meet Santa Hertfordshire

Leighton Buzzard Railway – Santa Steam Specials – Bedfordshire

Take a 25-minute steam-train ride over a historic narrow-gauge railway that’s more than 100 years old, and run by enthusiastic volunteers.

Meet Santa at Page’s Park grotto, where children up to 12 will receive an early present. And to help you with your present-hunting, our shop at Page’s Park station has the best selection of Thomas products, and much more besides.

Full details will be announced in the Autumn.

Leighton Buzzard Railway

Address: Pages Park Station, Billington Rd, Leighton Buzzard LU7 4TG

When? TBC

How much? TBC

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Mead Open Farm – Enchanted Christmas Journey – Bedfordshire

Make festive memories at the Enchanted Christmas Journey at Mead Open Farm. A little different from previous years, Father Christmas has ensured that your experience will be socially distanced but just as magical.  

Discover the Enchanted Forest with Magical Portals
Meet Father Christmas and his Elves
And of course, all children will receive a Special Gift!
Also Included…
Learn to be an Elf at Elf Academy
Decorate Gingerbread
Adorable Animals to Meet
So Much Play to Discover
Limited Availability.

Mead Open Farm

Address: Stanbridge Rd, Leighton Buzzard LU7 9JH

When? Selected dates from 4th to 24th December

How much? Prices from £16.50 to £26 per person. With discounts for annual members. Prebooking is essential.

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Nene Valley Railway – Santa Steam – Cambridgeshire

Your Santa Steam experience starts with a welcome from our station staff and badge team, entertainment is provided. This is followed by seeing Santa in our heated Christmas marquee where each child will receive a special present from our elves collection point.

Following a short wait, it is time to join the steam-hauled, decorated train for a fun-filled ride to Peterborough and return. Please arrive 45-60 minutes before your departure time to allow for parking, booking in and passing through the Christmas marquee to see Santa and board the train. 

Neve Valley

Address: Wansford Station, Stibbington, Peterborough PE8 6LR

When? Selected dates from 28th November until 24th December

How much? Prices start from £15 to £25 per person. Prebooking is essential.

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North Norfolk Railway – Santa Specials – Norfolk

Relax in the comfy compartment seats aboard the train with festive treats. Why not make a party of it and add one of Santa’s Selection Platters to your table? Each of these platters which serve 4 people are lovingly handmade and are made up of freshly made sandwiches, savoury bites, cakes and of course sweet treats!

During your visit to Santa’s Station, wonder around our unique festive walk-through kingdom filled with over 100 Christmas trees, light displays, decorations and much more. You are well on your way to meeting the man in red himself where every child will receive a carefully chosen, quality gift.

North Norfolk Railway

Address: Sheringham Station, North Norfolk Railway PLC, Station Approach, Sheringham NR26 8RA

When? Selected dates from 28th November until 24th December

How much? Tickets from £20-24 per person. Under 1 year £10. Platter of food £25.

They are also hosting a Norfolk lights Express.

Best Christmas Events East of England 2020 – Meet Santa Norfolk

Sandringham Estate – Luminate Light Trail – Norfolk

As darkness descends, join us on an enchanting journey, a captivating light trail weaving through the Country Park. Immerse yourself in a mesmerising mile long trail, with interactive stunning lighting elements and fabulous light play, all set to ambient music. 

Sandringham

Address: Sandringham PE35 6EN

When? 20th November until 20th December

How much? Members will receive an early bird discount. Adult tickets are £14-16 and £10-12 for children. Under 3’s and carers are free. Family ticket £44-52. Tickets must be prebooked.

Best Christmas Events East of England 2020 – Meet Santa Norfolk

Thursford – Enchanted Journey of Light – Norfolk

Your journey will begin in the main auditorium, an all new indoor Wonderland Trail: a maze of engines, fairy-tale characters and an immersive experience of light and sound including one of the UK’s biggest kinetic light displays. Wander through an enchanted trail partitioned by magical steam engines and marvel at the vast decorations covering each corner of the building!

Next your journey will progress into the Santa’s Magical Journey Building (sadly Santa is currently ICE-olating so will not be attending the event).  You will travel past the penguins and polar bears to the giant-sized teddy bears! Get ready to see how the elves have loaded Santa’s sleigh, then past the busy elves hard at work in the toy factory using the wondrous wrapping machine!
Throughout your journey you’ll meet lots of fantasy land characters including the snowman family, make sure you watch out for their snowballs!

Thursford

Address: Thursford, Fakenham NR21 0AS

When? Selected dates from 19th November 2020 until 3rd January 2021.

How much? Tickets from £15 each. Prebooking is essential.

Best Christmas Events East of England 2020 – Meet Santa Norfolk

Warner Bros Studio Tour – Hogwarts in the snow – Hertfordshire

Join us to experience Christmas in the Wizarding World as Hogwarts in the Snow returns to the Studio Tour. The festive transformation will begin in the Great Hall, which will be lined with Christmas trees decked with golden baubles and topped with witches on miniature broomsticks. The long dining tables will be dressed as they were for seasonal feasts at Hogwarts, complete with Christmas puddings surrounded by real flames.

Warner Bros

Address: Studio Tour Dr, Leavesden, Watford WD25 7LR

When? 14th November 2020 until 17th January 2021

How much? An adult ticket is £47 and £38 for a child age 5-15. Under 5s are free, other pricing options are available.

Best Christmas Events East of England 2020 – Meet Santa Hertfordshire

Willows Activity Farm – Santa Spectacular – Hertfordshire

Christmas is coming!
Our elves are working hard to complete the plans to adapt our Santa experience to ensure it’s covid-secure and the scheduling of our tickets supports social distancing.

As soon as this is complete tickets will be on sale, initially to our Members and then on general sale for everyone.

Please bear with us and keep an eye on our social media and before you know it we’ll be counting down to Christmas!

Willows activity farm

Address: Coursers Rd, St Albans AL4 0PF

When? TBC

How much? TBC

Best Christmas Events East of England 2020 – Meet Santa Hertfordshire

Wrest Park – Christmas Adventure Quest – Bedfordshire

Join our festively-fun adventure quest which will allow you and your family to explore and discover fun facts and untold stories in the places where history happened! Hunt for clues and QR codes which reveal quirky tales and lead you to a small reward. It’s a great way for the whole family to get out and about in Christmas week.

English Heritage

Address: Silsoe, Bedfordshire MK45 4HR

When? 26th December 2020 until 3rd January 2021

How much? Free for members of English Heritage. Adult ticket £12.60, child 5-17 £7.60, other pricing options are available. Prebooking is essential.

Wroxham Barns – The Christmas Experience – Norfolk

We are SO excited to say, the Christmas Experience is back this year and Covid safe. Visit in your family bubble, and move through our immersive 2 hour experience. We’re planning all the details as we speak and tickets will be on sale soon, so watch this space!

Wroxham Barns

Address: Tunstead Rd, Hoveton, Norwich NR12 8QU

When? TBC

How much? TBC

Best Christmas Events East of England 2020 – Meet Santa Norfolk

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