Best Christmas Events South East 2020 – Meet Santa and more

Hurry, Hurry! Lots of places are selling out fast for their Christmas 2020 events so it’s time to get booked. There are quite a few magical events happening this Christmas 2020 in the South East of England. I’ve put them into one big post so here you will find the best Christmas events in the South East of England including Berkshire – Buckinghamshire – London – East Sussex – West Sussex – Hampshire – Isle of Wight – Kent – Oxfordshire – Surrey 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 Berkshire – Buckinghamshire – London – East Sussex – West Sussex – Hampshire – Isle of Wight – Kent – Oxfordshire – Surrey

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Best Christmas Events South East 2020 – Meet Santa and more

4 Kingdoms – Christmas Experience – Hampshire

The largest indoor immersive Christmas Experience in the UK. Hop aboard your sleigh for an interactive ride flying to the north pole…hold on tight. You will arrive at the hidden elf village Sparkle Copse. Visit the laundrette where you will meet Candy Swirl and Tutti Fruity. Unfortunately they have just been demoted from the sweet factory for eating to many sweets during lockdown.

Join the Snowflakes with a musical interlude in the candy theatre. Captain Darling & Sergeant Snuggles will take you on a journey through the snow to the ice castle. Join the elves in the toy factory and watch the Combobulator 2000 wrap and shrink 2000 presents a millisecond….and more

4 Kingdoms

Address: Newbury Road, Headley, Thatcham RG19 8JY

When? Selected dates from 14th November until 24th December.

How much? Adult tickets from £17.50 to £25. Child tickets from £27.50 to £45.00.

Amberley Museum – Christmas at Amberley – West Sussex

In the busy leadup to Christmas make a visit to Amberley over the weekends in December where extra activities will be taking place around the Museum. A seasonal menu will be available in the Limeburners Café and last-minute gifts can be purchased from our museum shop and Christmas Market. We are working with Father Christmas to ensure he can visit us safely this year details and tickets will be available from October.

Amberley Museum

Address: New Barn Rd, Amberley, Arundel BN18 9LT

When? TBC

How much? TBC

Blackberry Farm Park – Christmas – East Sussex

‘Tis the season to be jolly… Christmas fun at Blackberry Farm Park!

More Information Soon!!!!

Blackberry Farm Park

Address: Blackberry Farm, Whitesmith, Lewes BN8 6JD

When? TBC

How much? TBC

Blenheim Palace – Christmas at Blenheim – Oxfordshire

The Illuminated Light Trail will be even more spectacular this year with new installations including Blue Neuron and Heart of Stars. Wrap up warm and walk through breath-taking light displays with your family to enjoy the Palace gardens like never before. We cannot wait to give you the perfect outdoor Christmas experience.

Blenheim Palace

Address: Woodstock OX20 1PP

When? 20th November 2020 until 3rd January 2021

How much? Off-peak tickets start from £19 for an adult plus £10 parking (with just 1 adult ticket), children are from £13. Peak tickets cost more. Prebooking is essential.

Best Christmas Events Oxfordshire 2020

Bletchley Park – Vintage 1940s Christmas Grotto – Buckinghamshire

To celebrate the festive season here at Bletchley Park, we welcome children and their families to visit our Vintage 1940s Christmas Grotto to meet Father Christmas!

Your family will have a magical meeting with Father Christmas in our beautifully decorated Mansion, where children can spend time telling him their Christmas wishes and take photos surrounded by vintage toys, Christmas trees, 1940’s greeting cards and decorations. All children will receive a lovely Christmas gift to take home.

Bletchley Park

Address: The Mansion, Bletchley Park, Sherwood Dr, Bletchley, Milton Keynes MK3 6EB

When? 21 – 22 Nov, 28 – 29 Nov, 5 Dec, 12-13 Dec, 19-23 Dec 2020

How much? Tickets are £21 for an adult, 12-17 £12.50. Under 12’s are free but Santa Grotto tickets are £8.50 per child. All visitors must pre-book.

Best Christmas Events South East 2020 – Meet Santa and more

Bluebell Railway – Santa Specials – East Sussex

It may be slightly different this year, but we still aim to give you a wonderful and safe festive experience with all the traditional sights, sounds and aromas of Christmas.

Get into the mood with some Christmas music while having your tickets checked.
Board your train in your own private compartment for a safe and enjoyable journey.
Mince pies and chocolate coins waiting for you on board.
Enjoy the trip to Horsted Keynes through the winter countryside.
Visit Santa in his parlour with an opportunity for a photo.
Collect your special present from Santa’s Workshop.
Enjoy the traditional inclusive amusement attractions – all carefully spaced apart.
Take time for a glass of delicious Christmas Punch on sale on the platform.
Rejoin your train to return to Sheffield Park or East Grinstead.
Pick up Christmas gifts at our market stalls and shops.

The whole experience will take around 2 hours from Sheffield Park and 2 hours 15 minutes from East Grinstead.

Bluebell Railway

Address: Park Station, Sheffield, Uckfield TN22 3QL

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

How much? Third class compartments – £130.00, First class compartments – £170.00 (per compartment not per person). Please prebooking using their online form.

Chessington World of Adventures – Christmas – London

Christmas 2020 coming soon. For now you can book a Father Christmas Sleepover:

Make your families Christmas wishes come true with a magical short break. 
Your overnight stay includes:
A Delicious Breakfast
Meeting Father Christmas in his magical Grotto
Animal Meet & Greets
Entertainment with a Christmas Twist

Chessington

Address: Leatherhead Rd, Chessington KT9 2NE

When? Selected dates from 5th December – 3rd January

How much? TBC

Didcot Railway Centre – Steam into Christmas – Oxfordshire

Take a steam train ride to meet Father Christmas in a wonderfully decorated festive station – there’s a present for every child.

Full details coming soon.

Didcot railway

Address: Station Rd, Didcot OX11 7NJ

When? Weekends in December

How much? TBC

Best Christmas Events Oxfordshire 2020

Dover Castle – Christmas Adventure Quest – Kent

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 or sit back and enjoy a hot chocolate or mulled wine in beautiful surroundings.  It’s a great way for the whole family to get out and about in Christmas week.

English Heritage

Address: Castle Hill Rd, Dover CT16 1HU

When? 26th December 2020 until 3rd January 2021

How much? FREE for English Heritage members. An adult ticket costs £17, £10.20 for a child aged 5-17. Under 5’s are free, other pricing options are available. Tickets must be prebooked.

Fairytale Farm – Christmas Fairytale – Oxfordshire

At our magical ‘Christmas Fairytale’ event, you will journey from the South Pole to the North Pole and visit a Fairytale Castle along the way. You will meet some interactive dancing penguins, visit the Toymaker’s cosy log cabin and see Santa’s sleigh ready to launch into a clear night sky of twinkling stars, before walking through the Secret Forest to meet Father Christmas himself in his beautiful Grotto, which evokes an atmosphere of Christmas past

Other Christmas activities include a festive-themed hunt and mulled wine and mince pies for the parents, as well as a chance to see our extraordinary Christmas lights.

Fairytale Farm

Address: Southcombe OX7 5QH

When? Selected dates from 5th to 24th December

How much? £7.25 for Adult/Older Children tickets (i.e. those not receiving a present from Santa). £12.99 for Child Christmas Fairytale tickets (i.e. those receiving a gift from Santa). Tickets must be prebooked online in advance.

Best Christmas Events Oxfordshire 2020

Fishers Farm Park – Christmas – West Sussex

Imagine walking through a sparkling winter wonderland with a soft lull of those classic festive carols and sleigh bells gently ringing. It sounds like the magic of Christmas already doesn’t it?

Picture children flying down a zip-wire with flushed winter cheeks; or the smiles on their faces as the zoom down the slippy slides! Then imagine a magical winding pathway, with an array of twinkling lights. Where does it lead? We’ll let you into a little secret… It guides you towards a cosy log fire in Father Christmas’ Grotto…WOW

Fishers Farm Park

Address: Newpound Lane, Wisborough Green RH14 0EG

When? 5th to 24th December

How much? TBC

Best Christmas Events West Sussex 2020

Funland Hayling Island – Winter Wonderland – Hampshire

Hayling Winter Wonderland is back at Funland, Hayling Island
and this year it’s bigger and better than ever!

The elves at Funland have been busy creating a spectacular wonderland experience and we invite you to come along. To start your journey you will be met by Santa’s elves, who will take you on your visit to Santa, with a breath-taking walk through Wonderland, where you will meet Santa Claus himself and the children will receive an early Christmas present!

Following your visit with Santa you will board the Funland Express, an indoor train journey through a stunning elf village. You can then enjoy the festivities of the day and may even meet Rudolph, Santa’s favourite reindeer!

Funland

Address: The Seafront, Hayling Island PO11 0AG

When? Selected dates from 5th to 24th December

How much? Child ticket age 1-15 £22, £12 for an adult. Under 1’s are free. Prebooking is essential.

`Best Christmas Events Hampshire 2020

Green Dragon Eco Farm – Farmer Christmas Land – Buckinghamshire

You will be guided by a Green Dragon Elf through Farmer Christmas Land – an exciting enchanted place full of festive fun and activities.

Children can search for gold tokens in Santa’s Snowpits, walk through the Enchanted Forest, meet Christmas animals, make special reindeer food to take home for Christmas Eve, make a star for the Wishing Tree, and even feed real Reindeer. And of course, meet Farmer Christmas too – sit up on his tractor and receive a Christmas gift.

Plus, NEW FOR 2020 – gingerbread decorating, yum!

Green Dragon Eco Farm

Address: E Claydon Rd, Buckingham MK18 3LA

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

How much? £14.95 per child and £5.95 per adult. Book in advance, spaces are limited and may not be available on the day!

Hampton Court Palace – Palace Ice Rink – Surrey

Located in front of the palace, our stunning ice rink offers something for everyone, from novice to expert. Enjoy a daytime skate, perhaps followed by a visit to the palace, or soak in the ambience of an evening session, when the historic Tudor gate is bathed in light. The ice rink is bigger than ever this year, allowing for extra space for you to skate safely. 

Hampton Court Palace

Address: Hampton Ct Way, Molesey, East Molesey KT8 9AU

When? 19th November 2020 until 3rd January 2021

How much? Adult/teen (13+): from £16, Child (3-12): £11.50. Other pricing options are available. The ice rink is not included in palace admission. Tickets must be prebooked.

Hever Castle – Christmas at Hever Castle – Kent

Choose between these experiences for Daytime or Twilight:
– Gardens only
 – Castle & Gardens
– Father Christmas’ Grotto & Gardens
– Pre-booked tickets with arrival times are essential
– Covid secure rules and guidelines in place
– The Twilight experience takes place every evening from 4pm

Hever Castle

Address: Hever Rd, Hever, Edenbridge TN8 7NG

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

How much? There is a range of prices as there is a range of options which you can book for. Please see their website for further information.

Hop Farm – Father Christmas – Kent

Father Christmas is back at The Hop Farm during selected dates, this December! Treat the kids and meet the big FC up close and in person in his magical grotto experience. Lots of festive fun to be had in the Big Red Grotto.

Your Christmas experience inside The Big Red Grotto includes:
Visit with Father Christmas in his cosy Grotto
Meet his jolly helpers
A Christmas gift
One free printed photograph per group
Write a letter to Father Christmas, post it in his North Pole postbox or give it to him in person

Hop Farm

Address: Maidstone Rd, Paddock Wood, Beltring, Tonbridge TN12 6PY

When? Selected dates 5th – 23rd December

How much? Child (includes up to 2 free adults per booking and gift) – £18. Extra adults £2.

Isle of Wight Steam Railway – Santa Specials – Isle of Wight

My friends at the Steam Railway have been busy helping me get everything ready for the big day; they’ve even given me an extra special space to meet everyone, inside one of their beautiful Victorian carriages. I look forward to hearing all your Christmas wishes and if you’ve been good I will have a special gift for each and every child who visits me.

IOW steam railway

Address: The Railway Station, Main Rd, Havenstreet, Ryde PO33 4DS

When? Selected dates from 5th until 24th December, plus Boxing day and New Years day

How much? An adult ticket costs from £13.50 up to £12 and a child from £6.50 up to £10. Family tickets are available. Prebooking is essential.

Kent Life – Christmas – Kent

Come along and join in the festive fun. Meet Father Christmas in his magical grotto and take home a special gift. There’s also the opportunity to decorate some festive gingerbread too! Grown ups can also enjoy a cheeky mince pie and sampling of cider.

Don’t forget to send your letter to Father Christmas in the post office, visit cuddle corner and take a trip to our paint a pot studio. Each child receives a personalised letter in the post, from Father Christmas, ahead of their visit (subject to booking early enough in advance).

Kent Life

Address: Lock Ln, Maidstone ME14 3AU

When? Selected dates from 29th November until 24th December

How much? An adult ticket is £8, children age 1-15 are £14.00. Under 1’s £8. Other pricing options are available. Prebooking is essential.

`Best Christmas Events Kent 2020

Kew Gardens – Christmas at Kew – London

Returning for its eighth year, our enchanting winter trail takes a new route, leading you for the first time through the beautifully illuminated Rose Garden.

Old favourites and brand new light installations will sparkle and glow around you, bringing festive cheer to you, your family and friends. Discover a glittering tunnel of bells, giant illuminated seed heads and majestic trees wrapped in light on your way to the dazzling treetop waterfall, where beams of light interplay in a breath-taking aerial dance.

Kew Gardens

Address: Richmond

When? 18th November 2020 until 3rd January 2021.

How much? Standard advance adult: Off peak £19.50/ Peak £24.50. Family tickets are available. Prebooking is essential.

Best Christmas Events London 2020

Legoland Windsor – Legoland at Christmas – Berkshire

Experience the magic of LEGOLAND® at Christmas this festive season. Wonder at the twinkling lights, snow-dusted pine trees, exciting seasonal festivities and see the park with a sprinkle of LEGO® magic!

Legoland

Address: Winkfield Rd, Windsor SL4 4AY

When? Selected dates from 28th November.

How much? Tickets from £29 per person.

Best Christmas Events South East 2020 – Meet Santa and more

Leonardslee Gardens – Illuminted – West Sussex

Explore the magical, illuminated gardens as you follow a trail awash with light, sound, colour and festive cheer.

A spellbinding experience for the whole family on a crisp winter’s evening. ‘Amazing experience at Leonardslee Illuminated! It was so magical, and we are already looking forward to coming again next year!’

Leonardslee Gardens

Address: Brighton Rd, Lower Beeding, Horsham RH13 6PP

When? 4 – 6, 11 – 13 & 17 – 22 December

How much? Tickets are £16 each for anyone 16 and over. Children 2-15 are £8 and under 2s are free. Members can book at a reduced price. Everyone must prebook.

Best Christmas Events West Sussex 2020

London Zoo – The Magic of Christmas – London

With a whole host of festive activities, we’ve got everything you need for a jam-packed fun family day out this Christmas! 

Little ones can meet Santa in his magical grotto at the heart of the Zoo and receive a very special early Christmas gift to take home.

VIP tickets – For an extra special treat, our elves will sneak you into the Zoo at 8am before opening for a VIP Breakfast with Mrs Claus before meeting the man himself!

Plus much more.

London Zoo

Address: Outer Cir, London NW1 4RY

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

How much? TBC

Osborne House – Christmas Adventure Quest – Isle of Wight

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 or sit back and enjoy a hot chocolate or mulled wine in beautiful surroundings.  It’s a great way for the whole family to get out and about in Christmas week.

English Heritage

Address: York Avenue, East Cowes, Isle of Wight, PO32 6JT

When? 26th December until 3rd January

How much? Free for English Heritage members. An adult ticket is £19 and £11.40 for a child aged 5-17. Under 5’s are free, other pricing options are available.

Paultons Park – Christmas at Paultons – Hampshire

See Peppa Pig World decorated for Christmas – complete with seasonal music and meet Peppa and George in their Christmas outfits.

NEW! Santa’s Special Christmas Show! Singing, Dancing and fun! Guest starring the man himself, Father Christmas. Twice daily….and so much more.

Paultons Park

Address: Ower, Romsey SO51 6AL

When? Selected dates from 21st November until 23rd December.

How much? Tickets are £29.50 each, prebooking is essential.

`Best Christmas Events Hampshire 2020

RHS Garden Wisley – Glow 2020 – Surrey

Come and enjoy an illuminated adventure at RHS Garden Wisley in Surrey. Reimagined for 2020, our longest ever Glow trail follows a magical new route, with brand new light displays and uplifting festive music.

RHS

Address:

When? 21st November 2020 until 4th January 2021

How much? Non member adult £15, member £7.95, child 5-16 member £3.50m non member £10. Other pricing options are available. All tickets must be purchased online in advance.

Best Christmas Events Surrey 2020

Romney Hythe and Dymchurch Railway – Santa Specials – Kent

WHAT’S INCLUDED ON TRADITIONAL SANTA SPECIALS:

Santa’s grotto visit
Quality present for each paying child
Seasonal refreshments
Train trip from New Romney to Hythe and return. 30 minutes each way.

RHDR railway

Address: New Romney Station, 2 Littlestone Rd, Littlestone, New Romney TN28 8PL

When? Selected dates from 5th until 24th December

How much? Tickets are £22 each. You must prebook online.

`Best Christmas Events Kent 2020

Spa Valley Railway – Santa Specials – Kent

Take a ride on our Santa Specials for a festive memorable family day out this Christmas. Our impressive steam engine will take everyone on a picturesque journey through the Kent and Sussex countryside from Eridge to Tunbridge Wells with the opportunity to see Santa Claus himself from the comfort of your seats whilst on board the train.

Steam and Heritage Diesel train ride from Eridge to Tunbridge Wells West and return.
You will get to see Father Christmas with a present for every child.
Photo opportunity with Santa Claus.
Mince Pie for every adult and child, pre-boxed and on the train.

Spa Valley Railway

Address: West Station, Royal Tunbridge Wells TN2 5QY

When? Selected dates from 5th to 24th December

How much? Adult £18, Child £16 & Baby £5. Prebook online in advance.

Tapnell Farm Park – Christmas Experience – Isle of Wight

Let Tapnell Farm Park, take you on a magical Christmas Adventure to the North this December… in search of Santa’s lost present!

With immersive memory making around every corner, there is another world of imagination to discover this Christmas at Tapnell! Travel away from the humdrum, far from your daily worries, and straight to a place of wonderment…where kids can be kids, and grownups can too, to make magical memories to take home with you

Tapnell farm

Address: Tapnell Farm House, Newport Rd, Yarmouth PO41 0YJ

When? 5th-6th, 11th-13th and 18th-23rd December

How much? Child tickets are from £18.95 to £20.95, adults from £11.95 to £13.95. Other pricing options are available. Prebooking is essential.

`Best Christmas Events Isle of Wight 2020

Tower of London – Ice Rink – London

Take in the magical ambience of the fortress beside the Thames at the famous Tower of London ice rink this winter — a unique and unforgettable setting, day or night.

In the evenings the Tower walls are bathed in light, adding to the drama. For history with a modern twist, there’s no better location. The ice rink is bigger than ever this year, allowing for extra space for you to skate safely.  

Tower of London

Address: St Katharine’s & Wapping, London EC3N 4AB

When? 20 November 2020 to 3 January 2021 (excluding Christmas Day). Skate times vary.

How much? A ticket for anyone 13 and over costs from £16. 3-12 year olds are from £11.50. Other pricing options are available. Booking is required – ice-skating is not included in the Tower admission.

Best Christmas Events London 2020
Photo from previous years

Waddesdon Manor – Christmas – Buckinghamshire

Christmas at Waddesdon is back with magical lights and the gardens aglow. Join us for festive fun with our enchanting outdoor extravaganza that will brighten the end of your year.

The House and Cellars will not be open this Christmas due to social distancing.

Waddesdon Manor

Address: Waddesdon, Aylesbury HP18 0JH

When? Wed-Sun 14th November 2020 until 3rd January 2021. Plus 21, 22, 28, 29th December. Closed 24th-26 Dec.

How much? Tickets are £19.98 per adult and £9.99 per child aged 5-17. Under 5’s are free, other pricing options are available. Prebooking is essential.

Best Christmas Events Buckinghamshire 2020

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