Longleat House illuminated for Land of Light, Christmas event in 2020
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50+ wonderful Christmas family days out 2020

Stuck for what to get your kids this Christmas? Let’s face it, after the year we’ve all had it’s got to be special! So, why not give them a Christmas experience in 2020 rather than another toy! In this post I’ve included some of the best UK Christmas days out with kids in 2020. 

PLEASE NOTE: all events in 2020 are subject to change. In light of national lockdowns and restrictions over the winter, many events due to start in November will not go ahead until after 2 December 2020. The most up-to-date information about rescheduled events and refunds is available from event organisers. This post was last updated on 4 November 2020.

I can guarantee that it’s not that whizzy new piece of plastic that my kids babble on about in those moments before they fall asleep at night. It’s that magical trip we took together or that special new place we visited.

With this in mind why not treat your family to a Christmas day out near you rather than mountains of stuff? Here’s some more ideas for gifts for the whole family and for kids who have everything.

Or why not book a virtual visit to Santa’s grotto?

Here's a round up of some of the best Christmas days out with kids in 2020. Experience winter wonderlands, amazing Christmas shows and interactive Santa's grottos around the UK. Please note that in 2020 some of these events may be subject to change #Christmas2020 #Christmasfun #Christmas #December #thingstodo #family #event #fun #Santa #grotto #show #holidays #UK #TinBoxTraveller #Christmasdaysout #Christmaspresentideas #Christmasideas #Christmasgifts #gift #experience

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What about UK pantomimes in 2020?

Many UK pantomimes have fallen victim to the events of 2020 but a smattering of pantos are going ahead thanks to regional supporters and National Lottery funding.

Find out which UK pantomimes are happing near you in 2020.

Christmas family days out near you 2020

Please note: Christmas activities in 2020 may be subject to change. Always check with the attraction or venue for the latest information. For updates and inclusion of your event please contact me.

Here’s where you’ll find snowy white winter wonderlands, amazing Christmas shows and sparkling Santa’s grottos around the UK in 2020 (sorted alphabetically by area):

Aberdeen this Christmas 2020

Pantomimes in Aberdeen

Some Christmas pantomimes will be happening in Aberdeen this year. Take a look at my round up of UK pantomimes happening in 2020.

Christmas in Bedfordshire 2020

Pantomime in Bedfordshire

A pantomime will be happening in Bedfordshire this year. Take a look at my round up of UK pantomimes happening in 2020.

Christmas days out in Berkshire 2020

The UK’s REAL Santa

PODCast LaplandUK - elf workshop - Christmas family days out
Image credit – PODCast

One of the nation’s most authentic Christmas experiences has to be LaplandUK. Here’s a review by the PODcast family who visited in 2016 and another by Kaz from Ickle Pickle’s Life and Travels who visited in the same year.

The first release of tickets for Christmas 2020 has already sold out. The second release is due to be available from midday on Monday 5 October.

LaplandUK, Ascot, 15 November to 24 December, 2020, www.laplanduk.co.uk.

The magic of Christmas at LEGOLAND

Family at LEGOLAND at Christmas

Families have have a festive experience at Legoland this Christmas with rides, characters and LEGO® builds. The highlight of your day will be meeting Father Christmas in his magical grotto.

Once he’s checked his list twice, each child will receive a special LEGO gift.

Tickets including a visit to see Father Christmas are £36 per person or £26 per person for Annual Pass holders and can be pre-booked online in advance only.  Under 2’s get free entry.

Christmas at LEGOLAND, elected dates from 28 November to 23 December 2020. www.legoland.co.uk.

Pantomime in Berkshire

A Christmas pantomime will be happening in London this year. Take a look at my round up of UK pantomimes happening in 2020.

Christmas days out in Birmingham in 2020

Christmas with Thomas the Tank Engine

Discover falling snow, enchanting decorations, a dazzling 30ft symphony tree, cheeky elves frolicking around the park and over 25 child-friendly rides and attractions as well as a brand new ‘Tales with Father Christmas’ experience.

Here’s a taster of what to expect in this review of Drayton Manor’s yule-tide experience from a previous year by Natalie at Plutonium Sox.

Drayton Manor’s Magical Christmas, 20 November to 31 December 2020, www.draytonmanor.co.uk/magicalchristmas.

Christmas experiences in Buckinghamshire in 2020

Christmas at the Rothchild house

Waddesdon Manor at Christmas

Experience a world of festive, musical splendour, as the gardens and exterior of Waddesdon – the Rothschild house in Buckinghamshire – is transformed for Christmas 2020.

This Christmas, will be a little different tom previous years as the house and cellars will be closed but there will still be plenty of wonder for visitors.

Christmas at Waddesdon, Buckinghamshire, selected dates from 14 November 2020 to 3 January 2021, waddesdon.org.uk/whats-on/.

Pantomime in Buckinghamshire

A Christmas pantomime will be happening in Buckingham this year. Take a look at my round up of UK pantomimes happening in 2020.

Christmas days out in Cheshire in 2020

A forest trail at Tatton Park

Tatton Park Mansion in snow - Christmas days out with kids

Holly the Hare needs your help. She’s been invited to a festive garden feast with Tatton Park’s other woodland friends, but she’s mislaid her invitation! Journey through the Gardens and help solve the puzzles to find her friends at their Christmas party.

Christmas trail at Tatton Park, Knutsford, 28 November 2020 to 3 January 2021, www.tattonpark.org.uk.

Christmas at Dunham Massey

The sell-out trail returns for a fourth year to this historic National Trust property. Look out for the giant glittering deer as you step into a world festooned with seasonal cheer where huge snowflakes create an aerial kaleidoscope over the Gardens and pause for a moment of quiet reflection at the crystal and fire garden, aglow with hundreds of flickering flames.

Tickets sell out fast each year, therefore early booking is advised.

Dunham Massey, Altrincham, 20 November to 30 December 2020, nationaltrust.org.uk/dunham-massey.

Lightopia at Heaton Park

The festival of light and lanterns is returning to Heaton Park in 2020 with interactive installations, are the 50 lantern displays and a trail.

Lightopia, Greater Manchester, 20 November 2020 to 3 January 2021, lightopiafestival.com.

Lanterns at Chester Zoo

Once again the zoo will be transformed into a spectacular wonderland, full of sparkle, delight, a sprinkling of snow and some unexpected festive encounters.

There will be eleven fantastical worlds to explore around Chester Zoo on a new socially-distanced route around colourful lanterns, costumed characters and Christmas scenes.

Lanterns at Chester Zoo, Chester, 13 November to 23 December 2020, www.chesterzoo.org.

Also skip to the section about what’s on in the Peak District this Christmas.

Christmas days out in Cornwall in 2020

Ice skating and Christmas Fayre at The Eden Project

The Eden Project’s annual ice rink returns in 2020. The number of skaters on the ice for each 40 minute session has been reduced for social distancing.

Book your session in advance and in addition to your entrance ticket to The Eden Project. Family skating sessions take place each morning with skating aids.

The Christmas Fairy will also take place on 11 and 12 November 2020.

Christmas Fayre at the Eden Project, St Austell, from October 17 2020 www.edenproject.com.

More Christmas events in Cornwall 2020

I’m updating a separate post about what’s on in Cornwall this Christmas with more events as they are announced.

Christmas in County Down 2020

Santa’s Polar Express at Slieve Donard Resort & Spa

Elf and child on lawn at Slieve Donard Resort & Spa

Polar Express is a fun festive occasion with a host of attractions for all the family, including a winter wonderland, story-telling with Mrs Claus and the Polar Express train adventure which will take guests on a magical journey to visit Santa and his elves in their busy workshop as they prepare for their busiest time of the year.

The set-up of the much-loved family event will remain the same, but Hastings Hotels has introduced a number of new health and safety measures including reduced numbers of guests per time slot in line with social distancing and allocated seating on the train.

Santa’s Polar Express, Slieve Donard Resort & Spa, Newcastle, 12 to 22 December 2020, www.santapolarexpress.com

Christmas in County Durham 2020

Pantomimes in County Durham

Some Christmas pantomimes will be happening in County Durham this year. Take a look at my round up of UK pantomimes happening in 2020.

Christmas in Denbighshire in 2020

Santa Specials on Llangollen Railway

Join a Santa for a Lapland adventure on Llangollen Railway. Everyone will receive a drink and a seasonal sweet treat to enjoy as you settle down before steaming through the wonderful Dee Valley.

Jump off the train to go and see Santa in his grotto and receive a special gift from Santa’s elves.

Llangollen Railway, Llangollen, selected dates from 5 to 24 December 2020, www.llangollen-railway.co.uk

Christmas in Derbyshire in 2020

Skip to the section about what’s on in the Peak District this Christmas.

Christmas days out in Devon 2020

If you’re looking for more inspiration for days out in Devon this December I’ve written about more than 20+ Christmas events in Devon including cruises with Father Christmas, Santa trains and events happening at family attractions.

Here’s one of our favourites – the Crealy Christmas Spectacular (TBC in 2020):

Christmas days out in Dorset this year

Christmas in Bournemouth

View across Bournemouth's Christmas Tree Wonderland festival

Bournemouth’s Christmas Tree Wonderland 2020 has been postponed. A scaled-back alpine event is planned with fewer festive stalls and a smaller alpine bar. The illuminated nativity tree will be there. Bournemouth’s Christmas Tree Wonderland will be back in 2021.

Read about our weekend visiting Bournemouth for the Christmas Tree Wonderland in 2019 and take a look at our video to see what you can expect in 2021 – get it in your calendar now:

Alpine Village, Bournemouth, 13 November 2020 to 3 January 2021, christmasinbournemouth.co.uk/the-alpine-bar-bournemouth.

Christmas with City Cruises in Poole

The usual Sail with Santa cruises will not be happening this year but City Cruises will be arranging a festive event. More details will be released soon.

TBC 2020, www.citycruisespoole.com

Lights and Victorian craft fair in Weymouth

Christmas lights will be projected at four locations around Weymouth in the run. up to Christmas in 2020. There will also be a Victorian craft fair. More details will be released soon.

Pantomimes in Dorset

Christmas pantomimes will be happening in Dorset this year. Take a look at my round up of UK pantomimes happening in 2020.

Christmas experiences in Edinburgh 2020

Christmas at the Botanics

Now established as a firm family tradition, the new trail for 2020 will showcase a botanical world festooned with seasonal cheer, with bouncing lines of light in the laser garden and giant luminescent sculptures rising high into the night sky. Inverleith House will once again spring to life with a new festive projection across its historic façade.

Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh, 26 November 2020 to 3 January 2021, rbge.org.uk/christmas

Drive through Christmas at Conifox Adventure Park

Elves at Conifox Adventure Park near Edinburgh
Conifox Adventure Park elves

Conifox Adventure Park will see the return of its sell-out Christmas experience this December, but with a ‘2020’ twist. Due to ‘elf’-and-safety, visitors will now meet Santa and his gang in an utterly enchanting drive-thru experience, delighting in the highly anticipated winter-wonderland, but at a safe distance. 

You will drive through the park stopping at various points to enjoy scenes and actors in the toy workshop, the reindeer flying school, Mrs Claus’ Kitchen, the enchanted forest and most importantly, Santa’s living room, where you will meet the big man himself. 

Conifox Adventure Park, Kirkliston, 3 to 23 December 2020, https://www.ticketsource.co.uk/conifox

Find more Christmas events in Scotland as collated by Jenny from Monkey and Mouse.

Here's a round up of some of the best Christmas days out with kids in 2020. Experience winter wonderlands, amazing Christmas shows and interactive Santa's grottos around the UK. Please note that in 2020 some of these events may be subject to change #Christmas2020 #Christmasfun #Christmas #December #thingstodo #family #event #fun #Santa #grotto #show #holidays #UK #TinBoxTraveller #Christmasdaysout #Christmaspresentideas #Christmasideas #Christmasgifts #gift #experience

Christmas days out in Essex 2020

Miniature Santa Express

Ride the Santa Express at Audley End Miniature Railway for a magical festive experience. The woods have been transformed into a winter wonderland compete with a craft area where you can write a letter to the Big Man under the guidance of cheeky elves.

Kids will also get to meet Santa and receive a gift before being having a boogie in the Christmas dance tent.

A Magical Christmas Experience, Audley End Miniature Railway, selected dates between 21 November and 24 December 2020, www.audley-end-railway.co.uk.

Christmas in Flintshire 2020

Pantomime in Flintshire

A Christmas pantomimes will be happening in London this year. Take a look at my round up of UK pantomimes happening in 2020.

Christmas days out in Gloucestershire in 2020

Enchanted Westonbirt Arboretum

Family walking through Enchanted Christmas light at Westonbirt

Enchanted Christmas for Westonbirt. 2015 paulbox © paul@framedogs.com

The Enchanted Westonbirt illuminated trail is one of the most magical Christmas activities happening in 2020. Set out on an adventure through the trees of the arboretum to find Santa’s workshop here in Westonbirt, West Pole.

Here you can meet the elves that help Father Christmas make the toys for the children, come across talking trees and make your way through the Candy Cane Forest on your quest to the West Pole. 

Westonbirt Arboretum, Gloucestershire, 28 November to 21 December 2020, www.forestryengland.uk/westonbirt

Christmas days out in Hampshire in 2020

Christmas at Paultons Park and Peppa Pig World

Visitors will be able to see Peppa Pig World decorated for the season as well as a new Christmas show and illuminations around the park.

Paultons Park, Romsey, 5 to 23 December 2020, paultonspark.co.uk/christmas

Emirates Spinnaker Tower Christmas events

Santa and elf at Emirates Spinnaker Tower

Santa returns to the Spinnaker Tower this Christmas and he’s tucking into breakfast to make sure he’s full of energy for a busy day of festive preparations. Join him and his elves in the Waterfront Café for some festive fun!

Families will enjoy a continental style breakfast, served in the Waterfront Café overlooking the bustling harbour and hosted by Santa and his merry elves.

Emirates Spinnaker Tower, Portsmouth, selected dates from 5 to 24 December 2020, www.spinnakertower.co.uk

Pantomimes in Hampshire

Christmas pantomimes will be happening in Portsmouth and Southampton this year. Take a look at my round up of UK pantomimes happening in 2020.

Christmas days out in Hertfordshire in 2020

Christmas at Paradise Wildlife Park

Santa will be arriving in style to open Paradise Wildlife Park’s Christmas Market. Meet him in his grotto, decorate ginger bread and baubles, and write your letter to Santa and the elves.

Santa’s grotto at Paradise Wildlife Park, Broxbourne, selected dates from 23 November to 24 December 2020, www.pwpark.com/events

Christmas experiences in the Isle of Wight in 2020

Santa Specials on Isle of Wight Steam Railway

Board one of the Isle of Wight Steam Railway’s historic steam trains at Havenstreet for an atmospheric ride through wintery woodland. Feel like you’re travelling in style as you and your family will have your own compartment for your exclusive use.

Back at Havenstreet follow the pathway to Santa’s North Pole station, where you’ll be warmly welcomed by a seasonal Station Master and his helpers. Next Meet Santa himself on board a traditionally festive Victorian carriage.

Isle of Wight Steam Railway, Havenstreet, selected dates from 5 to 24 December 2020, iwsteamrailway.co.uk

Pantomime in the Isle of Wight

A Christmas pantomime will be happening in the Isle of Wight this year. Take a look at my round up of UK pantomimes happening in 2020.

Christmas days out in Kent in 2020

Illuminations at Bedgebury

Cathedral of Light at Bedgbury

This family-friendly one-mile magical festive trail in the heart of the High Weald AONB countryside will once again be awash with colour. Christmas at Bedgebury is full of seasonal surprises and shimmering reflections that cast light on beautiful silhouettes of majestic trees.

Bedgebury National Pinetum & Forest, Kent, 20 November to 31 December 2021, christmasatbedgebury.co.uk

Festive fun at Kent Life heritage farm

A host of Christmas activities will be happening at Kent Life throughout December 2020, from a live nativity with real animals to a WWI Home Front Christmas experience. Father Christmas will also be visiting.

There’s a chance to meet him 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.

Kent Life heritage farm, Maidstone, selected dates form 5 to 24 December 2020, kentlife.org.uk

Santa’s grotto at The Reindeer Centre

Meet Santa and his reindeer at The Reindeer Centre. More details about the festive activities happening at the centre will be released soon.

The Reindeer Centre, Bethersden, open daily from 14 December 2020, www.reindeercentre.co.uk

Pantomime in Kent

A Christmas pantomime will be happening in Kent this year. Take a look at my round up of UK pantomimes happening in 2020.

Christmas in Lancashire 2020

Pantomimes in Lancashire

Christmas pantomimes will be happening in Lancashire this year. Take a look at my round up of UK pantomimes happening in 2020.

Christmas events in Leicestershire in 2020

Santa Steam Trains at Great Central Railway

Santa has swapped his sleigh for a fun filled journey on an enchanting steam train at Great Central Railway. Ride a Santa Special and let Father Christmas surprise you with a an exciting present at your seat.

Great Central Railway, Loughborough, selected dates from 28 November to 24 December 2020, www.gcrailway.co.uk/santa

Christmas in Lincolnshire in 2020

Christmas at Belton

Following last year’s success, Christmas at Belton will once again light up the historic tree canopies of this magnificent country-house estate. Discover giant luminescent candles rising high into the night sky, glowing flowers and snowflakes where you least expect them.  Don’t forget to watch out for Father Christmas along the way.

Belton House, Grantham, 27 November 2020 to 3 January 2021, nationaltrust.org.uk/belton-house

Pantomime in Lincolnshire

A Christmas pantomimes will be happening in Lincolnshire this year. Take a look at my round up of UK pantomimes happening in 2020.

Christmas days out in London in 2020

Crouch End Christmas Trail

This fun trail will be running through the shops of Crouch End from 10am until 5pm the Sunday and Monday before Christmas. It follows the story of a naughty elf who has ripped up Santa’s map and hidden it around the town in a bid to destroy Christmas!

The children’s task is to find all pieces of the maps with the clues and hints their trail pack, before a final meet and greet with Santa to fix the map and save the day! 

Christmas Trail, Crouch End, 21 and 22 December 2020, www.littleimaginationscreativearts.co.uk/christmas-trail.

Christmas at Kew

Now in its eighth year, Christmas at Kew returns with a brand-new trail to illuminate the magnificent gardens.  With over one million lights, this winter trail will be more twinkling and sparkling than ever before. 

Visitors can expect festive bursts of colour as they explore Kew’s iconic landscape. 

Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, 18 November 2020 to 3 January 2021, kew.org/christmas

My Christmas Orchestral Adventure at the Royal Albert Hall

My Christmas Orchestral Adventure takes families on a journey through classical music to help Father Christmas find his way around the world and save Christmas.

Along the way there’s ice skating on frozen lakes, a Sleigh Ride and a white Christmas, all without leaving the Royal Albert Hall’s magical auditorium.

Royal Albert Hall, South Kensington, 13 December 2020, www.royalalberthall.com

Ice skating at Queens House, Greenwich

The Queen’s House Ice Rink will return as South London’s only ice rink this season. The rink will be bigger in 2020 with safety measures in place so you can skate with confidence.

Enjoy unbeatable views of the River Thames and Greenwich Royal Park as you weave (or wobble) your way around the rink.

Queens House Ice Rink, Greenwich, 20 November 2020 to 10 January 2020, www.rmg.co.uk

The Magic Hour at the Sheraton Grand Park Lane

Magician Tony Middleton holding fans of playing cards

Enter the evocative wood panelled drawing room of the Sheraton Grand Park Lane for an immersive magic show inspired by the Victorian masters of deception.

Tony Middleton, as seen on Penn & Teller: Fool Us, will entertain you with ingenious illusions, mind-reading and feats of the impossible, right in front of your eyes. Watch closer than ever before as objects vanish, time stops still, and the spirits write messages from ‘the other side’.

This show is suitable for children aged 10 and up.

The Magic Hour, Sheraton Grand Park Lane, Mayfair, every Friday from 23 October, www.magichourshow.com.

Santa Steam Express from London Victoria

Climb on board a vintage steam train at London Victoria and hear the squeals of delight and excitement as you take a magical trip and meet Santa and his helpers. Children will be welcomed on board with a drink and sweet treat before meeting Santa and his helpers with their bag of gifts.

Santa Steam Express, London Victoria, 14 to 23 December 2020, www.steamdreams.co.uk

Pantomimes in London

Some Christmas pantomimes will be happening in London this year. Take a look at my round up of UK pantomimes happening in 2020.

More festive ideas

If you’re looking for more ideas why not try ice skating at the Tower of London like the Pigeon Pair and Me family. And here’s how the Globalmouse Travels family spent a whole weekend in London in the run up to Christmas.

Christmas events in Manchester in 2020

Duckie at HOME – family theatre

Le Gateau Chocolat Duckie. Cedit: Manuel Vason

Internationally renowned cabaret star Le Gateau Chocolat will be celebrating what makes us different in his reimagining of childhood favourite Hans Christian Anderson’s The Ugly Duckling.

Duckie is set in an animal circus and takes the audience on an adventure of self-discovery, asking questions of the ‘happy ever after’ in a celebration of difference. Walking a little differently? Sounding a bit strange? Watch Duckie triumph by realising these are his strengths.

This family-friendly show is suitable for children aged three and over and runs for 40 minutes.

HOME, Manchester, 14 December to 23 December 2020, homemcr.org

Breakfast with Santa at Stockport Plaza

Join Santa on a visit to his Winter Wonderland with an inflight meal on your way to the North Pole. Socially-distanced breakfast, brunch and tea sessions are available. There will also be a gift for all the good girls and boys.

Stockport Plaza, Manchester, selected dates from 28 November to 19 December 2020, stockportplaza.co.uk/whats-on/

Christmas in Merseyside

Pantomime in Merseyside

A Christmas pantomime will be happening in Merseyside this year. Take a look at my round up of UK pantomimes happening in 2020.

Christmas days out in Newcastle 2020

Fenwick’s magical window

Fenwick Window North East Family Fun

For events in Newcastle and the North East there’s no better place to search for festive days out than North East Family Fun. Here’s the family’s visit to see Fenwick’s window revealed.

Fenwick, Newcastle, early November 2020 onwards, www.fenwick.co.uk.

Pantomime in Newcastle

A Christmas pantomime will be happening in Newcastle-upon-Tyne this year. Take a look at my round up of UK pantomimes happening in 2020.

Christmas days out in Norfolk 2020

Enchanted Journey of Light at Thursford

Show girl at Thursford - UK Christmas days out

The Thursford Christmas Spectacular has been postponed in 2020 and for one year only is being replaced with the Enchanted Journey of Light.

This wonderland trail will include fairytale characters, immersive light displays and the UK’s largest kinetic light display.

Thursford Christmas Spectacular, 19 November 2020 to 3 January 2021, www.thursford.com.

Festive Express at Bure Valley Railway

Hop on board the Festive Express steam train for a one hour experience from Aylsham Station including festive treats and a guest appearance from Santa. Each child will receive a personalised present. 

Bure Valley Railway, Aylsham, selected dates from 5 to 24 December 2020, www.bvrw.co.uk/events

Pantomimes in Norfolk

Some Christmas pantomimes will be happening in Norfolk this year. Take a look at my round up of UK pantomimes happening in 2020.

Christmas events in Northamptonshire 2020

Lap Land at Silverstone

Silverstone is hosting a brand-new, COVID safe Christmas extravaganza for all the family, LAP LAND.

Visitors will use their own vehicle to drive on the iconic Silverstone Formula 1 track under darkness while being treated to a spectacular laser and light show . A dedicated LAP LAND Radio Station will add to the festivities, providing a musical backdrop with seasonal singalong favourites to bring the Christmas spirit right into the hearts of the cars. 

After taking the chequered flag on track, LAP LAND visitors can continue to enjoy the festive-al with a classic favourite at the LAP LAND drive-in cinema.

LAP LAND, Silverstone, 10 December 2020 to 3 January 2021, www.silverstone.co.uk.

Christmas experiences in Northumberland in 2020

A Magical Christmas at Beamish Hall

A Magical Christmas is an immersive theatrical experience for those who believe in the magic of Christmas. This event takes places within the hotel’s Enchanted Woodland where a world filled with illuminations, musical displays, interactive props, projections, and theatrical performers has been created.

A Magical Christmas at Beamish Hall, Stanley, selected dates from 5 to 20 December, www.beamish-hall.co.uk

Christmas at Life Science Centre

Explore winter skies, create 3D decorations to take home, enjoy festive science demonstrations and skate on the outdoor ice rink – just some of the things you can enjoy at Life this Christmas!

Life Science Centre, NewcastleGateshead, from 7 November 2020 to 5 January 2021, www.newcastlegateshead.com.

Christmas activities in Nottinghamshire in 2020

Christmas at Wollaton Hall

Christmas illuminations light up Wollaton House in Nottingham

Wollaton Hall’s park will be transformed into an enchanting light spectacle with a trail of discovery through four magical lands, specially designed to fit into the natural landscape of the Hall and Gardens.

Visitors of all ages will be captivated by this brand new, visually stunning multi sensory experience of light, fire and sound. A seasonal classic with a contemporary twist.

Here’s a taster of what you can expect:

Wollaton Hall, Nottingham, from 27 November 2020 to 6 January 2021, www.christmasatwollaton.org

Christmas days out in Oxfordshire in 2020

Blenheim illuminated light trail

Illuminations at Blenheim Palace - UK Christmas days out

Blenheim Palace will be transformed with its illuminated outdoor light trail for this year’s Christmas celebrations at the Oxfordshire World Heritage Site.

Inspired by the landscape itself, visitors embark on a winterland adventure, dramatically illuminated with stunning lights. Featuring lasers and light projections, visitors wander under magical tree canopies drenched in seasonal colour and dripping with silvery shards of light, frosty snowflakes, stars and baubles.

Blenheim Palace, Oxfordshire, 20 November 2020 to 3 January 2021, www.blenheimpalace.com.

Christmas in the Peak District in 2020

Take a look at this brilliant guide on Peak District Kids to what’s happening in the Peak District this Christmas including events at Chatsworth House and Poole’s Cavern, plus Christmas markets.

Christmas in Somerset 2020

Somerset Reindeer Ranch

The Ranch is planning a scaled back Christmas in 20202 but it’s still very much on. Meet Santa’s reindeer, enjoy a mug of Mother Christmas’ hot chocolate to take away and receive a present from the North Pole.

You can also book exclusive VIP visits or a drive through slot for the ultimate socially distanced reindeer experience.

Somerset Reindeer Rance, Illchester, Somerset, 4 to 23 December 2020 www.somersetreindeer.co.uk

Christmas days out in Shropshire in 2020

A Victorian Christmas at Blists Hill

UK Christmas days out - Blists Hill Victorian Town festive weekends (med)

This winter Blists Hill is celebrating Christmas in traditional fashion with pretty decorations made out of luscious holly and ivy, quaint home-made paper chains and colourful decoupage baubles. 

Wander around the cottages in the Town and enjoy cosy fireside chats with the villagers, listen to tales of how they’re preparing for the big day.

There will also be an ice rink.

Blists Hill, Shropshire, selected dates from 2 December 2020 to 3 January 2021 2020, www.ironbridge.org.uk/explore/blists-hill-victorian-town

Pantomime in Shropshire

A Christmas pantomime will be happening in Shropshire this year. Take a look at my round up of UK pantomimes happening in 2020.

Christmas in Somerset 2020

Pantomime in Somerset

A Christmas pantomime will be happening in Bristol this year. Take a look at my round up of UK pantomimes happening in 2020.

Christmas days out in Staffordshire in 2020

Winter Wonderland at Snowdome

Sant’s magical winter wonderland in the snow returns this year with extended reception area plus a larger theatre for a Covid secure experience. With real snow, real animals and an all new winter wonderland show, it’s sure to be a special Christmas experience in 2020.

Snowdome, Tamworth, from 14 November to 31 December 2020, www.snowdome.co.uk.

A North Pole Adventure

Immerse yourselves in a festive experience at the National Forest Adventure Farm this Christmas. COVID measures will be in place in 2020 but here’s a review of previous visit to The North Pole Adventure by Otis & Us to give you a taster.

The North Pole Adventure, National Forest Adventure Farm, selected dates from 5 to 24 December 2020, www.adventurefarm.co.uk.

Pantomime in Staffordshire

A Christmas pantomime will be happening in Staffordshire this year. Take a look at my round up of UK pantomimes happening in 2020.

Also see the section above about what’s on in the Peak District this Christmas.

Christmas days out in Sussex in 2020

Christmas at Drusillas

Child and husky in Husky Ice Cave at Drusillas Park

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas at Drusillas Park! Experience the magic first-hand as Santa Claus returns to his cosy Christmas Cottage once again.

Bring your little elves to meet the big man himself and continue the festive fun with Drusillas’ giant 24-foot Christmas Tree and a visit to the Husky Cave. Come and sip your mulled wine, tuck into a yummy mince pie and let Drusillas fill you with Christmas cheer!

Drusillas Park, East Sussex, selected dates from 5 to 23 December 2020, www.drusillas.co.uk/christmas-events

Christmas days out in Warwickshire in 2020

Christmas at the Magic Alley

Visit the Enchanted Manor and explore 10 festive rooms while completing a quest before meeting Father Christmas and receiving a present and candy cane. Continue through the snowy Enchanted Forest where you can play in the snow and throw snowballs! 

The Magic Alley, Stratford, selected dates from 21 November to 24 December 2020, www.magicalleystratford.com/christmas

Christmas in a castle

Warwick Castle will be announcing details of its Christmas activities for 2020 soon.

You can read review of 2018’s Christmas celebrations at Warwick Castle on the Plutonium Sox and Mummy Travels blogs.

Christmas at Warwick Castle, from 28 November 2020, www.warwick-castle.com.

Christmas days out in Wiltshire 2020

Longleat Land of Lights

Longleat House illuminated for Land of Light, Christmas event in 2020

Specially created for Longleat, the Land of Light’s technology, art and interactive installations provide a stunning alternative to the Festival of Light, which has had to be postponed due to coronavirus, and will return in 2021.

See sensational projections light up the iconic Longleat House, dancing fountains and amazing animated laser shows suspended above Half Mile Lake.

Land of Light, Longleat, from 2 December 2020 to 10 January 2021, www.longleat.co.uk.

Illuminations at Stourhead

Find new moments to share as the after-dark trail lights up the beautiful National Trust gardens at Stourhead, Wiltshire for a second year. Walk past giant luminescent sculptures rising high into the night sky and trees wrapped in light on your way to a field of crocuses, where a carpet of larger than life flora glows gently in the moonlight.

Stourhead, Mere, Wiltshire, 27 November 2020 to 3 January 2021, nationaltrust.org.uk/Stourhead

Christmas days out in Yorkshire in 2020

Santa Special at North Yorkshire Moors Railway

Santa at North Yorkshire Moors Railway

Help Santa save Christmas at North Yorkshire Moors Railway. Hop aboard a heritage steam engine at the beautifully decorated Pickering Station for a magical Christmas adventure.

Tickets include interaction with Santa’s elves, a photo opportunity to remember your visit, a reserved private compartment on a decorated steam train, return travel from Pickering to Levisham Station (approx. 60 min journey), a quality present for each child and your very own copy of the Snow Bound Express newspaper. 

North Yorkshire Moor Railway Santa Specials, selected dates from 5 to 24 December 2020, www.nymr.co.uk

Santa’s Elf Village at Lotherton Hall

Lotherton Hall puts on a magical Christmas experience. Meet Santa, Snowy Flake and his friends in their elven bivouac under the magical wishing tree for stories and elf tales. Visit Dizzy Bells in Reindeer Emporium and take home some magical reindeer feed for Rudolph on Christmas Eve.

Pop by and say hello to Postmaster Pippin McJingles in Ye Olde Post Office Central to ensure your letter to Santa is safely on its way. Finally meet the main man himself in Santa’s Cabin for a special Christmas one to one, and a little present for the journey home.

Lotherton Hall, Leeds, selected dates from 4 December to 23 December 2020, https://thechristmasexperience.co.uk

Lightwater Valley Alice in Winterland illuminations

Alice in Winterland illuminations at Lightwater Valley

There will be an Alice in Winterland giant lantern trail in the park with displays including the Mad Hatter, the Queen of Hearts and, of course, Alice herself.

Families can also enjoy some traditional fairground fun including a spin on the carousel and take to the night sky on the Skyrider. There will also be a Christmas themed UV puppet show, Santa’s workshop and Santa Express.

Christmas at Lightwater Valley, selected dates from 4 December to Wednesday 23 December 2020, www.lightwatervalley.co.uk.

A Christmas Adventure at Stockeld Park

With an ice rink, ski trail, enchanted forest and the chance to meet Santa, Stockeld Park offers a full on festive day out. Plus after dark the park is illuminated with thousands of family lights.

Check out this review of Christmas at Stockeld Park by Colette from We’re Going on an Adventure on Mini Travellers.

Christmas Adventure, Stockeld Park, from November 2020, www.stockeldpark.co.uk.

Pantomime in Yorkshire

A Christmas pantomime will be happening in Yorkshire this year. Take a look at my round up of UK pantomimes happening in 2020.

Take a look at Yorkshire Tots to Teens for a full guide to things to do this Christmas in West Yorkshire.

Where else for Christmas days out with kids?

Carrie at Flying with a Baby has all the info on Santa’s Grottos in Cambridgeshire, Lincolnshire, Northamptonshire and Rutland.

And if you are a fan of festive markets, here’s a round up of the best UK Christmas markets.

If you know of a wonderful Christmas day out with kids that should be included in my post get in touch.

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