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50+ wonderful Christmas family days out 2021

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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 2021 rather than another toy! In this post I’ve included some of the best UK Christmas days out with kids in 2021. 

PLEASE NOTE: this post is being updated for 2021 – some venues and attractions are still working on their Christmas plans. The most up-to-date information is available from event organisers.

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.

Here's a round up of some of the best Christmas days out with kids in 2021. Experience winter wonderlands, amazing Christmas shows and interactive Santa's grottos around the UK. Please note that some of these events may be subject to change #Christmas2021 #Christmasfun #Christmas #December #thingstodo #family #event #fun #Santa #grotto #show #holidays #UK #TinBoxTraveller #Christmasdaysout #Christmaspresentideas #Christmasideas #Christmasgifts #gift #experience

Eek! Have you left your Christmas shopping until the last minute? Don’t panic! Check out my last minute Christmas gift ideas that you can deliver in time for the big day.

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What about UK pantomimes in 2021?

After many UK pantomimes had to be cancelled last year, actors can’t wait to tread the boards again.

Find out which UK pantomimes are happening near you in 2021.

Christmas Markets in the UK

Take a look at my guide to the UK Christmas Markets that have been confirmed in 2021.

Find more days out in England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland in my big round up of 101 UK attractions for families.

Christmas family days out near you 2021

Here’s where you’ll find snowy white winter wonderlands, amazing Christmas shows and sparkling Santa’s grottos around the UK in 2021 (sorted alphabetically by area)!

For updates and inclusion of your event please contact me.

Days out this Christmas in Berkshire

Here’s some of the most popular Christmas days out in Berkshire this year:

The UK’s REAL Santa

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

Lapland UK is an immersive Christmas experience near Ascot. You enter the world of the elves and can spend three and a half hours enjoying activities before having a personalised meeting with Father Christmas.

Find out what it’s like to experience Lapland UK.

The first release of tickets for Christmas 2021 has already sold out. Sign up to the Lapland UK mailing it to hear about further ticket release dates.

LaplandUK, Ascot, 13 November 2021 to 3 January, 2022, www.laplanduk.co.uk.

The magic of Christmas at LEGOLAND

Family at LEGOLAND at Christmas

Families can have a festive experience at Legoland this Christmas with rides, characters and LEGO builds. You can also have a Santa Sleepover in a themed family room at the resort hotel.

Christmas at LEGOLAND, selected dates from 27 November 2021 to 3 January 2022. www.legoland.co.uk

Christmas days out in Birmingham in 2021

Christmas at Drayton Manor

Thomas the Tank Engine usually hosts Drayton Manor’s Christmas celebrations. Keep an eye on the Drayton Manor website to see what’s in store in 2021.

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, TBC in 2021, www.draytonmanor.co.uk.

Here are some more great family days out in the Midlands.

Christmas experiences in Buckinghamshire in 2021

Here’s a festive event in Buckinghamshire you won’t want to miss:

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 2021.

There will also be an alpine Christmas fair from 13 November to 23 December 2021.

Christmas lights at Waddesdon, Buckinghamshire, selected dates from 13 November 2021 to 3 January 2022, waddesdon.org.uk/whats-on/.

Days out this Christmas in Carmarthenshire

Check out these family attractions in Carmarthenshire to find out what they have in store for you this Christmas.

Christmas days out in Cheshire in 2021

Take your pick from these Christmas days out in Cheshire:

Christmas lights at Bolesworth

Christmas lights at Bolesworth Estate

A 1.2 mile trail of lights will illuminate the grounds of Bolesworth to guide young ‘advent’urers and their families through an enchanted winter wonderland.

There will be a rainbow of floodlit trees, lights that twinkle by the lakeside and sparkling walkways with laser lit bridges.

Father Christmas’ reindeer will be found in the woodland on route and there will be a festive food and drink market at the end so visitors can be ‘stocking’ up with seasonal treats.

Children young and old will be able to visit Father Christmas in his grotto and there will also be a chance to go ice skating, along with an impressive laser and light show display every evening.

Christmas at Bolesworth, Tattenhall, 26 November to 24 December 2021, www.bolesworth.com/christmas.

See my post about even more Christmas lights trails around the UK.

Christmas at Delamere Forest

There will be an after dark, illuminated trail with sparkling tunnels of light, giant baubles and trees drenched in jewel-like colour.

Father Christmas may make an appearance along the way. There will also be winter refreshments.

Delamere Forest, Northwich, 26 November to 31 December 2021, forestryengland.uk/christmas-at-delamere

Christmas at Dunham Massey

Tickets are on sale now for this popular illuminated trail which is returning for a fifth 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, 19 November 2021 to 2 January 2022, nationaltrust.org.uk/dunham-massey.

Christmas at Tatton Park

Tatton Park Mansion in snow - Christmas days out with kids

Keep an eye on the Tatton Park website to find out what’s on this Christmas. When I checked, their events were listed tantalising close to Christmas, but the 2021 festive events weren’t confirmed.

Tatton Park, Knutsford, TBC in 2021, www.tattonpark.org.uk.

Lightopia at Heaton Park

Lightopia at Heaton Park in Manchester has confirmed for 2021. Embark on a journey through our new Fantasy themed magical light trail through the parklands, showcasing bright immersive installations, interactive lanterns, colourful lasers, and water shows.

Keep an eye on the website for information about tickets.

Lightopia, Greater Manchester, 19 November 2021 to 3 January 2022, lightopiafestival.com.

Christmas trail at Chester Zoo

Keep an eye on the Chester Zoo website to find out about their 2021 Christmas event.

In previous years, there is a lantern trail at the zoo that transforms it into a spectacular wonderland, full of sparkle, delight and a sprinkling of snow.

Chester Zoo, Chester, TBC in 2021, www.chesterzoo.org.

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

Christmas days out in Cornwall in 2021

Here’s where you will find the best festive events in Cornwall:

Ice skating and Christmas Fayre at The Eden Project

This awesome Cornwall attraction hosts a ice rink, fair and often a Santa’s grotto over the winter months.

In 2021, the Cornwall Christmas Fair takes place at Eden on 10 and 11 November.

Check the Eden Project webiste for the latest information. They hadn’t updated their events page when I took a peek, but that could change at any time! The ice rink is often open from October to February.

Christmas Fayre at the Eden Project, St Austell, TBC in 2021, www.edenproject.com.

More Christmas events in Cornwall 2021

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 2021

Here’s a tip for what’s on this Christmas in County Down:

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, 11 to 21 December 2021, www.santapolarexpress.com

Christmas in Derbyshire in 2021

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

Christmas days out in Devon 2021

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 2021):

Christmas days out in Dorset this year

There’s loads of things to do in Dorset with kids all year round and Christmas is no exception.

Christmas in Bournemouth

View across Bournemouth's Christmas Tree Wonderland festival

Bournemouth Christmas Tree Festival is back! This seaside town in Dorset will be transformed into an open-air alpine village. Experience the magical spectacle of more than 100 glittering trees and illuminations, and explore the Alpine market and skate in the enchanting Victorian lower gardens.

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:

Bournemouth Christmas Tree Wonderland, 19 November 2021 to 2 January 2022, christmastreewonderland.co.uk

Christmas with City Cruises in Poole

Expect Sail with Santa cruises to return in 2021.

Contact City Cruises for booking information. Board your cruise in Poole Harbour and go on a special voyage with Santa past Brownsea Island, Sandbanks Peninsula and Studland Bay.

There will be mulled wine, mince pies and carol music, while Santa meet everyone on it ‘nice’ list. Each child will receive a Christmas present. 

City Cruises Poole, TBC in 2021, www.citycruisespoole.com

Find more things to do in Poole and Bournemouth with kids.

Christmas experiences in Edinburgh 2021

Here’s where to boo a Christmas experience in Edinburgh in 2021:

Christmas at the Botanics

Now established as a firm family tradition, the new trail for 2021 will showcase a botanical world festooned with seasonal cheer, with sparkling tunnels of light, dancing waterside reflections and trees drenched in jewel-like colour. 

Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh, 25 November 2021 to 2 January 2022, 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 is yet to announce its Christmas experience this December. But expect them to come top with something enchanting for visitors. 

Last year, they laid on a drive through experience and grotto!

Conifox Adventure Park, Kirkliston, TBC in 2021, conifox.co.uk/whats-on/

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 2021. Experience winter wonderlands, amazing Christmas shows and interactive Santa's grottos around the UK. Please note that some of these events may be subject to change #Christmas2021 #Christmasfun #Christmas #December #thingstodo #family #event #fun #Santa #grotto #show #holidays #UK #TinBoxTraveller #Christmasdaysout #Christmaspresentideas #Christmasideas #Christmasgifts #gift #experience

Christmas days out in Essex 2021

Here’s where to enjoy a Christmas experience in Essex:

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 20 November and 24 December 2021, www.audley-end-railway.co.uk.

Christmas days out in Gloucestershire in 2021

Have a magical Christmas is Gloucestershire with these days out:

Enchanted Christmas at Westonbirt Arboretum

Family walking through Enchanted Christmas light at Westonbirt

Enchanted Christmas for Westonbirt. 2015 paulbox © [email protected]

The Enchanted Westonbirt illuminated trail is one of the most magical Christmas activities happening in 2021. Weather the storm to help to reunite Father Christmas with his lost reindeer and experience mesmerising light displays and stunning spectacles along the way!

Westonbirt Arboretum, Gloucestershire, 26 November to 21 December 2021, www.forestryengland.uk/westonbirt

See my post about even more Christmas lights trails around the UK.

Days out this Christmas in Hampshire

Here’s some of the places to check for events in Hampshire this Christmas:

Christmas at Paultons Park and Peppa Pig World

Visitors to Paulton’s Park near Southampton 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, 1 to 23 December 2021, paultonspark.co.uk/christmas

Take a look at more days out near Southampton.

Emirates Spinnaker Tower Christmas events

Santa and elf at Emirates Spinnaker Tower

The 2021 Christmas event at the Spinnaker Tower in Portsmouth is still to be confirmed.

Quite often, Santa can be found here tucking into breakfast to make sure he’s full of energy for a busy day of festive preparations. Families can join him for a continental style breakfast, served in the Waterfront Café overlooking the bustling harbour.

Emirates Spinnaker Tower, Portsmouth, TBC in 2021, www.spinnakertower.co.uk

Find more fun things to do in Portsmouth with kids.

Christmas days out in Hertfordshire in 2021

Enjoy one of these Christmas days out:

Christmas at Paradise Wildlife Park

Paradise Wildlife Park is yet to announce its 2021 Christmas events. Keep an eye on their website.

Santa often arrives 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, TBC in 2021, www.pwpark.com/events

Christmas experiences in the Isle of Wight in 2021

Here’s where to find festive spirit and fun on the Isle of Wight this year.

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.

Tickets go on sale in September.

Isle of Wight Steam Railway, Havenstreet, selected dates from 5 to 24 December 2021, iwsteamrailway.co.uk

Find more suggestions for things to do in the Isle of Wight with kids.

Christmas days out in Kent in 2021

Here’s some seasonal experiences to seek out in Kent this year:

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 with more than one million lights.

For a moment of reflection pause at mesmerising flickering flames in the fire garden, gaze up at larger-than-life illuminations and towering pines rising into the night sky. Don’t forget to glimpse Father Christmas along the way.

Enjoy tasty seasonal treats at the Bedgebury café or a delicious twist from our crew of talented street food vendors.

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 happens at Kent Life throughout December, from a live nativity with real animals to a WWI Home Front Christmas experience. Father Christmas usually makes an appearance too.

Keep an eye on the Kent Life website for more information about this year’s events.

Kent Life heritage farm, Maidstone, TBC in 2021, 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, TBC in 2021, www.reindeercentre.co.uk

Christmas events in Leicestershire in 2021

All aboard for a Christmas train ride in Leicestershire:

Santa Steam Trains at Great Central Railway

Details of the Santa Special at Great Central Railway are still to be announced for 2021.

Expect a fun filled journey on an enchanting steam train with a visit from Father Christmas at your seat.

Great Central Railway, Loughborough, TBC in 2021, www.gcrailway.co.uk/santa

Christmas in Lincolnshire in 2021

Christmas at Belton

Neon Tree - family stands in front of illuminated tree
Photo by Richard Haughton © Sony Music

This Christmas sees the return of a family-friendly one-mile magical festive trail at Belton National Trust near Grantham.

Christmas at Belton is full of seasonal surprises and shimmering reflections that cast light on beautiful silhouettes of majestic trees, all choreographed to a soundtrack of festive classics.

Independent street food vendors bring a delicious twist to tasty treats on offer. Have yourself a holly, jolly Christmas and complete your walk under the stars with a spiced winter warmer or hot chocolate shared with someone special.

Belton House, Grantham, 25 November 2021 to 2 January 2022, nationaltrust.org.uk/belton-house

Christmas days out in London in 2021

We do love visiting London with our kids – there’s a surprising amount you can fit in, even when you only have a weekend to explore. Here’s all the things to do in London with kids that we fitted into our last visit.

And here’s what’s on in London at Christmas:

Christmas at Kew

Christmas at Kew. ©RBG Kew.
©RBG Kew.

Christmas at Kew, a much-loved highlight of London’s festive calendar, returns for its ninth year from November.

This year’s trail features a host of new light installations, illuminating Kew Gardens’ UNESCO World Heritage landscape with vibrant bursts of colour and over a million twinkling lights.

New illuminations included shows at the iconic Temperate and Palm Houses, as well as a first-time collaboration with Novak, the innovative video design studio. Using a selection of spectacular trees from Kew’s arboretum as their canvas, Novak will create a brand-new piece for Christmas 2021, using a stunning combination of video design, projection mapping and light to bring Kew’s archived botanical illustrations to life, alongside a host of heart-warming festive imagery.

Sound and light artists Ithaca will return to Christmas at Kew for 2021, creating Aurora; a new and ambitious installation for Holly Walk using hundreds of small LED light spheres to illuminate the night sky for over 200 metres overhead.

Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, 17 November 2021 to 9 January 2022, kew.org/christmas

Christmas 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, 12 December 2021, www.royalalberthall.com

Ice skating at Queens House, Greenwich

The Queen’s House Ice Rink will return to South London this season. Sign up to the Greenwich newsletter to find out details when they are announced.

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, TBC in 2021, www.rmg.co.uk

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.

Details of the 2021 Santa Steam Express are coming soon.

Santa Steam Express, London Victoria, TBC in 2021, www.steamdreams.co.uk

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 days out in Newcastle 2021

Christmas at Gibside

Family running through Tunnel of Light at Gibside Estate near Gateshead
Tunnel of Light Photo by Richard Haughton © Sony Music

A brand new Christmas trail featuring enchanting illuminations will light up the Georgian garden at the National Trust’s Gibside estate, near Gateshead. 

Wrap up warm and be transported into a winter wonderland where you will discover sparkling tunnels of light, walk under giant baubles and beneath trees glowing in Christmas colours with a sound track of festive classics.

Independent street food vendors bring a delicious twist to tasty treats on offer.

Gibside, Gateshead, from 26 November 2021 to 2 January 2022, Christmas at Gibside.

See my post about even more Christmas lights trails around the UK.

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 2021 onwards, www.fenwick.co.uk.

Days out this Christmas in Norfolk

Christmas Spectacular at Thursford

Show girl at Thursford - UK Christmas days out

The Christmas Spectacular will return in 2021. It is set in the magical surroundings of mechanical organs and fairground carousels, with a cast of 120 professional singers, dancers and musicians – most of whom are straight out the West End.

The three hour performance delivers an extravaganza of non-stop singing, dancing, music, humour and variety. It’s a fast moving celebration of the festive season featuring an eclectic mix of both seasonal and year-round favourites, with famous and much-loved chart toppers being performed alongside traditional carols.

Thursford Christmas Spectacular, 9 November to 23 December 2021, www.thursford.com.

Christmas events in Northamptonshire 2021

LAP LAND at Silverstone

LAP LAND returns to the Silverstone race track this Christmas.

Visitors 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, 26 November 2021 to 3 January 2022, www.silverstone.co.uk.

Christmas experiences in Northumberland in 2021

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.

Details for 2021 are coming soon.

A Magical Christmas at Beamish Hall, Stanley, TBC in 2021, www.beamish-hall.co.uk

Christmas activities in Nottinghamshire in 2021

Christmas at Wollaton Hall

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 26 November 2021 to 9 January 2022, www.christmasatwollaton.org

Christmas days out in Oxfordshire in 2021

Christmas at Blenheim

Illuminations at Blenheim Palace - UK Christmas days out

Blenheim Palace is hosting two Christmas events in 2021.

Outdoors there will be an illuminated outdoor light trail 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.

The inside the palace rooms will be exquisitely transformed and filled with hidden surprises – from the Nutcracker toymaker’s workshop on a frosty Christmas Eve; through the glistening Land of Snow and onto the candy-cane Kingdom of Sweets adorned with the sweetest of treats and larger-than-life gingerbread men.

Blenheim Palace, Oxfordshire, 19 November 2021 to 2 January 2022, www.blenheimpalace.com.

Christmas in the Peak District in 2021

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 days out in Staffordshire in 2021

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 13 November to 31 December 2021, www.snowdome.co.uk.

A North Pole Adventure

Immerse yourselves in a festive experience at the National Forest Adventure Farm this Christmas.

Grab yor personalised ticket from Santa and go on a magical journey to the North Pole where children can help the elves sort parcels in the post office, sing carols with a reindeer and make gingerbread with Mother Christmas.

Of course, the experience wouldn’t be complete without an audience with Santa too. The whole experience lasts an hour and a half.

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, 27 November to 24 December 2021, www.adventurefarm.co.uk.

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

Christmas days out in Sussex in 2021

There’s some brilliant days out with kids in Sussex. Here’s what’s on this Christmas:

Christmas at Drusillas

Child and husky in Husky Ice Cave at Drusillas Park

Details of the 2021 festivities at Drusilla’s Park in Sussex are still to be announced. You’ll usually find Santa Claus here in his cosy Christmas Cottage.

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, TBC in 2021, www.drusillas.co.uk/christmas-events

Christmas days out in Warwickshire in 2021

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! 

In 2021, there are sessions available for children aged under and over four-years-old.

The Magic Alley, Stratford, selected dates from 21 November to 24 December 2021, www.magicalleystratford.com/christmas

Christmas in a castle

Gaze upon glittering trees, wander through a sparkling outdoor light trail and skate across the spectacular open-air ice rink at Warwick Castle this Christmas.

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

Christmas at Warwick Castle, from 27 November 2021 to 3 January 2022, www.warwick-castle.com.

Christmas days out in Wiltshire 2021

Longleat Land of Light

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 will return next year.

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 5 November 2021 to 8 January 2022, www.longleat.co.uk.

Christmas days out in Yorkshire in 2021

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 2021, www.nymr.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 20 November to 23 December 2021, www.lightwatervalley.co.uk.

Enchanted Forest of lights at Stockeld Park

See Stockeld’s Enchanted Forest come to life after dusk as it is transformed into a dazzling, twinkling wonderland!

There will be light effects, a captivating soundscape and animated installations through almost a mile of beautiful, ancient woodland.

Christmas Adventure, Stockeld Park, 21 November 2021 to 3 January 2022, www.stockeldpark.co.uk.

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?

Don’t forget to check out my posts about UK pantomimes and Christmas markets happening in 2021.

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 more UK Christmas markets.

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

Find more days out in England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland in my big round up of 101 UK attractions for families.

I’ve also got posts on what’s on in England and Wales at Easter and things to do in England in the autumn.

Planning your Christmas days out with kids in 2021? Use Pinterest to save this post about Christmas days out near you for future reference.

Here's a round up of some of the best Christmas days out with kids in 2021. Experience winter wonderlands, amazing Christmas shows and interactive Santa's grottos around the UK. Please note that some of these events may be subject to change #Christmas2021 #Christmasfun #Christmas #December #thingstodo #family #event #fun #Santa #grotto #show #holidays #UK #TinBoxTraveller #Christmasdaysout #Christmaspresentideas #Christmasideas #Christmasgifts #gift #experience

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