What: Santa’s Spectacular Grotto and Magical Ice Rink
Where: Willows Farm Village, Hertfordshire
When: Wednesday 23rd November – Saturday 24th December 2011
Price: Adults £7.95, Children £14.95, Under 2’s £8.25. Your entrance price includes all shows, rides and attractions including Woolly Jumpers, Ice Skating (synthetic) and Festive Wood Ride.
What: Celebrating the 12 Days of Christmas at Holker Hall.
Various events including crafts, family trail and beer!
Where: Holker Estate, Cark-in-Cartmel, Grange-over-Sands, Cumbria,LA11 7PL
When: 1st to 21st of December
Price: Depends on the activity
What: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe at Arlington Court
Be enchanted this winter as C.S. Lewis's classic tale is recreated around the gardens, house and carriage museum at Arlington. Go through the wardrobe, vanquish the White Witch, find Aslan and finally be crowned a king or queen of Narnia.
Where: Arlington Court and the National Trust Carriage Museum, Devon
When: 26-27 November, 3-4, 10-11 and 17-18 December 11am – 3pm
What: Secret Santa’s grotto
Meet Santa in his magical forest grotto and set off on a secret trail Santa has laid out for everyone to enjoy.
Where: Cragside, Northumberland
When: 3-4 and 10-11 December 11am-3pm, Booking for Santa’s grotto is essential, please call 01669 620 333
Price: Normal admission charges apply, plus £10 per child
What: Father Christmas Weekends
Come and meet Father Christmas in his magical grotto. His elves have been working hard all year and he has lots of presents for good girls and boys
Where: Tyntesfield, North Somerset
When: 3-4, 10-11, 17-18 December 10am – 4pm (tickets last issued at 3.15pm)
Price: Normal garden admission charges apply for adults, £4 per child to see Father Christmas.
Booking is not required for this event.
What: The Snowman
The Snowman returns for a record-breaking 14th consecutive year. When a young boy's snowman comes to life on Christmas Eve, the two set off on a night-time quest for adventure. On their travels, they meet dancing penguins, reindeer and, of course, Father Christmas.
Where: Peacock Theatre, Portugal Street, Holborn, WC2
When: 30th November – 8th January
Price: Tickets start from £12
Set on Christmas Eve, BOING! captures the delirious excitement of waiting for Santa to arrive on the most magical night of the year.
Where: Lilian Baylis Studio, Rosebery Avenue, London, EC1R
When: 13th to 31st December
Price: Adults £12, Children £7
What: Beasts and Beauties
Adapted by Poet Laureate Carol Ann Duffy, Still recreates a grisly and gruesome, hilarious and hair-raisingly funny otherworld, carved from six dark and dangerous fairy tales from across Europe
Where: Hamstead Theatre
When: 1st December to 7th January
Price: Mon–Sat, adults £24 Children £12, Families (4 People) £60, Concessions £12, Seniors £15 (matinees only).
What: Breakfast with Santa
The Ultimate Santa, takes his seat for Christmas inviting his junior guests to a morning packed with games and carols and plenty of fun-filled mischief with his team of elves. Little ones will also leave with a surprise Christmas gift.
Where: Warwick Castle
When: 10th, 11th, 17th, 18th, 23rd, 24th December (Dates subject to availability)
Price: £22.50 per person. They are running an special offer at the moment save 50% if you book in November to visit in December see here for full details.
The Unicorn Theatre brings the classic Hans Christian Andersen story of The Snow Queen to lifewith a twist this Christmas, in a brand new version transported to India by Anupama Chandrasekhar
Where: Unicorn Theatre
When: 23rd November to 8th January
Price: Full Price: Stalls £22 / Circle (back 2 rows of stalls) £16 Concessions: Stalls £15 / Circle (back 2 rows of stalls) £10 Family Ticket (4 people, 1 of whom must be a child): Stalls £64 / Circle (back 2 rows of stalls) £44
What: The Enormous Turnip
In a tiny house the size of a shed, Mr and Mrs Chickweed live on their allotment surrounded by vegetables aplenty. But they can’t resist planting one more seed and as their turnip grows it threatens their house with disaster! Can anyone help pull up their Enormous Turnip?
Where: Jackson Lane, 269a Archway Road, London N6 5AA
When: Sat 3 December – Sat 31 December 2011
Price: Adults: £14.50, Children and Concessions £10.50, Family ticket (4 people) £43
What: Family Christmas Market
The day starts at 10am and goes on until the Leicester vs Northampton match starts! Following on from the success of last year’s Christmas Market, the Leicester Tigers want to ensure that this year the market is bigger and better for all families attending!
It’ll be perfect for anyone based in the East Midlands- especially Tigers fans because the Leicester Tigers Vs Northampton Saints game starts at 2.15pm (plenty of pre-match shopping time!).
Where: Leicester Tigers Stadium, Welford Road, Leicester
When: Saturday 3rd December
Price: Entry to the market is free. Tickets for the match vary
What: Christmas with Mr Toad & Friends
Join Mr Toad and his friends Ratty, Mole and Badger as they celebrate Christmas with crafts, activities, song, dance… and presents! Find out what happens to wildlife in the winter.
Most suitable for under 10s
Where: The River & Rowing Museum
When: Wednesday 21 December 10.30am – 3.30pm
Price: Museum admission + £3 per child
What: Santa’s Underground Grotto
There’s a whole host of exciting events to look forward to at the National Coal Mining Museum for England (NCMME) over the festive period, including the chance to visit Santa in his magical grotto 140m under the ground!
Where: National Coal Mining Museum
When: the weekends from 26 November (10am – 3.30pm), on Friday 16 December (2.30 – 4.30pm) and each day from 17 - 23 December (10.30am – 3.30pm). Pre-booking is essential on 01924 848806
Price: children £8, adults £6
What: Marlow Christmas Market
Where: Crown Plaza Hotel, Marlow
When: 26th November 11am – 4pm
What: Voice in a Million
The Voice in a Million Choir, including 250 children from Hull, will be performing their new Christmas Musical ‘The Orphan’s Christmas Wish’.
Where: Hull City Hall
When: Tuesday 29th November
What: The Gruffalo
The Gruffalo returns to London’s West End for an extraordinary fifth consecutive winter run this year. The production has rapidly become an essential part of the West End’s Christmas season.
Where: Lyric Theatre, Shaftesbury Avenue
When: Wednesday 23 November 2011 – Sunday 15 January 2012
Price: £12.50, £15.50
What: SLAVA’S SNOWSHOW
SLAVA’S SNOWSHOW is performed by a highly renowned company of clowns led by Slava Polunin. The show creates a dream-like world where one extraordinary image melts into another culminating in a stunning finale leaving the audience literally knee-deep in snow.
Where: London’s Royal Festival Hall
When: 17 December 2011 – 8 January 2012
Price: £20 - £47.50