Already in the mood for Christmas? 11 festive events to book now before they sell out

From singing along to seasonal carols to visiting spectacular light festivals, we’ve listed some of the best Christmas events to book now.

It’s officially that time of the year when we all scramble to get our Christmas calendars in order.

With family dinners, gatherings with friends and work parties to attend, the holiday period can be an extremely busy time – and with a slew of cultural events to add to the mix, it just got busier and merrier.

From illuminating light festivals to classic Christmas productions, we’ve listed some of the festive events to attend to get you in the Christmas spirit.

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  • Christmas at Trentham, Stoke-on-Trent

    Christmas at Trentham

    From 26 November – 9 January 2022, Trentham’s much-loved gardens will come alive with an immersive Christmas trail featuring a multisensory experience of light and music promising to wow at every turn.

    Located at Staffordshire’s Trentham Gardens, the illuminated trail is designed to get everyone in the Christmas spirit and showcase the stunning historic landscape at Trentham in a new light.

    Dates: 26 November – 9 January 2022

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  • Festive floral masterclass at The Dorchester

    The Dorchester festive floral masterclasses

    In-house designer florist Philip Hammond is in charge of the festive designs at The Dorchester and guests can experience first-hand his expertise with a Christmas floral masterclass. 

    The masterclasses include The Dorchester Wreath Masterclass, accompanied by a welcome glass of Champagne and all flowers and materials needed to make the festive wreath.

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  • Winter wreath decorating with Lush

    Winter wreath decorating with Lush

    Develop your wreath-making skills at Lush Oxford Street as in-store florists host a series of winter wreath decorating workshops.

    From Friday 12 November until Sunday 14 November, attendees will be guided by Lush florists on how to decorate and personalise their own plastic-free wreath using fresh and locally sourced seasonal flowers and foliage.

    Dates: 12 November – 14 November

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  • Candlelight Tours at Holkham Hall, Norfolk

    Holkham Hall Candlelight tour

    Relish in the magnificent state rooms adorned with opulent Christmas decorations at Holkham Hall’s candlelight tours. Every year, each room has a unique theme, brought to life by Holkham’s team of creatives.

    This year, guests will also be able to enjoy a glass of Prosecco and mince pie in the Courtyard Café before your tour.

    Dates: 23 October – 31 October

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  • Christmas Steam Express

    Christmas Steam Express

    Journey across London in the Christmas Steam Express and celebrate the holiday season in style.

    Perfect for friends, family or colleagues, this festive steam train is beautifully decorated and will take you on a journey through West London for a magical night.

    Dates: 13 December – 22 December

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  • Christmas at Kenwood, London

    Christmas at Kenwood

    Hampstead Heath will be awash with light this winter as an all-new outdoor event will take place at the iconic Kenwood House in time for the festive period.

    Christmas at Kenwood will see the grounds transformed into a spectacular winter haven, featuring Christmas installations and jaw-dropping displays, food, and drink, that will make it the place to be in the capital this Christmas.

    Dates: 26 November 2021 – 9 January 2022

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  • Lightopia London

    Lightopia London

    London’s Crystal Palace Park will host the Lightopia festival, which will include a never-before-seen illuminated trail, multi-sensory interactive lights and installations, creating a winter wonderland bursting with colour.

    Dates: 19 November 2021 to 2 January 2022.

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  • Christmas at Blenheim Palace, Oxfordshire

    Christmas at Blenheim Palace

    Blenheim Palace is providing nothing but festive cheer this year, including their anticipated illuminated trail, which will include a brand-new route that takes you across the South Lawn and into the woods beyond. 

    Inside the palace, the story of The Nutcracker has been re-imagined with each of the rooms transformed and filled with hidden surprises. Visitors can also explore the Palace’s staterooms and visitors can escape the bustle of the high street and soak up the atmosphere at The Christmas Market which returns from 19 November – 19 December 2021. 

    Dates: 19 November 2021 to 2 January 2022. 

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  • Winter Wonderland, London

    Winter Wonderland

    One of the most popular Christmas events in the capital has returned and is sure to bring out millions this season.

    From the -10C ice bar and endless food stalls, to festive rides and an alpine-themed pop-up restaurant, visiting Winter Wonderland is a must-visit.

    Dates:  19 November – 3 January

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  • Christmas At Kew, London

    Christmas At Kew

    Christmas at Kew Gardens is a truly botanical world filled with seasonal cheer for all to enjoy.

    Visitors can follow a magical light trail across Kew Gardens and journey through the mesmerising flickering flames in the Fire Garden,  as well as discover sparkling tunnels of light, dancing waterside reflections, and trees drenched in jewel-like colour on your way to the panoramic Palm House light display. 

    Dates: 17 November 2021 to 9 January 2022.

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  • Enchanted Garden Light Trail at Webbs of Wychbold, Droitwich

    Enchanted Garden Light Trail at Webbs of Wychbold

    A brand new Christmas event is taking place at Webbs of Wychbold and families and people of all ages will be able to embrace an enchanting fairytale world including a magical light trail in the beautiful Riverside Gardens.

    Dates: 6 November 2021 to 2 January 2022.

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  • Natural History Museum Ice Rink, London

    Natural History Museum Ice Rink

    If you’ve never been ice skating at the Natural History Museum, now is your last chance.

    The 16-year London tradition is coming to an end, making this the perfect time to appreciate what organisers call “one of the most magical places to be this winter”.

    Dates: 22 October 2021 to 16 January 2022 and is closed Christmas Day.

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  • Christmas at Killerton, Exeter

    Christmas at Killerton

    From independent street food vendors bringing a delicious twist to hot chocolates and toasted marshmallows to shimmering tunnels of light, guests can immerse themselves in a stunning visual display of twinkling lights, iridescent trees and so much more.

    Dates: 26 November 2021 to 2 January 2022 and will be closed on Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and Boxing Day.

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  • Skate at Somerset House, London

    Skate at Somerset House

    Skating at Somerset House definitely has to be on your Christmas event list.

    The magnificent ice rink transforms the neoclassical courtyard into the essential winter destination, complete with a 40ft Christmas tree, with specially curated decorations from Moët & Chandon.

    From a selection of DJs playing the best contemporary music across all genres to the perfect gift selection from Hotel Chocolat, there’s no wonder why this is one of the capital’s favourite winter experiences.

    Dates: 17 November 2021 to 16 January 2022.

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  • Carols at the Royal Albert Hall, London

    Carols at Royal Albert Hall

    Nothing says Christmas like singing carols at the top of your lungs – and if there is anywhere to do it, the Royal Albert Hall is the place.

    Here you can sing until your heart’s content at one of London’s most iconic venues as visitors croon along to traditional carols and modern festive arrangements.

    Dates: 18 to 24 December 2021

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  • The Nutcracker at the Royal Opera House, London

    The Nutcracker at the Royal Opera House

    The Nutcracker has a history of mesmerising audiences and continues to decades later.

    The iconic story is a festive favourite that people can see this Christmas in a reworked version that follows the journey of Clara and her Nutcracker to the Land of Sweets. 

    Dates: 23 November 2021 to 8 January 2022.

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  • The Snowman at Peacock Theatre, London

    The Snowman at Peacock Theatre

    Back for its 23rd year, The Snowman is a classic for its heartwarming mix of storytelling, dance and of course, music.

    Dates: 20 November 2021 to 2 January 2022.

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  • A Christmas Carol at Old Vic Theatre, London

    A Christmas Carol at Old Vic

    Matthew Warchus’ smash hit production of Charles Dickens’ classic returns to The Old Vic, which is sure to be filled to the brim with music and merriment.

    Dates: 13 November 2021 to 8 January 2022.

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Images: Lightopia; Blenheim Palace; Kew.org; Webbs; Getty; Christmas At Killerton; Somerset House; Royal Albert Hall; Royal Opera House; Sadler Wells; Old Vic Theatre

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