There are lots of brilliant, cheap Christmas events going on across Hertfordshire this year! This is my what’s on guide to the best family Christmas events in Hertfordshire. For my Christmas what’s on guides for the other local counties, plus reviews of all our festive events and days out check out the Free Time with the Kids Christmas page by clicking here.
I know that a lot of families really look forward to the Rotary Club Santa sleighs coming around their estate. It seems that most (but sadly not all) of the Hertfordshire clubs will be running their annual Christmas event this year. Just check your local clubs’ Facebook page for all the details.
This year it has been quite hard to find Christmas events and activities in Hertfordshire. I’ll be adding more to the Facebook page and updating this page as I find them. If you know of any that I’ve missed just get in touch
Family Christmas events in Tring
There is no specific Christmas event happening at Ashridge this year but it is great for a festive walk. The main car park currently has a significantly reduced capacity so you might want to avoid peak times, otherwise you risk not being able to get in. Alternatively have a look at other areas of the estate such as Ling Ride.
Tring Natural History museum has reopened after lockdown 2. Tickets must be pre-booked via their website. At the time of writing there is still some, limited, availability during the school holidays. It is worth keeping checking their website as they can release new tickets if they become available. If you cannot get into the museum then why not explore Tring Park instead??
It’s the Tring Together weekend on the 12th &13th December. There will be a range of events taking place online and in the town centre. There’s even a Christmas tree festival in the memorial gardens.
College Lake will also be open over parts of the Christmas period Wednesdays – Sundays (please double check about Christmas opening hours before visiting as I haven’t seen them advertised yet). It’s a really nice family walk with a QR trail you can do and lots of wildlife to see. Entry is free, with a suggested donation of £4 for car parking. Read my review here.
Family Christmas events in St Albans & Harpenden
There’s a jingle bell walk in Harpenden on the 19th & 20th December in aid of the Friends of Harpdenden Academy. There’s a scavenger hunt and then the chance to meet Santa and collect a present. £10 per child and must be pre-booked in advance
On the 19th December there’s a live nativity trail organised by St Albans Cathedral and St Peter’s church. It’s a free event where you collect stamps as you follow the trail. Then, once you have all the stamps, you collect a free nativity book from the cathedral. Their Christingle event has now sold out. Whilst you’re at the Cathedral don’t forget to check out the brand new playground in Verulamium Park
The Festive fun program at Willows Activity farm is on the 7-10th & 15/16th December. There’s reindeer, festive drawing, a no-ice skating rink and much more. £19.50 per person. In place of the normal Santa’s grotto there’s a Merry Bear-y Christmas. It’s basically Winter Wonderland with added build-a-bear. £22 per adult, £37 per child. Available on selected dates.
The Harpenden Festive Elf Trail has been organised by HSA Manland Primary. It’s a day-time trail. £4 per pack.
Family Christmas events in Hemel Hempstead
If we don’t get any of the white stuff this year (and I’ll be honest I’m hoping there are no snow days this year!!) then why not try out the ringo slide at Hemel Snow Centre. It’s £10 per person for 30 minutes in groups of up to six.
Family Christmas Events in Welwyn Garden City
There is a FREE Christmas lights trail in Welwyn Garden City town centre
Christmas Events in Hertfordshire
There’s a drive-through Winter-fest at Aldenham Country Park, as well as their Festive farm & park.
Hertford Town Council have organised a Christmas Book Trail throughout December. It’s a free Christmas trail around Hertford town centre and there are prizes to be won. Trail maps can be collected from the Hertford tourist information centre.
Hoddesdon Parish Church are running a star trail from the 19th – 22nd December.
Paradise Wildlife Park are hosting a drive-in carol concert in conjunction with several local churches on the 20th December.
Also at Paradise Wildlife Park visiting Santa is included in the price of admission on weekends and during the school holidays. There’s also a winter wonderland and lots of Christmas decorations.
That’s all the Christmas events in Hertfordshire for now but I’ll keep adding new events over the next few weeks so keeping checking back. Click the image below to see all of the other Christmas events in Bucks, Beds and Oxon as well as the latest reviews of festive events.
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