There are some 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. Make sure you check out the Facebook events page for lots more festive events all over the area.
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Family Christmas events in Tring
There’s a Nutcracker trail at Ashridge on the December weekends and from the 26th to 29th December. £3 per child. The Christmas pudding walk is back from the 2nd December – 6th January. Be warned though, in previous years the route has been exceptionally muddy and not accessible for pushchairs. It’s good fun though. How about something a bit different? Join the Santa Paws walk with Santa around the meadow on the 8th December from 11-12. £1 per dog. Finally, walk off those Christmas excesses with a guided walk on the 27th December from 10-12. £5 per adult, £3 per child. Pre-booking essential. (Links are affiliate links)
The Tring Christmas Festival is on the 29th November from 18:30 – 21:30. Entry is FREE. There will be loads of entertainment, a Christmas market and funfair, stalls and the big man himself.
Family Christmas events in St Albans & Harpenden
Harpenden’s Christmas Carnival is on the 24th November from 12:00 – 18:00. Entry is FREE. As well as the lights switch on there’s a market, entertainment and a procession.
Visit St Albans Cathedral (reviewed here) for their magical Carols on the Hour on the 21st December. There will be bite-sized carol services every hour from 11 – 4. What a lovely idea! There are (obviously) lots of FREE events taking place at the Cathedral over Christmas. There’s longer carol concerts on the 3rd and 14th December, a community Nativity on Christmas Eve, Christingle on the 8th December and of course Midnight Mass and Christmas Day services.
The London Colney lights switch-on is on the 1st December. Festivities kick off at 15:30. There will be music, a Christmas market, fairground rides and Santa’s Grotto.
St Albans Museum (reviewed here) are showing various Christmas films in the Courtroom. There’s Love Actually (best Christmas film ever), Elf, It’s a wonderful life and Die-hard (does it really count as a Christmas film though?) Tickets are £8-12. Click here to book.
There’s also a FREE Festive Friends card trail in St Albans town centre from the 15th November to 31st December. Download the trail map and collect the 20 free trail cards from businesses throughout the town centre. What a lovely idea.
There’s an open day at the St Albans Signal Box South on the 8th December from 14:00 – 17:00. Entry is FREE. Get to see how this restored signal box would have worked and have a go yourself.
Family Christmas events in Hemel Hempstead
The Christmas Festival and light switch-on is on the 30th November this year. There will be activities from 11:00 – 19:00 including bands, snow slope, climbing wall, stilt walkers, train rides and much more.
The Marlowes shopping centre is running a FREE gingerbread factory at weekends from the 30th November to the 22nd December. There’s a show, workshop and visit with Santa, including present.
There’s sledging at the Snow Centre on Christmas Eve, Boxing day, New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day for £10 per person. Just in case we don’t get any snow this year!!
Family Christmas Events in Welwyn Garden City
The Christmas lights switch-on is on the 23rd November from 12:00 – 18:00. There’s a FREE Santa’s Grotto, craft market/workshops, music and performances. There is also going to be a funfair.
St Francis Church is hosting a Christmas Tree Festival on the 7th December (12:00 – 18:00) and 8th December (12:00 – 7:00). There will be roughly 70 trees, a Santa’s grotto, crafts & games and food. £3 per adult. Under 12’s FREE but donations for the giving tree gratefully accepted. Their carol concert is on the 21st December from 16:00 this year.
Christmas Events in Hertfordshire
On the 8th December you can celebrate Christmas at Cassiobury Park from 13:00 – 16:00. There will be decoration making, you can send a letter to Santa and face painting (small charges apply). There will also be a FREE Santa’s grotto and performances. There will also be Christmas trains running from 12:00 – 16:00 (£2 per person).
On the 4th December the Coca Cola Truck will be coming to Asda from 12:00 – 19:00. It’s FREE to attend and you’ll get a free can of Coke as well.
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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