Christmas is just around the corner and there are so many festive activities and magical Christmas events coming up that I thought I’d share them with you. They’re great for inspiration if you have a free weekend, a few hours spare after school or are looking for ways to fill up the Christmas holidays.
So here are some ideas of things to do over the festive season taking place across Surrey:
Meeting Father Christmas in Surrey
I know one of the main things people want to know at this time of year is where to see Father Christmas so I’ve put together a post that tells you just that. Santa events and activities are also listed on this page but if you’re specifically looking for Father Christmas, this post might be helpful.
Days Out in Surrey
If you’re just looking for a day out to enjoy over the festive period then we have a lot of inspiration for you and these posts should be helpful:
Christmas Afternoon Tea
If you fancy going for afternoon tea as a festive treat there are plenty of places to choose from and these guides may help you find somewhere perfect!
There are also a few really lovely Christmas themed afternoon tea options around:
Oatlands Park Hotel Festive Afternoon Tea – 20th November – 23rd December – From £32.95 per person
Get into the Christmas spirit with festive afternoon tea this December. Indulge in a selection of handmade sandwiches, warm scones with clotted cream and strawberry jam, and seasonal cakes and pastries created by the pastry chef.
The Petersham Hotel Festive Afternoon Tea – 1st December- 30th December – From £45 per person
Celebrate the season with festive afternoon tea. Themed cakes and pastries alongside finger sandwiches and freshly baked scones. There’s also a 4 for 3 offer on for bookings after 5pm. More info here.
Chessington Garden Centre Kids Christmas Tea – 1st December 2023 – £9.99 per child
There will be lots on around the Garden Centre to celebrate Christmas, including workshops, the grotto and of course Christmas tea! Including a sandwich, pizza, cookie, scone, Christmas tree meringue and a cupcake.
Christmas Tree Farm Surrey
A great festive activity is going to choose a Christmas tree and it’s lovely being able to go and pick one freshly cut from a Christmas tree farm.
Hans Christmas Andersen Santa Fir Christmas Tree Farm
Where: Guildford Road, Shamley Green, Guildford, Surrey GU5 0SQ
Visit Santa Fir Christmas Tree Farm for a fun-filled Christmas experience for all the family! Meet Father Christmas, say hello to his reindeer, go on a horse and carriage ride and browse the local produce market.
Various times/dates from 20th November to 23rd December. Find out more and book here.
There are other Christmas tree farms in Surrey but Santa Fir Christmas Trees is a real festive event that has had such great reviews. Other options include:
- Crockford Bridge Farm – from late November 2023 with the ability to cut your own tree on selected dates
- Maurice Mandry – 29th November 2023 to 23rd December 2023
- Oxenford Farm – 21st November 2022 – 23rd December 2023
- Newdigate Farms Estate – 26th November 2023 – 24th December 2023
Christmas Events in Surrey
Wherever you are in Surrey, there are so many festive events to keep the whole family entertained. Here are a few ideas from across the county suitable for all ages.
Here are a couple of specific posts that you might find useful:
Chessington Garden Centre
Where: Leatherhead Road, Chessington, Surrey KT9 2NG
Santa’s Christmas Wonderland 2023 – 18th November 2023 to 24th December 2023 – from £21 per child, £6 per adult. Family tickets available.
Take a magical walk through the Christmas Wonderland. It includes a short, animated film followed by rooms with different themes to take you through a journey of magic and wonder. You then have your own private visit with Father Christmas – visiting him in his cosy cabin.
Ashtead Park Garden Centre
Where: Pleasure Pit Road, Ashtead, Surrey KT21 1HU
Festive Family Fun Days – 2nd, 3rd and 9th December – £5 per pony ride
See the beautiful Nativity Animals – donkeys, goats, sheep and more and visit Surrey Magic Ponies for a short pony ride. There will be Christmas crafts, a polar bear hunt and face painting plus a local choir will be spreading some Christmas cheer.
You can also meet Santa in a giant Christmas pudding – more info here.
Bentall Centre Kingston
Where: Wood Street, Kingston Upon Thames, Surrey KT1 1TP
Santa’s Grotto – Selected dates in November and daily in December – to £11 per person
Santa is setting up his workshop in Bentalls Kingston to delight families with merry activities. Not only will you meet the man himself inside the magical grotto, sit in his famous sleigh and sing a festive tune with the reindeers, but guests will also help the mischievous elves with a spot of crafting, decorating a ceramic plate to take home.
Santa’s Grotto at Mizens Railway
Where: Barrs Lane, Knaphill, Woking, Surrey GU21 2JW
Santa Specials – Sunday 3rd December, Sunday 10th Dec & Sunday 17th Dec
Where: Reigate, Surrey RH2 0TW
Christmas Crafts – Tuesday 19th December – 10am to 11.30 am or 1.3pm to 3.00 pm – £8.50 per child, accompanying adults go free.
Get the sparkle out for lots of Christmas crafty makes. Christmas Craft making session for younger children aged 3 – 7 years.
Christmas Winter Welly Walk – Sunday 3rd December – 11.00 am – 3.00 pm – £6 per adult, £3 per child
Enjoy an elfy winter walk around beautiful Gatton Park. Stop off along the way to make a willow star decoration as you follow the Christmas trail around the lake. See how many Christmas objects you can spot and then whittle a stick to cook a marshmallow over the fire.
Gym Jams Soft Play
Where: Normandy Village Hall, Glaziers Lane, Normandy, Nr Guildford, Surrey GU3 2DT
Christmas at Gym Jams 2023 – Various dates in December
Join in with the Gym Jams’ Christmas celebrations that include a soft play session and a visit to Santa’s Grotto! All children get a small gift plus there’s unlimited squash and a cookie too. Adults receive a drink plus a mince pie or chocolate biscuit.
Denbies Wine Estate
Where: Denbies Wine Estate, London Road, Dorking Surrey RH5 6AA
Denbies Santa Express – 25th November 2023 to 24th December 2023 – £16.95 per child, £9.95 per adult
Join us for an extra special ride on Santa’s Express train with a special passport from Santa, a ride through the vineyard on the Santa Express with Santa himself and a gift from Santa’s elves at the end of the ride.
Days Out with Christmas Activities in Surrey
Hampton Court Palace
Where: East Molesey, Surrey KT8 9AU
Festive Fayre – 1st to 3rd and 8th to 10th December 2023 – Adults £26.10, Children £13. Under 5’s go free and family tickets are available.
Hampton Court Palace courtyards will be transformed into a food-lover’s Christmas wonderland for a delicious festive weekend, set in the magnificent palace courtyards and grounds. There will be delicious artisan food and drink, as well as gifts to pick up for loved ones.
Hampton Court Palace Ice Rink – 17 November 2023 to 7 January 2024
Wrap up warm, get together with your friends or family and take in the magnificent views of the beautiful Tudor palace as you glide around on the stunning outdoor ice rink. Skate under the stars with your loved one or make magical memories on a day out with the kids at Hampton Court Palace Ice Rink.
Chobham Adventure Farm
Where: Bagshot Road, Chobham, Woking, Surrey GU24 8DB
Christmas Adventure – Selected dates in December until Christmas Eve
This year the animal barn will be magically transformed into The Reindeer Lodge, where all of Santa’s real reindeer will be staying while they get ready for the big day!
Included in the normal entry ticket, you can enjoy soft play and outdoor adventures before heading into the Reindeer Lodge to meet new wintery friends including Dasher, Dancer, Prancer and of course Rudolph himself!
There will be Elves and The Reindeer Keeper to tell you all about how we look after the reindeer and you’ll also get to make your very own magical reindeer food to take home!
There’s also the option to upgrade your ticket to meet Father Christmas or go ice skating.
Where: Tilburstow Hill Road, Godstone, Surrey RH9 8LX
Visit Father Christmas at Godstone Farm – Selected dates 25th November to 24th December 2023
Enjoy a truly magical festive adventure at Godstone Farm this Christmas. Take a festive wander through Candy Cane Lane and embark on a journey to find a special secret recipe. You’ll also get the chance to discover the wonders and surprises inside Father Christmas’ office and explore the controls for the sleigh.
The experience includes your choice of a special gift from the wonderful Christmas Toy Shop and you’ll get the opportunity to decorate a tasty festive treat too.
Chessington World of Adventures
Where: Leatherhead Road, Chessington, Surrey KT9 2NE
Winter’s Tail – 25th November 2023 to 31st December 2023 – Tickets from £30
Celebrating the magic of Christmas with some festive family fun at Chessington this Christmas! Guided by jolly elves, you’ll make your way deep into a snowy wonderland before stepping foot into Father Christmas’ charming grotto where you’ll enjoy a private audience with Father Christmas.
Then, visit the Toy Workshop where you’ll explore where Father Christmas builds all his wonderful gifts for the big day and children will even receive an early Christmas gift too. There’s also the Wild Christmas Panto, Magical Cookie Kitchen and so much more festive fun to discover.
Chessington also have Christmas sleepovers available as a fantastic festive experience too:
- Father Christmas Sleepovers 25th November – 23rd December
- Festive Sleepovers 26th December – 3rd January
RHS Garden Wisley
Where: Woking, Surrey GU23 6QB
RHS Glow 2023 at Wisley – 24th November 2023 – 2nd January 2024
Let it Glow! Enjoy an unmissable after dark spectacle of lights at RHS Wisley Gardens this festive season. Bring all the family for a magical evening at RHS Garden Wisley and see the garden in breathtaking beauty as amazing illuminations light your way on a wonderful new route.
Bocketts Farm Park
Where: Young Street, Fetcham, Leatherhead, Surrey KT22 9BS
Christmas at Bocketts Farm – 23rd November 2023 – 24th December 2023
Enjoy a magical and festive family day out at Bocketts Farm including a visit to meet Father Christmas in his traditional workshop. Hop on board the Santa Express trailer. where the elves take you on a short journey to their traditional workshop. Next, you’ll be invited to meet Father Christmas in his magical grotto where each child will receive a special golden coin to spend in his amazing toy shop.
Plus, there’s a fun Elf Passport, the opportunity to make Reindeer Food, a Christmas Craft Corner plus so many animals to see, fantastic play areas and even a heated indoor soft play.
Royal Botanic Gardens Kew
Where: Kew, Richmond, Surrey TW9 3AE
Christmas at Kew – Selected dates, 15th November 2023 to 7th January 2024
Visit Kew Gardens as the magical winter trail lights up the evening skies. Enjoy the annual after-dark festivities with family and friends, and discover sparkling tunnels of light, dancing lakeside reflections, and trees drenched in jewel-like colour.
Basingstoke Canal Centre
Where: Mytchett Place Road, Mytchett, Camberley, Surrey GU16 6DD
Santa Cruises 2023 – 28th November 2023 to 23rd December 2023
Climb aboard the Rosebud boat and take a gentle cruise to the start of the tinsel trail in the woods. Little ones lead the way and follow the trail to find Father Christmas in his grotto and receive a special gift. You’ll then cruise back to the Centre and head into Santa’s Workshop for Christmas colouring activities, warm drinks and mince pies.
Santa Cruise on the River Wey
Where: Millmead Island, Guildford
Santa Cruise – 2nd December 2023 to 21st December 2023
Join Santa aboard the Swingbridge Tranquility broadbeam boat this Christmas for a gentle family cruise along the River Wey. The boat will depart from Millmead Island in search of Santa. Look for clues along the towpath as you pass by to find out where he’s hiding.
Enjoy mince pies and a glass of mulled wine as the hunt goes on. When Santa is found, he’ll hop on board with his sack of gifts, joining the Christmas cabin for the return journey. Tickets include mince pies and mulled wine or soft drinks, plus a present for the children. All proceeds go to The Surrey Care Trust.
Priory Farm Estate
Where: Sandy Lane, South Nutfield, Redhill, Surrey RH1 4EJ
Christmas Trail at Discovery Land – From 19th November 2023
Come and visit Priory Farm on a frosty, festive family walk this Christmas. You’ll meet the Evergreen Elves as you help scavenge and find all the ingredients to make the festive fuel for Father Christmas’ sleigh. Be ready to help mix up some magic little nature adventurers!
Father Christmas Experience – 18th November 2023 to 24th December 2023
Follow the magic and get ready to go on a very special adventure to meet Father Christmas and his friends. Your favourite fairy, Tinselbottom and the Evergreen Elves will be eagerly waiting to see you in the heart of the fairy forest. Through the wonders of storytelling and song, you will be transported into The Land of Christmas Wishes where you’ll meet Mary Christmas.
Adult Christmas Events in Surrey
Where: Reigate, Surrey RH2 0TW
Make a willow wreath for your front door and decorate with natural materials and foliage – cedar, holly and ivy – found at Gatton Park. Enjoy a glass of mulled wine and a mince pie.
Willow Christmas Angel Workshop – Sunday 10th December – £30 per person
Create a beautiful willow angel Christmas decoration. Materials and instruction provided. Suitable for beginners in willow work. Glass of Mulled wine and mince pie included.
Squires Garden Centre
Create a traditional Christmas wreath in this seasonal masterclass. Your beautiful Christmas wreath will be made using a fresh noble fir ring as the perfect base and can be decorated with cones, berries, cinnamon sticks and ribbon. You can also accessorise with foliage from your own garden, if you wish.
Polesden Lacey National Trust
Christmas Wreath Making – 28th November to 14th December – £45 each
What better way to get into the Christmas spirit than to make your own beautiful Christmas wreath. The workshops will guide you through the process using foliage gathered by Rangers from the Polesden Lacey Estate. Each session lasts two hours and fifteen minutes and there will be mince pies and mulled wine ( or a non-alcoholic drink ) to fuel your creativity.
Dapdune Wharf National Trust
Where: Wharf Road, Guildford, Surrey GU1 4RR
Wreath making at Dapdune Wharf – Saturday 2nd December 2023 – £40 per person
Create a beautiful wreath to hang on the front door. You will learn to make a moss ring and decorate it with foliage and berries. Do bring lovely foliage from your gardens to contribute to the individuality of your wreath.
Willow star for Christmas – Thursday 7th December 2023 – £45 per person
Make a large willow star covered in random weaving and decorate it with fairy lights. Hang it on your front door instead of a wreath, show it off on the top of your tree or display it on a wall all year round.
Where: Portsmouth Road, Cobham, Surrey KT11 1BE
Christmas Wreath Making Workshop – 30th November 2023 – 16th December 2023 – £62 per person
Join Renée Canter AKA The Girl who Gardens to make a Painshill inspired Christmas Wreath to decorate your front door this Winter and cheer us through the dark nights and cold days.
In this 2 hour workshop you’ll make a mossed wire base and Renée will show you how to add foliage, berries and seedheads. Create an evergreen wreath made from sustainably foraged and sourced materials from Painshill to bring the colours and textures of Winter to your front door, a tradition that is centuries old.
Where: Silent Pool, Shere Road, Albury, Surrey GU5 9BW
Willow and Wine – 7th and 29th November and 5th December 2023 – £59 each
Enjoy a Christmas experience learning how to weave a Willow Heart, Angel or traditional Swedish Star, creating perfect decorations made from natural materials to hang in your home over Christmas or outside all year round.
Have a choice of morning, afternoon or full-day workshop. Each workshop includes a glass of delicious Albury Estate sparkling wine.
Christmas Wreath Workshop – 2nd December 2023 – £85 each
Join Claire from Plant Passion at the vineyard for a traditional Winter wreath workshop with sparkling wine.
Using all locally grown willow, conifers, foliage and farm berries and seed heads, you’ll get a wonderful session of crafting in a fantastic location and atmosphere, and get to sample amazing locally produced sparkling wine with nibbles, while you make your wreath.
National Trust Days Out with Activities
Where: Great Bookham, near Dorking, Surrey RH5 6BD
Christmas Carousel – 25th November to 2nd January
Come and ride on our wonderful traditional gallopers carousel, right outside the front of the mansion.
A Perfect Christmas: Meet Father Christmas – 25th November to 23rd December
For the first time ever, Father Christmas is setting up camp in Polesden Lacey House. Join us for a magical experience throughout the upstairs, where elves and dragons roam.
Where: East Clandon, Guildford, Surrey GU4 7RT
Narnia in the Parkland at Hatchlands – Selected dates from 1st December to 31st December – £3 per child
This winter, we invite you to step into Narnia at Hatchlands, inspired by C. S. Lewis’s beloved story The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe.
Narnia in the House at Hatchlands – Selected dates from 1st December to 31st December – Free, normal admission applies.
This winter, we invite you to step into Narnia at Hatchlands, inspired by C. S. Lewis’s beloved story ‘The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe’.
Visit Father Christmas at Hatchlands – Selected dates from 2nd to 17th December – £7.50 per person
Book your visit to meet Father Christmas in his cosy hideout in the old stables and receive an exclusive Hatchlands teddy bear.
Morden Hall Park National Trust
Where: Morden Hall Road, London, Morden, Surrey SM4 5JD
Visit Father Christmas – Selected dates from 2nd December 2023 – £13.50 per child
Children can draw and send their wish lists to Father Christmas using the special postcard express, and in a cosy enchanted grotto they will meet Father Christmas and his elves to receive a special gift.
Going to the theatre is a great activity that the whole family will enjoy and Surrey has a lot of great theatres to really make the most of. Here are the family shows on over the Christmas period:
G Live Guildford
Santa on his Sleigh – 16th to 24th December
New Victoria Theatre Woking
Peter Pan – 8th December 2023 to 7th January 2024
Rose Theatre Kingston
Peter Pan – 1st December to 7th January
Santa’s New Sleigh – 8th to 10th December
Snow White and the Seven Dwarves – 16th to 28th December
Yvonne Arnaud Theatre
Cinderella – 2nd December 2023 to 6th January 2024
The Night Before Christmas – 19th December 2023
A Christmas Carol – 20th to 22nd December 2023
Harlequin Theatre Redhill
Beauty and the Beast – 8th to 31st December
Santa’s North Pole Adventure – 15th to 24th December
The Wizard of Oz – 15th December to 1st January
Cinderella – 9th to 31st December
I hope that’s given you some inspiration of things to do in Surrey over the festive season. I’ll add more Surrey Christmas events as I become aware of them and if I’ve missed your favourite event please do get in touch and let me know. I’m sure there will be more winter wonderlands announced nearer the time. I hope you have a lovely Christmas!
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