Famous Christmas Activities to Do in UK Festivals

2 January 2024
Christmas Activities

Are you looking for a festive activity with a heritage twist in 2022? Look no further, I have done all the work for you. In the coming weeks, there are a number of nostalgia events being held across the UK. You just need to pick an era to explore the magic of famous Christmas activities to do in UK events and you’ll be transported back in time. Every age and interest can find an event to visit.

Where to See Christmas Lights in London

Where to See Christmas Lights in London

From Covent Garden to Crystal Palace, see the hottest Christmas lights in London 2022 Have you already started feeling festive? Your Christmas event calendar needs to include these magical light displays.

Despite the lack of snow, we can always count on a festive lights display to get us into the Christmas spirit. There is no better place to do it than London. Nothing compares to walking along Regent Street or marvelling at Covent Garden’s neon illuminations in November and December.

In addition to being a great way to get into the Christmas spirit – when the city glows brighter, people seem happier – they’re often free to view as well. Keeping this in mind, here is a list of the top Christmas light displays in London for 2022.

Ticket Price and Free Entry Christmas Magic Light Tour Areas in London

  • Enchanted Woodland, Syon Park: Location Syon House, Brentford Entry with Tickets price from £10 for adults, Kids £7.50 
  • Carnaby Christmas lights: At Carnaby Street, W1 Entry Free Ticket
  • Lightopia: Children’s tickets start at £13 and adults’ tickets start at £19.50 at Crystal Palace Park, SE19
  • Covent Garden Christmas: The event will take place in Covent Garden, WC2. Entry is free
  • Belgravia: Belgravia, SW1X Entry Free
  • Christmas at Kenwood: The Hampstead Heath entry fee is £29.50 for adults and £22.50 for children at Hampstead Heath, NW3,
  • Oxford Street and Regent Street W1: Free Entry Ticket In the skies above Regent Street and St James’s, the stunning ‘Spirit of Christmas’ scheme will return this year.
Lincoln Medieval Bishops’ Palace

Lincoln Medieval Bishops’ Palace

It was once one of the most prominent buildings in the country, standing almost in the shadow of Lincoln Cathedral. Its architecture reflected the power and wealth of the diocese stretching from the Humber to the Thames, the biggest in medieval England.

Take a day trip to Lincoln to explore the site. In the 1430s, Bishop William Alnwick, who modernized the palace, built the chapel range and the entrance tower, including the undercoated East Hall.

This tranquil haven of peace and tranquility is the one and only contemporary Heritage Garden.

As part of an extensive restoration project, the palace is closed until further notice in order to preserve what little remains of the former bishop’s residence. But, hopefully it will be open soon before Christmas 2022..

The other Christmas festivals in medieval. Located near Morpeth, Northumberland is Belsay Hall, Castle and Gardens. Each day, presentations are scheduled for 11.15am, 12.30pm, 1.45pm, and 3pm. It is free for English Heritage members, but there are charges for non-members.

Lincoln’s Christmas Lights Walking Tour

Lincoln’s Christmas lights will delight you on this free festive tour.

They are hosting a special Christmas event as part of the Lincoln Free Walking Tour. You can experience the beauty of Cornhill Quarter while wandering down Castle Square from the west front of Lincoln Cathedral. The tour includes stories about Lincoln’s fascinating and historic Steep Hill and High Street, plus some festive tales sprinkled throughout.

Lincoln's Christmas Lights Walking Tour
Lincoln's Christmas lights will delight you on this free festive tour.
They are hosting a special Christmas event as part of the Lincoln Free Walking Tour. You can experience the beauty of Cornhill Quarter while wandering down Castle Square from the west front of Lincoln Cathedral. The tour includes stories about Lincoln's fascinating and historic Steep Hill and High Street, plus some festive tales sprinkled throughout.
Only the 15th and 22nd of December are available for these tours. I would appreciate your consideration when booking. Despite the fact that this is a free tour, we have limited capacity and others may not be able to book if someone cancels without notice.
We're excited to announce the release of the Lincoln Christmas Guide!
The festive tour guide will take place on Thursday 22nd December from 5.30pm to 7.00pm and is free to attend. Meet outside the west front of Lincoln Cath

Only the 15th and 22nd of December are available for these tours. I would appreciate your consideration when booking. Despite the fact that this is a free tour, we have limited capacity and others may not be able to book if someone cancels without notice.

We’re excited to announce the release of the Lincoln Christmas Guide!

The festive tour guide will take place on Thursday 22nd December from 5.30pm to 7.00pm and is free to attend. Meet outside the west front of Lincoln Cath

The Snowman with Live Orchestra

Event Location: Lincoln Cathedral Minster Yard Lincoln LN2 1PX United Kingdom

Featuring a live orchestra and choir members from the Cathedral Choir, a special screening of The Snowman will take place in the Nave

In Lincoln Cathedral’s Nave, a live orchestra and Choristers from the Cathedral Choir will accompany a screening of The Snowman. The beauty of Lincoln Cathedral provides the appropriate setting for watching this festive family favourite. Everyone will be able to see the large screen.

Tickets should be purchased online in order to ensure a seat. To avoid disappointment, book your tickets as soon as possible.

It is not possible to refund or return any tickets.

If you are interested in purchasing tickets, please read the following guidance notes:

  • Those under the age of 12 months will need to reserve a seat.
  • A designated area separate from the seating area must be used for prams and pushchairs.
  • We would like to inform you that there may be a photographer present during the performance. Please inform the photographer or Cathedral staff if you do not wish to be photographed.
  • One transaction may purchase no more than 10 tickets.
  • A parent or guardian must accompany children under 14 years of age to the performance

Caerphilly Town Centre, South Wales Light Tour

This Christmas Marks the Start of Caerphilly’s Christmas Lights. There are only a few weeks left until the most magical time of the year, which means that Caerphilly will come alive with Christmas lights. Caerphilly is getting ready to switch on its festive lights, which are a sure sign that a famous Christmas activity is just around the corner. On Friday, November 18, Twyn Community Centre will host Caerphilly Town Council’s Christmas lights switch on.

Christmas in medieval times. Located near Morpeth, Northumberland is Belsay Hall, Castle and Gardens

Caerphilly Town Centre, South Wales

It all begins at 5.10pm with choirs, and the lights will be switched on at 7pm by Father Christmas. Location: Cardiff Road, Twyn Road, Castle Street will be the site of the Caerphilly Winter Food and Craft Fair on Saturday, December 3.

Elizabethan Christmas

It is located in Conwy, Wales, at Plas Mawr. The famous Christmas festival will start in December 2022. You can visit from 11am to 4pm. For wealthy merchant Robert Wynn, Plas Mawr is an impressive Elizabethan house built between 1576 and 1585. Plus, a green Father Christmas will visit with mince pies, hot cocoa, and mulled wine! But, You will be charged.

Regency Christmas Festivals

Chawton, Alton, Hampshire, home of Jane Austen’s House Museum. The pretty village of Chawton in rural Hampshire will be celebrating Jane Austen’s birthday on Sunday 16th December (10.30am-4.30pm). Chawton was home to Jane Austen from men from 1809 to 1817, when she died. A quiet slice of Christmas nostalgia awaits you in this atmospheric 17th century house. Free coffee and mince pies will be provided in the mid of December for free (for that day only).

Christmas Weekends in Victoriana

Christmas Weekends in Victoriana

Weekends during Victorian Christmas. The Victorian town of Blists Hill is located on Legges Way in Madeley, Telford, Shropshire. During the weeks of December 8-11, 14-15, 16-17, there will be three days of 10am/4pm in each day. You will thoroughly enjoy celebrating Christmas at Blists Hill Victorian Town if you’re a fan of the BBC series Victorian Pharmacy (2010) or simply love the Victorian period.

Blists Hill Victorian Town for Christmas Grocers

Come back in time to experience a collection of traditional celebrations from the 1800s, listen to stories from 100 years ago, and take part in a few Christmas gift shopping activities. The Gorge’s skilled craftsmen and women will offer handmade cast-iron paperweights, doorstops, plaster decorations, and rocking horses as gifts around town. In the museum gift shop, you can also find a wide variety of unusual items.

Mr Morton’s Christmas Celebrations

A Christmas party was held at the majestic Iron Rolling Mill once again. Christmas songs, Punch and Judy, and even a magic show will be performed here, as well as festive food and seasonal entertainment. During the holiday season, the town will be festooned with traditional Christmas decorations. The townspeople will prepare seasonal goodies and make Victorian presents. You can sing along with carol singers and listen to brass bands. It is possible for families to visit Father Christmas for an additional fee (included in the entrance). Father Christmas’ reindeer will also be on display across The Green where children will be able to pet and observe them before Christmas Eve’s mammoth journey. There are fees associated with this.

Blists Hill Victorian Town

The Victorian Christmas Weekend at Apsley House, Hyde Park Corner, London. Pet a reindeer and enjoy a Victorian Christmas holiday. Saturday, 8 December (11:00pm to 4:00pm) and Sunday, 9 December (11:00pm to 4:00pm). The Duke of Wellington lived here after winning the Battle of Waterloo. With traditional music and dance from the period, you can get into the holiday spirit. In addition, you can see how the dinner table would have been laid for a Victorian Christmas feast. Membership to English Heritage is free, but charges apply.

The Tudor House and Garden is hosting A Very Victorian famous Christmas activity. On Saturday 15th December from 10am-5pm, and on Sunday 16th December from 10am-5pm. There will be two Christmas crafts family workshops available on both days, between 10.30am and 12.30pm and 1.30pm and 3.30pm respectively, where you can create a Victorian-inspired angel peg doll or reindeer spoon puppet. In the grotto, you can meet Father Christmas and his helpers. When accompanied by a full-paying adult, one child (6-16) rides free with a special voucher.

Osborne House, Isle of Wight Festive Guide Tour

The royal retreat of Queen Victoria. East Cowes, Isle of Wight, Osborne House, York Avenue. From Wednesday, December 2022, to January 2023, Osborne House will be beautifully decorated for the holiday season. Guides will be available from Wednesday. During the time Queen Victoria, Prince Albert, and their nine children were in residence at Osborne, the expert guide will explain how Christmas was celebrated. The tour can only be booked in advance by calling 01983 200022 or calling 0777 526 5278 (standard mobile rates apply). The house opens at 10am and closes at 4pm. Tours last until 2.30pm. Members of English Heritage are exempt from charges. It is still necessary to pre-book your place on a tour even if you are an English Heritage member.

Evacuee Christmas Party

This Christmas party even located in Lymington, Hampshire, St. Barbe Museum. The event will take place on Saturday, December 2022 from approximately 10.30am to 3.30pm. Evacuees’ perspective on Christmas. A community air-raid shelter will feature free activities for children as well as traditional music and games. In the afternoon, traditional party foods will be served for afternoon tea. You can enter the museum free if you dress as an Evacuee. Otherwise, you must pay the normal admission fee.

The Museum at Christmas

At Christmas, the museum is decorated. Chichester, West Sussex: The Weald & Downland Museum. During the week of Wednesday 26th December until Tuesday 1st January 2013 (10.30 a.m. to 4 p.m.). This annual heritage event is the perfect option if you can’t decide on one particular era and are short on time before Christmas. Learn about the traditions of Christmas past and how the holiday season was celebrated by our ancestors. Located in the scenic Lavant Valley, the Museum has fifty rescued buildings spanning the period of c.1300 to c.1910. Fires will be crackling in many of the traditionally decorated homes.

Father Christmas Festivals

As part of its Father Christmas tradition, Milestones, a Living History Museum near Basingstoke, Hampshire, brings back the traditional experience this year. There is a magical place where children can experience the magic of Christmas without the hint of Father’s approval.

In this superb Museum, he will find a grotto surrounded by Victorian-era buildings and 1940s shops. The 1940s sweetshop is open for you to exchange your penny for 20z of sweets (this was the weekly ration of sweets allowed during World War II). After meeting Father Christmas, you can take a family stroll through the cobblestone streets of the city. On weekends, holidays, and during school holidays, the sweetshop is open from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Costumed interpreters will enchant and delight you with stories of days gone by.

It is essential to make a reservation in advance to meet Father Christmas – telephone: 01256 477766. Father Christmas’ famous activity  will give each child a gift. Children aged 0-15 are charged £3 plus the normal entry fee to visit Father Christmas. Milestones is visited by him on the following dates:

Living History Museum in Hampshire

Here festivals are again, nearly at the end of the year… It’s our pleasure to inform you that tickets for the Milestones Museum famous Christmas activities events 2022 are on sale and they’re selling fast! Avoid disappointment by booking early.

Visit our Events page for more information about seasonal stalls, Father Christmas, and hiking trails. Festivals such as TEDDY TRAIL, MILESTONES CHRISTMAS MARKET, MEET THE REINDEER and Twixmax During the holidays, enjoy some time away from home at Milestones.

Milestones Museum Family Christmas 2022

Every day during Twixmas, their amazing street magician will perform at the museum from 11:30am to 3:30pm, plus you can complete a fun and free New Year trail!

Milestones Museum Family Christmas 2022

This year, Milestones will make your family’s Christmas 2022 one to remember! A giant Christmas tree and period street decorations will warmly welcome you to our period streets. As children follow our Reindeer Spotter trail around the museum, they can help Father Christmas locate his lost reindeer, while adults will be transported to the perfect holiday atmosphere by the aroma of mulled wine and taste of mince pies.

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