13 magical Christmas events in Surrey for families 2021

by Jan

Are you looking for some sparkly activities to get you in the festive spirit?  Or wondering where to find the best Christmas events in Surrey for families?  Well, you’ve come to the right place.

There’s an abundance of magical things to do with kids this Christmas in Surrey.  Whether you’re looking for Santa’s grottos, twinkling illuminations, train rides, or Yuletide skating, we’ve got something for you.

Here’s our round up of 13 magical Christmas events for families in Surrey.  Plus, we’ve added some fun festive activities that are happening further afield.  But don’t hang around, some of them are selling out fast.

Christmas at Kew

Illuminations at Kew, Surrey

Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, Richmond, TW9 3AF

  • Dates:  17th November 2021 – Sunday 9th January 2022 (4-10pm)
  • Tickets:  Christmas at Kew
  • Cost:  £76 (family of four)

One of the most popular Christmas events in Surrey is the illuminated trail at Kew.

Enjoy sparkling tunnels of light, dancing waterside reflections, and trees drenched in jewel-like colour on your way to the panoramic Palm House light display.

Santa at Hatchlands Park

Christmas Snowman

Hatchlands Park, East Clandon, Guildford, Surrey, GU4 7RT

  • Dates:  27th/28th November, 4th/5th December, 11th/12th December and 19th December 2021
  • Tickets:  Meet Santa at Hatchlands Park
  • Cost:  £5 per child

Father Christmas is visiting Hatchlands again this year. So, come along and meet him in his cosy festive sitting room in the courtyard, have a quick chat and receive a small present. 

Whilst you are at Hatchlands, you could do Percy the Park Keeper’s Winter Wonderland trail around the grounds.  This event is £2, but booking is not required.

Chobham Adventure Farm’s Magical Christmas

Christmas Illuminations

Chobham Adventure Farm, Bagshot, Chobham, Woking, GU24 8DB

A truly Magical Christmas Experience with 1.5 -2 hours of interactive and immersive fun for the whole family.  Embark on a journey to become Elf helpers, before finishing with a family visit to see Santa.  Santa remembers everyone and the children receive a special token to pick something special from his toy store.

Santa Specials at the Rural Life Museum, Farnham

Rural Life Living Museum, Reeds Road, Tilford, Farnham, Surrey, GU10 2DL

Firstly, enjoy a festive train ride around the museum site before meeting Father Christmas in his enchanted grotto.  The children will receive a gift from Santa and adults can enjoy Christmas refreshments.

Ice-skating at Hampton Court Palace

Santa ice skating

Hampton Court Palace, East Molesey, Surrey, KT8 9AU

  • Dates:  8th December – 3rd January 2022 (excluding 11, 24-26 Dec) 4-8pm
  • Tickets:  Ice-skating at Hampton Court
  • Cost:  £46-52 (family of four)

One of the best Christmas events in Surrey for families is ice-skating at Henry Vlll’s historic Thames-side Tudor palace, Hampton Court Palace. Surely, this is one of the best views for a festive ice-rink?

Hampton Court will also be hosting a Festive Fayre for food-lovers from 3rd  – 5th December

Ignite Fire & Fantasty at Polesdon Lacey

Polesdon Lacey, Great Bookham, Dorking, Surrey, RH5 6BD

  • Dates:  22nd October 2021 – Sunday 7th November 2021
  • Tickets:  Ignite: Fire & Fantasy
  • Cost:  £52 (family of four)

Experience the enchanting effects of fire, light and lanterns throughout the garden at the National Trust’s gorgeous mansion, Polesdon Lacey.

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Glow at RHS Wisley

Christmas Foliage

RHS Garden Wisley, Woking, Surrey, GU23 6QB

  • Dates:   19th November 2021 – 4th January 2022
  • Tickets:  Glow 2021 at Wisley
  • Cost:  £54 (family of four)

Head to RHS Garden Wisley as the garden comes alive at night with fantastical illuminations.  This year, the garden will glow even brighter with more lights, fire candles and fountain displays, as well as the return of a spectacular horticultural display inside the Glasshouse.

A Santa Experience at Bockett’s Farm

Bockett’s Farm, Young Street, Fetcham, Leatherhead, Surrey, KT22 9BS

The experience begins as children hop on board the Santa Express trailer. Our elves then take you on a short journey to their traditional workshop. Next, you’ll be invited to meet Father Christmas in his magical grotto. Finally, each child will receive a special golden coin to spend in his amazing toy shop, selecting the gift of their choice to take home! 

Santa’s Victorian Parlour at Haslemere Museum

Christmas Chocolates

Haslemere Museum, 78 High Street, Haslemere, Surrey, GU27 2LA

Come and visit Santa as he takes time out before Christmas to relax in his charming Victorian Parlour. Let Santa know all your Christmas wishes and if you are on his good list, you will receive a gift to take home for Christmas!

Santa will also be at Haslemere Museum on Saturday 5th December

(£3 per child – no booking required)

A Winter’s Tail at Chessington

Chessington World of Adventures, Leatherhead Road, Chessington, KT9 2NE

Meet Father Christmas, visit Mrs Christmas’ magical kitchen and watch The Wild Christmas Panto as well as 10 festive rides in this year’s Winter’s Tail at Chessington.

Father Christmas at Godstone Farm

Father Christmas in his grotto

Godstone Farm, Tilburstow Hill Rd, Godstone, Surrey RH9 8LX

  • Dates:  Weekends in December and 18th – 24th December 2021
  • Tickets:  Father Christmas at Godstone Farm
  • Cost:  From £26.95 per child (includes admission to Godstone Farm)

The wonder of Christmas returns to Godstone Farm, with our ever popular visits to see Father Christmas and his friendly Elves in his cosy grotto.  Catch the magic in our enchanted woodland walkthrough and let our wondrous story captivate little minds. 

Palace of Stardust at Hampton Court Palace

Hampton Court Palace, East Molesey, Surrey, KT8 9AU

This Christmas, prepare to be swept up in a whimsical world of planets and stars on an enchanting new light trail at Hampton Court Palace. As dusk falls across this magnificent former royal home, an atmospheric, fantastical wonderland of clocks, moons, planets and sundials is just waiting to be discovered.

Snowsaurus at Painshill Park

Painshill Park, Cobham, KT11 1BE

  • Dates:   20th November 2021 – 9th January 2022
  • Tickets:  Snowsaurus at Painshill
  • Cost:  £46-52 (family of four)

Alternatively, follow a winter trail full of dinosaurs at the stunning Painshill Park landscaped gardens.

What are your favourite things to do in Surrey at Christmas?  We’d love to hear your comments below.

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Laureen+Dixon 10th November 2021 - 5:06 pm

Excellent summary of places to take children in the Christmas period.

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Jan 10th November 2021 - 7:50 pm

Thanks – we’re looking forward to some festive fun!


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