Places to go in the South West this Christmas.
With Christmas well and truly here places all over the country are holding exciting activities and things for all the family to enjoy. I have searched far and wide for this years very best and have managed to squeeze them all into one convenient post.
Longleat Santa Train. 5th November – 31st Jan.
Jump aboard the train and head down to Santa’s grotto to meet the Jolly fella himself! The train takes you past the lake and then the scenery transforms before your eyes into a wonderful snowy scene where Santa is waiting patiently to hear what your youngsters want! If that isn’t enough, if your little angels have been good this year there may even be a present waiting with their name on it! We went last year and are booked to go this Sunday too. The presents are incredible Shaniah had a little doll and car set last year which is still being played with nearly a year on! Find out more here.
Longleat Festival of Light. 5th November – 7th January.
Last year was the first year that we visited the festival of light but it is certainly something that we have now added into our family Christmas traditions. The lantern displays are truly breathtaking, they are so good that you end up forgetting that they are actually lanterns! Pre-booking is essential to this however, you can kill two birds with one stone and do the Santa Train at the same time! Find out more here.
Westonbirt Arboretum Enchanted Christmas. 1st December – 18th December.
Whilst on the 45 minute illuminated trail, you’ll discover beautiful light displays scattered amongst the trees, and find plenty of wintery magic to get involved with along the way. Once you have completed the trail why not take a wonder through their Christmas Village? You will get the opportunity to meet Mr and Mrs Christmas, listen to some local choirs, ride a traditional carousel and even enjoy a nice warming meal in their restaurant or marquee!
Entrance is strictly Advance booking only. You can find out more here.
Christmas at Slimbridge Wetland Centre 16th – 22nd December.
This year why not treat your little ones to breakfast or Afternoon tea with the elves? At Slimbridge you are able to do just that before heading off to meet Father Christmas where he should be waiting with a gift for you. There are also I wide range of activities to take part in whilst you’re there. You can read more here.
Whitehall Garden Centre. November 1st – December 24th.
A trip to Whitehall has become something of a Christmas tradition for us. We absolutely love heading here around Christmas time because there is so much to do and see for all ages. You can go Ice Skating, Feed real reindeer.. even make reindeer food! Decorate some cookies, maybe you might like to make Christmas cards? Or visit Santa himself!
Why not take a walk around the rest of Whitehall Garden centre and pick up some presents for your special family members or maybe even treat yourself?! Then finish the day in their delicious cafe which has a gorgeous late night supper menu too which is served from 4:30pm – 7pm.
Whatever you decide to do here, you will not be disappointed. You can find out more here.
Bristol Christmas Market. 10th November – 24th December.
I absolutely love Christmas markets. It doesn’t feel like christmas until I have walked around one. One of my favourite local ones has got to be Bristol. Wooden chalet stalls line the streets filled with unique gifts such as handcrafted goodies right through to German food and drink. Whatever you’re after you’re sure to find it here. Come and support local!
So there we have it, A handpicked selection of the very best Local activities this Christmas.