What’s On

Skate Van Hage

Contact: Website / 01920 870811

Venue: Van Hage, Great Amwell, Pepper Hill, Hertfordshire, SG12 9RP

Date: 13-11-2014 to 05-01-2015

Van Hage Great Amwell’s real ice rink is back for another year! From 13th November until the 5th of January you can experience the magic of Christmas with Skate Van Hage public skating sessions and 10am-11am most mornings you can enjoy parent and toddler skating sessions (please check their website or call the venue before you travel). Book your Van Hage Skate sessions online to avoid disappointment. You can also book online to see Father Christmas.

Willows Farm Santa Spectacular Grotto

Contact: Website

Venue: Willows Farm Village, Coursers Road, St Albans, AL4 0PF

Date: 26-11-2014 to 24-12-2014

Time: 10am-5.30pm

The Willows Farm Santa Extravaganza begins on Wednesday 26th November and continues until Wednesday 24th December 2014. Enjoy sparkling scenes inspired by fairytales, winter wonderland and Christmas characters on your journey to see Santa, visit Santa in his Grotto and receive a golden key to his toy shop and use the key to choose a gift. You can also meet the reindeer and enjoy the usual Willows activities. For more information visit the website.

St Albans Christmas Market

Contact: Website

Venue: St Albans Cathedral, Sumpter Yard, St Albans, AL1 1BY

Date: 28-11-2014 to 21-12-2014

St Albans Christmas Market will be held daily from 28th Nov until 21st Dec in the area surrounding St Albans Cathedral.  For centuries St Albans has played host to a thriving market and in 2014 the Christmas Market will see up to 60 stalls selling a range of festive produce from food to decorations, toys and gifts. For more information visit the website.

Busy Bees Hatfield Road Christmas Fete

Contact: Website / 01727 833980

Venue: Busy Bees at Hatfield Road, 601a Hatfield Road, Smallford, AL4 0HL

Date: 29-11-2014

On Saturday 29th November 11am-2pm come along to Busy Bees Nursery on Hatfield Road and be part of the Christmas magic. There will be festive arts and crafts, games, a prince and princess fancy dress competition as well as Santa’s grotto! Entry is free. For more information call Lorraine 01727 833 980.

Childwickbury Christmas Market

Contact: Website

Venue: Childwickbury Estate, AL3 6JX

Date: 29-11-2014 to 30-11-2014

For a unique Christmas shopping experience come along to the Childwickbury Christmas Market, 29th November to 30th November 10am to 5pm. You will find original artwork, ceramics and gifts all available direct from the artists. For more information visit the website.

The Nutcracker

Contact: Website

Venue: Alban Arena, Civic Centre, St Albans, AL1 3LD

Date: 29-11-2014

The enchanting tale of The Nutcracker, performed by Vienna Festival Ballet, comes to the Alban Arena on Saturday 29th November at 2.30pm. For more information visit the website.

Museum of St Albans Storytime for Under 7s

Contact: Website / 01727 819340

Venue: Museum of St Albans, Hatfield Road, St Albans, AL1 3RR

Date: 30-11-2014

Storytime for Under 7′s at the Museum of St Albans will take a look at The Snow Lambs and other Debi Gliori stories, as well as activities and Children’s Book Award voting. 30th November 3pm-4pm. Just £1 or free to members of the St Albans Children’s Book Group. For more info visit the website.

Frogmore Paper Mill Christmas Fair

Contact: Website

Venue: Frogmore Paper Mill, Fourdrinier Way, Apsley, HP3 9RY

Date: 30-11-2014

The Frogmore Paper Mill Christmas Fair takes place on 30th November from 11m to 4pm, with craft stalls, cards, gifts and more. As well as operating the usual guided tours and café there will also be a BBQ and boat trips in the canal boat (subject to weather conditions). For more information, visit the website.

Leighton Buzzard Railway Christmas Santa Special

Contact: Website

Venue: Leighton Buzzard Railway, Page's Park Station, Billington Road, Leighton Buzzard, LU7 4TN

Date: 06-12-2014 to 07-12-2014

The Leighton Buzzard Railway Christmas Santa Special is back for another year! Enjoy a 25 minute return journey in a festively decorated steam train, on a railway that is almost 100 years old. You must book in advance, see the website for details of how to book. Santa Specials run on Dec 6th-7th,  Dec 10th, Dec 13th-14th, Dec 17th, Dec 20th-23rd, Dec 29th-30th.

Dunstable Downs Run Wild

Contact: Website / 01582 500920

Venue: Chilterns Gateway Centre, Dunstable Downs, Whipsnade Road, Dunstable, LU6 2GY

Date: 07-12-2014

Dunstable Downs Run Wild takes place on the first Sunday of every month. This fun activity group will excite, educate and enthral your children with adventures from the National Trust 50 Things to Do Before You’re 11 3/4. Wear appropriate clothing for the weather. No booking needed and be ready to set off from the Chilterns Gateway Centre at 2pm.