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.

Hatfield House Frost Fair

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Venue: Hatfield House, Hatfield

Date: 21-11-2014 to 23-11-2014

This year’s Frost Fair at Hatfield House Old Palace, Riding School and Stable Yard takes place Friday 21st November to Sunday 23rd November 10am-5pm each day. There will be a range of gifts, crafts, fine foods and festive ideas on offer and Father Christmas will be paying a visit to the Stable Yard. Tickets are £5 for adults and children under 15 years old are free. For more information visit the website.

The Gruffalo Live!

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Venue: Weston Auditorium, de Havilland Campus, Hatfield, AL10 9EU

Date: 22-11-2014 to 23-11-2014

Don’t miss Tall Stories’ hit musical stage adaptation of The Gruffalo by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler at The Weston Auditorium at the University of Herts on 22nd and 23rd November 2014, suitable for children aged 3 years+. For more information or to book tickets visit the website.

Harpenden Christmas Carnival

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Venue: Harpenden High Street, AL5 2RS

Date: 23-11-2014

The annual Harpenden Christmas Carnival takes place on Sunday 23rd November 12noon until 6pm, with the Christmas lights switch-on at 5pm. There will be a carnival procession, charity stalls, the Farmers’ market, fairground rides and the opportunity to do some festive shopping. For more information visit the website.

Dunstable Downs Stir Up Sunday

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

Date: 23-11-2014

On Sunday 23rd November visit the Chilterns Gateway Centre at Dunstable Downs 11am-3pm and discover more about an old Christmas tradition on Stir Up Sunday. For more information visit the website.

Willows Farm Santa Spectacular Grotto

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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

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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.

The Nutcracker

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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.

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

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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.