Here’s our handy list of Christmas events and activities still happening this weekend in Staffordshire and the surrounds
Schools are out and it’s Christmas week! But if you’re not quite ready to nestle down just yet for a few days of uninterrupted food, drink and TV then here’s where you can still enjoy Christmas events in Staffordshire this weekend.
The stately home on the Staffordshire/Shropshire border is hosting ‘Enchanted Weston’ bringing Temple Wood alive until 21 December. New on the illuminated woodland trail will be smoke canons, glitter balls, colour changing globes and flame effect lamps. Also hidden in the woods to wow visitors will be stunning projections and light levers. Quality food traders serving up street food with a festive twist will surround fire pits and seating in the Stables Courtyard too.
But the fun doesn’t end there, from Boxing Day until New Year’s Day, the estate will be open for Twixmas Walks around the estate. And Twixmas Lunch, a four-course menu with no turkey in sight, will be served in the House on Sunday 29 December.
Hatton Shopping Village
This quintessentially English Victorian shopping village in Warwick is home to a host of independent retailers and its popular Christmas market will take place for the last time this weekend – 21 & 22 December from 10am – 5pm. Hatton Shopping Village has FREE entry with masses of FREE parking.
North Pole Adventure Christmas Experience
The National Adventure Farm near Burton on Trent, brings its Christmas extravaganza to a close this week, but you can still take part up until 24 December. Here you can walk around a Victorian street with its own sweet shop and pub, decorate festive gingerbread with Mother Christmas, explore the North Pole, meet the elves, visit the friendly polar bear in the Ice Cave to watch the Northern Lights magical display and of course meet Father Christmas.
Find out more at www.adventurefarm.co.uk/northpoleadventure/.
Mow Cop Christmas Lights
Visit the bright lights of Mow Cop at Christmas time and see the amazing and elaborate lights displays from residents. A tradition that has become famous across Staffordshire and beyond. From trains and stars to candy canes and Santa himself, the displays are magical and fun for all the family. One couple is raising money for UK Sepsis Trust through their light display in 2019. See the lights at 96 Mow Cop Road until 24 December, between 6.30pm and 8.30pm.
Donate at www.justgiving.com/fundraising/mowcopchristmaslights.
You can still sit in Santa’s sleigh complete with fluffy reindeer at Intu Potteries in Stoke-on-Trent – perfect for that festive selfie. And guarantee yourself a white Christmas this year thanks to its magical indoor snow fall running every 20 minutes until Christmas Eve at the festive display. Plus, enjoy a walkabout Santa every day until 24 December greeting children, snapchatting the elves and ringing his bell.
Lichfield Guided Tours
Visit Lichfield is running a special festive tour of the city on Sunday 22 December at 3pm for anyone that enjoys carol singing. Everyone’s invited to get into the festive spirit on a Christmas-themed Visit Lichfield guided tour around Lichfield’s historic city centre. The tour gives visitors a great opportunity to enjoy a range of different events in the city, as well as having a guide share some of Lichfield’s festive history. Carols that will be sung on the tours include: The Holly and the Ivy, Once in Royal David’s City, While Shepherds Watched their Flocks by Night, We Three Kings of Orient Are and more.
Each 90-minute tour costs £6. Pop into Tourist Information in St Mary’s or call the team on 01543 308924 to book your place.Find out more about what’s on in the run up to Christmas at.
Liverpool International Horse Show
If you need something to do during Christmas and New Year, the Horse Show runs over four days from 28 -31 December at the M&S Bank Arena in Liverpool. With live music from ‘The Kings’, LED trial bike displays, a jaw-dropping acrobatic performance and a Shetland pony Grand National, this event expects to be exciting, thrilling and more than your average horse show.
The Liverpool International Horse Show returns from the 28 – 31 December and tickets are from £17.70 per person for a family (minimum of 4) – 2 adults and 2 children under 14. www.liverpoolhorseshow.com.
National Memorial Arboretum
Heroes’ Square, at the heart of the Remembrance Centre, will host a traditional Christmas Carol Concert on 21 December at 6pm. The Burton on Trent Salvation Army Band will play a selection of festive favourites from a stage set among hundreds of glowing candles. The service, also featuring the Lichfield Cathedral Chamber Choir, is appropriate for all ages and entry is free of charge. Early arrival is recommended due to expected large numbers.
And, the Arboretum’s 12 Days of Christmas Memorial Talks are also set to return, kicking off on 25 December with a Facebook broadcast delving into the story of the Second World War evacuees. Between 26 December and 5 January there will be a different talk each day at 10.30am and 2.30pm, discussing one of the 380 memorials at the Arboretum, exploring the fascinating personal stories that led to their dedication and the symbolism incorporated in their design. Each of the talks will be free to attend.
Visit www.thenma.org.uk to find out opening hours and for more details.
Doddington Hall & Gardens is a manor house and gardens near Lincoln and has been transformed into an enchanted forest for this festive season. In Doddington Hall’s Enchanted Forest, unicorns, fairies, and woodland creatures will welcome visitors as they explore the indoor forest of the 400-year-old hall. Inspired by the works of C.S. Lewis, the Long Gallery will become the world of Narnia, where snow and ice adorns the path through this magical world. The magnificent ‘Bauble Barn’ has the widest selection of Christmas decorations in the area, with traditional glass baubles as well as wood, tin, homegrown, natural and knitted decorations. The pop-up Toy Box shop offers beautifully crafted wooden toys and games for all ages. Visitors can also enjoy festive fare and cream teas at Doddington’s café and coffee shop.
Christmas at Doddington Hall & Gardens ends on Sunday 22 December. The hall will be open five days a week, Wednesday-Friday 12-4pm and Saturday-Sunday 10-4pm. Admission to the house and gardens is £11 for adults, £5.50 for children, with free entry for children under three years old. Visits to see Father Christmas must be booked in advance online.
To find out more about Christmas at Doddington Hall & Gardens by visiting doddingtonhall.com.
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