Christmas tree and lights

Lots of Christmas events to help you get into the festive spirit

Christmas is just five weeks away and you might be eager to get into the festive spirit.

With many towns, including Stafford, Stone, Leek and Uttoxeter, hosting their Christmas lights switch-on events this week, it’s hard not to.

And there are plenty of joy-filled events planned across the county over the next few weeks to boost your seasonal feeling.

Young or old, from larger budget to small, there should be something for everyone to enjoy.

We’ve rounded up some of the top ones here to offer you some inspiration.


November 18


Churnet Valley Railway will host its Polar Express experiences up until December 23. Enjoy a magical journey to the North Pole, with singing chefs serving hot chocolate and Santa on hand to give all believers their first Christmas present. Tickets are from £24.95.


November 19


Nicholson Museum and Art Gallery in Leek hosts lots of festive fun running until Christmas Eve, including Christmas craft making, poster competition and Christmas trail. The Tourist Information Centre will also be offering a selection of artisan crafts for sale.

Stafford hosts its Christmas lights switch-on, with entertainment kicking off in the town centre from 3pm. The Mayor will turn on the lights at 5pm.


November 24


LoveClay Ceramics Centre, Valentine Way, Fenton, will teach you how to create your own Christmas rose or star of Bethlehem. It runs from 6.30-8pm.

Staffordshire Wildlife Trust will host a range of Christmas events and workshops up until December 17. There are wreath workshops, Christmas crafts and walks due to take place. See the website to book.


November 25


Alton Towers is hosting Christmas markets up until December 23, which are free to enter. A light trail is also on offer from £15 and the theme park has an offer of rides, light trail and market entry for £30.

Luminate Shugborough light festival will show the Shugborough Estate in a new light. A mile-long trail will offer something for everyone. It runs until January 1 and tickets are £15-£19 for adults and £11-£14 for adults.


November 26


Cannock’s Christmas lights switch-on will offer fun for all the family. Kicking off at 12pm and running until 6pm, there will be live music, dance, food and drink.

Drayton Manor Resort’s Magical Christmas season begins, running right up until Christmas Eve. Enjoy all the fun of the theme park and visit Santa’s grotto. Prices range from £5 to £36 per person.

Santa’s Grotto at Peak Wildlife Park in Leek opens and will held each weekend up until Christmas Eve.

Christmas markets will be held in cobbled streets and function rooms at Middleport Pottery in Burslem each weekend until December 11.

Santa’s toy workshop begins at World of Wedgwood, running on December 3, 10, and 17. Children can make their own wooden reindeer.

Blythe Bridge Library hosts a Christmas craft fair, 10am to 2pm.


November 27


Penkridge’s Victorian Christmas Market returns and will include everything from food and drink and crafts and toys. Not to mention Christmas decorations, cards and wrapping paper. Admission is £2.50 adults and free for children.

Lichfield hosts its Christmas lights switch-on, from 2-6pm, including traditional carols, lights switched on at 5pm and a visit from Santa.

Tamworth Christmas lights switch-on offers fun for all ages, with lots of entertainment throughout the day. It runs from 2-6.30pm.

Burton also hosts its Christmas lights switch-on and market, from 2-7pm. It will end with a fireworks display.

A family Christmas rave in Stafford will get you in a party mood, with drum ‘n bass and jungle music. It runs from 2-4pm at Couture in Newport Road.

Chasewater Railway holds a Santa Special Steam Train so youngsters can meet Father Christmas, get a present and spot some reindeer. Tickets are £6.50 for, £9.50 children.

Statfold Barn Railway’s Magical Santa Express events offer family fun to visit Santa. Visits run until December 23 and tickets are from £18.50.

Amerton hosts its free Christmas market and lights switch-on, from 10am to 6pm.


November 30


Christmas tree festival at St Mary’s Church, Stafford. Lots of trees decorates by businesses and organisations will be on display.


December 1


The National Memorial Arboretum will delight visitors after dark with its Illuminated Arboretum events, running until December 17. Visitors of all ages are expected to be wowed by the speactacle, which includes lit trails and interactive installations. Tickets are £14 per person.


December 2


The Christmas at Trentham illuminated trail returns, running until January 1. Wonder around the Trentham grounds, while enjoying the lighting displays and winter wonderland. There will also be festive food and drink on offer along the route. Adults are £22.10 and children £14.60. To book visit the Trentham Estate.

Biddulph hosts a Christmas Twilight Market and sing-along, from 3.30-6pm. School choirs will perform on the steps of town hall while people shop.


December 3


Kinver Community Library holds a Christmas coffee morning to celebrate Small Business Saturday, 10.30am to 1pm.

A festive family fun day will be held at the Brewhouse Arts Centre, Burton-upon-Trent, from 10.30am to 3.30pm.


December 4


Christmas carols, readings and prayers will be held at Lichfield Cathedral to mark the lighting of the Christmas tree. The short service is suitable for all ages and runs from 5-6pm.


December 9


Enchanted Weston returns to Weston Park this year, combining colourful illuminated winter walk in Temple Wood and a pop-up enchanted village boasting food and festive treats. Running until December 23, tickets range from £9 to £40.

Penkridge Library Christmas fair will include a chance to see the Victorian Police cells, which will be open for visits. The even runs from 4-8pm.


December 10


Tamworth Castle will be decorated for Christmas and on December 10 and 11, visitors can enjoy hearing an enchanting Christmas tale told by internationally renowned storyteller, Maria Credali. Cost included with castle admission.

Apedale Light Railway in Chesterton, will host its Santa Specials on December 10, 11, 17 and 18. Advance tickets are £10 for children and £7 adults.


December 18


The National Memorial Arboretum hosts its annual Christmas concert, from 6-7pm. Admission is £8 adults and £4 for children.


December 21

Lichfield Cathedral hosts a Christmas by Candlelight event at 7.30pm, which is guaranteed to get you in the festive spirit. The carol concert will include music and readings old and new to reflect on the meaning of Christmas. Tickets are £15.





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