It may seem too early to start thinking about Christmas, but it will be here before you know it, so it’s best to plan now.
Attractions across the Midlands have already revealed their plans for the holiday season, so it’s best to book now and put a date on the calendar before it’s full.
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Christmas is a time of celebration and time spent with loved ones, which many of us missed last year due to covid restrictions. Here’s hoping for a more normal holiday season this year.
With all of the cancellations from last year, that means attractions are more likely to book early this year, so people have to get there early to secure their seats.
The good news is that there is a lot going on and a choice of festive and fun activities in the Midlands and even further afield for those who want a great Christmas adventure.
Here are some of the attractions that definitely get into the Christmas spirit.
Be sure to book in advance to avoid disappointment and to follow current covid safety rules.
Christmas at Alton Towers
New for Christmas 2021 is Lightopia – an immersive journey through the four seasons in a ‘Sense of the Seasons’ light show at Alton Towers.
There is a new Towers Street Christmas Market with 60 festive stalls.
And, if you haven’t already, you can try out the new Gangsta Granny Ride which opened earlier this year. During your stay, enjoy plenty of seasonal entertainment, meet cheerful characters, and eat festive food.
From November 27 to January 2. Book your tickets here
Farley Lane, Alton, Stoke-on-Trent ST10 4DB
Magical Christmas at Drayton Manor
Drayton Manor’s Magical Christmas returns in 2021.
Get ready for falling snow, a dazzling 10-meter symphonic tree, cheeky elves frolicking the park and a new live show called ‘A Christmas Wish’.
Each day will end with a fireworks display by the lake featuring Santa Claus, Mrs. Claus and the elves for a song show.
There’s also a new cave experience with a Christmas walk around the castle, a story with Mrs. Claus, and a chance to cook reindeer food with the elves before meeting Santa himself.
From November 13 to December 31. Learn more and book here
Drayton Manor Drive, Mile Oak, Tamworth B78 3TW
Christmas Show at Twycross Zoo
The Christmas Show is back at the zoo and is an opportunity for children to see the animals while enjoying some Christmas activities.
It includes Mrs. Claus’ kitchen where she serves a festive feast and the kids can discover the Ice Queen and her friends at the frozen Ice Castle in North Pole Square where she will sing some Christmas favorites.
The cheeky elves are also preparing to do some nonsense in the North Pole Square.
It takes place on certain dates from December 4 to 24. Tickets can be booked here.
East Midland Zoological Society, Burton Road, Atherstone CV9 3PX
Polar Express at Telford Steam Railway
The Polar Express train ride will return for 2021 with another immersive recreation inspired by the iconic Polar Express film.
Many passengers arrive in their pajamas for this wonder-filled steam train journey to meet Santa Claus.
This year there will also be Polar Express booths filled with gifts, food and souvenirs to explore.
The event takes place on selected dates from November 26 to December 23. Tickets sell out quickly. Book yours here
The old locomotive shed, Bridge Road, Horsehay, Telford TF4 2NF
Santa’s Trains at Severn Valley Railway
Santa’s Trains are back at the Severn Valley Railway but this time there will be a new Christmas show and a gift for all the adults!
You wait on the nicely decorated Kidderminster station platform and watch your vintage train arrive. Once aboard your private compartment, you’ll receive a drink and a seasonal treat before passing through the steam-decorated stations to Arley.
Here you can watch Jingle and Jangle on a new show and hopefully catch a glimpse of Santa as he prepares for Christmas Eve.
Back on the train, there will be presents waiting for all the children to enjoy as they return to Kidderminster. And, new for 2021, adults will receive a free collectible travel mug!
Operates on certain dates from November 27 to December 24. Book your tickets here
Comberton Place, Kidderminster DY10 1QR
Santa Safari at West Midland Safari Park
Santa Safari returns to West Midland Safari Park for Christmas 2021!
You can visit all the animals, including the reindeer on the four-mile safari trail, then meet Santa’s elves as they take you on a sleigh ride to the North Pole to see the Santa Claus in his log cabin cave.
Kids can choose their own gift from the Elf Workshop and buy free pies and cookies from Mrs. Claus’ kitchen.
There is also a festive sea lion show and plenty of Christmas activities to do on the discovery trail, which is normally full of snow.
The event usually runs from mid-November to the end of December. Tickets are not on sale yet but you can find out more here
Spring Grove, Bewdley DY12 1LF
Goldilocks and the Three Bears at Birmingham Racecourse
Jason Donovan makes his pantomime debut as The Evil Ringmaster in Goldilocks and the Three Bears at Birmingham Hippodrome alongside panto favorite Matt Slack.
There will be a circus theme as the circus of Dame Betty Barnum and her daughter Goldilocks is under threat and they fight to save their marquee from ruin. All seems lost, until three shiny bears join the gang …
With sets and costumes sourced direct from the London Palladium, prepare for comedy, special effects, stunts and circus acts.
Runs from December 18th to January 30th. Book your tickets here This event has been postponed from last year due to the Covid closures. Existing ticket holders have been contacted.
Hurst Street, Southside, Birmingham B5 4TB
The Snowman in Birmingham REP
This beloved classic is back at REP as an after-Christmas treat!
From January 6 to 9, 2022, the stage show is based on the highly regarded book by Raymond Brigg and features the classic Howard Blake song Walking In The Air.
The show has delighted audiences around the world for over 25 years and is the West End’s longest-running Christmas show, BirminghamLive reports.
In case you didn’t know, it’s about a boy’s snowman that comes to life on Christmas Eve and their festive adventure where they meet Santa, dancing penguins, reindeer and snowman friends. of snow. Book your tickets here
Broad Street, Birmingham B1 2EP
Cadbury World Christmas Celebration Weekends
Santa Claus returns to Cadbury World in 2021 for a festive day with a touch of chocolate.
You can see Santa Claus in his own show and enjoy all the different chocolate zones, the cinema and more.
All the festivities are included in the admission price.
Runs on weekends from November 20 to December 19, then every day from December 20 to 23. Book your tickets here
Linden Road, Bournville, Birmingham B30 1JR
Christmas at Warwick Castle
New for 2021, guests will be able to enjoy Christmas treats and savor Christmas afternoon tea in the Conservatory Tea House. Father Christmas will settle down to tell charming stories, share stories of festive joy with the little ones, accompanied by his merry elves.
You can see the castle’s pageantry rooms adorned with glittering trees and decorations, and see the famous 20-foot-tall Christmas tree in the great hall.
Outdoors, you can climb the towers and ramparts for panoramic winter views, explore the 64 acres of land and gardens, and watch a birds of prey demonstration.
From November 27 to January 3. Book your tickets here
Warwick CV34 4QU
Christmas at the magic alley
You can complete a Christmas quest by walking through 10 magical rooms in Magic Alley before meeting Santa Claus.
Along the way you will meet characters and magical creatures and then all the children will receive a gift. At the end, you can even have a “Snowball Fight” in the “Snowy Enchanted Forest”.
There are two quests available – one for under-four and one for older kids with age-appropriate puzzle solving.
From November 21 to December 23, book your tickets here
Bell Court Shopping Center, Stratford-upon-Avon CV37 6EX
The Nutcracker at Birmingham Racecourse
This Christmas classic returns to Birmingham Racecourse, having been canceled last year due to Covid closures (existing ticket holders have been contacted).
The Birmingham Royal Ballet takes Clara on the ultimate Christmas journey through a winter wonderland of dancing snowflakes to the kingdom of the Sugar Plum fairy.
From November 20 to December 11. Book your tickets here
Hurst Street, Southside, Birmingham B5 4TB
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Lapland United Kingdom
It will be possible to visit Lapland UK for 2021.
Details and dates have yet to be released, but you can subscribe to the mailing list to be the first to receive booking details here
This immersive experience includes an invitation, an enchanted forest, a toy factory, Mrs. Claus’s kitchen, an elven village, and a chance to meet Santa Claus.
Whitmoor Forest, Swinley Road, Winkfield Row, Ascot SL5 8BD
Hogwarts under the snow
Hogwarts will be blanketed in snow again with the reopening of Warner Bros. Studios this Christmas.
From November 13 to January 16, the event includes a festive makeover of the Great Hall, lined with Christmas trees and tables laden with a Christmas feast, as well as a cinematic snow blanket will cover the model of the Castle of Hogwarts and Diagon Alley storefronts as part of the winter transformation.
Book your tickets here
Studio Tour Dr, Leavesden, Watford WD25 7LR
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