Get out and explore this Christmas

Christmas is calling which means there are a lot of exciting things going on nearby. From ice rinks to festive brunches, there are lots of events happening in and around Hertfordshire this December that you will not want to miss. We have picked out some of the top things to do this Christmas. So, whether you’re staying on campus for the holidays or you live nearby and want to get in the festive spirit these are the places you’ll be wanting to visit.

Winter Wonderland  

If you are a lover of the festive season, London’s Winter Wonderland at Hyde Park is a place you must visit this Christmas. Known as London’s most ‘spectacular Christmas destination,’ Winter Wonderland has all the elements to get you in the Christmas spirit. 

With the UK’s largest open-air ice rink and a Magical Ice Kingdom, you’ll be feeling festive in no time. The Barvarian village is the perfect place to grab a bite to eat, or even just a glass of mulled wine which you can enjoy whilst listening to the live bands. 

This year the university are doing a trip to Winter Wonderland for only £10! This will be a great opportunity to visit one of London’s most popular Christmas destinations and will also be a chance for you to get to know some more people at the university.  

  • Time: 16:00 – 22:00  
  • Dates: 5 or 14 December 2019 
  • Cost: £10  
  • Meeting point: Meet just before 16:00 outside the Forum. The coach will leave promptly at 16:00. 

Click here to book your ticket! 

Christmas Markets 

If you’re struggling for the perfect gift for a loved one this Christmas, you might want to check out some of the Christmas markets nearby. Packed with Christmas essentials, fresh produce and handmade gifts, these markets will have you spoilt for choice! 

St Albans Christmas Charter Market - 15 to 24 December, 08:00 – 17:00 (Closes at 15:00 on Christmas Eve) For more information click here

Bishop’s Stortford Christmas Fayre – 7 December, North/South Street and Market square, 09:30 – 16:30. For more information click here

Stevenage Christmas Fair and Farmer’s Market – 15 December, Woolmer Green Village Hall, 09:00 - 14:00. For more information click here

Ware Dickensian Evening – 6 December, Ware high street, 18:00- 22:00. For more information click here

Southbank Centre Winter Market – If you wanted to head into London to do your Christmas shopping, Southbank has one of the best Christmas markets! Open until 5 January, 11:00 – 22:00. For more information click here.

Festive foods 

Christmas isn’t all about the gifts, it’s also a great time to eat! If you’re a lover of food, you’ll be wanting to take advantage of all the amazing grub the festive season has to offer. Here are just a few of the best places to visit for a jolly good treat. 

Café Rouge – The Snowman Afternoon Tea 

This year Café Rouge have introduced a Snowman afternoon tea to get you feeling festive. Featuring snowman inspired treats and all your festive favourites, including pigs in blankets, this afternoon tea looks incredible!  

Taking place until the 5 January for only £29.95 for two!  

Click here to book a table

St Villa, St Albans – Igloo Pods 

If you wanted to have a different kind of Experience, try out St Villa in St Albans. Not only do they have an amazing Christmas Menu, but you can also book an Outside Igloo Pod to have your meal in! 

Follow this link to book now

The Pudding Stop, St Albans

Offering a range of sweet treats for you this Christmas is the Pudding Stop in St Albans. If you don’t fancy eating in, why not grab a Christmas Pudding to take away! Check out what other desserts they have here

On Sundays they also show a free film at 20:00, no need to book just grab a seat.

Christmas Films  

Festive Films are always a great way to get into the Christmas Spirit! If you want to watch a film somewhere other than your sofa, here are a few places you can go.  

The Snowman - Watford Colosseum  

This year The Snowman will be playing in the Watford Colosseum and if that’s not a good enough reason to go already, the film will be accompanied by an Orchestra (Orpheus Sinfonia).  

When/Where: 18 December 2019, Watford Colosseum at 18:00. 

Price: £15.50 adult ticket (pre-book via the website here

Christmas Movies at the Museum – St Albans 

The St Albans film festival will be screening four festive films in the St Albans Museum + Gallery this Christmas. Films include: Elf, Love Actually, Die Hard and It’s a Wonderful life.  

When/Where: 7 and 8 December 2019, St Albans Museum + Gallery 

Price: £12 

For more information and to book your ticket click here

Hogwarts in the Snow 

If you’re a Harry Potter fan, ‘The Making of Harry Potter’ Studios is just a 15-minute drive away! Experience Hogwarts in the Snow this Christmas, as well as the magnificent Great Hall, which will be lined with Christmas trees and decorations, and learn all about the making of this terrific film.  

When/Where: 16 November until 26 January, Warner Bros Studio, Leavesden 

Price: £47 (3.5-hour tour) Book your ticket here


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