The Best Guide To The Christmas Events In Hertfordshire 2021

Christmas is quite possibly our favourite time of year and we are lucky to have so many Christmas events in Hertfordshire to help us get into the festive spirit.

We have pulled together a quick round up of the Christmas events in Hertfordshire 2021. Whether you want to visit a Christmas panto, wander around a Christmas market or meet Santa in Hertfordshire, we have you covered with a complete list of Christmas activities in Hertfordshire. So read on to discover what to do in Hertfordshire this Christmas.

Before we get to the best things to do at Christmas in Hertfordshire, we thought we would mention London quickly. 

As London is just a short train ride away from most of the towns in Hertfordshire, we have included some ideas of the top Christmas things to do in London. After all, it is one of the best cities in the UK to visit at Christmas. If you are visiting London and need any ideas for restaurants to take the kids, make sure to read about the family-friendly restaurants in London that we recommend.

**Many of the 2021 Christmas events in Hertfordshire have not been announced yet but we will be keeping this post updated as and when dates are released so keep checking back!**

Christmas tree with stocking hanging on mantelpiece.

The best Christmas events in Hertfordshire in 2021

Santa’s Grottos in Hertfordshire

Searching for where to see Santa in Hertfordshire? A visit to a Santa’s Grotto really has to be top of the list of things to do at Christmas with kids and Christmas in Hertfordshire would not be complete without a visit to the big man so here are some of the best places in Hertfordshire to visit Santa.

Garden Centres

Christmas Grotto at Burston Garden Centre – North Orbital Road, St Albans, Hertfordshire, AL2 2DS. 2021 dates TBC.

Santa’s Grotto at Van Hage – Van Hage Garden Company, Great Amwell, Hertfordshire, SG12 9RP. 2021 dates TBC.

Stevenage Garden Centre – North Road, Stevenage, Hertfordshire, SG1 4AH. 2021 dates TBC.

Notcutts Garden Centre – Hatfield Road, Smallford, Hertfordshire, AL4 0HN. 2021 dates TBC.

Worth a mention as it is just on the fringes of Hertfordshire is Springtime Nurseries (also known as Crewe’s Hill). It is one of the best Garden Centre Santa’s Grottos and Christmas Wonderlands around.

Father Christmas carrying Christmas presents.

Animal Parks

Paradise Wildlife Park – White Stubbs Lane, Broxbourne, Hertfordshire, EN10 7QA. 2021 dates TBC.

PWP is a fabulous zoo and also has one of the best dinosaur parks in the UK, It is one of the best Hertfordshire attractions at Christmastime with so much to see and do.

Willows Activity Farm – Coursers Road, London Colney, St Albans, Hertfordshire, AL4 0PF. 2021 dates TBC.

Shepreth Wildllife Park – Station Road, Shepreth, Nr. Royston, Hertfordshire, SG8 6PZ. 2021 dates TBC.

Country Houses and Parks

Knebworth House Lunch with Santa – Old Knebworth Lane, Stevenage, Hertfordshire, SG1 2AX. 2021 dates TBC.

Santa Cruise at Lee Valley Boat Centre – Old Nazeing Road, Broxbourne, Hertfordshire, EN10 6LX. 2021 dates TBC.

Aldenham Country Park Winter Fest – Aldenham Road, Elstree, Hertfordshire, WD6 3BA. 2021 dates TBC.

Hatfield House Frost Fair – Hatfield House, Great North Road, Hatfield, Herts, AL9 5HX. 2021 dates TBC.

Read more: If you are taking a Christmas break with the family this year, here are some more places to visit Santa in the UK.

Hertfordshire Christmas markets

Having been to a number of Christmas markets in Europe, we are totally hooked on them and are so happy to see more and more Christmas markets in the UK. Here are some of the best Christmas markets in Hertfordshire this year.

Hitchin Christmas Market – brought to you by Hitchin Markets, one of the oldest markets in England. 2021 dates TBC.

St Albans Christmas Market – brought to you by Christmas in St Albans and Enjoy St Albans. 2021 dates TBC.

Southern Maltings Christmas Market – Kibes Lane, Ware, Hertfordshire, SG12 7BS. Running on 7th November 2021. 

Hertford Castle Christmas Market – Hertford Castle, Castle Street, SG14 1HR. Running from 26th – 28th November 2021.

Lee Valley White Water Centre Christmas Market – Station Road, Waltham Cross, Hertfordshire, EN9 1AB. 2021 dates TBC.

Tring Together brings you the Tring Christmas festival with Christmas market stalls and a Christmas grotto. 2021 dates TBC.

While visiting Tring, make sure to pop in to the Tring Natural History Museum or take a lovely winter walk at nearby Ashridge Estate, one of the loveliest places for a family walk in Hertfordshire.

Don’t forget, there are also some fabulous Christmas markets in London.

Christmas markets in Hertfordshire.

Hertfordshire Christmas tree farms

Visiting a Christmas tree farm to pick out your own Christmas tree is becoming as popular as Pick Your Own Pumpkins or visiting Lavender fields. Here are some Christmas tree farms in Hertfordshire:

Dane End Christmas Tree Farm – Highview Farm, Green End Lane, Dane End, Herts, SG12 0FF.

Festive Trees Hertfordshire – Oak’s Cross Farm, Hook’s Cross, Herts SG14 3RY.

The Real Christmas Tree Farm – G. I Rogers & Son Christmas Trees, Goose Hill Farm, Ringshal, Berkamstead, Herts, HP4 1ND.

Littlefield Farm – Apple Tree Farm, Kinsbourne Green, Harpenden, Herts, AL5 3PF.

Hatfield Park Estate – Hatfield House, Great North Road, Hatfield, Herts, AL9 5HX.

Picking a Christmas tree at Littlefield Farm in Hertfordshire.

Hertfordshire Pantomimes

Watching a pantomime at Christmas is such a great British tradition and has to be one of the most family-friendly Christmas events in Hertfordshire and one of our top recommendations of things to do at Christmas with kids in Hertfordshire.

Alban Arena – Snow White is running from 3rd December 2021 – 2nd January 2022.

Hertford Theatre has sadly announced that it has cancelled the 2021 show but may announce an alternative. Watch this space.

Sandpit Theatre usually puts on a panto performance. Dates TBC.

Watford Palace Theatre is running Dick Whittington and his Cat from 2nd December 2021 – 2nd January 2022.

Gordon Craig Theatre is running Aladdin from 26th November 2021 – 23rd January 2022.

Car Park Party hosted a Horrible Christmas at Knebworth which was sadly cancelled in 2020. We will update here if it is rescheduled for 2021.

Aladdin's lamp in a Christmas panto - one of the best Christmas events in Hertfordshire

Festive Afternoon Tea in Hertfordshire

We love the decadence of the British tradition of an Afternoon Tea and have taken the kids to a few places for afternoon tea with kids in London. Here are a couple of suggestions for a festive afternoon tea closer to home.

Sopwell House Festive Afternoon Tea – Sopwell House, Cottonmill Lane, St Albans, Hertfordshire, AL1 2HQ. 2021 dates TBC.

Knebworth House Christmas afternoon tea – Knebworth House, Old Knebworth Lane, Stevenage, Hertfordshire, SG1 2AX. 2021 dates TBC.

Read more: Best places to take afternoon tea in London

decorative tea cup for afternoon tea.

Hertfordshire Christmas lights

Whilst there are no Christmas light trails in Hertfordshire, there are some lovely Christmas light displays in Hertfordshire towns.

Most towns in Hertfordshire will put up the Christmas lights from mid-November onwards. There are some fantastic light displays in:

  • St Albans
  • Welwyn Garden City
  • Harpenden
  • Watford
  • Hatfield
  • Hitchin

These are the best places to see Christmas lights in Hertfordshire. Also look around your own neighbourhood as there may be some hidden gems in the residential areas waiting to be discovered. Not such a hidden gem any more but Beech Road Christmas lights is a great example.

Don’t forget, the Christmas lights in London are just a short trip away. We have lots of information on visiting London at Christmas with kids

If you are looking to visit a Christmas light trail (which we highly recommend), then the closest would be Kew Gardens and Blenheim Palace Christmas lights.

Christmas lights in Watford.

Harry Potter at Christmas

Harry Potter fans will want to check out Warner Bros Hogwarts in the Snow – one of the best Harry Potter experiences in the UK.

Running from 13th November 2021 – 16th January 2022. Tickets must be purchased in advance.

Harry Potter Hogwarts as WB Studios in Hertfordshire.

Drive in Cinema in Hertfordshire

Going to a drive in cinema is a little bit special but was a great idea when most events had to be cancelled. There are a few places in hertfordshire hosting drive in movies. Christmas dates are yet to be released.

Luna Cinema at Knebworth House

Drive In Movies at Hertfordshire Showground

The Screen Space at Hatfield House

Christmas shops

You can find some lovely Christmas decorations and Christmas gifts at many of the garden centres (see above), but this place goes a touch further and dedicates an entire barn to Christmas!

The Magic of Christmas – The Old Rectory Farm, Walkern, Hertfordshire, SG7 2PD.

Christmas decorations at The Magic of Christmas

Photo Credit: The Magic of Christmas

Santa Sleighs

Check your local Rotary Club or Round Table to see if they are running a Santa Sleigh in your area. You can check their schedules and watch them drive around the streets collecting money for charity. They are always a fun sight.

Here is the St Albans Round Table Christmas Float site as an example. They will update the route nearer the time.

So that is pretty much it for the Christmas things to do in Hertfordshire this year. Do you have anything you would like to add to the list? Get in touch below or send us an email!

Christmas things to do near Hertfordshire

These are some of the best things to do at Christmas near Hertfordshire (in the surrounding counties) if you don’t mind travelling a little bit.

Waddesdon Manor Christmas Fair – 13th November to 23rd December 2021 (BUCKINGHAMSHIRE).

Legoland at Christmas – read about visiting Legoland with small kids (BERKSHIRE).

Lapland UK (BERKSHIRE).

Audley End have a fantastic Santa train ride. Dates for 2021 TBC (ESSEX).

Olde Watermill Shopping Village. Dates for 2021 TBC (BEDFORDSHIRE).

Mead Open Farm (BEDFORDSHIRE).

Leighton Buzzard Railway – for the Santa Train ride. (BEDFORDSHIRE).