The best Christmas days out for children UK 2021

Family day out

by Emily Gilbert |

With the festive season upon us, it's time to start planning some of those Christmas trips the whole family will love.

Christmas is a wonderful time of year, it's a time for creating special memories with the whole family and spending quality time with them too. So what better way to do that than with a festive-filled day out for the whole family?

Whether you're looking for a day out in the holidays or a weekend family getaway, we've put together a list of the best places for some winter wonderment this season. And why not check out our best toddler days out guide for more fun ideas!


Christmas days out for children

Yorkshire Wildlife Park
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December 11 - 12, and 18 – 19

Not only is there a chance to meet Santa Claus, but you can meet the famous Victor the Polar Bear too! It's a fun day out for the whole family, with festive markets, a Santa's Grotto and you can visit all the animals on the wildlife park. Standard entry prices apply, with additional fees for the events.

Prices are £15 adults; £13.50 children; under 3's free.

 Illuminations at Bedgebury, Kent
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Novemeber 25 - January 3

The light display at Bedgebury is wonderful, and after a break last year they, have returned for Christmas 2021! Follow the mile-long path through the beautiful National Pinetum after-dark and watch the tree-tops shimmer with festive, colourful lights.

Tickets for adults are £20; childrens aged 3-16 are £13.50.

Lapland, Berkshire
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November 13 to January 3

Who says you have to travel far to visit Lapland? This really is one of the best Christmas days out for children. It’s a Christmas festival, with elves introducing little ones to reindeer and weaving stories of their work in Santa’s grotto. And talking of which, kids can visit Santa and take home a signed photo of themselves with him, plus make gingerbread men, build toys together and receive a little gift. There’s also ice-skating and a log cabin restaurant.

While the Toy Factory for 2021 is now full, if any tickets do arise, however, these will be bookable through the link below.

Prices start from £65, it’s pricey but it's a truly magical experience.

Reindeer lodge
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November 27 - December 24

Why not take a trip to the stunning, Welsh countryside and enjoy an enchanted Winter drive-thru adventure? Tickets include the drive in Theatre Show, magical drive-thru Safari trail to see the reindeer herds, the hidden elf village plus a visit to Father Christmas in his Grotto

£52.00 for up to 4 occupants in vehicle.

LEGOLAND at Christmas
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November 27 2021 - January 3 2022

With a sprinkle of LEGO magic, enjoy the feast of family activities at LEGOLAND this Christmas. From fun rides and attractions, Santa's Grotto, an elf workshop, LEGOLAND has everything for the best Christmas day out. There's even a giant LEGO Christmas tree, a gifts market, scavenger hunt and the opportunity to work with other families to build a huge festive LEGO model in the park.

Tickets are £31 for a day pass with under-twos free.

Christmas at Chatsworth
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November 6 - January 9

Discover a faraway Christmas magic at this stunning building. The festive adventure takes you around the globe from Nordic wonderlands to the blossom treees in Japan. They even have a Twighlight evening with mince pies and live music, and a Christmas quiet day where there'll be no music and the lights will be dimmed.

Prices £26 adults; £15 3-16 year olds; free under 2.

Family day out
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November 26 - December 21

Westonbirt Arboretum goes all-out in December, decorating the trees with thousands of twinkling lights, forming a mile-long illuminated walkway that looks amazing. Santa and his reindeers are on hand to meet the children, and there is even a choir and band to provide extra special Christmassy atmosphere. This is one of our favourite contenders for the best Christmas days out for children.

Tickets cost £18 for adults; £9 for children aged 3-18; under 2's are free. Advance booking is essential.

Currently sold out but keep an eye out for next year!

Christmas at Paultons Park
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**December 4 to 23 December**

Peppa Pig World at Paulton’s Park is having a festive makeover, making it perfect for the best Christmas days out for Children. The highlight is sure to be seeing Peppa and George wrapped up in their winter hats and scarves, although we can’t guarantee there will be snow! There will be a magical musical tree and Santa's Christmas Wish show.

Tickets for a family of four are £95.

 Family Winter Wonderland
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November 19 - January 3

With so much to do, there's fun for the whole family at the Winter Wonderland! Visit Santa's Grotto and take a trip down the ice slide near the Magical Ice Kingdom. There's plenty of food and drink options to indulge in too, and a giant wheel that you can look over the whole city! It's really a magical day out. There's a special family entrance as well that goes straight into Santa Land.

Entry is free during off peak periods and for peak periods costs £5 adults; £5 children 3-12 years old; 2 and under go free.

The Polar Express Train Ride
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November 29th - December 23rd

Become part of the most popular Christmas film, and take a train journey on the Polar Express! Dress the family cosy in pyjamas and join in on the Christmas magic, with singing chefs, waiters who serve hot chocolate and cookies. When you arrive at the North Pole, keep your eyes peeled for Santa, who will board the train and give everyone a special silver bell from his sleigh. It really is a magical experience for the whole family!

Tickets are now sold out of tickets for this year. Tickets for 2022 will be announced in the new year.

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