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Christmas in Somerset

Winter is such a magical time of year and where better to spend it than in Somerset where you are surrounded by friendly faces, wide open countryside and plenty of opportunities to see the season change. Plus there are hundreds of events taking place all over the county to welcome in the festive season in style!

Make sure to keep an eye on our events listings to find out when the region’s Christmas markets start springing up. Bath might be well known for having an award-winning Christmas Market that is an absolute must for anyone in the area, but they aren’t the only ones. There are Christmas markets happening all over the region, including at some of the county’s National Trust sites, so you can combine ticking things off your shopping lists with exploring some beautiful gardens and country estates. You can even do a spot of shopping on the grounds of the Bishop’s Palace in Wells by visiting the Christmas Artisan Markets which are returning for another year.

If you’d rather stay away from the temptations of markets, there are plenty of other activities to keep you entertained. Be sure to look out for Santa at a whole range of locations, including the Grand Pier at Weston-super-Mare and in the caves at Cheddar. He’s even scheduled to appear at Dunster Castle!

Why not try your hand (or feet) at ice skating at one of the pop up ice rinks in the region? You’ll find ice rinks at Hestercombe, as well as the cities in Somerset, so wherever you are, you’re never too far from a fun family friendly activity. Perhaps you’d rather spend the time doing some traditional craft activities, if so, there are wreath making workshops and cookery demonstrations using seasonal produce grown in the local area.

Many of the region’s attractions are offering special Christmas events and activities, Wookey Hole has their famous Winter Wonderland again this year, plus there are family friendly Christmas parties on the pier and at Haynes Motor Museum, so you can celebrate while learning!

It isn’t just Christmas we like to celebrate in style here in Somerset, the party won’t be stopping until January, use your visit to take in the West Country hospitality by attending one of the many New Year’s Parties that are going on around the region, some of them are held in unique locations, you won’t see in the New Year in a cave anywhere else after all!

Many of the hotels and attractions are also holding events for Burn’s Night, so be sure to extend your stay to enjoy the Scottish tradition with a Somerset twist!

If you don’t celebrate Christmas, don’t worry, there is still plenty to keep you entertained during your visit from theatre productions to concerts to festivals. Be sure to check out the whole list of events below:

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  1. Winter Wonderland at Wookey Hole

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    Winter Wonderland at Wookey Hole

    Type

    Participatory Event

    Wookey Hole, Wells

    Winter Wonderland at Wookey Hole (special event)

    17 November – 6 January

    The ultimate Christmas experience!

    Visit Santa’s Grotto

    FREE present for every child

    Meet Santa’s...

    Dates

    From:
    17 Nov 2018 To 6 Jan 2019
  2. Après-Ski Bar at the Abbey Hotel

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    Après-Ski Bar at the Abbey Hotel

    Type

    Christmas

    Bath

    The Après-Ski Bar is open from 10am to 11pm daily from the 21st November until 22nd December and serves Alpine appetisers, Christmassy cocktails and heaps of festive fun. Just a stone's throw from...

    Dates

    From:
    21 Nov 2018 To 22 Dec 2018
  3. Christmas Lunches at Noah's Ark Zoo Farm

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    Christmas Lunches at Noah's Ark Zoo Farm

    Type

    Christmas

    Bristol

    Join us this Christmas for a festive lunch like no other. Our café will be looking good enough to eat with festive treats for all the family to enjoy. Whether you’re a small community group, a family...

    Venue

    Noah’s Ark Zoo Farm, North Somerset

    Dates

    From:
    26 Nov 2018 To 21 Dec 2018
  4. Christmas at The Museum of Somerset

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    Christmas at The Museum of Somerset

    Type

    Christmas

    Taunton

    There will be plenty of festive fun at The Museum...

    Venue

    Museum of Somerset, Taunton Deane

    Dates

    From:
    1 Dec 2018 To 31 Dec 2018
  5. Santa's Grotto at The Grand Pier

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    Santa's Grotto at The Grand Pier

    Type

    Event

    WESTON-SUPER-MARE

    Come and visit Santa in his magical grotto at the end of the Grand Pier this Christmas. Includes a wrapped gift and entry onto the Grand Pier for every child.

    Venue

    Grand Pier, North Somerset

    Dates

    From:
    1 Dec 2018 To 24 Dec 2018
  6. Christmas at Haynes

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    Christmas at Haynes

    Type

    Christmas

    YEOVIL

    Whilst getting ready for Christmas Santa's reindeer have gone missing and rumour has it that they...

    Dates

    From:
    1 Dec 2018 To 23 Dec 2018
  7. Santa Specials at Yeovil Railway Centre

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    Santa Specials at Yeovil Railway Centre

    Type

    Christmas

    Yeovil

    Santa Specials are an enjoyable experience for everyone from ages 1 to 100. The visit starts with a...

    Venue

    Yeovil Railway Centre, South Somerset

    Dates

    From:
    2 Dec 2018 To 22 Dec 2018
  8. Christmas Parties at The Grand Pier

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    Christmas Parties at The Grand Pier

    Type

    Event

    WESTON-SUPER-MARE

    Enter a magical world this Christmas at the Grand Pier. Be drawn into the imaginative spectacle of Wonderland at our themed party nights, or enjoy our exclusive Casino Noel parties and the popular...

    Venue

    Grand Pier, North Somerset

    Dates

    From:
    7 Dec 2018 To 24 Dec 2018
  9. Meet Father Christmas at Hestercombe

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    Meet Father Christmas at Hestercombe

    Type

    Christmas

    nr Taunton

    Father Christmas is taking time out of his busy Christmas schedule to take up residence at Hestercombe!

    Visit Hestercombe this Christmas to enjoy a magical Father Christmas experience where...

    Venue

    Hestercombe Gardens, Taunton Deane

    Dates

    From:
    8 Dec 2018 To 24 Dec 2018
  10. Christmas at the Palace

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    Christmas at the Palace

    Type

    Christmas

    Wells

    Christmas at the Palace returns this year - join us for a fortnight of beautiful decorations and festivities.

    Interior of the Palace; a variety of styles with hand-made Victorian style...

    Venue

    The Bishop's Palace, Somerset

    Dates

    From:
    8 Dec 2018 To 22 Dec 2018
  11. Meet Father Christmas at Dunster Castle

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    Meet Father Christmas at Dunster Castle

    Type

    Christmas

    nr Minehead

    Meet Father Christmas in his grotto and share your Christmas wishes with him. To book call 01643 821314.

    £6 (fee includes members), including present.

    Venue

    National Trust - Dunster Castle, West Somerset

    Dates

    From:
    9 Dec 2018 To 23 Dec 2018
  12. Winter Wonkaland

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    Winter Wonkaland

    Type

    Christmas

    BRISTOL

    Meet Mr Wonka at the factory gates and enter the...

    Dates

    From:
    9 Dec 2018 To 22 Dec 2018
  13. Saturday Sessions at Clarks Village

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    Saturday Sessions at Clarks Village

    Type

    Christmas

    Street

    On selected Saturdays from late November to Christmas, live performances will take place on the streets of Clarks Village. A variety of local entertainers and performers have been hand selected to...

    Dates

    From:
    11 Dec 2018 To 25 Dec 2018
  14. Festive Piano Suppers at Hestercombe Gardens

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    Festive Piano Suppers at Hestercombe Gardens

    Type

    Christmas

    nr Taunton

    Hestercombe’s historic Column Room Restaurant will be open for special evening suppers on selected dates in December.

    Complete with live festive piano music from internationally-renowned pianist...

    Venue

    Hestercombe Gardens, Taunton Deane

    Dates

    From:
    14 Dec 2018 To 14 Dec 2018
    From:
    21 Dec 2018 To 21 Dec 2018
  15. Wonderland Christmas Parties

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    Wonderland Christmas Parties

    Type

    Christmas

    WESTON-SUPER-MARE

    Journey through the magical gates of the Grand Pier and be drawn into the imaginative spectacle of Wonderland and enjoy friendly encounters with some eccentric characters such as the Red Queen and of...

    Venue

    Grand Pier, North Somerset

    Dates

    From:
    14 Dec 2018 To 14 Dec 2018
    From:
    15 Dec 2018 To 15 Dec 2018
    From:
    21 Dec 2018 To 21 Dec 2018
  16. Christmas MEGASLAM Wrestling at Wookey Hole

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    Christmas MEGASLAM Wrestling at Wookey Hole

    Type

    Christmas

    Wells

    ★ BACK BY POPULAR DEMAND ★

    Family entertainment is at the heart of all Megaslam Wrestling Live Events. This fast paced, energetic and vibrant show is fully interactive and features something for...

    Dates

    From:
    15 Dec 2018 To 15 Dec 2018
  17. Pantomime at Clarks Village

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    Pantomime at Clarks Village

    Type

    Christmas

    Street

    He’s behind you! Is it Captain Hook, Peter Pan and Tinkerbell, Prince Charming or the Ugly Sisters? Your favourite pantomime characters are coming to Clarks Village this Christmas, for the perfect...

    Dates

    From:
    15 Dec 2018 To 16 Dec 2018
  18. Santa at the Abbey - Glastonbury Abbey

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    Santa at the Abbey - Glastonbury Abbey

    Type

    Christmas

    Glastonbury

    Glastonbury Abbey will be transformed into a winter wonderland on two days in December with Father Christmas and his reindeer joining us for special visits. Follow the reindeer trail to the Abbot's...

    Venue

    Glastonbury Abbey, Somerset

    Dates

    From:
    15 Dec 2018 To 15 Dec 2018
  19. Paper Puddings at Victoria Art Gallery

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    Paper Puddings at Victoria Art Gallery

    Type

    Christmas

    Bath

    Create paper pudding decorations for Christmas using a range of art papers, and explore the...

    Dates

    From:
    15 Dec 2018 To 15 Dec 2018
  20. Corinthian Christmas at The Roman Baths

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    Corinthian Christmas at The Roman Baths

    Type

    Christmas

    Bath

    Create a tree using a typical Roman leaf design and decorate it with gold coins!

    Included in admission price, no need to book. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

    Venue

    Roman Baths, Bath

    Dates

    From:
    15 Dec 2018 To 16 Dec 2018

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