Boat of lights at Winter Glow

Best Christmas Days Out in Worcestershire 2023

There are loads of things to do in Worcestershire this Christmas! This is a comprehensive list of the best Christmas days out in Worcestershire. They include places to see Santa and other festive activities both with and without Santa visits. You can jump straight to each event using the links in the table below. Please do let me know if I’ve missed any brilliant days out off the list, I’d be happy to add them in. Advance booking is essential at all attractions unless otherwise stated.

This post covers the Worcestershire area only. If you are looking for Christmas days out in nearby counties, please see below:

Attwell Farm Park Worcestershire – Winter Barn Workshop and Father Christmas

There’s a bit of a mix and match of events taking place at Attwell this Christmas. Visit Father Christmas, visit the Winter Barn workshop and take part in a teddy bear workshop. Meet Buddy and Holly the reindeer, make magic reindeer food, decorate tree decorations, create personalised cards and write a letter to Santa. Head off on a reindeer roundup across the farm to help Father Christmas to round up his festive Crew and make sure the presents get delivered. All experiences include farm park entry. I have linked to the Christmas event page of the website rather than individual events because what’s included in each one is a bit complicated, and there is a good comparison table on the event page.

Dates: Various options from 25th November to 24th December 2023.

Website: Atwell Farm Park

Review: Tripadvisor

Bodenham Arboretum Worcestershire – Christmas Nativity Trail

Follow the stars around the Big Pool at Bodenham Arboretum and take part in a quiz while you walk! The trail takes visitors through the farmyard, where you’ll see the farm animals starring in live nativity scenes. They are even expecting new a baby donkey in time for the event. Visitors can also explore the rest of the Arboretum, made up of more than five miles of woodland walks. They ask visitors to wear appropriate clothing and footwear for an outdoor event. I have linked to the Arboretum events page below because there are a couple of other things taking place on specific days as well. These include Christmas drive-in movie nights, Christmas afternoon tea and carols by candlelight.

Dates: 25th November 2023 to 7th January 2024.

Website: Bodenham Arboretum

Review: Tripadvisor

Malvern Theatres – Cinderella Pantomime

Malvern Theatres in Worcestershire put on a spectacular pantomime performance every Christmas. For 2023, it’s Cinderella. Theatre favourite Mark James will be back, other stars have not yet been announced. However, audiences can expect stunning sets, hilarious comedy and sparkling costumes as Cinders prepares to go to the ball.

Dates: 14th to 17th, 19th to 24th and 26th to 31st December 2023 and 1st and 3rd to 7th January 2024. A relaxed performance takes place on Friday 5th January.

Website: Malvern Theatres

Review: Plutonium Sox – this is a review of a previous production. I will update it with a review of this year’s production as soon as possible.

Beauty and the Beast Pantomime at Malvern Theatres cast with Mark James at the front taken outdoors with green grass and trees behind
The main characters in last year’s production of Beauty and the Beast

Severn Valley Railway – Santa Trains

Choose between Santa trains and the Enchanted Express at Severn Valley railway for Christmas 2023.

Santa Trains

Collect a hot drink and a treat before you board the vintage train to travel from Kidderminster to Arley in your reserved seats. On arrival at your festively decorated destination, you’ll be able to watch Christmassy characters in a stage show. When you reboard the train and return to your seats, a named present is waiting for every child.

Dates: 25th and 26th November and 2nd, 3rd, 9th, 10th, 16th, 17th, 22nd, 23rd and 24th December 2023.

Website: Severn Valley Railway

Review: Amazing Adventures Blog

Enchanted Express

Dame Julie Walters’ instantly recognisable voice welcomes you aboard The Enchanted Express every weekend in December. Departing from Bridgnorth station, passengers leave for Highley while BAFTER winner Dame Julie, tells a tale that was inspired by “Twas the Night before Christmas.” Numerous story characters will stop by your private compartment door at various points during the journey. Santa Claus himself delivers gifts to every child. Don’t forget to ask him to pose for a photo before he leaves.

Dates: Weekends from 2nd to 24th December 2023.

Website: Severn Valley Railway

Review: Trip Advisor

Three Counties Showground – Winter Glow

Winter Glow is a multi-attraction event taking place at the Three Counties Showground in Malvern, Worcestershire this Christmas. Each activity can be booked separately, or visit the Christmas market and food and drink areas at no charge.

Christmas Market, Food and Bar

Park for free in the vast Three Counties Showground car park and head into the market, Bavarian winter bar, food quarter, fairground and ice café for free. There is set to be a vast choice of festive food and drink and it’s open until 9.30pm. They even offer a festive afternoon tea for £16.95 per person, bookable in advance. It is worthy of note that the Food Quarter, Winter Bar and Ice café are indoors, but they are not heated and the Christmas market is outside, so they advise wrapping up warm.

Santa Experience

The fully immersive, personalised Santa experience set in a 2000m2 Winter Village is back for 2023. The whole family will be able to complete festive activities with help from Mrs Claus and the elves. The adventure begins when Father Christmas sends visiting families a personalised invitation in the post to invite them to visit him and the elves at the North Pole.

On arrival, Jingle the head elf will be on hand to greet guests in the Winter Village and set them some challenges to carry out before heading to Santa’s workshop. More elves greet you there and invite you to explore. Families meet Santa one at a time in his grotto, where he will ask personalised questions about their achievements, hobbies and favourite things they’ve done this year. Children receive a gift and nice list certificate. Then, it’s off to the bakery run by Mrs Claus to decorate a festive biscuit. On the way back to the Winter village, you’ll pass through the Old Sweet Shop and North Pole Letter Box.

New for 2023: Children can take part in the elves’ circus skills academy to earn a special pin badge.

Illuminated Light Trail

Back for its fourth year, the illuminated light trail transports visitors to a Winter Wonderland. This year’s theme hasn’t yet been announced. The light trail showcases installations, structures and illuminations created by local artists, crafters and lighting designers. As you walk around the light experience, children will be asked to solve riddles and puzzles to help find five elves who have gone missing. It is worthy of note that the trail is outdoors so you’ll need to dress for the weather. It’s wheelchair friendly and sensory friendly and dog friendly sessions are available to book on selected dates.

Ice Skating

One of the largest indoor ice rinks in the region will be at Winter Glow this year. Glide around the festively decorated rink listening to Classic Christmas songs and get into the Christmas spirit. Skate aids are available and can be added to your booking. Sessions last 45 minutes and they advise arriving half an hour early to get skates fitted. This activity is not suitable for children under 3 years old. Visit on a Sunday morning with little ones who would enjoy meeting ice princesses and skating to the soundtrack from Frozen.

Fairground

Enjoy ten different fairground rides at Winter Glow this Christmas. Each one is pay-per-ride.

Dates: 24th November 2023 to 6th January 2024

Website: Winter Glow

Review: Plutonium Sox

Two girls in warm clothing posing in a light tunnel at Winter Glow
Posing in front of a light display at Winter Glow

Webbs Wychbold – The Enchanted Gardens

Fans of Peter Pan are going to love this year’s Enchanted Gardens event at Webbs. Join Peter and Tinkerbell on a journey to Neverland as you explore the Webbs light trail. Embark on an adventure to see mermaids, pirates and fairies. Keep an eye out for Captain Hook! The story of Peter Pan will be brought to life using lights, lanterns, sounds and projections. At the end of the trail, children can stop in and see Santa’s workshop and house. This is an optional extra but it’s not a personal Santa visit. Instead, Santa will be there chatting to children and posing for photos. Food and drink will be available to purchase in the heated tipis, or visitors can splash out and book a heated hygge igloo for VIP dining.

Dates: 17th November 2023 to 3rd January 2024. On Friday 17th November, the trail will be open exclusively for children with additional needs.

Website: Webbs

Review: Birmingham Mail

West Midlands Safari Park – Santa Safari

Head to Santa’s grotto at your allocated time, where you’ll meet a helpful elf to show you to a sleigh. This will magically transport you to the North Pole where the grotto is located. Enter the festively decorated log cabin with a Christmas tree and seasonal fireplace where Santa is waiting for you. Let him know what you’d like for Christmas and an elf will take your photo together. Next, it’s time to head to the elf workshop for children to pick their own gift. Visitors can also book a safari skating experience for an additional cost.

Dates: 24th November to 24th December 2023

Website: West Midlands Safari Park

Review: Express and Star

Worcester Cathedral – Christmas Tree Festival 2023

Head to Worcester Cathedral this Christmas and marvel at the uniquely designed and decorated Christmas trees created by schools, organisations and charities around the local area. This year, there are more trees than ever and booking is not required.

Dates: 7th December 2023 to 14th January 2024 excluding Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.

Website: Worcester Cathedral

Review: Tripadvisor

Worcester Victorian Christmas Fayre

Worcester’s Victorian Christmas Fayre is an extremely popular event that is always absolutely packed with visitors. Look out for characters in Victorian dress, festive treats and a Christmassy atmosphere. Nearly 200 stalls in the city centre sell local arts, crafts, street food and gifts. Street entertainers, musicians and a Victorian fairground complete with carousel add to the experience.

Dates: 30th November to 3rd December 2023.

Website: Worcester Christmas Fayre

Review: Tripadvisor

Things to do in Worcestershire that aren’t festive

If you’re looking for something to do that isn’t Christmassy, these posts will give you a few ideas:

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