Girl on a sledge with Christmas trees behind at the Snowdome in Staffordshire

Best Christmas days out in Staffordshire 2024

There are loads of things to do in Staffordshire this Christmas! This is a comprehensive list of the best Christmas days out in Staffordshire. 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 Staffordshire area only. If you are looking for Christmas days out in nearby counties, please see below:

Alton Towers Staffordshire

Alton Towers haven’t yet announced details of their Christmas event for 2024 but it looks like the resort will be open. It’s not clear whether the theme park will be open as well. In past years there has been a light trail but this didn’t happen last year. I’ve linked to the park’s Christmas event page so you can check for updates.

Dates: 22nd November to 31st December 2024.

Website: Alton Towers

Review: Mini Travellers

Amerton Railway – Santa Specials

It’s all aboard the steam train from Amerton Station to Toyland, where you’ll meet Santa who has a gift for all the children. They will also be given a goodie bag to enjoy as you travel through the Staffordshire countryside. Guests book the whole compartment, rather than individual seats. Money raised goes to the heritage trains charity that maintains the engines. Passengers are on the train for around 25 minutes. Remember to wrap up warm for this one, some carriages are open on one side. Whilst the 2024 event has been confirmed, the dates have not yet been announced.

Dates: Not yet announced.

Website: Amerton Railway.

Review: Tripadvisor

Biddulph Grange National Trust Staffordshire – Festive Nights

Details of the Christmas 2024 event have not yet been released. Below are details of last year’s event. I have linked to the Biddulph Grange events page so you can look for more recent updates.

Biddulph Grange Garden will be festively lit for after-hours exploration this Christmas. Soak up the seasonal atmosphere as you stroll around looking at the beautiful lights. This is an event where Father Christmas won’t be present. There will be a daytime Father Christmas trail for those who are hoping to visit him at Biddulph Grange, but details of this have not yet been announced.

Dates: Not yet announced.

Website: Biddulph Grange

Review: Tripadvisor

Churnet Valley Railway – Polar Express

Churnet Valley Railway will be hosting the Polar Express train ride again in 2024. Board the train in your pyjamas at Froghall Station for a magical journey to the North Pole. Sing along with favourite characters from the film as they tell the story. Enjoy a mug of hot chocolate and a cookie from a dancing chef as you make your way towards the Northern Lights. When you reach Santa’s village, he will climb aboard to give every passenger the first gift of Christmas, a silver bell from his sleigh.

Back at the station, extend the fun with a snowball fight and find out if you’re on the naughty or nice list. The journey lasts around an hour and they recommend setting aside 2 hours for the full experience. Tickets are not yet on sale, but you can sign up to be notified when booking is live.

Dates: Not yet announced.

Website: Churnet Valley Railway

Review: Tripadvisor.

Dobbies Staffordshire – Breakfast with Santa

Details of the Christmas 2024 event have not yet been released. Below are details of last year’s event. I have linked to the Dobbies events page so you can look for more recent updates.

As always, Dobbies have a range of Santa visits that cater for everyone. You can choose between visiting Santa in his grotto or having breakfast with him, and even pick whether to invite your child or your dog – or both!

Santa Paws

It’s not fair that children get all the fun at Christmas when there are lots of good boys and girls waiting at home. If your dog has been good this year, treat them to a visit to Santa Paws. They’ll even receive a special gift. If your child and your pup want to meet Santa together, book a children’s ticket too and they can meet him together.

Dates: Not yet announced.

Santa’s Breakfast

The whole family can enjoy a tasty breakfast at the Dobbies cafe before children join in with Christmas activities and games and decorate an elf mask. Children will be able to sit down with Santa for a chat before receiving their gift from him. There’s an adults and a children’s menu for breakfast including a vegetarian option for each.

Dates: Not yet announced.

Santa’s Grotto

Embark on a magical journey to meet Santa. Walk through the enchanting forest with an elf as your guide. Look out for Little Seedlings characters as you go. When you arrive in the wildlife forest clearing, children can make something special to take home. Then, it’s time to meet Santa for a chat and he has a gift for the children too. Photos can be purchased in advance online at a lower price than on the day.

Dates: Not yet announced.

Santa’s Quiet Grotto

Dobbies will be offering Santa’s grotto visits for children with additional needs. These must be pre-booked in advance so there will be no queue on the day. A reduced number of families are able to attend in each time slot and there will be no music or twinkly lights. Parents can choose whether or not the child’s gift will be wrapped and Dobbies will email you a photo of the grotto in advance to help children to prepare for the experience.

Dates: Not yet announced.

Website: Dobbies

Review: Tripadvisor

Drayton Manor Staffordshire – Christmas Wonderland

Details of the Christmas 2024 event have not yet been released. Below are details of last year’s event. I have linked to the Drayton Manor events page so you can look for more recent updates.

Falling snow, beautiful decorations and a 35 foot tall Christmas tree bring the festive spirit to Drayton Manor. This year, there are some brand new festive themed shows and attractions. Thomas Land rides are open and visitors can see more than 500 animals in the Drayton Manor zoo. Look out for daily snowfall too! Some attractions incur an additional cost, you can book and pay for the attractions you want to visit online.

Attractions include:

  • Wishmas Express light trail by train
  • Enchanted Christmas grotto: Includes a visit to Santa, family souvenir photo and a sweet treat for all children – adults get a hot chocolate too!
  • Rory’s Christmas party show
  • Mrs Claus’ end of day Christmas show: Sing along and send Santa off on his round the world trip
  • Mrs Claus’ kitchen: Decorate gingerbread biscuits with Cookie the elf
  • Christmas evenings with late opening

Magical Christmas dates: Not yet announced.

Website: Drayton Manor

Review: Plutonium Sox

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Foxfield Railway

Foxfield Railway have not yet announced what’s on for Christmas 2024. I have linked to their events page so you can check for updates.

Dates: Not yet announced.

Website: Foxfield Railway

Review: Tripadvisor

Georgie’s Canal Cruises

Christmas events for 2024 have not yet been announced. The below are the details of last year’s event and I have linked to the Georgie’s Canal Cruises home page so you can check for updates.

Breakfast with Santa cruises

Bring the family and cruise down the Staffordshire and Worcester canal with Santa. Look out for the presents he has dropped along the route and colour in pictures to create a Christmas collage. This two-hour long cruise goes to Acton Trussel and a continental breakfast is served onboard, or you can upgrade to a full English. Children can take part in activities at Shuthill Lock, including a treasure hunt for presents. Santa then joins the cruise and he will have a gift for all children.

Dates: Not yet announced.

Afternoon tea with Santa

Treat the family to an afternoon tea onboard a two hour cruise. Onboard activities include a present hunt with Santa. He will also have a gift for every child.

Dates: Not yet announced.

Website: Georgie’s Canal Cruises

Review: Tripadvisor

Kinver Edge and the Rock Houses

Details of the Christmas 2024 event have not yet been released. Below are details of last year’s event. I have linked to the Kinver events page so you can look for more recent updates.

Santa dresses in his traditional green outfit to visit Kinver Edge and the Rock Houses. Meet him for breakfast to listen to him telling festive stories inside one of the caves. He’ll be accompanied by woodland elves who help with the storytelling. Visitors can enjoy a drink and a pastry before the stories and children will receive a gift at the end. Stories are aimed at children aged up to 8 years old. This is a group Santa visit but children can have their photo taken with Santa individually when they receive their gift.

Dates: Not yet announced.

Website: Kinver Edge and the Rock Houses

Review: Plutonium Sox (this is a review of a family visit to Kinver Edge, not the Christmas event).  

Lower Drayton Farm – Jingle Ville

Jingle Ville is a magical Christmas extravaganza set in the Lower Drayton Winter Wonder Farm, a place of seasonal joy where families can make memories. Give children’s names when booking the experience for some extra festive magic. A Jingle Ville ticket includes play admission.

Dates: 7th, 8th, 9th and 13th to 24th December 2024.

Website: Lower Drayton Farm

Review: Amazing Adventures Blog

National Forest Adventure Farm – North Pole Adventure

Get ready for a North Pole Adventure at the National Forest Adventure Farm this Christmas. On arrival, every child will receive a personalised ticket from Santa. Then, collect some elf coins and a special passport before you set off through a magical portal en route to the North Pole. Explore a Victorian High Street with a sweet shop, help Santa’s elves to sort out parcels in the post office and ring bells to keep them on time. Head to the Northern lights to meet a talking polar bear before fixing the toy machine to save Christmas.

Silvermist the reindeer is on hand to sing some festive songs with visitors and mother Christmas will help children to decorate gingerbread. Then, it’s time to meet Father Christmas and choose a present from his gift room. The experience lasts around an hour and a half and tickets include National Forest Adventure Farm entry for the whole day. Tickets need to be booked online in advance and go on sale in the summer.

Dates: Not yet announced.

Website: National Forest Adventure Farm

Review: The Ladybirds’ adventures

National Memorial Arboretum – Illuminated Arboretum

Details of the Christmas 2024 event have not yet been released. Below are details of last year’s event. I have linked to the National Memorial Arboretum events page so you can look for more recent updates.

The National Memorial Arboretum will come to light after dark this December, with festive lights across the 150 acre woodland. Explore the beautiful display and enjoy a takeaway and a hot drink from the restaurant.

Dates: Not yet announced.

Website: National Memorial Arboretum

Review: Tripadvisor

Regent Theatre – Jack and the Beanstalk

Look out for fabulous sets, stunning special effects, impressive costumes and plenty of humour at Regent Theatre in Stoke-On-Trent. It’s panto time, so join Dick Whittington and his cat on their adventure to London in search of happiness, fame and fortune as he hopes to become Lord Mayor. Can they outwit King Rat and free the city from rodents? Will true love save the day? It’s time to find out!

Dates: 13th December 2024 to 5th January 2025. Relaxed performance: 2nd January 2025.

Website: ATG

Review: Stoke on Trent Live – a review of last year’s production as this year’s has not yet started.  

Snowdome, Tamworth – Santa’s Winter Wonderland

Details of the Christmas 2024 event have not yet been released. Below are details of last year’s event. I have linked to the Snowdome homepage so you can look for more recent updates.

Expect real animals, real snow and a delightful theatre show. Visitors can explore the real snow trail with slides, an enchanted forest and snow tubes for sledging down ramps. Animals are waiting to meet you beside Santa’s House in the Christmas village. This year, there’s a traditional carousel and you can post your letter to Santa in his talking post box.

Winter Wonderland dates: Not yet announced.

Website: SnowDome

Review: Plutonium Sox

Girl on a sledge with Christmas trees behind at the Snowdome in Staffordshire

Statfold Railway – Magical Santa Express

Board the Magical Santa Express at Statfold this Christmas and enjoy a festive family day out. Start out at the North Pole Post Office for children to write a letter to Santa. His elves are on hand to help little ones with their writing. Then, put the letter into a magical post box before boarding the festively lit train and heading off to see Father Christmas himself. Help Mrs Claus decorate sweet treats, make a batch of reindeer food and visit Santa’s toyshop to choose a gift. Festive food is available to buy and Santa’s singing reindeer is at the Oak Tree Halt platform. Earlybird tickets are on sale now.

New for 2024: Help Jingle and Jangle the elves to get the North Pole ready for the ultimate Christmas partywith a festive family show. There’s even an Elf Academy to teach little ones how to be a great elf.

Dates: 23rd, 24th, 29th and 30th November 2024 and 1st, 6th to 8th, 13th to 15th and 17th to 23rd December 2024.

Website: Statfold

Review: Tripadvisor – you can also read our review of a family day out at Statfold at a different time of year.

Trentham Gardens, Staffordshire

A variety of events take place on individual dates at Trentham Gardens at Christmas. The 2024 events have not yet been announced, so I have linked to the events page so you can check for updates. Events usually include the Christmas light switch-on, Christmas Makers’ Markets, meeting Father Christmas, Elf School and a Christmas festival including an elf-trail, live music, food and a market.

Dates: Not yet announced.

Website: Trentham.

Review: Birmingham Mail

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