15+ Wonderful Christmas Days Out in the Midlands

Looking for the best Christmas days out in the Midlands?

We’ve taken a look across Staffordshire, Derbyshire, Lincolnshire, Warwickshire, West Midlands, Gloucestershire and Nottinghamshire to find the best Christmas activities to get you in the mood for some festive fun.

It’s been a tough year, and we need to pack as much fun as possible into the last few months to ensure it ends better than it started. Take a look at these Christmas days out in the Midlands, and pick your favourite for a fun day trip.

Christmas Days Out in the Midlands

Christmas in the midlands

1. Amerton Railway Santa’s Special


Amerton Railway (Staffordshire) are hosting their Santa Specials again this year.

“Board a steam train at Amerton Station and travel to Toyland to meet Santa and receive a hand-picked gift! Everyone also receives a festive goodie bag while surrounded by beautiful Staffordshire countryside as the train meanders through the fields on a frosty winter’s day.”


– Tickets are £32.50 per carriage compartment which seats 6 people.

– You will need to buy the whole compartment.

Amerton Railway Santa Specials are running on every Saturday & Sunday in December, and Christmas Eve.

Check out Churnet Valley Railway for more Santa’s special fun on the Santa Express.

2. Christmas at Cadbury World


For one of the best Christmas days out in the Midlands, head to Cadbury World in Birmingham.

Here you can learn how your favourite confectionery is made, play in chocolate rain and add your favourite treat to a pot of delicious warm liquid Cadbury Dairy Milk. Discover the origins or the cocoa bean amidst trees and waterfalls in the Aztec Jungle, before riding the Crunchie rollercoaster in our unique cinema experience, the 4D Chocolate Adventure.

“Enjoy a scrumptious day out that’s choc-full of festive fun this Christmas at Cadbury World! Discover our chocolatey zones and whole host of seasonal activities for all the family, every Saturday and Sunday from 21st November till 20th December… PLUS 21st, 22nd and 23rd December! Tickets include entry to the pantomime and a visit to see Santa in his exclusive stage show!”


– Prebook your Santa visit, which is included in the price of the ticket.

– Panto tickets are not reserved.

– You will be sat in a socially distanced way.

3. Christmas at Warwick Castle

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Warwick Castle have got loads going on this year for a fun and festive day out for all the family. There’s a light trail, the ice rink is back, and you can join in with stories with Santa too. There’s also a festive market for you to pick up that all important mulled wine.

Well, it’s been a year, you deserve it.

4. Christmas at Chatsworth


Chatsworth House is one of the absolute highlights of the Peak District, and makes for a great Christmas day out in the Midlands.

Christmas at Chatsworth will be booked through online timed tickets this year. Unfortunately the Chatsworth Christmas Market won’t be opening this year, but you can still get in the spirit of Christmas in the house.

Chatsworth House, Derbyshire, Britain

“We are delighted to be opening our doors to you for a warm and heartfelt celebration of all things festive from 7 November. Christmas scenes will flow throughout the house with music from all ages, including festive favourites from the Duke and Duchess of Devonshire.

From a warm and inviting Christmas Eve scene in the State Bedchamber, complete with stockings hung by the fire, to a decadent festive table fit for kings and queens in the Great Dining Room, we invite you to step into the spirit of Christmas at Chatsworth.

Perhaps most exciting of all, the State Rooms and Sketch Galleries, usually closed for conservation during the Christmas period, will be part of the route for the first (and likely only) time ever, and be beautifully dressed for the festive season.”



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5. Drayton’s Magical Christmas


Drayton’s Magical Christmas will be coming back to Drayton Manor this year. If you like your Christmas fun with a side of thrilling rides, then this is the best Christmas day out in the Midlands for you.

Christmas days out in the Midlands

“Discover falling snow, enchanting decorations, a dazzling 30ft symphony tree, cheeky elves frolicking around the park and over 25 child-friendly rides and attractions; including Europe’s only Thomas Land and our 15-acre zoo. Plus, enjoy our brand new ‘Tales with Father Christmas’ experience.”

– drayton manor park

6. The Train Through Christmas Countryside


The Train Through Christmas Countryside is put on by WyvernRail plc at The Ecclesbourne Valley Railway.

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“An immersive new Christmas theatrical production on board our steam train, a new performance designed in 2020 to meet the Coronavirus Government guidelines.”

  • Steam train ride from Wirksworth to ‘Santa’s Station’ (approx 5 miles) and back, with a heritage diesel locomotive on the other end
  • Private compartment for your family seating up to 6 passengers
  • Experience the magic from the moment you arrive on the platform to the moment you leave. Sing along with the Porters as they dance, sing and entertain throughout the journey telling the story of Santa’s railway
  • Look out for Mr Tickets and the Woodland Puppets
  • Hot Chocolate and Cookies for every passenger on board
  • Santa will visit the door of every compartment & there will be presents for the children
  • Show runtime including train ride approx 1 hour 45 mins

One of the best things to do at Christmas is to take a day out to explore England’s most beautiful villages. They look so magical with a layer of snow over them.

7. Christmas at Magic Alley


Magic Alley Stratford upon Avon is a wonderful place for toddlers, kids and adults. Their Candy Cane Christmas is the highlight of the Stratford upon Avon calendar – check out this video…

“Our Christmas experience takes place in our Enchanted Manor which is a series of 10 rooms ending in our Enchanted Forest which becomes covered in snow. You will travel through the rooms which this year have a sweet/chocolate factory theme and complete a Christmas quest solving some puzzles and meeting the magical folk in the Enchanted Manor. Visitors then meet Father Christmas and receive a present and candy cane then continue with the quest till you end up in the forest where you can play in the snow and throw snowballs!”


8. Christmas at Woolaton Hall


Woolaton Hall is open for Christmas 2020, woohoo! You can get a 10% discount here if you’re a local resident, and find out all the latest information too. It makes for one of the most exciting days out in Nottinghamshire.

“Wollaton Hall will host its first magical Christmas lights trail, as the formal gardens are transformed for the first time ever into an enchanted light spectacle – Christmas at Wollaton Hall. Visitors will be able to enjoy a unique socially distanced outdoor light installation with an enchanting, winter paradise including a 2km (1¼ mile) illuminated trail of discovery created with four magical lands, specially designed to fit into the natural landscape of the Hall and Gardens.”


9. Santa at Snowdome


Santa’s Winter Wonderland at Tamworth Snowdome is one of the best days out in the Midlands for Christmas. Not only has it got one of the best indoor ski slopes in England, it also has a wonderful Santa experience.

Winter Wonderland Midlands

With a Snow Trail, a Santa show, and a Christmas Village, you’ll have a great time at the Snowdome.

“Play and slide around in real snow as you explore Santa’s Christmas snow trail featuring snow slides, fun displays and falling snow! Take a walk through the enchanted forest, enjoy a fun game of snowballs, hitch a ride on a sledge and have fun sliding about in the snow tubes… great fun for all the family!”


Christmas Lights and Light Shows in the Midlands 

10. Enchanted Christmas, Westonbirt Arboretum


Explore the Enchanted Christmas displays at Westonbirt Arboretum this year – fun for all ages.

Christmas events in the Midlands

“Set out on an adventure through the trees of the arboretum to find the West Pole and experience mesmerising light displays and stunning spectacles along the way. Meet the elves that help Father Christmas make the toys for the children, come across talking trees and make your way through the Candy Cane Forest on your quest to the West Pole. Who knows, when you arrive there you may catch a glimpse of a very special guest from the North Pole…”

– Westonbirt Arboretum

Cancelled Christmas events in the Midlands

– The Magical Lantern Festival in Birmingham is unfortunately cancelled this year. As one of the best Christmas days out in the Midlands, fingers crossed it’ll be open again in 2021.

– Derby City Council have confirmed that there will be no Christmas Lights switch on this year in the city.

– The turning on of the Diwali and Christmas Lights display in Leicester has also been cancelled for 2020.

11. Christmas at Belton House


Have yourself a merry little Christmas at Belton House in Lincolnshire, and complete your walk under the stars with a mulled wine or hot chocolate. This is a truly special day out in the Midlands for the family, and a great way to get in the mood for the festive season.

belton house

Discover giant luminescent candles rising high into the night sky on your way towards a meadow of light shimmering as it gently sways. There are giant baubles, glowing flowers and snowflakes where you least expect them and clusters of trees wrapped in ever-changing ribbons of colour.”

– BELTON House

Christmas Markets in the Midlands

– Is the Birmingham Christmas Market going ahead this year? 

In short, no. Here’s the official statement. Sad times.

– Is Nottingham Winter Wonderland on in 2020?

Apparently YES! But I’m not sure whether to trust this site, and, things could change.

Looks like there’s lots going on for Christmas in Leicester. Check out the latest news on the link.

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Christmas Garden Centres in the Midlands 

Garden Centres are well known for being super Christmassy. If you’re looking for a Christmas afternoon out this year, then think about heading to one of these wonderful garden centres dotted around the Midlands.

Planters at Bretby, Burton On Trent

Derby Garden Centre, Derbyshire

Dobbies, Chesterfield

Brookfields Garden Centre

Notcutts Garden Centres, Wheatcroft

Reuben Shaw & Sons LTD

Gates Garden Centre Palmers Garden Centres, Enderby

Trentham Garden Centre, Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire

– Garden King, Swadlincote, Derbyshire

– Bridgnorth Garden Centre, Shropshire

– Woodthorpe Garden Centre

Christmas Shops in the Midlands

12. Denstone Hall Farm Shop

In Uttoxeter, Staffordshire, the Christmas department at Denstone Hall Farm Shop & Café is now open. It’s a cute little shop, and you can combine it with a local walk to make it a great Christmassy morning / afternoon out.

13. Primsisters Country Decor

Primsisters Country Decor in Belper (Derby) is a wonderful shop in the Midlands, but even more so in the run-up to Christmas. The moment you set foot in this hidden gem of a store, it feels like you have been transported straight into your favourite fairytale.

This time of year, the upstairs area is transformed into an immersive and enchanting Winter Wonderland, filled with elegant, classy and sometimes eccentric, festive decorations and delicate touches, as far as the eye can see.

14. I Believe Belper

Check out this brand new Christmas shop opening in Belper – I Believe Belper.

Adult Christmas nights out in the Midlands

15. Rand Farm Park

Lincolnshire-based, Rand Farm Park, have revealed an Adults Only’ Christmas Date Night. With all the kids out of the way you can enjoy the animals on the farm, run around the indoor play areas and visit Santa’s ‘Secret’ Toyshop to meet the big man himself.

Any more? We’d love this article to become an ultimate guide to Christmas in the Midlands, so please do let us know if you have any more Christmassy things to add!

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