Make it a December to remember, it's time to be merry and bright!

We’re all about spreading the festive cheer and getting into the spirit of Christmas. So, we wanted to give you a little heads up on what’s happening near our resorts so you can delve into the many mince pies as you walk through Christmas wonderlands.


Eden Project

Why not kick off the festive season during your holiday and experience the all-new light show in the Mediterranean Biome at The Eden Project for Christmas 2022 featuring all your fav sing-alongs with our 11 live musicians? You can expect twinkling orbs, fairy light overload and fibreoptic illusions during your visit!

Eden’s glittering ice rink is also making a return and don’t forget to book in a slot with Father Christmas. Whether you’re gliding through the middle showing off your tricks or wobbling along next to the barrier, you’ll come away feeling festive.

WHEN – Selected dates between 2nd-30th December

DISTANCE – 30 mins from Retallack Resort, 1 hour from St Ives Bay

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Tapnell Farm Christmas Experience 

Are you dreaming of a Wight Christmas? Get ready to be wowed by the Saving Santa’s Sleigh experience at Tapnell Farm! Your little ones won’t believe their eyes as they experience a world of imagination, let them take you on a magical Christmas adventure around the world, immersive memories in the making. Where kids can be kids, and grownups can too, make magical memories at Tapnell Farm to take home with you.

If that’s not enough to capture you, they have a selection of hot drinks and seasonal snacks to enjoy when experiencing the ticketed event!

WHEN – 26th and 27th November and selected dates in December

DISTANCE – 43 mins from Whitecliff Bay, 10 mins from The Bay Colwell and 23 mins from The Lakes Rookley.

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Weymouth Seafront at Christmas 

Wrap up in your hat and coat and head to Weymouth’s seafront to get into the festive spirit this Christmas… it’s as amazing as it sounds! From nativity trails, a beautiful and interactive way to hear the Christmas story and seasonal Carols with the Salvation Army, it’s going to be an overload of festive fun! Not forgetting a pit stop with the big guy in red in his grotto, a chance for your little ones to tell Santa if they have been naughty or nice this year…

The world-famous Pudding Run and Chase the Elf all to raise money for local charities in beautiful Weymouth are also taking place, what a Christmas to remember!

WHEN – 26th November – 18th December

DISTANCE – 50 mins from Swanage Bay View.

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York Christmas Market 

Jump into a month full of festive cheer, Christmas tunes, and plenty of sparkles. The York Christmas Market has arrived and ready to get you feeling merry and bright. Wander through the markets, get ahead of your Christmas shopping, get stuck into the beautifully themed stalls. Feeling a little chilly? Warm up with a mulled wine and maybe a mince pie or two, you won’t want to miss the festive fun.

You’ll be captivated by the sights, sounds and smells of the Christmas Market, extra special plans are also taking place to celebrate 20 years of the York’s Christmas Market too! See you there with a mulled wine in hand…

WHEN – 17th November – 23rd December

DISTANCE – 1 hour and 4 mins from the Bay Filey.

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Colchester High Street Christmas Market 

A festive tingle of excitement is in the air as the Colchester Christmas Market makes an appearance! It’s that time of the year again, when the streets are filled with smiling faces and carols are being sung.

Packed full of over 80 market stalls, visitors can enjoy browsing, sampling and shopping their way around the market before enjoying festive food, warming drinks and merry entertainment. Here’s to enjoying the aromas of roasting chestnuts and mulled wine soon when staying at Mersea Island this Christmas!

WHEN – Sunday 11th December

DISTANCE – 23 mins away from Mersea Island.

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Lincoln Christmas Market 

You’ll feel the festivities as soon as you step into Lincoln Christmas Market. With handmade gifts and crafts, enjoy looking through all of the nick-nacks to add to your many decorations at home or find the perfect gift for your best friend. In between the snooping around the cobbled area, stop off for a festive bite to eat or a mince pie to give your feet a break before heading back to the twinkling lights nestled with in the medieval square and surrounding area of Lincoln.

Will you make visiting the market Christmas tradition with the family?

WHEN – 1st December – 4th December

DISTANCE – 40 mins from Tattershall Lakes, 1 hour 8 mins from Cleethorpes Pearl and 48 mins from Appletree.

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Port Solent’s Festival of Christmas 

With heart-warming seasonal food and drink, brilliant street entertainment and festive music, the Port Solent’s Festival of Christmas is the place to be to begin your December celebrations! Over 100 market stalls will be there for 2022, all conveniently under cover, to help you find that perfect Christmas present. Stuck on them last minute presents now we’re in December? Why not pick up a carefully handcrafted gift from a small business for your loved one!

Memorable moments are guaranteed with unforgettable entertainment lined up over the weekend just a short distance away from our Hampshire parks.

WHEN – 3rd and 4th December

DISTANCE – 24 minutes to Mill Rythe, 49 mins to Sandy Balls.

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Talyllyn Railway santa specials

All aboard! Enjoy a magical journey by steam train to Santa’s grotto when staying at Barmouth Bay.

Check whether your little un’s are on the naughty or nice list and make sure you get a snap on Santa’s sleigh, fingers crossed they have been good! You can then receive a special gift from the guy in red himself, what a treat! Mrs Clause will be baking her special festive cookies and mince pies, especially for you to enjoy on your festive trip. Just enough time to pat the donkeys and then enjoy your journey back and continue your festive celebrations back at the holiday park.

WHEN – Selected dates throughout December

DISTANCE – 59 minutes to Barmouth Bay.

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Blair Drummond Safari and Adventure Park 

For the little monkeys on your list, it’s time to spice up their festive season! Enjoy this rawr-some Christmas experience at Blair Drummond Safari and Adventure Park. Dig out those festive jumpers, don your reindeer ears, and let’s get into the Christmas spirit!

From festive fairgrounds to Scotland’s biggest Christmas Tree (they think) and the special animal bedtimes, once the sun goes down this park is sure to get you feeling more than twinkle-tastic than ever. Winter warmers and festive treats are guaranteed, how do you like your marshmallows? Lightly toasted or crispy on the edges? Visit the marshmallow fire pits or treat yourself to a locally sourced gin cocktail, delicious!

WHEN – Selected dates between 25th November – 23rd December

DISTANCE – 1.5 hours away from Moffat Manor.

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