What’s on this Christmas in Somerset?

The season to be jolly is nearly upon us, and Somerset is going full steam ahead with Christmas. Festive venues serving lashings of mulled cider? Tick! As are enchanting Christmas lights trails, Christmas markets, theatre shows, carol concerts and a whole host of Yuletide events. I’ve rounded up best of what’s on in Somerset this Christmas, so you can maximise the festive feels.

Use the table of contents to skip ahead, or browse through the post for inspiration. There’s so much on, you’re bound to find something you fancy near you. Be sure to check back regularly as I’ll continue to update the post with this to do in Somerset this Christmas, do let me know if you’d like your event added to the list.

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Clarks Village Christmas
Clarks Village

Ice rinks and winter skating in Somerset

Clarks Village ice rink

2023 dates: 9 November-7 January

Get your skates on! Returning for a second year is Clarks Village outdoor, under-cover ice rink, featuring real ice. Look out for quiet sessions as well as parent and toddler sessions for wobbly starters. Penguin and seal skating aids will be available for little ones, as well as bob skates to help guests stay steady.

When you show your ice skating tickets (and/or receipt), you’ll get access to some exclusive brand discounts at Clarks outlet shopping.

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Icescape Tropicana, Weston-super-Mare

2023 dates: 7 November-7 January (except 10 November & Christmas Day)

The UK’S largest undercover winter ice rink returns to the Tropicana! The rink features real ice and each skating session is 45 minutes long and the ice rink is (manual) wheelchair accessible. Enjoy the thrill of the rides (including a Christmas rollercoaster and bungee trampolines), indulge in festive treats, and meet beloved mascot, Pippen the Penguin.

Somerset Christmas events 2023

Christmas lights trails in Somerset

Make the most of the nights drawing in with the most joyful of winter events – twinkly Christmas lights trails! A number of attractions in Somerset will be bringing a little bit of festive magic into our lives over the Yuletide season with their outdoor Christmas events – expect neon illuminations, dazzling foliage and glittering light displays! Here’s my round-up of Somerset’s best Christmas lights 2023.

Longleat The Festival of Light
Longleat The Festival of Light 2023

Carols by Candlelight Concerts, Wells Cathedral

2023 dates: 19, 20, 21 December

Share in this treasured tradition for an unforgettable celebration of Christmas within the awe-inspiring walls of Wells Cathedral.

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Wells Theatre Company: A Christmas Carol

  • When? 9 & 16 December 2024, 1pm & 3pm

An illuminated costumed reading of Charles Dickens’s A Christmas Carol with live music, performed by Wells Theatre Company in the medieval Vicars’ Hall, Undercroft, and Chapter House. Admission: FREE in aid of Wells Cathedral; register in advance. Get tickets here.

Family Holiday Activities: Christmas Crafts

  • When? 18-20 December 2024, 10am/11.15 am/2pm

Follow the Christmas trail around the cathedral, then create seasonal crafts to take home. Morning and afternoon sessions, with the trail available throughout Advent. Admission: £1.10–£2.15.

Crib Services, Wells Cathedral

  • When? 23 December 2024, 2 pm/3.15 pm

Perfect for children and families. Children are invited to dress up for this fun service — come dressed as a shepherd, an angel, a wise man, or even a super hero!

For a full list of Advent and Christmas events at Wells Cathedral, click here.

Taunton’s Winterfest

10am-8pm, 26 November 2023

Taunton’s WinterFest is a jam-packed day of festive fun with live music acts and performances, funfair rides, a Christmas market, charming Yuletide characters and the big Christmas light switch-on happening at 6pm. Santa will be enjoying the festivities too!

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Festive fun at Montacute House

From 25 November1 January (excluding Christmas Eve and Christmas Day).

Discover nine reindeer hidden around the house and garden, then explore the house – the ground floor will look beautifully festive. You’ll find trees twinkling with lights, and tables ready for glorious Christmas feasts.

More info about festive Montacute

Christmas at Tyntesfield

2024 Family Reindeer making dates: 15, 21, 22 December 2024

Construct a festive wooden reindeer from parts provided by the Somerset Bodgers. Each day has three two-hour sessions – 10.30am, 12.30pm and 2pm. Book early to avoid disappointment.

Christmas is particularly festive at Tyntesfield. Soak up a Victorian Christmas atmosphere inside the mansion house as the Gibbs family and servants set about their festive preparations.

Look out for a roaming Father Christmas, Christmas horse and carriage rides (£4 per person per ride, book on the day at front of the house), local choirs crooning Christmas classics in the chapel, a festive audio trail, plus seasonal Sunday markets for a spot of festive shopping.

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Tyntesfield Christmas
Tyntesfield Christmas

A Country Christmas – Dunster Castle

2023 dates: The castle and gardens are open 10am-4pm at weekends throughout December and daily from 16 December-1 January. The Stables Shop, Watermill Tearoom, parkland and car park are open daily.

Soak up the festive atmosphere at beautiful Dunster Castle, decorated for Christmas the way the Luttrell family – who owned the castle for 600 years – would have enjoyed back in the day. Expect rooms festooned with garlands, using flowers and foliage foraged from the gardens, resplendent Christmas trees, games, dressing up, seasonal treats and knitted robins hidden for your seeking pleasure! 

For buckets of fresh winter air, download one of the guided walks on the National Trust’s Dunster website and explore 15 acres of gardens, natural play area.

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Dunster Castle Somerset
Dunster Castle

Mendip Activity Centre Twilight Tobogganing

2024 dates: 8 November-5 January

Mendip Activity Centre are running their popular Twilight Toboggan sessions this winter. Pop on your free santa hat and shimmy to festive music in between swooshing down slopes dusted with snow (from a machine) and glittering fairy lights.

Afterwards, head off along an illuminated path to a canopied woodland clearing for marshmallows, hot chocolate, s’mores and sparklers around the campfire. 

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Coates English Willow Christmas Sculpture Trail

2023 dates: 2-22 December (closed Sundays)

Coates English Willow has been weaving Festive Christmas Sculptures for you to find. Choose a wordsearch or picture quiz with a prize at the end.

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Coates English Willow
Coates English Willow

Magical Christmas Wonderland at Puxton Park 2023

2023 dates: (2-3, 9-10, 16-17, 20-24 December)

Festivities at Puxton Park includee gingerbread decorating with Mrs. Claus,  Santa’s Grotto, a Christmas Tree Village with a Wish Granting Tree and an Elves’ workshop in addition to the adventure park attractions, animal handling and indoor soft play.

Christmas Concert under Concorde, Fleet Air Arm Museum

2024 dates: 7pm, 12-13 December

Visitors can join the HMS Heron Royal Navy Volunteer Band for Carols under Concorde 002 in Hall Four of the Yeovilton Fleet Air Arm museum. The concert features several classics and festive numbers for the occasion. Tickets include a mince pie and mulled wine on arrival, and Tea/Coffee during the interval.

Fleet Air Arm Museum Yeovilton Somerset
Concorde at Fleet Air Arm Museum

Vee Dub Christmas Cruz, Weston-super-Mare

2023 dates: 10 December

See over VW vans, all lit up for Christmas, raising money for The Grand Appeal – the official charity for Bristol Children’s Hospital. The procession starts at the Queensway Retail Park around 5.15pm, and heads out around Worle, along the Boulevard and up to the seafront, down past the pier and on to Marine Parade.

Carols around the bandstand, Vivary Park Taunton

6.30-8pm, 11 December 2023

Taunton Deane Male Voice Choir and The New Horizon Singers will be belting out some festive numbers accompanied by Taunton Concert Band. Bring a torch or even better, a lantern!

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Somerset Rural Life Museum

Visit Somerset Rural Life Museum to paint a plate for Santa (22-23 Dec)and follow the festive trails. A reindeer trail will run everyday around the museum (£1, 1-30 December), feast in the farmhouse kitchen to discover how to make traditional Christmas food (19 December), get creative with Christmas crafts and activities (20-21 December), follow the interactive ‘The Twelve Days of Christmas’ (£1 per child, drop in, 28-30 December), sup mulled apple juice or cider warmed on the range (28 December), meet the animals from Second Chance Petting Farm (29 December), get ready for 2024 by making a calendar to hang on your wall (30 December).

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Somerset Rural Life museum
Somerset Rural Life Museum

Avon Valley Christmas experience

2023 Dates: 2, 3, 9, 10, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23 December

In addition to the usual indoor play barn, Dinosaur Valley, Mini Jeep Dino Safari, Jurassic Jump Pillows, Chair-O-Planes and farm animals, plus magic, song and dance in Santa’s Show.

Join a race against the clock to get Rudolph feeling fully festive-ready for Christmas Eve. and if you’re brave enough, knock on the Grinch’s door and see if you can make his heart grow! Hop on The Elf Express Miniature Steam Train, pick a gift from Santa’s toy shop and see how Mrs Claus makes gingerbread people, before creating your own reindeer food (beside resident reindeer) to take home.

The Post Room will be open for you to send a letter (or use the Avon Valley SMS – Santa Messaging Service) to send any last minute requests to Father Christmas.

And if all that wasn’t Christmas enough for you, Avon Valley are also hosting a Christmas Lights Trail (not included within your ticket but can be purchased separately) and a festive family fun fair – phew!

Book tickets here

Avon Valley Christmas Experience Santa Show
Avon Valley Christmas Experience Santa Show

Somerset Christmas lights switch-on 2023

Yeovil Christmas lights switch-on, King George Street

4-7pm, 18 November 2023

Join together to switch on the town centre Christmas lights and illuminate the Christmas tree in the Quedam. With acts starting from 4.30pm there will be live music and dance from local and professional groups, family-friendly creative activities in Yeovil Art Space, seasonal delights at EPS Yeovil and a craft market offering you the chance to start your Christmas shopping early with local produce and hand made crafts from local artists. 

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Christmas lights switch-on and lantern parade, Frome

When? 22 November 2024

Ignite your Christmas spirit at Frome’s Christmas Light the Night lights switch-on. The lantern procession parades through the town centre, carols, festive food stalls and Father Christmas in his grotto. Be sure to check Frome Lanterns website for workshop details and more information closer to the night.

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South Petherton Christmas lights switch-on

1.30-4.30pm, 24 November 2024

An afternoon of Christmas fun with music from Stoke-sub-Hamdon Brass Band in the village square, crafts and games in Blake Hall, decoration-making in St Peter and St Paul church, a craft fair at The Brewers Arms and businesses open late. Lights are switched on at 4.30pm.

Bruton’s Christmas Evening, High Street

4-8pm, 7 December 2023

Enjoy early Christmas magic in Bruton High Street – see the Christmas Tree switched on at Crown Green at 5.30pm, browse food, drink and craft stalls and watch Father Christmas and his Elves arrive, abseiling down from the top of the Chapel! Santa will then take up temporary residence in his Grotto.

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Christmas workshops

Christmas Candle Making Workshop, Bishops Palace, Wells

10am-1pm, 2-5pm 3 December

Join Becky Webster to make and decorate two Christmas candles. Enjoy cake, make a Christmas orange pomander and enjoy the 14 acres of glorious gardens. All ingredients and kit are provided, but it is recommended visitors bring along an apron as it can get messy! 

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Christmas Wreath-making Workshop, Bishop’s Palace

11am-2pm, 9 December 2023

Get your festive creative juices flowing at this wreath-making workshop led by Crafty Gardener, Louise Bastow. Design Christmassy constructions with lots of traditional greenery, plus dried and foraged material. £55

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Christmas wreath workshop wilde and green martock workspace

Children’s Christmas Workshop, Ilminster Arts Centre

10am 9th December 2023

This family-friendly workshop teaches adults and children how to dip and dye a candle or two to give as a Christmas gift for someone special. There’s also the chance to make a mosaic star to hang on the tree. Suitable for 5+.

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Christmas Theatre in Somerset

Tacchi Morris Arts Centre, Taunton

Taunton Brewhouse

The Front Room

The Blakehay, Weston-super-Mare

The Playhouse, Weston-super-Mare

Where to see Santa in Somerset

Visit Father Christmas, Taunton Brewhouse

2024 dates: 4-23 December

Father Christmas is setting up a residency at Taunton Brewhouse for the second year in a row! Make your way through an enchanted forest inspired by the whimsical world of Pinocchio, all crafted from recycled materials.

Visitors can join a jolly forest elf to create a tree decoration and hear the latest news from the North Pole, followed by a meeting with Father Christmas as he prepares for the big day in his Somerset workshop. Before you leave, you’ll receive a make-at-home gift to cherish and enjoy with your family.

Santa’s grotto at Museum of Somerset

2-22 December

On arrival, Santa’s elves will guide you to the magical grotto to meet with Santa, and each kiddo will receive a special gift. After seeing Santa, pop over to the museum for more Christmassy fun following the Reindeer Trail (£1). The café will be open serving hot drinks and seasonal treats.

Cost £6 per child (to include a gift from Santa)

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Somerset Rural Life Museum, Glastonbury

 4 and 19 December

Friendly elves will guide you to Santa, who will be waiting in the Farmhouse Kitchen. After a chat, and a gift from the man in red, you can explore the museum and have a go at the special Christmas Trail. The Grain Store Café will be open serving festive treats. At the end of your visit, make a Christmas decoration to take home with you!

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Weston Grotto, We are Super Studios, The Sovereign, Weston-super-Mare

2023 dates: Join Santa and his elves every Saturday and Sunday in December.
✨ Explore the Elf Workshop
✨ Unleash your creativity with cool Christmas crafts
✨ Dive into the holiday spirit with Christmas games
✨ Enjoy playtime with toys, building blocks, teddies, snow, and snowball fights
✨ Don’t miss a visit to Santa in his charming grotto for Christmas stories and a special gift.

Tickets £12.

Thursdays are extra special with Supper with Santa:
🎉 Party it up with the elves, Santa, and Action Pussycat at an interactive disco.
🎮 Engage in fun Christmas games and frolic in the snow.
🍔 Feast on a meal from Burger King.

Tickets: £15

Father and Mother Christmas at Bishops Palace, Wells

Make your way through the decorated rooms of The Bishop’s Palace to find Mother and Father Christmas’ grotto. Each family will have exclusive time with Father and Mother Christmas and receive a special Christmas gift.

Father Christmas at Wookey Hole Winter Wonderland

2023 dates: 16, 18-21 December

Wookey Hole decorate their famous caves with thousands of fairy lights for their festive season, turning it into a magical twinkling grotto. Guided tours take you through the spectacular caverns and then you’re free to explore above ground, where you’ll find a giant gorilla, fairy garden, animatronic dinosaurs, festive 4D cinema, circus shows, soft play, Victorian-style arcade and as part of the Christmas festivities, a chance to meet Santa and his elves.

Book to see Santa at Wookey Hole Winter Wonderland

Wookey hole show caves, Somerset
Wookey Hole Winter Wonderland

Christmas-themed fun day at The Helicopter Museum

2024 dates: 8 December

See Santa arrive by helicopter, then meet him and his elves in his grotto and sit in his sleigh. In addition there are open cockpits, facepainting, a seasonal fayre and charity stalls.

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Santa Grotto, The Grand Pier

Christmas at Cheddar Gorge and Caves

Selected dates from 18 November 2024

Did you know that it’s not just cheese stored in Gough’s Cave, but lots of toys too! Father Christmas will be stopping off to ensure his operations are up to scratch and has decided that while the final tweaks are made, he will invite you behind the scenes to marvel at the magic that is Christmas at Cheddar. You’ll see elves checking destinations, busy sorting letters and making toys.

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Christmas at Cheddar Gorge
Christmas at Cheddar Gorge

Visit Father Christmas at Sheppy’s House of Cider

2023 dates: 2-10 December, (10am-4pm – weekends, 3-6pm weekdays)

Father Christmas is getting into the Somerset spirit and greeting families in his Sheppy’s Oak Vat grotto! Children will receive a gift and activity pack and afterwards, can visit the donkeys in the Old Barn, take a winter stroll around the orchards or pop by the Christmas Craft Fair (2-3 December).

More info on Sheppy’s Santa Grotto

Cadbury Garden Centre Santa Grotto

Santa’s coming to Cadbury Garden Centre, The Elves are eagerly awaiting your arrival and busy making a gift for you to collect on the way out. Meet Santa in his grotto, go for Christmas afternoon tea or try the breakfast with Santa experience!

Book tickets to the Santa experience here

Weston Pier Santa Grotto 2024, Weston-super-Mare

2024 dates: 23-24, 30 November, 1, 7-8, 14-15, 21-24 December

Meet the jolly man himself a quarter of a mile out to sea (depending on tide times of course) and receive a special Christmas gift.

For a Santa visit with a different festive flavour for your little mischief maker, head over on the weekend of 14-15 December 2024 when Mr Grinch is doing a takeover! This green grump will be posing as the magical man himself in an attempt to steal your Christmas spirit!

Book Weston Pier Santa here

Santa grotto weston super mare
Santa grotto, The Grand Pier

Christmas Grotto at Space Adventurers, Taunton

Enjoy a magical 2.5 hour experience hosted by one of Santa’s elves. Create your own reindeer food, decorate gingerbread snacks and make a Christmas decoration to take home. Santa Claus will give each child a personalised meet and greet (thanks to a special form), there’ll be snow ball fights with the elves, a special Christmas Lapland Post-Office Pop up, plus a human-size elf on the shelf.

Kids will also be able to have a go on the soft play when not visiting the grotto.

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Sister soft play,  Ocean Adventurers, will also be hosting a similar Christmas grotto in Cheddar.

Book here to see Santa at Ocean Adventurers this year

Santa’s grotto and Grinchmas Party, Chicagos, Yeovil

2023 dates: 16 December

Pop along to meet Santa on 16 December (1-2pm, 2-3pm). Tickets (£10 per child) include unlimited soft drinks, and there will be breakfast baps available for adults. Or meet Santa and his elf in a Christmas grotto on 17 December, from 3pm-6pm. Cost will be £10 per child and include a gift.

For fans of The Grinch, there’ll also be a festive Grinchmas party from 1-3pm on 10 December 2023. Tickets include a meal, drink and a gift.

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Tea with Santa, Yeovil Railway Centre

2023 dates: 2 & 9 December

Kids can meet Santa (and receive a present), join in with games, music and tuck into a kids’ buffet. 

Adults £5 each, children £10 each. NB There is no train ride with this event.

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Santa Specials, Yeovil Railway Centre

2023 dates: 3, 10, 16, 17, 21, 23 December

Travel in a decorated heritage carriage on a steam locomotive (about 1/3rd mile long), before making your way to the ex GWR Transfer Shed, to meet Santa and receive a gift.

To add to the festive spirit there’s also award-winning Christmas displays to marvel at and the chance to dance and play in falling snow.

Adult tickets include a mince pie and hot drink.

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Christmas Santa trains in Somerset

Santa Express West Somerset Railway

2023 dates: 2-24 December

Step aboard the Santa Express and take an unforgettable journey through West Somerset’s winter woodlands on a round trip from Bishop’s Lydeard to Williton. Inside festively-decorated heritage carriages, Santa’s presents (made from 100% recycled materials) and refreshments will be waiting at your table and he’ll be along for the ride to make sure you’ve found them! West Somerset Railway also run a Winter Lights experience with an illuminated train.

West Somerset Railway info and ticket availability

Magical Christmas Experience, Somerset Reindeer Ranch, Yeovil

2023 dates: 2-3, 9-10, 16-17, 21-23 December

Head off on a magical, elf-led guided tour to see real-life reindeer and have story time with Santa. This one-hour experience involves a (Narnia-esque) journey through a magical wardrobe, luxury hot chocolate, reindeer feeding (£2 per portion) and a gift for youngsters under 16. 

Christmas markets and shopping in Somerset

Old Rowlands All Year Christmas Shop, Cheddar Gorge

“Oh I wish it could be Christmas every daaayy”… Well, it is at Old Rowlands! Immerse yourself in the festive surroundings and pick up Christmas decorations of all shapes and sizes.

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Christmas Markets

During the festive period, there are lots of Christmas markets in Somerset to potter around, from famous, long-standing annual events, o smaller village hall affairs. All promise unique, local, handmade crafts, festive treats and oodles of Yuletide cheer. I’ve put together a list of Christmas markets in Somerset taking place this festive season in order of when they’ll be happening.

Christmas market

Farm shops in Somerset

There’s something so lovely about pondering with an expert over a cheese or hunk of meat for a special occasion. At Christmas, Somerset’s glorious farm shops are brimming with festive goodies, tasty gifts, stocking fillers and scrummy delights for your Christmas feasting. Here are 18 of the best farm shops you’ll find in the county.

What's on this Christmas in Somerset

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