Top local listings for December events in Hertfordshire that are perfect for babies, toddlers, big kids and families!

Discover what’s on near you, including children’s activities, workshops, shows, open days and fun things to do.

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Events running throughout December

Santa Spectacular – St Albans
21st November – 24th December 2018
Willows Activity Farm, Coursers Road, London Colney, St Albans, Hertfordshire, AL4 0PF
There is so much to do at Santa Spectacular with a full day out of indoor and outdoor fun including meeting Santa in his glorious grotto and receiving a golden key to his Toy Shop, attending Elf Academy, saying hello to Santa’s reindeer and so much more.
www.willowsactivityfarm.com
Cost: From £14.00 for adults, £30.00 for children and £19.50 for under 2s (discounts for disabilities and seniors).

Meraki Christmas Festival, St Albans
Herts Showground, Dunstable Rd, St Albans AL3 7PT – Friday 30 November to Thursday 6 December 2018
Verulamium Park, St Albans, AL3 4SL – Saturday 8 December to Saturday 22 December 2018
The event will host FREE live DJs as part of the lauch (Ultrabeat on Fri 30th Nov and Judge Jules Sat 1st Dec) from 5pm so familys can come and have a great festive party experiance. There will also be a Father Christmas Experience, Ice Skating, Comedians and other activities (Entrance and DJs are free, tickets will need to be booked for other activities, parking will be £4 per car for the day at Herts Showground).
www.facebook.com/MerakiFestivalMagic/events

Santa Claus and The Magical Christmas Journey 2018 at Watford Colosseum
Saturday 1st to Monday 24th December 2018
Watford Colosseum, Rickmansworth Road, WD23 3JN
From the producers of last year’s record breaking production, the next adventure in the collection is filled with songs, nursery rhymes and magic promises to be the Christmas treat you won’t want to miss. A truly unforgettable experience which includes the magical moment when snowflakes fall over the audience – a guaranteed white Christmas at every show! Recommended for children aged 2 – 7 years, but all children welcome. 
watfordcolosseum.co.uk
Cost: £13.50 – £16.50

Children’s Christmas Trail at Ashridge Estate
Weekends in December and 26th, 27th and 28th of December 2018, 10.00am – 3.00pm
Near Berkhamsted, Hertfordshire, HP4 1LT
Come to the visitor centre to start your Christmas adventure here at Ashridge. Santa needs your help to work out how many presents to bring to the animals on the estate by counting them in their decorated dens.
www.nationaltrust.org.uk/events
Cost: £3 per trail including your own special Christmas gift at the end.

Christmas Tales –  Southgate
5th December – 30th December 2018, various times
Rayne Theatre, Chase Side, Southgate, London, N14 4PE
With puppets, singing, dancing and some larger-than-life characters, Christmas Tales is guaranteed to entertain the very youngest of audience (and grown-ups too!), leaving everyone happy and joyful at this most wonderful time of the year! Aimed at children aged 0-7 years.
www.chickenshed.org.uk/christmas-tales
Cost: £10,  Family Ticket (2 adults + 2 children or 1 adult + 3 children) £35, Free to babies under 1yr

Christmas Tales –  Enfield
Thu 6 Dec, Fri 14 Dec, Sun 16 Dec, Tue 18 Dec, Wed 19 Dec, Thu 20 Dec, Fri 21 Dec, Sat 22 Dec, Sun 23 Dec, Thu 27 Dec, Fri 28 Dec, Sat 29 Dec & Sun 30 Dec
Dugdale Centre, 39 London Rd, Enfield, EN2 6DS
With puppets, singing, dancing and some larger-than-life characters, Christmas Tales is guaranteed to entertain the very youngest of audience (and grown-ups too!), leaving everyone happy and joyful at this most wonderful time of the year! Aimed at children aged 0-7 years.
www.chickenshed.org.uk/christmas-tales
Cost: £8, Free to babies under 1yr

 

Events: 1st December – 7th December 2018

Christmas Storytime at The Old Barn, Hay Wood
Saturday 1st December 2018, 11.00am-2.00pm
Off London Road, Hemel Hempstead, HP1 2RG
To help you get in the mood for Christmas there will be arts and crafts and fun activities for all the family to take part in.Santa will make an appearance in his grotto and his elves will be there to support him too!
www.boxmoortrust.org.uk

Christmas Craft and Trail at Britich Schools Museum, Hitchin
Saturday 1st December 2018, 11.00am-12.00pm & 2.00pm-3.00pm
41/42 Queen Street, SG4 9TS
Get the children into the festive mood and come and create some Victorian style Christmas decorations to take home at our drop-in craft sessions 11-12pm and 2-3pm. You can also explore the charmingly decorated Headmaster’s House and complete Noel’s Present Trail, which is available all day during our usual public opening hours.
www.facebook.com/events/2215988468649632
Cost: Adult £5.50Child (5 -17) £3.00Under 5’s FREE

Christmas Storytime at Hatfield Library
Saturday 1st December 2018, 3.15pm-3.45pm
Queensway, Hatfield, Herts, AL10 0LT
Christmas storytime! All activity sessions are free but have a suggested voluntary donation of £1.00
www.hertfordshire.gov.uk

St Ippolyts Church Nativity Crib Festival
Saturday 1st to Sunday 2nd December 2018, 11.00am-5.00pm
St Ippolyts Church, Ashbrook Lane, St Ippolyts, Hitchin SG4 7PB
Now firmly established as a parish tradition our beautiful Nativity Festival marks the start of the festive season in St Ippolyts. We will be filling the church with as many nativity crib sets as we can possibly cram in – last year we managed nearly 200! Unbelievably we rarely have any duplicates, they vary in size from tiny to life size, made from virtually anything you could think of (even banana leaves!) and from all around the world. Each has its own “story” beside it and learning what makes the cribs special to their owners is the magic of the festival.
www.stippolytschurch.org.uk

Sunday Lunch with Santa – Knebworth
Sunday 2nd December 2018
Knebworth House, Knebworth, Hertfordshire, SG3 6PY
Give your family an early Christmas treat with a fantastic lunch at Knebworth Barns, complete with a visit from Santa and a gift for every child. It’s never too early to be thinking about Christmas, tickets are expected to sell out early! Pre-booking essential. Dates also on the 9th and 16th.
www.knebworthhouse.com
Cost: Adult £25.00 Child £12.00

Crafty Chefs Toddler Cooking Workshop
Wednesday 5th December 2018, 1.30pm-2.30pm
Irkdale Avenue, Enfield, EN1 4BD
One hour cooking workshop for preschoolers on Wednesdays and Fridays during term time. Make and bake a different recipe and then have a snack and a drink whilst we read a story, taste and talk about the incredients we are using. Please contact organiser to confrim availabilty, before booking as there are only 6 places. Age Group : All ages but best for pre-schoolers.
www.craftychefs.co.uk
Cost: £8 per child

KCC Little Ones, Hatfield
Thursday 6th December 2018, 10.00am-11.30am
The Harrier, Assembly Hall, 91 Bishops Rise, Hatfield, AL10 9BZ
KCC Little Ones is our group for 0-5’s. All are welcome, mums, dads, grandparents and carers. It is a great time to meet others in the local area and have a cup of tea while the kids play.
www.kcchatfield.org.uk

Crafty Chefs Toddler Cooking Workshop
Friday 7th December 2018, 1.30pm-2.30pm
Irkdale Avenue, Enfield, EN1 4BD
One hour cooking workshop for preschoolers on Wednesdays and Fridays during term time. Make and bake a different recipe and then have a snack and a drink whilst we read a story, taste and talk about the incredients we are using. Please contact organiser to confrim availabilty, before booking as there are only 6 places. Age Group : All ages but best for pre-schoolers.
www.craftychefs.co.uk
Cost: £8 per child

Christmas Family Disco at Oval Community Centre, Stevenage
Friday 7th December 2018, 5.00pm-7.00pm
Vardon Road, SG1 5RD
Free drink and goodie bag per child. Collect a free Santa gift before you leave.
www.facebook.com/events/1771094392960253
Cost: Tickets available now from the office £1.50pp. These must be purchased in advance and cannot be reserved.

 

Events: 8th December – 14th December 2018

Christmas Carol Service at Paradise Wildlife Park
Saturday 8th December 2018, 2.00pm
Age Concern Hall, Priory Street, Ware, Hertfordshire, SG12 0DE
Join the Park for our annual carol concert on Saturday 8th December at 2pm in the Jungle Theatre? Be greeted by our Reindeer, treat yourself to a mince pie and a glass of mulled wine and join in the sing-along. A local School’s children’s choir will also be there on the day.
www.pwpark.com

Skate with Santa at Planet Ice, Hemel Hempstead
Saturday 8th December 2018, 2.00pm
Jarman square, Jarman Way, Hemel Hempstead, Hertfordshire, HP2 4JS
Step inside Santa’s Grotto* at Planet Ice and discover the magic of Christmas. This year, you and your little ones can experience Christmas and meet Santa and his elves at his magical grotto* until Christmas Eve. Wonder at the twinkling lights, glistening trees as you make your way to meet Santa. What could be more enchanting this festive season?
planet-ice.co.uk
Cost: From £13.00

Sunday Lunch with Santa – Knebworth
Sunday 9th December 2018
Knebworth House, Knebworth, Hertfordshire, SG3 6PY
Give your family an early Christmas treat with a fantastic lunch at Knebworth Barns, complete with a visit from Santa and a gift for every child. It’s never too early to be thinking about Christmas, tickets are expected to sell out early! Pre-booking essential. Dates also on the 2nd and 16th.
www.knebworthhouse.com
Cost: Adult £25.00 Child £12.00

Crafty Chefs Toddler Cooking Workshop
Wednesday 12th December 2018, 1.30pm-2.30pm
Irkdale Avenue, Enfield, EN1 4BD
One hour cooking workshop for preschoolers on Wednesdays and Fridays during term time. Make and bake a different recipe and then have a snack and a drink whilst we read a story, taste and talk about the incredients we are using. Please contact organiser to confrim availabilty, before booking as there are only 6 places. Age Group : All ages but best for pre-schoolers.
www.craftychefs.co.uk
Cost: £8 per child

Crafty Chefs Toddler Cooking Workshop
Friday 14th December 2018, 1.30pm-2.30pm
Irkdale Avenue, Enfield, EN1 4BD
One hour cooking workshop for preschoolers on Wednesdays and Fridays during term time. Make and bake a different recipe and then have a snack and a drink whilst we read a story, taste and talk about the incredients we are using. Please contact organiser to confrim availabilty, before booking as there are only 6 places. Age Group : All ages but best for pre-schoolers.
www.craftychefs.co.uk
Cost: £8 per child

Christmas Pyjama Storytime and Soft Toy Sleepover at Welwyn Garden City Central Library 
Friday 14th December 2018, 4.30pm-5.15pm
Campus West, AL8 6AJ
Bookstart Bear invites you and your soft to a special Christmas Pyjama storytime and Soft toy sleepover at the library. A great chance for your child to enjoy some Christmas stories with their soft toy in the library, then when all the storytelling is done the toys are settled down to sleepover in the library.All the toys are collected the next day Saturday 15 December and look out for photos of what the toys got up to on Facebook and Twitter. This is a FREE event and no booking is needed. Donations are welcome.
www.facebook.com/events/185360512399354

 

Events: 15th December – 25th December 2018

Kiddi Caru Winter Wonderland, Redbourn
Saturday 15th December 2018, 10.00am-2.00pm
South Common, Redbourn, Hertfordshire AL3 7NB
Santa and his little elves have been working hard all year to create a magical Christmas Winter Wonderland at Redbourn House Day Nursery in Redbourn, Hertfordshire on Saturday 15th December from 10am – 2pm. Bring the whole family for free to enjoy some seasonal fun to get you into the Christmas spirit! Any kind donations on the day will be gratefully received for Home Start’s Snowflake Appeal which supports families across the UK. RSVP via their website and your little one will receive a free gift on the day. Don’t forget to ask about the special offers they are running at the event!
www.kiddicaru.com/events

Hansel and Gretel at The Sandpit Theatre, St Albans – SOLD OUT
Sat 15th December 2018, 11.30am and 2.30pm
Sandringham School, The Ridgeway, St Albans, AL4 9NX
Join Hansel and Gretel as they venture into the woods, trailing breadcrumbs as they go. The mischievous siblings are on the hunt for sweet treats in the heart of the forest – but might find more than they bargained for…
www.sandpittheatre.co.uk

A Christmas Carol at Abbey Theatre, St Albans
Sat 15th & Sun 16th December, Fri 21st –  Sun 23rd December & Thurs 27th – Sat 29th December 2018
Westminster Lodge, Holywell Hill, St Albans, AL1 2DL
Make your Christmas complete with a trip to Victorian London, home of old Ebenezer Scrooge. On a snowy Christmas Eve, three ghosts take Scrooge on a fantastic journey. By glimpsing his past, present and future, he learns to love Christmas and finally make friends with the kind people around him
www.abbeytheatre.org.uk/whats-on
Cost: £12; Concessions £11; 13 and Unders £6

Family Christmas Service, Hatfield
Sunday 16th December 2018, 10.00am-12.00pm
Onslow St Audrey’s School, Old Rectory Drive, Hatfield, AL10 8AB
King’s Community Church invites you to join us for our family carol service. There will be carols, craft activities, games and Christmas refreshments. We’d love you to join us!
www.kcchatfield.org.uk

Christ First Christmas Concert, Watford
Sunday 16th December 2018, 11.00am-12.00pm
Westfield Academy, Tolpits Ln, Watford, WD18 6NS v
A one-hour Christmas concert, with carols, videos, storytelling and more. It will be a fun and enjoyable morning for the whole family, followed by refreshments including mince pies and mulled wine. Please email us if you would like more details.
www.x1church.com

Sunday Lunch with Santa – Knebworth
Sunday 16th December 2018
Knebworth House, Knebworth, Hertfordshire, SG3 6PY
Give your family an early Christmas treat with a fantastic lunch at Knebworth Barns, complete with a visit from Santa and a gift for every child. It’s never too early to be thinking about Christmas, tickets are expected to sell out early! Pre-booking essential. Dates also on the 2nd and 9th.
www.knebworthhouse.com
Cost: Adult £25.00 Child £12.00

The Snowman at Watford Colosseum
Monday 17th December 2018, 4.30pm & 6.30pm
Watford Colosseum, Rickmansworth Road, WD23 3JN
This Christmas, join us on an immersive magical journey and experience the heartwarming tale of The Snowman, screened with live orchestra. Celebrating 40 years of it’s publication, this BAFTA winning classic, featuring the song “Walking in the Air”, this cinematic gem features Raymond Briggs’ story with music by Howard Blake, performed for you by Orpheus Sinfonia.This wonderful event is preceded by an interactive introduction, Orpheus Sinfonia will guide the audience to discover and find the instruments of the orchestra.
watfordcolosseum.co.uk
Cost: Child £12.50, Adult £15.50

Alphabetti Christmas Party at Walsworth Community Centre
Tuesday 18th December 2018, 10.30am-12.00pm
88 Woolgrove Road, SG4 0AU
Join Alphabetti for a morning of festive fun with Softplay and bouncy castle. Squash and biscuits available for all children. Mince pies and tea/ coffee for the adults.
www.facebook.com/events/338741693595457
Cost: £4 per child, £1 per child under 12 months, £2 per adult

Christmas Toddler Morning at Green Mill Museum
Thursday 20th December 2018, 2018, 10am, 11.15am, 1.15pm and 2.30pm.
Hatfield, AL9 5PD
Join us once a month for our relaxed and fun packed toddler workshops. Listen to stories. Make something together. Visit the Mill and Museum. Drink and biscuit provided. Coffee or tea for adults.
www.welhat.gov.uk
Cost:  £3.50 per toddler

Kiddi Caru Winter Wonderland, Hitchin
Fri 21st December 2018, 2.30pm-5.00pm
117 Grove Road, Hitchin, Hertfordshire SG4 0AA
Santa and his little elves have been working hard all year to create a magical Christmas Winter Wonderland at Kinders Mill Day Nursery in Hitchin, Hertfordshire on Friday 21st December from 2:30pm – 5pm. Bring the whole family for free to enjoy some seasonal fun to get you into the Christmas spirit! Any kind donations on the day will be gratefully received for Home Start’s Snowflake Appeal which supports families across the UK. RSVP via their website and your little one will receive a free gift on the day. Don’t forget to ask about the special offers they are running at the event!
www.kiddicaru.com/events

Elf and Happiness Family Christmas Rave at Hitchin Town Hall
Saturday 22nd December 2018, 10.00am-12.00pm
SG5 1JE
This Christmas we invite you and your little ones to come Elf Yourself and spread the Happiness at our Christmas family ‘JUNGLE’ rave. Our resident DJ ‘WONDER’ will be providing a jungle anthems, pitched perfectly to ensure it’s the parents as well as the children that won’t want to leave the dance floor. Vibrant oversized inflatables, sensory lighting, glow sticks, neon face paints, glitter cannons, face glitter and entertainment to add to the magic and give the event an authentic ‘old skool’ vibe. Ideal for 2 to 8 year old mini-ravers, younger or older siblings are welcome.
www.facebook.com/events/489284714915963
Cost: Early bird tickets from £5 available until 8pm 30th November! Prices on the door – Adults £10 and Diddy Rascals £7 (over 18 months) Under 18 months FREE

Children’s Christmas Cracker at Fairfield Community Hall, Hitchin
Saturday 22nd December 2018, 10.00am-12.00pm & 1.30pm-3.30pm – SELLING FAST
Kipling Crescent, Fairfield Park, Hitchin SG5 4GY
There will be a huge soft play area for your little ones to climb, build, crawl and play on. Not only that but I will have both my bouncy castles to keep your children entertained. Chantal from Creation Station and Katherine from Monkey Music will be attending. Chantal will be providing 2 different free craft activities for your children. There will also be the opportunity to make a festive themed keepsake at a small extra cost. Katherine will be offering 15 minute Monkey Music taster sessions. These will be broken down to different sessions aged at babies, children aged 3 months to 12 months ( crawlers) and then 12 months upwards.
www.facebook.com/events/2230921117152673
Cost: Tickets are priced at £5 per child aged 6 months and over. This also covers an accompanying adult. Any additional adults £2. Children under 6 months £1. These can purchased from Jen, by messaging through on the page or contacting 07917447245.

Christmas Grotto Experience at Secret Garden, Hitchin
Saturday 22nd December 2018, 1.00pm-3.00pm
10 Sun Street, SG5 1AE
Visit the Secret Garden this December for:- Story time with Santa; Singing and Dancing Elves; Christmas Craft Activities; Meet Santa – Free Gift. Tickets can be purchased online or from the Secret Garden.
www.facebook.com/events/705433713165617
Cost: £12 under 3’s, £15 over 3’s

Winnie the Pooh, Datchworth
Fri 21st – Sun 23rd & Fri 28th to Sun 30th December 2018, 2.00pm or 7.00pm
Datchworth Village Hall, 52 Datchworth Green, Datchworth, Knebworth, SG3 6TL
Signature Theatre UK welcomes you to our first production, the beloved, Winnie the Pooh. Something the whole family can share together during this magical time of year, with their favourite bear! Come and discover what is happening in the 100 Aker Wood along with Christopher Robin and all of the characters that we know and love so well.
www.signaturetheatre.co.uk
Cost: £10.00 + booking fee

Children’s Christmas Party at Crooked Billet, Stevenage
Sunday 23rd December 2018, 3.00pm-5.00pm
Symonds Green Lane, SG1 2HP
Sunday 23rd December the Crooked Billet will be hosting a Children’s Christmas Party 3-5pm, there will be music, games and Santa will be coming in to give all the children a present and its all FREE! Fancy dress optional but its Christmas so why not!
www.facebook.com/events/343862356191767

Christ First Christmas Concert by Candlelight, Croxley Green
Sunday 23rd December 2018, 5.00pm-6.00pm
Fuller Way Church, Fuller Way, Croxley Green, WD3 3PJ
A one-hour Christmas concert, with carols, videos, storytelling and more. It will be a fun and enjoyable morning for the whole family, followed by refreshments including mince pies and mulled wine. Please email us if you would like more details.
www.x1church.com