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Prepare for festive fun at these Christmas events in Somerset!

Celebrate Christmas in a Somerset holiday cottage and enjoy a packed itinerary at the many local Christmas activities in Somerset this year.

From outdoor ice rinks to Santa’s grottos, there’s something for everyone to enjoy in Somerset this Christmas.

Read our list of Somerset Christmas events for endless Xmas excitement…


Christmas at Kilver Court

Christmas Shopping at Kilver Court

Image credit: Kilver Court

This Somerset Christmas event is at the beautiful Kilver Court, around a 30-minute drive from Bath in Shepton Mallet.

Kilver Court has its origins in high fashion; it was the original headquarters of the Mulberry empire. Nowadays it has three excellent retail outlets including Mulberry, Toast and Yves Delorme.

This Pop-Up Christmas event in Somerset will be a feast of food, fashion, interiors and plenty more.

You’ll find quality products and gift ideas here, and the stunning Kilver Court Gardens with be open for the duration of the Pop-Up Christmas event.

When: Thursday 9th & Friday 10th December, 9:30am – 5pm

More information: Kilver Court


Percy the Park Keeper’s Winter Wander Trail at Dunster Castle

Head to Dunster this December and explore this lovely winter trail with your family. Children will love joining Percy and his animals on a winter adventure.

This outdoor attraction offers families a great Christmas activity in Somerset to enjoy with their little ones!

When: Saturday 4th December to Sunday 2nd January (The trail will take place on weekend’s in December and in the Christmas school holidays)

More information: Dunster Castle and Watermill


Winterlights at West Somerset Railway

West Somerset Railway Santa Special

Image credit: West Somerset Railway

Enjoy a magical journey this Christmas in Somerset on the West Somerset Railway. Returning once again is the amazing Winterlights event.

Take a seat aboard the illuminated train and embark on a brilliant winter adventure. The woodlands and surrounding scenery have been transformed into displays that shine and glow!

This Somerset Christmas event is a great day out for all ages and is perfect for families.

When: Friday 19th November to Friday 31st December

More information: West Somerset Railway


Santa’s Grotto 2021 in Weston-super-Mare

One of the best Christmas things to do in Somerset with children is to pay a visit to the jolly man himself! Head to Weston-super-Mare’s Grand Pier to visit Santa’s Grotto 2021.

With socially distanced measures in place for this Somerset Christmas event, your little ones can stay safe and still enjoy the magic of Christmas.

When: Thursday 25th November, Weekends in December and 20th, 23rd, 24th December.

More information: Grand Pier


Planet Ice Bristol

Winter Wonderland Ice Skating at Cribbs Causeway, Bristol

Image credit: Cribbs Causeway

Ice skating is a great Christmas activity in Somerset to enjoy! This fantastic ice rink arena opened in October 2021.

Set in the popular Cribbs Causeway retail park, this awesome ice rink is on the doorstep of over 150 stores, ideal for any last minute Christmas shopping.

More information: Planet Ice Bristol


Bath on Ice and Glow Golf

Wrap up warm for this festive Christmas event in Somerset in the heart of Bath. Bath on Ice returns to Royal Victoria Park, with 1,000 square metres of smooth ice, it’s bigger than ever!

For those who are more Bambi on ice rather than Torvill and Dean, there’s another fantastic Somerset Christmas pop-up next door. Enjoy a round of adventure golf at Glow Golf, decked out with mesmerising light installations.

When: Friday 12th November to Monday 3rd January

More information: Bath on Ice


Winter Wonderland at Wookey Hole

Enjoy a trip to Wookey Hole and experience their amazing Somerset Christmas event, Winter Wonderland at Wookey Hole!

Come and see the magical caves illuminated with Christmas characters on an amazing tour. Little ones will be greeted by elves before meeting Santa himself. Each child can then choose a present from Santa’s Toy Factory.

For more Somerset Christmas fun, head to the 4D Adventure Sleigh Ride cinema showing the charming feature film ‘Happy Feet’ daily!

There will also be an incredible Christmas Circus Show with sparkling performances from trapeze, hula and juggling artists as well as magic.

When: Saturday 20th November to Wednesday 24th December, Saturday 27th December to Sunday 2nd January

More information: Wookey Hole


Accommodation for your Christmas events in Somerset

Embrace the winter delights of a Somerset Christmas at one of the many beautiful holiday cottages with Helpful Holidays.

For those seeking a scenic, coastal break, head to a Minehead holiday cottage for brisk walks on the beach in winter. Or head into the Exmoor National Park to a Porlock Weir cottage and be just a stone’s throw from the wilderness and enchantment of Exmoor.

Be in the midst of the Somerset Christmas action in a North Somerset cottage. Explore towns and villages like Wells, Glastonbury, Burnham-on-Sea and of course the beautiful city of Bristol.


Discover an array of festive Christmas markets in the South West to visit during your Somerset Christmas break.

Make wonderful memories this Christmas in Somerset with Helpful Holidays!