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Surrey Christmas Markets 2018

Date: 9th November 2018
Author: Sarah Twist
Publisher: Darwin Escapes
Park: Tilford Woods Lodge Retreat

Surrey has an abundance of Christmas markets to get you in the festive spirit, take a look at our top picks…

Tilford Woods Lodge Retreat is perfectly placed to explore Surrey and all it has to offer, and this festive season there is an endless amount of Christmas markets in the charming villages and towns in and around the local area for you to choose from. We are also only a 50 minute train journey to London, which means you can discover what the city has to offer over the festive period, visit some of the worlds most popular Christmas markets and retreat back to the picturesque countryside of Tilford Woods in under an hour. See below for our top picks of the best Christmas markets in and around Surrey…

Christmas Arts & Crafts Fair

Where: The Lightnox, GU21 4AA / When: 1st & 2nd Dec / Times: 10:30am – 5pm / Prices: Free (Donations welcomed)

Head to the Lightbox for some arts and crafts this Christmas, the fair will be hosting a range of stalls from local makers, selling beautiful paintings, handcrafted furniture, pictures, wool items, jewellery and so much more, there will also be food and live music throughout the two day fair to add to the festive atmosphere. This charming craft fair will be fun for all and you may find that perfect, handmade present that you couldn’t find on the high street.

Winter Wonderland

Where: Hyde Park W2 2UH / When: 22nd Nov – 6th Jan / Times: 9am – 9pm / Prices: Free (activities cost extra)

Winter Wonderland turns London’s Hyde Park into a festive delight for all ages, with fun shows and Christmas markets to explore. The festive activities at Winder Wonderland include the UK’s largest outdoor ice rink, Peter Pan on Ice show, and an evening showing of the spectacular Cirque Berserk, as well as an amazing fairground with endless rides for the whole family to enjoy including the world’s largest transportable roller coaster. There will be over 200 traditional wooden chalets hosting beautiful and unique items from local businesses and makers, which will include jewellery, decorations, crafts and wonderful trinkets. You can also enjoy the various food stalls offering mouth-watering street food, from churros and hot dogs to warming mulled wine and fresh hot chocolate. Winter Wonderland at Hyde Park is one of the most popular Christmas markets in the UK, don’t miss out on all the festive cheer in the heart of one of the biggest cities in the world.

Watts Christmas Weekend

Where: Watts Gallery, GU3 1DQ / When: 24th & 25th Nov / Times: 10am – 4pm / Prices: £13. Booking Essential: 01483 901809

The Watts Christmas Weekend was a sell-out event last year, so make sure to book early if you can so you don’t miss out on all the fabulous fun to be had at this wonderful gallery. For fun for the whole family, you can all get stuck into the activity sessions which includes carol singing, wreath making, poetry paper chains, creating terracotta tree decorations and gingerbread goblins. Explore the artisan stalls from local producers and makers, who will be selling handmade goodies for you to purchase, including gifts and jewellery, then head to the award-winning Tea Shop for some pumpkin soup, mince pies and mulled wine.

Late Night Christmas Shopping & Craft Fair

Where: Denbies Wine Estate, RH5 6AA / When: 10th Dec / Times: 5pm – 8pm / Prices: Free to Enter

Denbies offers a fabulous festive time for all the family this Christmas, the crafts fair will be hosting a number of talented local makers and craftspeople who will be selling unique and original gifts you couldn’t buy on the high street, there will also be festive music throughout the evening, charming carol singers, as well as delicious mulled wine and mince pies, with a special visit from Santa himself! For an extra treat for the little ones buy a ticket for the popular Santa’s Cellar Grotto, for £8.25 per child and £3 per adult you can all enjoy a fun outdoor train ride to go to the Grotto where the little ones will also receive a sticker book and have lots of fun doing Christmas crafts in the Grotto, adults can enjoy the delicious mince pies on offer during their time in the Grotto.

Christmas in Leicester Square

Where: Leicester Sq, WC2H 7DE / When: 9th Nov – 6th Jan / Times: 10am – 10pm / Prices: Free (shows & grotto extra cost)

One of the most famous squares in London will be transformed for Christmas with a fabulously festive market and show for the whole family to enjoy. With over 25 stalls to stroll around and browse their offerings, you are sure to find that perfect Christmas gift you can’t get on the high street. The market will be hosting a range of items, including handcrafted gifts, beautiful handmade jewellery and wonderfully festive decorations to choose from. There will also be a wide range of family entertainment to enjoy, including the Parisian circus and The Showstoppers’ Christmas Kids Shows, as well as a wonderful performance of Roald Dahl’s popular novel Marvellous Medicine. The Little ones will also love to discover Santa’s Grotto, meeting the helpful elves and learning all about life at the North Pole before meeting the jolly man himself!

If you’re looking for a peaceful and tranquil surrounding to head back to after a busy day in London shopping then our Tilford Woods Lodge Retreat is the ideal place to book to stay. With easy access to London but also surrounded by the stunning Surrey countryside, our log-cabin style self-catering accommodation is the perfect location to lay your head after a long day!

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