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Staffordshire Christmas Events

Christmas in Staffordshire promises to be exciting, sparkling and fun for all the family this winter, with open-air ice-skating, real reindeer, winter wonderlands and traditional festive markets.

Shugborough at ChristmasHundreds of candles and fresh flowers will bring a sparkle to the Victorian Candlelit Evenings at the Shugborough Estate which run from 2 to 5 December. Santa, complete with a team of real reindeer, will be meeting children at the estate farm on 12, 13, 19 and 20 December when the estate will be bathed in magical snow showers and carol singers, a barrel organist and stilt walkers. Tickets for the Victorian Candlelit Evenings cost £10 for adults and £5 for children.

For more Victorian Christmas celebrations, visit the Market Square in Stafford town centre on 28 November, where stall holders will be dressed in traditional costume, selling arts, crafts, antiques and fresh farm produce. Browse for Christmas gifts or take a ride on the Victorian Carousel.

At the Alton Towers Resort this Christmas, Santa rides again with Santa’s Lunch Day packages and Santa Sleepover Festive Breaks, available throughout December. A selection of rides will be open for hotel residents, as will the Monorail, transporting guests into a winter wonderland.

Trentham Estate is hosting an array of seasonal activities throughout December from the Santa experience and outdoor ice skating to rodeo reindeers, all adjacent to the Shopping Village. Enjoy card holders will receive 20% off the Winter Ice Rink during term time.

There is something for young and old at the Museum of Cannock Chase’s Christmas Family Day on 6 December, including Christmas Carols, Punch & Judy, Christmas storytelling sessions and a special Wartime Christmas in the 1940s Room. Santa and his Elf will be in the Coal Mine and there will also be festive drop-in art and craft workshops.

At the Birches Valley Forest Centre in Cannock Chase, real Christmas trees will be available to buy. Soak up the atmosphere with thousands of fresh Christmas trees available to buy as well as traditional festive decorations. The centre will be open daily throughout December.

Hitch a ride on a sledge or slide on foot through the magical Winter Wonderland at Tamworth’s SnowDome. Real snow is, of course, guaranteed, along with real reindeer and a festive Winter Wonderland show. Open daily throughout November and December, Santa will be accompanied by children’s favourite, Sooty. Standard tickets are £16.95 per person and saver tickets cost £12.95.

Leek is turning the clock back over 100 years on Saturday 5 December with a Dickensian Market. Outdoor traders, fine food purveyors, crafts and antique stalls will display their wares in The Market Place, dressed in period costume and accompanied by traditional street entertainers, rides and much more.

For more information about Christmas events in Staffordshire visit www.enjoystaffordshire.com

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