The festivities are here! From Christmas trails and Winter walks to quality time with family during the New Year celebrations, there are plenty things to do across the county this month. Find out What’s On in Wiltshire this December…

Christmas Trails in Wiltshire

Whether you are celebrating Christmas in Wiltshire, or visiting during the festive period, there are plenty magical experiences waiting for you this month!

Festival of Light, Longleat

Home to the UK’s original, biggest and most exciting lantern festival, Longleat’s Festival of Light promises an even more extraordinary display this year! With a new theme, Treasured Trails, embark on a journey through this Christmas trail, as you rediscover childhood stories including scenes from The Lion, The With and the Wardrobe, Cinderella, Winnie the Pooh and more.

Continue your adventure with the Enchanted Christmas Tree show, Santa Train and of course, Longleat’s popular animal attractions!

Christmas with the National Trust this year is light and bright and full of festive joy.

Lacock at Christmas credit National Trust James Dobson
Credit National Trust/James Dobson

Looking for Father Christmas, a reindeer trail, decorated houses, festive crafts, Christmas trees and twinkling lights, winter walks and cosy cafés? No matter what kind of event your family would like this Christmas, you’ll find lots of opportunities for a festive day out with the National Trust in Wiltshire.

Enchanted Christmas at Westonbirt

Prepare to be dazzled by an enthralling winter wonderland, filled with sparkling lights, festive sounds, and mesmerising installations! Don’t miss Enchanted Christmas at Westonbirt Arboretum this December, where the magic of the festive season comes to life in spectacular illuminated fashion! Westonbirt’s captivating landscape and stunningly lit trees creates an enchanting world full of wonder and imagination – the perfect place to create cherished memories that will last a lifetime.

Festive Activities in Wiltshire

Make the most of quality time with family and friends by embarking on a range of festive activities in Wiltshire…

Festive Wreath Making Workshop

Visit The Riverside Hotel this month, for a creative workshop with Pauline and her team from Paloma Lily! Learn how to create a stunning festive wreath, the perfect decoration for the season. Pauline will share her trade secrets using the very best decorations and foliage available.

St Thomas’ Christmas Tree Festival

St Thomas Christmas Tree Event Salisbury

One of the biggest and best attended events of its type in the UK, St Thomas’ Christmas Tree Festival in Salisbury, showcases up to 100 beautifully decorated trees and nativity scenes, all provided to raise money for our nominated charities!

Christmas at STEAM Museum

Returning this Winter is the Christmas extravaganza at STEAM Museum. Step into a wonderland of over 50 Christmas market stalls, set amidst the museum’s award-winning displays of iconic GWR locomotives. From hand crafted jewellery to photographic prints, glass artworks and Christmas tree decorations, find the unique gift for someone special this month!

Salisbury Cathedral Twilight Tower Tours

Learn more about the construction of Salisbury’s architectural masterpiece with a unique Twilight Tower Tour of the Cathedral this month. Climb 332 steps to the base of Salisbury’s Spire and experience uninterrupted views of the city’s twinkling lights amidst the night sky. Inside, you’ll find breath-taking scenes of the Cathedral, whilst standing above the 32ft Christmas Tree.

Christmas at Mompesson House

Mompesson House in the Snow credit National Trust John Howes
Credit National Trust/John Howes

Designed to bring people together, Christmas at Mompesson House will be more spectacular than ever this year. Decorated for ‘A Christmas Carol’, enter Charles Dickens’ world and discover the sights, sounds and smells of a traditional Victorian Christmas. From Scrooge’s bedroom upstairs, to the Cratchits’ house and Dickens’ study, Mompesson House welcomes you to enjoy a full immersive experience this festive season…

Festive Performances in Wiltshire

Dick Whittington

Wiltshire welcomes panto season with a special performance of Dick Whittington at Salisbury Playhouse this month! Join Whittington and his cool cat Cosmo as they journey from Salisburyshire to London, in search of fame and fortune. Expect exciting escapades, dazzling dances and sparkling songs, the perfect way to celebrate the festive season!

Wiltshire Music Centre

Seating 300 people, the Wiltshire Music Centre in Bradford-on-Avon is a purpose-built concert hall and host to more than 100 events throughout the year! This Christmas, enjoy a range of performances including:

I’Fagiolini: Angels and Demons – Friday 1 December

Kasai Masai – Saturday 2 December

Budapest Café Orchestra – Sunday 3 December

The Royal Ballet: The Nutcracker Screening – Wednesday 13 December

Alex Mendham and his Orchestra: Vintage Christmas Party – Friday 15 December

Wiltshire’s Festive Food and Drink

Festive Afternoon Tea at Bowood Hotel

Head to Bowood Hotel for a festive Afternoon Tea treat this month! Enjoy a selection of seasonal sandwiches, homemade scones, and delicate patisserie, all accompanied by freshly brewed tea, coffee, and hot chocolate. The Shelburne Bar and Restaurant, along with the Library and its roaring log fire, offers the perfect spot for a traditional dining experience with family.

Christmas Menu at Rick Stein, Marlborough

Check out Rick Stein's unique festive menu, centred around seafood as the Christmas period brings a welcome opportunity to indulge in some unadulterated food and drink pleasures. Start with a fresh and simple salad of tomato, burrata and extra virgin olive oil, then Cornish mackerel battered and served with mayonnaise, chilli sauce and lime, a favourite from Rick's Road to Mexico, served with French fries and a spring onion salad. Finally, perfectly ripe English strawberries with a dash of Chantilly cream and a refreshing strawberry sorbet!

Christmas at Woolley Grange

Woolley Grange Hotel Christmas

Surrounded by 14-acres of stunning grounds, Woolley Grange offers a warm welcome to families this festive season. For a cosy retreat this month, enjoy Woolley Grange’s Christmas Package, featuring continental breakfasts each day, delicious dinners, as well as mulled wine and mince pies on arrival!

Make the most of festive activities including marshmallow toasting in the Elf Garden, snow globe making, festive movies in the Cinema Club and a traditional Woolley Grange Quiz in the Drawing Room! If you prefer the end of year celebrations, check out their New Year package.

New Menu at Allium Restaurant

Located in the centre of the beautiful charter market city of Salisbury, Allium is an independent, family-run fine dining restaurant, serving the best of modern British cuisine. This month, Allium is showcasing a brand-new menu, ready for the festive season. Enjoy all things Christmassy including traditional roasted dishes from Duck breast and Pork belly to slow cooked celeriac, and rich desserts like Chocolate Torte and Miso Treacle Tart…

Wiltshire in Winter

This season is as magical as ever, with frost-covered hills, ancient landmarks standing tall against the misty night sky, Wiltshire welcomes you to explore a range of activities this season!




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