What's on in Surrey
So much to see and do in Surrey this Christmas
There's lots of Christmasey things going on in Surrey to get all the family into the festive spirit, whether it's carol concerts, Santa's Grotto or making your own Christmas decoarations there is something for everyone. Or if it's fresh air you're looking for then what better than getting out and about exploring the Surrey countryside with our guide to Winter Walks, perfect for all ages and abilities.
22 November – 24 December: Christmas at Bocketts Farm, Leatherhead – A magical Christmas with the whole family starts off with a visit to Father Christmas in his workshop. Then meet the animals around the farm and if you're there in early December, you might even get to meet the new born baby lambs. You can also buy your Christmas tree there which will be available from the end of November. Tickets: from £10. For more details visit the Bocketts Farm website
1 – 22 December: Santa's Snow Train and Crystal Grotto, Painshill Park, Cobham – All aboard, Santa's Snow Train is ready to depart. Take in the stunning views of the 18th century landscape garden on your train journey before arriving at Painshill Park's Crystal Grotto to meet Santa. Tickets are £10 for adults and £18.50 for children. To book and find out more information about dates and times please visit the Painshill website.
7 – 23 December: Shivering Snowman Trail, National Trust Winkworth Arboretum, Godalming – Explore the wintry woodland of Winkworth on this snowman themed trail. Just the thing to get you outdoors with the family for a refreshing walk. The tearoom will be on hand serving warming drinks and soups. Saturday, 10am – 3pm. Tickets £1 plus normal admission. For more information visit the National Trust website.
12 – 14 December: Sleeping Beauty, Ashtead Peace Memorial Hall, Ashtead – What's Christmas without a panto?Join the Woodfield Entertainers as they hilariously tell the tale of Sleeping Beauty and how she manages to escape the spell of the evil bad fairy with help from her friends. Extended family visiting for Christmas? Then book your tickets, it'll keep everyone clutching their stomachs. Tickets £10 for adults and under 16s £5. For show times and ticket purchase visit the Woodfield Entertainers website.
13 December: Elsa Jean McTaggart: Sings, Strings and Christmas Things, Vera Fletcher Hall, Thames Ditton – Elsa Jean McTaggart accompanied by Mr Lister return by popular demand, following their highly successful Eva Cassidy The Story show, last year. This multi-instrumental dynamic duo take you on an emotional rollercoaster, and as it's the festive season there will be an added Christmas twist. Friday, 7.30pm. Tickets £18. Book your tickets online on the Vera Fletcher Hall website.
14 December: A Ceremony of Carols, Knaphill Methodist Church, Woking – A sparkling, Christmas concert featuring soprano Camilla Jepesson and resident Waldorf Hotel harpist Cecily Beer. As well as all the usual Christmas favourites, the choir will be performing loved Christmas advert songs. Saturday, 4.30pm. Tickets £12 for adults and £6 for under 16s. To find out more visit the Woking Ladies Choir website.
14 December: Egham Choral Christmas Concert, St Jude's Church, Englefield Green – Christmas cheer and joy plus a warming glass of mulled wine and mince pies. Children from St. Jude's School will be performing alongside the choir, singing the classics as well as more modern pieces. Been practising your choral scales? You're welcome to sing along. Saturday, 7pm. Pre-booked tickets £12.50, on the door £15. To book your tickets visit the Egham Choral website.
14 December: Epworth Choir's Family Christmas Concerts, Trinity Methodist Church, Woking – If you haven't been to a choir performance during Christmas, then make this your first. It's an excellent way to start the festivities with carols old and new and lots of audience participation. This year the choir will be joined by Horsell Junior School and Epworth Brass Band. Saturday, 3.30pm – 7.30pm. Tickets £10 for adults, £5 for full time students and children under 12s. For more info visit the Epworth Choir website.
14 December: Christmas decoration making and walk in the Surrey Hills, Wonersh – make some of your Christmas decorations using freshly gathered materials from the Surrey Hills. Short walk around Wonersh gathering winter foliage to take back to base to make Christmas decorations with mulled punch, hot chocolate and Christmas treats for all the family. Saturday, 9.30am-12.30am. Booking essential, tickets £25.00 per adults and under 12s £5. Visit Surrey Hills Society Events.
14 and 15 December: Christmas Fun Runs for Ho-Ho-Hospice Care, across Surrey – Christmas is on the way, why not get yourself in the festive spirit by signing up for one of Phyllis Tuckwell's Santa and Elf Fun Runs? They're the perfect way to get the whole family in the mood for Christmas, and there are runs suited for all ages and abilities. For information about start times and registration please visit Phyllis Tuckwell website.
17 December: Cindy, Woldingham Park, Caterham – If you're looking for a fresh, Christmas panto to take your friends or family to, then this is the one. Meet Cindy, her two evil step sisters; Banana and Rama, and Fairy Godmother. This Christmas favourite with an 80's twist is a laugh out loud, 'blow your socks off' experience for everyone. There will be two shows on the day so you don't miss out. Tuesday, 2.30pm and 7.30pm. Tickets: £10. For more information visit the Orpheus website.
17 December: The Nutcracker Ballet, The Harlequin Theatre, Redhill – Experience the magic of Christmas with The Royal Ballet's much loved performance, the Nutcracker. Recorded at the Royal Opera House, this cinematic experience is perfect for ballet lovers young and old. Follow young Clara as she goes on an adventure through the Land of Snow, and onto the Land of Sweets. Tuesday, 7.15pm. Tickets: £10 – £17. For more information visit the Harlequin Theatre website.
21 December: The Nutcracker Christmas Concert, St. Michael's The Sanctuary, Ewell – Join the Waldegrave Ensemble wind quintet for a Christmas performance that will feature a visually enhanced performance of Tchaikovsky's Nutcracker Suite which tells the story of a little girl's journey with her nutcracker doll to the land of sweets on Christmas Eve. Plus arrangements of popular Christmas music, carols, mince pies and mulled wine. Saturday, 4pm. Tickets: £12 for adults, £5 for students and children. For more information visit the Waldegrave Ensemble website.
21 December: Surrey Hills Chocolate and Wine Tasting, Greyfriars Vineyard, Guildford – If free wine tasting doesn't sound tempting enough, how about artisan chocolate made by local chocolatier Joanna Marshall? Just turn up and enjoy the pairing of chocolate and wine in the beautiful countryside of Surrey. Saturday, 12pm – 2pm. Free entry. For more information visit the Greyfriars Vineyard website.
21 – 23 December: Outside the Igloo, Farnham Maltings, Farnham – Join the Knotted Project and Hawk Dance Theatre on an interactive icy adventure for children aged four plus and families. Pixel the penguin and his two friends step out of their igloo for the first time. They embark upon an adventure of discovery and magic, following cracks in the ice, scaling enormous mountains and swimming in freezing lakes. Tickets £10. Visit the Farnham Maltings website to purchase tickets and to view show timings.