You'll never be short of something to do in Milton Keynes over the Christmas and New Year period. We get very festive across the city with events and activities for all the family.
Step back in time for a Victorian Christmas or maybe hang out with Aladdin and take a carpet ride plus much, much more.
Below are some of the activities happening this festive season, but we are adding details everyday so check back regularly:
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Come along and join ‘Santa’s Snow School’ this Christmas season at the centre:mk and meet Professor Freeze, Santa’s chief scientist and creator of the most powerful recipe of all, Santa’s sleigh snow fuel! Among the festive Lab bubbling with flasks and smoking test tubes, the children will learn the Professor's magical secret and take part in an incredibly ancient experiment creating real snow right before their very eyes! If that’s not enough excitement, the children have the opportunity to create their very own test tube of ‘Santa’s Snow-Nog’ using scrummy coco powder and lots of sprinkles to take a super chocolatey wintery treat home with them!
The memorable experience starts at just £8.50 per child (including a free gift and craft activities). Book in advance online at https://tickets.eskimojoevents.co.uk/centremk_2019
CHRISTMAS MARKET AT CENTRE:MK - 8 NOV to 24 DEC - FREE ENTRY
Visit one of the many pop-up Christmas cabins selling unique, handcrafted gifts including jewellery, accessories and decorations. Some cabins change each Monday.
Xscape MK is spreading the festive cheer far and wide this year as Santa will arrive in his grotto on Saturday 9th November and you can visit him for FREE right up until Christmas Eve. The big man will be in his grotto, located in the main mall, every weekend and also on 19th, 20th, 23rd and 24th December between 11am and 5pm ready to discover what children want for Christmas and to give out presents. Families can visit for FREE with online booking* plus limited daily walk up slots are also available.
For more information visit xscapemiltonkeynes.co.uk
APRES SKI BAR
Sleigh bells ring, are you listening? In Oak Court, something is glistening! Or at least it will be from 8 November when the Apres Ski Bar comes early to intu Milton Keynes! Filled with the magic of Christmas, the Apres Ski Bar will offer cosy wooden chalet-style décor, twinkly festoon lighting, German beer, mulled ciders and mulled wine … ‘tis the season to be jolly after all!
There’s nothing more festive than the sound of carol singers … so get your fix by heading to intu Milton Keynes where local people will be singing their hearts out between now and Christmas. From singing groups to school and church choirs, almost 600 people will be helping to send shoppers’ Christmas spirit soaring at 12 carol singing sessions starting on Sunday 8 December.
Hop aboard the flying carpet and get ready to join us for this year’s wish-filled, family pantomime in Old Peking! It’s going to be a spectacular adventure (Oooh!) combined with a beautiful love story (Aaaah!) set against the wicked ambitions of a scary magician (Boo!). Aladdin will feature the MK hallmark of outstanding entertainment for theatregoers of all ages with laundry-loads of laughter, audience participation and festive magic.
Joe Pasquale, the star of stage, screen, reality TV and blissfully funny comedy, will lead the cast in the role of Aladdin’s hapless brother, Wishee Washee. Best-known for winning the BBC talent show Any Dream Will Do, Lee Mead plays the hero, Aladdin.
Book now - ATGTICKETS.COM/MiltonKeynes
Celebrate Christmas at Gulliver's this year with one of their fantastic festive packages. They'll transport you into a winter wonderland with a great selection of Christmas rides, shows and attractions throughout the theme park. Look out for some festive favourites returning this year, including the popular Elf School. Don't miss the chance to become an honorary elf or come and visit Mrs Christmas's Kitchen for the chance to cook up some delicious treats.
Packages start from £7.95 per person...CLICK HERE for full information and to book
Musica Charity Choir MK will play the first choral concert in the new MK Gallery Sky Room at 7pm on Wednesday 4th December. The choir will perform a selection of Christmas favourites to help raise funds for Art and Us – MK Gallery’s programme of artist led activities for families with children with complex needs. The choir, led by Ken Story and accompanied by Ed Tomlinson, started performing in December 2018 to support charities and voluntary groups to raise funds. They present thirteen concerts a year and have so far raised over £9,000 for charities across the city. Tickets are £10 (£5 under 16s) and available from mkgallery.org.
Looking for those last minte gifts for family and friends? Come a browse the stalls for a variety of unique gifts, decorations, crafts and foods. FREE ENTRY. Complimentary mince pies and non-alcoholic fruit punch between 12-2pm. Location: on site at Cranfield University. Open to everyone.
Traders dressed in Victorian clothes will pack Olney's Market Place and High Street with stalls offering treats for your festive table and under the tree. Everything from an array of gifts, holly wreaths and wrapping to handmade crafts. Sample delicious mulled wine, hot chocolate and turkey rolls as well as other tasty food and drink on the day. The Farmers market offers delicious local produce. There are brass bands, street entertainers not to mention three indoor craft fayres. In fact, something for everyone. Every year the event grows in popularity, so organisers have come up with a park and ride system to avoid queues and frustration. See a previous event below. Join in the fun from 10am! FREE ENTRY.
Join The Parks Trust at the Milton Keynes Rose, Campbell Park on Sunday 15 December 2019 for their annual Christmas carolling service. This open-air service will be held between 3pm and 5:30pm with the carolling starting at 3.15pm, all are welcome at this free event. This year there will be performances from the Wolverton Town Band and Arts1 Performing Arts School.
Based on the best-selling book by Julia Donaldson & Axel Scheffler. The team behind Stick Man present the best wedding ever, the best wedding yet…
Betty O’Barley and Harry O’Hay are excellent scarecrows. Their wedding plans are all coming together until Harry leaves Betty’s side and the evilishly smooth Reginald Rake tries to take Harry’s place. Will Harry make it back in time to save their special day?
Suitable for children 3+ and families of all ages. Running time: Approximately 55 mins
Tickets are now on sale from The Stables box office, tel: 01908 280800 and via The Stables website at www.stables.org
Everyone Loves Christmas at Frosts, especially our Santa’s Grotto! This year they have a brand new activity where every child will be able to become an Elf apprentice and choose a cuddly toy to create in Santa's workshop with a birth certificate for each toy and a wishing heart to go inside.
Plus make your very own reindeer food, receive an activity pack from Santa and get a family book to read together. Online booking: https://frostsgroup.digitickets.co.uk/tickets
Whether you're looking for a meal out with family or a larger festive get together with work colleagues - The Hub in Central Milton Keynes has it all.
With 12 different restaurants plus other lifestyle brands on offer - you'll be spoilt for choice. For full information CLICK HERE
Step back in time and experience Bletchley Park’s Vintage Christmas Grotto. Father Christmas will be at home in the beautifully decorated Mansion, ready for a magical visit. The grotto will be open weekends and selected weekdays from Saturday 30 November to 23 December from 10.00 to 15.30. Tickets cost just £7.50 for children and entrance to the park is free for the under-12s.
The Grotto is an additional charge to our standard annual season ticket. All annual season tickets will need be to be presented on entry to Bletchley Park.
Book online at bletchleypark.org.uk or call 01908 640404 (tickets must be booked 24 hours in advance).
Start the Christmas countdown in the most festive of ways – with a trip to Milton Keynes Museum to visit the man in the red suit! The museum's seasonal spectacular will turn the clock back by a century to present A Victorian Christmas, which will be bursting with sparkle, fun and wonder. The event starts on 29 November and will run for three weekends in the lead up to the big day.
It might be cold outside, but the museum will be toasty, with a roaring fire keeping out the chills and, for the adults, a complimentary glass of mulled wine will be served upon arrival. Then, enjoy carols by gaslight in the parlour, and Christmas crafts for children in the old schoolroom. Stop off in the farmhouse kitchen and make hot buttered toast the old-fashioned way, and nibble on freshly roasted chestnuts prepared in the working blacksmith's forge.
The museum is saying there will even be occasional snowfall, no matter what the weather is doing outside plus it will also host a Christmas Market with great gifts that you won't find on the High Street. Then follow the twinkling lights through the museum grounds ready for the most magical part of all – a meeting with Santa and his elves in the grotto. Children will also get a special gift to take home from their visit. Santa has many presents to sort and reindeer to prepare for his Christmas travels, and so A Victorian Christmas will ONLY be open on the following weekends:
Fridays: 29th November, 6th & 13th December
Saturdays: 30th November, 7th & 14th December
Sunday: 1st, 8th & 15th December
Opening times: 4.30pm-7pm (Friday) and 1.30pm-6pm (Saturday/Sunday)
Santa visits cost £7.50 per child. Book now and avoid the queues. Call 01908 316222 (9.30am-4pm, Mon-Fri) For more information visit http://www.miltonkeynesmuseum.org.uk/a-victorian-christmas/
Rare Pantomimes are delighted to be appearing at Stantonbury Theatre this Christmas. They will bring a talented cast of professional actors together with a chorus of local juveniles to delight you with their production of Beauty and the Beast. Join Belle and the Beast in the enchanted castle. With Dame Dotty taking full control of everyone's lives hindered by the hapless Muddles and arrogant Count George, what could possibly go wrong?
A traditional pantomime for all the family built around audience participation. A real Christmas treat! Book your tickets now so you don’t miss out!
Ticket prices: £20 for adults, £12 for children. Family and Group tickets available. Book on line now: http://www.stantonburytheatre.co.uk/whats-on/all-shows/beauty-and-the-beast/16402/
If you want a footballing theme to your festive period - then check out what MK Dons have to offer:
MK Dons vs Oxford Utd - 14 December ko 3pm
MK Dons vs Portsmouth - 29 December ko 3pm
MK Dons vs Bristol Rovers - 1 January ko 3pm
To book tickets call 0333 200 5343 or book online at www.mkdons.com. Under 12s Go Free - each adult can bring up to 3 under 12s absolutely free.
YOUNG DONS CHRISTMAS PARTY - 10 December
This annual event at Arena MK (4.30-6.30pm) sees Young Dons fans get the chance to meet first team players plus loads of other fun including; disco, party games, football-based games, face painting and much more! Tickets are FREE for Young Dons Members, £5 for General Sale. Adults are free when accompanying a child. All under 16s must be accompanied. To book visit www.mkdons.com, call 0333 200 5343 or visit the box office at Stadium MK.
This festive season you can get your fill of live ice hockey with four MK Lightning home matches to choose from:
MK Lightning vs Telford Tigers - Saturday 7th December at 7pm
MK Lightning vs Sheffield Steeldogs - Saturday 14th December at 7pm
MK Lightning vs Basingstoke Bisons - Saturday 21st December at 7pm
MK Lightning vs Peterborough Phantoms - Saturday 28th December at 7pm
You can buy tickets online via https://www.mk-lightning.co.uk/tickets/
Tickets just £7 for children and £14 for adults.