Christmas in Milton Keynes
Take a look at all the Christmas activities taking place across Milton Keynes this festive season. You can visit Father Christmas, watch pantomimes and Christmas shows, skate on real ice, enjoy nights out and much more…and we’re adding to this page all the time, so check back regularly.
Visit Santa Claus at The Snowman at centre:mk – 17 Nov to 24 Dec
Don’t miss out on the opportunity to join centre:mk on a magical journey to the North Pole this festive season as they welcome ‘The Snowman’ Christmas experience to the centre!
This nostalgic adventure begins with an exciting and heart-warming, live interpretation of ‘The Snowman’, brought to life by actors portraying the well-loved characters from the original story! A snowy landscape provides the perfect backdrop to view some of the most memorable and magical moments from the original animated film and all children will be given the opportunity to decorate a Christmas biscuit treat* before meeting with Santa in his woodland cabin. MORE INFORMATION
Christmas season at Midsummer Place
The Midsummer Place Christmas Tree Festival launches on Saturday 18 November featuring trees sponsored by local businesses. Each tree will be decorated with battery-powered lights and decorations specifically selected or designed by the sponsors and charities. Shoppers will have the chance to choose their favourite trees and vote either online or in-centre and give the nominated charities a chance to win a share of the fundraising pot.
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Your Kind of Christmas at Xscape Milton Keynes – until 24 Dec
Xscape Milton Keynes is giving visitors the chance to win prizes worth over £1,300 as they invite you to experience ‘Your Kind of Christmas’. What type of Christmas personality are you? The Party Enthusiast, The Memory Maker, The Activity Seeker or maybe The Flavour Finder…whichever best suits you, Xscape can help your kind of Christmas become a reality. In the build up to the big day, head over to their Instagram channel for the chance to win some amazing prize bundles from brands such as Volcano Falls, The Casino MK, Cineworld and new the Casa Cento Italian restaurant.
Plus, they’ll be welcoming local community groups and charities to help raise awareness of the amazing work they do in Milton Keynes and the surrounding areas, and you can listen to the Salvation Army Band and local choirs in the main mall area (selected times and dates).
Cinderella at Milton Keynes Theatre – 9 Dec to 14 Jan
Iconic comedian, TV and musical theatre star Brian Conley leads the cast of Cinderella and makes a triumphant return as Buttons after visiting Milton Keynes Theatre in pantomime in 2017, leaving audiences rolling in Aisles!
Packed with all of the traditional pantomime ingredients Milton Keynes Theatre audiences expect, Cinderella features laugh-out-loud comedy, stunning scenery, beautiful costumes and plenty of boos and hisses.
Tickets on sale now. MORE INFORMATION
Young Dons Christmas Party – 17 Dec
Calling all Young MK Dons supporters! The annual Christmas party will take place in the DoubleTree by Hilton Ballroom on Sunday 17 December from 2pm- 4pm. Enjoy MK Dons first-team player signings and photo opportunities, a Q&A session for MK Dons first-team and MK Dons Women players, a disco provided by Corinas Cool Kids Party, football skills and activities, arts & crafts station, inflatable fun and a visit from Santa. Tickets from £3 per child.
Willen on Ice – 17 November to 9 January
This festive season head to Willen Lake for chills, thrills, and icy adventures at Milton Keynes’ most popular park. Fun for families and friends alike, the purpose-built ice rink featuring over 400m2 of real ice and located just off the main path overlooking the lake, skaters will glide under a festively decorated marquee.
For those not looking to take to the ice, or anyone wanting to extend their visit, there will be a selection of rides, food stalls and a bar to enjoy. The rink will be open most days, however tickets should be booked online in advance to avoid missing out.
Father Christmas at Bletchley Park – various dates in December
To celebrate the festive season at Bletchley Park, they are welcoming children and their families to visit their unique Vintage Christmas Grotto to meet Father Christmas! Children will have a magical meeting with Father Christmas in the beautifully decorated Mansion, where they’ll receive a lovely Christmas gift to take home.
Celebrate Christmas at The Hub
If you’re looking for somewhere to hold a Christmas party, have a festive meal with colleagues or maybe a Christmas Day lunch with family – look no further than The Hub in Central Milton Keynes. Their range of restaurants and bars has got you covered including The Blossom Room, Maaya Indian Kitchen & Bar, Turtle Bay, Brasserie Blanc, Slug & Lettuce, Banana Tree and many more. MORE INFORMATION
Christmas at Gulliver’s Land – various dates
Gulliver’s Land in Milton Keynes has unveiled a range of magical experiences and festive packages for Christmas 2023. The theme park resort is set to be transformed into an enchanted winter wonderland for the season, with a variety of Christmas-themed special offers and packages available for festive yet affordable family fun.
Gulliver’s Land of Lights – 21 October to 25 February
The spectacular Land of Lights festival is set to return to Milton Keynes later this year with a brand-new look and theme, incorporating all new lantern scenes, following the success of the event at Gulliver’s Land Theme Park Resort last winter.
The festival, which features a one-mile-long wonderland of illuminations, will return to the park again, this time bringing the theme of classic children’s literature to life.
Hansel & Gretel at The Stables – 18 to 23 December
Hansel & Gretel are so excited, it’s their favourite time of year – Christmas! But when they get lost deep in the woods, it seems they’ll never make it back in time for Christmas dinner… until they discover a whole host of new friends willing to help them out! And perhaps the Witch living in that delicious gingerbread house isn’t quite what she seems…
Join award-winning Box Tale Soup for a brand new festive take on this classic fairy tale adventure, with beautiful puppets, innovative theatre and magical original music. Suitable for ages 3+ – tickets on sale now.
Carols at the Tree Cathedral – 10 Dec
The city’s unique and inspiring Tree Cathedral at Newlands will be bursting with festivity when the spectacular open-air carolling service returns, on Sunday 10 December. Carols, immersive story-telling, and live performances from MK Brass and DD Powers Trio, will fill the beautifully lit tree nave, spire and chapels with Christmas spirit from 2pm until 5pm (carols start at 4.15pm).
Willen Hospice will warm vocal chords with hot drinks, mulled wine and soup for sale, and Camphill MK Communities will keep tummy’s from rumbling with delightful cakes and pastries available. Plus, as it’s the season of giving, an MK Food Bank donation point hopes to collect tinned and dry goods. This event is FREE to attend.
Father Christmas at Milton Keynes Museum – NOW SOLD OUT
It’s the most wonderful time of the year, and this December the most famous VIP of all is ready to set up his grotto at Milton Keynes Museum again. The man in the red suit will be at the Museum for the first three weekends in December. Tickets must be booked in advance.
Crack the Christmas Code with Zog at Salcey Forest – 24 Nov to 31 Dec
Get ready for a festive adventure at Salcey Forest as we invite you to Crack the Zog Christmas code. This Christmas, Salcey Forest is adding a festive twist to its much-loved Zog Trail! Venture out on our amazing activity trail, with everyone’s favourite dragon and its free-to-download augmented reality app, where your latest task is to find the new clues! Once you’ve cracked the code, return your leaflet to the information point to receive your Zog decoration that will add a touch of magic to your Christmas tree. To join, pick up a clue leaflet for £1.50 from the information point. Or for free when you buy the £4 activity trail pack.