It’s almost the most wonderful time of the year and we are so lucky in West Sussex to have so many local events and opportunities to get us into the festive spirit and make this Chirstmas magical.

Keydell Nurseries in Havant always offer the most magical Christmas experiences alongside their incredible Christmas shop. Keydell offer a stunning Woodland Walk experience full of festive statues, displays, lights and music, with real reindeers too! In addition to this they also offer the most magical Santa visit; children meet the friendly elves before knocking on the door of Santa’s office where he is ready and waiting to greet you by name, chat and catch up before sending you off into his workshop where children can choose a gift from a frankly impressive array before continuing onto the Woodland Walk. Tickets often sell out fast so be quick!

Bless My Whiskers is Worthing’s favourite Father Christmas by far and this year he is hosting his annual Santa’s Grotto at the Arundel Gardener with over 12 days available to book sessions; with his witty and lovable character and magical tales and chat, you’ll want to get these tickets booked as soon as possible to kickstart your festivities and ensure your little ones are on the good list!

The Bluebell Railway has some magical festivities planned this year, with their annual ‘Santa Specials’ where families can book a ride on the stunning train, enjoy mince pies and chocolate coins in your private compartment before heading to meet Santa in his carriage and choosing a toy from his workshop, all as you enjoy the stunning countryside journey between the stations.

This year, the railway are also introducing Bluebell Steam Lights; a twilight adventure with the stunning trains covered in the brightest, vibrant lights, lighting up the tracks as your travel through the countryside on board these beautiful locomotives, add a picnic box to your ticket and sit back, enjoy the ride and get in the festive spirit on your journeys and watch how the countryside is illuminated as you travel through it. 

Our local National Trust gardens always offer up a festive treat and this year is no different; with Nymans and Sheffield Park offering a gorgeous Percy The Parkkeeper winter activity trail; making learning about how to keep our environment and wildlife safe, fun and festive for the whole family as well as Wakehurst putting on their annual mystical woodland light and lantern trail as Glow Wild make its return for another winter.

Leonardslee Gardens are also offering a spectacular winter illumination trail around their stunning gardens this year with a new trail route, incredible illuminations, large scale projections as well as musical and theatrical performances as you meander around the woodland trail. 

Is it even Christmas without a pantomime? Beauty & The Beast is coming to Worthing; a gorgeous and traditional tale, told with humour, music, lights and incredible costumes for the whole family to enjoy this festive season. Tickets are on sale now.

Tulley’s Farm Christmas Experience has everything you could wish for in a festive adventure; from 3D cinema, ice skating, a Christmas circus, a magical forest, reindeer flying school, story time with Father Christmas and so much more! Tulley’s has everything you could want in a festive experience and to kickstart your festivities.

Weald and Downland Museum are offering some stunning festive family activities this year, as well as visiting the famous museum, they also have their annual Christmas Experience and Market, with local and independent sellers exhibiting and so you can buy some quirky and bespoke Christmas presents as you enjoy your day, as well as offering a Tree Dressing experience for the whole family; celebrating the importance of trees in our lives and offering an opportunity for the family to come together, bring a pre-decorated jam jar along for the procession and add it to the trees at the end of the procession; a festive and symbolic opportunity for the whole family to enjoy.

Christmas at Amberley Museum is full of festive frolics; each weekend in December there is something festive and fun happening at this firm family favourite location! From a 12 days of Christmas Trail, sending telegrams to Father Christmas, finding ornaments, and Christmas lunches and festive refreshments; there’s something for everyone to enjoy!

The Magic of Christmas at Fishers Farm Park is a festive delight for the whole family; making reindeer food, the sound of bells ringing out around the park, not to mention meeting Father Christmas in his Grotto, as well as a winter wonderland walk that leads you to Father Christmas’ Toy Shop! Booking is now open!

Field Place Christmas Fair is being held on Sunday 12th December with over 40 local crafters exhibiting there is something wonderful for everyone. You can also book Santa’s Grotto for during your visit.

Worthing Ice Rink is back for another year! Open from November through to February, and suitable for all ages and availability, it’s the perfect winter activity for the whole family!