Boasting magical festive light trails, enchanting stately homes dressed up to the nines with incredible decorations, and charming Christmas markets to browse and explore, there really is no place like Wiltshire to visit during the festive season. If you’ve been searching for a slightly different way to celebrate Christmas this year, why not gather your loved ones together for a winter wonderland adventure in Wiltshire? There’s so much festive fun for the whole family to get stuck into, so we’ve put together some of the very best attractions to visit in Wiltshire this winter. Keep reading to discover more…
Top 5 Festive Events in Wiltshire
1) Christmas at Lacock (25th November – 24th December 2023)
Gather the family and head to Lacock this festive season, where you’ll be met with a magical world of winter wonder. Inside the stunning country house, you’ll find the Great Hall decked out in opulent decorations, and little ones will love sitting down for festive story time with some special Christmas characters. You can also get involved in Christmas crafts with a cuppa, and don’t forget to post that important letter to the North Pole in the mailroom!
As you walk through the Cloister, you’ll be met with the Community Christmas Tree Festival, themed around the Light Struck exhibition in the Fox Talbot Museum. Step outside to find a trail of reindeers around the abbey grounds and the village. You can buy a £2 map to help you find them all and win a prize at the end!
Distance from Mill Farm Glamping: 20-minute drive
2) Christmas at Avebury (25th November 2023 – 1st January 2024)
Embark on a journey through the Twelve Days of Christmas at Avebury this year. From a plump partridge surrounded by luxurious pears, and two romantic turtle doves, to eight maids milking in a traditional countryside scene, and nine ladies dancing in stunning hand-sewn gowns, each element of the song has been turned into an immersive Christmas spectacle for all to enjoy. Dedicated family rooms will be full of festive activities, such as arts and crafts and storytelling. Wrap up this perfect day with a delicious mince pie in their café or a browse of the festive gems in their gift shop.
Distance from Mill Farm Glamping: 25-minute drive
3) Longleat Festival of Lights (selected dates from 11th November – 7th January 2024)
Longleat’s Festival of Light is one of Wiltshire’s most spectacular Christmas attractions, not to be missed this festive season. This awe-inspiring festival returns with more life-size lanterns than ever before and an iconic Winter Safari. Discover brand new, show stopping scenes from treasured children’s tales, including The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe, Cinderella, The Wizard of Oz, Winnie the Pooh, and many more. A phenomenal light show also brings the historic building’s façade to life – it’s a real sight to behold!
Distance from Mill Farm Glamping: 40-minute drive
4) Sleeping Beauty and A Christmas Carol at Bath Theatre Royal (3rd December 2023 – 7th January 2024)
One of Bath’s greatest assets is the stunning Bath Theatre Royal, and this year their festive offering is truly unmissable for theatre lovers. From Sunday 3rd – Monday 18th December, encounter the Ghosts of Christmas Past, Present, and Future with Charles Dickens’ classic tale A Christmas Carol. Or if panto is more your style (oh, yes it is!), gather the family together for barrels of laughter with Sleeping Beauty from Thursday 7th December – Sunday 7th January.
Distance from Mill Farm Glamping: 40-minute drive
5) Christmas at Stourhead (1st – 31st December 2023)
One festive event you definitely don’t want to miss this year is the magnificent illuminated light trail at Stourhead. Embark on an after-dark adventure through sparkling tunnels, where you’ll encounter giant baubles and marvel at glistening trees drenched in jewel-like colours. You might even find Father Christmas along the way! The trail takes around 90 minutes to complete, and you’ll want to wrap up warm from the cold weather; so, complete your walk under the stars with a hot chocolate and toasted marshmallows. It’s a feast for the eyes that the whole family will love.
Distance from Mill Farm Glamping: 50-minute drive
Enchanting Festive Breaks at Mill Farm Glamping
Looking for the ideal accommodation to bring your nearest and dearest together in Wiltshire? A stay at Mill Farm Glamping has everything you could possibly need for a perfect stay, and much more! Most of our accommodation is now booked for pre-Christmas breaks and New Year’s stays, but we still have some availability remaining in Mill Farm House. Sleeping up to eight people, our luxury self-catering cottage boasts its own private gardens with a hot tub and magnificent views across the surrounding countryside. Just imagine pouring yourself a glass of something sparkling and sinking into the steaming hot tub, surrounded by picturesque frosty fields and snow dusted countryside. Book your festive stay at Mill Farm Glamping today!