However, many popular outings and events can still go as hoped, including festive activities, thanks to relaxed rules around indoor and outdoor performance.
Social distancing measures will continue everywhere, including the “hands, face and space” campaign to keep visitors and staff safe.
Some of the exciting events planned ahead of Christmas may still take place, including the incredible SteamLights Experience on the Bluebell Railway in East Sussex.
As the government allows public participation in outdoor and indoor events (up to 2,000 people outdoors or 1,000 people indoors), county-wide theater performances will also be held.
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1. Ferme Godstone
The Godstone family attraction will reopen on December 4 with its annual Christmas event.
Kids will be able to walk through a magical tunnel with friendly elves, meet Santa Claus, participate in Christmas crafts and cookie decorating and, of course, see the animals.
Tickets are available for purchase on the farm’s website.
2. Camberley Theater
The theater is cleared to reopen and the first show of the season will be comedian Al Murray on December 2.
Other December highlights include a comedy club starring Tom Deacon, Nathan Caton and The Noise Next Door, Britain’s Got Talent stars Barbara Nice and Myra DuBois, as well as family entertainment in the form of Snow Play. , a new film adaptation of A Christmas Carol, and party films including The Polar Express, Elf and Home Alone.
Since they cannot present their annual pantomime, they will be presenting A Camberley Christmas Wish instead from December 19-21 and invite people to join in via selfie videos.
Tickets for all shows are on sale and if restrictions change, the theater will offer exchanges or refunds.
3. The Lightbox
The Woking Center for the Arts will reopen its hit exhibition Raphael: Prince Albert’s Passion on December 3.
Until January 31, 2020, the exhibition traces the fascinating story of Prince Albert’s passion for Raphael and his creation of the Raphael Collection at Windsor Castle.
Tickets can be pre-booked online through The Lightbox website.
In addition to the exhibition, Seasons Café and Kitchen will offer seasonal dishes, hot drinks and a children’s menu.
The Lightbox Shop will feature local arts, crafts, jewelry, and books, ideal for Christmas gifts and filler items.
4. Ice skating at Hampton Court Palace
The outdoor ice rink at Hampton Court Palace will open on December 5.
Until January 17, 2021, visitors will be able to skate in a spectacular setting of the enchanting riverside palace and the former home of King Henry VIII.
There will be stricter hygiene standards with improved cleaning regimes, sanitary facilities for hand washing, and staggered skating sessions to ensure fewer people are on the ice at all times.
Tickets are available for purchase now.
The famous annual event at RHS Garden Wisley will continue until January 4, 2021.
The Magical Outdoor Light Show near Woking kicked off on November 21 with a stunning new walking trail, festive music, awesome facilities, and cozy food and drink stations.
Tickets are sold out, but if you go, click here to find out what to expect.
6. Yvonne Arnaud Theater
The annual Guildford pantomime will not take place this year, but a number of other live performances will take place at the Yvonne Arnaud Theater.
A festive show called The Snow Queen will take families on an adventure from December 11 to 24.
Tickets are now on sale on the theater’s website.
Windsor Theme Park, just on the outskirts of Surrey, will reopen in December with its annual Christmas event.
The park will be transformed into a winter wonderland, with twinkling lights, snow-covered trees and of course a sprinkle of LEGO magic.
Although Santa won’t be able to invite anyone to his cave this year due to social distancing, families will be able to see him as he weaves his way through the park on his own magical sled.
Tickets are available for purchase now.
8. Bocketts Farm
The family’s favorite farm near Leatherhead will welcome children and their parents on December 3rd with lots of animal fun.
The award-winning attraction will host its Christmas event with festive trails, outdoor adventures and the chance to see Santa Claus.
Christmas trees are also available there every day between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m.
9. Painshill Park
The 18th century beauty spot in Cobham has been transformed into a winter retreat with an enchanting walking trail for visitors.
Open now until January 3, 2021, giant gingerbread men, polar bears, and even a snow leopard can be spotted while strolling around the scenic 158-acre landscape.
There will also be Christmas trees and snow along the Magic Route.
10. Center of rural life
The Farnham Museum will reopen to visitors on December 5 from 10:30 a.m. with its rescheduled Christmas Craft Fair.
Sadly, the Santa Claus specials have been canceled this year, but the museum’s vintage Christmas fair will take place on December 12 and 13, offering something a bit unusual for shoppers during the holiday season.
Tickets for both events can be purchased online at the Rural Life Center website.
11. Arlequin Theater and Cinema
The Redhill entertainment venue will reopen on December 2.
The Harlequin Cafe will be open seven days a week from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., serving barista coffee and freshly prepared hot and cold dishes with a festive twist.
The Waller Studio will show fun and festive films for £ 5 per ticket.
The Bluebell Railway in East Sussex will again offer steam train services after the end of the second national lockdown.
An illuminated train and Santa Claus specials will be part of the Heritage Line’s winter services.
It extended its party season until the end of January to make up for services canceled during the shutdown period. The Steamlights service will run from Sheffield Park to Horsted Keynes and back, with enchanting lights illuminating the locomotive and its train.
For more information on the SteamLights event, click here or for more details on Santa’s specials, click here.