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Where to Go in Swindon for Christmas

It doesn’t matter whether you’ve been naughty or nice. Christmas is for everybody! If you’re on the lookout for where to spend the holiday, why not consider Swindon? If you’re planning to move to the town, why not visit over Christmas to see just how much you’ll love it here. Whilst there’s plenty of places to go all year round, in this post, we’ll cover some of the best spots in town to get in the festive spirit.

1. Meet Santa Claus

If your children need extra encouragement to be excited for the season of giving, then taking them to meet Santa will be the thing to do it. Let them tell him everything they’re expecting while you surreptitiously take notes at the side.

From the 16th to the 23rd, kids can meet Father Christmas and choose a gift from the Elves’ Workshop in Roves Farm. If you want to make it a fun family day out you can get close to animals around the farm and feed them too.

You can also make a visit to Swindon Town Centre, and take a snap of your kid with Santa. It’s free, but only there until the 23rd, after all, Santa’s got a big trip to prepare for on Christmas Eve.

2. Be entertained by Christmas shows

On Christmas Eve, you can catch Santa Claus and the Magical Christmas Journey at the Swindon Arts Centre. A ticket entitles you to the record-breaking production, a meet and greet with Santa Claus and a gift.

You can also go and watch the Winter panto - this year it’s the timeless classic Peter Pan - running at the Wyvern Theatre. Showing until December 31, beautiful costumes and fantastic flying scenes await guests.

Or, if you’d prefer something more traditional, there are also multiple churches offering carol services over the Christmas season. Parish of St. Augustine and nearby St. Michael and All Angels in Highworth will hold one on December 17.

3. Surround yourself with Christmas lights and decors

Just a short drive away from Swindon is Longleat. There, you can admire the amazing installations in the Festival of Light. Life-sized lanterns inspired by classic tales, familiar characters and magical scenes come alive at night creating an awe-inspiring sight.

If you’re looking for a more traditional take on Christmas, head to A Country House Christmas at Lydiard Park, open to visitors until December 23. Walk through halls and stately rooms adorned with traditional decorations to the Christmas tree and kissing ball. Afterwards, you can explore the historic estate, the Palladian House, and Walled Garden.

4. Shop for seasonal favourites

Swindon Farmers’ Market is a bustling bazaar that opens only every Sunday including this year’s Christmas Eve, so you can sample local foods and grab some last minute stocking fillers from artisanal cheese and jams stalls.

For those still not done with their gift-shopping, head to Swindon Town Centre. The 3 shopping destinations, The Parade, The Brunel Swindon Shopping Centre, and Regent Circus, house both independent retailers and mainstay brands. After hours of shopping, you can grab a bite or a cup of coffee with their extensive array of dining options.

5. Have a festive meal

If the prospect of cooking a full Christmas dinner is enough to send you into a state of panic, why not book a table at one of the many restaurants opening on Christmas Day?

The Harvester Swindon offers a great Christmas meal on a budget. Enjoy their 3-course meal specially made for the holiday, with a kid-friendly version for the young ones.

For a luxurious meal away from home, head to Blunsdon House Hotel and enjoy their 7-course festive tasting menu. Manor Farm also has a special menu exclusively available on December 25, featuring favourites like ribeye steak, candied nut roast, and praline chocolate tart.

On Boxing Day, more establishments in Swindon will operate for longer hours to serve guests. Special menus and set meals are available, but make sure to book early because tables will be filled, fast.

If you’re planning on sticking around in Swindon to the New Year and beyond, why not check out our other guides to the town, or better yet, give us a call on 01793 619094 to talk more about how we can get you settled in.

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