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calendar icon15 Dec 2023

Free family Christmas events

A lot of us don’t have much cash to splash this year but that doesn’t mean we're not ready to throw ourselves wholeheartedly into Christmas. Find free family festive events in your area to keep Yuletide spirits high.


What: free toy and gift event

Where: Malvern

When: 17 December 1pm – 6pm

Donations have been pouring in for a free toy and gift event in Poolbrook, Malvern, to help families struggling this Christmas. The event will take place at Poolbrook Village Hall. Those finding it hard to make ends meet can come along and pick up items for free.

North East

What: Grotto Bus

Where: Newcastle

When: until 17 December

Santa’s elves will be outside TK Maxx on Northumberland Street offering local children the opportunity to meet the big man himself for free on the Grotto Bus.

North West

What: Christmas Night Arkade

Where: Liverpool

When: 15 December 4pm – 9pm

Head down to the Invisible Wind Factory on Regent Road to enjoy festive market stalls, DJs, live music, performers and food and drink. Entry is free.

South East

What: free Santa visit

Where: Bracknell

When: 17 December, 12.30pm – 3.30pm

The Allston family in Bracknell have been running their Santa’s grotto for the past three years. Come and get a gift from Father Christmas and enjoy hot chocolate and other treats, all completely free.

Head to 7 Fanes Close, Priestwood, RG42 1UR (next to the Bridge pub)


What: festive lantern trail

Where: Halifax, West Yorkshire

When: every day through the rest of December

Ten beautiful lanterns have been scattered around the historic Halifax mill, Dean Clough, for people to find this December.

Pick up a free festive lantern trail sheet from reception at D Mill and return it filled in to win a prize.

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Rebecca Routledge

A qualified journalist for over 15 years with a background in financial services. Rebecca is Money Wellness’s consumer champion, helping you improve your financial wellbeing by providing information on everything from income maximisation to budgeting and saving tips.

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