December In Herefordshire

Enjoy the month of December in Herefordshire with friends & family.

December In Herefordshire

December in Herefordshire will see the city and surrounding villages and towns transformed into a sparkling winter wonderland.

Christmas is a magical time in Herefordshire and the perfect occasion to combine a short festive break with a spot of Christmas shopping. With hundreds of high street and independent shops to choose from, Herefordshire attracts visitors from far and wide.

Celebrate Christmas in Herefordshire with pop-up eateries, shops, buzzing festive markets and seasonal shows. Don’t miss top Herefordshire December events including the Box Of Delights at The Green Dragon and the pantomime at The Courtyard in Hereford.

Herefordshire in winter is simply magical. Smell the air, it’s crisp and fresh. The lights of the Christmas markets sparkle like diamonds, drawing in happy shoppers. In the country towns and villages, guest houses and pubs are lighting the fires and closing the curtains to create a warm, homely welcome for weary travellers.

While the whole country is preparing food, drink and entertainment for the biggest party of the year – New Year’s Eve. Visit Herefordshire in December and you will find all the ingredients for the perfect festive break.

Christmas Markets & Fairs

We can’t talk about what to do in Herefordshire in December without highlighting our fantastic Christmas markets and fairs, which you can find popping up across the county.

Think of twinkling lights all around, with the smell of your favourite winter food & drinks wafting round, while you get into the festive spirit with some Christmas shopping.

Where To Find Father Christmas?

He has made his list, checked it twice and now Santa Claus is coming to town.

Christmas grottos are popping up at various spots across the county, offering you the chance to meet the Big Man himself – he will be on hand to give out a little festive gift and pose for a photo.

So make a list of your yuletide wishes, pull on your best Christmas jumpers and head out to find Father Christmas.

Some grottos have real reindeer – what a wonderful way to fire up your child’s imagination.

Festive Hospitalty At Hereford Football Club

Whether you are visiting Hereford for a short festive break or a local, this is a great family event.

Hereford Football Club is offering value for money festive hospitality for two games over Christmas and New Year.

Enjoy a full Christmas dinner complete with all the trimmings on 28th December when Hereford entertains Leamington at Edgar Street or celebrate the New Year with a carve-at-the-table mouth-watering meal on New Year’s Day when Hereford entertain Kidderminster Harriers.

Santa Dash

Rather than going to see Father Christmas, why not dress up as Santa and raise money for charity?

The Hereford Santa Run is organised by St Michaels Hospice and is held every year in December, where individuals or groups can choose from a 2.5k or 5k course.

Join hundreds of people including children dashing through Hereford taking part in the annual santa run, it’s a great way for all the family to start the Christmas season.

Wreath Making Workshops

There’s nothing like hanging a festive wreath decked with beautifully scented seasonal foliage, berries and bells to add a touch of Christmas.

This Christmas get creative, have fun and make something really personal for your home when you join one of these popular Christmas wreath making workshops.

Christmas Shopping In Herefordshire

Shopping centres such as Hereford’s Old Market and Maylord Shopping Centre offer a selection of the best of department stores like Debenhams, Outfit, TK Max and Marks and Spencer. Most shopping outlets offer fantastic deals and a range of designer brands.

For that extra special something why not visit the independent quarter in Church Street, Hereford.

Beyond Hereford you will find Labels on the edge of Ross On Wye and Oakchurch Farm Shop in Staunton-On-Wye, with a food hall, fashion, homewares, toys and a garden centre.

Or if one-off independents and handmade is more your thing visit the boutique districts of Ledbury, Ross On Wye and Hay On Wye, home to countless vintage stores, record shops, cafés, bars and restaurants.

You can also pick up stocking fillers and last-minute gifts at the many Herefordshire Christmas markets.


December in Herefordshire would not be the same without a pantomime. Polish your glass slippers, dust off your carriage and join The Courtyard as the clock strikes midnight for the Fairy Godmother of pantomimes, Cinderella.

This magical, family-friendly show starts on November 29th and runs through to January 11th. In usual Courtyard style it will be packed with spectacular costumes, magnificent sets and a coachload of hilarity, slapstick, song and dance.

The festive spirit is truly alive this Christmas at The Courtyard. There’s fun for all the family in their traditional, children’s production of The Elves and the Shoemaker.

Enjoy an incredible selection of new release films, up and coming comedy acts at the Christmas Comedy Clubs, live music and theatre and world class performances streamed from Royal Opera House.

The National Trust

Experience unique Christmas celebrations at National Trust places in Herefordshire. Whether you love seeing houses and gardens all dressed up for the season or are looking for some festive food ideas, there is so much to choose from.

Magnificent houses with Father Christmas, warm mince pies at the tea room and frosty walks are waiting to be discovered with friends and family.

Few counties can boast that they have quite as many National Trust properties as Herefordshire.

Christmas Jumper Day

Christmas Jumper Day is an annual charity event that is held on December 13th, with 100% of the proceeds going to the charity ‘Save the Children’.

Individuals, organisations, businesses and schools across the UK and Herefordshire, find their most festive jumpers and wear the jumpers for the day instead of normal clothes or uniforms, to raise funds through sponsorship.

Join Herefordshire in this cheerful and festive way for raising funds and awareness for Save the Children in time for Christmas.

Join Hereford Racecourse on 14th December for their Christmas Jumper Raceday which is one of the most popular racedays of the year!

Visit Herefordshire In December

Christmas in Herefordshire is the perfect excuse for a city or countryside festive break. Whether it’s to visit friends and family, spend some quality time with your partner, finish your Christmas shopping or just relax and get away from it all.

From boutique bed and breakfasts and grand guesthouses to stylish self-catering accommodation and affordable hotels, you certainly won’t be disappointed with Herefordshire’s excellent selection of accommodation.

There’s nothing like a fresh winter walk through a beautiful historic garden.

English Heritage castles, halls and stately country homes are enchanting in the colder seasons, perfect time to make the most of rewarding garden walks and sparkling wintry views.

Winter Warming Treats

Candlelit feasting, crackling fires and mulled cider are just some of the warming treats Herefordshire has up its mittened sleeve for winter.

Step out of the cold into one of the many luxury spas in Herefordshire to unwind in the indulgent facilities and enjoy some pampering treatments.

When there’s a chill in the air this winter in Herefordshire, what better than some delicious comfort food and cheeky wine to keep you toasty? There are plenty of eateries serving up hearty meals to suit all budgets.

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