The Christmas period is finally here, and this year Horsham has a lot to offer in terms of events! Whether you’re looking for a great Christmas market to get some shopping done, or somewhere to grab wonderful seasonal food, Horsham and its surrounding areas have something to offer this year.

We have compiled a list of some of the best Christmas events that are taking place in and around Horsham this year.

Glow Wild 2022 at Wakehurst

A short drive out of Horsham lies the beautiful grounds of Wakehurst gardens, who are once again putting on their award-winning winter lantern trail. In the evenings, you will see the gardens awash with festive lanterns and captivating lights created by leading artists.

This excellent lights show will take place on selected dates between 24th November to 1st January. Book tickets for Glow Wild.

Hailed as one of Sussex's favourite winter events, Wakehurst's Glow Wild  returns with new bespoke installations and festive dining experience | Kew

Meet Father Christmas

John Lewis

This year children will have the chance to meet Father Christmas at John Lewis! Kids can also take home a LEGO or DUPLO gift and buy a photo taken with Santa.

Bookings are required for this Christmas event, so check out the John Lewis website for available slots.

Amberley Museum

Father Christmas is returning to Amberley Museum! On each weekend on the lead up to Christmas, children can meet the man himself – Santa – and receive a gift from him.

Book tickets for your child to meet Santa.

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Santa Cruise With The Wey and Arun Canal Trust

On various dates you and your family can take a 40 minute trip on the Santa cruise along the canal! The trip includes seasonal refreshments and a present for children under 12 (12-15 year olds will receive a chocolate gift).

Book in your Santa Cruise and take a fun festive trip along the canal!

Santa cruises on the Wey & Arun Canal | The Wey & Arun Canal Trust

Christmas Market

Situated in the Carfax on the 4th December will be the Christmas market. Celebrate the festive season with a variety 0f excellent stalls, where you can buy gifts, tasty food, and much more!

The Bishopric will also host a festive market on the same day, with some familiar traders plus extra Christmas surprises.

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Cinderella pantomime

Everyone enjoys a pantomime during the Christmas period, luckily The Capitol are showcasing Cinderella on 8th December! Hurry and book your tickets for Cinderella now while they’re still available.

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This year Leonardslee Gardens are hosting a wealth of Christmas events, with something for every member of the family.

Creative Workshops

There are a handful of creative workshops this December, from card making to painting to festive paper cutting! If you enjoy and thrive in creative environments then these events are perfect for you. Find out more about creative workshops at Leonardslee.

Leonardslee Illuminated

Once again Leonardslee Gardens are hosting their spellbinding illuminations across their trail. Ideal for families with children of all ages, this beautiful walk through the gardens will feature theatrical performances, music, and of course – lights!

Book tickets to a magical evening of lights and festive cheer.

Christmas Afternoon Tea at Leonardslee House

Enjoy seasonal favourites at the beautiful Leonardslee House this Christmas. Their afternoon tea offers excellent food and drink, and guests are invited to explore the gardens after their tea.

Bring your friends or your family and book yourself a table for afternoon tea!

Leonardslee Illuminated Lower Beeding

Christmas events in Sussex and surrounding areas

If none of these tickle your fancy, then why not travel a little further afield of Horsham? Here are a few events occurring this Christmas that are outside of Horsham.

Hampton Court

Originally home to Henry VIII, this breath-taking palace is hosting two Christmas events this year, alongside an ice rink:

Festive Fayre

On the 2nd-4th December Hampton Court’s courtyards will be transformed into a food-lover’s Christmas wonderland! There will be food, drink and music to discover while also taking in the history situated all around you. Book tickets for the festive fayre.

Palace Of Light

On selected dates, a crisp winter evening will turn into an enchanting festive lantern and light experience. Kids and adults alike can enjoy this year’s light trail – it will be bigger and better than ever before! Food and drink will also be present on site.

Grab your tickets today to visit this enchanting palace.

Hampton Court Palace Festive Fayre Gallery | HRP Festivals

Petworth’s Tree-mendous Christmas 

Explore Petworth House to see stunning Christmas trees all around. Each Christmas tree is decorated to embody the festive spirit – and there’s even a 12 foot Christmas tree in the Square Dining Room!

Find out more information here.

Plan ahead for a Tree-mendous Christmas at Petworth | National Trust

Christmas in Horsham 2022

This Christmas is full of opportunities to visit and explore stunning areas, whilst enjoying a hot chocolate or mulled wine in the cold weather!

We hope that you find something you’ll enjoy amongst our list of Christmas events in and around Horsham. Let us know what you plan to do this December!

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