Festive events in Peterborough – 2016

Want something different to the regular Santa’s Grotto ( you can find a list of where to find Santa’s Grottos here). How about Breakfast or lunch with the man in red? Or want to visit a Christmas fayre? Once you have read my guide pop over to Naomi’s blog to see her guide Christmas activities.

Festive Events

Christmas Light Switch on – Serpentine Green – November 17th – From 5pm join in the evening of festive fun with a lantern parade and the Christmas light switch on.

Wyevale Garden Centre (Crowland/Huntingdon) – Breakfast or Tea with Santa – 12th November to 24th December. – Booking Essential – £9.99 per child and £3.99 per Adult includes Present. There will also be Biscuit decorating and festive activities.

Christmas Light Switch on – Serpentine Green – November 17th – From 5pm join in the evening of festive fun with a lantern parade and the Christmas light switch on.

Holme Village Christmas Fayre – 19th November – 11am – 2pm – Festive shopping, food and activities for children. Make some reindeer food and join Frozen for Christmas singing.

Musical Christmas Fayre – St Andrews parish hall, whittlesey – 19th November – 1pm-6pm. Afternoon or live music and entertainment along with Christmas craft fayre for you to browse and purchase gifts for Christmas.

Christmas light switch on

Peterborough Christmas light switch on – Cathedral square – 19th November – 5pm-8pm – Family entertainment, special appearances and Fireworks. The event is hosted by Heart FM.

East Anglian Air Ambulance Christmas gift fair – 20th November – Holiday Inn, Thorpe Wood, 11am to 3pm – £2 (suggested donation) under 12’s free. Help EAAA to raise money whilst shopping for gifts for family and friends.

Dobbies Garden Centre – Letter to Santa – 20th November – 24th December – FREE – Find the dedicated area within the store to write a letter to Santa and each child will receive a free reply.

Folksworth C of E Primary School (Pe7 3ty) – 23rd November – 3.30pm to 5pm –

Make sure to check these events too..

Notcutts Garden Centre – Tea with Santa – 24th November to 23rd December (Thursday only except weds 21st and Friday 23rd Dec) – £11 per child includes meal. There will be a present for each child and the opportunity to do an activity with Santa.

Christmas Shopping, Nene Valley Railway, Wansford. – 24th November – 5pm to 9pm – Lots of Christmas Gift ideas on sale in our Station shop and other gift stands. Gifts for all ages. Enjoy a complementary Drink of Mulled Wine or Hot Chocolate. Gift Wrapping Service is also available for a small fee.

Burghley House Christmas Fair – Burghley house, Stamford, 24th -27th November – Thursday – Saturday 9:00am – 5:00pm, Sunday 9:00am – 4:00pm.- Wander amongst the stands and choose from exciting new products and indulge yourself, your family and friends with stunning fashions and accessories, dazzling jewellery from sparkly fashion to graceful diamonds, lustrous velvet and satin scarves and luxurious soaps and skincare

The Cuckoo Christmas fayre – 26th November – 12pm to 3pm – More details TBC.

Barrys Heartbeat Christmas Gift and craft fair – Austin Hall, Yaxley Pe7 3Lu- 26th November – 10am to 4.30pm – Stalls  include Jewellery, beauty, candles, gifts, cards, sweets and many more!

East Community Centre – Padholme Rd Pe1 5en – 26th November – 10 am to 1pm – Cakes, Games, Gifts, Cards, Tombola, Henna Tattoos, Toys and lots more

Try breakfast with Santa?

Notcutts Garden Centre – Breakfast with Santa – 26th November to 21st December (Weekends only except Weds 21st Dec) – £11 per child includes meal a present and an activity with Santa

Dobbies Garden Centre – Meet Dobbie the tenth reindeer. – 26th November to 24th December (selected dates only so please check) – FREE – Dobbie will be prancing and dancing through the store at 11.30 and 3.30. He will be ready to give festive hugs to all who come to see him.

Dobbies Garden Centre – Breakfast and Supper with Santa – breakfasts on selected dates from 26th November and Santa suppers on selected dates from the 3rd December- £10- Booking essential.


Herlington preschool craft fayre @ Herlington Pre-school, Orton Malbourne – 2nd December – 3.30pm-6pm – bows, sweets, popcorn, frames, cards, candles, wine glasses, sand art and more! Santa will also be there, fun evening planned, hope to see lots of you there!

Christmas Fete @ Orton Wistow under fives playschool – 3rd December – 10am to 1pm – Free entry and lots of games. Tombolo, raffles and adopt a teddy.


Christmas Fayre @ The Green Backyard – 4th December – 12pm-4pm – Full details are to be confirmed in the coming weeks. Please keep checking their Facebook event page.

Manor farm community Centre Pe6 7u – 4th December – 1pm to 4pm – Raising money for Ngnpuk (syringe drivers  for Eye, Thorney, Whittlsey and surrounding areas) – Large raffle and tombola, lots of craft stalls!

Krispy Kreme – 10th December – 10am-4pm – Meet Santa, Raffle for vouchers and gifts from local businesses, Tombola, Lucky Squares Treasure Hunt to win a Double Dozen and Pocket money games. All proceeds will be going to Krispy Kreme’s 2016 charity of the year Teenage Cancer Trust.

Folksworth Preschool Santa Float – 10th December – float starts at 3.00 going around the whole village and arrives back at the village hall at 5.00pm. There will be real reindeer, carol singers, BBQ, raffle etc.

Christmas fairs are a great way to buy from small businesses.

Orton Xmas Fayre – 10th December – Orton Centre – 2pm to 6pm – Light switch on is at 4pm. Visit the man himself and his reindeer and elves. School choirs and a band for entertainment. There will also be displays from the local cheerleading squad and also line dancers.

Werrington Village Hall Christmas Fayre – 10th December – 11am to 2.30pm – 30 stalls from local craft people so the perfect place to get all your Christmas gifts. Face painting and refreshments. As well as a special Christmas grotto featuring Belle from Beauty and the beast. Free entry.

Santas Christmas Fete – 11th December – 11am to 3pm – Parkway sports and social club – Santa’s Grotto and Seasonal Stalls. Refreshments  are available and Donations will go to Little miracles charity.

Coca Cola Lorry @ Serpentine Green – 13th December – 1pm to 9pm – With samples of Coca Cola zero sugar drinks being handed too.

Van Hage Garden Centre – Tea with Santa – 13th December to 23rd December (selected dates only) – £6.95 includes afternoon tea with gingerbread decorating and a small treat.

Carols on the Green – Botolph Green – Thursday 15th December 6-7pm – All welcome to come along request and sing their favourite carols. Refreshments of mulled wine and mince pies will be available.

Moonlight Drive through Cinema – Saturday 17th December – Serpentine Green, pe2 8be – £25 per car – Showing Grease @9.30pm – Booking essential

Moonlight Drive through Cinema – Monday 19th December – Serpentine Green, pe2 8be – £25 per car – Showing The Lion King @ 7pm – Booking essential

Moonlight Drive through Cinema – Monday 19th December – Serpentine Green, pe2 8be – £25 per car – Showing Top Gun @9.30pm – Booking essential

Moonlight Drive through Cinema – Tuesday 20th December – Serpentine Green, pe2 8be – £25 per car – Showing It’s a wonderful life @9.30pm – Booking essential

Moonlight Drive through Cinema – Thursday 22ndDecember – Serpentine Green, pe2 8be – £25 per car – Showing A Muppets Christmas Carol @7pm – Booking essential

Moonlight Drive through Cinema – Thursday 22nd December – Serpentine Green, pe2 8be – £25 per car – Showing Nightmare before christmas @9.30pm – Booking essential


Van Hage Garden Centre – Breakfast with Santa – Friday 23rd December. – £5.95 per child includes breakfast, gingerbread decorating and a small treat.





  1. carol
    15th November 2016 / 6:14 pm

    Was planning on taking the boys to see the coca-cola lorry but now it’s changed to Hampton I can’t get there as do not drive, so have 2 unhappy boys and I’m sure I am not the only one!

    • 15th November 2016 / 7:21 pm

      I think it will put a lot of families off seeing the lorry. It is also restrictive to those reliant on buses too. 🙁

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