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Christmas family events in the county

PUBLISHED: 11:40 09 December 2014 | UPDATED: 11:51 09 December 2014

St Albans Christmas Fair. Photo: Brian Cooke

St Albans Christmas Fair. Photo: Brian Cooke

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Whether you are on the lookout for a special gift, homemade produce, unique crafted decorations or just to get in the Christmas spirit, Hertfordshire has a stuffed stocking of destinations and events that fit the bill. Here are some of the best

Walkern Magic of Christmas

Tucked away in Walkern it is easy to lose track of time and lose yourself in the village’s Magic of Christmas outlet. This enchanting Christmas shop in a charming old barn opened its doors on October 9 and will be running until December 23. This year it incorporates a Nordic-inspired tea room and for inspiration, colour-themed trees and decorations adorn the barn – even the most uninspired will come away with ideas.

Great Amwell dance on ice

The ice rink at Van Hage garden centre in Great Amwell is back for its seventh season. This year, the rink will be covered by a clear skies cover to allow for skating in all weathers. Have a cup of hot chocolate in the heated marque or browse the fantastic display of decorations, wreaths, lights and all things festive. The rink is open until January 5.

Shop and sing in St Albans

With more than 60 stalls, Vintry Garden adjacent to St Albans Cathedral, will play host to a German-style Christmas market running until December 21. Attractions include the traditional chalet stalls, street entertainers and local artisans. On Saturday December 20, take a break from last-minute Christmas shopping and enjoy free carols on the hour (11am-4pm) in the cathedral. Each service lasts 30 minutes – enough time to enjoy some uplifting carols with the choir before diving back out to get that cheese you know Aunt Ethel likes.

Hatfield House Vintage Market

For those that want to decorate their homes with individual style or find a rare or even unique present, Hatfield House Vintage Market should be high on your list. There will be a range of stalls selling furniture, silverware, china, glass, books, prints, postcards and the plain unusual. If you like the thrill of bartering for a bargain then this antique market is for you. It takes place on Saturday December 20 from 10-4pm.

Berkhamsted tree festival

For an evening that will not fail to make you feel all jingly, visit one of the many Christmas tree festivals taking place around the county. All Saints Church in Berkhamsted is holding its from Friday December 12-14, when more than forty trees will create a sparkling forest in the church. The festival will be open from 10-5pm on the Friday and Saturday, and from 2pm on Sunday, concluding with a carol service at 4pm. There will be refreshments, stalls and live music throughout.

Carols at the Castle

Hard to beat carols around the tree at Hertford Castle. Get warm and fuzzy on December 12 from 5.30-6.30pm

Lunch with Santa

Enjoy a two-course festive lunch in the Cobbold Barn at Knebwoth House on December 14 and 21 from 12.30–3.30pm. There will be a gift from Santa for each child. Adults £24, children (under-14) £10. Call 01438 813825 to book.

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