24 reasons to spend Christmas in Hertfordshire

PUBLISHED: 10:03 17 November 2016 | UPDATED: 11:46 22 November 2016

St Michaels, St Albans (Adam Singer, Flickr, CC BY-ND 2.0)

St Michaels, St Albans (Adam Singer, Flickr, CC BY-ND 2.0)


When there’s so much festive activity in Herts, why go anywhere else to enjoy your Christmas?

1. You can hide away in a cosy pub, next to a roaring fire …

Coach and Horses Rickmansworth Hertfordshire

2. … after a ramble through the countryside rich with winter hues.

Morning magic Jan 2014

3. There are plenty of Christmas events happening, including Christmas light switch-ons.

Hitchin - Christmas Lights switch on

4. Enjoy festive goings on at Herts’ grand stately homes such as wreath making at Ashridge Estate

Ashridge in the Snow 012

5. … a vintage market at Hatfield House

Hatfield House

6. … or deer spotting at Knebworth House.

Red Deer Stag

7. You can pick up some handmade gifts from a Christmas market

St Albans Christmas market 061214

8. … or at an independent boutique.

Room at the inn?

9. From the winding streets of St Albans and Tring’s mismatched houses …

Snow in St Albans

10. … to the pretty villages dusted with frost …

Alfie taking a favourite  "monkey" for a morning stroll through St Michaels St Albans UK

11. … there is always somewhere new to discover.

4464 91120 Digswell Viaduct 30-12-14 (V18133)

12. We have some fantastic restaurants and country pubs to enjoy a delicious Christmas Day lunch.

Auberge du Lac

13. Or maybe you’d prefer a cocktail bar to celebrate with friends? We have those too.

Mulled wine with a good company

14. There are breathtaking landscapes from Ivinghoe Beacon in the Chiltern Hills…

Sunset at Ivinghoe Beacon

15. … to the Lea Valley.

Wintry Doe Lea valley

16. We have nature reserves that are so atmospheric in the winter.

Across the reeds

17. Churches that are steeped in history make a contemplative day out …

Abbey Snow

18. … and a fantastic Christmas carol service.


19. Once you’ve finished exploring, you can indulge in a festive afternoon tea at a local café …

Afternoon tea, the Shelbourne Hotel

20. … or sip on a pint of real ale as you watch the winter landscape from a cosy corner.

Hare & Hounds

21. We are so close to London …

London Christmas Lights

22. … but a world away from the hustle and bustle.

Landscape with Snow and Fog

23. So stay at home in Hertfordshire with your loved ones this Christmas.

Christmas day walk on Harpenden common.

24. And if you are coming from afar – welcome!

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