Deck the Halls in Dacorum

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas throughout the Dacorum district. And, with festive activities ranging from dazzling Christmas light switch-on's to sightings of Santa on the Slopes with a visit to The Snow Centre in Hemel Hempstead, this December is looking likely to be magical one.  


The countdown commences as local towns and high streets light up with a dazzling display of festive lights, and wintry window displays burst into life.  

On 26th November you'll find yourself spoilt for choice with not one, but two Christmas light switch-on events taking place in both Hemel Hempstead and Berkhamsted. At Hemel Hempstead's Christmas Live event, enjoy a fun-filled family adventure which culminates in a fantastic firework display to accompany the big switch-on.

Meanwhile on 26th November, over in Berkhamsted, grab a glass of mulled wine and a mince pie (or two) as you browse their array of market stalls to the sounds of Lockers Park Choir and The Choir on the Green in the glow of the seasonal streetlights.  

Why not wander the glorious grounds of The Box Moor Trust on the 2nd December at their Christmas on Blackbirds event? Kids can try their hand at making a lantern in the Children’s Christmas Craft Tent, before joining the procession to the Boho Boxmoor Christmas Tree switch-on. 


With the streets ablaze with light and doused in decorations, it's about time you got outside and revelled in the Christmas merriment isn't it? There's plenty of activity taking place in the lead up to 25th December, whether you're looking for a holly, jolly heart-racing day out or you're seeking out the very best festive food and drink on offer... 

Slide over to The Snow Centre in Hemel Hempstead where you'll find Santa hanging out on the slopes from 2nd until 24th December. London’s closest indoor real snow slope, The Snow Centre also offers a range of options to make your festive season go with a bang. From a 2 or 3 course Christmas dinner with friends, to an alternative Christmas party night in the snow. 

Getting the girls together ahead of Christmas for a spot of retail therapy has never been easier! On 7th December, take the laid back approach to luncheons with a delicious 2 course meal at Shendish Manor when their Ladies that Lunch event checks into this stunning hotel. What's more, there will also be a number of stalls available to peruse at your leisure & purchase and gifts for loved ones. A lunch date and shopping trip in one visit? Now that's what we call balance! 

Raise a toast this Christmas with a glass of limited edition PUD PUD gin, distilled right on your doorstep. This special Christmas pudding inspired gin from the brilliant team at Puddingstone Distillery is infused with Macedonian juniper and sweet orange, making it the perfect warming treat this December. What's more, PUD PUD is also certain to be a warmly received gift to friends and family! 

On 8th December Abodebed will be throwing open the doors of their gorgeous brand new serviced apartments for a Festive Fundraiser, all in aid of The Hospice of St Francis in Hemel Hempstead. Join them for coffee, cakes and fundraising at this open house event and spread a little Christmas spirit for charity. 

Discover more than just Christmas spirit at a seasonally themed Spirit of the Old Town Ghost Walk in Hemel Hempstead on 4th December. Wander the streets, ablaze with Christmas decorations, and listen to the stories and tales of Hemel Hempstead's past courtesy of your very own spooky guide .