Entertainment and Activities

A line-up of local acts will perform in the Tinseltown Tipi – a beautiful, festive space lit with twinkling fairy lights. It will be the venue for musicians, dance troupes, magicians, fire eaters and other circus performers. There will also be some surprise DJs and creative workshops for all ages to enjoy.

We have the only City Centre Santa’s Grotto and there will also be a giant snow globe where people can have a family photograph taken. Both will be open every day apart from Mondays.

Magical Grottos proudly present
St Albans Christmas Market Grotto and Snowglobe Experience!

Santa's Grotto

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Santa's Grotto opening hours:
Tuesday to Friday 1.00pm - 6.00pm (until 15th Dec) 
Saturdays and Sundays 10.00am - 6.00pm 

From Tuesday 19th December, the grotto will be open 11.00am - 6.00pm daily.

The grotto is closed on Mondays.

Santa's Grotto prices:
£5 per child, cash only.
Each child receives an age-appropriate gift, gifts suitable from birth.
Photos can be purchased on exit from £4. (Please note no self-photography is allowed inside the grotto).
Tickets are available from the chalet next to the Grotto.

Snowglobe

Snowglobe 300px Come and have fun in the giant snowglobe!

Snowglobe opening hours:
11.00am - 6.00pm Tuesday to Sunday throughout the Christmas Market. (Closed Mondays)

Prices:
£10 for up to 6 people, cash only. Price includes one 16x9 photo. Additional photos may be purchased for £5 each.

Please note that no self-photography is allowed in the Snowglobe.


Tinseltown Tipi

A line-up of local acts will perform in the Tinseltown Tipi – a beautiful, festive space lit with twinkling fairy lights. It will be the venue for musicians, dance troupes, magicians, fire eaters and other circus performers. There will also be some surprise DJs and creative workshops for all ages to enjoy.
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Some of the amazing acts include:
- The Higher Rads
- Welwyn Hip Hop Dancers
- Circudelia Fire Juggling
- Hugh Barwell - Accordian Master
- Katie's Jumping Fleas
- The VER Players
- The Treble Makers
- The Minnie Moochers 
- St Albans Folk Festival at the Market
- Livzi 'Em
- Haidee and Roger
- Tom Dibb
- Emma Risley 
And many more!

See the full Tinseltown Tipi programme online here.

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Workshops and Activities

There's something happening every day in the Tinseltown Tipi! Workshops and activities include:
- Polish biscuit decorating, with Ren Behan
- Get Physical with the Sports Team!
- Creation Station Art Workshop
- Crafts with Verulamium Museum
- Nutcracker themed puppet-style tree decorations
- Nutcracker Themed Art Workshop
- Colour Me In Kids Arty Workshop
- Christmas Customs & Traditions
- ArtShed Face Painting 
- Christmas Ghost Stories
- Cositas Adult Crafty Workshops 
- Felted Garlands Family Workshop
- Rock, Pop, Candy Workshop
- Circudelia Circus Workshops and performance!

*PLEASE NOTE: There may be a charge for the workshops, whether for children or adults.
Many are drop-in, so turn up and take part!
Children under 10 should be accompanied by an adult.
  
See the full Tinseltown Tipi programme online here.


Carols on the Hour

Saturday 16th December

Join us on the hour from 11.00am to 4.00pm at St Albans Cathedral event to enjoy a special 30-minute service with uplifting carols from the Cathedral Choirs. Everyone is welcome to come and sing and experience the true meaning of Christmas at these hourly Carol Services. No tickets required and admission is free.