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Throughout the year St Albans City & District has a lively cultural calendar, so why not plan your visit to coincide with one of the regular street events, festivals or markets? There is so much to do, and as well as the regular events listed below, local attractions often have special one-off events as well.

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Major festivals and events

An overview of the big events happening around the city and district in 2017
Find out more about the Herts County Show, Harpenden Carnival, the Alban Pilgrimage, St Albans Folk Festival, the International Organ Festival, CAMRA St Albans Beer Festival, St Albans & Harpenden Food and Drink Festival, and many more. 

Information on these and a whole host of other events happening around the city and district can also be found in our Events Search.

An Exhibition of Original Work By Derek Hare

Tuesday 21st November 2017 - Saturday 2nd December 2017
An Exhibition of Original Work By Derek Hare, Fellow of The Royal Society of Arts

Willows Farm Santa's Spectacular Grotto & Festive Farm Fun

Wednesday 22nd November - Sunday 24th December 2017
There is so much to do at Santa Spectacular with a full day out of indoor and outdoor fun including meeting Santa and receiving a golden key to his Toy Shop, attending Elf Academy, saying hello to Santa’s reindeer and so much more.

St Albans Christmas Market

Saturday 25th November to Saturday 23rd December 2017
German-style Christmas Market in St Albans selling high quality gifts and products. Browse beautiful handmade gifts while enjoying a mug of mulled wine in the Christmas atmosphere. The event will take place in and around the beautiful Vintry Garden adjacent to the magnificent 11th-century St Albans Cathedral.
Further information: visit our Christmas Market section and find out more about the products, entertainment, and how to be involved.

Harpenden Circle Gift & Craft Fair

Friday 24th November and Saturday 25th November 2017
Local arts and crafts gift event of the year to get your festive shopping off to the best start, over two days in the Harpenden Public Halls. There will be over 50 gorgeous local stalls with everything from jewellery to woodwork, photography, art, crafts, pottery, clothing, decorations, toys, skincare, accessories and more...

Childwickbury Christmas Market

Saturday 25th November and Sunday 26th November 2017
If you love the summer Childwickbury Arts Fair, or you're simply looking for a unique Christmas shopping experience, come along to the Childwickbury Christmas Market. Like the arts fair, the Christmas Market takes place in the beautiful surroundings of the Childwickbury Estate stables.

Mosaic workshop for adults at Verulamium Museum

Saturday 25th November 2017
Taking inspiration from the Roman mosaics, join in a workshop to create your own mosaic masterpiece to take away.

Dance Organ Day No. 5

Saturday 25th November 2017
Dance Organ Day No. 5

Christmas Tower Tours

Saturday 25th November 2017
Escorted by a Cathedral Guide you will be led up the great Norman Tower, which is the only English 11th century central Cathedral tower still in its original form.

The Nutcracker

Saturday 25th November 2017
Be swept away on a magical adventure in one of the most famous classical ballets of all time – The Nutcracker presented by The Vienna Festival Ballet. With its combination of enchanting choreography and unforgettable music, this fabulous ballet is a Christmas treat like no other.

St Albans International Organ Festival Organ Recital

Saturday 25th November 2017
Arvid Gast, Lubeck

The Ultimate Civic Disco present Ultimate 70's nightfever - Dance party

Saturday 25th November 2017
The Ultimate Civic Disco returns with the Ultimate 70's night fever Dance party in aid of the new museum and gallery in St Albans.

Harpenden Christmas Carnival

Sunday 26th November 2017
A spectacular event in Harpenden High Street, encompassing a carnival procession, charity stalls, a Farmers Market, turning on of the Town's Christmas lights, fairground rides and festive shopping.

St Albans Christmas Lights Switch On and Christmas Market Launch

Sunday 26th November 2017
Entertainment throughout the city centre to mark the official start of the Christmas shopping season. There will be three switch-on events at 5pm: at the Taxi Rank Stage, by the Clock Tower, and at the Christmas Market in Vintry Garden.

David Hockney: A Bigger Picture / 82 Portraits & 1 Still Life - The Sandpit Theatre

Sunday 26th November 2017
Widely considered Britain’s most popular artist, David Hockney is a global sensation with exhibitions in London, New York, Paris and beyond, attracting millions of visitors worldwide. Now entering his 9th decade, Hockney shows absolutely no evidence of slowing down or losing his trademark boldness. Featuring intimate and in-depth interviews with Hockney, this revealing film focuses on two blockbuster exhibitions held in 2012 and 2016 at the Royal Academy of Art in London.

Elaine Paige In Concert

Sunday 26th November 2017
As a musical theatre performer Elaine has made a major contribution to the modern musical. She has starred in more smash hit West End & Broadway musicals than anyone else of her generation and continues to present the hugely successful weekly BBC Radio 2 programme Elaine Paige on Sunday, which celebrates the best of Broadway, Hollywood and the West End, and continues to delight audiences of over 2.5 million listeners each week.

Jason Manford - Work in Progress

Tuesday 28th November 2017
Jason Manford, is back with a work in progress show ahead of his national tour in 2018, which promises to feature a wealth of comedy anecdotes, misunderstandings and audience banter delivered with Jason’s likeable charm and teasingly intelligent wit.

Christmas Tower Tours

Wednesday 29th November 2017
Escorted by a Cathedral Guide you will be led up the great Norman Tower, which is the only English 11th century central Cathedral tower still in its original form.

Milton Jones Is Out There

Wednesday 29th November 2017
Milton Jones is Out There. No, really out there and this time he hasn’t just forgotten his keys. He’s holding up the mirror of truth to society, and he can see right through it, which means its probably just a window.

Eliza Carthy & The Wayward Band

Thursday 30th November 2017
Eliza Carthy & The Wayward Band released ‘Big Machine’ (Topic Records) to critical acclaim in February 2017. The album is undoubtedly one of Eliza’s most adventurous and accomplished works to date and their live show, which features a who’s who of names in the folk world, is equally as impressive, ambitious and exhilarating.

Pop Up Art Exhibition in St Albans

Friday 1st December 2017
Pop up art exhibition by Affordable S.art Sale at Oaklands College

Folk at the Maltings

Friday 1st December 2017
Folk at the Maltings features The Foxglove Trio, making the last appearance of their CD launch tour at a concert on Friday December 1 at 8pm at the Maltings Arts Theatre, The Maltings, St Albans AL1 3HL.

Wreath Making Workshop at Verulamium Museum

Saturday 2nd December 2017
As the nights draw in, come and decorate a wreath to bring festive cheer to your home. All materials are supplied.

A Christmas Celebration at Verulamium Museum

Saturday 2nd December 2017
A festive family fun day! Create a decoration for our Christmas tree and make your own festive baubles to take home.

Christmas Tower Tours

Saturday 2nd December 2017
Escorted by a Cathedral Guide you will be led up the great Norman Tower, which is the only English 11th century central Cathedral tower still in its original form.

Bach by Candlelight

Saturday 2nd December 2017
Join Mosaic Chamber Choir and Amadeus Chamber Orchestra under the direction of Andrew Lucas, the Cathedral’s Master of the Music, for an evening of seasonal music in the candle-lit Nave of the Cathedral.

The Jingle Bell Jog and Reindeer Run

Sunday 3rd December 2017
The 5km Jingle Bell Jog is a spectacular sight where hundreds of adults and children over 10 years old dress in bright red Santa suits and race around St Albans.

Redbourn Christmas Market

Sunday 3rd December 2017
Experience the best of Redbourn at their annual winter festival. Visit the pretty historic village of Redbourn to celebrate authentic and quality local crafts, food and music. 70+ stalls overflowing with delicious food, beautiful crafts and gift ideas; seasonal music showcasing the best local talent; Yule raffle with lots of amazing prizes from local businesses, plus Santa Claus!

Santa in Love - The Sandpit Theatre

Sunday 3rd December 2017
A fun filled family musical complete with games, giggles and all your favourite Christmas songs.

Willow Foundation Carol Concert

Tuesday 5th December 2017
Held in the historic and beautiful St Albans’ Cathedral, the Willow Carol Concert is one of the most lovely and memorable of all Willow events and the perfect way to start the Christmas season. You will be treated to the spectacular voices of the Hertfordshire Chorus, as well as the opportunity to join in and sing some classic carols yourself.

Christmas Tower Tours

Wednesday 6th December 2017
Escorted by a Cathedral Guide you will be led up the great Norman Tower, which is the only English 11th century central Cathedral tower still in its original form.

Rennie Grove - Christmas Wreath Workshop

Wednesday 6th December 2017
Come along and make our own Christmas door rings which will last throughout the Christmas Season on Wednesday 6 December (7pm – 9pm) at Grove House in St Albans.

Rennie Grove - Christmas Carol Concert

Thursday 7th December 2017
A Christmas Concert at St Peters Church, St Albans in aid of Rennie Grove Hospice Care featuring the wonderful voices of The Chiltern Ladies Choir as well as the opportunity to join in and sing along to some carols.

St Albans Bach Choir Christmas Carols

Saturday 9th December 2017
Two concerts of Christmas music performed by the St Albans Bach Choir and Alberti Brass

'Christmas & Carols' Brass Band Concert - St Peters Church, London Colney

Saturday 9th December 2017
The Watford Brass Band and St Peter's Church present a live concert of 'Christmas songs and Carols' for you all to have fun and join in. Share the musical magic of Christmas.

St Albans Farmers Market

Sunday 10th December 2017
Expect to find local specialities, mouth watering cheeses, seasonal fruit and vegetables, fresh herbs, top quality meat and game, dairy produce, freshly baked cakes & bread and hand crafted goods. Plus entertainment and refreshments.

Rennie Grove - Christmas Wreath Workshop

Monday 11th December 2017
Come along and make our own Christmas door rings which will last throughout the Christmas Season on Monday 11th December (7pm – 9pm) at Grove House in St Albans.

Tots Tales at Verulamium Museum

Wednesday 13th December 2017
Join us for a story, craft activity and a museum hunt inspired by The Gruffalo's Child by Julia Donaldson.

Halloween Ghosts and Ghouls Guided Walk

Wednesday 13th December 2017
As we explore haunted St Albans, we will visit many places that are noted for some strange events. Stories of the well known phantoms of the town will be related by the guide. During this walk you may wonder if we are on our own - who knows!

French Market

Thursday 14th December and Friday 15th December 2017
France at Home returns to put on a French Market in St Albans. The traders mostly come from different 'departments' in Normandy and offer a wide range of top quality products. These are generally local and regional cheeses, bread freshly baked every day, patisserie products, olives and dried fruits, handbags, jewellery, Provençal soaps, and much more.

Christmas Charity Concert - The Sandpit Theatre

Thursday 14th December 2017
West End stars and local talent are coming together this Christmas in festive spirit, to raise money for Home Start Herts, a wonderful charity that supports families with young children in a multitude of difficult situations.

A Christmas Carol - The Sandpit Theatre

Saturday 16th December 2017
With the help of a large 60cm tall pop up book and lots of humbugs, this very entertaining version of the Dicken’s classic tale takes the audience back to Victorian England using mime, voice and a couple of suitcases loaded full of ghosts!

The Hospice of St Francis Christmas Carol Concert

Sunday 17th December 2017
Enjoy an afternoon of festive carols and Christmas readings in aid of The Hospice of St Francis. Set within the stunning Cathedral this is the perfect opportunity to bring family and friends together at this special time of year to support an important local cause.

Crafts in the Colonnade at Verulamium Museum

Wednesday 20th December 2017
Simple festive crafts inspired by the museum’s collections.

Museum Explorers at Verulamium Museum

Thursday 21st December 2017
Borrow items from our explorer kit to help you investigate the museum.

St Saviour’s Church Christmas Tree Festival

Saturday 16th December 2017 - Saturday 23rd December 2017
A beautiful Christmas event! Come and see the church transformed into a winter wonderland by 90 sparkling Christmas trees. The trees are all decorated on the theme of “Community at Christmas” by local individuals and groups.
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