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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.

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.

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.

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.
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