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Meraki Festival 30 Nov - 22 Dec Vintry Garden: 30 Nov - 22 Dec
Verulamium Park: 08 Dec - 22 Dec
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Event Information

Event Information

Admission to the Meraki Christmas Festival is TOTALLY FREE!

TWO SITES
We'll be running two separate events in St Albans this December:
FRONT MEADOW, VERULAMIUM PARK: 08 Dec - 22 Dec
VINTRY GARDEN CHRISTMAS MARKET: 30 Nov - 22 Dec

Check our activities page to find out what's on!

FESTIVAL CUPS
The only thing we'll be charging for at the front gates are environmentally-friendly, reusable Meraki Festival cups. If you're planning to buy some drinks, you'll need your own cup - you're welcome to take it home as little reminder of your Christmas festival experience, or, if you pop it back into one of our Meraki Cup Bins, we'll make a donation to charity for every cup we get back. If you have an official Meraki Summer cup at home, you can bring it along and use it instead.

ACTIVITIES
We have a number of activities you can purchase onsite, but you can stroll around the festival and do some Christmas shopping, enjoy the amazing selection of food and drink and take in the fun and vibe of our local Christmas Festival with no charge to get in!

All are welcome!

Father Christmas Experiences

Father Christmas Experiences

COME AND MEET FATHER CHRISTMAS!

Kids can come and enjoy a special exclusive 45-minute Christmas experience with the big man in the red suit, or pop in for a quick meet-and-greet with him at The Grotto.

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Comedy Sundays

Comedy Sundays

Catch some of the hottest standup in the UK (including Lee Nelson, Angela Barnes and Stephen K Amos!) - ONLY at Meraki Christmas Festival. Tickets are available, but get yours soon - these nights are set to sell out!

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3-Tipis Bar

3-Tipis Bar

The 3-Tipis Bar is a stunning venue with daily activities, live music, craft activities and a weekend makers market.

Come in out of the cold, snuggle and get into the spirit of Christmas... and even better - it's free to enter!

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Vintage Christmas Reminiscence Tea Party

Vintage Christmas Reminiscence Tea Party
Vintage Christmas Reminiscence Tea Party

FREE Event: Tue 18 Dec - 2-4pm

Join us to remember Christmas, as it used to be and to reminisce about home cooking, home-made gifts and decorations. We're holding a FREE fun Reminiscence Tea Party in our heated Tipi, facilitated by Tea & Memories. Enjoy complimentary Tea, Coffee, Mince Pies and Shortbread, a festive sing-along, a vintage Christmas Quiz and lots of memorabilia to bring back memories of your childhood Christmases.Bring Granny and/or Grandad and share their unique memories, prompted by the Tea & Memories team.

Booking preferred, as places are limited to 40 for catering: 2-4pm Arrive at 2pm (time has changed from original social media and flyer advertising)
Wheelchair accessible venue. (You may want to bring a cushion for older people's comfort).

Christmas Fairground

Christmas Fairground

With bright lights, high speed and all the fun of the fair, the Meraki Christmas Festival Fairground will have thrills and spills-a-plenty!

If you love a Christmas Fairground, we'll have rides to thrill and delight!

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Christmas Market

Christmas Market

The Meraki Christmas Market will host over 40 German-Style Wooden chalets for Christmas shoppers.

From arts and crafts to customised Christmas decorations and Indonesian wood stalls, there's something for everyone!

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Festive Food

Festive Food

Whether you're in the mood for traditional German sausages, hog roast with apple sauce, naughty desserts or even vegan Christmas treats, the Meraki Christmas kitchen will have something for you.

We'll be serving delicious hot food and drink to warm your bones on chilly December nights and with such a range on offer, you can have something different every time you visit!

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Christmas Parties

Christmas Parties

At the very heart of the festival, you'll find the Crystal & Champagne Lounge. We'll be hosting Christmas Parties and Comedy Sundays*, so if you want to get into the festive spirit and party with friends, this is the spot for you!

*These events can be booked directly on our tickets page.

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The Igloo Bar

The Igloo Bar

experience our Igloo Bar

This LED blue-lit Bar will be adorned with ice sculptures and we'll be serving drinks in ice glasses that will transport you to the frozen delights of Lapland.
Transport yourself to the inside of a beautiful giant igloo in our exclusive blue-lit LED Bar.

The Igloo Bar is set at the very heart of the Christmas Market. You can sample our unique Christmas Smoke or Ice drinks, chill out and enjoy our LED fog-lit Igloo while cool tunes play. Make sure to try one of our pre-mixed cocktails in your very own ice glasses or through the fog sample one of our incredibly funky Dry Ice Shots…

The Snug

The Snug

PLEASE TAKE YOUR SEATS, OUR FEATURE PRESENTATION IS ABOUT TO BEGIN….

From Christmas classics to comedy gems, feel-good festive family flicks to silver screen classics – The Snug will have something for everyone!
Grab your popcorn, settle into your seat and get ready to enjoy…

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Activities

Activities

The Meraki Christmas Festival is brimming with amazing activities! Whether you come with friends or as part of a family, we'll have loads for you to do to liven up a frosty December night in St Albans!

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10 Reasons

Why visit Meraki?
10 Reasons

Hospitality Nights

Come with friends and colleagues and enjoy a night of Christmas magic! Please note, our hospitality packages are exclusive and very limited Tell Me More

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