24 reasons to spend Christmas in Hertfordshire

St Michaels, St Albans (Adam Singer, Flickr, CC BY-ND 2.0)

St Michaels, St Albans (Adam Singer, Flickr, CC BY-ND 2.0) - Credit: Archant

When there’s so much festive activity in Herts, why go anywhere else to enjoy your Christmas?

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1. You can hide away in a cosy pub, next to a roaring fire …

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2. … after a ramble through the countryside rich with winter hues.

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3. There are plenty of Christmas events happening, including Christmas light switch-ons.

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4. Enjoy festive goings on at Herts’ grand stately homes such as wreath making at Ashridge Estate

Hatfield House

5. … a vintage market at Hatfield House

Red Deer Stag

6. … or deer spotting at Knebworth House.

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7. You can pick up some handmade gifts from a Christmas market

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8. … or at an independent boutique.

Snow in St Albans

9. From the winding streets of St Albans and Tring’s mismatched houses …

Alfie taking a favourite "monkey" for a morning stroll through St Michaels St Albans UK

10. … to the pretty villages dusted with frost …

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11. … there is always somewhere new to discover.

Auberge du Lac

12. We have some fantastic restaurants and country pubs to enjoy a delicious Christmas Day lunch.

Mulled wine with a good company

13. Or maybe you’d prefer a cocktail bar to celebrate with friends? We have those too.

Sunset at Ivinghoe Beacon

14. There are breathtaking landscapes from Ivinghoe Beacon in the Chiltern Hills…

Wintry Doe Lea valley

15. … to the Lea Valley.

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16. We have nature reserves that are so atmospheric in the winter.

Abbey Snow

17. Churches that are steeped in history make a contemplative day out …

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18. … and a fantastic Christmas carol service.

Afternoon tea, the Shelbourne Hotel

19. Once you’ve finished exploring, you can indulge in a festive afternoon tea at a local café …

Hare & Hounds

20. … or sip on a pint of real ale as you watch the winter landscape from a cosy corner.

London Christmas Lights

21. We are so close to London …

Landscape with Snow and Fog

22. … but a world away from the hustle and bustle.

Christmas day walk on Harpenden common.

23. So stay at home in Hertfordshire with your loved ones this Christmas.

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24. And if you are coming from afar – welcome!

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