Top 10 things to do in

Guildford at Christmas

December 2023 ■
Words by Georgie Ashworth

Wishing you a happy Christmas from Morro

As the festive season approaches The Guild residents can revel in the festivities. Guildford transforms into a twinkly lit winter wonderland, with an array of activities and events to make your Christmas a memorable and special one. Whether you're new to Guildford or a local, this guide of the top 10 things to do in Guildford this Christmas will give you some ideas for what to do in Guildford this Christmas, from delightful Christmas meals to free and festive activities.

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    Book a Christmas meal extravaganza

    Guildford is home to a diverse culinary scene from delicious worldwide cuisines to British classics. Christmas is the best time of year to treat yourself to festive feasts. Christmas meals in Guildford can be booked throughout December including special Christmas day dinners. There are plenty of options for all budgets from £50 to £1000! Whether you're looking for an intimate dinner or a full on celebration, Guildford has a variety of venues to choose from.

    If you are looking for a fine dining experience then you have loads of lovely options around Guildford- tuck into some tasty treats at The Mandolay Hotel or The Percy Arms, offering set menus and a festive atmosphere. If you're on a budget, explore cozy local pubs like The Weyside or The Star Inn for a heartwarming Christmas meal.

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    Guildford xmas: explore the festive markets

    No Christmas celebration is complete without a visit to a festive market. Guildford hosts a great Christmas market complete with unique gifts, crafts, and delicious seasonal treats. Find the markets on the Christmas light adorned high street, just 10 minutes from The Guild. Grab a hot mulled wine and a mooch while doing your xmas pressie shopping!

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    Winter Wonderland

    Ok – so it’s not in Guildford, but it is worth it! Head up to Hyde Park Winter Wonderland to get a slice of this old school Christmas affair, complete with rides and tasty treats. Try your hand at some games and even come home with a soft toy you won. Head there on a weekday evening to avoid some of the worst of the crowds. Take a walk the park adorned with twinkling lights, enjoy the festive decorations. Winter Wonderland is certainly a picturesque setting for a memorable Christmas experience.

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    Visit Guildford Castle

    Guildford Castle, has a rich history and stunning architecture, it makes a great day out at any time of year, but is an extra special sight and a must-visit during the Christmas season. On a clear day head to the castle to explore the grounds, which are often adorned with festive decorations and lights. Check the event calendar for special Christmas-themed activities and guided tours that provide insights into the castle's history.

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    Christmas light spectacle

    Guildford at Christmas has a dazzling display of Christmas lights, which transform the quaint town into a festive wonderland. Make sure you take some time for an evening stroll through the well-lit streets, starting from the High Street and making your way to the River Wey. The Electric Theatre area is particularly well known for it’s amazing Christmas lights. While you’re in the area, why not keep an eye on the theatres upcoming events to make a night of it!

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    Silent Pool Distillery

    For those looking to add a touch of spirits to their Christmas celebrations (get it?!) then plan a trip to Silent Pool Distillery. The experts will take you on a tour of the distillery and teach you about the craft of gin-making while serving up tastings of their signature spirits. This is a fun and festive experience for that is bound to raise your spirits during the holiday season. Bottoms up!

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    Yuletide at Guildford Cathedral

    We know December can be an expensive month, so to make things go further we wanted to include some budget friendly ideas for the holiday season. Guildford Cathedral offers a range of free festive events, from stirring carol services to choir performances. Check the cathedral's schedule for upcoming events that capture the true spirit of Christmas without breaking the bank.

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    Riverside walk and festive treats

    Guildford's riverside walk is a serene escape, especially during the busy Christmas season. On a clear and calm day we recommend you take a leisurely walk along the River Wey, taking in the festive decorations along the way. Stop by local cafes and bakeries for festive treats like mince pies and a hot chocolate to make your riverside walk even more delightful.

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    G Live, festive bonanza

    G Live is Guildford's number one entertainment venue. Each year it hosts a variety of festive performances during the Christmas season. Keep an eye on their event calendar for Christmas concerts, pantomimes, and other live performances that promise to entertain and enchant audiences of all ages. If you are new to the UK then you’ve got to checkout a pantomime, a very British Christmas tradition that you will never forget.

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    Guildford Spectrum: winter sports fun

    For those seeking an active and adventurous Christmas experience, then we recommend heading to Guildford Spectrum. Without leaving the UK, try your hand at ice skating in the snowglobe while ‘snow’ falls around you. A good fun date or mates date!

Guildford, has a rich history and vibrant community, which is fun at all times of year – but Christmas time brings another kind of buzz to town. We hope you have loads of fun exploring the amazing things to do on your doorstep. If you don’t fancy heading out then there is always plenty of places within The Guild to chill out, grab a coffee from the kitchen, curl up with a book in the library or take some time out in the gym – it is up to you.

Mulled wine

Guildford high street

Guildford high street

From everyone at Morro – we wish you a Happy Xmas and New Year!