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Upton Country Park Xmas FamilyCelebrate Christmas in style this year at Upton Country Park. With lots of exciting events and activities happening throughout the festive season, there is something for everyone to enjoy.

Opening on 24 November, Santa’s Christmas Grotto will be sure to get all into the festive spirit. A magical winter wonderland of log cabins and interactive games, Santa’s Grotto will see every visitor receive a special, quality gift from Father Christmas himself, and a photograph to remember the time.

A new attraction at Upton Country Park for this year is the Magical Light Garden. The historic Walled Garden will be transformed, with twinkling pathways to explore, an interactive igloo, and an Aurora Borealis inspired display over a frozen lake.

Santa’s Christmas Grotto and the Magical Light Garden will be open to visitors from 24 November until 24 December daily (excluding 27th Nov, 4th and 11th Dec). For times, please see website.

Reindeer will be visiting Upton Country Park from Saturday 9 until Sunday 10 December, and park visitors will have the opportunity to learn more about Santa’s magical sleigh pullers, as well as take a photo on a magical sleigh with a beautiful snowy owl.

Upton House will be hosting a variety of Christmas events throughout November and December, including the Great Dorset Arts and Craft Fair on 18 and 19 November and Christmas Wreath making workshops on 26 November and 10 December.

More details about Christmas events at Upton Country Park

This year will also see the return of the ever-popular festive Christmas Lunch with a delicious three course meal being served Upton House’s beautiful Drawing Room after a welcoming glass of mulled wine in the Grand Entrance Hall. For those looking for more of a party atmosphere, a Christmas Evening event may be just the ticket, with a set menu, three course dinner, drinks and a DJ for dancing the night away. Both events take place on Friday 15 December and tickets are currently available.

Cllr John Rampton, Cabinet Portfolio Holder for Environmental Services, Borough of Poole, said: "We are pleased to be able to host a wonderful variety of festive activities at Upton Country Park. A day at Upton Country Park this season is a wonderful way for families to spend time together and get in the Christmas spirit."

December weekend tickets for Santa’s Christmas Grotto and the Magical Light Garden can be pre-booked via 01202 261305, or can be purchased on the day of visit.

Places are limited for the Christmas Wreath making workshops, and booking is essential. Places can be pre-booked via 01202 262753.