Friday, November 10, 2017

Christmas events in Guernsey and Herm Island

With Christmas decorations lighting up Guernsey, a full programme of festive performances, local craft fairs and quirky Christmas shopping, Guernsey is a great destination for a pre-Christmas short break. 

Christmas holiday events in Guernsey

Guernsey promises a stress-free getaway as there's no need for a passport as long as you're already in the United Kingdom. Here's a selection of Christmas events taking place across Guernsey, along with some great holiday deals. 

Christmas Shopping on Herm Island

Christmas holiday events in Guernsey

On selected weekends in the run-up to Christmas, Herm Island's ferry service, Travel Trident, offers day return crossings to Herm Island for just £1 from Guernsey. 

Day trippers can use the crossings to do their Christmas shopping in Herm's gift shop, as well as enjoy the hospitality of the Mermaid Tavern and have a winter walk around Herm's stunning coastline. The £1 return crossings are offered to passengers departing and returning on the same day and tickets are only available on the day of travel from the Travel Trident Ticket Kiosk at St Peter Port harbour.  

Christmas Lights Switch at St. Peter Port

Christmas holiday events in Guernsey

On 25 November, Father Christmas is the guest of honour for the annual turning on of St Peter Port's festive lights that adorn the shopping streets of Guernsey. Father Christmas is also visiting The Bridge in the parish of St Sampson to switch on the lights in St Sampson town

Castle Cornet Winter Fayre 

A craft fayre, grotto, live music, and themed activities help to get visitors into the festive spirit at Castle Cornet, Guernsey's emblematic castle at the mouth of St Peter Port harbour

Craft Markets in Market Square 

Christmas holiday events in Guernsey

Every Saturday from late November until Christmas, shoppers at St Peter Port can find original presents made locally at Market Square's festive craft market, as well as stock up on festive treats and decorations

Local Guernsey crafts on offer include hand-painted plates, handmade soaps, Guernsey Lily motif hand-painted cushions and sheets, craft made door stops, Christmas hampers, and jewellery

Christmas concert in Guernsey

Ice skating at 
Le Friquet Garden and Lifestyle Centre 

Guernsey's ice skating rink returns to the grounds of Le Friquet Garden Centre in December, set beneath a multi-coloured illuminated canopy that creates a magical atmosphere. For those that don't want to hit the ice, or for a well-earned rest, the Alpine Chalets alongside the rink are a cosy place to take in the skating action offering a variety of food and drinks. 

Alpine Lodge at the 
Old Government House Hotel 

The Alpine Lodge at the five-star Old Government House hotel is Guernsey's newest Christmas party venue. The hotel's terrace has been transformed into a rustic winter wonderland, complete with snow scenery, a warming fire, barrel tables and sofas with chunky rugs and fleeces. Winter party-goers can get into the festive spirit with mulled wine, hot spiced cider, beer served in steins and a selection of schnapps and flavoured vodka

Guernsey Christmas Lights Tour 

Beginning at the Liberation Monument in St Peter Port, Island Coachways is offering twilight two-hour tours around Guernsey to see the beautiful festive light displays around Guernsey's ten parishes from the comfort of a luxury coach. 

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