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Christmas 2009 in St Albans

Find that festive feeling

Eat Out

Enjoy seasonal menus and special offers at local restaurants in St Albans. Book now for parties and Christmas Day lunches:

  • Bar Meze - Christmas meze menu - lunch £19.95 (12noon - 4pm), dinner £24.95 (7pm - midnight) for three courses, dessert or coffee. Vegetarian options available. Bring your dancing shoes. Book a table.
  • Cibo Di Vino - Customised set menus available to suit different occasions and budgets. Book a table.
  • Darcys - Seasonal set menu (max 10 guests) - two courses £13, three courses £15 (+ £2.60 for a large glass of house wine). Available 12-2.30pm Mon to Sat and 6-7pm Mon to Sun. Christmas party menu - three courses £29.90. Christmas Day lunch menu - canapés, champagne and three courses £95 (£45 for 5 to 12 year olds, under 5s free).
  • Loch Fyne - Seasonal menu - £22 for three courses and coffee.
  • Lussmanns - Seasonal menu - £22.50 for three courses. Set menu - two courses £10.95, three courses £13.95 (12 noon to 7pm, max 10 guests). Free booking for up to 45 people. Book a table.
  • Savanna at the Black Lion Inn - Festive Menu, Festive party menu - three courses for £25.95 Christmas Day - five courses with champagne, canapes and coffee £95. Menus. Book a table.
  • Sazio - Seasonal lunch menu - two courses £16, three courses £20. Seasonal dinner menu - three courses £25.
  • The Albany - Christmas party menu - £24.95 for three courses, coffee and petit fours. Pre-booking and £10 deposit per head required. Christmas Day lunch menu - canapés, champagne and three courses with coffee and petit fours for £59.95. Children's menu available. Open daily in Dec (closed 27 & 28).
  • The Lake Restaurant at St Michael's Manor - Pre-Christmas lunch menu (7 to 23 Dec) - £29.95 / £34.50 for 2/3 courses with coffee and mince pies. Pre-Christmas dinner menu (7 to 23 Dec) - £35.50 / £42 for 2/3 courses with amuse bouche, coffee and mince pies. Christmas Eve dinner menu - Kir Royale, canapés and four courses with coffee and mince pies for £59.50. Christmas Day lunch menu - canapés, champagne, amuse bouche and three courses with coffee and mince pies for £125. Boxing Day lunch menu - three courses with coffee and mince pies for £57.
  • The Peahen - Seasonal menu - two or three courses £14.95 / £18.95, festive buffet £12.95. Complimentary Prosecco reception for bookings made and deposits paid before 31 Oct and 10% food discount for parties on Mon to Wed. (note: over 21s only).

See a show

Details of carol concerts can be found in our music section. Enjoy live theatre at these local venues:

  • The Abbey Theatre - Treasure Island. Amateur dramatics group The Company of Ten present Robert Louis Stevenson's classic gripping yarn. From 17 Dec to 2 Jan, various times, £5 - £9.50 (concs available). Book
  • The Alban Arena - The Little Mermaid. A new pantomime adaptation of the classic Hans Christian Andersen fairytale starring Sarah Jane Honeywell from Cbeebies. From 2 Dec to 3 Jan, various times, £12.50 - £20. Book
  • The Maltings Arts Theatre - Aladdin and His Magic Lamp. An original version of the traditional pantomime with great comedy, catchy songs, music and dance. From 19 Dec to 28 Dec, various times, £9 (£7.50 concs), family ticket £30.
  • Trestle Arts Base - Giraffes Can't Dance. A funny, touching and triumphant story, based on the best-selling children’s book by poet Giles Andreae and illustrator Guy Parker-Rees. Ages 4 to 7. From 19 to 23 Dec, various times, £6 - £8, family ticket £25. Book
  • The Radlett Centre - Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. Family pantomime with live music and lots of audience participation. From 12 Dec to 3 Jan, various times, £13 - £16. Book
  • Harpenden Public Halls - Jack and The Beanstalk. Entertainment for all ages. From 17 to 20 Dec, various times. £9 - £12.
  • Watford Palace Theatre - Cinderella. Classic family panto. From 28 Nov to 2 Jan, various times, £9.50 to £20. Book
  • Campus West, Welwyn - Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. Mad About Productions present music, magic and mayhem in their interpretation of this classic pantomime. Ages 4+. From 9 Dec to 1 Jan, various times, £7 - £15. Book

Do some Christmas shopping

  • Book Fair in the Town Hall from now until 31 Dec (Mon to Sat 9am - 6pm, Sun 10am - 5pm)
  • Christmas Market in St Peters Street daily (8am - 4pm) from 19 to 24 Dec - weather permitting

Join Christmas Services at The Abbey

  • Mon 21 Dec - Festival of Lessons and Carols (admission by ballot ticket only)
  • Tue 22 & Wed 23 Dec - Usual daily services
  • Christmas Eve - 3pm Crib Service for children and young families, 5.30pm Choral Evensong, 11.30pm Midnight Mass (doors open from 10.50pm). Details.
  • Christmas Day - 8am Eucharist (traditional language) with carols, 9.30am Parish Eucharist for all ages with creche and children's activities, 11.15am Matins, 12.30pm Eucharist. Details.
  • Boxing Day - 8.30am Morning Prayer, 9am & 12 noon Eucharist, 4pm Carols for all the family.

Stay the night

Sopwell House Hotel is offering a special bed and breakfast rate of £55 per person based on two people sharing a twin/double (21 to 26 Dec). Their luxury festive package includes overnight accommodation, full English breakfast, a three-course dinner in the Brasserie or dinner in The Restaurant with a contribution of £22.50 per person and a £20 voucher towards the spa treatment of your choice. All for £115 per person per night based on 2 people sharing a double or twin (27 Dec to 31 Jan excluding New Year's Eve). Book