Don’t miss out on one of our top entertainment activities!
From the Queen of Hearts and The Mad Hatter, to Alice herself – we’ll be bringing the spirit of Lewis Carroll’s fantasy classic to the heart of St Albans this Christmas.
With beautiful costumes, talented performers and wonderful characterisation, Curious Company (one of the UK’s top performance troops) will be bringing joy, fantasy and humour to the Meraki Christmas mini-festival on Saturday 17 December.
We’ve created a Christmas treasure hunt for your little ones!
Throughout the Christmas Market, we’ll have a series of more than fifteen magical Fairy Doors that kids can search for. Come to the Meraki festival desk first to collect your magical fairy dust & fairy map, and go off in search of magical clues!
Each one holds a clue that directs them on to the next door and finally to a door with a token that they can bring to the Meraki tipi to exchange for a secret fairy gift.
We’ve created a mini-festival movie house that only plays Christmas movies!
Feel-good family favourites, comedy gems, silver screen classics – if it’s a great Christmas movie, we’ll be showing it. Grab your popcorn, settle into your seat and get ready to enjoy…
Please make sure to check our programme for showing times – and as seating is limited, make sure you get there with enough time to grab a prime spot!
Although we’re all dreaming of a white Christmas, the snow doesn’t always arrive…
So at Meraki, we’ve taken matters into our own hands, getting a snow machine and a bubble machine to create a magical Christmas ambience that everyone can enjoy. Please check the programme for times when the snow and bubble machines will be running.
Silent disco is coming to St Albans!
Pop on a pair of our wireless headphones, pick the style of music that you most love to move to, and join with the rest of our revellers in creating a high-energy music experience that’s for your ears only.
Our silent disco will be happening on selected nights throughout the festival programme, so check the schedule, get your dancing shoes on and come join us for a bit of Christmas festival magic!
Everyone loves a good story!
Our professional storytellers will bring wonderful tales to life in the Meraki Christmas Mini-festival, providing an engrossing, entertaining storytelling experience thats great for young minds and active imaginations.
Certain sessions will be structured for particular age groups – please check the schedule to make sure your kids will come to an age-appropriate session.
If the excitement in the build-up to Christmas is proving too much and your kids need to get some of that energy out, you can let them loose on our Pirate Ship and Gingerbread House play spaces. In addition, we’ll have an arts and crafts space where they can get creative and personalise fun gifts.
The Kids Playspace will run throughout the entire festival and is COMPLETELY FREE.
Fans of street magic and close-up trickery take note – strange things will be occurring in St Albans this Christmas…
In addition to our live music and street performers, we’ve brought in a selection of tricksters to confuse, confound and delight, including special guest Jamie Nichols – an actor and Street Magician, who initially trained in magic & illusion to play the lead role in the No.1 UK & Ireland Touring show ‘HOUDINI’.
In addition to the amazing schedule of live music performances that we’re running in the Tipi Stage, we’ll have a selection of music workshops for kids and adults alike.
Whether you love to sing, strum or hit things, you’ll have a chance to learn from expert educators in a relaxed and informal environment. Check our schedule to find out when the workshops are running and come along to join in the joy of making music!
We think everyone deserves to be pampered a little bit at Christmas!
As a little glimpse of the treatments that will be available in The Serenity Spa this Summer, we’ll have a variety of indulgent activities available onsite, including massage therapists and nailbar technicians, making sure that you look and feel fabulous for the Festive season.
These activities will be available for adults and kids alike and are completely free of charge, but do make sure to check the schedule to see when the spa activities are occurring. They will operate on a first-come-first-served basis.
Live music will be a huge part of our summer festival, so we’ve created a mini-festival experience that features some of the acts you’ll see in summer 2017. With a mix of home-grown St Albans & Hertforshire talent and some of the top musicians from around the UK, The Live Music Stage will feature an eclectic mix of Pop, Soul, Jazz, Folk, Blues and Rock.
Fans of live music will find something to listen to every day, with an early afternoon and evening set throughout the week and even more music to enjoy over the weekends. Whether you want relaxing background ambience or driving rhythms to blow off some steam after work, our live music stage has something for everyone!
PLEASE NOTE: We expect high numbers for some of our major artists – please come early to guarantee a seat.
What better way is there to get into the spirit of the festival than with vibrant, exciting shapes, colours and images? As part of our range of fun activities for children, Meraki will provide professional facepainters, with a range of beautiful specially-themed designs for your little ones.
These activities are complimentary, but please make sure to check the schedule to see what time the facepainters will be onsite. Activities will be provided on a first-come-first-served basis.