Christmas in Guildford: 8 Festive Things Students Can Still Do in 2020

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It’s the most wonderful time of the year! And although things have been very different in 2020, everyone seems to be feeling more festive than ever.

Of course, you may not be able to do certain festive activities due to COVID-19 restrictions, but that doesn’t mean students can’t have a wonderful Christmassy time when studying in Guildford.

Christmas in Guilford is always a memorable one, the idyllic streets glitter with Christmas lights, and the restaurants are filled with plenty of inviting festive dishes.

That’s why we’ve done our research and found 8 festive things students can still do in 2020, because Christmas is definitely not canceled!

If you’re still looking for some luxury accommodation in Guildford, take a look at Guilden Park! This stunning, brand-new accommodation is in the perfect location close to The University of Surrey! Enjoy finer student living with beautiful interiors and fabulous social spaces for you and your new friends.

1. Look At The Christmas Lights

Christmas in Guildford

Although you weren’t able to go to the lights switch-on in person as it was all done virtually this year, there’s nothing stopping you from taking a walk through the town centre and admiring the lights.

As Guildford is in Tier 4 for local COVID-19 restrictions, which means you’re only allowed to meet one person that is not form your household in outdoor areas, and there will be no extended Christmas bubbles.

Of course, these are strict rules but you can still make yourself a hot choccy, wrap up warm, and take a look at the sparkling lights in this pretty town.

2. Guildford Christmas Farmers Market

Guildford Christmas market

In a normal year you’d take a trip to the Christmas Farmers’ Market at the Portsmouth Road car park where you can find a wide variety of delicious produce and unique gifts.

All the producers at the market must be within a 50-mile radius of Guildford and priority is given to primary produce such as farmers, fishermen, cheesemakers, and brewers.

Of course, this is not a normal Christmas, so you won’t be able to visit the market, but you can bring the best of it home, with some roasted chestnuts and Gluehwein that you can make yourself in your luxury accommoation.

Running all day from Saturday 19th December from 9:30-4pm, this is a great option for a festive day out with your friends and you can treat yourself too!

3. Decorate Your Accommodation

Christmas in Guildford celebrations

Living in luxury student accommodation is a blessing, especially with amazing interiors and super comfortable features.

There’s one thing missing from your room though…festive decorations! So why not grab your friends, go to the shops, and stock up on some tinsel!

No matter what your taste, you can really make your student accommodation your own, whether you want a miniature Christmas tree or something a little more extravagant.

There’s something really uplifting about putting Christmas decorations up, so put on some festive music and get going!

4. A Guided Winter Walk

A Christmas Day in Guildford walk

Take a relaxing wintery walking tour of Guildford for free, with tour guides for plenty of informative facts about the town you’re studying in!

The guides will tell you the story of Lewis Carroll and Alan Turing and bring to life the rich history and cultural heritage of Guildford.

Check out the dates here and be sure to book in advance! You’ll definitely need to wrap up warm for this winter walk, and maybe grab a nice hot cup of coffee while you’re at it.

5. Snowfari At Painshill

christmas in guildford snowfari

Just a short 15-minute drive from your luxury accommodation is Snowfari At Painshill, filled with incredible statues and giant gingerbread men!

It runs from Saturday 21st November to Sunday 3rd January and is 10am-4pm daily! It’s probably worth booking in advance as Snowfari is a super popular event.  It’s also one of the few attractions allowed to remain open due to the vast 158 acres, and the safety measures they have in place. Of course, all visitors will have to follow social distancing guidelines and Government advice at all times.

The route will be packed with glittering snow, beautiful Christmas trees and lots of sculptures to look out for, it’s the perfect Instagram opportunity!

6. Cook A Christmas Dinner

christmas dinner in guildford

Christmas isn’t Christmas without a delicious Christmas dinner! So why not cook up a tasty meal for you and your friends in your luxury accommodation?

With top quality kitchen facilities in your studio or apartment, you’re bound to make a successful meal and impress everyone!

Alternatively, if you’re alone in your student accommodation for Christmas, there are lots of recipes online for a Christmas dinner for one to really get you in the festive spirit.

Whatever your food preference, there are so many options online for vegetarian Christmas dinners or traditional turkey recipes.

7. Visit RHS Garden Wisley

Christmas in Guildford

Open daily from 9am-3:30pm until Christmas Day is the beautiful RHS Garden Wisley, a place definitely visiting when studying in Guildford!

You need to book a time slot before visiting the garden, but booking isn’t required to visit the garden centre if you want to purchase yourself a few festive plants.

Alternatively, if you’d rather not leave your accommodation there’s a virtual option to take a trip around the garden too!

Whether you visit the Walled Gardens or The Orchard, there really is so much to see here and plenty of opportunities for a selfie.

It’s also worth keeping your eye out for Glow 2020 tickets too, although currently sold out, sometimes tickets will be added due to cancellations.

Glow starts from the 21st November to 4th January 2021, with the longest ever glow trial following a new route with brand new Christmas lights and festive music!

8. Watch a Christmas Movie

christmas netflix movies in guildford

Normally a Christmas panto would be the way to go, but this year, you gotta do what students do best – catch up on the latest Christmas movies on Netflix.

With your very own Samsung TV in your Guilden Park room, all you need to do is put on your cosiest PJs, prep your Christmas dinner and mulled wine, and cuddle in front of the TV.

You can watch festive classics like Home Alone, The Christmas Chronicles or Love Actually, or check our list of Netflix movie ideas.

We hope you find our festive tips for Guildford useful, you’re bound to be entertained in this stunning town, brimming with history and things to do! Have you ever wondered about strange Christmas Eve traditions from around the world? Read our latest blog here to find out more. Alternatively, click here for tips on how to make the most of Christmas in our luxury accommodation, because it’s the most wonderful time of the year after all!