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Christmas Events in Berkshire

Christmas Events in and around Wokingham

Christmas is a magical time of year for all the family and Wokingham has some of the most wonderful events around. In this handy guide you will find information on lots of local Christmas events along with some slightly further afield that we feel are worth the extra miles. There are festive farms, lights trails, meet and greets with the big man himself and some festive afternoons teas. 

If you have visit any of our festive suggestions do tag us on social media as we love to see your adventures. It’s a ho ho ho and a Merry Christmas from Wokingham rocks!!

The Christmas Illuminated Garden Adventure at West Green House (Ad) 

Giant 10 to 15ft high fountains dancing to music rise from the lake. The mile long trail around the lake lit by thousands of lights tells the story of Alice in Wonderland, told in spectacular illuminated installations designed by our guest designers. This year the gardens Five Bridges become tunnels of light with creatures beneath, whilst in the Paradise Garden like magic transforms into the flamingo’s crocket lawn! New and fabulous Christmas Tree decorations from the Garden shops are a memento of a glorious evening. A menu of new and old favourite warming drinks and hot ‘food to go’ can be found in the cabins along the sparkling trail and it’s the beautifully decorated Tea Room for Christmas spiced wine, hot chocolate, coffee and delicious hot food to meet your friends.

  • Dates: Selected dates from the 25th November - 30th December
  • Address: West Green House Gardens, Thackham's Ln, West Green, Hook RG27 8JB
  • Tickets: Find all the details here

The West Green Pantomime, Alice’s adventures with the Dormouse 

16th - 22nd December

Again we have commissioned a new pantomime designed to delight all the family, especially the littlest. With an original script and music, our sweet pantomime is designed to keep a small persons attention and for you to enjoy performers who you have seen at an Opera or on a West End stage, letting their hair down for they love returning again for us to West Green.

Warming drinks, hot food and treats are available to purchase in the Pavilion Theatre. 

  • Dates: Selected dates from the 16th December - 22nd December. Mantee perfromance at 2pm. Panto and light event at 4pm.
  • Address: West Green House Gardens, Thackham's Ln, West Green, Hook RG27 8JB
  • Tickets: Find all the details here

Elsa & Olaf Family Sing Along Lunch (Ad)

Join The Village Hotel Club Bracknell for this festive sing along with Elsa and Olaf. This event includes live family entertainment and a two course lunch.

  • Dates: Sunday 3rd December 12:00 - 4:00pm
  • Address: Village Hotel Bracknell, Bagshot Rd, Bracknell RG12 0QJ
  • Tickets: Find all the details here; Adults are £22, children are £16.50 and family ticket (x2 adults & 2 children) £69.30. 

Wokingham Winter Carnival 

With over 125 stalls, funfair rides, food and entertainment there will be lots to do and see.

Wokingham Winter Carnival is a FUN day out for the whole family. The town is closed to traffic for the day so children can join in the fun in a totally safe environment.

ElfPlex at GolfPlex (Ad) 

Looking for fun with the kids this December. The elves have turned GolfPlex into ElfPlex! 

They've even covered the Polar course to protect the presents from the weather, and they are giving away hot drinks, mulled wine, mince pies and cupcakes. There will be some fab festive activities including, bauble decorating, colouring in, lucky dip bins and face painting.

Booking is essential, to book your tickets click here.

  • Dates: 2nd, 3rd, 9th, 10th, 16th and 17th - 23rd inclusive of December 
  • Address: Wood Ln, Binfield, Bracknell RG42 4EX 
  • Tickets: Find all the details here

Christmas Festive Family Lunch with Santa (Ad) 

Tickets include a festive 2 course lunch, family disco and a visit from Santa for children. 

  • Date: 10th December 2023 12pm - 4pm
  • Address: Village Hotel Bracknell, Bagshot Rd, Bracknell, RG12-0QJ
  • Tickets: Find all the details here

Christmas at Beale Park 

Christmas is coming to Beale Park! Santa and his elves will be visiting us this festive season.

Meet Santa, and his helpers in our fairy-tale grotto. Each child will receive a special gift from Santa’s workshop (inclusive of the meet Santa ticket). As well as meeting Santa there is the opportunity to also meet his reindeer. *Reindeer feeding tickets are available to book separately on the booking page.

  • Date: 24th - 26th Nov, 1st - 3rd Dec and 8 - 10th Dec from 10:30 - 3:30pm
  • Address: Lea Farm, Lodge Rd, Hurst, Reading RG10 0SS 
  • Tickets: Find all the details here

Santa's Chocolate Grotto (Gifted) 

Chocolates for Chocoholics can’t wait to meet Santa in his grotto again this year, and you are welcome to join him at his Chocolate workshop in Hurst!

In this 45 min - 1 hour experience, once guests receive their magical Christmas passport, they will make and decorate their own Christmas chocolate lollies with Mrs Claus before joining our jolly Elf having fun at the Christmas craft station. Once finished, guests will be able to see Father Christmas and receive a gift. You can even bring your letter to Santa and post them to the North Pole in our magical post box.

Each ticket allows the participant to make chocolate lollies, visit the Christmas craft station and receive a gift from Santa himself.

  • Date: 25th November, 2nd/9th/16th/17th/18th/19th/20th and 21st December (time slots from 10am - 4pm daily
  • Address: Lea Farm, Lodge Rd, Hurst, Reading RG10 0SS
  • Tickets: Find all the details here

Jingle Bell Jog 

This event is perfect for the whole family to get out of the house for some fresh air and exercise. Join us for a pre-race warm up on the Emmbrook Junior School playground before heading off on the 2 mile, mostly off road, safe route around Emmbrook, Wokingham. 

For those that don’t wish to Jog, the Festive Fair will take place inside the Emmbrook Infant School Hall and on the Emmbrook Junior School playground with various stalls including a bottle tombola, a confectionary tombola, crafts to buy, an arts & crafts stall plus hot chocolate, homemade cakes, mince pies, hot dogs & more. There is no charge for visitors to the Fair.

Christmas at Chobham Adventure Farm 

Christmas Adventure:

This year the animal barn will be magically trasnformed in to the Reindeer Lodge, where all of Santa's real Reindeer will be staying. Make your very own Reindeer food to take home, This is all part of your normal ticket price. Running from 12th Nov - 8th Jan.

  • Dates: Selected Ice Skating 12th Nov - 8th Jan, Father Christmas 2-3rd Dec, 7th - 11th and 14th - 24th Dec.
  • Address: Bagshot Road Chobham, Woking GU24 8DB
  • Tickets: Find all the details here

Ice skating is £12.50 per person including skate hire. (£10 in advance)
 Meet Father Christmas £17.50 (including gift for children) Allow 30 mins.
 Meet Father Christmas and Ice Skating £25.00 allow 2 hours includes gift for the children.

Family Christmas Party 

Come and join us at Argyle Community Church our free annual family Christmas party!

All ages are welcome, but this event is most suitable for those with pre-school and primary school aged children. Children under 12 MUST be accompanied by an adult. We’ll have all sorts of festive themed games, crafts and refreshments, including a treasure hunt adventure through the Christmas story. Free entry including access to all crafts and activities, and a variety of festive refreshments.

Family Christmas Concert

It's a really lovely way to start the festive season with a programme of Christmas themed music and family favourites along with carols for everyone to join in. Bring the whole family - adult tickets are £10 while tickets for children (18 and under) are free. We usually invite some of our younger audience members to try their hand at conducting the orchestra which is quite an experience and a lot of fun. The concert starts at 4.30pm until about 6pm, with an interval for tea and cakes.

  • Date: Saturday 9th December 4.30 - 6pm
  • Address: St John the Baptist Church, Waterloo Road, Crowthorne RG45 7PB
  • Tickets: Find all the details here

Carols at the Minster

We are delighted to invite one and all to celebrate the holiday season with the charity PACT (Parents and Children Together) this year at Reading Minster on Friday 1st December. Join us for a family-friendly concert of music, readings, performances and Christmas reflections to celebrate family life and raise money for PACT’s work with children, families and the local community.

Children are invited to dress up and there will be a chance to meet Ana, Elsa and Olaf and have your photo taken! Enjoy festive performances from local groups including Universal Voices Children's Community Choir, Reading Rock Choir and Readiophonics. Dan Simpson, TV presenter of Fun Kids Weekly, will be bringing festive fun as compere.

  • Dates: Friday 1st December, refreshements at 6.30pm concert at 7pm.
  • Address: Reading Minster, Chain Street, Reading, RG1 2HX
  • Tickets: Find all the details here

Jakes Play Farm

Play in the soft play, take a ride around the lake with the reindeer (Gold package only) visit Santa in his grotto, receive a gift, help the elves make a biscuit in the gingerbread factory and finish off your trip out on the farm. This is a truly magical experience for the whole family. Child tickets start at £24.95 for the Silver package.

  • Dates: Various dates between 2nd Dec and 24th Dec.
  • Address:  Yateley Rd, Berkshire GU47 8JQ
  • Tickets: Find all the details here

Moss End Garden Village Christmas Market

  • Date: Sunday 3rd December 10am - 4pm
  • Address: Moss End Garden Village, Maidenhead Rd, Warfield, Bracknell RG42 6EJ
  • Tickets: Find all the details here

Bring your family and friends for a day filled with fun, education, and Christmas spirit. It's the perfect way to kickstart your festive season while supporting a charitable cause. Don't miss this fantastic opportunity to celebrate the holiday season and make a difference in our community.

Birds of Prey Talk and Show: Get up close and personal with majestic birds of prey! A thrilling presentation you won't want to miss brought to you by Feathers & Fur Falconry Centre.

Music All Day: Enjoy the festive spirit with music performances throughout the day, creating the perfect holiday atmosphere.

Reptile Handling and Talk: Discover the fascinating world of reptiles! Learn about these incredible creatures and even get a chance to handle them brought to you by The Jungle Reptiles.

Christmas Stalls: Find unique and handcrafted gifts, festive decorations, and delicious treats at our Christmas stalls. Perfect for your holiday shopping!

Hot Drinks and Cakes: Warm up with a cup of hot cocoa, coffee, or tea, and indulge in scrumptious homemade cakes and pastries.

Visit from Bracknell Fire Station: Explore a real fire engine and meet our local heroes from the Bracknell Fire Station. Learn about fire safety and see their impressive equipment up close! Support a Worthy Cause! 

Holme Grange Craft Village Christmas Events

Christmas Fair 

19th November 10am - 3pm.

Get your Christmas shopping started at this Christmas fair with over 30 stalls along with entertainment for the kids, live performances and hot food.

Christmas Fun Day 

25th November 10am - 5pm

Festive fun day with live performances, christingle, craft stalls and Christmas story telling.

Dobbies Garden Centre Hare Hatch – Santa’s Grotto

Offering a magical journey for children and families complete with interactive elements and a meeting with Santa himself!

Take in the atmosphere as you walk through our enchanting forest. An elf will guide you to find our Little Seedlings characters along the way before arriving in our wildlife forest clearing where the little ones will make a special item to take home. From £11.99 per child.

  • Dates: Various dates between 2nd Dec and 24th Dec.
  • Address:  Yateley Rd, Berkshire GU47 8JQ
  • Tickets: Find all the details here

Longacres Garden Centre Bagshott

Dash on a magical adventure as you test drive Santa’s new sleigh in 4D virtual reality. Easily accessible just off the M3 in Surrey, you and your family can book your tickets now but be quick. Dash on a magical adventure as you test drive Santa’s new sleigh in 4D virtual reality.

  • Dates: 23rd Nov - 24th Dec
  • Address: Longacres Garden Centre, London Road, GU19 5JB
  • Tickets: Find all the details here £5 per person and you can book 2-5 people per ride.

Cantley House Santa Afternoon Tea

Our beautiful 17th century converted barns with real Christmas trees, open fires and plenty of festive cheer are the perfect location for a pre-Christmas family get together. Enjoy our mouth watering Festive Afternoon Tea prepared by our talented new chef followed by a visit to see the big man himself in his grotto (price includes a gift for each child).

  • Dates: 18th, 19th, 20th and 21st December
  • Address: Cantley House Hotel, Milton Rd, Wokingham RG40 1JY
  • Tickets: Find all the details here Adults are £28 and Children are £15.

Legoland at Christmas

Wonder at the twinkling lights and snow dusted pine trees. Meet Father Christmas and receive a special Lego gift. See Father Christmas as he rides around the park in his magical sleigh. Enjoy a Duplo pantomime and Harbour Light Show.

  • Dates: Selected dates from 25th November to 3rd January
  • Address:  LEGOLAND Windsor Resort, Winkfield Road, Windsor, Berkshire,SL4 4AY.
  • Tickets: Find all the details here tickets from £34 booked in advance.

Windsor Great Park Illuminated

This very special light trail will take you on a multi-sensory journey through a dreamlike laser-scape, a cathedral of light, and past fountains of flowers, woodland creature holograms and many more moments of awe.

  • Dates: Selected dates from 16th November - 2nd January
  • Address: The Savill Garden,  Englefield Green, Egham TW20 0UU
  • Tickets:Find all the details here; Tickets Adults £28.05 and Children £17.60 (off peak tickets also available)

South Hill Park Sleeping Beauty

Following South Hill Park’s most successful pantomime ever (Jack and the Beanstalk 2022), the magic and mayhem returns to the Wilde Theatre with a brand new version of the timeless tale Sleeping Beauty.

  • Dates: 24th Nov - 31st Dec
  • Address: South Hill Park Arts Centre, Ringmead, Bracknell RG12 7PA
  • Tickets: Find all the details here; Tickets start at £23.50

Hexagon Theatre Panto Sleeping Beauty

Starring Justin Fletcher and Paul Morse

Reading's Winter Wonderland 

A full family day out with amusement rides, ice skating rink, Santa's Grotto, fun fair and alpin ski lodges.

Christmas at Bucklebury Farm 

It’s true… Father Christmas is coming to Bucklebury Farm again! His elf’s are very busy plotting and creating the most magic experience for your little ones! The Bucklebury Farm staff all love Christmas , so you can imagine their excitement when they heard this news! Book now- One slot per Child - Includes a visit 5 minute private grotto with Father Christmas, a present, plus Festive activities! -

  • Dates: 27th November - 23rd December
  • Address: Bucklebury Farm & Deer Safari Park, Bucklebury, Reading RG7 6RR
  • Tickets: Find all the details here

Christmas Markets and Fairs:

  • Sindlesham Court Christmas Market, Mole Rd, Sindlesham, Wokingham RG41 5EA. 18th November from 11:00 am to 5:00 pm. Over 40 stalls, tombola, café, free entrance and free parking.
  • South Hill Park Craft and Design Fair, South Hill Park Arts Centre, Ringmead, Bracknell RG12 7PA. 11th - 12th November from 10am-5pm
  • Trunkwell House Gift Fayre, Beech Hill Road, Reading RG7 2AT. 4th & 5th November from 10am – 4pm. Click here for more details. 
  • The Herb Farm Christmas Market, Sonning Common. 4th & 5th November from 10am – 4pm. Free Entry. Click here for more details.
  • Christmas Craft Market, Oaktree Garden Centre, Bracknell. 25th & 26th November, 2nd, 3rd, 9th and 10th December 2023. 
  • Christmas Craft Fayre, Willink Leisure Centre, Burghfield. 26th November 2023 from 11am -4pm. £1 Entry. Click here for information.
  • Christmas Market at The Little Play Lounge, Padworth Common. 2nd & 3rd December 2023. Just for adults, £5 entrance fee. Click here to book online.
  • Cavmas – Caversham’s Christmas Market and Late Night Shopping Event, Caversham. 8th December 2023 from 5.30pm. Click here for details.
  • Christmas Fair, Reading School, Reading. 10th December 2023 from12-5pm. Click here for details.
  • MERLy Christmas Shopping Event 26th November from 11:00–15:00 Have fun Christmas shopping at The MERL! 
  • Loddon Christmas Market, Dunsden Green Farm/Church La, Reading RG4 9QD. 25th November from 11:00–17:00pm. Click here fore more details. 
  • Shinfield Winter Fayre, Chruch Lane, Reading. 25th November from 10:00–16:30.
  • Silchester Farm Christmas Market Day, Silchester Farm, Silchester, Reading. 17th December from 12:00–17:00pm. To book tickets here
  • Artisa – Christmas Market, 2 S View Park, Caversham, Reading.19th November from 10:00–15:30pm. Free entry.
  • Christmas Fayre, Grange United Reformed Church, 139 Southcote Lane, Reading.11th November from 14:30–16:00pm. 

Further afield but that we feel are worth the extra miles…

4 Kingdoms Adventure Park, Newbury

A 3 hour immersive event. Get whisked away by a magical sleigh ride to the North Pole where you will experience a fully interactive adventure with elves, toy soldiers, yetis, build a bear, musical show and private meet and greet with Santa.

A 3 hour immersive event. Get whisked away by a magical sleigh ride to the North Pole where you will experience a fully interactive adventure with elves, toy soldiers, yetis, build a bear, musical show and private meet and greet with Santa.

Millers Ark Farm – Hook

This wonderful farm prides itself on its hands on approach with animals. Get up close and personal with chickens/goats/pigs and donkeys. Millers Ark is a truly wonderful place and they are holding various Christmas events but don’t delay these will get booked up.

Santa Special: 25th and 26th Nov, 2nd, 3rd, 9th and 20th Dec. Farm ticket £12 per person Santas Grotto £8 including a gift.

Elves Special Tea Party: 23rd, 24th, 28th and 30th November. Adults £5 and Children £15.

Carols in the barn: 17th, 19th, 23rd Dec. £12 per ticket which includes a mince pie.

Magical living nativity candle lit tea barn with hot drinks and juice: 14th, 15th, 18th, 19th, 21st, 22nd and 24th December. £18 per ticket.

Miller's Ark Animals (millersark.co.uk)

Chessington Winter Trail

25th Nov – 3rd Jan

Make magical memories this Christmas at Winter’s Tail, enjoying festive family fun with your nearest and DEERest at Chessington.

With the help of our jolly elves and reindeer, meet Father Christmas in his log fire grotto and revel in all the Christmas cheer that a traditional panto and carollers offer. Plus, NEW for 2023, visit the charming residents of Enchanted Hollow as they prepare for a magical Christmas. Help them countdown to the BIG day and wish them all a ‘Merry Christmas’ as you and your family wander through the delightful underground town of Enchanted Hollow decked out in all its festive finery. Tickets start from 30pp booked in advance. 

Theme Park & Zoo Tickets and Discounts | Chessington

We hope you’ve found our round up of Christmas inspiration helpful! Let us know where you visit, and tag us in your adventures!

Merry Christmas to you and your families! We hope you have a wonderful festive season back together and enjoy a well deserved break.

Love Wokingham Rocks xxxx