17+ sparkly Christmas events in Berkshire for families 2023

by Jan

Are you looking for some sparkly activities to get you in the festive mood?  Or wondering where to find the best Christmas events in Berkshire for families in 2023?  Well, you’ve come to the right place.

There’s an abundance of fun things to do with kids this Christmas in Berkshire.  Whether you’re looking for Santa’s grottos, glittering light trails, fair attractions, or Yuletide skating, we’ve got something for you.

Here’s our guide to 17+ sparkly Christmas events for families in Berkshire in 2023.  Plus, we’ve added some fun festive activities that are happening further afield.

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Christmas Events in Berkshire 2023

Wokingham Winter Carnival

Peach Place, Wokingham

  • Dates:             Sunday 26th November 2023 (11am – 5pm)
  • Programme:  Wokingham Winter Carnival 
  • Cost:               Free

2023 sees the return of our Wokingham Winter Carnival on Sunday 26 November!

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.

There’s a whole host of street entertainers, music, singing, dancing and the fun of the fair with loads of different rides, whether you’re young or old.

Santa will be in his grotto and for lunch there are stalls offering an amazing choice of food and drink.

Windsor on Ice

Santa ice skating

Windsor on Ice, Alexander Gardens, Windsor, Berkshire, SL4 3HY

  • Dates: Friday 17th November 2023 – 7th January 2024
  • Tickets:  Windsor on Ice
  • Cost:     £46 (family of four)

One of the best Christmas events in Berkshire for families is ice-skating in Windsor. Just minutes from the royal castle, this is surely one of the best venues for a festive ice-rink? As well as skating, you can enjoy the funfair from 3pm or spot Father Christmas at the weekends.

Tiny Tuesdays are sessions dedicated to toddlers and younger children who wish to skate.

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Christmas at Basildon House, Reading: Wind in the Willows

Christmas Foliage

Basildon House, Lower Basildon, Reading, Berkshire, RG8 9NR

Experience the enchantment of the season at Basildon Park as it pays tribute to the timeless tale of ‘The Wind in the Willows.’

Starting from 18 November, immerse yourself in a wonderland of beautifully adorned trees, garlands, and twinkling fairy lights, all inspired by the captivating story. The magical atmosphere extends to the gardens, where you’ll encounter charming woodland creatures and whimsical decorations.

Christmas Family Raceday at Ascot Racecourse

Ascot Racecourse, High Street, Ascot, SL5 7JX

As well as racing, there’s an abundance of seasonal fun with a range of festive entertainment. 

Off the track, there’s an abundance of seasonal fun for all with a range of festive entertainment set to delight racegoers of all ages. The traditional fairground rides and candle-lit carol singing with the Ascot Brass Band remain firmly part of the entertainment, and Father Christmas and his reindeer will be in attendance. 

Santa's Grotto in Daniel's, Windsor

Christmas Chocolates

Daniel Dept Store, 120-124 Peascod Street, Windsor, Berkshire, SL4 1DP

  • Dates:     weekends in November and December
  • Tickets:  Daniel Santa’s Grotto
  • Cost:        £10 per child (includes gift)

Father Christmas is visiting Daniel’s again this year. So, come along and meet him in his cosy festive sitting room in the Christmas Department, have a quick chat and receive a small present. 

Festival of Light, Newbury

Newbury Methodist Church, Northbrook Street, Newbury

  • Dates:   Sunday 10th November 2023
  • Tickets:  n/a
  • Cost:        free

Soak up the atmosphere and watch the hundreds of twinkling lanterns as the procession travels through Newbury town centre in our popular, annual Festival of Light.
The procession will travel along Northbrook Street before arriving in the Market Place with live music and a festive atmosphere.

The candle-lit procession starts at 4.30pm.

Lapland UK, Ascot

Father Christmas in his grotto

Whitmoor Forest, Swinley Road, Winkfield Row, Ascot, Berkshire, SL5 8BD

  • Dates: Nov/Dec 2023
  • Tickets: Lapland UK
  • Cost:  Unfortunately, Lapland has already sold out, but you can register for cancellations.

One of the most spectacular Christmas events in Berkshire is at Lapland UK.

Firstly, this Christmas-themed interactive experience will take you to the Enchanted Forest, Santa’s toy factory, Mother Christmas’ kitchen and the Elven Village.  Here, kids will love building toys, ice-skating and meeting huskies, before a private audience with Father Christmas himself.

Christmas Trail at Eton

Eton High Street, Eton, near Windsor, Berkshire

  • Dates: tbc
  • Map:  available from Eton information centre
  • Cost:  free

Find the Eton teddy bears hidden in the town’s shop windows and you could win a prize!

Dressed in Eton uniform and sporting a festive Christmas hat, look for the teddy bears in Eton High Street. Each bear has a letter which together will spell a Christmas-related word! Ideal for all and especially families!

Entry form in advance via info@visiteton.info or call into Eton Information Centre.

christmas baubles in winter trees

Legoland at Christmas

Legoland, Winkfield Road, Windsor, SL4 4AY

  • Dates:    25th November – 23rd December 2023
  • Tickets:  Legoland at Christmas
  • Cost:     From £32 pp (+ additional ticket to see Santa)

Our festive event transforms the Park into a winter wonderland, complete with twinkling lights, snow dusted trees, and of course…a sprinkling of LEGO® magic!

Join us as we celebrate the most special time of the year with LEGOLAND at Christmas.  We have over 25 Rides, LIVE shows and attractions for you to enjoy with the whole family!

Christmas at Windsor Castle

Choir singing in St George's Hall, Windsor Castle, Windsor

Windsor Castle, Windsor, Berkshire, SL4 1NJ

  • Dates:  From 30th November 2023
  • Tickets:  Christmas at Windsor Castle
  • Cost:      £73.20 per family (includes re-admission for a year) (2022 price)

Experience a fairy tale Christmas at Windsor Castle.  See the decorations in the State Apartments and the magnificent tree in St George’s Hall.  Furthermore, families can enjoy festive events such as story-telling sessions and weekend arts and crafts activities.

Winter Wonderland, Reading

Winter Wonderland, Hills Meadow, Reading, RG4 8DH

  • Dates:    11th November 2023 – 3rd January 2024  (10am – 10 pm)
  • Tickets:  Reading Winter Wonderland
  • Cost:       Free entry and several ticket options available, (£40 for family ice-skating or £64 unlimited ride pass)

Discover a wide range of attractions, activities and entertainment for visitors of all ages including a Bavarian slide, an undercover ice skating rink, Santa’s grotto and a wide variety of festive food and drinks.

Christmas Light Trails in Berkshire 2023

Illuminated at Windsor Great Park

Illuminated trees reflected in lake at Windsor Park, UK

Windsor Great Park, Wick Lane, Englefield Green, TW20 0UU

One of our favourite Christmas events in Berkshire is Illuminated at Windsor Great Park. 

Join family and friends for a magical evening as the woodland and water of Windsor Great Park come alive with dazzling lights, dancing stars and breath-taking projections. 

Opening on Thursday 16 November, this very special light trail returns to light up the festive season bigger, better and more dazzling than ever with a brand new trail design and spectacularly re-imagined installations.

Spectacle of Light, Welford Park, Newbury

Spectacle of Light, Welford Park, Welford, Newbury, RG20 8HU

Discover the night-time wonder of Welford Park through a wonderful spectacle of light and sound. Enjoy this beautiful, illuminated trail through the majestic woodland and around the gardens all lit under the stars.

Spectacle of Light offers you the chance to view the much loved paths of Welford Park from a different perspective and discover new sights along the way. Join us and see Welford Park like never before!

Neverland Illuminova at Wellington Country Park

Wellington Country Park, Riseley, Berkshire, RG7 1SP

  • Dates: 16th November – 23rd December 2023
  • Tickets:  Neverland Illuminova
  • Cost:        £80 (family of four)   You can get discounts with an annual pass.

In the heart of Wellington Country Park, an illuminated kingdom awaits you this winter with even more Neverland to discover.

New for 2023, explore the awakened woodlands and reach for the stars with our extended trail. Enjoy a magical quest with your friends and family, there is something for everyone.

A heart warming adventure with big memories. There are limited spaces for a truly bespoke experience. Brighten the end of your year.

Christmas Shows and Pantomimes in Berkshire 2023

Beauty & the Beast at the Corn Exchange, Newbury

Beauty and the Beast Panto

Corn Exchange, Market Place, Newbury, RG14 5BD

  • Dates:  Friday 24th November – Saturday 31st December 2023
  • Tickets:  Corn Exchange, Newbury
  • Cost:   From £16.00 pp

The Corn Exchange pantomime returns with another epic adventure, brimming with panto fun, including roaringly funny jokes, beastly amounts of magic, and a hit list of songs for all ages.

Aladdin at the Theatre Royal Windsor

Theatre Royal Windsor, Thames Street, Berkshire, SL4 1PS

Make all of your wishes come true and join Windsor’s favourite threesome on a magical (carpet) ride of adventure and fun! Returning for his 10th Windsor Pantomime, everyone’s favourite fox ‘BASIL BRUSH’ is back alongside Windsor favourites STEVEN BLAKELEY, KEVIN CRUISE and ANITA HARRIS.

Christmas Snowman

Miki at Norden Farm Arts Centre, Maidenhead

Norden Farm Centre for the Arts, Altwood Road, Maidenhead, Berkshire, SL6 4PF

  • Dates:   Tuesday 28th November – Saturday 30th December 2023
  • Tickets:  Miki at Norden Farm
  • Cost:        £54 (family of four)

Miki, Polar Bear and Penguin live in a very far away place. It’s an icy world where nothing ever grows. One midwinter eve, they make a wish and Miki embarks on a magical adventure in search of a star…

Based on the book by Stephen Mackey, Miki is an inspiring story about friendship, courage and adventure. It features amazing underwater creatures, enchanting music and extraordinary puppetry.

Child and penguin riding a polar bear, for Miki at Norden Farm Arts Centre, Berkshire, UK

Sleeping Beauty at South Hill Park, Bracknell

South Hill Park Arts Centre, Ringmead, Bracknell, RG12 7PA

  • Dates:     Friday 24th November – Saturday 31st December 2023
  • Tickets:  Sleeping Beauty at South Hill Park
  • Cost:       From £23.50 pp

Enjoy some fabulous fun, colourful characters, slapstick comedy, enchantment and all the creative sparkle you’ve come to love in this great British pantomime favourite.

What are your favourite things to do in Berkshire at Christmas?  We’d love to hear your comments below.

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