What's on in Berkshire
What’s On For Kids: Christmas Events in Berkshire 2023
12 November, 2023 - 7 January, 2024
There are lots of magical Christmas events happening across Berkshire from Newbury to Reading and Maidenhead to Bracknell. Find great family friendly events in our festive guide to what’s on for kids over the Christmas holidays. Click on any of the links in red for more details. Venture a little further afield and find all the best Christmas activities for 2023 in Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire too.
Gather family, friends and colleagues to enjoy Ascot Howden Christmas Family Raceday on 23rd December 2023. 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 candle-lit carol singing with the Ascot Brass Band remain firmly part of the entertainment, and Father Christmas will be in attendance.
I’ve got some great round ups if you’re looking for a specific type of event and scroll on down for events by day.
What’s On For Kids Christmas Event Summary Guides 2023
Lots of Christmas events coming up in Berkshire but also winter celebrations too from lantern processions to musical concerts.
Family Friendly Christmas Events in Berkshire 2023
A Wild Christmas at Beale Park (Lower Basildon, near Pangbourne)
Get festive at Beale Park this year with Christmas crafts, a festive trail, real reindeer to meet and of course Father Christmas himself.
Reading Winter Wonderland (Reading)
Reading Winter Wonderland is one of Berkshire’s big Christmas destinations. Opening its doors for the festive season all the way through to 7th January 2023, it offers a wide range of attractions, activities and entertainment for visitors of all ages.
Miki Children’s Theatre Show at Nordern Farm (Maidenhead)
Norden Farm in Maidenhead always have the most wonderful show at Christmas which I’ve always enjoy taking my son to. This year’s show Miki features amazing underwater creatures, enchanting music and extraordinary puppetry.
Christmas Glow Room at The Lexicon (Bracknell)
Walk along an interactive snowy trail before reaching the amazing glow room. There you will be greeted by more than 20,000 dazzling LEDs creating a unique sensory winter wonderland.
Christmas at Basildon Park (Lower Basildon)
Experience the enchantment of the season at Basildon Park as it pays tribute to the timeless tale of ‘The Wind in the Willows’.immerse yourself in a wonderland of beautifully adorned trees, garlands, and twinkling fairy lights, all inspired by the captivating story.
4 Kingdoms Adventure Park Christmas experience (near Newbury)
The immersive Christmas experience is one of the largest indoor interactive Christmas experiences in the UK. The Multi award winning Christmas Experience is in its 11th Year.
Lantern Making Workshops at Norden Farm (Maidenhead)
Across 2 hours weave an intricate animal-inspired willow frame before covering and decorating your creation
Legoland at Christmas (Windsor)
The festive event transforms the Park into a winter wonderland, complete with twinkling lights, snow dusted trees, and of course…a sprinkling of LEGO® magic!
Christmas Spectacular at Odds Farm Park (Wooburn Common)
The Farm Park has been sprinkled with yuletide wonder and festive frivolities, and guests will be joined by a very special guest!
Christmas at Windsor Castle (Windsor)
This winter experience the State Apartments decorated for Christmas. The festive display includes a magnificent centrepiece, the 6-metre (20-foot) high tree taken from Windsor Great Park and dressed with hundreds of twinkling lights and ornaments. Learn more about Victorian Christmas traditions with craft activities and workshops for the kids.
This year the animal barn at Chobham Adventure Farm will be magically transformed into The Reindeer Lodge, where all of Santa’s real reindeer will be staying while they get ready for the big day! This is all part of your normal entry ticket. Optional add ons to go ice staking and meet Father Christmas too.
Christmas Twinkle Trail at The Lexicon (Bracknell)
Local Bracknell primary school children have been colouring and decorating Christmas baubles, twelve of which are now hidden around the town centre to create the Twinkle Trail.
Berkshire Christmas Events by Day 2023
- Newbury Christmas Festival with lights switch on (Newbury) 18th Nov FREE
- Christmas Fair with childrens entertainment at Holme Grange Craft Village (Wokingham)
- Christmas Opening Event at Henry Street Garden Centre (Reading) 22nd Nov
- An afternoon of entertainment at The Lexicon before the Christmas lights switch on (Bracknell) FREE
- Lantern Making Workshops at the Corn Exhange (Newbury) 25th/26th Nov and 2nd/3rd Dec
- Wokingham Winter Carnival (Wokingham) 26th Nov
- Newbury Santa Fun Run (Newbury) 26th Nov
- Bach to Baby Concert (Reading) 1st + 22nd Dec
- Families Go Wild at Black Park Country Park (near Slough) 1st + 8th Dec
- Childrens Christmas Printmaking Workshop at the Corn Exchange (Newbury) 2nd Dec
- Gingerbread Trail at Shaw House (Newbury) 2nd Dec
- Childrens Magic Show at Shaw House (Newbury) 3rd Dec
- Little Muddy Boots festive fun workshop at Cup of Rosie (Windsor) 5th Dec
- St Luke’s Christmas Tree Festival (Maidenhead) 8th – 10th Dec
- Hungerford Christmas Victorian Extravaganza (Hungerford) 8th Dec
The Carnival of Animals – Lantern Parade (Maidenhead) 9th Dec FREE
Featuring live music and entertainment, the lantern parade returns to light up Maidenhead. Make your own lantern in advance with workshops at Norden Farm and in town at Nicholson Centre and Maidenhead Library on select days.
- Newbury Festival of Light (Newbury) 10th Dec FREE
- Dinton Santa Dash at Dinton Pastures Country Park 16th Dec
- Make your own Christmas baubles family workshop (Caversham) 16th Dec
- Once Upon A Bus Magical Yuletide Experience (Cookham) 16th – 17th Dec
- Christmas crafts at Dinton Pastures Country Park 16th – 22nd Dec
- Woodley Concert Band Children’s Christmas Concert (Woodley) 17th Dec
Paint Your Own Christmas Stock at Norden Farm (Maidenhead) 16th Dec
In this fun workshop you will print and decorate your own design using bright seasonal and metallic inks to bling the stocking ready to be hung up on the BIG day! Get to grips with a squeegee and create paper stencils to learn a new art technique.
- Children’s Christmas Concert (Woodley) 17th Dec
- Master Builders Club lego workshop (Sonning Common) 21st Dec
- Messy Museum Morning at West Berkshire Museum (Newbury) 21st Dec
- Master Builders Club lego workshop (Woodcote) 22nd Dec
Howden Christmas Racing Weekend at Ascot Racecourse (Ascot) 23rd Dec
there’s an abundance of seasonal fun for all with a range of festive entertainment set to delight racegoers of all ages. The candle-lit carol singing with the Ascot Brass Band remain firmly part of the entertainment, and Father Christmas will be in attendance.