Christmas Family Events in and around Aylesbury 2015

Monday, 16 November 2015

Along with a list of local places to meet Father Christmas, there are also lots of other festive events going on in and around Aylesbury so I thought I'd compile a list of these as well so you can add them to your diary.

Saturday 14th November - Sunday 3rd January
Ice Skating at Bicester Avenue Garden Centre
Experience the magic of ice skating on REAL ICE on a spectacular indoor ice rink. Skate hire is included in the cost of the ticket.
Place: Bicester Avenue Garden Centre, Bicester OX25 2NY
Times: Skating sessions last for 45 minutes and commence on the hour.
Cost: Skate prices vary depending on peak and off peak times. Check website

Thursday 19th November
Aylesbury Christmas Lights Switch On
Free family entertainment from 5.00pm. The lights will be switched on at 7pm, followed by fireworks and music. There will also be a small funfair and the shops are open until 8pm for some Christmas shopping!
Place: Aylesbury Town Centre
Time: 5.00pm - 7.30pm
Cost: Free

Saturday 21st November to Sunday 20th December (weekends only) and Monday 21st to Wednesday 23rd December inclusive
Decorate a Christmas Bauble at Waddesdon Manor
Children can make their very own Waddesdon souvenir coloured bauble.  Personalised and ready to hang on your Christmas tree.
Place: Waddesdon Manor, Waddesdon HP18 0JH
Times: 10am-5pm (Wed-Fri) and 10am-7pm (Sat & Sun) on later night openings
Cost: £3 per bauble. Normal admission charges apply.

Saturday 28th November
Buckingham Christmas Light Switch On
People gather outside the Old Gaol to see the Mayor switch on the lights and to sing carols round the tree. Carols are also sung by the local primary school children. There is also a Christmas Artisan Market during the afternoon and evening with festive goodies.
Place: Outside the Old Gaol, Buckingham
Time: 6pm
Cost: Free

Sunday 29th November
Santa's Parade
Come and join in the fun as Santa come to town! He will be parading through the town, along the High Street and into Friars Square for the opening of the Santa's Grotto. There will be a small funfair and activities in the town including free donkey rides.
Place: Aylesbury Town Centre
Time: Parade starts at 10.45am, activities 11am-3pm
Cost: Free (some funfair activities incur a charge)

Sunday 29th November, Saturday 5th and Sunday 6th December
Reindeer Trail at Black Park Country Park
Santa's reindeer have escaped! Help Santa find all his reindeer, who are hiding somewhere in Black Park, in time for Christmas. Pick up a trail guide from the Black Park Kiosk. There's a prize if you find them all!
Place: Black Park Country Park, Wexham SL3 6DS
Time: 10am to 3pm
Cost: £4 per trail guide

Tuesday 1st, 8th and 15th December
Christmas Activities at Bucks County Museum
Christmas Craft Activities for under 5s (drop-in).
Place: Bucks County Museum, Aylesbury HP20 2QP
Times: 11am - 12pm
Cost: £3 per child, includes materials and refreshments for the children

Saturday 5th December
Christmas in the Square, Fairford Leys
Enjoy singing carols in the festively lit square and music by the Aylesbury Concert Band. Kids can see Father Christmas arrive in his sleigh and meet the elves before visiting him in his grotto. Don't forget to bring a lantern.
Place: Hampden Square, Aylesbury HP19 7HT
Time: From 4.45pm
Cost: Some activities will incur a cost

Thursday 10th December
Christmas Starfish at Natural History Museum at Tring
Create your own Christmas clay starfish. Messy play for under-5s.
Place: Natural History Museum at Tring, Tring HP23 6AP
Times: 30-minute workshops at 11am and 2pm
Cost: £2

Friday 11th - Thursday 24th December
Elf School at Eden Shopping Centre
Santa is recruiting! Calling all budding rosy-cheeked apprentices, you're to become one of Santa’s newest recruits! Visit the Elf School at Kids Corner to learn the skills to graduate as an elf just in time for Christmas.
Place: Eden Shopping Centre, High Wycombe HP11 2DQ
Times: See website
Cost: Free

Sunday 13th December
Christmas Fair and Carolfest
A day filled with festive fun, music and entertainment including a giant inflatable snow globe followed by an evening of your favourite carols in the picturesque Market Square.
Place: Market Square, Aylesbury Town Centre
Time: Christmas Fair 11am - 4pm. Carolfest 6pm - 7pm
Cost: Free

Wednesday 16th December and Thursday 17th December
Christmas Party Fun Sessions from Jacqu'in the Box
Christmas party fun. Fancy dress welcome! Includes a little gift from a very cuddly Father Christmas! Must book in advance.
Place: 16th December: Your Cafe in the Park, Aston Clinton HP22 5HL. 17th December: Our Lady Lourdes Church Hall, Aylesbury HP21 7UE
Time: 16th December: 2pm - 3pm (0 to 4's). 17th December: 9.20am - 10.20am (0 to 4's) and 10.20am - 11.20am (0 to first tentative little steps)
Cost: £8 per child/£4 siblings

Friday 18th - Thursday 31st December
Santa’s Supersized Seat at Eden Shopping Centre
Back by popular demand is this one-of-a-kind giant inflatable installation which will be in pride of place out the front of Starbucks. Grab a friend, take a seat and pose for a selfie like no other! The rosy-cheeked gent himself will be in residence (from 18th – 24th December) to wish little shoppers a very merry Christmas.
Place: Eden Shopping Centre, High Wycombe HP11 2DQ
Times: See website
Cost: Free

Saturday 19th December - Sunday 3rd January
Rudolph's Christmas Trail at Natural History Museum at Tring
Discover what animals Rudolph meets on his journey around the world delivering Christmas presents with Santa. Be sure to collect your chocolate prize at the end.
Place: Natural History Museum at Tring, Tring HP23 6AP
Times: Monday to Saturday 10am - 5pm and Sunday 2pm - 5pm. Closed 24th -26th December
Cost: Trail sheet £1, suitable for all ages

Saturday 19th and Wednesday 23rd December
Christmas Panto Style Fun Parties by Jacqu'in the Box
These are fun panto style sessions suitable for all the family. There's a gentle introduction to a show style atmosphere with audience participation. This year's shows will feature either Tinkerbell, Ariel, Elsa, Anna, Princess Belle, Pirate Jac Crocky the tap dancing crocodile and Ferdinand the Friendly Fox. Must book in advance.
Place: Your Cafe in the Park, Aston Clinton HP22 5HL
Times: 19th December: 10am - 11.30am. 23rd December: 2pm - 3.30pm
Cost: £5 per person (children and adults)

These are just events I've come across on websites, Facebook etc. There's probably lots more and I'm happy to add any additional ones - just let me know the details!

The details are as accurate as possible. Please check with the actual organisers/venue for up-to-date information.

Hope you and your family have a great time over this Christmas period, whatever you're up to!

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