There are soooo many events across our region over the Christmas period. Some are incredibly expensive but many are either FREE or really cheap. Here’s my Christmas events what’s on guide for Buckinghamshire. For what’s on guides covering the other counties, the latest festive reviews and some Christmas blogs make sure you visit the Christmas page. Make sure you check out the Facebook events page for lots more events all over the area.
Christmas Activities near Aylesbury
Waddesdon Manor at Christmas is a must-see event. There is a Christmas market from 16th November to 22nd December (when the grounds are open). There are lots of food and craft stalls, we visit every year. Most stalls take cards but you might want to take some cash just in case. Parts of the house are decorated in spectacular fashion. Tickets do tend to sell out very early, although you might be able to get some on the day if you’re lucky. Charges apply, including for NT members. There are Christmas crafts, a light trail in the garden, the front of the house is illuminated to music and there are various light installations which are all included with admission. You can also write letters to Santa (£1 per child). Have a look at my review from last year.
It’s Aylesbury Town Council’s festive family fun day on the 8th December in the town centre. It’s one of my favourite council events. It’s completely free and there are loads of rides, crafts and activities. It’s followed by Carolfest at St Mary’s church in the evening.
Another Aylesbury Town Council festive event is Santa’s Sunday on the 24th November from 10:45 – 15:00. There will be the Santa parade, a fun fair and other entertainment.
Bucks County Museum are hosting 12 days of science shows on the 14th December. There are two shows; one at 13:30 and another at 15:00. Tickets are £6.95 and must be booked by phone. Read my review of the museum by clicking this link.
Don’t forget the Shaun the Sheep trail is still running at Wendover Woods. Entry is FREE, just pay for parking. The trail is FREE as well but there’s an app you can download to use as you go round. For the best experience buy the trail pack at £3 per pack.
Farmer Christmas Land at Green Dragon Eco Farm is open from the 23rd Nov to 24th Dec.
The Winter Wonderland at World’s End Nursery in Wendover is running from the 24th November to the 24th December. It’s £3 per person and doesn’t need to be pre-booked. Here’s the review from last year, but it’s going to be run by new people this year. There’s also going to be a bookable Grotto. Watch this space!
There are a couple of Santa Dashes in aid of Florence Nightingale Hospice taking place in December. Haddenham is on the 1st, Great Missenden on the 8th and Wendover on the 21st.
Christmas activities near High Wycombe
Hughenden Manor is all about a 40’s Christmas the year. The house will be decorated in 40’s style and there will be a trail in the gardens (£3 each). There’s also a vintage craft fayre on the 28th November or book tickets for Santa’s Grotto Saturday/Sundays in December.
There’s a FREE cheeky Elf trail in High Wycombe running from the 21st November until the 24th December. Collect stickers around the town to be in with a chance of winning a prize. The Big light switch-on is on the 21st November with activities from 12:00 – 19:30. There will be live music from 5pm in the High Street, before the official countdown and lights switch on at 6:45pm
Elf School at the Eden Centre in High Wycombe is a FREE Santa’s Grotto. We did it last year and it was brilliant. You must pre-book though.
Wycombe Museum are holding a FREE Christmas fayre on the 8th and 15th December from 12:00 – 17:00. There will be craft stalls, carols and more. There’s also a Santa’s Grotto and Winter Woodland Trail (£8.50 per child). Click here for my review of the museum.
Christmas events near Milton Keynes
Christmas at Stowe includes a 12 day of Christmas trail which is a FREE trail running from the 1st December to 5th January. There’s also Carols in the Courtyard at weekends.
There’s a Christmas Tree Festival at St Peter and St Paul Parish Church in Newport Pagnell on the 13th-15th from 10:00 – 16:00. On the Sunday there’s also a Christingle service at 16:00.
Christmas events elsewhere in Buckinghamshire
There are loads of different craft activities and trails taking place at the Roald Dahl Museum in Great Missenden. There’s also a Revolting Rhymes party on New Years’ Eve! Click here for the details of all the events.
Amersham Museum are holding a Christmas Fair on the 30th November / 1st December. Entry is FREE and there will be a Santa’s grotto, local craft stalls plus mulled wine and mice pies.
If you’re not a fan of Dobbies and want to see the company who ran last year’s Winter Wonderland at World’s End nursery then you can now find them at Flowerland in Iver and Bourne End.
It’s Santa Weekend at Bekonscot Model Village (review) on the 7th and 8th December. As well as a Grotto (£5 per child) there will be a quiz, trail and Christmas crafts. Throughout the winter season the village is lit up at dusk too.
That’s all for now. I’ll be adding lots of free and cheap Christmas events in Buckinghamshire between now and the big day so keep checking back for more ideas.
Hi, I’m Vicky. My husband and I live in Aylesbury with out three children; a 10 year old son, an 8 year old son and a 3 year old daughter. I (mostly) love spending time together as a family. We visit all kinds of places and we’re quite happy to drive a fair distance for a decent day out. A few years ago I decided to set up Free Time with the Kids as a way to share our experiences of these family days out. You know, the essential information you need to know before your visit that can be surprisingly hard to find out. Where do I park? How much will it cost me to get in? Are there any discounts available? Are there loos? Can I take a picnic or get food? My aim is to be your go-to guide for all your free and cheap family days out across Bucks, Beds, Oxon, Herts & slightly beyond. I really hope you find the reviews helpful. If there’s anywhere that you’d recommend please get in touch email@example.com or get in touch via Facebook