Winter in the Royal Borough
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until January 2nd
Enjoy a magical evening as Windsor Great Park Illuminated returns to light up the festive season bigger, better &more dazzling than ever with a brand new trail design and spectacularly re-imagined installations. Follow a path through woodland awash with colour as sparkles of fireflies, luminous beacons and dancing fairies blaze the way, the lake alive with flood-lit fountains and glimmering reflections. At a cosy rest spot, enjoy mouth-wateringly good food, mulled wine and hot chocolate or toast marshmallows at one of the fire pits.
until January 14th
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 Steven Blakeley, Kevin Cruise and Anita Harris. Joining them this year is star of the Real Marigold Hotel Patti Boulaye and TV Trickster Paul Zenon. Featuring Theatre Royal Windsor’s traditional pantomime comedy capers, dazzling dancers, colourful costumes and a sprinkling of Magic, you won’t want to miss this ‘Genie’-ous show!
until January 1st
This year’s Christmas display at Windsor Castle will celebrate the 675th anniversary of the Order of the Garter, the oldest order of chivalry in Britain which was founded in Windsor in 1348. A magnificent 20-foot-high Nordmann Fir tree in St George's Hall, grown nearby in Windsor Great Park, is the highlight of the Christmas display. This year it will be topped by a specially commissioned sparkling Garter Star to commemorate the anniversary, alongside Coronation-themed decorations to celebrate this special year. Another glistening Christmas tree topped with a Garter Star will be in the Crimson Drawing Room – one of the most elaborate rooms in the Castle.
until January 7th
Immerse yourself in the quintessential winter experience at Hampton Court Palace Ice Rink! Bundle up in warm layers, gather your friends and family, and immerse yourself in the magnificent views of this beautiful Tudor palace while gracefully gliding around a stunning outdoor rink. Whether you’re skating under the stars with your loved one or creating unforgettable memories on a delightful day out with the family, Hampton Court Palace Ice Rink offers the perfect setting for an enchanting winter adventure. So, lace up your skates, embrace the captivating atmosphere and let the timeless charm of this historic palace make your experience truly exceptional.
until January 2nd
Only 35 minutes from the hotel see glorious RHS Wisley come alive at night with fantastical illuminations on an enchanting festive trail. See some of the garden's iconic sights in a dazzling new light, pick up a treat from the Village Square and then head to Seven Acres to see the illuminated wicker alliums, globes & arches. The Glasshouse will be filled with light and fun with a Christmas beach theme(!), and outside, the Glasshouse Lake will sparkle with disco balls. Why not enjoy a cosy fireside afternoon tea with us before wrapping up to see the light show?
22nd & 23rd December
Celebrate the festive season in style at Ascot's final race meeting of the year, featuring fantastic racing and great festive food & drink off the track. The racing is set to be thrilling, with a quality Jumps card featuring a pair of Grade 2 races – the Howden Kennel Gate Novices’ Hurdle and the Howden Noel Novices’ Chase. There's an abundance of seasonal fun for all with a range of festive entertainment set to delight racegoers of all ages including traditional fairground rides and candle-lit carol singing with the Ascot Brass Band with Father Christmas and his reindeer also in attendance.