• Five Festive Events ∙ Christmas 2023

    As the festive season approaches, Stratford-upon-Avon transforms into a winter wonderland, brimming with captivating Christmas events that will transport you to a world of merriment and wonder.

    From the traditional Victorian market and enchanting theatrical performances to enchantment by candlelight and good old-fashioned panto, there’s something for everyone to enjoy when we festify Stratford-upon-Avon.

    Candlelit Christmas at Shakespeare’s Birthplace ∙ 30/11, 1-16/12
    The Box of Delights at The RSC ∙ Runs until 7/1
    Christmas at Magic Alley ∙ November and December
    Shakespeare’s Birthplace at Christmas ∙ 4/12 – 7/1
    The Victorian Christmas Market ∙ 7-10/12

     

     Candelit Christmas at Shakespeare’s Birthplace

    30 November + 1 to 16 December ∙ 5pm-7pm ∙ BOOK TICKETS

    The after-dark candlelit tours of Shakespeare’s Birthplace are back by popular demand this Christmas.

    Come in from the darkness of winter and enjoy an intimate and extended tour of William Shakespeare’s childhood home, decked out as it would have been in the late Tudor period.

    Leave the hurley burley of the modern world behind and start your journey back in time with a warming drink of mulled wine and mince pie as you enjoy the sounds of live, traditional Tudor music in our Famous Beyond Words exhibition.

    Next, take hold of an LED candle and start your guided tour through Shakespeare’s Childhood home by one of our costume guides. Once you have stepped into the Shakespeare family home you will learn about festive traditions of the Tudor period, known as Christmastide and find out how remarkably different they are from how we celebrate it today.

    Discover how Christmas traditions have changed since Shakespeare’s childhood and what stays with us today, including traditional games, warming scents, and the symbolic meanings behind many of the decorations that could have been used to dress their homes.

     

    Shakespeare’s Birthplace at Christmas

    4 December – 7 January ∙ Included in admission

    Step into Christmas at Shakespeare’s Birthplace with a host of festive activities for all the senses to get you in the mood for the season. From an intimate candlelit tour of Shakespeare’s childhood home to hands-on crafting workshops we look forward to welcoming you to Stratford this festive season.

    Christmas during Shakespeare’s lifetime was remarkably different from how it is celebrated today, so forget the tinsel and fairy lights and travel back in time to discover a traditional Tudor Christmas.

    For 4 weeks, Shakespeare’s Birthplace will be transformed with winter greenery and garlands of ivy and holly to give you a glimpse into how Christmas was celebrated in the late 16th century.

    Shakespeare’s Birthplace will be decorated to celebrate a Tudor-Christmas glory until Twelfth Night, the traditional end of Yuletide and is included in your admission. More info HERE.

     

    Christmas at Magic Alley

    November and December ∙ BOOK TICKETS

    The magic of Christmas is alive and well at Magic Alley, where kids are invited to embark on a bewitching mystery that will lead them to meet Santa himself. Step through the enchanted portal and enter Christmas in The Crystal Kingdom, a wonderland of 10 magical rooms filled with festive cheer and challenges to overcome. Along the way, you’ll encounter mischievous elves, solve riddles, and decode clues, all while immersing yourself in the enchanting atmosphere of this winter wonderland.

    As you progress through the Christmas quest, you’ll discover a hidden world of Christmas traditions and folklore, uncovering the secrets of Santa’s workshop and learning the true meaning of the festive season. But beware! The mischievous elves are always up to no good, and you’ll need to work together to solve the mystery before Christmas is ruined.

    The grand finale of this enchanting Christmas experience is a visit to the Enchanted Forest, where it’s time for some snow fun. Engage in a good old-fashioned snowball fight, build snowmen, and enjoy the thrill of winter wonderland activities. And who knows, you might even catch a glimpse of Santa himself as he prepares for his big night.

    This enchanting Christmas experience at Magic Alley is the perfect way to get into the festive spirit and create lasting memories for the whole family. So, gather your loved ones and prepare to be transported to a world of magic and wonder as you help save Christmas and meet Santa himself.

     

    The Box of Delights at The Royal Shakespeare Company

    Runs until 7 January ∙ BOOK TICKETS

    A magically festive production for all the family in the Royal Shakespeare Theatre this winter. Orphaned schoolboy Kay Harker is caught up in a battle between two powerful magicians. Can he save Christmas?

    After a seemingly chance encounter on a train, orphaned schoolboy Kay Harker finds himself the guardian of a small wooden box with powers beyond his wildest dreams. Caught up in a battle between two powerful magicians, Kay fights to save not just the people he loves but also the future of Christmas itself.

    This fantastically festive production is directed by Justin Audibert (The Taming of the Shrew 2019, The Jew of Malta 2015) and designed by RSC Associate Artist Tom Piper. Suitable for age 7+.

     

    The Victorian Christmas Market

    7 December – 10 December ∙ Throughout the town centre

    The countdown to the most enchanting event of the year has begun ! The Stratford-upon-Avon Victorian Christmas Market is back, and it’s bigger and more magical than ever. The historic streets of Stratford-upon-Avon will, once again, be transformed into a festive wonderland, offering an unparalleled holiday experience for visitors of all ages. Why not join us on the following dates:

    Immerse yourself in the past as you wander through 300+ stalls adorned with the finest festive treats and gifts. Traders, dressed in authentic Victorian attire, create a nostalgic atmosphere that transports you to a bygone era. The market is not just a shopping destination; it’s a captivating journey through time. Indulge your taste buds with a wide array of festive food and drinks. From roasted chestnuts to traditional mulled wine and cider, the flavours of Christmas will tantalise your senses.

    Recognised as the ‘Best Large Specialty Market’ at the Great British Market Awards, the Stratford-upon-Avon Victorian Christmas Market has truly earned its place as a must-visit event. The Christmas market will be on Waterside, Bridge Street, Henley Street, High Street and Meer Street.

     

     

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    EXPLORE OUR GREAT ATTRACTIONS
Theatre lovers will want to attend the world-famous @thersc, which stages various performances in its home setting throughout the year, including works by Shakespeare and his contemporaries and plays by contemporary writers. 

Delve into the world of Shakespeare by exploring @shakespearebtrust and the many houses that show several stages of his life. 

Others of our favourite attractions include @stratforduponavonbutterfly, @magicalleystratford, @shakespearesschoolroom, and @the_mad_museum, all ensuring that there is something for everyone to enjoy, regardless of the weather.

For those who want to explore further afield, walking tours, bus tours, and bicycle rentals are available. A particularly pleasant stroll leads from Stratford town centre to Anne Hathaway's Cottage, a beautifully picturesque thatched cottage where Shakespeare’s wife grew up.

With its charming atmosphere, rich history, and diverse attractions, Stratford-upon-Avon is a destination that has something to offer everyone. #LoveStratfordUponAvon
    EXPLORE OUR GREAT ATTRACTIONS
Theatre lovers will want to attend the world-famous @thersc, which stages various performances in its home setting throughout the year, including works by Shakespeare and his contemporaries and plays by contemporary writers. 

Delve into the world of Shakespeare by exploring @shakespearebtrust and the many houses that show several stages of his life. 

Others of our favourite attractions include @stratforduponavonbutterfly, @magicalleystratford, @shakespearesschoolroom, and @the_mad_museum, all ensuring that there is something for everyone to enjoy, regardless of the weather.

For those who want to explore further afield, walking tours, bus tours, and bicycle rentals are available. A particularly pleasant stroll leads from Stratford town centre to Anne Hathaway's Cottage, a beautifully picturesque thatched cottage where Shakespeare’s wife grew up.

With its charming atmosphere, rich history, and diverse attractions, Stratford-upon-Avon is a destination that has something to offer everyone. #LoveStratfordUponAvon
    EXPLORE OUR GREAT ATTRACTIONS
Theatre lovers will want to attend the world-famous @thersc, which stages various performances in its home setting throughout the year, including works by Shakespeare and his contemporaries and plays by contemporary writers. 

Delve into the world of Shakespeare by exploring @shakespearebtrust and the many houses that show several stages of his life. 

Others of our favourite attractions include @stratforduponavonbutterfly, @magicalleystratford, @shakespearesschoolroom, and @the_mad_museum, all ensuring that there is something for everyone to enjoy, regardless of the weather.

For those who want to explore further afield, walking tours, bus tours, and bicycle rentals are available. A particularly pleasant stroll leads from Stratford town centre to Anne Hathaway's Cottage, a beautifully picturesque thatched cottage where Shakespeare’s wife grew up.

With its charming atmosphere, rich history, and diverse attractions, Stratford-upon-Avon is a destination that has something to offer everyone. #LoveStratfordUponAvon
    EXPLORE OUR GREAT ATTRACTIONS
Theatre lovers will want to attend the world-famous @thersc, which stages various performances in its home setting throughout the year, including works by Shakespeare and his contemporaries and plays by contemporary writers. 

Delve into the world of Shakespeare by exploring @shakespearebtrust and the many houses that show several stages of his life. 

Others of our favourite attractions include @stratforduponavonbutterfly, @magicalleystratford, @shakespearesschoolroom, and @the_mad_museum, all ensuring that there is something for everyone to enjoy, regardless of the weather.

For those who want to explore further afield, walking tours, bus tours, and bicycle rentals are available. A particularly pleasant stroll leads from Stratford town centre to Anne Hathaway's Cottage, a beautifully picturesque thatched cottage where Shakespeare’s wife grew up.

With its charming atmosphere, rich history, and diverse attractions, Stratford-upon-Avon is a destination that has something to offer everyone. #LoveStratfordUponAvon
    EXPLORE OUR GREAT ATTRACTIONS Theatre lovers will want to attend the world-famous @thersc, which stages various performances in its home setting throughout the year, including works by Shakespeare and his contemporaries and plays by contemporary writers. Delve into the world of Shakespeare by exploring @shakespearebtrust and the many houses that show several stages of his life. Others of our favourite attractions include @stratforduponavonbutterfly, @magicalleystratford, @shakespearesschoolroom, and @the_mad_museum, all ensuring that there is something for everyone to enjoy, regardless of the weather. For those who want to explore further afield, walking tours, bus tours, and bicycle rentals are available. A particularly pleasant stroll leads from Stratford town centre to Anne Hathaway's Cottage, a beautifully picturesque thatched cottage where Shakespeare’s wife grew up. With its charming atmosphere, rich history, and diverse attractions, Stratford-upon-Avon is a destination that has something to offer everyone. #LoveStratfordUponAvon
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