West Berkshire Family Life

Christmas Markets, Fairs and Events in West Berkshire - 2022

Are you looking for some festive family fun? There are so many Christmas events taking place in the area this year! You can get your Christmas shopping done at one of the many markets, take the children to a pantomime or get creative at a Christmas crafting event. View a round-up of events below.

Please use this list as a guide only, click on the title of an event to be taken to a link where you can find more details.

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View our guide to local Santa’s Grottos here.

Please check that all details are correct and up-to-date before going along to an event that is listed below. Changes and cancellations happen. West Berkshire Family Life cannot be held responsible for any loss or embarrassment caused by failure to check for accurate details. Many events will require advance booking.

The Watermill Theatre Christmas FairFriday 11 November 10am-2.30pm.

Green Christmas Market at The Living Rainforest, Hampstead Norreys12 & 26 November, 10 December.

Rapunzel at The Watermill Theatre 18 November – 1 January.

Made in Mortimer Christmas Shopping EveningFriday 18 November 5pm-8pm.

Christmas Market at the Five Bells, Wickham – Friday 18 November from 6pm.

Colline’s Kitchen Christmas Lights Switch On EventSaturday 19 November from 9am – face painting, cocktail bar and music. Colline’s Kitchen is a West Berkshire Family Life membership card partner and offers a 10% discount to card holders, find out more and sign up for your free membership card here.

Late Night Shopping Event at Artisans Handmade, Newbury – Saturday 19 November 9.30am-8pm.

Newbury’s Christmas Lights Switch on FestivalSaturday 19 November 10am-6pm.

Draw Your Own Christmas Family Sweatshirts at The Base, Greenham Saturday 19 November 10am-12pm

Artisan Christmas Fair Weekends at City Arts, Newbury19, 20, 26 & 27 November 10am-4pm.

Christmas Market at The Corn Exchange, NewburySaturday 19  November 10am-4pm.

Christmas at Basildon Park: A Winter Ball19 November-6 January.

Time is Ticking Children’s Trail at Basildon Park19 November-5 January.

Sustainable Living Christmas Market at Thatcham Catholic Hall Saturday 19 November 10am-12.30pm.

Yattendon Winter MarketSaturday 19 & Sunday 20 November 10am-4pm.

Ashmore Green WI Craft Fair at Acland Memorial Hall, Cold Ash – Saturday 19 November 10am-3pm.

Parkway Newbury’s Santa’s Grotto19 November, 10 & 11 December and 17-23 December 11am-4pm.

Jolly Gingerbread at IKEA, Reading19 & 26 November, 3, 10 & 17 December 11am-5pm. Decorate your own festive biscuits, free drop-in event.

Chaddleworth & Shefford PTFA Winter FeteSaturday 19 November 11am-3pm.

Christmas Market at Tesco Extra, Newbury – Saturday 19 November 12pm-7pm.

Candlelit Market at Hampstead Norreys Community Shop Saturday 19 November 3pm-7pm.

Newbury Vegan Christmas Market – Sunday 20 November 10am-3pm.

Hungerford Royal British Legion Winter Craft Fair – Sunday 20 November 11am-4pm.

Christmas Market at Arlington Arts, Newbury (raising money for Coles Diner youth club) – Sunday 20 November 12pm-3pm.

Chance to Dance Christmas Market at Beansheaf Community Centre, Calcot – Sunday 20 November 12pm-4pm.

Christmas Craft Fair at Willink Leisure Centre – Sunday 20 November 12pm-4pm.

Festive Family Films at IKEA, Reading 22-25 November 5.30pm-7.30pm. Free but you need to book.

Christmas Lights Switch On at The Swan, ThatchamThursday 24 November 6.30pm.

A Wild Christmas at Beale Park 25 November-24 December.

Friends of Brightwalton Primary School Christmas FairFriday 25 November 3.15pm-6pm.

Pantomime: Jack & The Beanstalk at the Corn Exchange, Newburyfrom 25 November until 31 December.

The Magical Christmas Adventure at 4 Kingdoms, near Newbury26 November-24 December.

Festive Clay Decoration Making at The Base, GreenhamSaturday 26 November 10am-12pm & 1.30pm-3.30pm. For ages 6-12.

Lantern Making Workshop at 101 Outdoors, Greenham26 & 27 November and 3 & 4 December from 10am.

Harriet House School Christmas FairSaturday 26 November 10am-2pm.

Woolton Hill Christmas Market Saturday 26 November 10.30am.

Winter Wonderland at The Falcon, ThealeSaturday 26 November 12pm-4pm.

Father Christmas at Bucklebury Farm26 & 27 November, 2, 9 & 19 December. £10 per child. Booking required.

Newbury Artisan Market Sunday 27 November 10am-4pm.

The Great Christmas Carnival at Newbury Racecourse27 November-30 December.

Winter Wonderland at The Castle Inn, Cold Ash27 November 12pm-5pm.

Santa Claus at IKEA, Readingfrom 30 November.

Children’s Christmas Fun at Theale Library1-31 December 9am-5pm.

Children’s Christmas Fun at Pangbourne Library1-22 December 9.30am-12.30pm.

Get Ready for Christmas at Burghfield Library1-31 December 10am-5pm.

Christmas Crafternoons with Caz from Baby Massage Newbury in GreenhamThursday 1 & Friday 2 December 10.30am-12pm & 1pm-2.30pm.

Christmas Market at New Threshers Barn, ThatchamThursday 1 December 4pm

Newbury Living Advent Calendar1-24 December.

Children’s Christmas Fun at Lambourn Library 2 & 3, 9 & 10, 16 & 17 December (10am-5pm Fridays, 10am-12.30pm Saturdays).

Warming up for Christmas: Thatcham Christmas Lights Switch onFriday 2 December from 5pm. 

Beenham School PTFA Christmas Fair Friday 2 December 5pm-7pm.

Pangbourne at Christmas: Lights & Late Night ShoppingFriday 2 December 5pm-10.30pm.

1st Wash Common Scout Group Christmas Fayre Friday 2 December 6pm-8.30pm.

Christmas Tasting Day at Cobbs at Hungerford Saturday 3 December 10am-4pm.

Kendalls Castles Berkshire Inflatable Christmas Party at Cotswold Sports Centre, TilehurstSaturday 3 December 11am-4.30pm.

Christmas Bazaar at Bucklebury Primary SchoolSaturday 3 December 11am-1.30pm.

Francis Baily PTA’s Christmas FairSaturday 3 December 11.30am-3.30pm.

Breakfast with Santa at Thatcham Garden Centre 3 & 4, 10 & 11 and 17-24 December.

Saddleback Farm Shop’s Christmas FairSaturday 3 December 9am-4pm.

Jane’s House Christmas Craft and Carols at Wash Common Community CentreSaturday 3 December 10am.

Christmas Farmers’ Market at Bucklebury Farm ParkSaturday 3 December 10am-2pm.

Newbury Victorian Christmas Fayre3 & 4 December.

Alder Bridge Steiner-Waldorf School Advent FayreSaturday 3 December 12pm-3pm.

Christmas Wonderland at St Paul’s Catholic School, TilehurstSaturday 3 December 12pm-4pm.

Christmas Fair at Shaw House, Newbury Sunday 4 December 11am-3pm. £2 admission, £1 for children.

Catering by Natalie Ellis Santa’s Grotto at Pit Hall Barn4 & 18 December from 10am.

St Bartholomew’s School Newbury Christmas Gift and Craft FairSunday 4 December 11am-3pm.

Newbury Cats Protection Christmas BazaarSunday 4th December 12pm-3pm.

Christmas with Santa and the Alpacas at Mortimer Alpacas4, 10, 19, 20 & 21 December.

Friends of Whitelands Park Primary School Christmas FairThursday 8 December 4pm-6pm.

The Friends of Winchcombe School, Newbury Christmas FairFriday 9 December 3.15pm-5pm.

Christmas Fun for Children at Hungerford LibraryFriday 9 December 3.30pm-6.30pm, Saturday 17 December 10.30am-12pm, Wednesday 21 December 10am-11.30am & Friday 23 December 9.30am-3pm.

Hungerford Victorian ExtravaganzaFriday 9 December from 5pm

Breakfast with Santa at The Swan, Thatcham10, 11, 17, 18 & 24 December from 9am. £8 per child. Contact the pub to book.

Breakfast with Santa at The Two Watermills pub, NewburySaturday 10 & 17 December 9am-11am.

Children’s Christmas Printmaking at The Base, GreenhamSaturday 10 December 10am-12pm.

Brunch with Mrs Claus at The Castle Inn, Cold AshSaturday 10 December 10am-12pm.

Christmas Crafts at City Arts, NewburySaturday 10 December 10.30am-12.30pm.

The Rowbarge Christmas MarketSaturday 10 & Sunday 11 December 11am-5pm.

Christmas Market at The Swan, ThatchamSaturday 10 December 11am.

Colour Blast Kids’ Christmas Paint Party at Colline’s Kitchen, Newbury Saturday 10 December 11am.

Sassy Sensory Tots Christmas Special at Thatcham Catholic HallSaturday 10 December 11.30am.

Christmas Market at The Ibex Inn, ChaddleworthSaturday 10 December 12pm-4pm.

Burghclere Miniature Railway Xmas Cracker Running DaySaturday 10 December 12pm-3pm.

Falkland Primary School, Newbury Christmas FairSaturday 10 December 1pm-3pm.

Christmas Crafts for Children at Newbury LibrarySaturday 10 December 2pm-3pm.

A Sunday with Father Christmas at Cobbs Play Barn, Hungerford 11 December 9am-4.30pm. £14 per child and £10 per adult, includes food & drink, games, time to play and a gift. Adults also receive a hot drink and light meal.

Christmas Artisan Market at Renegade Brewery (formerly known as West Berkshire Brewery) – Sunday 11 December 10am-5pm.

Christmas Films at The Swan, Thatcham Sunday 11 December from 12pm.

Festival of Light in NewburySunday 11 December from 4.30pm.

Christmas Make & Take Day at the Central Family Hub, ThatchamMonday 12 December 10am & 1pm.

The Muppets Christmas Carol at Renegade BreweryMonday 12 December 4pm-6pm.

Santa Lucia at IKEA, Reading Tuesday 13 December 6pm-8pm.

Brunch with Santa at the Berkshire Arms, Midgham17th & 23rd December

Meet Father Christmas at The Snugg at Snelsmore Common17th & 18th December 10am-3pm. £6 per child includes a gift and hot chocolate. Phone 07900694857 or visit the cafe to book.

Celebrate Christmas at Thatcham LibrarySaturday 17 December 10am-12pm.

Christmas Chocolate Craft with Dream Berries at Ace Space, Newbury Saturday 17 December from 11am.

Santa Boat Trips on the Rose of Hungerford 17, 18, 21, 22, 23 & 24 December.

Phonics with Robot Reg Christmas Special at Thatcham Parish HallSaturday 17 December from 1.30pm.

Yattendon Santa DashSunday 18 December from 10am.

Flurry Snowman Create & Play at Cobbs Play Barn, HungerfordMonday 19-Friday 23 December 10am-12pm.

Christmas Film Night at The Swan, ThatchamMonday 19 December from 4pm.

Arthur Christmas at Renegade Brewery Tuesday 20 December 4pm-6pm.

Supper with Santa at IKEA, ReadingTuesday 20 December 4pm-6pm & 6pm-8pm.

Breakfast with Santa at IKEA, Reading Wednesday 21 December 9.30am-11am.

Messy Museum Morning: Deck the Halls! at West Berkshire MuseumWednesday 21 December from 10am.

Movie in the Hall at Shaw House, Newbury: Arthur ChristmasThursday 22 December 10am. £5 per child, £2 per adult. 

Challow Hurdle Day at Newbury RacecourseSaturday 31 December from 10.15am.

Not Quite West Berkshire (but close enough!)

Reading Winter Wonderland12 November-2 January. (For those of you close to Reading, this is a great ‘What’s On’ website with lots of Christmas events: https://whatsonreading.com/christmas-in-reading)

Santa’s Grotto at Millets Farm12 November-24 December.

Christmas at Blenheim Palace18 November-2 January.

Christmas Experience at Roves Farmfrom 26 November until 23 December.

Christmas at Finkley Down Farm3-24 December.

Folksy Theatre: A Christmas Carol at Millets Farm29-30 December.

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