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Berkshire's Christmas 2009 guide
Chocolate Santas
Father Christmas is also known as Saint Nicholas, Santa Claus and Kris Kringle

Enjoy a cool yule in Berkshire with the many Christmas 2009 events taking place in the county this year, from festive theatre to gift markets.

If you would like to tell us about your Christmas event, email us by clicking on the link below:

Don't forget to include the date, time, price and the details of what your visitors can expect.

Carols in Thatcham

There will be a Christmas concert at Thatcham Baptist Church, Wheeler's Green Way in Thatcham.

As part of the Christian Aid Big Sing campaign, a Christmas concert will take place in Thatcham on Wednesday, 23 December at 7.45pm.

Singers from the Enborne Consort are joined by a string ensemble to play a wide variety of pieces from Palestrina to Rutter.

Entry is free, no ticket required - just turn up at the door, and there will be a retiring collection in support of the Christian Aid Big Sing campaign.

Carols on the hill

Carols-on-the-Hill, will take place outside the Windsor Castle gates on Friday, 18 December starting at 18.00.

This year the Band of the Blues and Royals, one of the country's major military bands, will be playing the carols.

The Deputy Mayor, Councillor Catherine Bursnall, and Canon James Woodward from the Chapter of St George's Chapel, will join local clergy and residents in singing carols and celebrating Christmas.

Come and join in this free event. Wrap up warm and sing your heart out.

A collection will be made for Cruse Bereavement Care and Save the Children.

Craft market

Rudolph and Blitzen will be taking a well earned rest from Christmas preparations when they visit Slough town centre at the first ever Christmas Craft Festival.

The craft market will run from 10am to 4pm in the town square on Saturday, 19 December and Sunday, 20 December.

There will be an arts and crafts market, your chance to meet the reindeers, on the spot caricatures on Saturday and hot roast chestnuts.

Caversham Court carols

Thatcham Town Mayor is holding a civic carol service at St Mary's Church on Sunday, 20 December at 4pm.

Refreshments available

Caversham Court carols

Caversham Court - Reading's beautiful riverside gardens will come alive with the sound of music with its first Christmas Carol Evening.

Reading Borough Council, which owns and maintains the gardens, and the Friends of Caversham Court Gardens, are hosting the musical festive treat on Monday, 21 December.

Singers from the choir of St Peter's Church will perform a program of festive carols inside the gardens, near to the main entrance, from 7.30pm.

Visitors will be encouraged to sing along and join in the fun. To add to the festive cheer, mulled wine and mine pies will be on sale at Caversham Court Gardens' new catering kiosk. The kiosk is run by volunteers from various Reading charities who will be serving on the night.

If it's raining, the Christmas Carol Concert will take place at nearby St Peter's Church.

For more information on Caversham Court Gardens restoration or the Christmas Carol Concert, go to Caversham Court website or call the parks team on (0118) 947 8930.

RSHP Christmas Carol Service

Charvil Voices ladies choir, with guests will be holding their Christmas Concert on Monday, 14 December at 7pm at St Mary's church, Twyford. Everyone welcome. Tickets £5 adult £3 child, available on door or in advance from suzanneynewman@btinternet.com

Sandhurst Concert

The Sandhurst Band are pleased to invite you to their Christmas Concert at Sandhurst Community Hall in the Memorial Park on December 17, 2009, at 19.30.

Carols commence at 7.30pm, admission is free with a retiring collection towards the Band's charity fund. For more information go to Sandhurst Band website

Mince pies and a movie

There will be a silver screen event on December 14 at the Newbury Corn Exchange.

Take a break from Christmas shopping and enjoy a cup of tea and a mince pie followed by an afternoon matinee. The film starts at 2.30pm. Phone Corn Exchange Box office for tickets on 01635 522733

Snow Queen Cometh

The Snow Queen is coming to Newbury. An enchanting performance awaits and she may even grant a few Christmas wishes on Friday, 18 December from 11am in Newbury town centre.

Ringing in Christmas

The All Saints Handbell Ringers will ring in Christmas from 10am to midday on Saturday, 19 December at Wokingham Library. All are welcome.

Ice angels in Newbury

Newbury is privileged to welcome renowned ice sculptor Ben Hamilton and his team on Saturday, 19 December.

This is a unique opportunity to watch up close as he creates a six foot high ice angel in Newbury's Broadway and maybe even have a go yourself.

Live Nativity

Newbury will have a live nativity complete with a real donkey, sheep and cow.

This magical stable scene complete with Mary and Joseph will mesmerise little ones. Pupils from Falkland Primary School will entertain crowds with a selection of carols from 10am on Sunday, 20 December.

Caversham Court Gardens Carol Evening

A Christmas Carol Evening will be held on Monday 21 December at Caversham Court Gardens at 19.30.

The Choir of St Peter's Church will sing, under their conductor Ian Westley.

In the event of poor weather the performance will take place in St Peter's Church. Mulled wine and mince pies will also be on offer.

Thatcham Carol Service

There is to be a carol service in Thatcham on Sunday, 20 December at 4pm in St Mary's Parish Church in Thatcham.

The congregation will be accompanied by music from the Barfield Handbell Ringers and St Mary's choir. A collection will be made in aid of the Town Mayor's charities and light refreshments will be served after the service. All are welcome.

Meet a polar bear

A polar bear is on its way to Newbury this Monday, 21 December.

Accompanied by its handler Ursula, Bjorn will amble around the Market Square, sniffing at your shopping bags and if you get close up you might be able to stroke him.

Three performances starting at 11.30am, this enchanting show will entertain and inform you about the life of the Polar Bear and his icy kingdom.

Henley and District Theatre Organ Concert

The Henley and District Theatre Organ Grand Christmas Festive Theatre Organ Concert with Carols and audience participation on Sunday, 13 December at 15.00 in Henley Town Hall. With international organist entertainer Keith Beckingham. In aid of The Oxfordshire Air Ambulance.

School sounds

Youngsters from local schools will entertain Christmas shoppers at The Meadows Centre in Sandhurst.

Choirs from Owlsmoor Primary School, College Town Junior School, Garth Hill College and Wildmoor Heath Primary, among others, will sing Christmas carols and other seasonal songs in support of the Mayor of the Borough of Bracknell Forest's annual charity collection.

The collection days are taking place on Friday, December 11 and Saturday, 19 December.

Cllr Bob Wade's chosen charity this year is the Royal National Lifeboat Institute, which is hoping to raise around £22,000 to refurbish the Bembridge lifeboat station on the Isle of Wight.

Mr Toad gets festive
Mr Toad, Ratty and Otter
Festive fun events at The River & Rowing museum in Henley-on-Thames

Get in the spirit of Christmas with the River & Rowing museum and meet its closest friends Mr Toad, Ratty and Mole.

The museum has a host of events.

On Monday, 21 December between 10.30am and 3.30pm children can visit Mr Toad in his caravan. Admission £3.

On Tuesday, 22 December children aged four to seven can make toys in time for Christmas between 10.30am and 12.30pm with Dr Coppelius. Admission £8.50.

Adults can also have fun at the museum in Mill Meadows, Henley on Thames. On Saturday, 12 December between 10.30am and 1pm professional artist Hen Coleman will be on hand to help with drypoint etching and printmaking - a perfect chance to make Christmas cards. All materials provided except an apron. Admission £18 +£10 materials.

On Saturday, 19 December florist Christine Dromgoole will help to create Christmas table decorations between 10.30am and 1pm. Materials to bring - floristry scissors and your own container (the size of a dinner plate and at least 2 inches in depth). All other materials provided. Admission £18 + £20 materials.

For more information about the museum contact 01491 415600 or go to River and Rowing museum website

Christmas at Windsor Castle

Windsor Castle is getting into the festive spirit in December with an array of Christmas events from Thursday 3 December 2009 to Wednesday 6 January 2010.

Queen Victoria's winter sleigh will be on display, and families visiting the Castle on 19 and 20 December can follow a special Christmas activity trail.

Just for the Christmas period, the table in Windsor's State Dining Room will be set for a festive Victorian dessert course.

More information here.

Meet Santa in Maidenhead

Come along and meet Father Christmas at Nicholson's Shopping Centre, Nicholsons Walk in Maidenhead every Sunday from 6 December 2009 until 20 December 2009. Times are 12.00 to 13.30 and 14.00 to 16.00.

Maidenhead Shopmobility Christmas evening

Christmas bauble

Maidenhead's shopping centre is holding a Shopmobility Christmas evening on Thursday 10 December 2009 from 17.00 to 20.00. For more information call 01628 543038.

Christmas crafts at REME

Christmas candle

The REME Museum of Technology in Isaac Newton Road, Arborfield is holding two children's Christmas craft days on Sunday 13 December and Monday 14 December 2009 from 11.00 to 15.30.

Children can make a lantern, design and make a Christmas card to send to a soldier and make a rosette.

The activities suitable for five to 12-year-olds and all children must be accompanied by a responsible adult.

Tickets are £3.50 for children, £4.50 for adults, and a family ticket (two adults and up to three children) costs £13.00. Under fives go free.

For more information contact 0118 976 3375 or visit the REME website.

BBC Berkshire Carol service

Join BBC Radio Berkshire for our annual carol service at Reading Minster Church of St Mary the Virgin, St Mary's Butts, Reading on Tuesday 15 December 2009.

BBC Radio Berkshire presenters and the Bishop of Reading will celebrate Christmas alongside Bucklebury Primary School, Wokingham Choral Society and the Thames Valley Chorus.

Doors open at 18.30. We record the one-hour service for broadcast on Christmas Day at 19.30.

Windsor Christmas shopping

A special shopping evening has been planned in Windsor on Thursday 17 December 2009 to get you in the Christmas mood. Throughout the day there will be live choirs, children's amusement rides and competitions. A number of stores will also be open late for Christmas Shopping.

Bishop giving out chocolate

The Bishop of Reading will be giving chocolate coins to Christmas shoppers outside old Woolworths, Northbrook Street, Newbury RG14 1DW, while spreading the Christmas message.

He will be there on Thursday 17 December from 14.30 to 15.30.

Civic Carol Service

Christmas present

All are welcome to attend this traditional service of lessons and carols retelling the story of the nativity at The Minster Church of St Mary the Virgin in Reading on Thursday 17 December 2009 at 18.30pm.

Free entry. For more information contact 0118 939 0771.

Slough pantomime

Little Wolf Entertainment, Slough's brand new professional theatre company, is staging Robin Hood, a family pantomime, at the West Wing arts centre from Friday 18 December to Thursday 31 December 2009.

Together with his band of Merry Men, Robin will battle the wicked Sheriff of Nottingham and his guard dog Petunia.

Along the way he'll meet some colourful characters: Dame Nurse Nellie Nightly, Maid Marian and her little brother Will Scarlet, who, with the help from the fabulous Fairy Nuff, will all help Robin win the day.

Twelve dancers from Slough's Creative Academy will be appearing alongside professional actors in this tale of adventure, bravery and loyalty.

Tickets are from £8 and are on sale from the Robin Hood Panto website or via See Tickets on 0871 220 0260.

Carols on the Hill

A very traditional event, Carols-on-the-Hill, will take place outside the Windsor Castle gates on Friday, 18 December starting at 18.00. This year the Band of the Blues and Royals, one of the country's major military bands, will be playing the carols. The Deputy Mayor, Councillor Catherine Bursnall, and Canon James Woodward from the Chapter of St George's Chapel, will join local clergy and residents in singing carols and celebrating Christmas.

Come and join in this free event. Wrap up warm and sing your heart out.

A collection will be made for Cruse Bereavement Care and Save the Children.

Civic Carol Service

Christmas present

All are welcome to the Thatcham Town Mayor's civic carol service. The service will be held at St Mary's Church, Thatcham on Sunday, 20 December 2009 at 16.00. Refreshments will also be served.

Reading eco fair

Come and find a Christmas gift at a fair with a difference.

An eco-friendly veggie-friendly Fair Trade fair is taking place on Saturday 19 December 2009 from 11.00 to 18.00 at Reading town hall, Blagrave Street, Reading.

There will be lots of stalls with green food, free food tasters and of course Christmas presents.

On top of that you can come along to talks, demos, cinema showings and cookery classes.

Admission is £3 for adults and £1 for children and OAPs.

More information here.

Jazz Christmas party

Christmas present

Jagz in Station Hill, Ascot, is throwing a Christmas bash featuring the cream of British jazz on Sunday 20 December 2009.

The John Critchinson Christmas Party is on from 13.00 to 15.00 and costs £6 per ticket. Call 01344 878100 for more details.

Crowthorne Christmas Concert

The Crowthorne Symphony Orchestra is holding a special Christmas concert at The Old Gym, Wellington College, Crowthorne on Sunday 20 December 2009.

Enjoy Beethoven's Egmont Overture, Sibelius' Finlandia, Weber's Clarinet Concertino and Schumann's Symphony No. 4. The conductor will be Robert Roscoe and the soloist Caroline Woodhouse.

The concert takes place between 20.00 and 22.00. Tickets cost £8 in advance, £10 on door and concessions are available.

Call 0118 972 2164 or email the orchestra's secretary for more details.

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