Christmas In Stratford Upon Avon
Enjoy the festive season in Stratford Upon Avon where you can experience the magic of Christmas. The town is filled with picturesque streets lined with beautifully preserved half-timbered buildings where you can take in the wonderful festive atmosphere.
It all begins on Thursday 21st November at 5pm with Stratford’s Christmas light switch on. Join the town for this spectacular event with a special ceremony, carols and the arrival of Santa Claus heralding the beginning of the town’s Christmas celebrations, which is said to be amongst the finest in the country! Afterwards, stroll through the Christmas markets, which offer a huge range of tempting gifts and ideas to create an unforgettable Christmas with your friends and family. Treat yourself and your loved ones to clothing, home produced food, flowers and fine art among other thoughtful gifts. These must-see markets are on Thursday 21st and 28th November and Thursday 12th and 19th December from 10am to 8pm, along with the traditional ‘Victorian’ Christmas Market on the 6th, 7th and 8th December, so you have plenty of opportunity to pick up those perfect presents from stocking fillers to Secret Santa gifts!
You can also discover Stratford's amazing choice of excellent restaurants with mouth-watering seasonal menus to suit all tastes, bars, coffee shops, pubs and tearooms. Enjoy Christmas shopping at small, independent shops like Gemini Woman, as well as high street names.
More festive activities in Stratford Upon Avon:
- Enjoy a performance of the Royal Shakespeare Company's 2019 winter show, The Boy in the Dress at the Royal Shakespeare Theatre from 8 November 2019 to 8 March 2020. David Walliams’ heart-warming comedy is brought to the stage for the first time in a musical with all new songs from Robbie Williams and Guy Chambers.
- Savour the very best of British food at a pre-theatre supper in the theatre's stylish Rooftop Restaurant. Enjoy a Cocktail Masterclass with canapes (every weekday evening) in the Cocktail Bar - make and drink your own cocktail as well as one they've made for you!
- Experience Christmas at Shakespeare's Family Homes. Shakespeare's Birthplace in the town centre, and romantic Anne Hathaway's Cottage in the village of Shottery (1 mile away), are open every day except Christmas Day.See the houses decorated for Christmas and learn about Tudor Christmas customs from costumed guides.