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10 ways to have some Christmassy fun around The Runnymede in December

From ice-skating to wreath-making and Christmas productions to immersive Lapland visits, this festive season promises to be full of fun in and around The Runnymede on Thames.

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1. King Henry’s Christmas Trail

Head over to the National Trust meadows at Runnymede during December to embark on a family-friendly and festive walking trail. Starting from Saturday 8 December and available daily for the rest of the month, get a trail sheet from the Magna Carta tea-room and then embark on a trail where you’ll discover how King Henry VIII would have celebrated Christmas in Tudor times.

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2. Visit Lapland

This immersive experience in nearby Ascot involves an original adaptation of the story of Father Christmas. Bring the whole family as Father Christmas and the elves come to life in an amazing Christmassy environment. A day full of magic awaits.

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3. Festive Afternoon Tea

To celebrate the Christmas season with friends, get stuck into our indulgent Christmas Champagne afternoon tea in our gorgeous lounge, incorporating many festive treats.

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4. Christmas at Windsor Castle

The world’s oldest occupied castle will be home to a whole host of Christmas activities throughout December. Take in the castle’s festive display – which centres on the 20ft Nordmann Fir tree, watch after-hours performances of The Princess and the Pantomime in the State Apartments, and take the children to festive arts and crafts workshops every Saturday throughout the month. Find out more.

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5. A traditional festive pantomime

Nothing says ‘Christmas’ like going to watch a panto and this year the Theatre Royal Windsor is putting on Dick Whittington. Join in with some slapstick fun to get that Christmassy feeling throughout the month.

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6. Christmas Table Decoration Lunch

Join us at The Runnymede on Monday 10 December for a lunch where you’ll also learn how to make your own table decorations. Lily’s Flowers will demonstrate how to create the perfect Christmas table centrepiece with winter flowers and foliage. You’ll also be able to tuck into a welcome drink, two-course lunch with a glass of wine and tea or coffee.

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7. Christmas Race Days

Head over to the racecourse at Royal Ascot for some festive race days on Friday 21 and Saturday 22 December. As well as horse racing, there will be festive menus, winter cocktails, brass bands and complimentary mince pies for everyone. The Saturday will be a day of family fun, with visits from Father Christmas and his reindeer, storytelling by Mrs Claus, pony rides, huskies, carol concerts and fairground rides.

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8. Windsor on Ice

Throughout December, wrap up warm and head over to Windsor’s seasonal ice rink at Alexandra Gardens. Found near Windsor’s main shopping area, this is a fun way to have a festive pit-stop while Christmas shopping. There are even ice skating coaching lessons for those who want to brush up on their skills.

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9. Christmas Party Night

Join us in our Leftbank restaurant on various dates throughout December for one of our fabulous party nights. Start the evening with a couple of glasses of fizz before indulging in a festive three course buffet, complete with wine, tea and coffee, plus plenty of Christmas novelties. Then dance the night away to the tunes played by our resident DJ.

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10. Festive wreath making

Join the National Trust’s Christmassy workshops in Runnymede on 5 December to learn how to make festive wreaths from the materials nature provides. Using holly and some fantastically named shrubs such as old man’s beard and butcher’s broom, you’ll come away with your very own unique creation.

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