Contributor Stuart Bryan rounds up the best family-friendly events and activities across Worcestershire this Christmas. Plan your festive fun with this seasonal guide! 

 

THE HIVE – www.thehiveworcester.org

Xmas Rat-a-Tat Tales: All young children, come and listen to Xmas stories read aloud.  Every Sat and Sun from 1st Dec to 23rd Dec, 11am and 2.45pm at Children’s Library. Free

Lantern Making Workshop: Craft your own lantern for the magical lantern parade (see below).  1st and 2nd Dec, 11am – 12pm & 1.30pm – 2.30pm.  Open to all ages.  £4.50 – willow lantern (7years +) £2.50 – mini lantern (all ages).

Lantern Parade: Starting at Cathedral Square at 6pm, spreading Xmas cheer all the way to the Hive.  6th December, 6pm.

Young at Art: Xmas craft sessions for under 5’s.  Xmas party hats 6 Dec and Xmas Wreath 20 Dec. 10.30am – 12pm. £3

Willow Wreath Making: Craft yourself a traditional willow wreath. Suitable for ages 6 – 12. 8 Dec. Free.

Christopher’s Christmas: Christopher Nibble and his family of guinea pigs discover Father Xmas is lost.  It’s up to them to save Xmas! Can they do it? Using beautiful puppets and scenery, Christopher’s Christmas is written especially for children aged 2-7 and their families.  The author, Charlotte Middleton will be in attendance for the 2pm show and will be signing books afterwards.  Booking essential.  Visit Hive website for more info.  8 Dec, 11.30am and 2pm.  Adults £7, children £3, Babes in arms free.

 

WORCESTER CATHEDRAL – www.worcestercathedral.co.uk

Christmas Fayre: Quality gift and craft stalls.  Mulled wine and mince pies in Chapter house.  In the Cloisters. 1st Dec 10am – 4pm, 2nd Dec 12.30 – 3.30pm.

The Christmas Story: Follow an interactive trail telling the story of Xmas.  4 Dec – 7 Jan.

Christmas Tree Festival: Shimmering avenues of uniquely decorated trees by local organisations.  Free admission. 8 Dec to 3 Jan.

Tidings of Joy: Xmas carol concert with audience participation.  Tickets from Worcester Live Box Office Tel 01905 611427. 15 Dec 7.30pm.

Chapter8 Concert: In aid of Maggs homelessness project.  Tickets 01905 22522. 16 Dec 7.30pm

The Snowman & The Snowman and the Snowdog: Two classic festive films on the big screen. Tickets £15 & £13. Discount for under 16’s.  www.eventbrite.co.uk 19 Dec 12pm, 2.30pm & 7.15pm.

Cathedral Carol Services: Traditional services of nine lessons and carols sung by Cathedral Choir.  Free.

 

WORCESTER LIVE – www.worcesterlive.co.uk

Swan Theatre

Mamma Mia and the Merry Men Pantomime: Join the Worcester Repertory Company for their latest action- packed panto. 3rd Dec – 6th Jan. £13.50 - £17.15.  Times – various

Bah Humbug: Worcester Rep company present a bittersweet comedy that brings a modern twist to the Scrooge story.  11th Dec – 22nd Dec 7.45pm £13.50

Huntingdon Hall

The Searchers: The original 60’s Liverpudlian band play their final annual Xmas special before they retire in March. 8th Dec 7.30pm £21

Celtic Christmas: Celebrate the Yuletide season with bagpipes, fiddles and step-dancing with the international award- winning band from Wales. 15th Dec 7.30pm £16 

Astaria String Quartet: The stories of The Nutcracker and Beauty and the Beast come alive with music and narration. 16th Dec 3pm-4pm. Adults £10, U.16’s £5, 2 adults & 2 children £25.

Christmas Carol: An array of traditional and modern instruments gives voice to a unique telling of Dicken’s heart -warming tale.  20th Dec 7.30pm £14.50

Henry Sandon Hall

Etsy made local: Worcestershire Etsy team holds its first local market, with over 20 sellers providing a wide range of inventive gifts perfect for Xmas. 1st Dec 10am-5pm & 2nd Dec 10am-4pm. Free. 

It’s a Wonderful Life (cert U): It’s Xmas and James Stewart’s protagonist is despairing until an angel from heaven appears. 10th Dec 7.30pm. £7.50 (includes a drink). 

Santa Show: The Santa Show: Santa’s Xmas Party: Jack Frost is trying to spoil Xmas.  Help get Santa’s Xmas party back on track in an adventure full of festive songs, fun and party games. 16th Dec 11am & 1.30pm. Adults £11, children £10, 2 adults and 2 children £40.

  

WORCESTER ARTS WORKSHOP www.worcesterartsworkshop.org.uk

Rock and Roll Christmas Show: Twist and Jive to the Kidderminster College Rock and Roll Xmas show.  14 Dec  7pm- 10pm. Free

Barbara Nice’s Christmas Cracker: Travelling the country by National Express, whilst her hubby thinks she is at bingo or dog sitting, Stockport’s favourite housewife and mother of five brings her hare brained stunts to Worcester. 19th Dec. 8pm – 10pm £10

Old School Christmas Disco: Party hard and heartily as DJ Ed Steelefox serves up all the Xmas party favourites. 21 Dec 9pm – 12.00am. £10

Spirit of Christmas Tours: Visit The Commandery for a ‘spirit of xmas’ tour to discover Victorian secrets hidden in this historic building.  Also delight in the Commandery dressed for Xmas inspired by a Xmas carol. Every weekend in Dec. 11.30am & 2.15pm Sat & 2.15 Sun. £5.95 Adults, Concessions £4.95, Kids Free, Worcester residents £5.  

Crafted for You: Regional handmade craftsmanship including jewellery, glassware and ceramics make an ideal Xmas gift. Worcester Museum and Gallery. 17th Nov – 5th Jan. 1st Dec 11am -1pm enjoy a free festive drink and mince pie and 10% off all products.  10.30am – 4.30pm.

 

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