Celebrate Christmas in Droitwich Spa, Worcestershire’s charming canal-side town. There’s a sleigh-load of festive things to do, from exploring an enchanted light trail and getting hands-on with wreath-making to canal cruises and, of course, meeting Santa Claus! 

1. Hunt for the lost toys with our story trail

Boy scanning QR code in shop window to take part in Christmas trail.

This Christmas, join our heroes, The Luminauts, on a family adventure around Droitwich Spa with our new town trail! Look out for 10 present stickers which naughty Christmas Imps have hidden in windows around the town, then use your camera to scan the QR codes and bring the Imps to life in augmented reality. As well as unlocking a festive character, your children will be able to choose how the story progresses in a choose-your-adventure style at each stop.

The trail takes less than an hour to complete but can be completed in more than one visit. It’s free to take part, and if completed a digital fun pack can be won. Whilst you’re doing the trail, pop into some of the independent shops on the High Street. There are some lovely gifts waiting to be discovered!

2. Watch the Christmas Light Switch On

When: 12pm onwards, Saturday 26 November

Get into the festive spirit with Droitwich Spa’s light switch on, fun fair and festive entertainment.

Santa’s Grotto, which has kindly been provided by Droitwich Lions Club, will reside in The Heritage Centre at St Richard’s House, and visitors there can also witness a demonstration of the town’s new heritage app.

Worcestershire Farmers Market together with seasonal stalls will take to Victoria Square to provide something special for Christmas shoppers. The fun fair can also be found in Victoria Square.

There will be a Community Advent Celebration at St Andrews Church, along with a performance from the Salvation Army Band and I-Sing Choir in Victoria Square, leading up to the traditional countdown and lights switch on at 6pm. The lights will be switched on by Santa and Mayor George Duffy.

Wychavon District Council’s pay and display car parks will be free of charge from 12pm.

The event has been organised by Droitwich Town Council.

3. Immerse yourself in a fairy tale light trail

Photo credit: Webbs. Source: www.webbsdirect.co.uk

Webbs’ Enchanted Gardens is a magical experience waiting to be explored. Discover six classic stories brought to life through a mixture of stunning lighting, giant lanterns, projections, and enchanting sounds.

“Discover a one-legged tin soldier, desperate to win the heart of a dancing ballerina. Fight your way through the brambles to find a palace, undisturbed for 100 years, where Sleeping Beauty lies on her mossy bed. Stroll along the riverbank to the tall, crested, iron gates that lead to a beast’s lair and wander through the rose garden with the dark-haired Beauty.”

All of this and more can be experienced in the riverside gardens at Webbs in Wychbold until 2 January 2023. For more information and prices, visit Webbs’ website.

4. Shop at Churchfields’ Christmas Fayre

Churchfields is ready to welcome you back to their annual Christmas Fayre on Sunday 27 November.  Shop Christmas trees, accessories and gifts, local produce, home décor, fashion and beauty, toys and more. Whilst you shop, enjoy live entertainment, festive foodie treats and maybe even a mulled wine or hot chocolate. Free entry and parking.

5. Get hands-on with wreath-making workshops

When: 12pm-2pm and 2:30pm-4:30pm on 3 December.

Bring your friends to Churchfields to take part in a two hour beautiful wreath-making workshop provided by The Wedding House’s professional florists.

All materials are provided, and a variety of wreath greenery and accessories will ensure your wreath is bespoke to you. Also included in your ticket is a glass of mulled wine or mulled apple with a mince pie to get you into the festive spirit!

Book online asap to avoid disappointment.

6. Watch fantastic performances at The Norbury Theatre

A Christmas Fairytale

When: Saturday 3 December

ENTW9 Dance School will guide you through Christmas Land where you’ll meet Sugarplum Fairies, Candy Canes and hear festive tales! With dance styles including Ballet, Tap and Contemporary, ‘A Christmas Fairytale’ is guaranteed to get you feeling festive.

Book tickets for ‘A Christmas Fairytale’

A Wymsical Christmas Carol

When: Friday 9 and Saturday 10 December

‘A Wymsical Christmas Carol’ is this year’s Christmas entertainment from the versatile Wymsical Theatre and the Fenice Singers.

Enjoy an evening of varied music, dance, poetry and drama featuring carols and seasonal songs both new and old, threaded together with scenes from the classic ‘A Christmas Carol’. Featuring songs from ‘Scrooge’, ‘A Christmas Carol’, ‘The Muppets Christmas Carol’ and other retellings of the story in addition to repertoire old and new, the evening will celebrate this happiest time of year!

Suitable for all the family, this performance features performers aged 6 to 76! C

Book tickets for ‘A Wymsical Christmas Carol’

7. Cruise along the canal with Santa

When: Saturday 10 and Sunday 11 December

Meet Santa and take a wonderful trip through Vines Park aboard the Pamela May 2 canal boat. Tickets cost just £5 per person and this includes a present for children under 12. To book, contact Sarah on 07786005762. 

8. Dine in an igloo

Photo credit: Webbs. Source: www.webbsdirect.co.uk

Get cosy in Webbs’ marvellous igloos and tuck into afternoon tea or a selection of food and prosecco, depending on what time you visit. The igloos are situated in their festoon-lit gardens by the river and seat up to 6 guests. These will be there until 2 January so why not coincide your trip with a visit to the Enchanted Gardens.

Visit Webbs’ website for more information and to book an igloo.

9. Be entertained at the Community Christmas Market

The annual Community Christmas Market is returning to Droitwich Rugby Club on 16, 17 and 18 December. There will plenty of family entertainment with live music, performances, workshops and festive meet and greets. Lots of local vendors will be there too with quality gifts and services for last minute shoppers. And what’s more, entry is free! For more information, keep an eye on the rugby club’s Facebook page.

10. Swim in an outdoor brine pool

Droitwich Spa Lido, The Midlands’ finest outdoor swimming pool, is open for winter for those who can brave the cold! Find out more about the health benefits of cold-water swimming and book your place in the pool.

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