Tis the season to celebrate and West Berkshire has plenty to offer for 2022!
Are you looking for some Christmas events near you?
It seems events are appearing earlier than ever this year! Don’t miss out and book early!
Many events do get booked up very early in the year – especially watch out for the Charles Dickens talk and wreath making workshops.
Christmas is a magical time of the year, and our local venues make sure there is something special for you. West Berkshire Villagers has all the latest stories on Christmas from pantomimes, making your own wreath, to talks and everything in-between.
Christmas Events in West Berkshire 2022 -Traditions
Christmas is celebrated on December 25 and is both a sacred religious holiday and a worldwide cultural and commercial phenomenon.
Don’t forget the traditional Christmas traditions from the countdown, or perhaps like in Italy and the Feast of the Seven Fishes, Christmas tree memento ornaments, the family photo, making and sending Christmas cards.
Sinterklaas, also known as Saint Nicholas Day, is celebrated on December 5, when “Sint” traditionally leaves a small gift, sweet or poem in the shoes of Dutch children.
No doubt, come December your feeds are filled with elves that get up to mischief in the night. The Elf on a Shelf is a very new Christmas ‘tradition’. The Elf first made its appearance in the book “The Elf on the Shelf: A Christmas Tradition” in 2005.
Here are two rules with the elf: You can’t touch the elf or it will lose its magic and that the elf moves when children are asleep.
If there’s a pickle among your snowman, angel and reindeer ornaments, you’re likely taking part in the American tradition of hiding the green ornament on the tree, so that the first child to find it wins a gift, or gets to open the first present Christmas morning.
The rich fruit cake that is often associated with Christmas were originally Twelfth Cakes (which were eaten at the parties on Twelfth Night ending the 12 Days of Christmas on 5th January). These started as enriched fruit cakes, more like Italian Pantone Christmas Cakes.
Here’s hoping for a very special Christmas this year.