A Magical Christmas Weekend in Henley 15th-17th December: Santa, Festive Delights and a Flying Car!

POSTED ON December 8, 2023

Henley-on-Thames has officially transformed into a winter wonderland, offering residents and visitors alike a special Christmas experience. One particular weekend in December, from the 15th to the 17th of December, Henley will be buzzing with holiday cheer, offering a range of delightful activities for all ages. Let’s dive into the enchanting events that await you during this magical Christmas weekend.

15th December: Nibbles and Champagne at Amber Galleries (5:30-8:30 PM)

Kick off the festivities on Friday evening with a touch of elegance at Amber Galleries. From 5:30 to 8:30 PM, indulge in delectable nibbles and sip on exquisite champagne while surrounded by the enchanting artworks on display. It’s the perfect opportunity to mingle with fellow Christmas enthusiasts and soak in the artistic ambiance that Amber Galleries has to offer.

16th December: Breakfast with Santa and a Santa Cruise

Start your Saturday with the most important meal of the day, but with a festive twist! Head to the Hart Street Tavern from 9 AM to 11 AM for a delightful “Breakfast with Santa” experience. Watch the little ones’ faces light up as they enjoy a magical morning with the man in red.

After breakfast, continue the merriment with a Santa Cruise hosted by Hobbs of Henley. Glide along the scenic Thames River, taking in the winter landscape while Santa himself spreads joy to all on board. It’s an experience that will create lasting memories for the whole family.

As if that wasn’t enough, the iconic Chitty Chitty Bang Bang car will be stationed in the Market Place, ready for you to capture the moment with a festive photo. Don’t miss this chance to marvel at a piece of cinematic history and relive the magic of this beloved film. The theatre show is being performed in our nearby Wallingford in March – tickets now on sale – matinees and evening shows

Christmas Shopping Extravaganza: Wreaths, Jewellery, and More!

Henley is not just a feast for the eyes and the soul; it’s also a paradise for Christmas shoppers. Take a stroll through the town and explore the charming shops that offer unique gifts for your loved ones.

  • Visit Henley Florist and adorn your home with a beautiful festive wreath.
  • Discover exquisite jewellery at our local jewellers, perfect for that someone special.
  • Find a dapper new shirt for the man in your life at Laurence‘s or other men’s stores.
  • For the juniors, Tigers and Tiaras has a delightful selection that will make their eyes sparkle with joy or many other stores for children

Explore our full rostra of Henley shops in the Town Guide

17th December: Craft and Farmers Market

Wrap up the weekend on a high note by exploring the Craft and Farmers Market on Sunday. Immerse yourself in the festive spirit as you browse through a variety of handmade crafts and local produce. It’s the ideal opportunity to find those last-minute Christmas gifts and soak in the vibrant atmosphere of Henley’s community spirit.


Henley-on-Thames has truly embraced the spirit of Christmas, offering a weekend filled with magical moments for all. From artistic indulgences to family-friendly activities, this special Christmas weekend promises to create cherished memories that will last a lifetime. Come and be part of the enchantment in Henley!