Embrace the Festive Magic: Christmas in Henley-on-Thames

POSTED ON October 30, 2023

The Christmas season is a truly magical time in this picturesque town, and this year, it promises to be even more enchanting. In this blog post, we invite you to embrace the festive spirit and explore the exciting Christmas offerings that Henley-on-Thames has in store for you.

**The Christmas Festival: 24th November – A Grand Kick-off!**

Mark your calendars for November 24th, as Henley-on-Thames lights up with the Christmas Festival. This annual extravaganza signals the start of the holiday season, and it’s an event not to be missed. Shops stay open until 9pm. Roads are shut and the streets are filled with festive stalls and fairground rides. The highlight of the evening is the grand switch-on of the fabulous new Christmas lights by The Mayor, Pantomime characters and our Star Guest.

**Santa’s Grotto at the Kings Arms Barn: 24th November – A Truly Magical Experience**

Get ready to meet the man himself – Santa Claus! This year, the Kings Arms Barn will host a Santa’s Grotto, supported by Party Planners, promising a magical encounter with Santa that will leave both children and adults in awe. The Grotto will be open from 3-4pm with a sensory hour for children needing a quieter environment and then open to all until 7pm. Bring your child along to tell Father Christmas what is on their Christmas list. Believe us; this Santa is definitely the real deal.

**Supporting Local: The Heart of Christmas**

While indulging in the festivities, don’t forget the importance of shopping local and supporting Henley’s high street businesses. Explore the town’s boutique shops, craft markets, and artisanal stores to find unique and thoughtful gifts for your loved ones.

**Kenton Theatre’s Jack and the Beanstalk: 9th-21st December – A Pantomime Extravaganza**

The Kenton Theatre presents “Jack and the Beanstalk” as this year’s town pantomime. This timeless tale of adventure and whimsy is perfect for the whole family. Join Jack as he embarks on a journey to a world above the clouds, filled with giants, treasures, and laughter aplenty.

**Magic Bean Hunt for the Little Ones: From early November onwards – Explore the Town**

This interactive activity is a fantastic way for young explorers to discover the town’s hidden gems and take in the festive decorations. There will be clues to collect and ultimately a packet of jelly beans and an entry to a raffle for a pantomime ticket available. Maps available from the Kenton Theatre or the Information Centre at the Town Hall.

**Backstage Aladdin: 30th November to 2nd December – A brand new comedy production**

For those seeking a good laugh during the festive season, don’t miss “Backstage Aladdin,” a comedy play that promises side-splitting humor and entertainment. Gather your friends and family for a night of laughter and light heartedness.


This Christmas, Henley-on-Thames invites you to immerse yourself in the magic of the season. With the Christmas Festival, Santa’s Grotto, pantomimes, and comedy plays, there’s something for everyone to enjoy. And as you celebrate, remember that supporting local businesses is the heart of the holiday spirit. Experience the joy, laughter, and wonder of Christmas in Henley-on-Thames, where cherished memories and new traditions await.