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Top 10 Cracking Christmas Experiences

The lights are ‘on’ and Christmas shopping is well underway but there’s still plenty of opportunities for festive fun before the big day. With offerings from local businesses providing something for everyone this December, we’ve put together a few festive suggestions for you to enjoy…

Vanilla Pod Café – White Hart Street

Vanilla Pod has quickly become a popular coffee and cake spot since its 2018 establishment on White Hart Street. With its cosy decor and festive specials such as Gingerbread and Toffee Nut Lattes (all served with a mini mince pie), it’s the perfect spot for a pre-Christmas catch up.

In order to celebrate the festive spirit, over Christmas they will be giving away free pastries every Thursday after 2pm (with the purchase of a hot drink) and FREE kid’s hot chocolates on the weekend (after 1pm, with any other food / drink purchases). 

Location: 17 White Hart Street, High Wycombe, HP11 2HL

Opening Times: Every Week, Mon- Sat, 8am- 6pm/ Sun, 9:30am- 5pm.

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Enchanted Wonderland Christmas Experience – The Chilterns 

Based in Chilterns Shopping Centre ‘Enchanted Wonderland’ offers Children aged 5-8 the opportunity to be whisked away to Santa’s famous North Pole home! 

Hosted by Wycombe Food Hub, and in association with WycombeSanta, this interactive Christmas experience gives the traditional Santa’s grotto an overdue make-over. Visit Enchanted Wonderland and you will see we’ve lovingly recreated Santa’s famous arctic home in the North Pole. Guided by Mrs. Claus, children will go undercover as an elf. Their mission: to break into Santa’s workshop and return the Christmas Fairy to the top of the tree. 

Afterwards they will be invited to meet Father Christmas and receive their gifts.

Proceeds from the event will be going to Wycombe Food Hub

Location: Unit 26 Chilterns Centre, High Wycombe, HP13 5ES

Opening Times: 11- 12th December, 10am- 4pm/ 18th- 24th December, 10am- 4pm.

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Booking Necessary: Yes

Peter Pan: The High Flying Panto Adventure – Wycombe Swan Theatre

This Christmas Wycombe Swan are taking us on a fairy-tale flight to Neverland with the swashbuckling family adventure Peter Pan. Featuring stars such as Jake Wood (EastEnders, Strictly), Jake Canuso (Benidorm) and Niki Evans (X Factor), this evening out will provide fun for the whole family.

Location: St Mary St, High Wycombe, HP11 2XE

Opening Times: 10 December 2021 – Sun 2 January 2022, Variety of times including matinees 

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Booking Necessary: Yes

The Air Raid Shelter Cafe and Tea Room – ‘Charity Christmas Single’

The Air Raid Shelter Cafe and Tea Room is a unique experience of a cafe, located in the Chiltern Centre, this Tea room is brimming with vintage charm! To celebrate Christmas this year they’ve released a single ‘Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)’ by The 1945. 

The feel-good, festive single aims to raise awareness and money for dementia charities and can be streamed on Spotify, Apple Music and Youtube and purchased for 99p on Amazon.

Location: Chilterns Shopping Centre, Frogmoor

Opening Times: Monday – Saturday, 9am – 4pm. Sunday 10:30am- 4:30pm

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Eden Elf School – Eden Shopping Centre

Families are invited to enjoy an immersive festive experience at Eden Shopping Centre, where children will have the opportunity to officially join the ranks of Santa’s helpers & graduate as a fully-fledged Elf! With an ‘Elf Transformation’, ‘Elf Classes’, Graduation and tons of photo opportunities this event will create Christmas memories for all. 

Location: Eden Shopping Centre, Oxford Road, High Wycombe, HP11 2DQ

Opening Times: 11- 12th December, 9:30am- 4:45pm/ 17th- 23th December, 9:30am- 4:45pm/ 24th December, 9:30am- 2:30pm.

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Booking Necessary: Yes

Christmas Cheese on Christmas Eve (Mad Squirrel)

One for the adults, ‘Christmas Cheese on Christmas Eve FT DJ Santa’s Little Helper’ will be bringing all the best cheesy, feel-good hits to your Christmas countdown. 

The FREE ENTRY event is hosted at Mad Squirrel Tap and Bottle shop, meaning there’s a huge variety of delicious beers, including their Christmas Special, Ebenezer Rouge! 

Location: 4- 5 Church Street, High Wycombe, United Kingdom, HP11 2DE

Opening Times: 24th December, 7pm- 11pm.

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Mrs Claus ‘Pop Up’ Kitchen – High Wycombe Guildhall

Kids can join the fantastic Mrs Claus and the Elves in a festive experience on Sat 11th & Sun 12th December, including storytelling, a meet and greet with Mrs Claus and decorating Christmas gingerbread biscuits…

The FREE EVENT must be pre-booked via Eventbrite.

Location: High Wycombe Guildhall, High Street, High Wycombe, HP11 2BJ

Opening Times:  Saturday 11th & Sunday 12th December, 11am – 3:30pm

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Booking Necessary: Yes

Tudor Christmas at Wycombe Museum

The Wycombe Museum are providing historic, festive, family fun this December. 

Take part in crafts, play festive games, learn all about a traditional Tudor Christmas with their history trail, and hear magical carol performances from the Orpheus Choir at 1:30pm- 2:30pm. 

Booking is required for children attending the event.

Location: Wycombe Museum, Priory Avenue, High Wycombe, HP13 6PX

Opening Times:  12th December, 11am- 3pm.

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Booking Necessary: Yes

A Gardener’s Christmas at Hughenden

Celebrating the nature, beauty and history of Hughenden’s Gardens…

This Christmas will host activities for all the family, with the whole house beautifully decorated, inviting the public to come and explore, and a Christmas Adventure Trail arranged for the children (£2 per child, plus normal admission), allowing them to step into ‘Percy The Park Keeper’s’ wellies for the day, to take on tasks, activities and games.

Location: Hughenden Manor, Hughenden, HP14 4LA

Opening Times:  4th December – 3rd January from 10am-3.30pm (Excluding Christmas Eve and Boxing Day).

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Christmas at Bluegrass Smokehouse – Pauls Row, High Wycombe 

Looking to host a unique, memorable Christmas party this year? 

Look no further than Bluegrass- offering festive hosting in their private rooms and a varied delicious, American inspired BBQ menu, with something for everyone!

Location: 12-13 Pauls Row, High Wycombe, HP11 2HQ

Opening Times:  Every Week, Mon – Fri, 11:30am – 9pm / Sat – Sun, 9:30am – 9pm

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Booking Necessary: For groups 8+