The countdown to Christmas is well underway, and Stratford-upon-Avon is packed full of festive things to do.

Although the Christmas season is slightly different in 2020 with some events going virtual and others becoming appointment only, we’ve put together a few of our favourite socially distanced activities and events near Birnam Mews, so that you and your family can enjoy a fun filled festive season!

Magic Alley Stratford

Take a trip to Magic Alley Stratford to experience the Christmas Grotto, and meet Father Christmas before the big day! Their Christmas grotto is filled with 10 different rooms, ending in an Enchanted Forest covered in snow. Each room has a chocolate factory theme, and you and the family will complete your very own Christmas quest to solve puzzles and meet the magical folk in the Grotto. Families will then meet Father Christmas and receive their special gift, before enjoying the fun of the snow filled forest

Christmas Lights, Stratford-upon-Avon

Explore the famous Stratford-upon-Avon Christmas lights this year, from the comfort of your own home, or by taking a stroll through the town. Considered to be one of the finest Christmas light displays in the UK, the lights have been illuminating the town over Christmas since 1983. With a virtual switch on event to watch online, local residents can still feel a part of the festive action, with the lights staying lit until 6th January for those wanting to wander down and see the display for themselves in person.

Shakespeare from Home

Whether you’re wanting to explore some Shakespeare fiction to gift to the bookworm in your family, or you’re looking for some online creative kids challenges to get stuck into over the festive period, Shakespeare’s Birthplace Trust has plenty of virtual and online activities to enjoy this Christmas. With a blog post on their favourite books to give this year, an ongoing podcast, and children’s quizzes including word searches and crosswords, there’s something for everyone to enjoy from the comfort of home.