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Henley Christmas Festival 2021

26 November 2021 @ 5.00pm to 9.00pm

Henley Christmas Festival 2019 in Henley-on-Thames, Oxfordshire

About Henley Christmas Festival 2021

Henley Christmas Festival 2021 is on Friday 26 November 2021 (the last Friday in November), and Henley will be a-buzz with festive fun from 5.00pm to 9.00pm.

  • There will be live entertainment on the Market Place stage throughout the evening.
  • There will be stalls, attractions and fairground rides in Market Place, Bell Street, Duke Street and Hart Street.
  • At 7.00pm, the winner of the Mayor’s Christmas Card Competition will switch on the Christmas tree lights, along with Mayor Sarah Miller and a representative from Invesco, who generously sponsor the Christmas tree.
  • The ‘big switch-on’ will be followed by carol singing accompanied by the Woodley Concert Band.

Santa’s Grotto

Tom Ryan and Paula Price-Davies have arranged for a very special guest at the Hotel Du Vin as part of Henley’s Christmas Festival – Santa Claus himself, from 4.00pm to 8.00pm.

After their previous Santa’s Grottos at the Kenton Theatre, Regal Picturehouse and the Spice Merchant, the hotel’s beautiful courtyard off New Street is this year’s venue.

Thanks to the support of Invesco, St Mary’s Preparatory School and other local businesses, the Santa’s Grotto at Henley’s Christmas Festival remains free to all, with a gift for every child.


“We have had a phenomenal response from traders – there will be a great array of stalls and attractions on the night. As well as the usual hustle and bustle of Market Place, we will also spread the celebrations out onto Bell Street, Duke Street and Hart Street. It is going to be a great evening – come out and join us!”
—Craig Buckby, Town Centre Manager

“The Christmas festival is such a fixture in Henley’s calendar. It is a superb start to the season – a great night out and a chance to get a head start on your Christmas shopping. I have already received some imaginative Christmas Card designs, and I have been practicing my carols.”
—Councillor Sarah Miller, Mayor of Henley

Good to know

Expect road closures to be in place from 3.00pm to 11.00pm on Bell Street, Duke Street, Friday Street and the Market Place and noon to 11.00pm on Hart Street.

Find all the best places to meet Santa in Oxfordshire this Christmas.


26 November 2021
5.00pm to 9.00pm
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Henley-on-Thames Town Centre
Market Place, RG9 2AQ
Henley-on-Thames, Oxfordshire RG9 2AQ
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