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Christmas 2011

Saturday 26 November 2011 sees the Maidenhead Christmas town centre lights being switched on in the early evening.

Spectacular fireworks will light up the dark sky above the Town Hall at 6pm. Be there an hour earlier for the countdown to the switch-on. Local pop band Riser will be on-hand to provide musical entertainment.

Children's rides will be available along St Ives Road (closed to traffic) and the High Street.


During the day visit Nicholsons Shopping Centre for Christmas fun including card making workshops and visit to Santa!

There is also a Craft Co-op Christmas Popup shop from 10am until 5pm in the old Waterstones Shop in Nicholsons Shopping Centre. There will be lots of locally made crafts for sale - great unusual gifts for Christmas along with a popup cafe serving cakes and hot drinks.

Free parking in all town centre car parks from 4pm (except Town Hall car park (from 5pm) and Magnet Leisure Centre (not free)).

Christmas lights in Maidenhead's Nicholsons Shopping Centre, Maidenhead, 2008
Christmas lights in Maidenhead's Nicholsons Shopping Centre, Maidenhead, 2008


View the video below which shows the Christmas lights switching-on ceremony at the Town Hall in Maidenhead in 2008. It includes some words from Father Christmas, the count down and the lights coming on. Fireworks are then let off from the Town Hall roof. It finishes with some stills of the lights on the other shopping streets in Maidenhead.


Christmas shopping in Maidenhead town centre
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Shoppers Special Tarrif applies in Broadway ("Nicholsons") car park, which is a pay and display. Park for up to 4 hours for £ 2.
Thursdays and Christmas Eve:
Most shops open until late - free parking from 4pm at most car parks (5pm Town Hall car park).
Sundays and Bank Holidays:
Most shops open - free parking all day in town centre car parks (not Magnet car park).
Art on the Street:
Art on the StreetArt on the Street will be appearing again on the High Street on Saturday 3 December from 10am-4pm. This is a lively collection of artists selling their own work and is well worth a browse. Art will also be on show in a unit inside the Nicolsons Shopping Centre. The regular art fairs sometimes feature live music, creative workshops, a vintage cafe and ceramics. Visit the Art on the Street website for more details.

The Christmas lights in Maidenhead High Street, 2008
The Christmas lights in Maidenhead High Street, 2008


Other events

Saturday 3 & 10 December - visit Santa and free Christmas card making workshop - Nicholsons Shopping Centre. 11am-4pm.

Thursday 1 & 15 December - the regular market moves to the High Street. Visit for meat, fish, fruit, veg and cakes.

Saturday 10 December - Reindeer and Lantern Parade. Santa will parade down the High Street followed by the Norden Farm Centre for the Arts lantern parade. The Salvation Army Band will be performing on the High Street between 9.30am and 3pm.

Sunday 11 December - Maidenhead Farmers' Market, Grove Road car park (town centre). 10am-1pm. Around 25 stall holders offering meat, fish, eggs, baked goods, cheeses, cakes, etc.

12-24 December - charity gift wrapping service in Nicholsons Shopping Centre.

Saturday 17 December - Santa's on the High Street. From the River Church - Santa will be handing out hot chocolate and leading carol singing.

Thursday 22 December - Special Christmas Food Market, on the High Street.


The shops
Christmas lights in Maidenhead town centre, 2008Shoppers in Maidenhead have more than 300 shops to choose from - including well- known High Street stores such as Boots, Argos, Superdrug, Virgin, Game, Thomas Cook, Thomson, Next, Marks and Spencer and WHSmith. There are also three town-centre supermarkets - Tesco Metro, Sainsburys and Waitrose.

But there's also smaller and more exclusive shops in an area where old meets new - the pedestrianised High Street was the old main road from London to Bath; just off it is Nicholsons Shopping Centre, a covered shopping centre with its own car park.

Check out the town centre map, showing main shopping streets and car parks giving access to 3000 spaces. |  Copyright | Legal notice |
This page last updated 18 November 2011