My first Christmas in Windsor
When you think of Windsor you think of the Royal Family. The massive castle in the centre, the long walk and being close to the little place Eton. If you live close by you think of it somewhere going out to dinner, to go shopping, meet friends go for a walk or quite simply bein a tourist. This year was my first time spending real time in Windsor I have enjoyed it. I thought I would share my top things to do.
Moving to Windsor, everyone told me you need to visit the castle. I got a chance to see it when visiting the castle one lazy weekend. It happened to have snowed the night before.
In the State Apartments, you have at least six different Christmas trees to look at in the rooms. The most impressive on is the main one in Saint George’s Hall. I was lucky to be invited to go sing their with my Brownies and gutted when they had to close the castle due to snow. Lucky when they opened the castle to view A Christmas Carol.
Walking down the Windsor long walk is a must when it snows. We had a light drizzle this year, but it was perfect to see Windsor in the snow.
In Windsor they have the high street which has lights stringing from one side to another. Another one they do is have a projection show on the side of the castle. Its lovely to see when strolling in and out of the pubs on a wintery night.
Each year Windsor does a reindeer parade with Santa to mark the occasion they turn on the Christmas lights. This year, I was invited to go along and see this with a friend and her kids. I loved seeing the little ones get excited, music playing and everyone loving the Christmas atmosphere.
This year I went to Windsor Winter Wonderland, a smaller version of London. It has an ice rink, rides like the dodgems, ice bar and food and drink. I’m not a fan of ice skating nor did I participate. However I did have fun going, drinking mulled wine, eating a sausage and having fun on the rides.
Daniels the only department in Windsor had a late night Christmas shopping event at the end of November. This year was a lot of fun, food to sample, a glass of bubbly, offers to have had and a great atmosphere. I loved this night and I got to meet Santa.
There are so many places you can go get something to eat and drink. I did enjoy two special occasions, one was having a festive cocktail in Sir Christopher Wren hotel and the other was a cheeky prosecco in MacDonalds Hotel in Windsor.
Just outside Windsor you have Savill Gardens which this year again had a gingerbread trail. This place is beautiful with the flowers and trees and all the different areas. Perfect for a romantic walk or somewhere for the kids to go to.
There’s others bits you can do in Windsor like going to the panto, Eton’s living advent calendar, Legoland at Christmas and carriage rides and Winter cruises. I have next year to do that. Though this was my first real Christmas in Windsor, I loved the built up of it. It felt very royal and festive, surprised me on how much you can do in this town.