With of the Chilterns Tourism Network
THE beech woodlands are turning golden, the log fires are burning and thoughts are beginning to turn to the festive season.
Winter is the perfect time to see the rolling fields glisten with crunchy frost, and mist drifting through the trees.
There is much to look forward to, from craft fairs and pantos to illuminated gardens and brewery tours.
Waddesdon Manor is a magnificent 1870s Renaissance-style chateau built by Baron de Rothschild. There are spectacular Christmas decorations and a new trail of light works in the gardens, including a special version of the iconic Field of Light. The darker winter evenings showcase these light works to perfection.
The Christmas Fair will be held on the south front of the Manor from Wednesday, November 26 to Sunday, November 30 and again from Wednesday, December 3 to Sunday, December 7 and will be a spectacular event combining both gifts and festive foods.
Find out how the Tudors celebrated Christmas, what decorations they made and how they feasted at Amersham Museum, located in part of a Tudor hall house the oldest domestic building in Amersham.
The Christmas lights in Chesham High Street will be switched on on Friday, November 28 from 6pm. Attractions that evening include a Victorian carousel and funfair rides for children, music, market stalls, food stalls and late-night opening of the town centre shops.
You will find Chesham market in Market Square, between 10am and 2pm on December 20 with traders selling locally produced food, drink, crafts and plants, mostly from within a 10-mile radius of Chesham.
You can enjoy a traditional Christmas weekend in the lovely setting of the Chilterns Open Air Museum on November 29 and 30. Watch Father Christmas arrive on his horse and carriage then meet him in the Toll House Grotto.
There will be carol singers, traditional folk singers, a Victorian Magic Lantern Show, the blacksmith at work in his forge, and lots of craft stalls and magical decorations. Children can get stuck in and make their own Christmas decorations and Christmas biscuits.
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The Chilterns take on a whole new character during the winter time – but they are still just as exciting to explore