Christmas is as much about fostering community spirit as it is about spending time with our nearest and dearest. And there are several fabulous community-based events happening this coming weekend in Shakespeare’s England for you to enjoy, especially if you have children.

On Saturday, families are invited to take part in a festive winter procession as part of the RSC’s Winter’s Night Family Activities. The free procession is followed by a ceilidh at The Other Place’s Studio Theatre with music, hot dogs and festive punch on offer. You can even make your own star-shaped willow lanterns at a special workshop during the afternoon.

Sunday sees the return of the ever-popular Leamington Lantern Parade – a colourful Christmas spectacle that unites the local community in a fun, creative way. It’s a perfect opportunity to meet new people and have a magical evening lighting up the beautiful Regency town centre. The parade will be accompanied by a local band and performers, and will finish with Christmas carols around the Tree of Lights at the town hall.

Talking of trees, there’s still time to catch the end of the annual Christmas Tree Festival at Warwick’s Collegiate Church of St Mary’s. With over 30 real Christmas trees on view – all decorated by the community, charities, schools and local businesses – why not pop in and vote for your favourite? Or you can help raise the roof and funds in aid of Parkinson’s by joining the ‘Sing it Loud’ community choir on Saturday evening.

Last but by no means least, the picturesque market town of Alcester will once again be celebrating St Nicholas Night on 6th December. This fun-filled and festive community event is one for all the family to enjoy. As well as the annual parade, there’ll be stalls, live music, street food, entertainment and Santa’s Grotto – all coming to a climax with a fireworks extravaganza.

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