The Christmas tree has been switched on outside Warwick Arts Centre: the Christmas countdown has officially started! There are lots of events happening on campus and further afield this Christmas. See what's on, where you can go for a Christmas meal with colleagues, and what services are open during the Christmas break. Don't forget that colleagues benefit from 20% off on all Christmas books in our Book and Gift Shop.
Events in the local area
Festive events are taking place in Leamington Spa, Coventry, Kenilworth and Birmingham - including carols at Kenilworth Castle and Warwick Castle, and Christmas markets in Birmingham, Coventry and Leamington Spa.
Remember that the Post Office will be extremely busy from the end of November onwards.
For a list of Christmas posting dates, visit the Post Office's website.
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24th November - 31st December
Stick Man: Scamp Theatre’s stage adaptation of Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler’s much-loved book is touching, funny and original. Packed full of puppetry, live music, songs and dances, this show is the perfect way to enjoy a Christmas event with the family.
Christmas gift stall: University House (Atrium), 10am-4pm
26th & 27th November
The Arts Centre’s Family Weekend: Join us and celebrate this magical time of year with a dazzling and colourful weekend as we encourage you to discover The Wonders of Winter. Draw with light, move with colour and make amazing creations inspired by the coldest of the seasons. Including arts and sports activities and a food and craft market from 11-3pm.
Pajama concert: Winter Whimsy: The University of Warwick Chamber Orchestra and Chamber Choir play and sing music in celebration of crisp cold days and snuggly nights. Music includes excerpts from Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker, Humperdinck’s Hansel and Gretel, and just a hint towards Christmas with The Snowman.
28th November - 9th December
Warwick Christmas Lectures 2016: Six nights of fantastic new ideas, explosions, experiments and answers to questions taxing the University of Warwick’s finest minds. After the sell-out success of the past years, events are likely to be popular so get your tickets before it’s too late.
Market Day - Chocolate and gift festival: Come and soak up the atmosphere and find gifts and chocolates for all the family, whilst you try something tempting for lunch. There will be a vibrant mix of stall holders selling local, fresh produce or mouth-watering street food, as well as Chocolate Trees, Handcrafted Belgian Chocolates & Truffles, Spirit & Liqeurs and many other handmade chocolate gifts!
Christmas gift stall: WBS Café, 10am-4pm
Warwick Sport's Christmas Bauble Challenge: Navigate your way round the obstacle course whilst wearing a giant bauble! See how fast you can complete our course and win prizes... but watch out, the naughtly elves will be making sure your route has some suprises! Will you be quickest on the day?
The Wheels for All Santa Ride on Tuesday 6 December 12.30 - 13.30 starts from Cryfield Pavillion. Enjoy a leisurely lunchtime 2 mile guided bike ride along the Greenway through the Warwickshire countryside dressed as Santa. Bring your own bike, hire one from UniCycles at Warwick. Wheels for All Adapted bikes are available on request. Santa suits and refreshments are provided. Donations are invited to support new adapted bikes for Wheels for All Coventry.(Suggested donation £5 students, £10 staff). Book online
The Nutcracker - Royal Opera House Live Screening: It's Christmas Eve and Drosselmeyer the magician sweeps young Clara away on a fantasy adventure and a magical journey taking them through the Land of Snow to the Kingdom of Sweets. Tchaikovsky’s glittering score, the gorgeous festive stage designs and The Royal Ballet’s captivating dancing – including an exquisite pas de deux between the Sugar Plum Fairy and her Prince – make this Nutcracker the quintessential Christmas experience.
Christmas gift stall: Café Gibbet Hill, 9am-3pm
Warwick Christmas Dress Down Day: Dress down for work and support cancer research at Warwick! Your £2 donation will help academics from all over campus join together to work to beat cancer faster.
Candlelit Carol Service: The University’s Candlelit Carol Service is taking place on Friday 9th December at 5.15pm in the Chaplaincy, followed by refreshments. Everyone is welcome.
International Students' Christmas Dinner: If this is your first time experiencing Christmas or if it's just your first time spending Christmas away from home, join the Office for Global Engagement for the International Students' Christmas Dinner. The dinner will include arrival drinks, a 3 course festive feast, followed by a visit from Santa Claus for young ones and our annual Christmas Quiz!
University Christmas Drinks: Join Vice-Chancellor Stuart Croft for festive drinks on Wednesday 21st from 3pm in The Oculus. All are welcome.
Mass: Join the Chaplaincy for Mass at 12:30 on Christmas Day. Mass will also take place throughout each Sunday at 12:30 throughout the Christmas vacation.
New Year's Day Walk: The Chaplaincy are hosting a New Year’s Day breakfast and walk. Come to the Chaplaincy from 10.30am for a hot breakfast before heading out for a traditional new year’s day walk.
Get together with colleagues for Christmas lunch at any of the following venues:
Cafe Gibbet Hill | 1 and 8 December
Cafe Library | 29 November and 1 December
WBS Cafe | 1st and 8th December
University House restaurant | 29th November and 1st December
Lunch for £7.95 or £9.50 with mince pie and filter coffee, includes a choice of carvery, vegetables and all the trimmings, or a vegetarian option. Festive hot and cold drinks also available.
Christmas at Le Gusta
Christmas menu available 21st November - 18th December - now taking bookings - | View the menu here
From 5th - 16th December, you can enjoy Fusion's 3 course Christmas set menu for £19 | View their Christmas menu.
All IT services will be available through the holiday period with no planned outages. Services will be monitored and we have a limited emergency out-of-hours provision to respond to any critical issues that occur.
The IT Help Desk will close at 17:30 on 22 December and re-open on 3 January at 08:30.
22 December - 3 January: CLOSED
23 December - 2 January
Re-opening 3 January
Be aware that transportation schedules are often busy and disrupted during Christmas. We recommend you double check all bus and train timetables before travel, to make sure you arrive at your destination on time.
- De Courcey will not be running service on Christmas Day or Boxing Day and will have limited service through the week between Christmas Eve and New Year's Day.
- Check the Traveline, Stagecoach or National Express websites for details of services over Christmas week.
- You can view live bus departure here.
- National Rail's website provides a summary of the train services being provided by each Train Operating Company during the Christmas and New Year period. Note that there are no train services running on Christmas Day and only certain services will run on Boxing Day. Train services will stop running much earlier than normal on Christmas Eve, Saturday 24 December 2016.
- Live departures: Canley | Coventry | Tile Hill | Leamington
- Taxis will likely charge higher rates on these days as well and remember that winter weather, particularly snow, can severely disrupt public transport services.
- If you are travelling by the Meter, you should never pay more than is displayed, unless agreed with the Driver. Meter price is per Taxi, not per person.
In all instances, if you are travelling with a pre-agreed price and not by the Meter, then you and the Driver must agree the price and destination before travelling.
- Trinity Street Taxis: 02476 999 999
Trish’s Taxis: 02476 266 666
Metro Taxis: 02476 690 924