Ascot racecourse invites families to celebrate the festive season, together with world-class horse racing and plenty of seasonal cheer, just three days before Christmas Day.

Featuring the most valuable racecard of Ascot’s Jumps season, the event promises to be exhilarating and enjoyable for all ages with fairground rides, a festive parade, clip clop pony rides, huskies and candle-lit carol singing.

On the track, highlights are two £150,000 races; the ultra-competitive Wessex Youth Trust Handicap Hurdle and the Grade 1 JLT Long Walk Hurdle – one of the most prestigious long-distance hurdle races in Britain. Punters could be in with the chance to earn an extra Christmas bonus with the many high-class supporting races throughout the day.

Off the track, adults can watch the races whilst enjoying festive cocktails and Fine Dining across multiple food outlets. Little ones will be entertained with the The Elf Training Academy, a husky meet & greet, festive arts and crafts and face painting. Father Christmas and his fellow reindeer will be in attendance and Mrs Claus’ storytelling will return for a third year. The whole family can also enjoy free fairground rides and uplifting carol singing by candlelight in the Grandstand with the Ascot Brass Band. 

Under 18s attend the event for FREE when accompanied by a paying adult with under 12s eating free of charge. Gates open at 10:45am with the festive parade up Ascot High Street and into the Parade Ring taking place at 11:30am – families are advised to secure their spot by 11:15am for the best views in the house. 

Tickets start from £19 for Queen Anne Enclosure admission when booked in advance.

Guidance on travelling to and from Ascot and thoughtful, practical advice for families covering every element of the day is available on Ascot’s website. Maps can be found in the racecard on arrival or accessed via the free Ascot App. highlighting buggy parks and changing and feeding facilities for little ones, along with specially designed racecards for young racing enthusiasts.

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