Sold Out: Christmas at STEAM

Where: STEAM

When: 4-5 December 2021



** Admission tickets have now sold out for Christmas at STEAM.

We are delighted to confirm that our Christmas extravaganza will be returning this December!

Enjoy plenty of sparkles as you step into a wonderland of over 50 Christmas market stalls set amidst our award-winning museum displays and iconic GWR locomotives.

The weekend will be a joyful celebration of the sights, sounds and smells of a traditional Christmas. This year, we welcome many new traders, as well as firm favourites.

Hand-crafted items on offer range from textile gifts, greetings cards, jewellery and cosmetics, to home furnishings, artworks, Christmas confectionery and decorations.

Santa will be making an appearance over the weekend with the return of his popular story-time sessions. Please see below for more details.

The safety of visitors, staff and volunteers remains our number one priority. A range of tried and tested measures will be in place to aid social distancing and maintain cleanliness.

Capacities are limited, so tickets for admission and Santa’s Storytime must be booked online in advance.


Opening Times

Saturday 4 December: 10:00 – 17:00 (last admission 16:00)

Sunday 5 December: 10:00 – 17:00 (last admission 16:00)


Santa’s Storytime

To complete the Christmas magic, Santa will be here on both days with his Storytime sessions.

Children will enjoy a festive story, plus a wrapped gift in the Museum’s specially staged, Hawksworth Hall.

Sessions cost £8.00 per child, in addition to the event admission price.

As a guide, we recommend that sessions are suitable for children between 3 and 10 years old.


Please note: in order to limit numbers, no more than one accompanying adult per child will be admitted to Santa’s Storytime.

Each session lasts approximately 20 minutes.

Sessions take place on 4 & 5 December at the following times:

10.15am, 11.00am, 11.45am, 13.00pm, 13.45pm, 14.30pm, 15.15pm, 16.00pm.


Traders and Exhibitors

We have a few remaining spaces for stalls at this year’s Christmas event. If you would like to be considered, please email:

Angel M Designs: Personalised keepsakes and Christmas decorations, wedding stationery, Christening Invitations and jewellery.

Bibi Images and Designs (Positive Images): Homeware products, wall art and stationery.

Brighter Futures

Brambles and Bows: Gifts, craft kits and Christmas items.

Carolina’s Crystals: Gemstone and crystal jewellery

Carter Collectables: Retro themed decoupage items including furniture, bowls, pictures and sculptures.

CraftyBoxCreations: Handmade textiles gifts and accessories, including handbags, aprons and hats.

Emily’s Weaving: Homemade home décor and accessories.

GlamoRose Cakes: Cupcakes, tiffin, gingerbread and Christmas treats.

Jean’s Art

Lounlo Candles: Hand-poured, luxury soy wax melts and candles.

Lil Bits Store: Handmade gifts, accessories and Christmas decorations.

Lost and Fond Limited: Homemade natural candles and wax melts.

ModelApe: Model kits.

My Handmade Soaps & Miss Ellie’s Vintage: Handmade toiletries, gifts and vintage accessories.

Prospect Hospice

Parkinsons UK Swindon and District Branch

Sewing Box Crafts: Handmade, traditional style collectors’ bears and dolls as well as Christmas decorations, stocking fillers and craft kits.

Storystop: Story Cushions – book, toy and game beautifully presented within a pocket of a cushion.


Tanya Bourton: Sci-fi and murder mystery author.

The Fabulous Fruit Company: Fruit-based gourmet preserves.

Wiltshire Air Ambulance


Capacities have been strictly limited to keep visitors, staff and volunteers safe. In order to avoid disappointment, STEAM asks that visitors please do not travel to the event without tickets. **


Event Parking

Please be aware that there is no free parking for the event. Where possible, visitors are encouraged to use alternative methods of transport where possible. Find out more about sustainable transport options on the Swindon Travel Choices website:

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