Christmas is coming and once again the Garter Tower at Windsor Castle will be transformed into a 50ft high miracle of stained glass and motifs dating back to the 15th century.

The amazing projections onto the tower have become one of the town's biggest seasonal attractions in recent years and they will be switched on Saturday, November 18 - the same day as the town's Christmas lights.

The afternoon will start with the annual children's lantern procession at 3.30, culminating in the big switch-on near Queen Victoria's statue by the cast of the Theatre Royal pantomime.

But over the bridge historic Eton will have been one step ahead.

On Thursday, November 16 a parade through Eton High Street to the Jubilee Square will see the lights switched on and real reindeer accompanying Santa.

The reindeer parade in Windsor follows on Saturday, December 2 with children given the chance to ride on Santa's sleight drawn by real reindeer.

Carols on the hill by Queen Victoria's statue will take place as usual on Castle Hill, Windsor at 6pm on Friday, December 15 with the Band of the Household Cavalry leading the public in a rousing seasonal singalong.

A festive weekend at Windsor Castle on Saturday and Sunday, December 9 and 10 will offer carol singing, drop in workshops for decoration making, Christmas shopping and a pop-up pantomime.

For those who like a touch of mystery about their entertainment the Windsor and Eton Living Advent Calendar will be on every day at 6.15pm between December 1 and 24, offering a different seasonal surprise in a different venue every day.