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Christmas Events

The festive season is (almost) upon us. Get in the spirit with our comprehensive Surrey and south west London-wide guide to the top festivities around

FRIDAY 9 NOVEMBER
The Enchanted Woodland
An enchanting illuminated trail which wraps around the grounds of Syon House and bring the gardens to life at night. Imaginative light installations and baubles hang from the trees which dramatically reflect on the ponds and inspire feelings of festive magic.
9-25 November; 5pm-9pm; £10/£12 Syon Park
www.enchantedwoodland.com

FRIDAY 9 NOVEMBER
Igloos on the South Bank
Enjoy the ultimate private dining experience with festive igloos right on the south bank overlooking the Thames in all its wintry glory. The tables seat up to 10 people and are heated.
November – December; Monday – Sunday 1pm-7pm; see website for pricing South Bank
www.jimmyslodge.com

THURSDAY 13 NOVEMBER
Wansdworth Friends of Royal Trinity Hospice Christmas
Fair An excellent chance to shop shop and buy gifts for all the family with 40 stalls boasting jewellery, crafts, arts and homemade presents. Plus there’s a silent auction lucky dip.
13 - 14 November; Wednesday 6.30pm-9.30pm/Thursday 8.30am-3.30pm; £5-£25 St Luke’s Church
www.trinityhospicechristmasfair.org

THURSDAY 15 NOVEMBER
Guildford Christmas Lights
The annual Christmas celebration that kick-starts the festive period in Guildford. Expect carollers, foodie stands, and a winter parade building up to the light switch-on and fireworks.
7pm; free Guildford High Street
www.experienceguildford.co.uk

THURSDAY 15 NOVEMBER
Winterville
The alternative festive fair with live music, performances and dancing. Expect an evening of buzzing bar tents where visitors can wash down street food with a mulled wine or warm cider spiced with cinnamon.
15 November – 23 January; see website for details; free but entry for certain events Clapham Common
www.winterville.co.uk

THURSDAY 15 NOVEMBER
Christmas Kingston Market
Kingston’s picturesque ancient market square will be transformed with Christmas trees, live music, fairy lights, a candy cane forest, and of course bratwurst stands aplenty to whisk you away to the markets of Munich this winter.
15 November – 31 December; 10am-6pm/8pm; free Kingston Ancient Market
www.visitkingston.co.uk/christmasmarket

THURSDAY 15 NOVEMBER
Christmas lights switch-on craft and storytime
Celebrate the festivities by making your own frosty snowman at Kingston Museum, learn about the history of skaters on the Thames from Christmases past, and watch the sparkling lights as they switch on.
3.30pm-5pm; £3 per child Kingston Museum
www.kingston.gov.uk/museum

SATURDAY 17 NOVEMBER
Christmas Light Switch-On
Expect a full-on programme of festive entertainment with a magical Christmas light switch-on, with the chance to meet real-life reindeer, enjoy Christmas treats, and even catch Santa.
2pm onwards with switch-on at 5pm; free Duke of York Square
www.dukeofyorksquare.com

THURSDAY 22 NOVEMBER
Christmas at Kew
Every year, Kew’s beautiful botanical grounds are transformed into a magical winter wonderland as light installations light up the gardens after dark. Now in its sixth year, this year promises to be bigger than ever with over a million twinkling pea-lights and thousands of lasers.
22 November – 5 January; see website for times and prices Kew Gardens
www.kew.org

FRIDAY 23 NOVEMBER
Ice Skating at the palace
The ultimate outdoorsy festive activity comes to the stunning surrounds of Hampton Court Palace. Soak up the exquisite backdrop while listening to your favourite Christmas songs and hit the ice.
23 November – 6 January; 10am/11am – 9pm; £14.50/£12.50 Hampton Court Palace
www.hamptoncourtpalaceicerink.co.uk

SATURDAY 24 NOVEMBER
12 days of Christmas markets on The Piazza
12 days of festive food, mulled wine and eggnog galore, as well as seasonal gifts and homemade local produce to inspire Christmas presents and stocking-fillers.
24 November – 23 December; 11am-6pm Wimbledon Piazza
www.lovewimbledon.org

SATURDAY 24 NOVEMBER
Father Illuminations at Painshill
This winter, Painshill Park will be transforming its landscape with colourful twinkling lights, laser beams, and live music, food stalls and a marshmellow camp fire. New to Painshill this year is Santa’s Toy Factory, where elves will lead children to meet none other than Santa Claus himself, who will be there to dish out gifts.
24 November – 23 December; 5pm-8pm; see website for prices Painshill Park
www.painshill.co.uk

SATURDAY 24 NOVEMBER
Priory Farm Christmas Food Festival
Surrey Life’s Farm Shop of the Year’s Christmas Food Festival promises a mouth-watering feast of food and drink from around 40 suppliers, as well as tastings and the chance to buy festive gourmet goodies.
24-25 November; Saturday 10am-4pm; Sunday 10:30am-4pm; free Priory Farm Shop
www.PrioryFarm.co.uk

SUNDAY 25 NOVEMBER
Strawberry Hill House and St Mary’s Christmas Fair
In its fourth year, this Christmas fair is set in picturesque wintery surrounds of Strawberry Hill House – an impressive neo-gothic build known for its festive feel. Exhibiters will be selling original gifts, and seasonal food and drink.
10am-4pm; £4 Strawberry Hill House
www.strawberryhillhouse.org.uk

SUNDAY 25 NOVEMBER
St Paul's Christmas Craft Fair
An afternoon of raffles and refreshments including Christmas-themed drinks and homemade cakes, plus stalls offering everything from jewellery to paintings to candles and sweet jars.
1pm-4pm; small entry fee St Paul's Church
www.stpaulsparkside.org.uk/wordpress

THURSDAY 29 NOVEMBER
Christmas Masterclass
Squire’s Garden Centre will be hosting a masterclass where you can learn how to decorate your wreath or create a candle centrepiece for a festive dining table.
29 November – 7 December; see website for times; £25 See website for locations
www.squiresgardencentres.co.uk

FRIDAY 30 NOVEMBER
Positively Putney Christmas Light Switch On
The annual festive switch-on with performances from local schools, a live stage compared by Wandsworth Radio, and stalls exhibiting street food and festive crafts.
3pm; free St Mary’s Church
www.positivelyputney.co.uk

SATURDAY 1 DECEMBER
Santa at the Zoo
Santa will be gracing Battersea Park Zoo with his presence and presents with a daily residency in the run up to Christmas. Children can enjoy playing in the park and head out to see the animals in their habitats before they see Santa.
1-24 December; £14 Battersea Park Zoo
www.batterseaparkzoo.co.uk

THURSDAY 6 DECEMBER
Hansel and Gretel
A festive onstage version of the classic fairytale comes to The Rose Theatre, with pantomime fun aplenty for all the family to enjoy.
6 December – 6 January; see website for times; £15-£25 Rose Theatre
www.rosetheatrekingston.org

SATURDAY 8 DECEMBER
Christmas Tree Festival
The fourth Christmas Tree Festival which sees Trinity Church filled with decorated and illuminated Christmas trees with donations and proceeds going to the London’s Air Ambulance. On the Saturday there will also be a craft and gift fair.
8-9 December; see website for times; no charge but donations welcome Mansel Road
www.ctf.trinitywimbledon.org

SATURDAY 8 DECEMBER
Festive horse-drawn carriages
Discover the wintery landscape of pastoral Richmond Park this Christmas with a horse-drawn carriage pulled by majestic shire horses. Wrap up with a blanket and bring along a flask of mulled wine and a stash of mince pies.
24 November – 2 January; 12pm; £140 + BF Richmond Park
www.royalparks.org.uk

SATURDAY 8 DECEMBER
Woodland Winter Wonders Trail
Enjoy a brisk outdoor walk in the beautiful countryside of Surrey at the glorious autumnal arboretum and bring the children along so they can explore the trail.
10.30am-3pm; 50p per trail Winkworth Arboretum
www.nationaltrust.org.uk

SATURDAY 8 DECEMBER
Peter Pan Pantomime Richmond’s beautiful red-brick theatre sits on the fringes of Richmond Green and this Christmas time will be hosting the ultimate pantomime and much-loved children’s story, Peter Pan.
8 December – 6 January; see website for times and prices Richmond Theatre
www.atgtickets.com

SUNDAY 9 DECEMBER
Christmas Craft Fair on Church Street
The picturesque cobbles of Church Street in Twickenham will be transformed for a Christmas fair selling everything from arts and crafts, to festive food and drink, plus there will be live music and a Punch and Judge stand.
11am-5pm; free Church Street
www.twickenhamthetown.org.uk

THURSDAY 13 DECEMBER
Robin Hood – the pantomime
The classic tale of Robbin Hood and his plucky Maid Marian comes to Putney for a family-friendly pantomime sure to get the December festivities started.
13-22 December; see website for times; £14/£8 Putney Arts Theatre
www.putneytheatrecompany.org.uk