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Top 8 festive town happenings

As we embark on a month of festivities, indulgence and panic gift buying, our local town centres are ramping up the festive factor with their own community celebrations. Here are the top 10 we’re excited about

Kingston Christmas markets
Kingston’s Ancient Market Place has been transformed into an all-out traditional German-inspired Christmas market. You’ll find bratwurst stands aplenty, mountains of mulled wine, plus stalls where you can uncover a treasure trove of handmade stocking fillers. Make sure you pay a trip to the fire pit in the Alpine Village, which will be lit from 4pm on Thursdays and Fridays and all day Saturday and Sunday.
Sunday – Wednesday 10am-6pm; Thursday – Saturday 10am-8pm
www.inkingston.co.uk/christmasmarket

12 days of Christmas, Wimbledon
The much-loved monthly local market will be picking up the pace this festive season with 12 whole days of Christmassy fun spanning across five weekends. Every weekend, you can head down to the Piazza and discover goodies from up to 50 different traders. Get inspired for some last minute gift inspiration, or treat yourself and pick up a handmade piece of jewellery or clothing to wear to that Christmas party. Keep warm as you roam the market with a mulled wine or cider.
www.lovewimbledon.org

Christmas cheer at The Ivy Café, Wimbledon
Nestled in the heart of Wimbledon Village, the Ivy Café’s famously floral display has exploded onto the scene, with a gorgeously Christmassy selection of bright green and red baubles really bringing the village to life. On the menu, look out for a selection of festive treats and cocktails. The restaurant has also partnered up with local florist, Gardenia, to host a wreath making masterclass to be held on 9 December from 2.30pm at £70 that comes with canapés and champagne.
www.theivycafewimbledon.com

Winterville
Bringing a dose of festive cheer to the heart of Clapham, the green expanse of the Common has been transformed with fairground rides, big top tents, live music nights, and pop-up bars. Pay a visit to the Massaoke tent where a live band will be playing Christmas classics with a projection of the lyrics so you can sing along. There is also a Backyard Cinema tent where guests can make their way through an enchanted woodland to find a cosy cinema room complete with beanbags for snuggling down to your favourite yuletide classic.
www.winterville.co.uk

Light up Winter at Battersea Power Station
Head down to Circus West at Battersea Power Station for a winter carnival making the most of all the restaurants, bars and open outdoors spaces that make this modern complex such a fabulous community focal point. The local restaurants will be wowing with festive menus, live music and special events, and there will be a handful of craft workshops, with everything from ham-carving masterclasses to carol singalongs, to brewery tastings. At its heart there will be a colourful Christmas tree installation which projects patterns of light as people approach it.
www.batterseapowerstation.co.uk

Surbiton Farmers’ Market
Hailed as one of the top farmers’ markets in Surrey, with a number of accolades and awards to its name, Surbiton Farmers’ Markets opens its doors every third Saturday of the month. There are 26 farmers and producers selling wonderfully fresh produce and speciality foods, plus locally grown fruit and vegetables and artisan bakeries. This festive season, the market is about to get a complete Christmassy revamp, with the Christmas edition of the market on 15th December. The market will be the final of the year and visitors can expect live music, family-friendly events, and perhaps an appearance from Santa himself.
www.surbitonfarmersmarket.co.uk

Positively Putney
Putney town centre will be hosting plenty of Christmassy events this year with its many restaurants, pubs and bars making the very most of the season. The 18th century pub, The Spotted Horse, will be hosting a special festive quiz on 12th December, and the riverside pub, the Duke’s Head, will be awarding the best dressed for National Christmas Jumper day on 14th, as well as a mince pie eating competition. If you’re keen to get your panto fix, Putney Arts Theatre will be putting on their annual pantomime, Robin Hood, and the Christmas Forest will be in full swing at Putney Leisure Centre.
www.positivelyputney.co.uk

Tootmas
The entirety of Tooting will be taken over this weekend with festive happenings transforming the town. Look out for Christmas tree pop ups where you can pick your tree, a Christmas craft workshop where all materials are provided. The fantastic Inglorious Brasstards will be playing at Tooting Tram and Social on Saturday, as well as a street food takeover: Tootmass edition where your favourite London food trucks will be rolling into town. Visit the website to find out the extent of the Yuletide celebrations.
www.tootopia.co.uk