CHRISTMAS AT KEW
Until 5 Jan
Kew’s incredible gardens get another magnificent seasonal makeover in 2018, as illuminations light up the buildings and plants. The mile-long, twinkling trail promises to be bigger than ever this year. Feast your eyes on over a million sparkling pea-lights, thousands of laser beams and tree canopies drenched in festive colour.
A CHRISTMAS CAROL
THE OLD VIC
Tue 27 Nov-Sat 19 Jan
Matthew Warchus’ big-hearted, smash hit production of Charles Dickens’ immortal classic returns to The Old Vic with with Stephen Tompkinson as Ebenezer Scrooge. Filling the auditorium to the brim with mince pies, music and merriment, a unique staging immerses the audience in this uplifting story.
Thur 22 Nov- Sun 6 Jan
Christmas family fun aplenty with the biggest outdoor rink in the UK, two circuses, an observation wheel and the Magical Ice Kingdom, plus Christmas markets and themed bars for the grown-ups and much more. Entry is free.
THE GINGERBREAD CITY
Museum of Architecture
Sat 8 Dec-Wed 9 Jan
The mighty V&A is filled with impressive models made of dough in a fundraising exhibition that invites architects, urban planners and landscape designers to design a sustainable and inclusive city made entirely of gingerbread.
IN THE WINTER WOOD
Polka Theatre, Wimbledon
Thur 29 Nov-17 Feb
Snuggle down in our Adventure Theatre for tales full of bravery and friendship. When Pig and Goat discover they’re being fattened up for a winter feast, they decide to run away to find a little house in the winter woods. Along their journey they meet Goose, Hare and Cockerel, who offer their special skills to help build their new home.
New Wimbledon Theatre
Sat 8 Dec-Sat 6 Jan
Paul Merton stars as Widow Twankey in this year’s spectacular family pantomime Aladdin. Packed with all of the traditional pantomime ingredients audiences expect – laugh-out-loud comedy, flying carpets, a wish-granting genie, an evil sorcerer and a lamp-full of laughs, stunning scenery, beautiful costumes and plenty of boos and hisses.
CAROLS IN THE SQUARE
Tue 4 Dec, 6.30pm
Traditional carols around the tree, a brass band, Christmas stalls, “snow” and a few surprises. The Sleeping Trees with their usual mayhem will again be in charge of proceedings. Sponsored by Thomas’s School Battersea and local estate agents John D Wood & Co.
LOVE WIMBLEDON’S CHRISTMAS MARKET
Every weekend from 24 Nov-23 Dec
Wimbledon’s Piazza is transformed into a festive market place featuring over 40 local artisans selling homewares, art, crafts, clothing, accessories, Christmas decorations, stocking fillers and scrumptious cakes and bakes. Indulge in mulled wine, juicy bratwurst, Indian cuisine and more while you’re there. www.lovewimbledon.org
A HORRIBLE CHRISTMAS
Dulwich Picture Gallery
Sat 15 Dec and Sun 16 Dec
Join Horrible Histories for an interactive workshop, exploring how Christmas was celebrated in the time of the Tudors, Victorian era, and the Dark Ages. Be prepared to act out different scenes, sing silly songs, and have a horrible time! You can also join in the Horrible Christmas Crafting drop-in.
PEXMAS CHRISTMAS MARKET
Warwick Gardens, Peckham
Sat 8 Dec and Sun 9 Dec
More than 140 local makers, foodies and traders, local music, local beer and mulled wine and Santa’s grotto for a Christmas story and gift. Pexmas is aiming to be as green as possible – asking stallholders to strip back the packaging and encouraging customers to bring their own bags and boxes.