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CHRISTMAS AT KEW

Kew Gardens

Until  5 Jan

Christmas at Kew, 2016 Royal Botanic Gardens, Credit Jeff Eden, RBG Kew

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.  

www.kew.org

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.

www.oldvictheatre.com

WINTER WONDERLAND

Hyde Park

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.

www.hydeparkwinterwonderland.com

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. 

www.vam.ac.uk

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.

www.polkatheatre.com

ALADDIN

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.

www.atgtickets.com

CAROLS IN THE SQUARE

Battersea 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.

www.batterseasquare.org.uk.

LOVE WIMBLEDON’S CHRISTMAS MARKET

The Piazza
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.

www.dulwichpicturegallery.org.uk

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.

www.pexmas.com

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