A reminder of what’s on in December… Futon Company presents the pick of the crop across the UK…
Christmas on the Pantiles
The Pantiles is the place to be at Christmas with boutique shopping, Christmas themed markets and entertainment from jazz to reindeer to carol singing to street theatre. The final Christmas market will be held every on 21st December. And don’t forget to visit reindeers Tinsel and Star on Sunday 21st December between 11am and 2pm. Follow the latest on twitter at @pantilestraders
The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe
On Saturday 20th and Sunday 21st December CS Lewis’ fantastical winter tale will be performed across a snow-covered Pantiles, brought to life by talented street performers. Follow the latest on twitter at @pantilestraders
Raymond Brigg’s Father Christmas
The chimneys of Hammersmith will have a familiar visitor this festive season as Raymond Briggs’ Father Christmas flies back to the Lyric to charm and delight children under 6 and their families. After two successful years on stage, audiences and critics have declared this show one of the must-see events for every Christmas calendar. From now until December 31st at the Lyric, Hammersmith. Adults £10, children £8.
The Night Before Christmas, Chiswick
Join a little girl and a cheeky mouse in this captivating Christmas tale suitable for ages 3-7. With plenty of audience participation and catchy tunes sure to get you in the Christmas spirit, this is a must see. From now until 23rd December at Watermans, 40 High Street, Brentfor. For enquiries and ticket information call 020 8232 1019
Peter Pan at Norwich Theatre Royal
Get your family and friends together for some good old traditional fun, starring Corrie’s Kevin Kennedy as Captain Hook and CBeebies Sid Sloane as Aunt Delilah in this delightful version of a well-loved kids classic starring the invisible fairy Tinkerbell, our eponymous hero and the two boys and a girl in a land where children never grow old.
Norwich doesn’t have one Christmas market to enjoy, it has several! Feast yourself on fabulous winter food from across Norfolk; cheese, sausages, pies and condiments, or browse local arts and crafts, jewellery and other locally made unique gifts. Medieval Norwich is celebrated at Dragon Hall incorporating a traditional outdoor German market, St Andrews Hall rejoices a nostalgic Christmas with quirky vintage paraphernalia and collectibles and Wymondham, a beautiful market town, celebrates with a difference with its ever popular Dickensian Steampunk Fayre!
Late Night Shopping in Park Street
To celebrate the festive season, Park Street retailers and traders will be offering late night shopping until 7pm on Thursday 18th December. Futon Company will be providing a little tipple and some truly tasty tucker, including scrumptious mince pies! To find out more check out #ParkStreetXmas
Reading Winter on Ice
A real ice rink in Forbury Gardens is set to be the centre piece of Christmas celebrations in Reading town centre. Called Reading Winter on Ice, the seasonal Rink is open now, with skating available every day until 4th January, excluding Christmas Day. The purpose-built rink is 30 metres by 12 metres, with a capacity of up to 120 skaters per session. A one-hour session will cost £9 for adults, £7.50 for children and £8 for concessions. A family of ticket for four will cost £30.
European Christmas Market
Edinburgh welcomes back the popular Christmas Market held in its picturesque setting below the Mound, stretching along East Princes street Gardens Terrace and around Scott Monument. The traditional and romantic Christmas Market in the heart of the City offers a unique shopping experience with its eclectic mix of crafters, artists, gift shops and gastronomic surprises. Open from now until 4th January 2015 from 10am-10pm every day.
Oxford Christmas Market
Enjoy Christmas shopping and mulled wine in the festive setting of Oxford’s Christmas market, set in the historic heart of Oxford on Broad Street from now until Sunday 21st December. For more information contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Peter Pan the Panto
When Peter Pan flies into the bedroom of the Darling children one night and flies them to Neverland, a treasure chest of adventure begins. Join Tinkerbell, Tiger Lily and the Lost Boys to do battle on Peter Pan’s arch enemy, Captain Hook. From now until January 4th at Civic Theatre, Fairfield Road.
Snow White on Ice
Riverside Ice & Leisure Centre returns with its spectacular annual ice show, providing the perfect festive entertainment for all the family. This year’s extravaganza will run from Wednesday 17th to Sunday 21st December 2014. For ticket sales and information go to the official website or call 01245 615050
Christmas Beer Festival
From December 27th till 29th The Woolpack, Mildmay Road will be hosting its spectacular Christmas Beer Festival, offering over 20 real ales and ciders, with food served every day. Open 12 noon to midnight throughout the Festival.
Parker’s Piece Ice Rink
The North Pole Cambridge Christmas Festival is back, taking place throughout the festive season and bringing you an icy extravaganza in the heart of the city centre. Skate in style at the stunning open air 600m ice rink. Open now until 5th January 2014.
Christmas Table Arrangement Floristry Workshop
Get into the festive mood and create a stunning centrepiece for your Christmas dining table. Since this course is so close to the Big Day, the arrangement you create will last you right through the Christmas season. Saturday 20th December 2014 from 10am-1pm at Hildersham Village Hall. Contact email@example.com
A magical festive fantasyland filled with fun for all the family. Visit Santa and his reindeer, get your stakes on and enjoy the spectacular ice rink or chill out in the vodka bar. From now until 24th December at Chester racecourse.
Christmas Tree Festival & The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe Exhibition
This magical festival will feature over 40 majestic Christmas trees, creating awe-inspiring tree-lined winter walkways in the cathedral cloisters. Visitors will also be invited to take an exciting journey to the magical land of Narnia, as spaces inside the Cathedral are transformed to bring to life C.S.Lewis’ classic tale. From now until 6th January at Chester Cathedral with free entry.
Chester is back in Roman control for the night of 18th December as the Roman legion light up the streets with a march of torches. City centre at 7pm.
Solihull Christmas Market
Solihull’s fantastic Christmas market runs until 22nd December and, for 2014, and is almost twice as big with no less than fifty stunning, traditional stalls, painted in festive Farrow and Ball colours with sparkling snow-capped rooftops. In the market you’ll discover a wonderful range of gifts for all, including candles, jewellery, decorations and wooden toys.
Christmas Market & Late Night Shopping
Open now, the ever popular Christmas Market has transformed Armada Way into a bustling Winter Wonderland offering a variety of traditional Christmas treats and gifts. From homemade arts and crafts to festive food and drink, the Christmas Market is a great place for shoppers looking for something different to give their loved ones this year. And if that wasn’t enough, November 14th marked the start of late night Christmas shopping.
Brighton Christmas Market
Churchill Square will be transformed into a magical atmosphere for its eighth year running when it welcomes the return of the German style Christmas Market between now and December 24th 2014. Situated in the very heart of Brighton on the Churchill Square piazza, the stylish market will be made up of 14 authentic huts, beautifully decorated, packed with festive ambience. European and local producers will offer everything from fine jewellery, handcrafted goods, hand knitted hats, bags and scarves. You can even enjoy a mulled wine, freshly prepared crepe or delicious German bratwurst to keep you warm as you shop.
St Nicholas Fayre
York is a Christmas shopping haven with its eclectic mix of shops as well as wonderful Christmas markets throughout York’s atmospheric streets. The festive shopping continues all the way to December 21st. During St Nicholas Market there is a sense of stepping into a scene from a Dicken’s tale with bustling Victorian market stalls selling everything from local produce to traditional gifts and crafts, all accompanied by the smell of roasting chestnuts and the sound of carol singers. For unique presents from a different era head to the Medieval Market at Barley Hall, where you can also sample a pint of traditional ale or a glass of mulled wine at the bar.