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What’s happening in December?… Futon Company presents the pick of the crop across the UK

 

TUNBRIDGE WELLS

Christmas on the Pantiles

The Pantiles is the place to be at Christmas with boutique shopping, Christmas themed markets at the weekend, and entertainment from jazz to reindeer to carol singing to street theatre.  Markets are now being held every weekend until 21st December.  And don’t forget to visit reindeers Tinsel and Star on Saturday 13th, Sunday 14th and 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

manna’s Local and Chic Mini Christmas Fair

Tunbridge Wells locals are invited to manna’s Local and Chic Mini Christmas Fair on Tuesday 2nd December 9am-1pm at manna cafe, High Street.  The perfect opportunity to browse unique handcrafted Christmas gifts, cards, hampers, cakes and more… all made locally by small businesses based in Tunbridge Wells.  For more information contact allthingsmanna@gmail.com

 

LONDON

The Great British High Street Awards

Kingston’s Market Place is a winner and has been awarded first place in the London category of the renowned Great British High Street Awards, beating over 130 competitors from across the Capital.  The Award ceremony is set to take place on December 11th where retailers from across the UK will gather to accept their awards.  For further details about the Government-run Great British High Street Awards go to the official website.

The White Christmas Fair, Battersea

More than 40 stalls will make up this gift fair where you’ll find plenty of delicious treats to stock your winter larder as well as handmade jewellery, greetings cards, wreaths and even real Christmas trees.  Battersea’s Doodle Bar will be in charge of the mulled wine, hot toddies and snacks, while the London Distillery Company will offer tastings and tours.  If it’s a spruce up for yourself you’re looking for, Uffizi Hair’s blow dry bar will have a stand.  Saturday 6th and 7th December from 10am at Testbed1, 33 Parkgate Road, SW11 4NP.

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.

Chiswick Choir and Orchestra Christmas Oratorio, Chiswick

Bach’s Christmas Oratorio is the first of 3 great concerts in Alistair Jones’s final year with the Chiswick Choir. The Oratorio consists of 6 Cantatas celebrating the main events and feasts of Christmas, of which 1-4 and 6 will be sung at the concert including The Birth, The Annunciation to the Shepherd, The Adoration of the Shepherd and The Adoration of the Magii. Each of the cantatas consists of narrative elements interspersed with glorious solo arias, chorales and choruses.  6th December 19.30-20.30 at St Michael and All Angels Church, Bath Road, W4 1TT. For inquiries contact enquiriesenquiries@chiswickchoir.org.uk

Christmas Carols & Play, Chiswick

Chiswick Baptist Church will host the children’s Christmas play ‘Klinkenschnell’ (‘The Christmas Bell’) alongside the Chiswick Baptist Church Choir on Sunday 14th December from 17.00-18.00 at Annandale Road, W4.

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 11th-23rd December at Watermans, 40 High Street, Brentfor.  For enquiries and ticket information call 020 8232 1019.

Pop Up Vintage Fairs

Pop Up Vintage Fairs London will be part of the IACF Antiques & Collectors Fair at Alexandra Palace on Sunday 7th December with their own dedicated vintage section within the Great Hall which includes 400 antique and collectors stalls. Stalls will offer some fab Xmas gift ideas and lots of vintage party frocks and men’s suits! Vintage stalls to include vintage ladies and menswear, accessories, antique and vintage jewellery, retro furniture, homeware, fine china, movie and advertising posters, books, collectables, curiosities and Xmas gifts! BBC’s Bargain Hunt expert James Lewis of Bamfords will be on hand to offer free valuations and appraisals, so bring along your antique treasures and find out how much they’re really worth! From 8.30-16.00.  Trade Entry £12.  We’re offering 2-4-1 tickets at just £3 each. Click here and fill in the form to get your 2-4-1 voucher or call 07716295998.

East Finchley French Market & Friends

It’s at this time of year – dark nights, cold mornings, grey skies – when many of us start looking forward to the colour and festivity of the Christmas holidays to relieve the gloom. For the people of East Finchley, Christmas comes early this year when they get to experience a rare festive treat from the continent that should warm even the frostiest cockles! This is because from Friday 5th – Sunday 7th December, East Finchley High Road will once again be the setting for the sights, sounds and flavours of an authentic, seasonal continental market when French, Spanish and Italian market traders arrive back in town to pitch their stalls for the first time since September.  Free entry from 9am-6pm at High Road, East Finchley, London, N2 0GA. Tel. 0845 6490120.

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NORWICH

Christmas at Holkham

Join in the festivities at Holkham’s traditional seasonal celebrations on the weekends of 6-7th and 13-14th December.  See the hall magnificently decorated with Christmas trees galore, real greenery from the park, amazing decorations, delicious scents and candlelight.  Other events include an audience with Father Christmas, candlelight tours and Christmas theatre.

Deepdale Christmas Market

Deepdale Christmas Market has grown up around the wonderful shops and cafe of Dalegate Market in Burnham Deepdale, attracting visitors from far and wide.  This year will see some 90 stalls offering a fabulous selection of presents, decorations, food and drink – a huge gathering of independent traders with some truly special products.

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.

Christmas Markets

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!

 

BRISTOL

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

Clifton Suspension Bridge 150th Anniversary

On 8th December, one of Britain’s greatest engineering feats and Bristol’s most iconic landmark, the Clifton Suspension Bridge, celebrates its 150th anniversary.  Celebrations will commence on the evening of December 7th with a dazzling firework display launched from the bridge, with an anniversary day procession from 3pm at the junction of Bridge Road and Observatory Road.  For a full list of highlights go to the official website.

 

READING

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 will open on Tuesday 9th December, 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.

 

PLYMOUTH

Christmas Market

Experience a truly traditional Christmas by visiting the city’s Christmas market, bursting with unique gift ideas, festive treats and mulled wine.  The market will open 10am-7pm Monday to Wednesday, 10am-9pm Thursday to Saturday, and 10am-5pm on Sunday.  From now until 14th December, located in the Piazza and Place de Brest garden.

 

EDINBURGH

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.

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OXFORD

Gift Wrap with Claire Duffy
Get Christmas under wraps on Saturday 13th December at the Old Fire Station from 2-4pm.  Work alongside illustrator and print maker Claire Duffy to create a series of gift tags and Christmas wrap, to give your gives a truly personal touch. Tickets: £2 towards materials.

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 Thursday 11th – Sunday 21st December. For more information contact info@oxfordchristmasmarket.co.uk

Carols at Oxford Castle
Be part of a fantastic night of festive favourites on Saturday 6th December from 6.30pm as BMH Productions, their choir and live band take you through Christmas classics old and new! Join in with a sing along book and sit back and relax as the choir sing their hearts out. Poetry and tales of Christmas through the ages will whisk you in to the season of Christmas in a unique outdoor setting.  Hot beverages will be available throughout the concert to keep you warm and Sobell House Hospice will be running a charity Christmas stall at the event.  Please note this is an outdoor event in Winter so patrons are encouraged to wrap up warm! Tickets £10 adults, £6 children (5-15 years), Free for under 5s.

Santa vs. Scrooge at Oxford Castle
Explore Oxford castle and encounter well-known characters from the festive season including the much-loved Santa and the more daunting Scrooge. Can Santa change Scrooge’s stance and convince him to work together to celebrate Christmas?  Find out on Saturday 13th & Sunday 14th December at 5.30pm, 6pm & 6.30pm. Tickets: £5 per child/adult

 

CHELMSFORD

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 December 3rd till January 4th at Civic Theatre, Fairfield Road.

Hylands House Christmas Fair

This popular Fair offers free entry to crafts, decorations, fine foods and drink – something for everyone!  With over 160 stalls sprawled across the Stables, Visitor Centre, Grand Pavilion, outdoor areas and within the House, entertainment is provided throughout the day.  December 6th and 7th from 11am-7pm.

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.

 

CAMBRIDGE

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.

A Christmas Cracker

A concert of festive music and reading supporting Arthur Rank Hospice Charity on Saturday 13th December at 7.30pm at Great St Mary’s Church, Cambridge.  Tickets £13, £11 for seniors and £6 for children and students.  Available online and on the door or from 0845 680 1926.

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 info@thecambridgeflowerschool.co.uk

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CHESTER

Christmas Market

Chester’s Christmas Market brings a traditional, high quality market to the city centre, with a focus on local traders, crafts people and food and drink producers.  Located next to the town hall.  From now until 14th December.  Admission free!

Winter Wonderland

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 29th November- 6th January at Chester Cathedral with free entry.

Winter Watch Parade

Celebrate the winter solstice in Chester city centre with Karamba Samba as ‘the ghost band’ leads a fun parade of skeletons, cooks, angels and devils.  4th and 11t December at 7pm.

Saturnalia Parade

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

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.

 

PLYMOUTH

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

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 November 1st 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.

 

YORK

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 starts off with the ever popular St Nicholas Market on the 27th November and 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.

 

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