Christmas food, pantomimes and crafts: 28 Nov – 5 Dec

Christmas mince pies. Pic: Peter Asquith

Christmas mince pies. Pic: Peter Asquith


With December round the corner head to the Truman Brewery for your festive fix where live reindeer and snowball fights will accompany festive banquets and ski bars. Pantomime season is in full swing in Croydon with Fairfield Hall’s Snow White and the Seven Dwarves, while Limehouse Town Hall’s craft market is the place to go for your Christmas shopping.


November 28-30 – Christmas food festival
The first ever “Foodies Festival Christmas” visits the Truman Brewery this weekend for a three-day extravaganza of celebrity chefs, festive snacks and Christmas cooking demos. Highlights include a Ski Bar serving après ski cocktails and off-piste snacks, a Christmas Feasting Table for communal festive banqueting and an Elf Cookery School for children under 12 to bake snowballs and decorate gingerbread men, cookies and cupcakes to leave out for Santa. Live reindeer will also join the action and snowball fights will take place in the courtyard.

December 2 – Grace Jones art
Ultimate pop diva Grace Jones is the focus of a new art exhibition at Morrell House’s Extreme Gallery in Shoreditch. Curated by Jones’ close friend Moussa Sanogo the display will showcase the work of upcoming artists and their interpretations of what Jones represents to them. Catch La Grace Du Ciel from December 2.

November 28-30 – Community craft fair
Handmade jewellery, textiles, hangings, quilts, Christmas decorations and knitwear are just some of the crafts on offer at Limehouse Town Hall’s Winter Makers Market. The community-run fair will host choir performances, children’s workshops and exhibitions including an Anonymous Art Sale with works contributed from Danny Boyle. Funds raised from the sale will go to charity Stiches in Time, which helps local women improve their English language and sewing skills.

December 1 – Acapella choir
Acapella choir Owl Parliament will take the stage at Wilton’s Music Hall, London’s last remaining dance hall. The choir’s wide repertoire is set to bring “intricacy and purity” to a variety of songs ranging from seventies disco, thirties wing and fourteenth century madrigals.

December 4 – Chekov drama
Are you a fan of Russian drama? Visit The London Theatre, New Cross to see two of Anton Chekov’s best loved plays “The Bear” and “The Proposal”. Directed by Grace Smith, the theatre’s “Chunk of Chekov” will bring a feast of farce melodrama to southeast London. Tickets start from £12.

December 4 – Classical string quartet
Relax to the sounds of Haydn, Beethoven and Borodin on Thursday, when Juliet Welchman brings a string quartet to St Christopher’s, Sydenham. With tickets starting at £5 Welchman, who has played principal cello with the Irish Chamber Orchestra and Scottish Opera, is not to be missed.

November 29 - Bourbon and blues
The gravely tones of Delta and early Chicago Blues come to Croydon tomorrow, as Giles Hedley and the Aviators take the stage at Matthews Yard. Part of the venue’s monthly Bourbon and Blues nights, steely guitar and rip-roaring harmonica solos will be on offer along with BBQ ribs and a selection of quality whisky.

December 5 – Christmas pantomime
Christmas is round the corner and what could be better than a jolly pantomime to get us into the festive mood. Fairfield Hall’s Snow White and the Seven Dwarves starring Gareth Gates begins December 5 and will run until January 4. Promising music, dancing, stunning costumes and plenty of laughs, Snow White is set to be the theatre’s “most magical pantomime ever!”

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