Dec 12 – Dec 19 Santa, snowflakes and magic

Quatuor Diotima. Pic: Spitalfields Music Winter Festival

Quatuor Diotima. Pic: Spitalfields Music Winter Festival

Plan your week ahead so you can make the most of the holiday season. There’s markets, choirs, winter wonderlands and magic for everyone, from the jolliest elf to the sulkiest Scrooge.​


December 17 and 18 – Romeo & Juliet

If you’re hankering after some romance and teenage angst, Some Voices choir will be singing the soundtrack to the film adaptation of one of Shakespeare’s most beloved plays at St John’s, Hackney.

December 13 – Chorus of Dissent

Christmas isn’t really for everyone, and the Chorus of Dissent know this well. For alternative entertainment, they’ll be performing traditional carols “peppered with ironic and populist festive music” to suit the “bah, humbug”-gers at Abney Park Cemetery.

December 13 – Abney Park’s Winter Fun Day

If you’d much rather spend the day surrounded by the glorious kitschy-ness of Christmas, this is the perfect place for it. Be crafty at the yuletide wreath-making workshop, win prizes at the raffle and warm your hands with a mug of Colombian coffee.


December 13 - Snowflakes and Snowballs

Let imaginations run wild at Deptford’s very own winter wonderland at the Deptford Lounge. Expect craft stalls, workshops for children, storytelling, games, Christmas family film screenings and magical performances.

December 13 – Lewisham Arthouse Winter Fair

Art and Christmas join forces under one roof here. Shop local with a wonderful selection of original works, seasonal gifts and artisan foods, while DJ Terry ‘Trunkstore’ Humphrey serenades you with his smooth tunes.

December 13 – Brockley Christmas Market

The weather forecast is looking good for Saturday, so make the most of it at Coulgate Street for a day of live music, carols, festive fare and mulled wine – and stay till it’s dark for the lighting of the Brockley Christmas tree.


December 15 and 22 – Surrey Street Christmas Market

The popular six-day market located in the heart of Old Town Croydon will be decking the halls (well…streets) for the next two Mondays so you can get Christmas dinner sorted early.

November 13–December24- Christmas at the Whitgift: Santa’s Grotto

Santa’s stopping in Croydon to spread some seasonal cheer! Whether you’ve been naughty or nice, head to the Whitgift to see if you can wrangle a present instead of coal out of the old man.

December 28– 30 – Christmas Family Magic Show

Be dazzled by international musician of the world-famous Magic Circle, Simon Rosselli as he makes his appearance – and disappearance – at the Haslemere Hall in the name of charity.


December 14- Quatuor Diotima

Bear witness to the world premiere of composer Sam Hayden’s newly commissioned Transience and the London premiere of French composer Gérard Pesson’s Bitume, specially written for this night at Spitalfields Music Winter Festival.

December 16 – Folie À Deux

A rare window into the creative process of developing a new opera with Mahogany Opera Group. Experience a cacophony of “insanity, electricity and love” at this one-of-a-kind musical event at Tonybee Studios

December 19– Bite Street Food Market

If the thought of more Christmas-themed food makes you feel queasy, why not try something new? Whet your appetite and try a bit of everything – from Ghana to Louisiana to Malaysia, there’s something for everyone.


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