Horniman Christmas Fair opens this weekend

Christmas gingerbread house Pic: Ludo des Cognets and Horniman Museum and Gardens

Christmas gingerbread house Pic: Ludo des Cognets and Horniman Museum and Gardens

The Horniman Museum is joining in on the festive fun by holding a Christmas Fair this weekend with plenty of activities for children, festive food and drink as well as shopping for adults.

Children can follow the clues on the Christmas trail to solve the riddle and earn a festive gift at the end of it.

The Dutch barn will be home to Santa’s Post-box, where children can write their own personal letters to Father Christmas and even post it to him at the North pole.

Art-loving children can create their own Christmas tree headdress and have their faces painted to show off in the Christmas parade, which meanders through the museum’s gardens.

Visitors  also have an opportunity to get their hands on some of the museum’s objects, including toys and games from around the world.

The fair will be offering one-of-a-kind and handmade gifts, helping you find the best presents this Christmas. There will be plenty of arts and crafts stalls in the conservatory and pavilion area of the museum.

Linda Hughes of the Horniman Museum and Gardens said: “We’ve had a busy few days here but the decorations are up, Santa’s post box is ready to be filled, and our Christmas trail is set. The weekend promises sunshine, seasonal treats galore, and lots of festive fun, so we hope to see plenty of visitors getting into the Christmas spirit.”

One of Saturday’s highlights will be the Horniman Farmers’ Market which will be taking place on the bandstand terrace. This will have specially extended opening hours.

The market includes locally sourced vegetables, meat, fish and bread, all great to make your Christmas even tastier. Expect cakes, flowers, cheese, wine, fair trade chocolate, organic eggs, artisan pastries as well as vegetarian and vegan food.

Fair-goers can get into the Christmas spirit with seasonal sing-along with community choirs and mulled wine.

On Sunday, the community choirs will perform seasonal songs and music on the Banstand from 11:00am, culminating in a grand finale at 5:00pm.

Choirs include the Montage Theatre Arts, Opal Flutes, Vision choir, Lewisham and Greenwich NHS Choir.

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