Christmas season is now in full swing, and although it’s tempting to hop on the Tube and head straight into central London, Eastlondonlines a found a vibrant array of events happening right on your doorsteps.
From pantomimes to arts and crafts, here are all of the best festive events throughout Hackney, Lewisham, Tower Hamlets and Croydon.
Hackney Christmas Light Switch On
Hackney will kick Christmas off at the Town Hall on December 3 with its annual light switch on.
There will also be a variety of musical acts singing carols and festive favourites,
The event will take place from 4pm until 5:30pm.
Hackney Empire’s annual pantomime this year is Aladdin.
The production will run until December 31, and tickets range from £10 to £45.
A Christmas Carol
Join them at Hoxton Hall on December 2 and 3 with both matinee and evening shows available.
Get tickets here, priced at £20 for adults and £15 for children.
Christmas at Sutton House
Santa will visit Hackney’s oldest home this year, the National Trust property Sutton House.
Children will meet Santa, get a photograph with him and help to find naughty elves hidden around the house.
Tickets are priced at £7, and available for Saturday 2 and December 9.
Big Fish Little Fish Christmas Family Rave
The award-winning event will be bringing drum and bass, house and techno to families with children aged zero to eight.
The event will house a multi-sensory dance floor, glitter cannons, bubbles, giant balloons and a parachute dance finale, as well as a snow machine.
There will also be a craft table, play area and a baby chill out space.
It will take place on Saturday December 9 from 2pm until 4pm, and tickets start at £9.
Blackheath Christmas light switch on
Blackheath village will switch on their Christmas lights this Saturday December 2 and this year and will showcase two Christmas trees.
Celebrations can be enjoyed from midday, with a vintage car show and music will begin at The Crown pub from 3pm.
The lights will be switched on at 4:30pm, which will be followed by live music, prosecco and mince pies long into the night.
Jack and the Beanstalk pantomime
Written by panto queen Susie Mckenna, it is specifically catered to South London, with Jack and his mum living in Lewishfarm.
The show will run until December 31, and tickets range from £8.50 until £35.
The Light Princess
This reimagining of the classic fairy tale shines a light on disability, with a stellar cast of disabled and non-disabled actors.
The show will take place at The Albany until December 24.
Tickets start are £12, and there will be relaxed performances.
Christmas Choral Music
It will feature seasonal orchestral music with excerpts from Rachmaninoff’s All-Night Vigil.
Tickets are £16 for adults, £5 for students and £2 for 16 and under.
Yellowish Christmas Party
Taking place on Christmas Day night, Yellowish Christmas Party will be providing house, RnB and dancehall well into Boxing Day morning.
Kirkdale Christmas Party
For all the literature lovers, Kirkdale Bookshop are hosting their Christmas Party on Friday December 8.
Expect mince pies, mulled wine and 10 per cent discount in-store from 5pm until 10pm if you book a free ticket.
Olivier award winning Potted Panto is showing in Whitechapel this Christmas.
The show features seven classic pantomimes in its 80-minute runtime and has something for everyone young and old.
Family festive day
The Hub at Victoria Park will play host to a family festive day on December 16.
There will be rides for young children, a chance to meet Santa and arts and crafts for all ages.
Tickets are free and there is no need to book.
Winter tea dance for over 50s
The dance will take place on December 20, and live music, food and drink can be expected as well as a raffle and bingo.
Booking is essential due to limited space, and can be done by emailing email@example.com
Christmas Light Switch On
Panto Dame Mama G will be making a guest appearance, alongside local tradesman selling snacks, gifts and lots of mulled wine.
The event begins at 6:30pm, with the actual switch on being at 7:30pm.
There will also be relaxed performances for those sensitive to noise and light.
The production will run from December 16 to January 7. Tickets start at £16.50.
The Living Theatre’s actors will transport you from Old Palace to the world of Dickens in their dramatic reading.
Suitable for the whole family, there are two shows per day on Sunday December 3,17, and 21.
Adult tickets are £15 and available here.
Croydon Symphonic Band concert
Croydon Symphonic Band will host their Christmas concert on December 16.
A medley of festive favourites will be played, and light refreshments are included.