With the 8th annual Carshalton Village Christmas Festival kicking off the festive season at the beginning of December, there was plenty going on to fill us with yuletide delight. From the Christmas market and fun fair, to the visit from Father Christmas, and, of course, the switch-on of the lights! But there are still plenty of Christmas events for everyone to enjoy in Carshalton and beyond before the big day.
For anyone looking to get a bit hands-on and crafty, the Time Out Youth Project are hosting two Christmas-themed craft workshops at the Riverside Centre. The first workshop (19th) is a chance for the whole family get stuck in for a session on Christmas plate decorating. While on the 22nd, it’s a children only session, with plate decorating and Christmas treat decorating. For more information, visit www.toyp.wildapricot.org/.
Keeping with the craft theme, the Honeywood Museum is giving everyone the chance to make Edwardian style paper baubles and add one to their tree. You can also visit their star to make a Christmas wish and follow the themed trail around the museum. It’s a free event and runs until Friday 22nd. For more details, please visit www.friendsofhoneywood.co.uk/events.
The Honeywood Museum are keeping everyone busy this month, as they host a Christmas Afternoon for 4 - 6 year olds on Friday 22nd. Bring along the little-uns to help make a Father Christmas sign, listen to Christmas stories, and to join a sing-along complete with musical instruments. Pre-booking is recommended. For more information, visit www.friendsofhoneywood.co.uk/events.
If you’re looking to soak up the Christmas atmosphere a little further afield, then the stunning Hever Castle near Edenbridge is certain to get you in the Christmas mood. Their ‘Christmas at Hever Castle’ event runs until Sunday 24th and will see the castle transformed into a magical wonderland.
Among the attractions will be the chance to explore the Castle grounds as they light up when dusk falls, visit the vintage fairground stalls and carousel, follow the ‘Twelve days of Christmas’ trail, and the kids can even Hug-a-Husky! It all promises to be spectacularly festive! For full details, and to see what’s on and when, visit www.hevercastle.co.uk.
Of course, Christmas wouldn’t be Christmas with a traditional pantomime, and what a selection there is to choose from in the area. Woking’s New Victoria Theatre sees Eastenders star Shane Richie pull up his green tights, as he stars in Robin Hood (until Jan 7th).
The Richmond Theatre sees the irrepressible Christopher Biggins as Dame Widow Twanky in Aladdin (until Jan 14th), and outspoken pub landlord, Al Murray, takes the lead in Jack and The Beanstalk at the New Wimbledon Theatre (until Jan 14th).
So Christmas events in Carshalton keep on coming through December and beyond with lots more on offer. Make sure you check your local listings and look online for details and to book tickets (if required), especially for the pantos which are sure to be a hit (oh yes they are!)
We would also like to take this opportunity to thank each and every one of our customers this year. 2017 has been a fantastic year for us and the happy feedback we have had from so many wonderful clients has really supported the progress our team has made.
From all of us here at Silverman Black, I would like to wish you and your families and very Merry Christmas and a happy, healthy and prosperous 2018!