With December almost here, it’s time to really get in the Christmas spirit, so make space in your diary for Wimbledon’s top seasonal events.
Christmas in the Village is an annual festive celebration, which takes place on Sunday 8 December between 10am and 5pm. Browse Wimbledon Village’s gorgeous range of shops, all decked out for Christmas, with tastings and discounts at many stores. Then head to the war memorial to watch the switch on of this year’s Christmas tree lights with a complimentary mince pie and glass of mulled wine.
As usual, Santa and his elf will ride down the high street on horseback – you can also catch him in his grotto. In addition, there’ll be a Christmas market, storytelling, pony rides, choir and ballet performances and free dance classes. Read more on the Wimbledon Village website.
One week earlier, on 1 December, the annual Winter Wonderland extravaganza takes over Wimbledon town centre, from midday until 7pm. The roads will be pedestrianised to make way for market stalls, street entertainment, ice sculptures brass bands, choirs and more – look out for the giant snowman and roller-skating Christmas puddings!
This year’s event promises more children’s rides than ever, as well as the return of the popular Snow Globe and Bouncy Castle Snowman. The day will be rounded-off with fireworks at 5.30pm. Get more details here.
Wimbledon’s Market on the Piazza is a well-established monthly event in the town, selling clothing, art, fine food and homewares. The run-up to Christmas promises 12 days of trading, with up to 50 stalls each day. Get full details here.
Oh yes it is … that time again, and the New Wimbledon Theatre prides itself on creating the pantos everyone is talking about. This year’s show is Cinderella. It stars Samantha Womack of EastEnders’ fame as the wicked stepmother along side acclaimed soprano, Lesley Garrett as the fairy godmother. Melody Thornton from the Pussycat Dolls takes the title role and, returning to Wimbledon, Pete Firman plays Buttons. The curtain rises on 7 December with performances most days until 5 January 2019 – find out more.
Alternatively, head to Merton Arts Space in Wimbledon Library for The Last Noel, a new production from local Attic theatre company. This funny, moving and uplifting play about family, features live music and original songs by award-winning writer Chris Bush. Find out more.