CHRISTMAS AT WOODLANDS FARM
Woodlands Farm is hosting its Christmas Fair on December 2, providing a chance to shop for unique Christmas presents and enjoy a festive day out on the farm. Browse the stalls selling handmade country crafts and take the little ones to see Father Christmas, who happens to be landing his sleigh in the farmyard just in time for the fair. Woodlands Farm, 331 Shooters Hill, Welling DA16 3RP. December 2, from 11am – 3pm. Admission: £1/£0.50p for children.
IMMERSE YOURSELF IN THE WORLD OF THE AVENGERS
Those who are more excited about superheros than santa – at least for the time being – should make their way to the ExCeL Centre where a new interactive exhibition: Marvel Avengers S.T.A.T.I.O.N is currently showing. The high-tech, multi-room experience offers fans of all ages the opportunity to delve into the superpowers and back-story of each of Avenger character. ExCel London, Royal Victoria Dock, Western Gateway, London E16 1AL. Open daily until March 2019, from 10am – 10pm. Admission: £25/£14 children aged 13 and under.
SANTA COMES TO GREENWICH
Make sure the kids have their Christmas wish list at the ready, because Father Christmas is returning to his grotto at Greenwich Market on November 21. Santa’s arrival coincides with the switching on of the market’s twinkling Christmas lights. Greenwich Market, 11 Durnford Street, Greenwich, London SE10 9HZ. December 1 & 2, then 8 & 9, 15 & 16, 22 & 23. Thursday – Saturday 12:30pm – 5pm; Sunday 12:30pm – 4pm; Christmas Eve 11am – 3pm. All proceeds go to Greenwich and Bexley Community Hospice.
A VINTAGE CHRISTMAS AT GREENWICH PICTUREHOUSE
Greenwich Picturehouse is screening Bob Clark’s 1983 flick A Christmas Story, as part of its 12 Days Of Christmas season, celebrating a selection of vintage, festive favourites. Set in Indiana in the 1940s, the story follows the adventures of nine-year-old Ralphie, who mounts a full-scale, hint-dropping, Santa-begging campaign for his ideal Christmas gift: a genuine Red Ryder 200-shot Carbine Action Air Rifle. Greenwich Picturehouse, 180 Greenwich High Rd, London SE10 8NN. December 2 at 12pm. Admission: £8/£5 for children.
BELT OUT YOUR FAVOURITE FESTIVE NUMBERS
Back by popular demand, Blackheath Halls is hosting its annual Festive Family Sing-Along event on December 1 as part of its Family Day celebrations. The afternoon is an opportunity to join the choir in singing all their favourite Christmas songs and carols in what is an upbeat, fun family event. All together now: “Deck the halls with boughs of holly!” Blackheath Halls, 23 Lee Road, London SE3 9RQ. December 1, from 3pm – 4pm. Admission: £8/£6 for under 16s including a festive treat for children.
SEE THAMESMEAD SPARKLE
Head to Thamesmead Clock Tower on November 30 to celebrate the switching on of the Christmas tree lights. Live music acts will also perform at Thamesmead Christmas Sparkle, while children’s fairground rides, craft stalls, food stands, and even a hot chocolate and mince pie give-away will keep everyone jolly. Clocktower Dental, 12 Joyce Dawson Way, Thamesmead Town Centre, London SE28 8RA. November 30, from 4pm – 7pm. Admission: FREE.