Last year the Grinch stole Christmas from us, no Christmas markets, no shops open, apart from supermarkets and all of our shopping was done online. We missed getting dressed up for drinks out with colleagues and friends, doing the rounds of delivering presents and enjoying the magic of a community at Christmas.
This year we all deserve to celebrate with friends and family, indulge in delicious food, drinks aplenty and shopping outside of the internet. Richmond and Twickenham are stunning at Christmas and this year there is plenty to do. Enjoy our list of top festive delights coming up.
Christmas at Kew Gardens – 17th November to 9th January
Christmas at Kew is pure, festive magic. After dark, trails are lit up with thousands of lights on the way to the beautiful panoramic Palm House light display. There will be larger than life illuminations and you may be lucky enough to bump into Santa! There will be plenty of delicious food and wine options to keep you warm throughout the night. Tickets start at £21.50 with family tickets available. Be sure to book early to avoid disappointment.
Teddington Christmas Lights Up – 25th November
The event opens up at 5pm ready for the light switch on at 6.30pm on the High Street. The evening will include live music, stalls, children’s rides, competitions, face painting and of course, plenty of delicious food and mulled wine. The Teddington Con Club on Stanley Road is holding an indoor market whilst the Wensleydale Band at Holt 45’s band entertains. Church Road and the High Street will be closed to traffic where there will be more live music from some amazing local artists. There is something for everyone!
Orleans House Gallery Christmas Shopping – 5th and 6th December
Running from 10am to 5pm 40 independent makers, designers, artists and artisans will be selling their unique products. With a delicious food market in the Stables Courtyard and some great festive musical performances throughout. There will be plenty of creative sessions for the whole family to enjoy. Free to attend and offers the residents the opportunity to support local businesses whilst enjoying a fun, free, festive day out with the family.
St John’s Church Christmas Craft Fair – 11th December
Open from 10am until 4.30pm Church Grove, Hampton Wick, enjoy plenty of craft stalls, delicious festive treats and try your luck with their tombola. You will also be entertained by some great locally sourced music. Plenty of family fun and a chance to support your local community.
The Mayor’s Christmas Concert – 17th December
Join the Mayor of Richmond upon Thames for the annual Mayor's Christmas concert featuring the wonderful musicians from The Middlesex Yeomanry Concert Band. Doors open at 7pm and for £15 per person includes mulled wine and mince pies with a cash bar and charity raffle. All proceeds go towards two amazing charities, Habitats & Heritage and A Dose of Nature charities who help raise awareness of the impact of climate change and biodiversity loss within the borough.
Most of all, relax, enjoy and support local
Whatever you do for Christmas this year we urge you to support local businesses, traders, artists, and entertainers.
Let the festivities begin!!!