It’s that joyous time of the year again. London’s dark winter days are transformed with festive spirit, with twinkling lights that hang above streets and across buildings, wafts of sweet, spicy delicacies and glitzy window displays. With the Christmas countdown well underway, this month, the Divas have plenty of events to help you take in the festive cheer.
West Hampstead’s Christmas Market, 5 Dec
Bringing the festive joy to NW6 is none other than West Hampstead’s Annual Christmas Market. A day of traditional Christmas nibbles, boutique stalls, puppet shows and even Father Christmas himself, the charming market makes for a wonderful day out for the family.
Chelsea Christmas Gift Fair, 5–6 Dec
The Chelsea Christmas Gift Fair returns to Old Town Hall on the famous King’s Road for a weekend of unique gift shopping. Boasting home decor, children’s clothes and toys and gifts to spoil your pets, browse the wares from over 80 hand-picked exhibitors under the Town Hall’s grand ceilings.
Syon Park Enchanted Woodland, 20 Nov—6 Dec
Syon Park’s 600-year-old gardens have had a festive makeover, with colourful illuminations and lights draped across its towering trees and majestic landmarks. Wrap up warm and take an evening stroll through the park’s trail, stopping to admire the ethereal artistry.
The Coach House Company Christmas Concert, Rosslyn Hill Chapel, 15 Dec
Bringing a dynamic live performance to Hampstead’s Neo Gothic Chapel is none other than The Coach House Company, a five-piece folk band with rich harmonies and instrumental prowess. Expect a memorable night of traditional jigs and Christmas tunes with a quirky folk twist.
A Christmas Collection, Heath Street Baptist Church, 16 Dec
Anticipate the lead up to Christmas with contemporary chamber choir City Academy Collective’s debut concert amid the breath-taking interiors of Heath Street Baptist Church. With a winsome mixture of contemporary and traditional song, the performance is sure to brim with festive spirit.
Christmas Past and Present, Fenton House, 5–20 Dec
Behind its regal 17th century exterior, the Christmas spirit in Fenton House cascades from its atmospheric rooms and Georgian interiors. Wander through Fenton’s palatial floors, past ornate decorations that capture the long, wonderful history of its occupants. In addition to its festive decor, enjoy choral music with a comforting glass of mulled wine.
Seasonal Tea at Scoff & Banter 24 Nov—24 Dec & 27—31 Dec
Aptly named, it would be impossible not to scoff down all of Scoff & Banter’s fanciful treats at their festive afternoon tea. Bites of delectable candied orange scones and spoonfuls of sherry trifles will remind you why Christmas is the most exciting (and delicious) time of the year.
The Nutcracker, Royal Opera House, 8 Dec—14 Jan
The Royal Ballet’s classic production of The Nutcracker is set to sparkle the main stage with theatrical splendour. Watch as fairytale characters, virtuous and villainous, weave a wondrous tale to the accompaniment of Tchaikovsky’s equally wondrous score.
Hampstead Butcher & Providore’s Traditional Treats
There’s nothing that captures the essence of Christmas quite like a hearty meal. That’s why local favourite Hampstead Butcher & Providore have conjured up a dreamy selection of festive food and drink. From dessert wines to champagne truffles, free-range meat to indulgent hors d’oeuvres, there’s something to satisfy all tastes. And, if you’re on the prowl for a present, the bespoke gift hampers are sublime.