The fireworks have popped, fizzed and banged their way through all the ooh’s and aah’s and the last of the bonfire’s have smouldered to ashes. Which means the Christmas run-in can get properly started. So to whet your festive appetite, we’ve had a look at what’s on in the Wandsworth neck of the woods this Christmas season – from crimble light switch-ons to outdoor skating, pantomimes and other festive events – there’s plenty to get you in the mood for the Fourteenth Christmas of the 3rd Millennium…
Christmas around the Borough of Wandsworth is always fun, with plenty to do and see to keep everyone entertained. So if your thoughts are heading to all the things you might do over the season of Mince Pies and Oranges – then we hope our humble blog will give you a few pointers and help you with your plans.
Christmas Light Switch Ons
There’s something about turning out to see the Christmas Light switch on. It might be the feeling of being part of a community. It might be the food and entertainment on offer. Or it might just be that the moment the lights switch on – with a sense of a rhythmical march along the High Street – that you know the starting gun for Christmas has well and truly been fired.
So where are the light switch ons to get excited about? Well – here are the dates (courtesy of wandsworth.gov.uk) – but you’ll have to check nearer the time who’s been lined up to push the button or flick the switch. Whether it will be One Direction, their erstwhile tribute band One More Direction, or spoof parody act Wrong Direction, we cannot say…
Wednesday November 26th
Clapham Junction Christmas Lights – 6.30pm, Slug & Lettuce.
Friday November 28th
Putney Christmas Lights & Market – 6pm
Northcote Road Christmas Lights and Fair – Bennerly Road 6pm.
Saturday November 29th
Wandsworth Town Christmas Lights – Saturday November 29th, 4.20pm, All Saints Church.
Sunday November 30th
Balham Christmas Lights – Hildreth Street. noon – 6pm.
Bellevue Christmas Lights and Market – Bellevue Road, noon-5pm
Tuesday December 2
Battersea Square Christmas Lights – 7.15pm
Southfields Christmas Lights – Southfields Station, 5pm
Wednesday December 3
Tooting Christmas Lights – Church Corner, 4.50pm
But Christmas light switch ons are just the start – there are plenty of other events that are happening that will help you make Christmas 2015 one that you won’t forget…
New York, New York
Start Spreadin’ the News, I’m leaving today… no that’s wrong, no one’s leaving (but if they were then there’d be no notice on move out, and they’d get a refund on any days they’d paid for but hadn’t used). No, that was just us getting in the mood for the New York themed party at Battersea Evolution.
It’s an extravaganza recreating everything that’s great about the Big Apple: from sumptuous canapés and cocktails in Manhattan bars to street performers and Broadway musicals. They got it all going’ on…
Dreaming of a White Christmas…
If you like your Christmases more Bing (we mean Crosby, not the Microsoft Search engine) and less Frank (Sinatra – as in New York, New York), then the White Christmas Fair could well be more your style. Taking place from 11am – 8pm on the 28th November on Northcote Road and Webbs Road, Battersea, it’s a free event featuring over 100 stalls.
It’s a great place to kick off your Christmas Shopping – with the promise of stalls selling jewellery, greetings cards, Christmas Trees and Wreaths, children swear and lots more. Plus, you’re sure to find all the appealing Christmas fair accompaniments including mulled wine, hot toddies and mince pies. Yum. Find out more at whitechristmasfair.co.uk
Santa Run – Earn those Christmas Lunch Calories
If Christmas fills you with dread – because the amount of food you’ll consume will undo all the work you’ve put in on keeping trim during the other 11 months of the year – then the Santa Run in Battersea Park might be your salvation.
It’s a 6km charity run around Battersea Park that starts at 10am on Saturday 5th December. Entry costs £22, and is in aid of Disability Snowsport UK (they provide the opportunity for people with disabilities to experience the thrill of Snowsports). The fee includes your Santa costume, which you get to keep, so you could continue to use it throughout on your daily commute if you want to keep up a Santa alter-ego.
If you’re throwing calorie counting caution to the wind, then there’s mulled wine and Christmas Cake at the end. At the very worst you should be calorie neutral.