We’re Dreaming of a Southwark Christmas

Christmas lights

If you live in Southwark and were feeling left out from our focus on Christmas events in Wandsworth – don’t fret – we’ve put this blog together just for you. It’s our roundup of all the fab Crimble events going on around the borough as the festive season gets into full swing.

So – get ready don the woolly hat, wrap up that scarf, pull on your winter boots and start feeling all christmasy…

Crimbo Lights and Markets

Yup, there’s not much to get you more in the mood for Christmas than a big lights switch on – so if you fancy some illuminations to kick off your Christmas you’ll want to know where to be and when. But in what you might think is a Bah-humbug twist there aren’t as many Christmas light switch-ons as you might have been used to in recent years – instead there are Christmas markets galore – designed to help you get your gift buying off to a good start and into the festive spirit. Here are the highlights, dates and times…

Friday 20 November – Thursday 24 December

The Southbank Centre’s Christmas Market is here for a little over a month – so there’s plenty of opportunity to get into the Christmas spirit. Stretched out along the river bank the market’s wooden chalets play host to food, drinks, gifts and treats. Open from 11am – 10pm daily (9pm Sundays) it is one of Southwark’s longest running free events this Christmas.

December 2nd

The Borough Market christmas light switch on is a firm favourite and this year takes place on 2nd December from 5.30pm. Celebrity Health Foodies Jasmine and Melissa Hemsley have been given the honour of pushing the button and illuminating the 1,000 year old Market square. And don’t panic Mince Pies and Mulled wine will be available. Full details on the Market website.

December 5th

The East Dulwich Christmas Cracker – billed as a street festival with all the trimmings takes place on 5th December from 11am – 5pm. Another free event – it will feature plenty of street stalls, but also performances from local choirs, bands and groups, as well as quirky street entertainment, a treasure hunt and arts and crafts workshops.

Get the full details of what’s in the Cracker from the Southwark Council’s Southwark Presents website

December 4th – 6th

Also over the weekend of 5th December is Southwark Cathedral’s Christmas Market. Featuring wide variety of unusual stalls and other events, Christmas Tours of the Cathedral and Southwark Brass band – it has something of a blast from Christmas’ past about it. Visit the Southwark Cathedral website for full details.

But it’s not all Christmas Markets – there are plenty of other events if you fancy something different – from the traditional to the active or unusual…

Christmas Carols at Southwark Cathedral

Christmas is a worshipful time, and a huge part of that worship is singing carols. Southwark Cathedral are hosting a Carol Concert on 15th December from 7pm. A charitable event on behalf of Feed the Minds, it’s all about singing along and getting involved – as well as readings from special guests. Last year’s event was completely sold out – so head over to the eventbrite website to get the full details, book tickets to avoid disappointment.

Park Run Christmas

If you want to make sure the Christmas calories stay off, then keeping up with your running is a good way to burn up those mince pies. There’s a Christmas themed run on 20th December – Park Run’s Southwark office webpage has got the full rundown (ahem) of Christmas events in the Borough.

Christmas is Magic, Metaphorically, and Literally

Christmas has a magical feeling – but even more so if you head to community owned ‘The Ivy House’ Pub on 28th December for their family magic show. With the promise that one lucky customer will be cut in half, it’s sure to be an experience that leaves you asking how did they do that? For more info and how to buy tickets visit the Magic, Mind Reading and Mayhem website.

Finally, 1000 Christmas Kisses!

Aforementioned Borough Market have a rather special event on 16th December at 12.30pm – a world record attempt for the greatest number of simultaneous kisses under mistletoe. Before you get the wrong end of the stick – you don’t have to snog 1000 people. Just bring kiss someone you know and kiss them on the cheek. All the details are on BrokeinLondon’s website here.


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