Top 10 Advent Calendar:  Christmas family fun activities for you in Redbridge  

The holiday season is just around the corner with lots of festivities on the way! With the cold weather creeping up, there’s no need to travel far to experience the joys of the festive season. Why not stay local in Redbridge and celebrate!  

Advent calendars are full of treats, so we’ve compiled our very own, just for you – filled with must-see activities and events, that are their own special treats for you and the family. Without further ado, let’s begin our count down to Christmas:  

  1. Light up your Christmas 

 To kick start the celebrations a series of Christmas lights switch-on events have been taking place around the borough. During each event children were also invited to take part in various Christmas activities such as Storytime with Santa, Christmas crafts and elf trail at Redbridge Libraries.

  1. Have a ball with Cinderella 

What is Christmas without a classic pantomime? Join us as our stage lights up once again this holiday season and a classic story is brought to life. We’ve all missed the theatre during the last year, and now is the best time to experience these great stories once again, but with a panto-twist of course.   

Our Christmas Pantomime this year is set to be a magical one, as Cinderella is coming to the Kenneth More Theatre this winter season. This perfect pantomime is perfect for all ages, and is full of laughs, giggles and surprises.  

Our enchanting cast includes Elizabeth Bright as our very own Cinderella, and Timothy Mylechreest as the handsome prince, as well as other familiar faces such as Karl Greenwood, Darren Hart, Alan French and Liam Harkins.  

Get those ballgowns ready and hop into your own pumpkin carriage to come down to the Kenneth More Theatre!  

Experience the joys of the theatre for yourself – or why not gift the experience to someone you love? The wonders of theatre are for everyone. But hurry and book your tickets before the clock strikes midnight, as tickets for this wonderful performance are selling out fast! There are a range of dates for you to choose from – from December to early January, whether you want to enjoy the experience before Christmas, or even welcome in your new year with a laugh.  Book your tickets now.

  1. Gifts Galore 

Gifts are always the most difficult thing to decide upon. But not to worry, Valentines Mansion have you covered with our Christmas Artists Open Studios on Sunday 5 December.  

Discover original artworks, and unique items and crafts such as paintings, fused glass, stained glass, basketry and much more. If you’re looking for a special, heartfelt, and handcrafted gift, gift ideas or if you simply want to be inspired by the amazing artworks of these local artists, then stop on by. You certainly won’t find these gifts on the high-street.  Entry is free! Find out more.

  1. Santa is coming to town!  

…On the Santa Express, no less!  

Santa is on his sleigh, flying around Redbridge to spread joy and festive cheer with this live performance! Sing along to your favourite Christmas songs. This is the perfect activity for the family, as this 30-minute showcase a must-see! The Mayor of Redbridge will also be attending opening and closing performances of the show on 11 and 18 of December.  

If you’re on the nice list, then you can even capture the moment and get your very own photo with Santa.  

This festive performance will be supporting Redbridge Carers’ Support Service. Santa’s little elves will be collecting donations at each performance, so you can this wonderful cause with your donations. 

These performances are free, so don’t miss out!  For dates and times visit our website.

  1. Join Alice in a Winter Wonderland 

Join us for this modern take of a classic tale, brought to the stage of Redbridge Drama Centre this December!  

Alice in Wonderland is an unforgettable story filled with mystery and wonder as she embarks on a journey of discovery. – But this certain performance has a winter twist! Will Alice really be able to bring the Christmas sprit to Wonderland? Only time will tell, and time certainly isn’t on her side.  

A magical world of rabbits, caterpillars, and Cheshire cats awaits you!  

Book your ticket now for this fantastic performance

  1. Christmas Choirs and Carols!  

Friday 17 December be sure to keep those calendars clear because the Redbridge Music Service are putting on their annual Christmas Concert at Sir James Hawkey Hall.  

Featuring Redbridge Music School Ensembles and the Youth Choir, this magical night is one not to be missed. Join us for an evening of harmonies as the sound of music fills the air – the perfect experience to put you in that Christmas spirit! Book your ticket now to avoid disappointment.

  1. Dance the night away! 

The Silent Disco is coming to Kenneth More theatre, and this time it’s a Christmas special. The Silent DJ’s are here to bring you the best music in town, with 3 different channels of music so you can pick something that suits you, and if you want to switch things up, you can always switch the channel! Stay rocking all night with our 3 master DJ’s who are great at getting the crowd going.  

Get those dancing shoes ready, and put on a pair of headphones, because the silent Disco is waiting for you! 

Book your ticket for now Saturday 18 December to secure your set of headphones.  

  1. Peter Pan at Christmas

Join Peter as he visits Wendy and the Darling family at the most magical time of the year!

This brand new show touches themes of inclusivity and imagination in a truly funny and heartwarming burst of energy and joy.

Hip hop lyricism meets physical comedy as Wendy returns to the kids room to include her younger brother Michael in an adventure to Neverland with Peter Pan.

From mermaids to pirates and fifteen page Christmas lists, Wendy explores what it means to grow up and remain connected to our inner child in 2021.

  1. Christmas on Ice! 

Fairlop Waters presents for the first time ever – an outdoor ice rink with a surrounding Winter Village.  

Come along and try your skills on the ice with your friends and family, with skate hire and aids available on the day.   

But if skating isn’t your style, then you can enjoy the wonderful warm beverages to keep you toasty. There will also be a range of other activities for you to try such as letter-writing to Santa, decorating and even the Polar Express!  

The Fairlop Winter Village opens on December 11, perfect for the holidays.  

  1. Terrific Trees 

Finding a Christmas Tree can make or break a Christmas party, so be sure to swing by Christchurch Green this Holiday season to find your perfect tree. The Christmas Tree Amigos are bringing their unique brand to Christchurch green, to provide the best Christmas Tree buying experience for families.  

Find yourself the perfect tree this Christmas!   

Keep busy this Holiday season and make your Christmas 2021 even more magical! For a full list of Christmas events and for more information on these festive-fun events, please visit our website.

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