Christmas Events in Richmond
By Jessica Ross
Whether you fancy taking the little ones to see Father Christmas or some mulled wine over a scented fire garden, Richmond upon Thames offers something for everyone this festive season.
Fri 4 Dec 2015 - Sun 10 Jan 2016
Cinderella is the most magical fairytale of them all! This classic rags to riches story sees Cinderella transformed from a put-upon maid to her horrid Ugly Sisters, to the belle of the ball! Starring Golden Globe & BAFTA award winning actress Hayley Mills making her panto debut as The Fairy Godmother and the nation's favourite dame, Olivier award winning Matthew Kelly (Stars in their eyes), joined by his son actor Matthew Rixon to create the loathsome Ugly Sisters. Joining this incredible line-up is none other than CBeebies presenter Chris Jarvis (Show me Show Me) who is back by popular demand in the role of Buttons.
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Christmas at Kew
Wed 25 Nov 2015 Sat 2 Jan 2016
Christmas at Kew is a unique night-time experience packed with magical moments to enjoy with friends and family. The one-mile sparkling path winds its way through the world-famous botanic gardens in a magical after-dark spectacle, with dancing illuminated fountains and glowing waterside reflections, a Choir of Holly Bushes, Tunnel of Lights and scented Fire Garden. Plus all of your favourite vintage rides, Christmas gifts and traditional festive fare.
Festive Horse Drawn Rides
Richmond Park, Holly Lodge
Fri 4 Dec 2015 Sat 2 Jan 2016
Have you always dreamt of joining Santa and his reindeers in his sleigh? This Christmas make your dreams come true and step into your very own horse drawn 'sleigh' for a magical ride in Richmond Park. This 90 minute experience begins at Holly Lodge, Richmond Park, where you'll be met with warm refreshments. You will take your place in the four-person Landau carriage under warm blankets, embarking on a 60 minute ride through the park in all its stark winter beauty. You'll also be treated to a unique behind-the-scenes visit of the working stables. A fantastic way to welcome in the festive season!
Strawberry Hill House, Twickenham
Sat 5 Dec 2015 Sun 24 Jan 2016
Skating next to Strawberry Hill House is
a truly magical festive treat which is very hard to beat. Richmond Rink is in
front of Walpoles Gothic fairytale castle in Strawberry Hill where Walpole
wrote the first Gothic novel, the Castle of Otranto, in
1764. As its backdrop the rink has the newly restored Strawberry Hill House, a
pure white and turreted Grade 1 listed building. From dusk the House will be
lit from within highlighting its unique collection of Renaissance stained glass
windows, a beautiful, unforgettable ice-skating experience.
Visit Father Christmas
Ham House, Ham
Sat 19 Dec Tue 22 Dec 2015
Follow a trail round the garden to visit Father Christmas in his grotto and receive a traditional Christmas gift. Follow clues around Ham's garden which will lead you to Father Christmas in his grotto in the Dairy. Enjoy festive storytelling in the basement and listen to stories of Ham at Christmastime. Take some of Christmas with you by creating a piece of art to take away and decorate your home with.
Carols by Candlelight
The Landmark Arts Centre, Teddington
Sat 19 Dec 2015
A wonderful festive start to Christmas week, with carols, seasonal music and words performed by Surrey Brass, local choirs and YOU! Come prepared to help raise the roof. Mulled wine and mince pies will be available but early booking is recommended as this is a very popular event.