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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.

Richmond Theatre
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. 

With stunning sets, gorgeous fairytale costumes, riotous Panto Dames, real Shetland ponies and bags of audience participation, fun and laughter is guaranteed for all of the family! 
★★★★ 'This Panto is the perfect mix of old and new which is certain to delight theatregoers of all ages'
The Reviews Hub 
★★★★★ 'Possibly the best panto seen in the borough for at least a decade'

Christmas at Kew
Kew Gardens
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! 

Richmond Rink
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 Walpole’s 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.