Your guide to festive events in the weeks ahead
Decorations up already across Fulham
Christmas celebrations have begun in Fulham, with lights switched on in the Broadway Centre, shop windows sparkling and a host of seasonal events planned in December, including markets, music, fairs, children’s parties and of course visits from Santa.
Here’s where to find all the festive fun in Fulham and surrounding area.
Fulham Palace is hosting Christmas at the Palace on 13 and 14 December from 11am till 12.15pm, special guided tours offering visitors the chance to discover how Christmas has been celebrated at the Palace throughout history, from feasts in the Tudor period to Victorian carols. Find out more about all these events on its website.
On 16 December, from 7pm - 9pm, there will be a free party for 11 - 16-year-olds, with a DJ, open mike, games and lots of party food and on Sunday December 18, Santa will be dropping into the centre with gifts for local children from 10am before joining the Fulham Camerata Choir for a Christmas carol singalong at midday.
All these events are free with no ticket required and you can find out more on the centre’s website.
On 17 December, from 10am till 5pm, North End Road will be closed to traffic for Fulham’s biggest festive event, the Christmas Market with over 150 stalls lining the road alongside the normal fruit and veg stalls, selling arts, crafts, jewellery, vintage, candles, home accessories, fashion and seasonal gifts. There will also be food stalls offering street food from around the world, seasonal mulled wine, mince pies and treats, and live music, choirs children’s workshops and street entertainment including a skating snowman, knitted elves, and of course Santa..
In Hammersmith, this year’s pantomime at the Lyric Hammersmith is Jack and the Beanstalk. Jack’s ‘climb of a lifetime’ runs till 7 January, promising beanstalk climbing, giant defeating, golden egg laying, extreme skateboarding, milk explosions, singing cows and some absolutely outrageous outfits.
While the panto is suitable for everyone aged six and up, the Lyric is also welcoming back Raymond Briggs’ much loved Father Christmas, which is suitable for smaller children, is also now open and runs until 31 December.
The Lyric’s festive offerings continue on from 12 to 19 December , Joe Stilgoe takes to the stage, hosting his hugely popular Christmas party with special guests, gospel choirs and ridiculous singalongs.
Find out more about all these events on the Lyric’s website.
Then from 15 December till 1 January, with start times throughout the day and evening, the acclaimed Circus 1903 makes its new home at the Apollo, offering all the thrills and daredevil entertainment of a turn-of-the-century circus including strong men, contortionists, acrobats and elephants! Find out more about all these events.
Barons Court Theatre in Comeragh Road is also getting into the Christmas spirit as it presents a haunting adaptation of the most famous festive ghost story ever written - Dickens’ A Christmas Carol, running from 7 December until Christmas Eve. Find out more and book tickets.
At Riverside Studios, Jonny Feathers the Rock and Roll Pigeon, running from 7 December to 8 January, is aimed at little rebels aged four to eight, but promises laughs and live music to entertain the whole family. Find out more and book tickets.
At Westfield Shopping Centre, you can take to the ice in Westfield’s Winter Village, with its outdoor rink open until 8 January. Santa is also on his way to Shepherd’s Bush, and children can visit his woodland lodge and meet the big man himself from 10 till 24 December . Find out the details here.
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December 12, 2022