A Greenwich Christmas Cracker

With the festive season almost upon us (did you catch the John Lewis advert yet)? Our lovely Borough has been busy decking its halls for its annual Christmas celebrations.

We hear that not only can you create and take part in spectacular parades of handmade lanterns no less. But there will be live music, craft workshops and a visit from the North Pole to keep the little people happy and excited! Sipping away on your hot chocolate, while taking selfies in a human-sized giant snow globe! 

Greenwich Christmas Cracker

Take a look at the details below to find your Greenwich Christmas Cracker of a get-together!

Greenwich Lights On

Kicking everything off this year is Greenwich Lights On taking place on the 20th November. Performances from community choirs, Santa’s Grotto, craft workshop and a funfair, provide the enjoyment in and around Greenwich Market from 4pm to 7pm. free lantern-making workshops on 16th November from 1pm to 4pm at Greenwich Market for the event’s lantern parade.

Eltham Lights Up

Pop on down to Eltham to see the movie-themed lantern parade on Thursday the 21st November when the tree lights will be switched on. Maritime Radio will host the stage on the High Street where ‘A Touch of Little Mix’ and other local acts will bring the on the big Christmas cheer. For the smaller people, you’ll find a soft-play bus, street performances and a Meccano model display. So whether it’s playing on the gaming bus or dancing in the silent disco, you’ll find something for all ages. Eltham High Street will be closed from traffic – 3.30pm to 8pm for the celebrations. With the main event from 4pm-7pm.

Feeling creative? Make your own lanterns for the parade at a free lantern-making workshop at Eltham Library on Saturday 16 November, 11am to 1pm.

Thamesmead Sparkle

Get warmed up with and toasty with delicious free hot chocolate and mince pies at Thamesmead Sparkle on Friday 29 November. The spectacular, run in partnership with Peabody, takes place from 3.30pm to 6.30pm at the Clocktower, Joyce Dawson Way. It also features live stage music, street performances, food and craft stalls and a drop-in craft workshop for the kids. And don’t forget to say hello to the special guest from the North Pole!

Woolwich Winter Warmer

Step into Christmas at the magical Woolwich Winter Warmer on Saturday 7 December from 12 to 6.30pm. Organised in partnership with Berkley Homes, the extravaganza will have not one, but two live music stages hosted Maritime Radio featuring performances from local choirs and Ariana Grande tribute act The Dangerous Woman! 

Find unique, handmade gifts for family and friends at The Collective market, take a ride on a pedal-powered sleigh and round it all off with a hot chocolate or mulled wine from one of the food and drink stalls while watching the firework finale.

Join the parade with your own lantern which you can make yourself on the day at a free lantern-making workshop in Woolwich Library from 11am to 2pm.

For updates on the free winter wonderland festivities across the Royal Borough visit royalgreenwich.gov.uk/christmas