Festive atmosphere is brewing as a full array of activities looks set return after the disappointment of 2020’s last-minute cancellations due to the pandemic.
This year you shall go to the ball. Richmond Theatre has a production of Cinderella from Friday 3 December – Sunday 2 January with Anton Du Beke. The theatre also presents Moscow City Ballet performing two classical Russian ballets in January: Swan Lake Wednesday 12 – Friday 14 January and The Nutcracker on Saturday 15 January.
The Lyric, Hammersmith presents Aladdin from Friday 19 November – Sunday 2 January and Raymond Briggs’ Father Christmas from Wednesday 24 November – Friday 24 December.
Chiswick also has a production of Aladdin by St Michael’s Players, the well-loved drama group which has been staging pantos for decades in the church hall of St Michael’s Church, Elmwood Rd. Their production runs Tuesday 7 – Saturday 11 December.
Also on at the same time, this year’s Christmas show for children at Watermans in Brentford is The Gruffalo, suitable for three-year olds and upwards, from Thursday 2 – Saturday 11 December.
West London is blessed with a number of stately homes and parks which are either owned or at least open to the public and they make the most of their grounds at this time of year.
Christmas at Kew has earned the description of “spectacular”, lighting up the trees after dark in a magical winter trail with “sparkling tunnels of light, dancing waterside reflections, and trees drenched in jewel-like colour on your way to the panoramic Palm House light display” from Wednesday 17 November until Sunday 9 January.
The Enchanted Woodland at Syon House – the opportunity to see the 600-year-old gardens transformed by a display of lights and music – starts on 12 November and continues until 28 November.
Gunnersbury Park & Museum has a visiting Victorian Father Christmas, though one-on-one visits with him are already sold out. The Cabinet of Living Cinema presents The Snowman on Saturday 11 December; there are a number of free family drop-in ‘Christmas Crafternoons’ where you can take part in a Christmas activity and take something home and they have a Magic Lantern Christmas show on Wednesday 29 December.
Chiswick House presents A Chiswick Christmas – ‘two long weekends of Christmas shopping and festive cheer, with artisan markets, workshops and Christmas carols’: 3-5 December (Friday – Sunday) and 7– 9 December, with the Duck Pond Market at the centre of it (see below).
Chiswick Cinema’s Christmas season includes a screening of Elf, with Will Ferrell as the baby who one Christmas Eve crawled into Santa’s bag of toys and is raised as an elf, only one who is three times bigger than all the other elves. Sunday 5 December.
It includes Home Alone on Sunday 12 December; a Frozen sing–along on Sunday 19 December; the most classic of all Christmas classics, A Wonderful Life on Thursday 23 December; and the all-action Bruce Willis / Alan Rickman movie Die Hard on Sunday 26 December.
If you’re looking for something a little more highbrow the cinema is also screening performances from some of the world’s greatest ballet and opera companies. The Royal Opera House’s production of The Nutcracker is on Thursday 9 December, Tosca on Wednesday 15 December, The Bolshoi Ballet’s version of The Nutcracker on Saturday 18 December and they are showing the Met Opera’s version of Cinderella on New Year’s Day.
The local church is the place to sing your heart out to favourite carols at Christmas, complete with traditional Christmas drunks at the back. Church carol services are too many to list here, but to name a few …
There are three Christmas concerts at St Michael & All Angels Church, Bedford Park: Chiswick Choir has one on Saturday 4 December – ‘Wenceslas and other seasonal works’; the Hogarth Singers have a Christmas carol concert on Saturday 11 December and West London Sinfonia presents a children’s concert on Sunday 12 December.
The Petros Singers have a concert of ‘favourite carols and seasonal songs from Medieval Scandinavia, through Renaissance Italy and Baroque Germany, to Dickensian England and contemporary Hollywood’ – Glad Christmas Comes on Saturday 11 December at St Peter’s Church, Black Lion Lane W6.
Aside from that, The Musical Museum in Brentford presents The Christmas Concert with resident organist Richard Hills at the famous Wurlitzer on Sunday 12 December and they’re holding a Tea Dance on Saturday 4 December.
And finally Jazz at George IV presents The Mississippi Swamp Dogs Christmas special on Thursday 23 December.
Image above: Chiswick Flower Market; photograph Anna Kunst
Fill your house with plants and flowers for Christmas from the Chiswick Flower Market on Sunday 5 December, and of course they make great presents at well.
The Saturday of that weekend, Saturday 4 December, sees the Chiswick Antique, Retro and Collectables Fair return to St Michael’s Church Hall in Elmwood Rd.
The open air Antiques and Vintage Market will be the following weekend, on Sunday 12 December, and the Chiswick Cheese Market offers all sorts of delectable Christmas treats on Sunday 19 December.
The Food Market Chiswick runs every Sunday morning from 10.00am – 2.00 pm in Dukes Meadows.
The Duck Pond Market will be in the gardens of Chiswick House on Saturday 4 and 18 December, offering streetfood, plants, food, gifts and crafts.
To see what else is on in and around Chiswick, check out our Events listings pages: What’s on in Chiswick
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