‘Effort austerity’ means we don’t do a big Christmas listings thing here on Twickerati but we have added a few goings-on to whet your Twickenham #Twickmas festive appetite.
The Twickenham Town Business Association has produced a very useful guide. In fact, it’s so useful that we’ve plagiarised many of the highlights here and added a few other bits and pieces too. You should be able to find something you like. Failing that, there’s always the pub. Good luck, innit!
CHRISTMAS FAIRS, MARKETS, LIGHT UPS
Twickenham’s Christmas Lights switch-on takes place on Sunday 26th November. From 2.00pm there’s lots going on around town including a Santa’s grotto and land train, Christmas stalls in Water Lane and free sessions of drawing and readings with Gruffalo & Ugly Five illustrator Axel Scheffler in the Diamond Jubilee Gardens (booking required). The DJG will also have mini-reindeer and a snow machine. Church Street shops will be open so there will be opportunities for Christmas shopping (and eating) too. Look out for mulled wine at Ricardo’s Cellar. There will be singing, music, including from the Royal Military School of Music and face painting. The tree ‘switch on’ is planned for 5.30pm on King Street.
There will also be stalls and carols at Twickenham Green too. The big switch on ‘up west’ is planned for 4.40pm outside Arthur’s Pizza. The Kneller Hall band will be here too. It’s likely to be a slightly more sedate affair compared to the more crowded town centre. Ave it!
A more detailed listing from Try Twickenham is here.
Meanwhile in ‘villages’ nearby…
- East Twickenham will switch on its Christmas tree on Friday 24th November at 5.30pm. There will be carol singers and mulled wine too. Where is it? By Richmond Bridge of course. Like, duh!
- Richmond‘s Christmas festivities also get under way on Friday 24th November from 5.00pm. Christopher Biggins will be in da house! Oh no he won’t. Oh yes he will. The Biggins event runs from 5.00pm to 6.15pm outside Whole Foods Market on George Street / Eton Street. There will be mince pies, entertainment and a Christmas Grotto. There will also be street entertainment on Sat 25th. More.
- Hampton Hill‘s Christmas parade is also on Friday 24th November from 5.30pm. More.
- Whitton has a Christmas Fair on Sunday 26th. It runs from 12.00 to 5.00pm with the lights getting switched on at 4.30pm. The Kneller Hall marching band will provide banging Christmas tunes. More on FB.
- Teddington‘s big Christmas Lights and shopping event is on Thursday 30th from 4.00pm.
- St Margarets, will, no doubt be having a hand-painted artisan Christmas. To find out for yourself we suggest you attend both the Christmas lights switch on on Thursday 30th from 6.30pm to 9.00pm
- St Margarets also has the Crown Road Christmas Fair on Sunday 10th December from 11-6pm. Expect music stalls, plenty to eat and drink and a fat bloke with a white beard and a red suit. More.
- Hampton? And what of plucky little Hampton, you ask? Well that’s taking place on Sunday 3rd December.
OTHER GOINGS ON
On Sunday 26th there is a Christmas Fair at Strawberry Hill House. Arts, crafts and Christmas gifts will be for sale. There will be music, food and drink to help you make those all important purchase decisions. The house also has some other events taking place in December including tours, talks, festive music and workshops. More.
On Saturday 2nd December Church Street is hosting a ‘Festival of Lights’. From midday to 6.00pm there will be stalls, kids entertainment, live music and a Christmas Grotto. There will be Punch and Judy show too. We assume these things have been sanitised for the modern age. Thwack! Is that still the way to do it??
If you want something a little bit different or just fancy a glass of mulled wine then head over to Eel Pie Island on either the 2nd or 3rd of December. It’s the artists’ Christmas open studios event when you can have a browse and buy paintings, prints and gifts between 10.30am and 5.00pm. More.
On Tuesday 5th December there’s the Mayor’s Christmas Concert at York House featuring musicians from Kneller Hall. Tickets are £15 but concessions also apply.
Church Street traders have a late shopping evening on Friday 8th. It’ll give you a chance to “shop local” for Christmas gifts and imbibe in a glass or two as well. Ricardo’s Cellar is also hosting a wine tasting event that evening too.
The French Market returns to Church Street on Saturday 9th and Sunday 10th December. Expect fromage, vin, cidre, bon bons, cadeaux.
And on Saturday 10th, two more events of note are the Community Festival at St Mary’s University with all local residents invited to attend and a Twickenham Christmas Craft Fair in St Mary’s Church Hall, Church Street.
Ice Skating? Nope, no rink in Twickenham again this year. Maybe something for the town square if it ever happens. See you there in 2023!
However, you can get your skates on at Hampton Court. In fact, there are plenty of other Christmas activities at Hampton Court including story telling and wreath making workshops. And there’s also the BBC Good Food Festive Fest on 8th to 10th December. More.
Kew Gardens is also a fantastic place to visit over Christmas to see the illuminated trail. Even the professional miserablists will be impressed by the lights and sounds. Christmas at Kew.
Fancy something a bit different? Richmond Park will feature horse-drawn carriage rides around the park. More info.
Want to know how the Stuarts celebrated Christmas? Head over the Ham House for a trip back over 200 years into the past. Expect a lot of flouncing plus natural greenery decorating the historic house, music, food and sparkling trees. More.
If you fancy a family trip to watch top flight rugby then Big Game 10 is on Saturday 30th December. Harlequins take on Northampton at Twickenham Stadium. Kick off is 4.00pm but there’s entertainment too. Expect some people off the X-Factor. Info.
PANTO & THEATRE
Richmond Shakespeare Society, Twickenham – Twickenham’s theatre group will be putting on The Railway Children from 9th to 16th December. RSS Info.
Orange Tree Theatre, Richmond – George Bernard Shaw’s Misalliance runs over the December and January. The revival of this early comedy could provide an excellent diversion from other Christmas goings on. Orange Tree Info.
Richmond Theatre – Panto time! Aladdin features Sir Christopher Biggins and Count Arthur Strong. No prizes for guessing what role CB is taking on. Runs from 9th Dec to 14th Jan. Richmond Theatre Info.
Rose Theatre, Kingston – The Rose’s Christmas production is ‘Alice in Winterland’. No, not Wonderland, Winterland! A new take on Alice’s adventures incorporating actors, puppetry and projections too. Runs 7th December to 7th January. Rose Theatre.
Hampton Hill Theatre – Mr Toad, Ratty, Badger, Mole and weasels are in action at Hampton Hill. No, it’s not a cabinet meeting in TW12, it’s Wind in the Willows! This festive family show runs from the 9th to 16th December. Hampton Hill Theatre.
We’re not going to spell it all out for you but here are a few links to the regular nights taking place locally where you might find something you like:
Bearcat Comedy Club – Top comedy line ups week in week out. Its special New Year’s Eve show features not just comedy but a late bar and DJs to get you dancing. – www.bearcatcomedy.co.uk
TwickFolk – Traditional & contemporary folk on Sundays at The Cabbage Patch – www.twickfolk.co.uk
The Eel Pie Club – Rhythm & blues. Look out for its rockin’ Christmas party on Wednesday 13th December. www.eelpieclub.com
Twickenham Jazz Club – Based at The Patch at The Cabbage Patch Pub and offering a range of jazz and big band music – www.twickenhamjazzclub.co.uk
And don’t forget that you can find live music in many local pubs such as The White Swan, Shack 68, The St Margarets Tavern and The Prince Albert.