Whats on this Christmas in West Essex
PUBLISHED: 13:34 02 December 2011 | UPDATED: 20:23 20 February 2013
Oh yes it is! Your essential guide to the Christmas season with <br/><br/>must-see pantomines and the most magical of Santa's <br/><br/>grottos as well as our usual events listing
Light up a Life Celebration
Events from now until 11th December
Various locations on different dates, please check the website
The Christmas season is a special time of year for celebration with our families and friends, but for many it can be a sad time where our thoughts turn to our loved ones who are no longer with us. St Clare Hospice invites you to Light up a Life and come together with your friends and family to remember and celebrate the life of someone close to you. At each special event lights will be illuminated in memory of your loved ones, they are open to everyone and you dont have to have experienced hospice care. Christmas music and refreshments will follow the service.
If you would like to dedicate a light in memory of someone special to you, please call 01279 773750 or
Dickensian Afternoon Tea
4th, 11th and 18th December (Sundays)
Hanbury Manor, Ware SG12 0SD
Step back in time to a Victorian Christmas with the ever fashionable traditional afternoon tea including finely cut sandwiches, freshly baked scones, dainty pastries and cakes. Add a glass of bubbly to indulge in while enjoying the live carol singing with classic Christmas carols to get you truly in the spirit of the season.
Price: 29 per person, booking is highly recommended for this popular event, call 01920 487 722
Wine and Networking
8th December, 6pm
Loughton Cricket Club, 11 The Uplands, Loughton IG10 1NQ
Epping Forest Business Group (EFBG) invites you to a blind wine tasting, food and networking event so bring plenty of business cards. Established over three years EFBG is a strong network of trade and professional people who meet weekly with the prime purpose of generating qualified business leads through reliable and trustworthy referrals. The wine tasting, courtesy of member Stephen Murphy from The Wine Factor in Chingford, is an ideal way to find out more about the group.
EFBG also meets every Thursday morning from 7.30am at the Queen Victoria pub in Theydon Bois where business gets done over breakfast.
Open evening admission: Free, booking is essential
For further information visit
www.efbg.co.uk or call 0845 505 5900
Woodfords Indoor Boot Sale
11th December, 10am-12pm
Woodford County High School, High Road, Woodford Green IG8 9LA
Perfect timing for a pre-Christmas clear-out! Book your own table or just come along and pick-up a bargain. Refreshments available and public parking at Sir James Hawkey Hall.
Bookings: 10 (Table provided),
forms available at
For further information call 0208 491 0054 or email email@example.com
Elbow the Elf Saves Christmas
From now until 24th December
Westfield Stratford City
A Pixar-quality 5D animated story experience with fourth dimension wind, lights and elf dust effects! Feature in the film and help Elbow on his quest.
Free of charge. Booking essential at www.ticketmaster.co.uk/westfieldstratfordcity/grotto
Biggest Ever Santas Grotto
From now until 24th December
Lakeside Shopping Centre, Thurrock RM20 2ZP
Set to dazzle children with a giant toy chest theme, huge moving characters from soldiers to rocking horses, and a state-of-the-art 3D cinema experience.
Free of charge with gift. Booking essential at www.lakeside.uk.com/grotto
Santa Claus is coming to town
Every Sunday until Christmas
Toyology, 86 High Street,
Barkingside IG6 2DR
Santa will be taking time off from his hard work in the North Pole, to visit Toyology and see all the children.
Admission 3 including gift. For further information call 020 8551 4600
Father Christmas in the Forest
3rd and 4th December, 10am-3pm
Visitor Centre, High Beach
Follow a short fun trail through the forest to see Father Christmas in his special forest grotto.
Booking essential for timed slots, 6.50 per child including gift.
For further information call
020 8508 0028
Pick of the Pantomimes
2nd December 2011 to 2nd January 2012
Civic Theatre Chelmsford, Fairfield Road, Chelmsford CM1 1JG
One from the Heart in association with the Chelmsford Civic Theatre present Sleeping Beauty, the spellbinding family pantomime with the beautiful Princess Aurora.
For further information visit www.chelmsford.gov.uk/theatres or call 01245 606505
3rd December 2011 to 14th January 2012 Queens Theatre, Billet Lane, Hornchurch, RM11 1QT
No more scrubbing for Cinders shes off to the ball and youre invited! Join the ugly sisters, silly Buttons and our brave heroine on a magical, rags to riches adventure as the fairy godmother turns her into a dazzling beauty fit for a prince.
For further information visit www.queens-theatre.co.uk/
Jack and the Beanstalk
17th December 2011 to
22nd January 2012
Kenneth More Theatre, Oakfield Road, Ilford, Essex IG1 1BT
Meet Buttercup the cow and shed a tear as the Trotts send their beloved bovine to market. Cheer, boo and laugh your way through this traditional family pantomime. A wonderful treat for everyone, from 4
For further information visit www.kenneth-more-theatre.co.uk/
2nd to 15th January 2012
Sir James Hawkey Hall, Broomhill Road, Woodford Green IG8 0BG
Join Wendy and the lost boys on a magical journey to Never Never Land, boo at the bad Captain Hook and cheer on the crocodile! Lots of Tinkerbell sparkle and swash-buckling action for girls
and boys alike.
For further information visit www.redbridge.gov.uk or call 020 8504 6883