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Let’s hear those sleigh bells ringing … South London style: Festive fun comes to Herne Hill!!
From free footrubs to a green Santa, there’s plenty of fun for kids and adults alike in Herne Hill this month, as our favourite corner of South London brings together lots of lovely local traders to create a host of unmissable Christmas events.
Herne Hill Christmas Fair
Saturday 13th December
11:00 – 16:00
Come on down to join in this annual Christmas extravaganza, with an Enchanted Winter Woodland, biscuit decorating, local arts and crafts, carol singing, mistletoe corner and a snow queen themed wonderland Grotto. You can try your hand at a green Santa drawing class, courtesy of Blue Patch, indulge in a spot of magic trickery from Barrie the Illusioneer, listen to Christmas tales at Herne Hill Books, or massage away your aches and pains with a free foot rub at the wellbeing hub. Children can try out the free entertainment from the fabulous Gymboree, Bea’s Baby Bop and nursery activity workshop from Rainbow Smiles to keep your little ones busy throughout the day. Or pop into the Health Hub for a free blood pressure check, flu jab or cholesterol test (limited number) or to drop off a contribution to the Christmas Food and Present Bank. Or just relax a while, and indulge in fresh roasted chestnuts and mulled wine as you snap up some quirky Christmas gifts and soak up some Yuletide music.
Supported by a host of lovely local sponsors, including Gymboree, Rainbow Smiles and the Health Hub.
How to get there: stalls, activities and events throughout Herne Hill. Trains to Herne Hill run from Victoria (9 mins), Blackfriars and City Thameslink (11 mins). Nearest tube: Brixton. Buses: 196, 37, 3, 322, 68 and 468.
Late night Christmas shopping in Herne Hill
Thursdays 11th & 18th December
The local traders of Herne Hill are much-loved and have become somewhat of an institution as they offer old-school neighbourly charm with reasonable prices and personal customer service. For two Thursdays in December the stores will stay open late, so that you can pop on down and pick up delightful children’s toys in Just Williams and Tales on Moon Lane, one-of-a-kind gifts in Wish and Artemidorus, delicious Christmas cuisine in Dugard & Daughter, Mimosa and Sesami, Christmas wreaths and trees in Elaine the Florists and a plethora of other festive goodies. You can even catch some carol singing and mince pies in the mistletoe corner to get you into the festive spirit.
Who’ll be open for late night shopping you ask? Well, for a start, Lowie (with 10% off), The Society for the Protection of Unwanted Objects, Just Williams; Slique Spa (with mince pies and wine); Health Hub; Londis; RJ Electricals (10% off all lightbulbs); Herne Hill Books; Boki’s; Brockwell Arts Services; The Flower Lady; The Illusioneer; White Feather Boutique; Tales on Moon Lane (with author readings and also open until 8pm 1-5th December); Artemidorus; Fourways Pharmacy, Intersport – the list goes on and is growing every day! And if you’re thinking ‘turkey!’, Walter’s is now taking orders for Christmas so pop in and book your bird. Number 22, Olley’s, Blackbird, Crunch (107 Dulwich Road), Umana Yana and others will also be keeping their kitchens open late, so why not book yourselves a baby-sitter and make a night of a mooch around the shops.
Herne Hill Extended Sunday Market
Sundays 14th & 21st December
10.00 – 16.00
Our little old Sunday market has become a firm favourite locally, offering gourmet food and hand made wares from independent local producers. During December it will be extended along Half Moon Lane with a multitude of market stalls selling locally-made arts and crafts. They will be joined by local deli Mimosa, gallery and gift shop, Artemidorus, children’s toy shop, Just Williams, children’s bookshop, Tales on Moon Lane, and the numerous other beautiful shops and cafes which line Half Moon Lane to put on a festive feast. With free live music, and a Christmas History Walking Tour on the 14th, there is sure to be plenty of winter warmth as the Christmas countdown begins.
So lovely people, there we have it. Three great reasons to do all your Christmas Shopping in Herne Hill this festive season!
An evensong at newly restored St Mark's, Herne Hill
Many local churches have already had their carol and nativity events - in some cases with live animals! But here’s a shortlist of what’s left through Christmas Day in our area by location. Many will hold New Year and Epiphany events, some of these choral. Check church websites, which are included. We are stressing choral and family events which include Christingle, Crib, Nativity or “Messy” church events (arts and crafts) where possible, and as often as possible Carol services we’ve attended and enjoyed in the past. If we included every Christmas church service at every area church we’d never find time to post up … so this is by no means an exhaustive list. But we’ll add to it if some of the churches reply to queries we’ve left! We begin in Herne Hill, then fan out to Tulse Hill, Brixton and Dulwich. Start singing your scales - our caroling list begins tonight the 18th for St Stephen's South Dulwich at 7pm! Rollup for wonderful atmosphere!
Perhaps we can build on this year on year, especially here are no comprehensive Christmas events listing pages when it comes to church-based events. We have left queries with a number of churches in the area whose websites list little and whose phones go straight to voicemail, but we will add to this list if more info comes in. And if you have a listing to add, please comment, or add comments to our Facebook post of this item - https://www.facebook.com/pages/Herne-Hill-Forum/455633790432
- HERNE HILL
St Faith’s, Herne Hill/North Dulwich (Red Post Hill SE24 9JQ)http://stfaithschurch.org/4th Advent Sunday Dec 21st: Christingle and Carols - service for all ages followed by mulled wine and mince pies.Christmas Eve: Christmas Carols and Story around the Crib 4pm. For families. Dress up and come as a shepherd, king or angel!
St Faith's in Red Post Hill
Herne Hill United Church, Herne Hill (Red Post Hill SE24 9PW)http://www.hhuc.co.uk/4th Advent Sunday Dec 21st: Communion Service and children and young people making Christingles 10:30am • Carols by Candlelight 6:30pm. Traditonal style service with readings and carols, followed by mulled wine and mince pies.
St Paul’s & St Saviour’s (twin) Parish, Herne Hill (Herne Hill SE24 9LY • Herne Hill Road SE24 0AY)http://hernehillparish.org.uk/services_c2014.html4th Advent Sunday Dec 21st at St Paul’s: Christmas Carol Service in recently restored St Paul’s 6:30pm
- TULSE HILL (near Brockwell Park)
Holy Trinity and Saint Matthias Church, Tulse Hill (Trinity Rise SW2 2QP)http://www.htth.org.uk/4th Advent Sunday Dec 21st: Carols By Candlelight 6:30pm
Christ Church, Brixton (90 Brixton Road SW9 6BE)
4th Advent Sunday Dec 21st: Carols by Candlelight Service 6:30pm
St Matthew with St Jude, Brixton (Brixton Hill SW2 1JF)http://www.stmatthewsbrixton.org/4th Advent Sunday Dec 21st: Christingle Carol Service with Holy Communion followed by mulled wine and mince pies, 10am
St Stephen’s, South Dulwich (College Road SE21 7HN) http://www.ststephensdulwich.org/Thurs Dec 18th: Dulwich Choral Society Christmas Carol Concert 7pm4th Advent Sunday Dec 21st: Festival of Lessons and Carols 6pmChristmas Eve: Blessing of the crib 4pm • Midnight Mass 11pmChristmas Day: Choral Eucharist 10am
St John The Evangelist, East Dulwich (62A East Dulwich Road, London SE22 9AT) http://www.stjohnseastdulwich.org/4th Advent Sunday Dec 21st: Service of Nine Lessons and Carols 6pmChristmas Eve: Midnight Mass 11:30pm
St Thomas More Catholic Church, Dulwich (380 Lordship Lane East Dulwich SE22 8ND) www.stthomasmorechurch.co.ukChristmas Eve: Carols followed by Family Mass 6pm and Carols followed by First Christmas Mass 11:30pm
All Saints, West Dulwich/Herne Hill (Lovelace Road SE21 8JY)http://www.all-saints.org.uk/Friday Dec 19th: smAll Saints Nativity 10:30amFirst Advent Sunday Dec 21st: Christmas Carol Service followed by mulled wine and mince pies 4pm Christmas Eve: Christingle Service & Nativity Play 4pm • L’Arche Community Nativity 7:30pm Christmas Day: Family Eucharist and Nativity Play 10am
All Saints in Lovelace Road
St Barnabas, Dulwich Village (40 Calton Avenue SE21 7DG)4th Advent Sunday Dec 21st: Carol service with readingsChristmas Eve: Crib Service - children invited to come dressed as a Christmas character 3pm and 4:30pm
Christchurch, Dulwich (263 Barry Road SE22 0JT)http://www.cced.org.ukSunday Dec 21st: Christingle Service through the Junior Church Group 5pm
Did you make it to Olley's during the Christmas Fair last Saturday? Rumour has it an insightful and industrial team of Herne Hill Forum elves took over, working tirelessly to bring Christmas to Herne Hill and a suitable venue for Sandy and Sandra, our Snow Queen and Mama Santa. Huge thanks to Olley's for putting up with us and allowing us to take over your space. And to Sandy and Sandra who brought so much delight to all the children and a great surprise for the adults! You saved Christmas!
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