Undoubtedly, Christmas this year in Walton-on-Thames is going to be a little different. We are all feeling the uncertainty of times ahead and with many of the usual festivities being cancelled, it’s time to think about what Christmas really means to us.
For many, Christmas is a time for family and friends and to come together as a community. Whilst this may not be easy for some, we have created a top 12 ways to celebrate Christmas in Walton-on-Thames so you can start to feel that festive community spirit!
1) Carol’s Christmas
Tall Tree Theatre is back with the festive and heartfelt musical, Carol’s Christmas. Celebrate community spirit with this feel-good show of wishes, key workers, and the helpful Carol.
Streaming details check Tall Tree Theatre in December. Planned show dates 15th-21st December.
2) Window Wanderland
Take part in Elmbridge’s window decorating project and bring cheer to all around. This year’s theme is ‘Starry Starry Night’. At the end of the event, a winner will be announced for the best window/street/block competition so be sure to register and upload photos of your creations to be in with a chance of winning!
For more information on registering and for ideas on how to decorate head to Riverhouse Barn’s website.
3) Hampton Court Ice Skating
The majestic Hampton Court is a must-visit for all the family at Christmas time. Enjoy seasonal food and drinks at this enchanting ice-skating backdrop until January 3rd 2021. Skate sessions will be staggered at the open-air ice rink.
4) Concert and Cake
As part of the Light Up Elmbridge Festival, Phoebe’s jazz trio are bringing swing to your living room!
You are invited to join them for an afternoon of jazz classics, and mellow renditions of songs from artists including Carol King, James Taylor, and Stevie Wonder. Click here to access the concert!
5) Candlelit Christmas Concert
Sing-along as four voices come together in this candlelit Christmas concert. Riverhouse Barn Arts Centre will live stream Four of a Kind Friday 4th December from 7.30 pm. Be sure to get in some mince pies and mulled wine to make this a festive night to remember! Click here to sign up for the live stream!
6) Best dressed Christmas Window
Weybridge in Bloom is back for another year but this time to make our community feel extra magical this Christmas! Businesses have until 16th December to enter with their floral displays. The winner will be announced on 19th December with the winning entries posted here. Take a walk to choose your favourite Christmas window in Weybridge!
7) Give the gift this Christmas
Now more than ever it’s even more important that we spread some Christmas cheer to those in need. East Elmbridge Food Bank has already raised a staggering £20,000 for this year’s Christmas appeal but lets continue to give all we can and help make 2020 a Happy Christmas for our community. There are just under 40 days left to donate so don’t delay!
8) Get Creative
Claire Grahame is running a series of creative Zoom classes for all levels of experience to encourage you to get your creative juices flowing!
The relaxed and friendly course, Creative Stitch and Textiles at 12:30 pm, is a 10-week course focuses on techniques such as batik, felting and machine sewing along with more traditional hand embroidery and experimenting with marbling techniques. Check the website for the latest dates and availability.
9) Healthy Walks
Great news! Elmbridge’s Healthy Walks are set to return after 7th December. New to the group? Not to worry, new walkers can turn up on the day and complete a registration form so keep a lookout for the latest information on the return of the walks…
10) Snowfari, Painshill Park
Head to Painshill for a Christmas animal trail with the grandchildren. Take a one-mile walk through the nutcracker forest to the Gingerbread corner, looking out for polar bears on your way! This event is free for members (£3 for non-members) and will run from 21st November until Sunday 3rd January.
11) Christmas at The Heart Shopping Centre
Things are looking a little different this year at The Heart… get all your gifts under one roof along with some extra surprises…
- Nominate someone for a £250 shopping spree
- Take part in The Big Bear Donation
- Meet the stilt walking Reindeer
Keep a lookout for the latest news on the return of The Vegan Market on 19th December. The Market hopes to be back in December selling takeaway food as well as essential products for your cupboards and goodies to take home for Christmas!