WHAT’S ON BOOK AHEAD FOR CHRISTMAS Christmas is bound to feel a little different this year. However, that doesn’t mean that

we can’t celebrate in a Covid-friendly way. We have done our very best to list events here. However, you must check in nearer the time to see if events are still running as planned and what the latest government guidelines are.

Christmas at Kew Kew Gardens 18 November to 3 January Take a stroll through the gardens and delight in the outdoor light show. Discover a glittering tunnel of bells, giant illuminated seed heads and majestic trees wrapped in light on your way to the dazzling treetop waterfall, where beams of light interplay in a breath-taking aerial dance. Adult tickets from £16.50 and children from £12. Family tickets are available. gardens/whats-on/ christmas

Ice Skating Hampton Court Palace 20 November to 3 January Take to the ice with the stunning backdrop of Hampton Court Palace behind you. The ice rink has been increased in size by a third per skater to allow extra space. You will have to wear a mask while in the tent and, while not compulsory on the ice, you may be asked to wear a mask if possible. Children’s tickets from £12.70. Skate aids available. www.hamptoncourt

Santa’s Christmas Wonderland Chessington Garden Centre 21 November to 24 December Visit Santa in his Wonderland Experience, where you will be transported to a magical land full of festive cheer. Ticket numbers have been halved this year to comply with government guidelines and weekend bookings were already filling up at the time of writing, so do book now if you want to go to Chessington Garden Centre this year. The team promise a journey through five fastasy realms ending with a personal visit to Santa and a chance to pick your own toy in the toy workshop. Bookings are limited to groups of six and a maximum of four adults per child. Children’s tickets are £16.50 and adults £4.50. www.chessingtongarden

Peter Pan’s Christmas Hever Castle 21 November to 24 December Where a love of magic never grows up. Choose from indoor or outdoor experiences. There will be a magical trail through the gardens and a Christmas grotto. Pre- booking is essential. https://www.hevercastle. castle-christmas/

A Christmas Carol Old Vic 21 November to 16 January This festive favourite is returning for its fourth year at the Old Vic. Go on a journey with Ebenezer Scrooge as he learns from the ghosts of Christmases past, present and yet to come to become a kinder man. Running time is 2 hours and 5 minutes with a 20 minute interval. Recommended for ages 8+. There will be relaxed, audio described and captioned performances. Preview tickets are available from £10.

Glow RHS Wisley 21 November to 4 January See the garden come alive at night with fantastical illuminations. Adult members pay £7.95. Adult non-members pay £15. Children are £10 or £3.50 if members. Children under 5 are free but must also book. wisley/whats-on/glow- at-wisley

Stick Man Rose Theatre 10 December to 3 January This Julia Donaldson favourite is coming to the Rose Theatre Kingston this Christmas. Poor Stick Man gets swept up in a series of misadventures on his morning jog. We get caught up in his story as he tangles with dogs, swans and other characters. And all he wants to do is return to his family tree. Suitable for ages 3+. Relaxed performances are on 12 and 30 December. BSL signed performance 21 Dec. Tickets start from £12 and must be booked in ‘bubbles’.


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