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Gifted in Guildford
■ Guildford House Gallery, Guilford ■ now until 23 Dec

Artwork by Jane Drown

Find that something different for your loved ones this Christmas at the Gifted in Guildford pop up shop at the Guildford House Gallery. You’ll find a range of handcrafted goodies from the clever folk at the Surrey Guild of Craftsmen – from ceramics, glass and textiles to jewellery, wood, leather and metalwork. It’s open every day from 10am -4.30pm, except Sundays. And on Dec 23 the doors close at 1.30pm


The Traditions Of Christmas
■ Leeds Castle, nr Maidstone, Kent ■ now until 24 Dec

This Christmas the magnificent Castle rooms will be beautifully displayed with glittering decorations and fragrant pine trees styled around Christmas traditions, past and present. Christmas as we celebrate it today has its origins in Victorian Britain. Visit the Queen’s Room to see the style of tree, the Royal Family would have had and find out more about the influence of Victoria and Albert on our modern festive traditions.

The History Of Christmas Carols
■ Hever Castle, Edenbridge, Kent ■ now until 24 Dec

You’ve sung them in church, at school, or with friends and family and you know all of their words by heart, but do you know the stories behind some of the best-known Christmas carols? Walk through the rooms of the Castle adorned with beautiful decorations and welcoming log fires to learn about the history of these seasonal songs. Discover the ‘Twelve Days of Christmas’ trail and wander through the illuminated gardens as dusk falls. From now until December 10 (open Wed – Sun) then from December 11 – 24 (open Daily)


Finnish Rooftop Sauna
■ Queen Elizabeth Roof Terrace, South Bank ■ now until Sat 30 Dec

woman sauna finnish

Warm up and unwind in a one-of-a-kind Finnish sauna experience in the heart of London – it’s what you’ve always wanted to do in London!  There’s a specially designed Nordic sauna that on the Queen Elizabeth Roof Terrace on the South Bank, combining beautiful Nordic design with a bespoke artistic commission. If 90 degrees celsius is a bit sweaty for you, cool down in the open air (or with cold water buckets – go on, dare you!), while enjoying some stonking views of the Thames below.


Steve Ingman: Young Contemporary Talent from The Ingram Collection
■ The Lightbox, Woking ■ now until Sun 31 Dec

Steven Ingman is the Young Contemporary Talent winner and his work is described as innovative and exciting. He will be showcasing at The Lightbox his response to an artwork from The Ingram Collection. Ingman has produced a series of bold landscapes that demonstrate his reaction and reinterpretation of the urban settings around him. Entry is free.


Christmas at Kew
■ Kew Gardens, London ■ now until 1 Jan 2018

Such a brilliant time to visit Kew as they do the Crimbo thing so well with it one mile sparkling path winding its way through the world-famous Gardens. This year they promise a million twinkling lights, Singing Trees, ribbons of light and a flickering Fire Garden, plus Father C and his elves at the North Pole Village, vintage fairground rides (a fee for that one) and shopping. Worth going with the fam.


Christmas at Legoland
■ Legoland Windsor Resort ■ throughout Dec

Legoland is all twinkly lights and snow-dusted Christmas magic. Entry price for the Christmas season includes a visit to LEGO Santa in his magic grotto for kids who’ll receive a LEGO gift to take home. Grown ups aren’t forgotten  – they’ll receive a free hot drink and cookie and a large double shot of whisky to anaesthesise a day looking after children.


■ Clapham Common ■ now until 1 Jan 2018

If you’re in Sarf London over Christmas, Winterville on Clapham Common’s  is well worth a look. There’s everything from an outdoor Ice Rink to a fairground, roller disco and free kids’ entertainment, but there’s lots more unusual stuff than at your standard Christmas Fair. We’re particularly loving the sound of  the Spiegeltent, where you’ll find cabaret, bingo, kids raves and, er, Mexican wrestling. What next, ‘Yoga On Ice’? Oh, I see, they have that too.


Christmas Glow at Wisley
■ Royal Horticultural Society ■ now until Wed 3 Jan 2018

Jigantics floral light installations at night. Christmas Glow event at RHS Garden Wisley.

Back for a third year running, the ‘Christmas Glow’ returns, but with the promise to be even bigger, brighter and better than ever before. Sparking to life the dark winter nights, there will be fantastical gigantic flowers, dramatic installations and brilliantly illuminated trees. Wander the trail and one will see… floating installations on the water creating rippling reflections, light shows on trees, and spectacular views of the historical Laboratory reflected in the Jellicoe Canal.


Cézanne Portrait
■ National Portrait Gallery, London ■ until 11 Feb 2018

Brings together over 50 of Cézanne’s portraits from collections across the world, including works which have never been on public display in the UK . Over a working life of some forty-five years, Cézanne made almost 1,000 paintings of which around 160 are portraits and this exhibition offers a fascinating insight into this central aspect of his work.


National Theatre Posters
■ Wolfson Gallery, National Theatre, South Bank, London ■ until 31 March 2018

Theatre posters advertising National Theatre productions from 1963 to the present day are on display in a free exhibition at the building until March. Curated by Rick Poynor, professor of Design and Visual Culture at the University of Reading. it explores changing promotional styles and features some famous productions.


■ Tate Modern, London ■ now until 2 April 2018

The Tate Modern’s comprehensive retrospective of Modigliani’s work is quite a treat. During his brief, turbulent life Modigliani developed a unique and instantly recognisable style. His nudes that are a highlight of the exhibition – with 12 nudes on display, this is the largest group ever reunited in the UK. First shown in 1917, police closed down his only ever solo exhibition on the grounds of indecency. Also expect sculptures, and portraits of his friends, lovers and supporters, including Pablo Picasso and his partner Jeanne Hébuterne.



Rose Christmas Celebration
■ Rose Theatre, Kingston ■ Mon 18 Dec

Get in the festive and jolly spirit by joining the Rose Theatre’s Christmas celebration. Performances will include: Tiffin Children’s Chorus, Singing it back Choirs, The Tiffinians, Movement Warriors Boys Dance Troupe and the internationally renowned Tiffin Boys’ Choir. Start time: 7.30pm Ticket price: £26.


Slava’s Snowshow
■ Southbank Centre, London ■ Mon 18 Dec – Thurs 4 Jan 2018

Part of Wintertime at the Southbank, this show’s been all over the world (80 countries, no less) and piled up heaps of awards so they’ve had plenty of time to refine their offering. It’s suitable for kids 8+ and is full of clowning and feel-good fun stuff for all ages.


First Steps Art
■ Denbies Wine Estate, Dorking ■ Mon 18 Dec –Sun 31 Dec

Local and upcoming artists are displaying an electric collection of original art, print and mixed media creations in the First Steps Art exhibition. Talented, emerging artists who have either not exhibited before or who are taking tentative steps into the world of professional exhibitions will be supported by local professional artists.


Magic Lantern Festival
■ Chiswick House and Gardens, London W4 2QN ■ until 1 Jan 2018

The Magic Lantern Festival returns to Chiswick House and Gardens for a third year – this time with a Christmas theme. The festival will illuminate the gardens turning it into a spectacular fusion of culture, vibrant colours, and artistic sculptures. In addition to the lights, there’s a food and drink area, a Santa’s Grotto and a handful of fairground rides.


Aled Jones
■ G Live, Guildford ■ Thurs 21 Dec

Aled Jones is performing a special, one- off concert this Christmas. Aled Jones has recently released his new album One Voice: Believe and has had an extraordinary career over the past three decades. He has sung for the Pope, the Royal family, received an MBE and had album sales of over 10 million. Tickets from: £29- £42.


Charlie Farley Sunday Four
■  Cranleigh Arts Centre ■ Thurs 21 Dec

Kick off the Christmas party with Charley Farley Sunday Four. Performing modern pop in the style of a bygone age the boys use drums, bass, banjo, ukulele, clarinet, saxophone, trumpet and four-part vocal harmonies. Their infectious groove is guaranteed to get you dancing. Early- bird tickets: £9.


Singalong Frozen
■ Rose Theatre, Kingston ■ Thurs 21 Dec

Sing your heart out with the whole family to the Disney classic Frozen. Meet and have your photo snapped with fairy tale character favourites, Queen Elsa and Princess Anna before experiencing Frozen on the big screen in the main auditorium. Warm up those vocals and come dressed as your favourite Frozen character. Wrap up warm and get ready to join Anna as she sets off on an epic journey with Kristoff and Olaf to find her sister Elsa, whose icy powers have trapped the kingdom of Arendelle in eternal winter. Start time: 11 am. Price: £8.


Lost And Found: Blunderbus Theatre Company
■ Farnham Maltings ■ Fri 22 Dec – Sat 23 Dec

Lost and Found brings to life Oliver Jeffers book on stage. This beautiful adaption of a classic children’s story, is about a penguin who turns up at a boy’s doorstep. The boy tries to return the lost penguin home but no one seems to be missing a penguin. So the boy decides to take the penguin back home himself and they set out in his rowing boat, to the South Pole. But when they get there, the boy discovers that maybe home wasn’t what the penguin was looking for after all… Tickets: £10.


Winter Walks
■ Hever Castle & Gardens, Edenbridge, Kent ■ 27 Dec – 1 Jan

Looking for something to burn of all the christmas indulgence? I know I am! Why not wrap up and blow the cobwebs away by taking a stroll in the gardens of Hever Castle where the warm red bark of the Redwood trees glows against the winter sky and winter berries glisten in the frost. Hever’s yew topiary looks fantastic with a covering of frost and the majestic hellebores nod gracefully in the winter sun. Hot chocolate after is a must.

Cirque de Lumiere
■ G Live, Guildford ■ Sun 31 Dec

See the New Year in style at the dazzling circus of lights. After being greeted by champagne, guests will be treated to a three-course meal and entertained by the amazing artists. After diner get your dancing shoes on as the DJ and live band will take over the stage. As the New Year dawns, the London fireworks will be live streamed in the auditorium, with midnight snacks to follow. Tickets are: £69.95. Individual ticket price of 10+ groups: £62.95.


Denbies New Year
■ Denbies Wine Estate, Dorking ■ Sun 31 Dec

Welcome in the New Year at Denbies beautiful wine estate. The evening starts at 7.30 pm with sparkling wine and canapés on arrival. A four-course meal will then be served with each course accompanied by wine Dance the night away with the DJ and disco and enjoy a glass of sparkling wine as midnight strikes. Tickets: £95.



Hogwarts in the Snow
■ Harry Potter Studios, Leavesden, Watford ■  until 4 Feb

Hogwarts in the Snow – as regular as Christmas!  The festive makeover will see Christmas trees line the Great Hall, the Gryffindor common room dressed for the season and a blanket of filmmaking snow covering the majestic Hogwarts castle model. Visitors will even be able to touch samples of the different types of ‘snow’ used during production, each selected for its ability to float like falling snow, crunch under foot or glisten in the light like ice. Trust me, your kids will love it.


Compiled by Alice Ridsdale

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