Events over Christmas 2019

It’s not December yet and people are already talking about Christmas. Events are already filling up and so we’ve provided a full list of what’s on in Havering for Christmas 2019. Even more information can be found on the HornchurchLife events page.

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Romford Christmas Lights switch-on
Thursday, 14 November⋅4:30 – 6:30pm
Romford Market

The big switch-on of the Christmas lights in Romford kicks off the seasonal revelry in Havering. Romford’s FREE switch-on event starts at 4.30pm on Thursday 14 November.

Performers this year include, Vocal Jukebox with a showstopping performance of some of the amazing music from The Greatest Showman. Charlie Dillon a singer from Elm Park who has appeared on The Voice Kids this year, a preview of the Queen’s Theatre seasonal pantomime, Robin Hood, the Raiders Ice Hockey team will be bringing along their mascot Bruce and S Club 3 will headlining the stage this year..

In addition to watching the stage acts, children will be able to meet some of their favourite cartoon characters and enjoy a spectacular firework finale. Thank you to our sponsors Romford Business Improvement District and Everyone Active Romford Sapphire Ice and Leisure

Christmas Craft Fair and Market
Held daily from 10am till 4pm between 16 November and 17 November 2019
Thames Chase Forest Centre, Broadfields, Pike Lane, Upminster

An opportunity to find a unique gift from a wide range of craft stalls, including a wealth of local craftspeople. Find a unique Christmas present.

The event is held in our heritage farm buildings, including the 17th century Essex Barn.

Craft stalls are set out in the buildings, and on the Sunday, local produce is also available.

The Forest Centre is the home of Thames Chase Community Forest, with a visitor centre housing an information desk, shop and cafe, all open 7 days a week.

Christmas Bazaar
Saturday, 16 November⋅11:00am – 2:00pm
Elm Park Baptist Church, Rosewood Avenue, Elm Park

Cost: Admission 30p

There’s lots of fun to be had at this Christmas fair.

There will be Christmas tombolas, crafts, books, homemade cakes and lots more.

Christmas Fair
Saturday, 16 November⋅10:00am – 3:00pm
St Lawrence Church Hall, Corbetts Tey Road, Upminster

Hornchurch Christmas Cracker
Saturday, 16 November⋅11:00am – 5:00pm
Hornchurch Town Centre

There’ll be Santa, Kids Rides, Games, Stalls, Music, Singers, Arts & Crafts at North Street Hall, Street Entertainers and much much more…

Christmas Tree will be lit at 5pm

Make sure you’re there to join in all the Christmas fun…

First Step Christmas Bazaar
23 November 2019 ; 12 noon to 3:30pm
First Step, Tangmere Crescent, Hornchurch

Christmas Bazaar with many games, crafts, gifts & toys and of course Santa’s Grotto.

Come along to this Christmas Bazaar including:

  • Light Refreshments of Tea/Coffee & Tasty CakesSanta’s Grotto
  • Variety of Tombolas
  • Craft Tables
  • Games
  • Gifts and Toys
  • Snowman’s Wonderland

Nordic Fair

23 November 2019;10:00am-4:00pm

The Mercury, Romford


Handmade wooden gifts, jewellery, crafts, homeware, cards, decorations & fashion, Gingerbread display & vegan cakes
Workshop corner, all day, with free family craft activities
Scandinavian food tasting, Glögg wine and hot chocolate
Facepainting and Christmas entertainment throughout the day!

12.00 pm: Meet & Greet With Elsa, from FROZEN!

Santa Returns to his Grotto
Begins on the 23rd November
Romford Shopping Hall

Look who’s back!!! Opening on Saturday 23rd November at 10 am.
OPEN SATURDAY AND SUNDAY ONLY 10 am – 4 pm. Then all day Monday 23rd December and Closes 1 pm SHARP Christmas Eve – Santa has a busy night ahead of him!!!

£6.00 per child.

Take unlimited photos/videos on your own phone (Please charge it before your visit), a fabulous present too. £1.00 per child will go to the Hornchurch & Upminster Sea Cadets to help purchase their new mini bus!

Lots of Love Mr and Mrs Santa xx

Jack and the Beanstalk
28 November – 5 December 2019
The Queen’s Theatre, Hornchurch

Deep in the heart of his foreboding Castle, the dastardly Sheriff of Nottingham is taxing the poor to pile up his gold, whilst imprisoning brave Maid Marian and her hilarious Nurse Nellie.

But the Sheriff hasn’t banked on our arrow slinging hero Robin emerging from Sherwood Forest to target the hand of Marion and outwit the villain’s plans. Can Robin save the day with a little help from his band of Friar Tuck and plucky Merry Folk?

After the giant success of 2018’s Jack and the Beanstalk, this swash buckling actor musician panto, is twanging to the beats of pop hits from across the decades, traditional audience participation and laugh out loud family silliness.

Hit the bulls eye this Christmas, with a festive fix of all your favourite theatrical treats.

Sparky the Elf and the Secret Toyshop
5th December – 24th December
The Queen’s Theatre, Hornchurch

Writer and Director Douglas Rintoul

A festive adventure from the team behind last year’s ‘fantastic, magical production’.

Outposted in a secret location in the Queen’s Theatre, there’s a little bit of the North Pole hiding… Sparky Tinselbottom, a dedicated but chatty Elf, is frantically working away in the build-up to Christmas repairing abandoned toys.

Join in as one of Sparky’s friends and discover fantastical adventures of unloved playthings from around the world. But don’t distract Sparky for too long, as Father Christmas needs everything to be ready for loading to his sleigh and the clock is ticking…

Suitable for accompanied 4 – 9 year olds – Unfortunately, children under the age of 4 cannot be admitted to this production.

Both children and adults must have a ticket for the performance. Children must be accompanied by an adult at all times.

Please arrive 15 minutes before scheduled performance start time. Latecomers will not be admitted.

Audiences adored last year’s show:

‘Just back from Sparky the Elf, what a fantastic and mesmerising production for young ones (and old too!!)… a truly magical afternoon!!’

 ‘Fantastic! Enjoyed every minute… my grandson said “It’s a real Elf”, love it’

‘A fantastic, magical production. If you haven’t got tickets you MUST go!!!

Breakfast with Santa & Elsa
30 November – 22 December 2019
Plant Perfections Upminster

This December we have some special guests coming to visit us again and we are so excited ;0) bookings can be made from Wednesday 4th September.
Santa and Frozen’s beautiful Elsa will be visiting us every weekend in December.

This event is always a sell out so we strongly advise to book a place asap.

Christmas Market
Saturday, 30 November⋅10:00am – 4:00pm
Saint Francis Hospice, Havering-atte-Bower

With the festive season upon us, come along and stock up on your Christmas gifts and goodies at our Christmas Market, held at the Education Centre at Saint Francis Hospice in Havering-atte-Bower. Let us tempt you with Christmas gifts, crafts, jewellery, Hospice merchandise, clothes and children’s toys – you may stumble across the perfect stocking filler or table present!

We will have cards and trinkets, plus refreshments as a reward for your efforts. Make sure you bring the children as they’ll have the opportunity to visit Santa’s Grotto. The Hospice Choir will be performing Christmas carols for you too! The entry fee is just £3 which includes a mince pie and a cup of team or coffee. If you are interested in running your own market stall, there are a small number available; please contact the team on for information or call 01708 771431.

Volunteers – we are looking for some extra hands to help on the day. If you would like to enjoy the Christmas Market whilst helping to support the Hospice please email our fundraising team or call 01708 771427.

Christmas Bazaar
Saturday, 30 November⋅11:00am – 3:00pm
Havering Association for People with Disabilities, Wingletyle Road

Come join us in the festive season at our Christmas Bazaar on Saturday 30th November 2019 at H.A.D 11am to 3pm.

Free entry. All welcome.

Tombola, raffle, crafts stalls, gifts, books, vintage, cakes, Christmas items, refreshments, Indian head massage & much more!

Collier Row Christmas Event
Friday, 6 December⋅4:00 – 8:00pm
Collier Row

Join us on Friday 6th December from 4-8pm for our Annual CRCG Christmas Event.

This year we are bringing you the gift of Christmas! With lots of festive family fun for everyone to enjoy!

  • Meet Santa’s Reindeer
  • Snow Globe
  • Kids Rides
  • Live Music
  • Shopping & Craft Stalls
  • Hot Donuts

Christmas Fair

Saturday, 7th December 11:00am – 2:00pm

Stewart Avenue Allotments, Upminster

Stock up on homemade jams, chutneys, Christmas puddings, mince pies and cakes. Enjoy some refreshments (including BBQ) while listening to the 6th Upminster St Laurence brownies singing Christmas songs. 

Christmas Trail
Saturday, 7 December⋅10:30am – 3:30pm
Ingrebourne Valley Visitor Centre, Hornchurch Country, Hornchurch Road, Hornchurch RM12 6DF, UK

Come down and answer a set of Christmas themed questions while following a trial, A Prize at the end.

Donation £ 3.00 Per Child

Booking Essential

Please come appropriately Dressed

Santa Grotto & Train Rides
Saturday, 7 December⋅10:00am – 4:00pm
Lodge Farm Park Main Road

Take a train to see Santa in his grotto.
Trains run from 10am and finish around 4pm.

21st Romford Scouts will be providing a light refreshments stall with hot drinks.

Tickets on sale on the day.

Christmas costumes and fancy dress to be encouraged

Wellgate Christmas Grotto
Saturday, 7 December⋅10:00am – 4:00pm
Wellgate Community Farm

Ho ho ho save the date!!

Here at Wellgate Community Farm we’ve been told by Buddy the elf that Father Christmas will be paying us a visit for a day of fun and games on the 7th December!

Christmas Fete
Saturday, 7 December⋅11:00am – 3:00pm
Hopefield Sanctuary, Sawyers Hall Farm, Sawyers Hall Lane, CM15 9BZ Brentwood, UK

Our annual Christmas Fete is back for 2019!

Santa’s Grotto Family Day
Sunday, 8 December 12:00 – 4:00pm
The Raising Sun, Hornchurch

Mulled Wine
Minced Pie
Free Gift from Santa for all

Christmas Winter Walk
Sunday, 8 December 10:30am
Thames Chase Forest Centre, Broadfields, Pike Lane, Upminster

A special seasonal walk for all the family to enjoy with activities, surprises and refreshments.

Get into the Christmas spirit and join us for a magical walk from the Thames Chase Visitor Centre to enjoy the special beauty of trees in winter.

As we wander through the forest there will be traditional stories about our native trees, plus carols to sing.

Perhaps you would like to dress up as your favourite Christmas character for a Christmas parade – but remember to wear warm clothes for the walk!

The paths around our woodland are all-weather paths so buggies and wheel chairs are welcome, as well as dogs on a lead.

After the walk come into the barn and make some decorations for our Christmas tree (and maybe one to take home for your tree!)

Havering Christmas Land
8 – 11 December 2019
Harrow Lodge Park, Hornchurch, RM11 1JU (Hornchurch Road entrance)


OPEN 5pm-9pm

Santa’s Grotto
(selected nights)

£2 entry pp into the walk

All money raised goes to Mind Havering

Swingin’ Those Jingle Bells
Monday, 9 December⋅10:00 – 11:00am
The Queen’s Theatre, Hornchurch

“THE BIG BAND at Christmas” is the show that’s swinging into Hornchurch on Monday 9th December.

Hosted by the Queens Theatre, the show performed by Five Star Swing was featured at London’s Leicester Square Theatre and BBC “Children in Need” – promising all your favourite Christmas songs given the dynamic Big Band treatment – from Glenn Miller, Sinatra, Basie, Nat King Cole. “Jazzing up those Jingle Bells! – Superb – they swing like crazy!” says Sheila Tracy, BBC. Local Drummer Don Davies who tours with the band says – “

I’m excited to be bringing the big band version of all these classic Christmas songs back to my home town”.

Also featured is Simone from the Ivy Benson Orchestra, and Chris Smith (Jnr) composer and arranger for the BBC Radio Big Band, Herb Miller Big Band (Glenn’s brother), plus Tony Bennett’s trombonist – tickets are selling fast! – available from Box Office 01708 443333

First Step Tasty Treats
Friday, 13 December 10:00am – 1:00pm
St Alban’s Hall Elm Park, Ullswater Way RM12 5LA

Cost: Free

Christmas entertainment by Fairlytes Singers. Fundraising to support the work of First Step.

Fairlytes Singers will be performing traditional Christmas carols and songs. There will be a chance to buy gifts from our mini market. Refreshments and cakes will also be on sale.

Baby Bears Christmas Party
Saturday, 14 December⋅9:45am – 2:45pm
Church of St Laurence, Upminster

Join us for our second Christmas party!
Soft play, visit from Father Christmas with a gift and more!
Sessions at 9:45,11:15 and 1:30

Paddington and Puppets
Saturday, 14 December⋅10:00am – 3:00pm
Fairkytes Arts Centre, Hornchurch

Fry’s Gallery
Help us build a huge Paddington Ready To tour the Borough and also make your own puppet to take Home

01708 456308

AGE 5+,10am-noon
AGE 8+, 1-3pm
£10 per child

01708 456308

Christmas Lunch And Funday
Saturday, 14 December⋅12:30 – 4:30pm
St. Georges Church, Chippenham Road, Harold Hill, Romford, Essex, RM3 8HX




Limited Places Available
Please Book Your Places
Tel : 07710021788
Before 30th Nov 2019

from 2.00pm untill 4.30pm
Special event for all those with special needs and various disabilities from across esex

Christmas Celebrations
Sunday, 15 December 10:00am to 4:00pm
Thames Chase Forest Centre, Broadfields, Pike Lane, Upminster

Free entry / £1 donation to the park
Christmas market and traditions with music by a local musician and carols led by Upminster and Cranham Churches Together.

Wrap up warm and join us in the forest for a special selection of seasonal produce and crafts from local artists and producers. A great opportunity to pick out a unique gift (especially good for Secret Santa!) shortly before the Christmas holiday.

Lennox Productions Christmas Concert

Sunday, 15 December 2:00pm

New Windmill Mall, St Mary’s Lane, Upminster, RM14 2QT

Festive afternoon of songs and carols at our 2019 Christmas Concert

Tickets £10.00
concessions £8.00
Raffle refreshments
Christmas jumpers optional!

For tickets contact Gemma on
07912 580677 or email

Santa is coming to Liana’s
Friday, 20 December⋅3:30 – 6:30pm
Liana’s Tea Shop – Langtons

The Blue Tees – Snow White and the seven dwarfs
21 – 22 December 2019 1pm and 5pm Shows
Myplace Centre 343 Dagnam Park Drive

£9 Booking Fee

Santa In The Woods
21-22 December
Ingrebourne Valley Visitor Centre, Hornchurch Country, Hornchurch Road, Hornchurch RM12 6DF, UK
Saturday 21st :11.00am, 11.30am, 12.00pm, 1.00pm, 1.30pm, 2.00pm, 2.30pm, 3.00pm
Sunday 22nd: 11.00am, 11.30am, 12.00pm, 1.00pm

Meet Father Christmas and receive your gift. Take your own photo with Santa. Requested donation £7 per child, £1.00 per Adult Craft bags available on the day £2.00 per craft bag.

Booking is essential for all our events. Please book early to avoid disappointment. Parent participation is required

Christmas Cinema Experience – Small Foot
Monday, 23 December⋅10:00am – 1:00pm
Fairkytes Arts Centre

Fancy Dress Welcome

Refreshments Available to Buy

Fun-packed family entertainment with activity packs. glitter tattoos, a great movie, Santa’s Grotto

10am: Children’s entertainment and Santa’s Grotto
11am: Christmas movie: Small Foot

Advance booking 01708 456308
Adult and one child £6 (additional adults £2, additional children £3)

Under 3s free, but a ticket is required. The first child must be paid for regardless of age
Parents/careers must remain with their children throughout the event

Have I missed something? Email me at and I’m happy to add your Christmas event