6 things to do in and around Richmond this Christmas
With its quaint and charming character, Richmond is a wonderful place to celebrate the festive season with plenty happening in and around the local area. From the stunning festive light visuals at the world-famous Royal Kew Gardens to crafty local Christmas fairs, there are exciting festive activities for all the family.
Why not combine your Christmas visit to Richmond with a Festive Escape package at The Petersham, where you can enjoy an overnight stay and dinner from our festive menu with guaranteed snowfall and a glass of Petersham Champagne to celebrate the season. The next morning, relax with a lazy breakfast in our restaurant overlooking panoramic views of the River Thames.
• 1. Ice-skate at the historic Hampton Court Palace
Prepare to be wowed as you ice-skate with Henry VIII’s former royal home as your backdrop – what could possibly be more regal? And fear not if ice-skating isn’t your forte as those of all expertise are welcome, so grab your friends and family to join you skating in perhaps one of the most scenic ice rinks in the country.
Friday 24th November 2017 – Sunday 7th January 2018
• 2. Laugh out loud at Aladdin the pantomime at Richmond Theatre
Perched opposite the famous Richmond Green, the delightful red-bricked Richmond Theatre is well worth a visit and nothing says Christmas quite like a jovial pantomime. Catch the likes of panto star Christopher Biggins and west-end frequenter Issy Van Randwyck in the exciting adaption of Aladdin, a show bound to entertain the whole family.
Saturday 9th December 2017 – Sunday 14th January 2018
• 3. Go Christmas shopping in Richmond’s cobbled town centre
Simply visiting Richmond’s small but buzzy hub of shops, pubs and restaurants over the festive period is an experience in itself. Lit up with festive decorations and lined with independent boutiques, bakeries and grocers, Richmond proves to be an ideal spot to spend a leisurely evening seeking out those stocking fillers. Finish your evening in one of the town’s cosy old-English pubs to escape the chill.
Richmond’s Christmas light switch-on
Friday 24th November
• 4. Marvel at Kew Garden‘s after-dark festive trail of lights
A UNESCO world heritage site, the Royal Botanic Kew Gardens put on a spectacular light trail throughout the grounds over the festive season. Amble past millions of sparkling lights, mind-boggling illuminations and be dazzled with shows of laser beams, jets of light and colourful kaleidoscopic projections. Stop off en route for a warming cup of mulled wine or a marshmallow on a stick to roast on one of the fire pits.
Wednesday 22nd November – Monday 1st January
5. Take a magical walk through Syon Park’s Enchanted Woodland
For a slightly quieter and more affordable alternative to Kew Garden’s light trail, discover Syon Park’s Enchanted Woodland where you can follow an illuminated trail winding around the lake and through the grand and historic Syon House.
Friday 10th November – Sunday 26th November
6. Browse local Christmas fairs in the area
Nothing says Christmas like browsing festive fairs and markets to pick up knick-knacks and glitzy Christmas tree decorations. From arts and crafts and live music at the fine gothic castle of Strawberry Hill House to Twickenham’s Festival of Lights Christmas fair featuring the likes of Santa’s Grotto and Christmas carols, there are plenty of options to get you into the festive spirit.
Kingston Christmas market
Thursday 16th November – Sunday 31st December
Strawberry Hill house Christmas fair
Sunday 26th November
Twickenham’s Festival of Lights
Saturday 2nd December
East Sheen Christmas market
Thursday 7th December & Saturday 9th December
By Ellie Swain