It’s beginning to look a bit like… an Islington Christmas
With a chill in the air, Christmas ads on the telly and mince pies everywhere you look, there’s no mistaking that Christmas has arrived. And where better to find some seasonal cheer than right here in Islington?
Angel Central shopping centre sees the return of its German-themed Christmas pop-up bar, the Jaegerhaus. This festive wooden chalet is open now, serving hot mulled alcoholic and soft drinks, Bratwurst, goulash and other seasonal treats to weary shoppers – strawberry beer anyone? Find out more here
There’s nothing quite as festive as Christmas lights, and you’ll find plenty of options in the Islington area. Head for Fonthill Road Festive Market, Finsbury Park from noon on Saturday 1 December. This free community Christmas market will be packed with fine artisan fare and street food, plus unique gifts from local designer-makers. There’ll be DJ sets and acoustic choirs too, and the Finsbury Park lights will go on at 5pm.
Don’t miss the Christmas festivities in Navigator Square, Archway, the following day. From 12.30pm on 2 December you can meet Santa in his grotto, visit a Christmas market, marvel at the bakes in the Archway Bake Off and enjoy some live music. The Christmas lights will be switched on at 5pm by TV presenter, and former Eastenders actor, John Partridge – with the Mayor Islington.
Christmas is a great time to catch a heart-warming seasonal film, and there’s a bumper crop this year. You can choose from the latest Fantastic Beasts offering The Crimes of Grindelwald or the new version of The Grinch from the makers of Despicable Me. There’s also Keira Knightley in the Nutcracker and the Four Realms. You can see them all at local Everyman cinema, The Screen on the Green.
Also for families, Little Angel Theatre presents Finding Santa, which runs until Christmas Eve. The show brings the theatre’s trademark puppetry magic to an interactive Christmas adventure, which poses the crucial question; ‘how do letters for Santa Claus get to the North Pole?’
For a traditional treat catch a local carol service or concert. St Mary’s Islington holds its popular Carols by Candlelight services on Sunday December 16 at 6pm and 7.15pm. St Mary’s classical choir leads the celebration of the Christmas story with readings and song, illuminated by four hundred candles. http://www.stmaryislington.org/
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A visit to the ballet makes a lovely seasonal trip out, and this Christmas Sadler’s Wells sees the return of Matthew Bourne’s iconic Swan Lake, with a fresh look for the 21st century. You can see it from 4 December to 27 January.