As the festive season approaches, there are plenty of exciting events and activities happening all across the area, from Christmas markets and winter wonderlands to theatrical performances and live music shows which we highlight in our what’s on in West London | December 2023 guide.
Whether you’re a local or just visiting for the holidays, grab your coat, wrap up warm, and get ready to explore all the festive fun that West London has to offer!
What’s on in Hammersmith | December 2023
Inaugural Festive Fun River Run
Sunday 3rd December
Join the Fulham Reach Boat Club for a 7km festive accessible fun river run in aid of Fulham Reach Boat Club. Fancy dress is encouraged.
The route will start at Riverside Studios and take you from Hammersmith Bridge to Putney Bridge and back again. You can complete the course in your own time whether that’s by running, jogging, walking, skipping or hopping around the course.
Free pre and post refreshments are available at Riverside Studios, alongside prizes for the best dressed and first finishers and festive medals for all.
Wednesday 6th December – Baby Gospel Christmas Family Concert @ Riverside Studios
Baby Gospel returns to Riverside Studios after a sell out show last year.
This family concert is baby-friendly and open to all ages from newborns to school age to grandparents.
Alongside the usual soul and motown hits, gospel songs, nursery rhymes and bubbles, the whole family can enjoy singing and clapping along to Christmas favourites such as ‘Winter Wonderland’ and carols like ‘Hark the Herald Angel Sing’.
Saturday 9th December – Godolphin and Latymer Christmas Bazaar
Godolphin and Latymer School is set to become a winter wonderland with Christmas trees, decorations and snow.
There will be a diverse selection of external stallholders, student stalls to suit every pocket, a toy emporium, vintage clothing, raffles, tombolas, Christmas wreaths and decorations, and the famous apple strudels.
Mulled wine, teas and cakes, refreshments, burgers and bubble tea food trucks will also be available, alongside live music. Don’t forget to pose for a photo in the Christmas photobooth and to take on the inflatable mega obstacle course in the Sports Hall.
Saturday 9th December – Merry Hammersmithmas @ St Peter’s Church
Petros Singers will be hosting a Christmas concert celebrating the music of composers who have lived and worked in Hammersmith and the surrounding area.
Join them for carols, candlelight, mulled wine and mince pies.
Sunday 17th December – Mary Coughlan @ Irish Cultural Centre
Mary Coughlan is a talented musician with a dedicated following around the world. Recently, she collaborated with The Brokentalkers and Valgeir Sigurðsson to create a stunning play called ‘Woman Undone’ with a unique, hauntingly beautiful, award-nominated soundscape. The play explores the themes of her songs about love and loss, trauma, and womanhood.
Find out more on the Irish Cultural Centre’s website here.
Throughout December – Films in Concert @ Eventim Apollo
Christmas favourites will be projected onto a vast screen with a full orchestra performing its soundtrack live to screen.
Saturday 2nd December – The Holiday in Concert
Sunday 3rd December – The Muppet Christmas Carol in Concert
Saturday 9th December – Love Actually in Concert
Sunday 10th December – Dr Seuss How the Grinch Stole Christmas in Concert
Until 6th January – Cinderella @ Lyric Hammersmith
Award-winning writer and composer Vikki Stone brings her adaptation of Cinderella.
The story follows a woman named Cinderella who runs her own business at Shepherd’s Bush Market. One fateful day, she encounters a charming man named Prince Henry, who wears a disguise to the Market and falls instantly in love with Cinderella. With the paparazzi following him the Prince is forced to flee. And so begins the quest to unite the unlikeliest of likely romances. But will Cinderella’s step-sisters Muffy and Gusset and step-mother Lady Jelly Bottom interfere with their happily ever after?
Book tickets to Cinderalla on the Lyric Theatre website here.
What’s on in Shepherd’s Bush | December 2023
Thursday 7th December – Sunday 10th December – The Merry Muttmas Photoshoot @ Westfield
Merry Muttmas Photoshoot is a pawesome Christmas event at Westfield.
Bring your four-legged friend to level 0 near Bill’s for a pet photography session that’s sure to capture their best angles. With a variety of options available, you’re sure to find the perfect gift for yourself or any dog owner.
Find out more about the photoshoot here.
Friday 8th December – Introduction to Wood Block Printing Workshop @ Kite Studios
Looking to expand your skill set? Experience the calming art of block printing at Kite Studios’ inviting workshops.
During these workshops, you’ll create your own organic cotton tea towel or shopping bag to take home. All the while, you’ll learn the craft of traditional wooden block printing on fabric, experiment with various colors, and explore the intricacies of pattern repetition and placement.
Learn more and book your tickets here.
Until 7th January – Ice Rink @ Westfield
The Ice Rink is open and it’s the perfect way to enjoy the festive season with family and friends. Head to Westfield Square, located near John Lewis, to get your skates on and create some wonderful Christmas memories.
What’s on in Chiswick | December 2023
Friday 1st December – Fish and Chips with the Chiswick RNLI crew @ The George IV, 7.30 pm – 9.30 pm
Participate in table quizzes, buy some souvenirs or chat with members of the Chiswick RNLI Lifeboat Station crew all while enjoying a delicious portion of beer-battered fish, chips, crushed minted peas, tartare sauce, and lemon.
Find out more and book tickets here.
Saturday 2nd December – The Addison Singers Haydn’s Creation @ St Peter’s Church Southfield Road
The Addison Singers Oratorio Choir presents Haydn’s The Creation, a musical tour of The Creation narrative contained in the opening texts of The Bible.
Find out more about this concert on The Addison Singers website here.
Sunday 3rd December – Duck Pond Market Christmas Special Weekend @ Chiswick House and Gardens
Get ready to kick off the holiday season at Chiswick House & Gardens. Shop local at the Duck Pond Christmas Market and enjoy diverse stalls, street food, and Rock Choir tunes. Elevate festivities with the Sparkle and Script Workshop and explore the Christmas Shop. There’s plenty of time to indulge in festive treats from the Café and take winter walks around the Lake.
Find out more on the Chiswick House and Gardens website here.
Sunday 3rd December – Chiswick Flower Market @ Chiswick High Road
The Chiswick Flower Market is a popular destination for locals and visitors alike who are looking for fresh, locally-grown flowers and plants.
The market features a variety of stalls from local florists and plant nurseries, as well as artisanal food and drink vendors. With its lively atmosphere and wide selection of beautiful blooms, the Chiswick Flower Market is a must-visit for anyone who loves flowers and gardening.
Sunday 3rd December – Chiswick Vegan Market @ Chiswick High Road
Running alongside the Chiswick Flower Market, the Vegan Market brings together up to 25 stalls including a variety of vegan street food vendors, artisan bakers, craft brewers, ethical jewellers, sustainable chandlers, local artists, zero-waste champions, environmental charities and loads more.
Sunday 3rd December – Queer Comedy Christmas Special @ The George IV, 6 pm
Chris Hall, Sikisa and Sarah Keyworth, and resident host Mark Bittlestone will be joining the West London Queer Project’s Queer Comedy Christmas Special at The George IV.
Tuesday 5th December – Film Club about The Truman Show @ Chiswick Cinema
Dive into the magic of cinema at Chiswick Cinema’s Monthly Film Club hosted by BBC filmmaker Andrea Carnevali who gives remarkable insights into filmmaking from an accessible, exciting host.
Join them for a cinematic journey where he unveils hidden gems and timeless classics, weaving tales of filmmaking intricacies and behind-the-scenes trivia, all handpicked for Chiswick.
After the screening, immerse yourself in lively discussions that reveal new layers to the film, making you appreciate it in ways you never imagined. Elevate your movie experience – it’s not just about watching, it’s about exploring the art of film together!
Book your tickets to the film club on the Chiswick Cinema website here.
Thursday 7th December – Sunday 31st December – The Secret Garden @ Theatre At The Tabard
Join the creative team behind last year’s Five Children and It at the Tabard Theatre and witness this timeless classic brought to life just in time for Christmas.
The story follows young Mary Lennox, a spirited and inquisitive orphan sent to live with her Uncle Archibald in Yorkshire. Struggling to adjust to her new surroundings, she discovers a long-forgotten garden and together with a local boy named Dickon. Together they tend to the neglected flora and fauna, and unlocking the secrets of the garden.
Find out more about the production here.
Sunday 10th December – Charming Chiswick Walk
Discover the fascinating history of Chiswick through a guided walking tour. Explore the area’s charming cafes, unique shops, and historic pubs, all while learning about William Morris’s London home and the intriguing stories behind each location.
The Charming Chiswick walk takes place with Alison at 10.45 am outside the exit of Ravenscourt Park Tube and ends on Chiswick High Road, near Turnham Green Tube.
Tuesday 19th December – Coffee Morning @ Gabriel Room at St Michael and All Angels
Take a break and support The Addison Singers from 10am – 1 pm at their coffee morning. Enjoy homemade cake, savoury delights, coffee/tea and chat with others.
Until Friday 22nd December – Storytelling with Santa @ Chiswick House and Gardens
This festive season, Santa welcomes you to his grotto at Chiswick House and Gardens.
Children will enjoy a story from Santa in a small group, before having the opportunity to have their photo with Santa and receive a Christmas gift.
Find out more and book tickets on the Chiswick House and Gardens website here.
9th, 16th and 23rd December – Breakfast with Santa @ Bulls Head
Enjoy a delicious breakfast along with a gift, and a visit from Santa for just £12 per child at the Bulls Head.
Thursday 21st December – Chiswick RNLI Carols with the Crew @ Chiswick Pier Corney Reach Way
The RNLI Crew will be singing Christmas carols aboard the MV Golden Salamander.
Everyone is welcome to attend their Christmas Carols evening and all donations will be going to the Chiswick RNLI station. Drinks and light refreshments are available to purchase at the bar.
Find out more or book tickets here.
Sunday 24th December – Street Food Market @ Chiswick High Road
No one wants to cook on Christmas Eve. With the freshest Egyptian falafel, traditional Turkish gozleme, Cape Malay curry, Brazilian ribeye steak sandwich, momos from Nepal, London’s hottest dogs, Nigerian barbecue, French galettes and crepes and dumplings, the December 24 market from Food St – at the Old Market Place on Chiswick High Road – could be the best one yet.
They’re ending 2023 with a bang! With Esme and Ellie from Chiswick Theatre Arts (Elsa and Anna in the school’s recent production of Frozen) singing a selection of Christmas carols, fifteen of London’s coolest street food traders serving up menus bang full of seasonal specials, mulled wine and mince pies and Food St’s secret recipe reindeer food to take home with you and scatter by your fireplace, Chiswick promises to be more Christmassy than the North Pole.
Throughout December – Christmas Film Favourite @ Chiswick Cinema
Throughout the festive season, Chiswick Cinema will be showing Christmas favourites including Arthur Christmas, the Polar Express, How the Grinch Stole Christmas, Die Hard, Santa Claus and much more.
Find the full list of movies on their website here.
What’s on in West London | December 2023
Friday 15th December – Friends of St Mary’s’ (PTA) Christmas Fair @ St Mary’s Catholic Primary School, 3 pm – 6 pm
Everyone is welcome at St Mary’s Catholic Primary School Christmas Fair where you can participate in games, crafts, and feast on delicious food.
Throughout December – Winter Wonderland @ Hyde Park
Winter Wonderland is a magical seasonal attraction that draws visitors from all over the world. This annual event features a range of festive activities and attractions, including ice skating, live music, fairground rides, and an array of food and drink vendors.
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