Christmas events in Redbridge 2017

PUBLISHED: 06:58 17 November 2017 | UPDATED: 17:38 17 November 2017

Father Christmas  a child and a dog. Picture: David Solomon

Father Christmas a child and a dog. Picture: David Solomon

David Solomon

Now that we have reached mid-November we can officially start the Christmas countdown.

The lights on the back of the Christmas tree on George Green. Picture: Ellie HoskinsThe lights on the back of the Christmas tree on George Green. Picture: Ellie Hoskins

The Recorder has rounded up exciting activities in Ilford and beyond to get you in a festive feel-good mood.

From a Father Christmas parade to fun yuletide decoration activities, there is lots going on this December.

Father Christmas Parade:

Valentines Mansion have created a Christmas cocktail last year based on their tea products. Picture: Ken MearsValentines Mansion have created a Christmas cocktail last year based on their tea products. Picture: Ken Mears

Santa will be making the journey from his arctic home to Ilford’s High Road on Saturday, November 25.

In his honour an exciting event is being organised complete with stilt walkers and dancers.

The big man in red will start a parade at Starbucks at 11am, making his way down the High Road to Waterstones bookshop and then back into the Exchange Shopping Centre, where he will be settling into his Grotto on the shopping centre’s Level 3.

He will be joined on this merry journey by the cast of much-loved children’s TV show Paw Patrol - Marshall, Chase, Rubble and Skye, as well as Peppa Pig.

Christmas fair. Picture: Ron Jeffries.Christmas fair. Picture: Ron Jeffries.

Following the arrival parade, young fans will have the opportunity to meet their favourite characters and have a photo taken with them at intervals from midday until 3.30pm.

Reindeer Trial:

Until December 30, residents can have a go at finding all 10 reindeer hidden around the town centre.

Children singing festive songs. Picture: Ken MearsChildren singing festive songs. Picture: Ken Mears

On completion of the task, participants will then be entered into a prize draw to win a £100 shopping spree in Ilford.

Go to the Exchange for more details.

Christmas fair at Valentine Mansion:

Staff at the mansion have handpicked the designers, makers, and artists to ensure a varied selection of stalls at this year’s fair.

Held at Valentines Mansion, Emerson Road, on Sunday, December 3, residents can buy handmade gifts for their loved one.

From jewellery and candles to home decor and edible treats, why not support local small businesses and get in the Christmas spirit at the same time.

Make your own Christmas decorations:

Children aged eight and above can make their own fused glass tree decorations at Valentines Mansion.

On December 2, for £5 per person, residents can take part in the fun 15 minute workshop.

Traditional Christmas table arrangments:

Another workshop at the mansion, craft lovers can make sure their table tops are on point this season by creating a table top arrangments.

Using berries, baubles, and cones, participants will create a bespoke piece.

The session will be held on Saturday Decemeber 2, at 11am-noon or 2-3pm.

The class costs £15 per person and it may be good to book it in advance.

Traditional Christmas table ring:

Using fresh flowers, Christmas foliage, cones and berries, residents will learn how to create an amazing centerpiece for Christmas lunch.

The session runs on n Saturday, December, 2 from 12.30pm to 1.30pm.

Class costs £20 per person.

Santa fun run:

Will you be a red-faced Rudolph or a suave Santa?

The Mayor of Redbridge, Cllr Linda Huggett, is hosting two fun runs on Sunday, December 3, with all proceeds going to the mayor’s charity appeal.

The first is a 10k run for the adults which starts at 10am from Beal High School in Woodford Bridge Road, Redbridge.

The second is a 2k family fun run (or walk, or wheel) which starts at noon, at the same venue.

A council spokeswoman said: “Whatever your ability, there is something for you to join in and help to support Saint Francis Hospice and Haven House.

“We want this to be a fun event and those taking part are encouraged to wear festive costumes with a prize for the best outfit.”

All participants will get a free Santa hat and a medal just for taking part.

The fee is £10 per adult or £10 per team at the noon race.

Christmas lights around the borough:

Barkingside: Celebrate the lighting up of the Christmas tree in Ken Aston Square, High Street on December 1.

Between 3pm and 6pm carols and festive songs will be sung by school children and the Redbridge Music Lounge Players.

Little ones will also be able to meet Father Christmas in Fullwell Cross Library.

Wanstead: The mayor will be attending the George Green Christmas lights switch-on on November 23 at 4pm.

Hainault: The mayor will be attending the switch-on event at Hainault Community Centre. From 4pm on November 24, residents can head to Manford Way for festive fun.

If you would like your festive events included in the round-up please email

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