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Weekend Round Up - Chrismukkah* Comes to North London

Chrismukkah* is here and there's a marathon of festive treats this weekend whether you are a carol singer, a menorah lighter or an atheist who enjoys the festive season. No time for scrooges or bah humbugs, it's time to get into the spirit!

Gratuitous picture of Adam Brody to illustrate Chrismukkah
If you want to see Santa in North London read our round up of the best places to find the bearded one here.
If it's ChristmasTheatre you are after, we have rounded it up here so do check it out. We've seen The Snowman and The Gruffalo's Child already and can really recommend both for ages 3+

All Weekend

Alice in Winter Wonderland is coming to Ally Pally Ice Rink. Crowds will enter Ally Pally’s own winter wonderland to see the Palace’s skaters take to the ice for a festive show set on its recently refurbished rink. ‘Alice in Winter Wonderland’ will be performed by Ally Pally skating club members, against the backdrop of the dramatic Victorian architecture. £11 for adults, £9 for children.

On 17th/18th December at 11am the Walker Books Bear will be dropping into West End Lane Books and England's Lane Books respctively for a special seasonal storytime session--and as well as packing his usual honey sandwiches, he's bringing along goodie bags for all the children. No need to book, just come along at 11am!

The Southbank Centre hosts the Real Food Christmas Market from 12 to 8pm daily. Featuring over 40 producers, head to the market for beautiful cheeses, delicious chutneys and pickles, wild game, sublime hams and charcuterie and all manner of chocolate treats. The 2011 Real Food Christmas Market is a magical mix of traditional fare and gastronomic goodies conjuring up a festive feast in the heart of London.

Duckie Christmas Market at Barbican is an indie gift market showcasing cult craftspeople, underground artisans, DIY designers, thrifty retro hawkers and community arts curios.With the added attractions of workshops, pop-up performances and seasonal bonhomie, this promises to be a fresh alternative to the high street.

Fenton House, Hampstead has it's Georgian Christmas running until 18th December. Enjoy seeing parts of the House decorated for a Georgian Christmas, or view the 'hidden' part of the National Trust's work in rooms that have been 'put to bed' for the winter months - conservation in action. Listen to occasional performances of period music and buy Christmas gifts for family and friends. There's a trail for families and cakes provided by the ace High Tea of Highgate.

Chocolate lovers will want to get along to the opening of Niko B's Organic Chocolate Shop at The Avo Hotel Dalston. Amongst other things there will be hot chocolate soup and lots of lovely gifts.


Festive Biscuit Decorating at St John’s Parish Centre, Friern Barnet Road, N11 3BS. Come along with your children for some festive fun to decorate biscuits to hang on your Christmas Tree. For more details check out www.kinderkitchenrecipes.blogspot.com. This is also running on Monday 19th at Arts Depot.


The Interchange Christmas Fair takes place at the Hampstead Town Hall Centre. Hosting a wide variety of stalls holders selling everything from designers, Clothing, Skincare, Jewellery, food and much more. Your Christmas shopping experience all in one place and set inside one of Hampstead’s historical venues. Entry is free.

There is a family carol concert at St Michael's Church, Highgate at 6pm

Somerset House has a workshop to make festive lanterns. Light up the winter days by making festive paper lanterns and sparkly decorative pom-poms using recycled materials. 11-1pm and 2-4pm. Suitable for children of all ages.

Big Green Bookshop Children's Reading Group - A friendly, monthly, morning get-together for children aged 9-12, 10.30am.

Shelter From The Storm is having a Christmas Fete, Islington Green - Charity fair with a Santa's grotto, children's crafts area and stalls selling gifts, vintage clothes, books, art and festive foodie treats. There's also a raffle (£1 for five tickets). Proceeds go to Shelter from the Storm, which provides homeless people with hot meals and a warm bed.

The Tricycle, Kilburn is showing The Owl Who Was Afraid Of The Dark. Discover a world of starry nights and moonlit adventures in this fantastic musical production. Based on the classic children’s book by Jill Tomlinson, this funny, gentle and reassuring tale is written especially for small people aged 3 – 7, and grown-ups who sleep with the big light on!

The Phoenix Cinema, East Finchley is showing My Neighbour Totoro at Kids Club at 12pm. There is an activity session at 11am that you need to book additonally. Contact the box office.

There is a Kids Christmas Ball at Tottenham Green Leisure Centre, 1 Philip Lane, N15 4JA. Heavenly Urban presents kids Christmas ball 2011 with disco, santas grotto, stalls to hire, refreshments including mulled wine and mince pies.5-8pm for children aged 5-12. Children £3.50, adults £4.

Jewish Museum, Camden has a family lantern-making workshop where you can learn how to make a beautiful lantern to take home 3-5pm, suitable for all ages and free with museum entry. Sounds lovely.
The JCC is celebrating Chanukah in style at Brent Cross . Children aged 3-11 will love rolling up their sleeves and getting their hands dirty making Chanukiot, cards, masks and more; all of which they will be able to take home to make Chanukah even more special. On Sunday 18th December there’s the JCC’s Brent Cross Chanukah Party so make sure you come and enjoy the fun. Enjoy a live performance while your kids continue to get creative with the JCC. 2-4.30pm.

Whatever you do, have a really lovely weekend and don't forget to tell us if we missed anything!

* So what is all this Chrismukkah business you're going on about then? Fans of The (much missed) OC will remember that Seth Cohen claimed to invent this combination of Christmas and Chanukah to deal with his family situation. We think it is appropriate for North London too. Read all about it here. Happy Chrismukkah!

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