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December in Nine Elms

Christmas decorations made by St Georges_web

Published on
December 1, 2020


Got that festive feeling? We have too! We’re giving you the lowdown on what’s going on in and around Nine Elms.

Build the excitement over the season with our top picks this December…

Panto is back!

Oh no it isn’t, you say?

Oh yes, it is. There’s a choice of live online panto entertainment for all ages around Nine Elms and Wandsworth.

Theatre503’s The Fairytale Revolution is available via a digital live stream. We’ve got a soft spot for this one because Wandsworth Council are working closely with Theatre503 to bring this magical panto to everyone across the borough, in schools, care homes, community groups and hospitals to spread the joy. It’s £10 per device to watch, but if you can’t afford the ticket price it’s free with Theatre503’s Share The Drama scheme.

If, however, you fancy something a bit more grown-up, you shall attend the ball with the digital live-stream of Cinderella: The Socially Distanced Ball from The Turbine Theatre.

You can also listen to every panto Riverside Radio have recorded over the past five years from Wednesday 16 December.

All together now…!

The giant Nine Elms Advent Calendar

There’s a giant advent calendar in Nine Elms and it’s lighting up the dark wintery nights.

Nine Elms shops, restaurants, offices, schools and community centres are displaying lights in their windows to count you down to Christmas with a new window being revealed each day online by the Nine Elms Arts Ministry.

Black Cab Coffee Window One of Nine Elms Advent Calendar 2020

If you fancy an evening walk, there are several trails to choose from. It’s free and perfect to enjoy with family or friends in a socially distanced and safe way.

Prefer to stay cosy at home? Online advent art workshops are running throughout December with plenty of opportunity to let your creative juices flow.

Find out more about the walking trail and how you can get involved at home.


Shopping during the holiday season is going to look a little different this year.

Now more than ever it’s important to show your love for local businesses who have been affected by this year’s pandemic. When buying presents this year, remember to #ShopLocal.

Wandsworth Council have put together a stress-free online guide to independent small shops where you can find a list of specialist independent shops and services near you, as well as a handy gift directory with My Virtual Neighbourhood.

Light up your winter walk

Taking your daily walk around the block, or maybe you want to explore further afield at the weekend?

As the nights draw in, there’s nothing better than fresh air and a winter stroll around Nine Elms.

If you’re looking for a tree-mendous treat, check out the decorations in the front yard of the Yvonne Carr Centre, inside the gate of St George’s and in the garden of the ROSE on Ascalon Street.  You can also enjoy the huge trees next to Embassy Gardens and the Embassy Gardens Marketing Suite for a slice of Christmas magic.

The Battersea side of Battersea Bridge is lit up with a Christmas tree sponsored by Royal College of Art.

Walking east, Vauxhall’s huge Christmas tree is also now up.

Battersea Power Station’s Winter Village is now closed due to Tier 4 restrictions, but don’t worry – the 19,000 LED lights and 100 Christmas trees are still up for you to enjoy throughout the holiday season.

The Winter Village at Battersea Power Station

Other things to do in Nine Elms

Get ready to sing your heart out with World Heart Beat’s Christmas Concert on 19 and 20 Dec and listen to your favourite festive tunes virtually in this musical extravaganza.

Counting down to Christmas with the little ones? Log on for virtual activities from Wandsworth libraries with Carolyn the Battersea and York Gardens Children’s Librarian.

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