Christmas comes to the borough

Published: Thursday 22nd November 18

Celebrate the festive season and support your local shops this Christmas, with a series of events kicking off this Friday.

The council organises or supports events around the borough, with the first in Northcote Road on November 23. Upcoming events include:


Sunday Dec 2 from 1pm. Christmas tree light countdown at 4.30pm

Go along to Bedford Hill Place for entertainment, mulled wine, live music, carol singing, nativity scene photo booth and Sam, the real life donkey. Further details will be announced on twitter @balhamdotcom.

Sam the Donkey in Balham


Friday November 23, 5pm

Northcote Road’s annual light switch-on including carol singing, Santa’s grotto and more.

Sunday November 25, 11am-5pm

Shop for Christmas gifts and enjoy pop-up bars and streetfood at the Northcote Road Christmas market

Carols in Battersea Square

Tuesday December 4, 7.30pm

Carols and the Christmas lights switch-on in Battersea Square

Monday December 10, 6.30pm

Battersea Bridge Christmas tree lights ceremony and carols. The Mayor of Wandsworth will switch on the lights, followed by mulled wine and mince pies in the Royal College of Art Dyson Gallery.

Tuesday December 11, 3pm-6.30pm

Winstanley and York Road Christmas carols celebration. Peformances from local schools plus free lunch for the over-65s. York Gardens Library. Elderly residents should go along from 3pm, and schools and other local residents from 4.30pm.

Christmas in Earlsfield, 2015


Saturday December 1, 10am-6pm

Activities at the Leather Bottle pub, Garratt Lane, including an all-day shopping event, magic shows, food and drink, carols Santa and the Christmas lights switch-on at 5.30pm.

Nine Elms

Saturday December 1, 4.30pm

Embassy Gardens Christmas lights switch-on, Union Square, Embassy Gardens, SW8 5NQ

Enjoy mulled wine and hot chocolate after carols are sung by local schoolchildren and the tree lights are switched on.

Christmas at Battersea Power Station

Throughout December

Christmas at Battersea Power Station, Circus West Village, SW8 4NS

Enjoy craft workshops, festive menus, an colourful installation in the piazza and a Christmas show, Mimi and the Mountain Dragon.

Wednesday December 12 to Sunday December 16

Talking Birds' Festival OakMobile goes on tour

Come inside Talking Birds' magical tin house for a story to get you into the festive spirit. Venues across Nine Elms. Visit for times and locations.

Saturday December 15, 4.15pm-5.15pm

Light Chasers return, Meeting point by The Tower, St George Wharf, Riverside Gardens, SW8 5NN

Wrap up warm and follow dancers and skaters in a promenade dance performance along the Nine Elms riverside path, with local choreographer Lorraine Roberts.

Tuesday December 18, 4.30pm-5.50pm

Refugee: A Christmas Story, Grosvenor Arch, Circus West Village, Battersea Power Station, SW8 4NS

A free festive community event for all the family, with dance, carols and storytelling. Don't miss a bookreading and signing by Anne Booth, author of 'Refuge' which inspired the event.

The Roehampton lantern parade


Friday November 30, 3pm-8pm

Positively Putney Community stage on Church Square compered by Wandsworth Radio, Christmas stalls, kids’ activities and the light switch-on at 6pm.


Wednesday 12th December, 4pm-6pm

A Christmas Lantern Parade through Roehampton to the Alton Library Green where there will be carols, music, festive food and hot drinks. If you would like to take part there will be lantern- making workshops at the Alton Methodist Church on December 4 between 1pm and 4pm, and at the Alton Library on December 10 between 2pm and 6pm.


Wednesday, December 5, 4.30pm

Lights ceremony courtesy of the Wimbledon Foundation in Replingham Road and festive events organised by the Southfields Business Forum.


Tuesday December 4, 4pm

Carol singing and lights ceremony in Mitcham Road at the corner of Church Lane outside St Nicholas Church.

Friday December 7, 4pm

Furzedown Christmas tree and light switch-on, corner of Thrale Road and Mitcham Lane


Saturday December 8 and 9

Tootsmas, featuring food & drink trails, heritage events, family fun, The Handmade Fair, Pooch Parade and lots more, hosted by local businesses.

Wandsworth Town

Saturday November 24, 4.30pm

Christmas market and events all day at Wandsworth Town Station plus Christmas and street food marked on the piazza outside Southside. Lights switched on at 4.30pm outside All Saints Church, followed by a carol service inside.

The council’s business spokesman Cllr Rory O’Broin, said: “There’s no need to go anywhere else this Christmas, with some great independent shops selling unique gifts and events all over the borough to get you in the festive mood. Shop local, support your neighbourhood stores and enjoy the festive season. ”

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Recent comments

Hi there :) Just wondered when real Christmas trees will start to be sold on Hildreth street? Many thanks! Harriet

26 November 2018

Hi there :) Just wondered when real Christmas trees will start to be sold on Hildreth street? Many thanks! Harriet

26 November 2018

The Furzedown Community Network also hosts its annual Christmas Market on Saturday 15th December from 4-7 pm on Moyser Road. We have Santa in his grotto, over 50 stalls selling gifts, Mulled wine and bands and choirs popping up throughout.
Jo Baxter

26 November 2018

Christmas comes to the Borough? I thought Christmas came everywhere. Haven’t anyone told The council that, or do they think it’s something special to Wandsworth?
Tony R S Ashford

24 November 2018

The Southfields Business Forum organises the Christmas Event(Replingham Road on 5/1/18 at 4:30pm) in conjunction with the Wimbledon Foundation who sponsor the lights. The involvement of the council is only required due to seeking parking suspensions and road closures. It would be churlish and Scrooge like behaviour from the council not to give their support during the season of goodwill.

23 November 2018