Find out what to see and do this year, as Christmas trees, decorations and twinkling lights pop up across the borough.

All events and activities are free entry unless stated otherwise. All events and activities were correct at the time of publishing. You should always check with the event venue before booking or travelling.

Christmas lights

#LightUpBexley competition

The Mayor is challenging Bexley residents, businesses and groups to light up and decorate their houses and businesses for the festive season.

Enter the competition

Abbey Wood - Lesnes Abbey Woods

Christmas Market

10am to 4pm, Saturday 4 and Sunday 5 December.

Christmas comes to Lesnes Abbey with a festive celebration weekend. With gift stalls, festive foods, entertainment, fun and community stalls too. Don’t forget the mulled wine and hot chocolate. There will be lots to enjoy suitable for all ages.

Book event

Christmas Wreath Making

10am to 12pm and 1pm to 3pm, Saturday 4 December.

£25 adults.

In Lesnes Abbey Lodge, you can create a unique Christmas Wreath to hang on your front door or as an early Christmas present for a friend or family member. There will be a complimentary glass of Bucks Fizz and a mince pie to get everyone in the Christmas spirit.

Book in advance

 

Christmas Scavenger Trail

10am to 2pm, Saturday 4 and Sunday 5 December.

£3.50.

Help. Someone has stolen Christmas from Lesnes Abbey. Can you help restore festive cheer by discovering the identity of this mysterious thief? Using clues and a map you must find the hidden pictures and letters around Lesnes Abbey. Once rearranged they will spell out the thief’s name and you will be rewarded with a small prize. Suitable for ages 4 to 11.

Book in advance

Barnehurst

Man walking with Christmas tree

Christmas Jumper retail trail

3:15pm to 5:30pm, Friday 10 December Barnehurst Road (Barnehurst Station).

Rudolph the Reindeer launches the Christmas Jumper Retail Trail. Can you find all the numbered jumpers in shop windows? Enjoy face painting, balloon modelling and do not forget to visit Father Christmas outside ‘Cabin Newsagent.’ This event is part of Bexley’s Welcome Back Fund programme*, supported with funding from the European Regional Development Fund.

Belvedere

Christmas present

Picardy Christmas Trail

11am to 3pm, Monday 20 December. Picardy Street/Station Road and Gilbert Road, Belvedere.

Rudolph the Reindeer launches the Christmas Jumper Retail Trail. Can you find all the numbered jumpers in shop windows? Enjoy a free visit to Father Christmas. This event is part of Bexley’s Welcome Back Fund programme*, supported with funding from the European Regional Development Fund.

Bexley - Hall Place & Gardens

Christmas Craft Market

10am to 4pm, 11, 12, 19, 21 and 22 December.

An opportunity to purchase that special gift from a small selection of stalls on each date. Hall Place will be welcoming some of our popular craft sellers through December in a series of specially selected weekend small markets located in the courtyard by the Visitor Centre.

Regular posts on Facebook will give you an advance warning of who will be attending each week.

Deck the Hall

4, 8, 10, 15, 18 and 22 December.

£8 adult, £4 child (5 to 16-year-olds), under 5’s free.

Get into the festive mood with our twilight self-guided tours of the historic house shimmering and twinkling, dressed for Christmas. Complimentary glass of mulled wine or orange juice. Bookable time slots from 4pm to 6.30pm. Suitable for all, children must always be accompanied by an adult. Please note only stepped access to the first floor. Tickets must be booked in advance either online or in person.

Hall Place & Gardens

Farmer’s Market

Sunday 5 and Saturday 18 December.

An opportunity to purchase fresh local produce from a small selection of stalls on each date. Suitable for all, outside on hard standing.

Rock Choir concert

7.30pm (doors open from 7pm), Thursday 16 December.

£10 for a ticket.

Rocking around the Great Hall Christmas tree, getting your toes tapping to the beat. Suitable for all. Children must always be accompanied by an adult. Tickets must be booked in advance either online or in person.

Hall Place & Gardens

Christmas Garden Trail

10am to 4pm, until 31 December.

£2.50 per trail sheet, small prize included.

Can you name all of Santa’s reindeer? Find all nine reindeer posters in the grounds to gather their famous reindeer ‘poo’ cupcake recipe. Suitable for families with children aged 3 to 10. Children must be always accompanied. Please dress for the weather and wear appropriate shoes for walking the site over uneven ground and grass areas. Bring a pen or pencil with you or buy one from the shop. Hall Place & Gardens is closed 24 to 26 and 31 December and 1 January 2022.

The Choir School of Sidcup Christmas Concert

Thursday 2 December.

£10 for a ticket.

Get that festive feeling listening to the fabulous all-age Choir School of Sidcup. The Choir promises a fun mix of traditional carols and popular Christmas songs you’ll be aching to join in with. Doors open at 6.30pm. Performance begins at 7pm. Book in advance online.

Hall Place & Gardens

Bexley

Christmas in Bexley

Christmas Jumper retail trail

pm to 6pm, Friday 3 December

Blendon Road and Sherwood Park Avenue

Rudolph the Reindeer launches the Christmas Jumper Retail Trail. Can you find all the numbered jumpers in shop windows? Head on over to ‘Blush’ to help decorate a wooden Christmas jumper as well as meeting Father Christmas. This event is part of Bexley’s Welcome Back Fund programme*, supported with funding from the European Regional Development Fund.

Chestnuts and singing

2pm to 6pm, Thursday 9 December

Steynton Avenue / Albany Park Station DA5 3HP

Enjoy hot chestnuts and festive singing outside the station. This event is part of Bexley’s Welcome Back Fund programme*, supported with funding from the European Regional Development Fund.

Bexleyheath

Christmas in Bexleyheath

Lunch Club Christmas Dinner

Geddes Place United Reformed Church, Geddes Place, Bexleyheath DA6 7DJ.

12pm, Thursday 16 December.

£10 for a ticket.

Enjoy a traditional festive two-course meal, with sherry, fruit juice, homemade wine, mints, tea or coffee, free raffle ticket and lots of good company. Alternative vegetarian food will be provided at your request.

Book your place by 29 November. Call 01474 822088 for more information.

Festive Stories and Craft

Central Library, Townley Road, Bexleyheath DA6 7HJ.

10:30am to 11:30am, Monday 20 December.

Come along and listen to festive stories and a craft session. Spaces are limited so please book your place with a member of staff at Central Library.

Bexley Libraries website 

Midfield Parade Christmas Trail & lights switch on

2pm to 6pm, Saturday 4 December

Midfield Parade

Rudolph the Reindeer launches the Christmas Jumper Retail Trail. Can you find all the numbered jumpers in shop windows? The community lights will be switched on by the Mayor of Bexley at 6pm. This event is part of Bexley’s Welcome Back Fund programme*, supported with funding from the European Regional Development Fund.

Christmas Jumper retail trail

11am to 4pm, Saturday 11 December

Bexleyheath Station, Bexleyheath DA7 4AY

Rudolph the Reindeer launches the Christmas Jumper Retail Trail. Can you find all the numbered jumpers in shop windows? Take part in free Christmas craft activities, balloon modelling and face painting. Do not forget to visit Father Christmas along Pickford Lane. This event is part of Bexley’s Welcome Back Fund programme*, supported with funding from the European Regional Development Fund.

Christmas Jumper retail trail

11am to 4pm, Saturday 11 December

Long Lane, Bexleyheath

Rudolph the Reindeer launches the Christmas Jumper Retail Trail. Can you find all the numbered jumpers in shop windows? Enjoy face painting and a free visit to Father Christmas at ‘One Stop.’ This event is part of Bexley’s Welcome Back Fund programme*, supported with funding from the European Regional Development Fund.

Blackfen

Christmas Comes to Blackfen

10.30am to 4pm, Saturday 27 November.

Blackfen Community Library, 7-9 Blackfen Parade, Blackfen DA15 9LU.

In and around Blackfen Community Library (Co-op Car Park and George Staples Car Park) there is lots of entertainment, stalls, and events to help you and your loved ones get into the festive mood. Create some lovely crafts in the library and buy a festive treat from Rooted Coffee House or one of our pop-up stalls outside. Enjoy singing choirs, inflatables, face painting, stalls from CC Events and more. You can also visit Santa and his elves in his grotto inside Blackfen Community Library (book tickets in advance online). The Christmas lights will be switched on by the Mayor of Bexley outside Blackfen Community Library at 4.30pm.

Blackfen Community Library

12 Days of Christmas Treasure Hunt

From Saturday 27 November.

Blackfen Community Library, 7-9 Blackfen Parade, Blackfen DA15 9LU.

Collect a clue sheet from the library front desk anytime. Hunt for clues around Blackfen High Street and bring back your completed sheet for a small treat.

Christmas Window Art

From Saturday 27 November.

Design a festive picture at home and bring it in for us to display in our window. There will be a small treat for those who take part.

Blackfen Community Library

Crayford

Crayford Christmas Market, Kids Trail and Tree Lighting

11am to 5pm Sunday 21 November. The lights are switched on at 4.30pm.

Waterside Gardens DA1 4JJ.

Help Crayford Celebrate the start of Christmas with a Christmas Market, free children’s high street trail and crafts, and the light-up of the Christmas tree and Carol singing too. Don’t forget Hot Chocolate and the naughty elf on the shelf visits.

Deck the Tree

4pm to 5pm, Wednesday 1 December.

Come listen to a festive story and create a decoration for the Library Tree and a decoration to take home. Suitable for ages 4 to 11 years. Spaces are limited so please book your place with a member of staff at Crayford Library.

Bexley Libraries website 

 

Christmas Tree Crafting

4pm to 5pm, Wednesday 15 December.

Create a beautiful and festive mini-Christmas tree to take home. Suitable for ages 6 to 10 years. Spaces are limited so please book your place with a member of staff at Crayford Library.

Bexley Libraries website 

 

Erith

Christmas Wine Pairing

7:30pm to 9pm, Saturday 4 December.

£15 per ticket.

Stuck for which wines to pair with your Christmas meal? Or just wanting to mix it up this year and try something new? Join local wine expert Robert Mason at this festive wine event where he will guide you through six versatile wines perfect for any festive feast. Will include Wine and nibbles. Book tickets in advance online.

The Exchange

Carnegie Ensemble - A Baroque Christmas Concert

3pm to 5pm, Sunday 12 December.

£10 per ticket, £8 for concessions.

The Carnegie Ensemble return for a festive and candlelit Baroque concert, this time in the newly refurbished Exchange. The repertoire will include Vivaldi’s “Winter” from The Four Seasons, Bach’s “Air on a G-string”, Telemann’s Concerto for 2 violas, Cervetto’s Trio Sonato for 3 cellos, Arias by Handel for mezzo soprano and Geminiani’s Concerto Grosso “La Folia”.

Book tickets in advance

Christmas Craft Market

10am to 1pm, Sunday 19 December.

Christmas is nearly here. So, get those last-minute gifts - and maybe a treat for yourself (you deserve it) at The Exchange’s first on-site local craft market. Expect a range of items on sale including jewellery, candles, and other gifts, as well as a few well-crafted food and drink products including Bexley Brewery beers, cheeses, and sweet treats.

Erith Library Festive Colouring Fun

Erith Library, 100 High Street, Erith DA8 1SL.

Drop-in from 10am to 4pm, Thursday 23 December

Come to Erith Library for a drop-in session of festive colouring. Suitable for all ages. No need to book.

Chestnuts and singing

2pm to 6pm, Friday 10 December

Slade Green, Erith DA8 2NX

Enjoy hot chestnuts and festive singing outside the station. This event is part of Bexley’s Welcome Back Fund programme*, supported with funding from the European Regional Development Fund.

Christmas market shopping

Falconwood

Falconwood Christmas Trail

2pm to 6pm, Friday 17 December, Lingfield Crescent/Falconwood Station, London, SE9 2RD.

Find Dasher, Dancer, Prancer, Vixen, Comet, Cupid, Donner, Blitzen and Rudolph in each of the shop windows and collect a prize from Rudolph in the Harvester car park. There will also be chestnuts and singing. First come, first serve. Turn up on the day. Suitable for all age groups.

Christmas Jumper retail trail

3:15pm to 5pm, Friday 3 December

Falconwood Parade

Rudolph the Reindeer launches the Christmas Jumper Retail Trail. Can you find all the numbered jumpers in shop windows? This event is part of Bexley’s Welcome Back Fund programme*, supported with funding from the European Regional Development Fund.

Chestnuts and singing

2pm to 6pm, Friday 17 December

Lingfield Crescent / Falconwood station SE9 2RD

Enjoy hot chestnuts and festive singing outside the station. This event is part of Bexley’s Welcome Back Fund programme*, supported with funding from the European Regional Development Fund.

Sidcup

Christmas shopping

Shop Local

Sidcup High Street / Station Road.

10am to 4pm, Saturday 4 December.

Grab your free shop local vouchers and enjoy some Christmas shopping in the high street. There will be Mulled wine at Hoppers Hut, Mince pies at Hackney Carriage, good as new toys for sale, candy floss, popcorn, doughnuts and much more. Enjoy fun activities including a climbing wall, snow machine, hair braiding, face painting, photo booth, a fun bus and music (various artists). You can also see our stilt walkers, roller-skating characters, Mrs Christmas, and the Cartoon elves.

Victorian Christmas Saturday

Elm Parade, Sidcup.

10am to 4pm, Saturday 11 December.

Step back into the 1800s and experience authentic Victorian cooking, bread making, butter making, cloth dye and much more. Meet Victorian policemen, chimney sweepers, stilt walkers and Queen Victoria. Plus, grab a selfie with special guest Gordon from Britain’s Got Talent for a chance to win a £100 meat voucher.

Christmas Card Making

Sidcup Library.

4pm to 5pm, Wednesday 15 December.

Make your own simple Christmas card, just in time for the big day. Suitable for ages 4 to 7 years. Spaces are limited so please book your place with a member of staff at Sidcup Library.

The Oval Christmas Trail

The Oval, Sidcup DA15 9ER.

2pm to 6pm, Friday 17 December.

Christmas Trail and Grotto. First come, first serve. Turn up on the day. Suitable for all age groups.

Pre-Christmas Fun

Sidcup High Street / Station Road.

10am to 4pm, Saturday 18 December.

Enjoy activities including hair braiding, bumper cars, fun bus, cartoonist, face painting, rock painting, photo booth, Christmas card making and more. See the only magical elf car in the country. Meet the Ice Prince and Princess, toy soldiers, rag dolls and Mrs Christmas. Plus, nominate someone who’s done a kind gesture for a chance to win a £100 meat voucher.

The Christmas Extravaganza

The New Community Church, Station Road, Sidcup High Street.

10.30am to 3.30pm, Saturday 27 November.

Join us for the Christmas lights switch-on at 4pm by the Leader of the London Borough of Bexley, Teresa O’Neill OBE. There will be a surprise at 4.15pm on the Green as well as lots of other fun activities including market stalls, Christmas globe, rock choir and other music (various artists), snow machine, sleigh (wheelchair accessible), face painting and a lucky raffle (ticket on entry) to win a £100 meat voucher. Plus, you can meet Santa in his Grotto and have a snack with Santa, have story time with Mrs Christmas and see our Gingerbread characters and stilt walkers.

Christmas Jumper retail trail

2pm to 5pm, Friday 10 December

Foots Cray High Street

Rudolph the Reindeer launches the Christmas Jumper Retail Trail. Can you find all the numbered jumpers in shop windows? Enjoy face painting and glitter tattoos.

This event is part of Bexley’s Welcome Back Fund programme*, supported with funding from the European Regional Development Fund.

Christmas Jumper retail trail

11am to 3pm, Saturday 11 December

Half Way Street, Sidcup

Rudolph the Reindeer launches the Christmas Jumper Retail Trail. Can you find all the numbered jumpers in shop windows? Enjoy Free Christmas craft activities and face painting.

This event is part of Bexley’s Welcome Back Fund programme*, supported with funding from the European Regional Development Fund.

European Regional Development Fund logo

*The Welcome Back Fund project is receiving up to £440k of funding from the England European Regional Development Fund as part of the European Structural and Investment Funds Growth Programme 2014-2020. The Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government is the Managing Authority for European Regional Development Fund. Established by the European Union, the European Regional Development Fund helps local areas stimulate their economic development by investing in projects which will support innovation, businesses, create jobs and local community regenerations.

Christmas Jumper retail trail

11am to 4pm, Saturday 11 December

Marechal Niel Parade & Main Road, Sidcup DA14 6QF

Rudolph the Reindeer launches the Christmas Jumper Retail Trail. Can you find all the numbered jumpers in shop windows? Enjoy Free Christmas craft activities and face painting.

This event is part of Bexley’s Welcome Back Fund programme*, supported with funding from the European Regional Development Fund.

Christmas Jumper retail trail

2pm to 6pm, Friday 17 December

The Oval, Sidcup DA15 9ER Rudolph the Reindeer launches the Christmas Jumper Retail Trail. Can you find all the numbered jumpers in shop windows? Plus, Father Christmas will be paying a special visit.

This event is part of Bexley’s Welcome Back Fund programme*, supported with funding from the European Regional Development Fund.

Thamesmead

Man walking with Christmas tree

Colour in Giant Christmas Tree

4pm to 5pm, Friday 10 December, Thamesmead Library, Binsey Walk, London SE2 9TR. Come along to Thamesmead Library and help to colour in and decorate a giant Christmas tree. Suitable for all ages.

Welling

Welling Sparkle High Street Light Up and Christmas Market

10am to 4pm Saturday 20 November. Carols and lights switched on at 4.30pm.

Festive kids fun and live entertainment plus Santa visits. Gifts and community stalls, a Grand Raffle, Mulled Wine and hot festive food.

FCI Car Park, Upper Wickham Lane DA16 3HF.

buildings

Danson House Grotto

Thursday 2 to Friday 24 December (Thurs, Fri, Sat and Sun only).

Tickets from £10.

Your visit will start with your personal meeting with Santa in his grand Grotto library, where children can tell Santa their Christmas wishes, receive their gift, and have a professional photo taken. This will be followed by a chance to view and purchase your photo in The Salon and a chance to win a prize on our Christmas tombola in The Dining Room. All funds raised will go to Greenwich & Bexley Community Hospice.

Book tickets in advance

The Mayor’s Christmas Market at Danson House

10am to 4pm, Saturday 11 and Sunday 12 December.

Enjoy festive food and treats, handmade crafts, gift stalls, entertainment, and merriment. Plus, a special tree lighting ceremony. The event will also be raising money for the Mayor’s Charity.

Mayor’s Charity website.

Welling Library - Festive Stories and Craft

Tuesday 21 December.

Welling Library, Bellegrove Road, Welling DA16 3PA.

Come along and listen to festive stories and a craft session. Spaces are limited so please book your place with a member of staff at Welling Library.

Christmas Jumper retail trail

From Wednesday 1 December.

Bellgrove Road/Welling Way

Find all the numbered jumpers in shop windows and collect a prize from Krazy Horse.

This event is part of Bexley’s Welcome Back Fund programme*, supported with funding from the European Regional Development Fund.

Toy and gift appeal

Toy and gift appeal

The Mayor and Councillors are asking if this year you could buy an extra special present and donate it to Bexley’s ‘Looked After Children’.

Find out how to donate