Festive fun in Bexley’s town centres
It’s Small Business Saturday this weekend (1 and 2 December) which presents the perfect opportunity to shop local for Christmas while also enjoying a range of free activities taking place across Bexley’s town centres.
Sidcup is hosting its annual Christmas Extravaganza on Sidcup Green on Saturday 1 December from 12 noon – 6pm. With a range of entertainment, children’s activities and a wide selection of festive stalls, food and drink, there’s sure to be something for the whole family to enjoy. Two Christmas films are also being shown on a big screen, inside marquees, so you don’t need to worry about the weather as you’ll be able to stay dry and warm. Anyone who spends at least £15 in a small business in Sidcup on the day of the Extravaganza can bring their receipts to Sidcup Green and be entered into a draw with a top prize of £1,000.
In Erith, the Christmas festivities kick off with the return of the Erith Kitchen this Saturday. Head down to Pier Road between 11.30am and 6.30pm to sample tasty treats from a variety of street food stalls. Enjoy some seasonal music from local musicians or take part in some of the family activities . There will be plenty of cover to keep you warm and dry! The festive fun continues around the town throughout December with a variety of Christmas events planned including a grotto bar and pop-up cinema at the Old Carnegie Library. Find out more.
In Crayford the decorations are all up and the annual ‘Christmas Cracker” will take place on the forecourt of the Crayford Social Club in Crayford Way (opposite Waterside Gardens). Residents can pop in for a mince pie, glass of wine and to see Father Christmas on Saturday (1 December) from 1pm to 4pm.
In Welling, Bexley Grammar School Parents’ Association is holding a Christmas Market this Saturday between 11am and 3pm. Or why not pop along to the High Street and pick up some gifts while taking in the Christmas tree shining brightly next to the Russian Canon at Welling Corner?
Over at Blackfen Community Library a special festive event from 12pm on Saturday 8 December will include a free Santa’s Grotto, Christmas characters and Christmas crafts, all culminating with the lights being turned on at 4.30pm.
Find out more about Christmas events in our libraries
If this doesn’t jingle your bells why not pop along to enjoy the festive Yule Village in Bexleyheath? This Nordic treat gives visitors the opportunity to experience traditional continental celebrations in the heart of Bexleyheath. Enjoy this free magical experience until 23 December.
Deputy Leader of the Council and Cabinet Member for Growth, Cllr Louie French said: “Our town centres benefit from a great blend of small independent businesses trading alongside the larger household names. With all the festive fun taking place over the next month it’s the ideal time to pay them a visit and pick up something more unusual while supporting our small businesses.”