Published: Tuesday, 7th November 2017
Meet Santa and his reindeer on 25 November as the Royal Borough of Greenwich Christmas celebrations get underway.
Along with the Christmas lights switch-on, Santa joins in with the celebrations as he surprises young visitors with a free small gift when they visit him inside his Grotto.
Adding to the fun will be an amazing ice carving demonstration and strolling entertainers. Also on the day will be a puppet show and workshops, where children will be able to craft their own Christmas decorations and watch the puppet show inside a cosy double decker bus.
Along with traditional fairground rides for the children, visitors can take a ride on a carousel and enjoy the views from wintery Cutty Sark Gardens. There will also be a live music stage featuring, The Rock Choir, Dario and headliners The Ragdolls performing all the festive hits.
Visitors will also be able to take advantage of some of special offers that local shops will be offering to residents who hold a Greenwich One Card, as well as enjoying festive food, drink and gift stalls within Cutty Sark Gardens.
The Mayor of Greenwich, Councillor Peter Brooks will be switching on the Christmas lights at 5pm.
Ye Olde Maritime Christmas Market
A separate event is the new Ye Olde Maritime Christmas Market in Greenwich from 25 November to 4 December, serving a variety of seasonal festive fayre. Relax at the food and drink stalls offering culinary delights from all over the world and Bavarian-style bars, complete with selected traditional fairground rides and other attractions.
'Something for everyone'
The Royal Borough of Greenwich's Cabinet Member for Culture, Creative Industries and Community Well-Being, Councillor Denise Scott-McDonald said: "This year's Cutty Sark Gardens Christmas Event has something for everyone. A Santa's grotto, street performers, musicians and a festive Christmas Market to help up the Christmas spirit."