Published: Monday, 13th November 2017

The Royal Borough of Greenwich is inviting residents to join in its exciting Christmas celebrations in Woolwich, on Saturday 2 December.

All local residents are invited to come along and enjoy the magical event which takes place between 12 noon and 6pm in General Gordon Square, Beresford Square and Powis Street.

Woolwich Winter Warmer

The event line-up includes ice carving demonstrations, live festive music from local choirs and musicians, a real-life Santa's reindeer and owls on display. Other entertainment includes a puppet show bus, fairground rides, roving street entertainers and craft taster sessions from Artfix Café.

As well as this, there will be family festive themed content shown on the big screen in General Gordon Square.

If you need to step inside and warm up, what better way to do it than on Small Business Saturday by taking advantage of some of the special offers local shops will be offering to residents.

There will be a lantern lit parade from Powis Street to General Gordon Square arriving in the square at 4.55pm in time for the lighting of the Christmas tree. The parade will then continue, arriving in Artillery Square at 5.25pm, followed by a firework display to conclude the end of the Woolwich Winter Warmer on The Royal Arsenal.

For the latest news and updates on the Woolwich Winter Warmer, follow our Twitter, Facebook and Instagram @Royal_Greenwich #XmasinGreenwich

A RARE Christmas

Festivities continue between 4pm and 8pm in the Royal Arsenal's Artillery Barracks where RARE will be having a free ice skating rink open to all ages to enjoy. The Royal Arsenal will also host food and drink stalls, a live music stage and other seasonal entertainment for you to enjoy.

Residents will also be able to drop-in to one of our informal consultations for the Woolwich Creative District in Building 41, which will be accompanied by pop-up entertainment to give you a taster of what's to come.

For the latest news and updates on the RARE Christmas event, follow @RARE_explore on Twitter.

Lantern workshop

A free Lantern workshop for the Woolwich Winter Warmer will take place on the day (11.30am to 2.30pm) in the Woolwich Library, Wellington Street SE18 6HQ.

'A fantastic event for all the family'

The Royal Borough of Greenwich's Cabinet Member for Culture and Creative Industries, Councillor Denise Scott-McDonald, said: "The Woolwich Winter Warmer is set to be a fantastic event for all the family. There will be something for everyone - from fairground rides, ice carving to live music.

"Woolwich Winter Warmer also coincides with Small Business Saturday where residents will have the opportunity to support their local high street in the run up to Christmas. Also, don't forget that Christmas celebrations continue on the Royal Arsenal from 4pm to 8pm."