Let’s hear those sleigh bells ringing … South London style: Festive fun comes to Herne Hill!!
From free footrubs to a green Santa, there’s plenty of fun for kids and adults alike in Herne Hill this month, as our favourite corner of South London brings together lots of lovely local traders to create a host of unmissable Christmas events.
Herne Hill Christmas Fair
Saturday 13th December
11:00 – 16:00
Come on down to join in this annual Christmas extravaganza, with an Enchanted Winter Woodland, biscuit decorating, local arts and crafts, carol singing, mistletoe corner and a snow queen themed wonderland Grotto. You can try your hand at a green Santa drawing class, courtesy of Blue Patch, indulge in a spot of magic trickery from Barrie the Illusioneer, listen to Christmas tales at Herne Hill Books, or massage away your aches and pains with a free foot rub at the wellbeing hub. Children can try out the free entertainment from the fabulous Gymboree, Bea’s Baby Bop and nursery activity workshop from Rainbow Smiles to keep your little ones busy throughout the day. Or pop into the Health Hub for a free blood pressure check, flu jab or cholesterol test (limited number) or to drop off a contribution to the Christmas Food and Present Bank. Or just relax a while, and indulge in fresh roasted chestnuts and mulled wine as you snap up some quirky Christmas gifts and soak up some Yuletide music.
Supported by a host of lovely local sponsors, including Gymboree, Rainbow Smiles and the Health Hub.
How to get there: stalls, activities and events throughout Herne Hill. Trains to Herne Hill run from Victoria (9 mins), Blackfriars and City Thameslink (11 mins). Nearest tube: Brixton. Buses: 196, 37, 3, 322, 68 and 468.
Late night Christmas shopping in Herne Hill
Thursdays 11th & 18th December
The local traders of Herne Hill are much-loved and have become somewhat of an institution as they offer old-school neighbourly charm with reasonable prices and personal customer service. For two Thursdays in December the stores will stay open late, so that you can pop on down and pick up delightful children’s toys in Just Williams and Tales on Moon Lane, one-of-a-kind gifts in Wish and Artemidorus, delicious Christmas cuisine in Dugard & Daughter, Mimosa and Sesami, Christmas wreaths and trees in Elaine the Florists and a plethora of other festive goodies. You can even catch some carol singing and mince pies in the mistletoe corner to get you into the festive spirit.
Who’ll be open for late night shopping you ask? Well, for a start, Lowie (with 10% off), The Society for the Protection of Unwanted Objects, Just Williams; Slique Spa (with mince pies and wine); Health Hub; Londis; RJ Electricals (10% off all lightbulbs); Herne Hill Books; Boki’s; Brockwell Arts Services; The Flower Lady; The Illusioneer; White Feather Boutique; Tales on Moon Lane (with author readings and also open until 8pm 1-5th December); Artemidorus; Fourways Pharmacy, Intersport – the list goes on and is growing every day! And if you’re thinking ‘turkey!’, Walter’s is now taking orders for Christmas so pop in and book your bird. Number 22, Olley’s, Blackbird, Crunch (107 Dulwich Road), Umana Yana and others will also be keeping their kitchens open late, so why not book yourselves a baby-sitter and make a night of a mooch around the shops.
Herne Hill Extended Sunday Market
Sundays 14th & 21st December
10.00 – 16.00
Our little old Sunday market has become a firm favourite locally, offering gourmet food and hand made wares from independent local producers. During December it will be extended along Half Moon Lane with a multitude of market stalls selling locally-made arts and crafts. They will be joined by local deli Mimosa, gallery and gift shop, Artemidorus, children’s toy shop, Just Williams, children’s bookshop, Tales on Moon Lane, and the numerous other beautiful shops and cafes which line Half Moon Lane to put on a festive feast. With free live music, and a Christmas History Walking Tour on the 14th, there is sure to be plenty of winter warmth as the Christmas countdown begins.
So lovely people, there we have it. Three great reasons to do all your Christmas Shopping in Herne Hill this festive season!