19:44 November 22, 2021
There are plenty of festive activities in North London this weekend to break those seasonal jitters, with Christmas entertainment, shops and caves galore.
Feeling arty? Try a photography class that will help you master the camera in a few sessions, or try making a seasonal wreath.
Here’s what to do in North London this weekend (November 26-28).
The big switch of Winterfest, Wembley
True: Wembley Park
When: November 25, from 4.30 pm
On Thursdays, head to Wembley Park to celebrate the holidays with a free full-length spectacle.
From 4:30 pm there are live bands, choirs, circus acts, fire dancers, panto performers and more.
At 7pm, Neil Jones, star of Strictly Come Dancing, will be on stage to welcome the park’s free winter light trail by lighting a spectacular walk-through Christmas tree, which remains the largest LED Christmas tree in London.
There will also be an after party featuring the Ultimate Bublé performing in a tribute show at BOXPARK Wembley.
The tree, light and art installations will be on until January 4, 2022.
Learn more at wembleypark.com/whats-on/winterfest-switch-on-2021
Festive markets, fairs and workshops, Hackney
True: Hackney Bridge, Units 1-28, Echo Building, London E15 2SJ
When: Nov 25 to Nov 28
Hackney Bridge, East London’s newest cultural and culinary hub, is getting ready to celebrate its first Christmas in style, with a series of family-friendly festive markets, workshops and events.
For those seeking unique Christmas gifts, decor, and products from local merchants, there are events such as The Festive Fair Night Time Market, every Thursday from November 25, and Christmas tree sales every Thursday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday from November 25.
A festive workshop called Christmas Crafts for Kids will take place on Sunday (November 28) and on November 30 for seasonal wreath making.
There will also be a Bloggers Marketplace on Sundays from 1pm to 6pm, where visitors can loot the wardrobes of British fashion bloggers. The market is billed as a one stop shop for the bargain hunter.
Tickets for the bloggers market cost £5.80 and can be bought here
The Hackney Bridge Weekend Market also takes place this Saturday from 9am to 4pm.
Meet Santa at The Sharky & George Grotto, St Pancras
True: Unit 52 in the Lower Arcade opposite Fortnum & Mason at St Pancras Station, Euston Road, N1C 4QL
When: November 26 from 10.55 am to 12.25 pm
Santa and his elves will be in his cave at St Pancras station on Friday for some Christmas fun and games.
Young visitors can meet Santa Claus himself, who reads them a festive story.
There will also be an interactive treasure hunt around the station, where each child can search for their presents from Santa Claus.
For more information and to purchase tickets, visit www.sharkyandgeorge.com/calendar/father-christmas-grotto
Green Christmas Market, Hornsey
True: Hornsey Vale Community Centre, 60 Mayfield Road, London N8 9LP
When: Sunday 28 November, from 2-6 pm
The Hornsey Vale Community Center’s popular Green Christmas Fair returns this year, celebrating Christmas in a more local, ethical and sustainable way.
First held in 2013, the fair aims to support local creatives and raise awareness about environmental issues. There are covered stalls, a cafe serving cakes, drinks and mulled wine, a Christmas decoration swap and a chance to chat with local organizations working for a fairer, more sustainable world.
There will be a donation of £1 per person at the door to support the future of the scholarship.
Learn more at www.facebook.com/HornseyValeCC/
Learn the art of portrait photography, Shoreditch
True: Montcalm East, 151-157 City Road, Shoreditch, EC1V 1JH
When: November 27, 11am-1pm
Photographer Harry Adams will be giving a series of masterclasses from this Saturday, spread over three sessions.
The intimate and in-depth classes take place in the photo studio in Montcalm East, described as “part hotel part East London creative hub”.
Harry is currently doing his residency at the hub.
To buy tickets and learn more, visit www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/portrait-photography-masterclass-with-harry-adams-tickets-209174385217