There is something for everyone at a range of Christmas events across Merton this festive season.
Why not wrap up warm and join in with some carol singing, visit Santa in his grotto, watch a nativity play or enjoy a glass of mulled wine and watch the twinkly Christmas tree lights being switched on.
Here is a list of what’s happening near you:
Sunday 27 November: Love Wimbledon presents Winter Wonderland from 12pm to 6pm. Listen to a brass band playing with a festive choir, feast on roasted chestnuts and mulled wine, and laugh with dancing penguins and roller skating Christmas puddings, all on the Piazza in The Broadway. The mayor of Merton Councillor Brenda Fraser will switch on the Christmas lights at 4pm. Finish off the day with a fireworks display from Centre Court Shopping Centre at 5.30pm. The Broadway will be closed to traffic from 5pm to 10pm on the day. Visit www.lovewimbledon.org
Thursday 1 December: Love Morden presents Light up Morden, around the Civic Centre, Morden, from 4pm to 7pm, with business and community networking after 7pm in the Blue Junction restaurant.
The Christmas tree lights will be switched on by the mayor of Merton Councillor Brenda Fraser at 5.30pm.
There will be carol singing, mince pies, children’s activities, a raffle and fireworks for the whole family to enjoy. Donations will be accepted for local charities Jigsaw4U and Merton Mencap.
Thursday 1 December: Moat Homes and contractor United Living will host a festive event for local stakeholders at the New Horizon Centre in South Lodge Avenue to provide an update on the social regeneration strategy at Pollards Hill from 1.30pm. From 4pm, residents will be invited to join the festivities to see the deputy mayor of Merton Councillor Stan Anderson switching on the Christmas tree lights and enjoy mulled wine, mince pies and carol singing.
Friday 2 December from 3.30pm to 7pm. The Salvation Army, the Raynes Park Association and the Raynes Park Association of Independent Businesses welcome families to the Christmas celebration this year. There will be stalls, a Santa’s grotto, performances from local schools and choirs, a nativity with real animals and the switching on of the tree lights outside Raynes Park station at 5pm.
Sunday 4 December: Wimbledon Village Business Association presents Christmas in the Village from 10.30am to 5pm at various locations in the village. Enjoy fairground rides, a Santa’s grotto, activities for children and young people, Christmas tree lights switch on, crafts and carol singing. Visit wimbledon-village.com
The Mayor of Merton, Councillor Brenda Fraser said: “I am very much looking forward to attending the various light switch on events around the borough. It will be lovely to see Merton come to life with Christmas once more.”