Christmas Unwrapped in Croydon
This Christmas, you are spoiled for choice as Croydon has something for everyone from the glittering town centre Christmas lights, a launch party with some special friends, our brand new Croydon Christmas Market with a range of lovely food, drink and arts and craft, live music, dance and not forgetting a chance to WIN every day during December as part of Croydon's Christmas Advent competition.
And that’s just the start… there’s more.
Croydon’s Christmas Launch Night
Thursday 15th November 2018, 16.30 – 18.45, North End, Croydon
Croydon BID and our friends at Centrale Shopping Centre usher in the festive season with a double bill of entertainment as we join forces to switch on Croydon’s Christmas lights simultaneously across the town centre with our special guests, PJ Masks, who are loved the world over.
Catboy, Gekko, Owlette, Romeo, Luna Girl and Night Ninja from the ever popular children’s cartoon will join the programme of entertainment for a truly memorable afternoon culminating in the turning on of the Croydon Christmas lights.
Centrale Christmas BIG Switch-on complete with reading sessions with PJ Masks
Thursday 15th November 2018, 11.00am, 1.00pm, 2.30pm and 4.30pm, Centrale Shopping Centre, North End, Croydon
This year the heroic PJ Masks Catboy, Owlette, Gekko followed closely by the pesky villains Romeo, Luna Girl and Night Ninja will be visiting Centrale Shopping Centre, marking the start of the festive season in Croydon.
Children will be able to see Catboy, Owlette, Gekko followed closely by the pesky villains Romeo, Luna Girl and Night Ninja during Story Time sessions, led by a narrator, at Lower Mall outside House of Fraser on Thursday 15th November.
Four of the PJ Masks heroes will also be at our Christmas lights switch-on in front of our Christmas tree at 6.30pm. It couldn’t be any better!
Please note, we do expect this event to be busy, and whilst we will do our best to ensure everyone gets to see each narration, if we meet capacity in the area we may ask some customers to come back to a later session. This is not a meet & greet, but a chance for the children to see their favourite PJ Masks characters during a story time session.
Croydon’s Christmas Market
Thursday 22nd November 2018 – Sunday 9th December 2018, 10.00am – 6.00pm*, North End, Croydon
Christmas is coming to Croydon town centre, packed full of Christmas cheer, festive fun and great shopping as we launch Croydon’s Christmas Market, featuring over 30 chalets of food, drink and Christmas gift stalls lining North End, Croydon.
Join us over the two weeks, take in the tasty treats, relax with friends over a drink or two and enjoy everything our Christmas shopping experience has to offer from the numerous arts and crafts chalets to the many high street retailers, completing your Christmas shopping experience.
Croydon’s Christmas Market and all its festive sparkle will offer something for everyone, whether you’re looking for great Christmas gift ideas, searching for a great shopping trip or just want to relax and get away from the Christmas hustle and bustle. *Timings may vary
Croydon’s Christmas Street Live
Saturday 24th November 2018, Saturday 1st December 2018, Saturday 8th December 2018, Various locations, North End, Croydon, 11.00am – 4.00pm
Street Live enters the mix this Christmas in Croydon, unwrapping right before your eyes as we bring you live music, Christmas street theatre and the local spirit of Christmas as you take in Croydon’s Christmas Market with friends and family.
Santa’s Grotto at Centrale Shopping Centre
Saturday 24th November – Sunday 25th November & Saturday 1st December – Monday 24th December 2018, Ground Floor Mall, Centrale Shopping Centre (outside House of Fraser)
This year we’re inviting you to visit Santa in his Toy Workshop Grotto at Centrale, located outside House of Fraser on Ground Floor Mall.
Santa’s Toy Workshop Grotto will be open on the weekend of 24th & 25th November, and then every day from 1st December to 24th December.
Entry fee £4.50 per child. Weenies Kids' Club Member discounted rate £3.50
Christmas Giving Tree with Centrale Shopping Centre
Thursday 15th November – Monday 24th December 2018, Centrale Shopping Centre, North End, Croydon
The Giving Tree is back again this year in Centrale from 20th November.
Come along to our Giving Tree, pick a tag, buy a gift and then drop it back.
We are partnering with the Metropolitan Police to ensure every present you buy goes to a child who wouldn't otherwise get a present.
Carol Singing (Whitgift Centre)
1st December 2018 – 24th December 2018, Whitgift Square, Whitgift Shopping Centre
Come along to Whitgift Square and listen to the sweet sound of local schools and choirs singing some of their favourite Christmas carols. All raising money for a particular chosen charity, please join us in supporting this festive fund raising and spare a penny for a good cause and reminisce in Christmas songs of old (and some new).
Charity Gift Wrapping Service
26th November 2018 – 24th December 2018, 10.00am – 4.00pm (Sunday 11.00am – 4.00pm), Marks & Spencer Mall, Whitgift Shopping Centre
Now you've chosen their gifts, let us wrap them for you.
Croydon Voluntary Action will be helping to take away the chore of present wrapping this Christmas by providing a gift wrapping service.
It cost from just £2.50 and all proceeds are to be donated to Croydon Voluntary Action.
Whether you're running short of time, have bought a really awkward shaped present to wrap or simply want to help support a fantastic local charity, visit the gift wrapping service on the Ground Floor in M&S Court.