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The Best Christmas Events And Activities In Chelsea

With a nip in the air and the scent of wood smoke fragrancing the evenings, Christmas is fast approaching and, with it, a whole host of festive events in Chelsea about which to get excited. Get into the spirit with our guide to the best  Christmas events in Chelsea this year.

Christmas lights on Sloane Square

CHRISTMAS LIGHTS SWITCH-ON

First up, put Saturday, 23 November 2019, in your diary for Chelsea Christmas Lights Switch-On, which is returning in twinkling splendor to Sloane Square, Sloane Street, Duke of York Square and Pavilion Road.

For the first time, the new King’s Road lights will be turned on, celebrating both the season and its royal heritage with dazzling displays inspired by the crown of King Charles II, for whom the Road was originally built and who is responsible for bringing back Christmas following Oliver Cromwell’s decade-long, Grinch-like ban on festivities.

Kicking off at 2pm, there will be jolly entertainment across the neighbourhood, including an immersive Christmas grotto, and music from carol singers and family-friendly performers setting the stage for Father Christmas and his ‘special helper’, who will turn on the Christmas lights from the stage on Sloane Square at 5pm, marking the start of the Christmas season.

DETAILS
Date: November 23
Time: 2:00 pm – 5:30 pm
Cost: Free

The Chelsea Christmas Grotto

THE CHELSEA CHRISTMAS GROTTO

Also opening on Saturday, 23 November 2019, will be the Chelsea Christmas Grotto, created in partnership with beloved children’s entertainers Sharky & George in the sunken garden on the picturesque Pavilion Road.

During this truly immersive, one-hour Christmas experience, children will be transported to the North Pole to meet Father Christmas and his elves. Little ones will have 30 minutes of mischievous fun and games with Sharky & George before entering Father Christmas’ workshop, where the big man himself will read a fireside story before each child’s one-on-one moment with Santa.

Get ready to have any ‘naughty-or-nice’ skepticism dispelled as Father Christmas recalls their best (and worst!) shenanigans from the last year and gives them a gift from beneath the tree.

They will be able to try their hand at some festive crafts, with gingerbread biscuit or bauble decorating, and it will also be host to “My First Grotto”, London’s only baby grotto, along with dedicated sessions for pre-schoolers aged four and under.

The Grotto will also available for exclusive hire should you wish to host your own Christmas event (from £600 per hour, for up to 20 children). Please email grotto@sharkyandgeorge.co.uk for more information.

The Chelsea Christmas Grotto will run until 23 December. Tickets (£27.50, available here) are likely to sell fast, so book yours early to avoid disappointment. An optional donation of £1 will go towards the Kensington & Chelsea Foundation, an independent charity dedicated to bringing together people across the Borough to overcome hardship and exclusion.

DETAILS
Start: November 23
End: December 23
Where: 241a Pavilion Road (in the sunken courtyard)
Cost: £27.50 per child, available here

Chelsea Christmas Shopping Event
Chelsea Christmas Shopping Event

CHELSEA CHRISTMAS SHOPPING EVENT

Soak up the festive atmosphere in London’s most enchanting neighbourhood on Saturday December 7, as stores, restaurants and bars offer exclusive offers, treats and surprises throughout the day, making this the perfect opportunity to shop for loved ones.

Festive carols will bring joy to shoppers from Pavilion Road to Duke of York Square and Sloane Street, with complimentary horse and carriage rides, minced pies, roast chestnuts, and mulled wine or glasses of fizz aplenty.

At Duke of York Square, the annual festive edition of its gourmet market will return, offering seasonal fine delicacies from artisan traders, while Father Christmas will be at the Chelsea Christmas Grotto and is may even be spotted doing a bit of his own Christmas shopping.

Below are some of the exciting treats planned, while a full map of activity will be published soon at www.inchelsea.co.uk.

EXCLUSIVE CHELSEA CHRISTMAS SHOPPING OFFERS

Sloane Street

  • Agent Provocateur – Complimentary champagne and nibbles plus a gift with purchase (minimum spend applies, please ask in-store)
  • Anya Hindmarch – Receive complimentary Christmas cards. Visit the store and take a moment to pause and write a postcard and we will post it for you
  • Anya Hindmarch Bespoke – Complimentary typeface embossing with purchases
  • Belmond Cadogan – Enjoy a complimentary festive cocktail or glass of champagne for any bookings made in Cadogan’s Lounge or Adam Handling Chelsea Restaurant. For those visiting the bar at Belmond Cadogan Hotel, homemade mince pies by the in-house pastry team will be served with each drink. For bookings, email reservations@adamhandlingchelsea.co.uk
  • Bottega Veneta – Champagne and treats in-store
  • Bulgari – Complimentary Italian refreshments
  • Cartier – Christmas cookies and champagne whilst shopping
  • Emilia Wickstead – Complimentary champagne and Christmas treats
  • Ermanno Scervino – Refuel with Italian Panettone in-store
  • Escada – an exclusie Christmas Champagne get-together in-store
  • Fendi – An in-store illustrator will add a personal touch to your purchases alongside complimentary festive drinks and mince pies
  • Giorgio Armani – Enjoy a glass of prosecco and complimentary engraving with the purchase of any fragrance at the Giorgio Armani boutique
  • Giuseppe Zanotti – Prosecco and Italian sweet treats in store, whilst with every purchase receive a goodie bag and complimentary gift wrapping. Note the extended shopping hours with the store closing at 7.30pm
  • Hackett  – 15% discount (T&Cs applicable, please ask in store) and cocktails all day
  • Loro Piana – Christmas refreshments and champagne
  • Mackage – Beautiful gift with purchase for every jacket or coat bought
  • Oliver Peoples – Join them for a surprise gift with purchase and festive drinks
  • Pretty Ballerinas – 20% discount
  • Rag & Bone – An in-store raffle along with complimentary drinks and mince pies
  • Saloni – Complimentary champagne and special Christmas cookies
  • Smythson – Champagne and gift with purchase
  • Tanner Krolle – Complimentary embossing of gifts with initials whilst enjoying mulled wine and mince pies
  • The Fold – An exclusive discount in-store with hot mulled wine and refreshments
  • Tom Davies – Fizz and festive nibbles as well as an exclusive Christmas Bespoke voucher offer
  • Urban Retreat at The White House – Urban Retreat will unveil their 24 Days of Christmas which includes special festive promotions and an exclusive daily offer to surprise and delight customers. A complimentary Urban Retreat Christmas bauble will be given to all retail purchases over £50
  • Yves Delorme – Complimentary champagne and gift with purchase of £50 and over

Duke of York Square

  • Monica Vinader – 15% off in-store, minimum spend applies
  • NARS _ Up your beauty game this festive season with complimentary Studio 54 holiday collection makeovers finished with a ‘disco polaroid’ picture to take home, immerse yourself in the collection and get ready to party. Enjoy complimentary Champagne, receive 10% off all purchases when quoting ‘Studio 54’ all day and with the purchase of three products, you’ll receive an additional gift
  • Richard Ward – Book a full priced hair service and receive a complimentary Fusio Dose hair treatment
  • Rigby & Peller – enjoy 10% off all day, plus a gift with purchase when you spend a minimum of £150 alongside festive refreshments

Sloane Square

  • Artisan du Chocolat – 20% discount
  • Brora – enjoy the 12 days of Christmas with an exclusive each day
  • Club Monaco – Receive complimentary mistletoe and a glass of prosecco whilst shopping
  • David Mellor – 20% off all David Mellor designs
  • Hugo Boss – In-store festive sweet treats, a calligrapher to personalise your gifts, complimentary gift wrapping and the chance to win exclusive prizes
  • J Crew – Festive offers and refreshments in store
  • Kiki McDonough – Add a bit of sparkle to your Christmas with champagne in-store and a gift with purchase when you spend £500
  • Peter Jones – Listen to the festive tunes of the Borough Brass Band from 1-5pm and visit the pop-up Sipsmith shop on the ground floor
  • Really Wild – Sip on Sloe Royals by Sipsmith, munch on mince pies and enjoy 15% off full priced Really Wild items
  • Tateossian – Enter into the voucher lucky dip, with values ranging from £20-£50 and redeemable against purchase of over £150 until the end of January 2020.
  • The White Company – Little White Company cookies available in store and the little ones can hang their Christmas wish on their tree. Complimentary gift wrapping station for all purchase and complimentary personalisation for the first 100 customers (embroidery and/or calligraphy)

King’s Road

  • Astrid & Miyu – From 4-7pm receive 15% off and enjoy complimentary drinks
  • Calvin Klein – Exclusive customisation, wrapping services and receive a gift with purchase
  • Lucas Hugh – Receive a complimentary gift box and wash-bag as well as a gift with purchase
  • Peloton – Purchase one of the award-winning bikes to receive a complimentary gift. Festive refreshments available whilst you shop
  • Pretty Ballerinas – 20% discount
  • RIXO – Complimentary mince pies and drinks in store. Receive a special RIXO Christmas decoration with any purchase

Pavilion Road

  • Bread Ahead – Purchase the new and exclusive Panettone doughnut
  • Chelsea General Store – Tastings in-store and receive a complimentary baby-Panettone when you spend £50+
  • Cosmetics a la Carte – 15% off purchases (minimum spend), complimentary bubbles and party make-up demonstrations
  • Hans Bar & Grill – Relax and refuel are a day’s shopping and indulge in a festive afternoon tea (£35 – £45 with Veuve Cliquot). Enjoy a selection of savouries; smoked salmon, creme fraiche and caviar blini, beetroot and goats cheese tartelettes; homemade festive spiced scones with clotted cream and Partridges fig jam; and the sweetest treats: orange and cinnamon creme brulee tart, gingerbread men and a pistachio, white chocolate and cranberry macaron. Yum!
  • Heidi Klein – Enjoy 15% off, gift with purchase (a minimum spend of £250) and complimentary drinks in-store
  • Ice Cream Union – Try samples of the latest Christmas flavours
  • Kate Spade – Come in store to enter for a chance to win a Kate Spade handbag from their new designer, Nicola Glass. Make the most of the complimentary gift wrap cart so their muses can help you finish all your holiday shopping needs. With each handbag purchase you will also receive complimentary monogramming and whilst shopping, indulge in mince pies and mulled wine
  • Moyses Stevens – Freshly made Christmas wreaths in stock
  • Natoora – Sample wonderful Panettone and varieties of citrus
  • Olivia von Halle – Champagne upon arrival and receive complimentary monogramming on orders made in store on the day
  • Provenance Butcher – Enjoy complimentary festive pigs in blankets
  • Salon Sloane – The destination for great hair, incredible service, world-class hairdressing and an expertly designed space; Salon Sloane was created with client experience at its core. A collaboration of world-leading hair stylists and colourists who’ve attended to the tresses of high-profile clients, from supermodels and Spice Girls, to Victoria’s Secret runway models. Visit the exquisite salon for an express blow dry that will leave you with luxe locks within 30 minutes, cost £35.
  • Sarah Chapman – Experience the meditation station with their Skin Glow LED Light Pod treatment for just £20 (normally £40) alongside a complimentary gift with purchase when entering an in-store competition
  • T.Ba – complimentary family sherry with chocolates and a gift with your purchases
  • The Sea, The Sea – With every glass of champagne you purchase, enjoy three complimentary oysters
Carols by Candlelight at Cadogan Hall

CAROLS BY CANDLELIGHT AT CADOGAN HALL

Settle in for a sublime concert of carols and festive classics, staged in full 18th Century costume in an evocative candle-lit style setting. Even the Scroogiest of hearts will be warmed by the Christmas spirit evoked by pieces such as Cullen’s Joy To The World, Handel’s Messiah, and classic carols for all including Good King Wenceslas, O Come All Ye Faithful and Hark! The Herald Angels Sing. For more festive events at Cadogan Hall, including The Rat Pack at Christmas, visit www.cadoganhall.com

DETAILS
When: Sunday 15 December 2019, 3:00 pm and Sunday 15 December 2019, 7:00 pm
Where: 5 Sloane Terrace, SW1X 9DQ
Cost: from £25.50 to £48.50