Without a doubt Christmas this year will be different. While we are unsure as to what the season may bring, and with many of the usual Christmas events being cancelled or postponed, we think it’s time to take a different approach to the festive season and think about what Christmas really means to you…
Christmas makes us feel warm and together as a family and a community and this feeling will always be there in spirit. So, let’s get excited about the festive season and make it one to remember. Below are some ways you can create good memories and support your local community by getting involved in some Epsom Christmas cheer!
1) Ever made stollen?
Fancy a go at making this traditional German treat bread? The Epsom Bakehouse is offering an online cooking class on 5th and 19th December. Join live for your chance to get the low down on all the tips and tricks for the perfect sugary fruit bread! By the end of the class, your dough will be ready to shape and bake!
2) Best dressed Christmas Tree
How early is too early to put up the tree? Well, we think it is never too soon to get in the Christmas spirit! Especially when there is a competition to be won… Get involved with the Epsom Rotary’s Best Dressed Christmas Tree competition and help to raise money for the local community. Photos can be uploaded now, and results will be announced on their website after Christmas! Click here to enter or to cast your vote!
3) Feast on a grazing platter
Picky Bits are offering a ‘nice list’ of lovely treat platters to share (or not!) this Christmas. Surprise someone with a Christmas Graze, a selection of cheeses, meats and all the trimmings… or make a subtle hint to a loved one for a Christmas gift for you!
4) Festive Friday with The Children’s Trust
Friday 11th December marks the annual Christmas Jumper Day. Dig out your favourite jumper, Christmas dress or Santa hat and donate £2 this Festive Friday for The Children’s Trust! Challenge the whole family to a dress up and let the kids choose the best dressed. You could even make the scrooges who ‘forgot’ to dress up an extra £1!
By donating £2, you will be helping The Children’s Trust to give children with brain injury and neurodisability the best life possible.
5) Visit Ben’s Butchery
Thinking about that Christmas day menu? Check out Ben’s Butchery, a high-quality independent butcher in Epsom. You can now browse their online shop (www.bensbutchery.co.uk) offering click and collect as well as a local delivery service for meats, cheeses, and jars! Turkeys will be sourced from the Award Winning Appledore Turkeys. Call now or visit their website to secure delivery or collection. Delivery runs until 21st December and until Christmas Eve.
Click to discover tips on cooking the perfect roast turkey and hear Ben’s recommendations for the dinner table this Christmas!
6) Create Santa letters with the grandchildren
Start the festive season by printing out or downloading Epsom & Ewell Families printable Santa letters for some family fun! If you cannot be with the grandchildren in person try to phone or video call and get excited for Christmas with them.
7) Baked Goods
Good news, Gillespies Bakery remains open during the lockdown! Take a wander down to support your local and pick up some baked goods to enjoy whilst watching a Christmas classic on TV.
8) Santa Virtual Fun Run
Walk, jog, run, cycle – whatever you please – for this year’s Virtual Santa Fun Run for the Princess Alice Hospice. The official race dates will be on 12th and 13th December, but this year you can choose any date, time and place that works for you! All you need to do is raise a minimum of £50 or donate to take part.
Adults (16 and over): £7, Children (5-15): £5, Under 5s: FREE
Send in your photos to the Princess Alice Hospice or tag them on social media channels using @PAHospice and the hashtag #PAHSFR2020.
9) Christmas Glow at RHS Garden Wisley
Ready, Set, Glow this Christmas at RHS Garden Wisley.
RHS Garden Wisley is back this year with a new route, light shows, and music! This year’s event is pre-booked and time tickets only. If you missed your chance at securing entry, then keep a lookout for new tickets being added in the run-up to Christmas!
Glow 2020 prices
Adult: £15.00 Child (5-16): £10.00
Adults: £7.95 Child: (5-16) £3.50
10) That’ll Be the Day Christmas Show – live streaming Epsom Playhouse
Catch the long-running Rock & Roll and Pop show from the comfort of your living room this 6th December. Sing-along to all the Christmas classics and meet the cast on the evening. Get dressed up in your Sunday best and send in your photos from the evening on the sofa! Head to the Epsom Playhouse website for all the information on how to get involved!
11) Visit the market
Sunday 6th December will be the last date before Christmas for the Surrey Farmers market. If you miss this one check out the Vegan Market Sunday 13th December selling takeaway food as well as produce to stock up your pantry!
12) Virtual Carol Concert
Don’t miss out on your usual carol service, instead start December with a sing-song hosted by the Rainbow Trust Children’s Charity for hours of fun and cheer. The event takes place on 3rd December at 7 pm. For more information on the event and donating click here.
13) Wine Tasting
Denbies always has great plans for the Christmas season. Visit their 265-acre vineyard which remains open to exploring. The Hatch on the Lawn (located at the front of the building) will also be open for takeaways as well as the shop for Christmas gifts.
You can also enjoy Denbies wine at home with their online delivery service or via click and collect.
Alternatively, join in the Wine Festival for virtual wine tasting via Zoom/FaceTime/WhatsApp on 28th November for an online masterclass with friends.
We will keep you updated as to their plans for after 3rd December.
An ice-skating rink is due to be in action from December 4th right through till the end of January at Beaverbrook with festive music and seasonal food and drinks. Tickets are available to buy now for skate sessions and keep a lookout for the latest updates on the rink opening times here!
16) Christmas lights
Although this year there is no official light switch on, it is still beginning to look a lot like Christmas in Epsom! Take a walk in the early evening to Epsom Market place and along the high street to enjoy the lights.
17) Winter morning trek with the llamas
18) British Wildlife Centre
Book a private tour at the British Wildlife Centre for you and your bubble. Keep a lookout after the 2nd December for bookings reopening for your chance to have exclusive access to Scottish wild cats, foxes and more!
19) Winter Wonderland Weekend
The beautiful FSC Juniper Hall is offering 3 days of family Christmas fun to all those who book on their Winter Wonderland adventure. Spend the day with an elf, an evening around a campfire and pay a special visit to Santa’s grotto! You will also be able to enjoy a three-course Christmas dinner as well as lots of tasty treats throughout your stay. Bookings are still open and will go ahead permitted the lockdown is lifted.
20) Santa’s Christmas Countdown
Missing out on that visit to the man in red? Don’t despair, The Epsom Playhouse is bringing Santa to your home! Get the Christmas count down started and sing-along to your favourite festive tunes with Santa and friends. Send in your messages and photos to The Santa Shows Facebook page for the chance to have them shared by Cosmo the Elf live on the show!
Sunday 20th December
Are you feeling festive yet? Let us know in the comments below how you’ll be celebrating Christmas this year!