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Havering Council reveals festive period full of Christmas events to add to your calendars

PUBLISHED: 11:12 09 November 2017 | UPDATED: 11:12 09 November 2017

Romford Christmas lights switch on in Romford Market.

Romford Christmas lights switch on in Romford Market.

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Havering Council has announced its full programme of fun festive frolics for the next few months.

With Christmas fast approaching, the authority has lined up a wide range of experiences and treats for residents to enjoy.

Whether it’s an elf themed treasure trail, a chance to meet the Romford Reindeer, a visit to the Winter Wonderland experience, or seeing Chase and Marshall from Paw Patrol there is a vast range of music and entertainment, all for free, for everyone to try out.

The events start with the ever-popular Romford Christmas lights switch-on on Thursday.

From 4.30pm to 6.30pm, Romford Market Place will be a hive of activity as the town prepares for Christmas to truly kick off.

Live performances from Jess Folley, winner of the Voice Kids 2017, local performers Absonetti, Luke Stanley, Jess Herring and more will keep the crowds entertained, while the cast of Queen’s Theatre pantomime Beauty and the Beast will be on hand to ensure young ones are also thrilled.

Absonetti told the Recorder: “It’s a real honour to be asked to perform and I’m really looking forward to it.

“I’ll be performing my new single, No Worries, live, so hopefully the crowd will enjoy it.”

But does the fun stop there? Oh no it doesn’t. There will also be various enchanted Christmas events in Romford Market throughout November and December, starting off with the Kingdom of Elves.

This magical Christmas experience provides the opportunity for children to make toys with elves and take ‘elfies’ (selfie with an elf).

It’s an experience not to be missed, and takes place on Saturday, December 16, from 10:30am to 5.30pm.

Families can also enter the Winter Wonderland Experience at Romford Market on Saturday December 23, again frmo 10:30am to 5.30pm.

The event gives families the chance to immerse themselves in a winter wonderland featuring a giant polar bear, giant sleigh, snow globe and live entertainment throughout the day.

For more information on all Christmas lights switch-ons including Hornchurch, Upminster Elm Park, Collier Row, Rainham, and a full list of all Christmas markets and fayres across the borough visit: www.havering.gov.uk/christmas.

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