I confess I wasn’t sure what was at Greenwich Peninsula when we were invited down for the morning on Saturday to experience A Peninsula Christmas, meet Father Christmas and indulge in some festive crafts but, as it turned out, there was all sorts going on and we stayed for hours!
A Peninsula Christmas is a three week long Christmas festival ( 3-22 Dec) described as “Eclectic festive wonders wrapped up by the Thames for everyone who hasn’t grown up yet”, and I think they’ve got that just right. There’s all sorts going on both day and night, and I imagine that at night it’s even more atmospheric. There’s music, dance, theatre, poetry, and, on my list for this Saturday at 6pm, the Sea Shanty Christmas Choir.
Santa’s Grotto of Wonderment was really well done and we are 100% sure that WE saw the real father christmas, he was definitely not an impostor like all of those other charlatans running around in red costumes. We were enchanted by Storystock, who read us Christmas tales and got us in the festive mood with costumes and crackers and then made the most of the glorious, if freezing, weather, by taking a ride on the Emirates Air Lines cable car over the Thames.
There’s a Christmas market with a number of interesting food stalls, and having decided on an ostrich burger and some churros we headed to the Tepee Snug Bar for a drink, where we sat round the open pit fire and warmed ourselves with a mulled wine.
Our luck was in as the Coca-Cola Christmas Truck was also at Greenwich Peninsula for the day, so in the spirit of Christmas everyone had their own can of Coke (it was a small one but in hindsight that’s really no excuse, the kids couldn’t believe their luck!!), danced and were merry and we headed off home full of sugar and festive cheer.
The line up for the next few weeks looks really interesting and great fun, so if you’re in London and trying to avoid Winter Wonderland, why don’t you try Winter Wonderment instead! For more details head on over to the A Peninsula Christmas website.
Disclosure: My sister Jen and her family (Hello Baby’s London representatives!) were guests of the Greenwich Peninsula for the purpose of this review, however all opinions, photos and views are entirely ours.