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There’ll be plenty of festive cheer in and around Wanstead this December, with a number of events on offer for all the community to enjoy. Kris Kringle reports

Now that Wanstead’s Christmas tree is aglow, it’s officially time to feel festive. So, as the winter chill settles in and the scent of cinnamon lattes fill the air, take a moment to enjoy the spirit of togetherness and community celebration in and around Wanstead. 

Sneak and Peek
1, 2 and 9 December; various times (tickets: £12)
Redbridge Drama Centre, South Woodford
This endearing and entertaining musical for children of all ages will capture the magic of Santa’s world while showcasing the determination and heart of two young elves striving to become real undercover agents.

Wanstead Christmas Markets
3 and 16 December; 10am to 4pm
High Street, Wanstead

Wanstead’s monthly market (first Sunday of the month) will be joined by an extra event on Saturday 16 December, both with Christmas fayre, activities and entertainment.

The Duke Christmas Market
9 December; 12 noon to 6pm
The Duke, 79 Nightingale Lane

Stalls, food, drink and community fun with a festive twist.

Carols on the High Street
13 December; 6.30pm
Wanstead War Memorial

Led by the Parish of Wanstead and the Brownies, Guides, Cubs and Scouts, this community event will get everyone singing and in the festive mood. Raising money for homeless charity Centrepoint.

Sparkle Christmas Fair and Vintage Fair
16 December; 11am to 4pm / 10.30am to 4.30pm
Wanstead Library and United Reformed Church

Creative and retro, two unique shopping events just nine days before the big day.

Santa’s Christmas Workshop
16 and 17 December; various times (tickets: £15)
Redbridge Drama Centre, South Woodford
Come and visit Santa’s workshop, where Santa and his hard-working elves are busily getting ready for the big day. Santa will be on hand to join in the fun and give every child a gift.

Santa’s Wanstead Drive-By
20 December; 4pm to 7pm
Santa will embark on a pre-Christmas tour of Wanstead, chauffeured through the streets by Elf Steve Hayden aboard his Parker Dairies milk float.

Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol
21 December; 6.30pm (tickets: £7)
St Mary’s Church, Wanstead

A Christmassy hour brought to you by the Woodhouse Players, telling the famous story of Mr Scrooge.

Cakes and Carols
23 December; 1.30pm to 4pm
United Reformed Church

A free event for our senior community (over-65s), with home-made cakes and performances by young musicians.