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Seasonal Snippets - December

Seasonal Snippets - December

We've pulled together a bumper hamper of Christmas snippets this month to give you lots of seasonal inspiration and ideas at your fingertips. There are lots of opportunities this month to get out and about with our families, but also to support our local schools, businesses, crafters, artists and volunteers in the process. But be warned, because of the way the dates are falling this year many of your favourite activities may be earlier than you think so don't get caught out.

December is off to a flying start and just between us, we've got a feeling it's going to be fabulous!  

WHAT WE're looking forward to

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Taking to the streets and filling up our stockings:

Reigate Christmas Fayre - Saturday 2nd December, 12 - 5pm.
Reigate Business Guild's annual event is a great family friendly way to start off Christmas. Market stalls, live local music, a tombola, food stalls and donkey rides mean there is really something for everyone! TV Chef Dave Myers (one half of the Hairy Bikers) will be turning on the lights at 5pm. More info >

Don't forget! Church Street closed to traffic all day 6:30am - 7pm

Lemonade Lane - Late night shopping every Thursday until 8pm.                      
Stuck for present ideas and need something out of hours then this is a great opportunity to find local handmade gifts, always beautifully wrapped, and enjoy a glass of mulled wine. Cheers! More info >

Reigate Parish School Christmas Fayre - Saturday 2nd December, 12 - 3pm.
The perfect activity to pop along to after you see Santa land in Priory park. 
More info >

The Crafters Market, Reigate Priory School - Sunday 3rd December, 2 - 4.45pm.
In addition to the usual great stalls, free kids craft table and pop up cafe there is a chance to win a hamper and an appearance from the Redhill Gospel Choir. 
More Info >

Reigate High Street Playgroup Christmas Fayre - Saturday 18th December, 11 - 1pm. Lots to do including: face painting, gingerbread man decorating, dress-up/photo booth, raffle, reindeer food, cakes sale, Luck Dip, tombolla and refreshments. 
More info >

Santa spotting, yo ho ho!

Santa Landing, Priory Park - Saturday 2nd December, 10:30am
Redhill and Reigate Round Table's Santa Sleigh routes starts with Santa landing by helicopter in Priory Park. Santa can then be seen touring the streets in a more leisurely fashion from the 9th - 24th December. If our previous experience is anything to go by and you live close to the route, you will hear him before you see him!

YMCA East Surrey Santa Run - Sunday 10th December at 10:30
Come along to support Santas of all ages running to raise money for the YMCA East Surrey. It really is a sight to see! More info >

Grottos:

  • Godstone Farm - 2nd - 24th December. More info >
  • Belfry Shopping Centre - 2nd - 24th December. More info >
  • Bocketts Farm - 23rd - 24th December. More info > 
  • RHS Wisley Stories and Songs with Santa - 29th Nov - 23 Dec
    For an extra treat you can also book a Gingerbread-Decorating workshop (advanced booking required). More info >

Fabulous freebies:

Reigate on Ice Fireworks Display - Saturday 2nd December
Display advertised to start at 6:30, but the time may vary. More info >  

Garden Centres - We love a garden centre and so does local mum Lydia from Surrey For Kids. Find out why they are such a great free activity for families, especially at Christmas when they are filled with extra magic and sometimes even a reindeer. Read more >

Getting our Christmas groove on:

  • Boogie Monsters Christmas Party - Saturday 9th December. Enjoy a festive musical mash up of Christmas themed chart hits, rocked up action songs and funky nursery rhymes, played by our brilliant professional musicians! More info >
  • Children's Christmas Movie Night, Blooming Crafts - Thursday 21st Dec      6-8pm for children 8-13 years only. More info >
  • Children's Christmas Disco, Blooming Crafts - Friday 22nd Dec 4:30-6:30pm. More info >
  • Reigate on Ice, Priory Park - 30 November - 3 January.
    The lights are sparkling in the trees and the carousel is ready. There is also a Christmas market this year, so get your skates on and see! More info >

Pantos:

  • Peter Pan, The Harlequin, Redhill - 8th - 31st December. More info >
  • Sleeping Beauty, Dorking Halls - 16th - 28th December. More info >
  • Jack and the Beanstalk, Leatherhead Theatre - 20th - 23rd December. More info >
  • Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, The Hawth Crawley, 8th Dec- 7th Jan. More info >

Lighting up the night:

RHS Wisley Christmas Glow - Friday 1st December - Wednesday 3rd January
Wrap up warm and head over to Wisley at dusk to be greeted by a sensory light show that will grab babies, toddlers and adults alike. We've even witnessed some grumpy teenagers smiling at some of the installations. More info >


What we're making

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This month with have teamed up with the very busy local Mum and creative business founder, Flori from Squiggle, Dot and Squeeze for some fabulous festive crafting. 

Crafty Christmas Tree - Make an effective Christmas tree with a single piece of paper.  Watch video >

Kids Crafty Christmas Decorations - Simple lollipop tree decorations or gift tags. Watch video >

Cool Christmas Wrapping - Turn a box in to a reindeer Watch video >


WHAT WE'RE READING

    You can buy  The Twelve Days of Christmas  from Smallprint books, our favourite online book shop

We're sprinkling festive magic (with a bit of sneaky counting on the side) with The Twelve Days of Christmas wonderfully illustrated by Britta Teckentrup. Each peep-through page reveals a new Christmas gift from the five gold rings to the French hens. Each paper-cut sheet is intriguing on its own and beautiful when layered together. See more information about the book and buy it here > 


WHAT WE'RE FEEDING

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There are so many amazing things to make for Christmas, but we thought we'd share a recipe from Riverford for Christmas leftovers, argulably the best bit of Christmas especially if enjoyed by the light of the fridge after eveyone else has gone to bed...  

Crushed carrot salad with spicy chickpeas


HOW WE'RE RELAXING

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Feeding the birds - a great way of getting the kids, and you, outside for some fresh air away from the Christmas films on repeat and the endless questions; "How does Father Christmas know we moved house?" "If Father Christmas can fit down the chimney, why don't robbers get in the house that way, too?" "Do all the presents for all the children in the world fit on the sleigh, or does Santa have to go home to stock up?" Pass the sherry bottle! The slower pace of the garden, topping up the bird feeders and then sitting quietly to see if the birds come, can be much more relaxing.

Here are some tips shared by Surrey Wildlife Trust.

Thanks for reading!

We hope you have a fantastic run up to Christmas with your family and that the big day is full of joy for you all. If you do head to any of the events that we've listed we would love to see your pictures and hear your stories. You can tag us on Twitter and Instagram as @FindMyReigate or post photos to our Facebook page.

We'd also love it if you could share this if you found it helpful. Use the links below.

All the best,
Kerry, Craig and Emma x

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