The inaugural Greenwich Winter Time Festival will take over the grounds of the Old Royal Naval College for a very Instagrammable month-long festive residency opening on 1 December 2017.
Moving beyond the typical mulled wine and bratwurst winter market, the event will mirror the vibrancy of the capital’s plethora of summertime festivals, with live performances from the likes of The Puppini Sisters, screenings of film classic The Snowman accompanied by East London Brass and the first ice rink at the ORNC in 10 years.
As well as an innovative Father Christmas Experience, there’ll also be a winter market curated by the Instagram phenomenon Cissy Wears. The Hither Green-based family concept store, run by mother-of-four Nicola Eyre, has more than 58,000 followers on Instagram from all over the world, so she knows a thing or two about covetable brands. Shop independent brands like Parent Apparel Inpolife and Rockbox, which will be setting up shop in bespoke geometric white steel pods that your Instagram feed will love.
Greenwich Winter Time Festival will offer up three-hour sessions every day throughout December, when you can go ice skating, Christmas shopping, sample some of London’s best seasonal food and drink courtesy of the Greenwich Kitchen, visit Santa and catch a line-up of live music shows and entertainment on the huge Mirror Stage, housed under a giant stretch canopy to keep the elements at bay.
Confirmed acts include The Puppini Sisters, Kansas Smitty’s House Band and Martine McCutcheon, as well as locally based acts such as pop a cappella group We Are Trackless, London Soul Choirs and pop-opera sopranos IDA.
‘This is one of the most exciting events I’ve had the pleasure of programming,’ said Neil O’Brien from the team behind the festival, which has links with the Greenwich Music Time summer festival. ‘Greenwich Winter Time will provide a warm, fun, inclusive and safe environment for all ages, mixing old traditions with new.’
Greenwich Winter Time Festival runs from 1-31 December. Tickets start from £15 for adults and £8 for children. For further details and to book see greenwichwintertime.com
Watch IDA perform at the launch of Greenwich Winter Time Festival: