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Winter Wonderland Brings Christmas to Wimbledon

Town Centre lights up as the festive season begins in Wimbledon

Love Wimbledon’s Winter Wonderland brought a joyous warm glow to our town centre on Sunday 1 December. With The Broadway closed to traffic, thousands of visitors filled the streets, enjoying festive entertainment, tucking in to traditional treats and getting hands-on with a host of activities for all ages. Shoppers were also treated to a huge array of unique and handmade gifts, including original art, homeware, clothing and accessories from local artisans at our Christmas Market.

Visitors tucked in to all the festive favourites such as mince pies, mulled wine, popcorn and candyfloss, along with a huge range of exotic cuisines from India, Portugal, Germany, Greece, Brazil and South Africa. And new this year, the Sticks N Sushi Tent proved a great addition!

Entertainment featured classic carols and contemporary favourites on The Piazza bandstand and inside Centre Court, along with local dance group and brass band performances, and larger-than-life Christmas characters mingling with the crowds. There were fun family photo opportunities inside our giant snow globe, the light tunnel and Christmas unicorn vignette and our traditional live ice carving drew in the crowds who watched in awe as a stunning reindeer evolved from the frozen block.

New to Winter Wonderland this year was the Games Tent. Designed with older kids in mind, it featured Roll-A-Ball Reindeer, the Snownado and Snowman Alley, plus regular firm favourite, the challenging Snowboard Simulator. And of course, our hugely popular Snowman and Pudding bouncy castles were there for the younger children, along with a very busy Make ‘n’ Take Tent.

A spectacular fireworks display lit up the evening sky, courtesy of Centre Court Shopping Centre.

Thank you to everyone for coming and to the businesses for supporting this most wonder time of the year.

 

Christmas Never Tasted So Good

With over 80 places to eat in Wimbledon, indulge your taste buds this festive season with feel-good meals full of comforting ingredients and rich flavours.

From cosy pubs, delicious restaurants and welcoming cafés, Wimbledon is full of great eateries to help you eat, drink and be merry this Christmas.

Remember, you can view the full range of eateries in Wimbledon Town Centre where you can filter your search by the type of cuisine you’re after, or even search specifically for ‘healthy eating’ venues.

Christmas Drinks

Whether it’s celebratory drinks with friends and family or a quick catch-up after work, Wimbledon’s buzzing bars and pubs have a range of special festive tipples to keep you jolly this festive season.

 

 

Sip into the season with Hand & Racquet and the Prince of Wales pub. 

Both will Gin-gle your Bells this Christmas with their festive Gin and Tonic’s and range of special Festive Ale’s including the Rocking Rudolf, a full-bodied beer with currant and malted toffee taste and a crisp bitter finish.

 

Escape the winter chill with a warming festive drinks reception at The Alexandra 

Enjoy crisp and refreshing festive fizz’s waiting for your arrival or get everyone mulling from the get-go, with a mulled wine reception full of gloriously rich and warming spiced wines.

 

Celebrate this season with Christmas Cocktails at All Bar One, Wimbledon 

Share a special moment with friends over magical creations conjured up by the All Bar One mixologists. Their limited edition Christmas Cocktails include the dessert-style Cherry Crème Cracker and a Winter Espresso Martini.

 

Keep warm with a hot favourite at Bliss Coffee 

With coffee that tastes like no other, enjoy hand-crafted winter warmers in a cosy setting at Bliss Coffee, located on the The Broadway.

 

For a full list of bars and pubs in Wimbledon, visit the following link and for Christmas party bookings, please contact the establishments directly.

 

Festive Food

Feast on decadent desserts, succulent meats, or simply enjoy festive nibbles this Christmas, to keep your belly warm through the chill.

 

 

Stay healthy (well.. try) with award-winning, independent café Lu-Ma 

Start the day with indulgent gluten-free pancakes or tuck-in to a hot ‘winter style Buddha bowl’ for lunch. Lu-Ma’s festive menu includes a very tasty line-up including a Christmas pudding with cashew vanilla ice cream and a vegan custard for dessert.

 

Enjoy dine-in comfort at Bill’s Wimbledon

Take your pick from squashy sofas to comfy leather table seats, as you sit back and relax, whilst the team serves you their newly launched winter menu. Featuring the much-loved British roast with all the trimmings, to a steaming hot macaroni and cheese, Bill’s will have you feeling warm and joyous on a cold winter evening.

 

Fancy a succulent, well-cooked steak? Then pop down to Bar + Block

Steak is Bar + Block’s specialty and they have a fabulous wine menu to pair it with too. Enjoy their warm, welcoming atmosphere and tuck in! Find them next to Premier Inn Hotel on The Broadway.

 

Check out Leon‘s special Noel menu, full of festive-themed healthy food.

Leon’s Christmas menu, features a cracking Christmas Wrap, the much-loved ‘LEON x Gizzi Erskine Turkey Curry’ with carrots and parsnips in a creamy curry sauce and finished with a sprinkling of crispy onions, and their Spiced Apple and Mulled Cherry versions of mince pies.

 

For a full list of restaurants and eateries in Wimbledon, visit the following link.

 

Market Goodies

Starting again this weekend, the Wimbledon Christmas Markets are home to local artisans and international award-winning delights. Tuck into a vibrant mix of tasty treats or pick up a festive food gift for those foodies around you.

Our Christmas Markets are running every weekend until the 22nd December from 11am to 6pm, plus Friday 13th and 20th December until 7pm.

 

 

Pop down to Jono’s market stall to try mouth-watering Biltong and South African dried sausage.

 

Blue Rabbit offer incredible galettes, crepes and bubble waffles both in sweet and savoury versions, that you’ll definitely remember!

 

Visit House of Toast for toasties oozing with flavourful cheesy fillings, including cheese and chutney, buffalo chicken, Christmas special turkey and cranberry and brie.

 

Check out Stir Me Tea’s selection of pure origin Kenyan loose leaf tea blends, full of healthy and warming aromatic ingredients, guaranteed to bring out the tea-drinker in you.

 

For more information and to see the full list of market traders offering delicious goodies, visit our Christmas Market page.