Action-packed festive programme to keep Erith families entertained

PUBLISHED: 12:00 02 December 2017

The Erith Lighthouse pop-up

The Erith Lighthouse pop-up


Enjoy all Erith has to offer this Christmas, with culinary and cultural attractions opening their doors for festive fun.

From festivals and markets to theatrical performances, there should be something for everyone in the vast range of activities marking the run-up to the big day.

The programme begins with free face painting at the Riverside Shopping Centre (December 2), and moves on to culinary delights and charming carol performances.

Schoolchildren will perform at Erith Library on December 8, while the Erith Forum is organising carol singing at a range of locations throughout the month. Theatre lovers won’t miss out on the fun, with comedy Ladies Day and pantomime Babes in the Wood set to entertain audiences at the Erith Playhouse, and that’s not all as the Erith Christmas Tree Festival returns to round off the programme (on December 15-17), featuring a variety of events in and around the 19th century Christ Church.

Councillor Linda Bailey, Bexley Council’s cabinet member for regeneration and growth, said: “The wide range of festive activities available for our residents to enjoy this Christmas is testament to the strong community spirit that we have in Erith and demonstrates what a thriving town it is.

“It’s great to see all of our local organisations working together to benefit local people.”

Those hoping for a glimpse of Father Christmas should study the route of his sleigh: he will be touring Erith with Rotary Club volunteers, collecting donations for this year’s chosen charity, special schools for youngsters with learning difficulties.

Additional activities will come courtesy of the Erith Lighthouse, which will be decked out in festive garb. The site will offer a free drop-in crafts workshop, where residents can make decorations or gifts, as well as striking outdoor installations by James Glancy Designs.

Foodies will enjoy a fair held by The Exchange and Street Food Markets on December 16 as part of the Christmas Tree Festival, boasting stalls filled with Christmas goodies, gourmet falafel, mulled wine and much more.

A leaflet rounding up all the activities taking place in Erith has been delivered to more than 3,000 residents, but if you don’t have one there are copies available at Erith Library.

Further information is also available through visiting


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