Greenwich Winter Time - Saturday 2nd December
2nd December 2017
| Old Royal Naval College, United Kingdom
The inaugural Greenwich Winter Time Festival will launch this December, set in the stunning grounds of Sir Christopher Wren’s riverside masterpiece, the Old Royal Naval College, on the banks of the River Thames. A fresh, new winter festival with a difference, Greenwich Winter Time Festival will offer a magical atmosphere, bringing together the contemporary and the traditional to create an inspiring Christmas experience every day during December. In association with world heritage-listed Old Royal Naval College, Greenwich Winter Time Festival offers an alternative winter event to the seasonal market, with its own distinctive and individual style. A truly unique and contemporary experience which embraces the traditions of the season, the event will host a bespoke covered ice rink, London’s finest innovative lifestyle winter market presenting an array of independent creative designers and brands, the very best of artisan festive food and drink, high-calibre entertainment across the site, an art exhibition, plus an enchanting Father Christmas experience for all the family. Greenwich Winter Time Festival aims to break new ground in the festive marketplace and will transform this popular riverside location into the ultimate Christmas destination. There will be three sessions every day, each offering a 3 hour experience. A Festival programme with full details will be announced in mid-September Ice Skating Experience the magic of skating on a bespoke, covered ice rink in the historic courtyards of the Old Royal Naval College, Greenwich, on the banks of the River Thames. Available for the whole family (children aged 12 and under must be accompanied by an adult), visitors will have up to 30 minutes of skating time on the ice, before enjoying the rest of the Greenwich Winter Time Festival experience, including artisan food stalls, an independent lifestyle market, enchanting entertainment for all ages and the opportunity to visit Father Christmas! Skating tickets are only valid with a standard entry ticket. Book your session in advance online to guarantee your place. We recommend arriving at the Ice Rink at least 20 minutes prior to your session start time, so you can enjoy the maximum time on the ice. Please note, a priority entrance gate will be available on entry to the event for skaters to allow them to get to the rink in good time. Those skating at the end of each session (Morning, Afternoon & Evening) may be directed to leave via a separate exit. Visit Father Christmas This December, Father Christmas will be flying his sleigh into the beautiful grounds of the Old Royal Naval College for the Greenwich Wintertime Festival. Tickets for a magical visit with Father Christmas will be available to children aged up to 10 years old (only available for purchase in addition to a valid entry ticket, except those aged 3 and under, who only require the ‘Visit Father Christmas’ ticket). The performance lasts approximately 15 minutes and will be a magical and mesmerising audience with Father Christmas. Please note, in the spirit of Christmas, each session is a shared experience by a group of children (maximum 40) and not a one on one meeting. All visitors will receive a small gift and the opportunity to take part in a group photo at the end of the performance, but unfortunately, as Father Christmas has lots of children to see, there will not be an opportunity for a one on one photo.