CHRISTMAS OFFER Subscribe to Hertfordshire Life today CLICK HERE

Your complete December Hertfordshire diary

PUBLISHED: 11:15 28 November 2011 | UPDATED: 20:22 20 February 2013

Fun for young ones at Willows, London Colney

Fun for young ones at Willows, London Colney

Find out what's on in Hertfordshire in December 2011<br/><br/><br/><br/>.

MUSIC AND DANCE


1st Christmas Crooners, West Ends finest sing the Christmas classics, Alban Arena


1st Christmas Concert in aid of the Willow Foundation, 7.30pm, St Albans Abbey


2nd Bill Wymans Rhythm Kings, featuring Mary Wilson of The Supremes, Watford Colosseum


3rd Swing into Christmas with Tony Jacobs, Radlett Centre


3rd The Drop Dead Divas Music from West End Shows, St Marys Church, Braughing. 01763 289073, bookings@braughingmusicsociety.co.uk


3rd Vienna Festival Ballet performs The Nutcracker, Alban Arena


3rd Carols by Candlelight, mulled wine and mince pie 4pm. Church of St Mary Magdalen, Caldecote. www.caldecotechurchfriends.org.uk, 01462 742440


3rd Hertfordshire Big Band concert, RNA Club, Welwyn Garden City AL7 1HA, 8.30pm


4th Penny Waterman School of Dance Christmas Showcase, Sandpit Theatre, St Albans


4th Shakin Stevens 30th Anniversary Tour, Watford Colosseum


8th & 9th Russian State Ballet of Siberia perform Swan Lake, Watford Colosseum


8th-10th Disneys Camp Rock The Musical, Sandpit Theatre, St Albans


9th-11th A Russian Christmas, Benslow Music. 01462 459446


10th Russian State Ballet of Siberia perform The Nutcracker, Watford Colosseum


10th Chipperfield Choral Society Christmas Concert, 3pm and 8pm, St Pauls Church, The Common, Chipperfield. www.chipperfieldchoral.co.uk


10th Shakin Stevens performs his hits, 30th Anniversary Tour, Gordon Craig Theatre, Stevenage


10th Carol Concert at St Albans Cathedral. Family concert 3pm, evening 7pm.


10th The Rose Trio, evening of classical music, Berkhamsted Music. 01442 862798


10th Hertford Choral Societys Christmas Concert, carols and festive entertainment, 7.30pm, All Saints, Hertford


11th Hatfield House Christmas Concert, 7pm


11th Christmas Carols, Bushey Rose Garden, High Street, Bushey, 3-4pm


12th The Sandringham Showcase, a celebration of 10 years at the Sandpit, Sandpit Theatre, St Albans


13th BBC Concert Orchestra - Cracking Christmas Show. Yuletide favourites, Watford Colosseum


14th Watford Philharmonic Society performs a special festive concert, Watford Colosseum


14th Buddy Holly & The Cricketers Holly at Christmas 2011, Wyllyotts Theatre, Potters Bar


14th A Christmas Concert presented by the Watford Philharmonic Orchestra, Watford Colosseum


15th Chipperfield Choral Society Carol Concert in aid of Cancer Research UK, Royal Masonic School, Rickmansworth. www.chipperfieldchoral.co.uk


16th Thatll Be The Day presents its Brand New 2011 Christmas Show, Watford Colosseum


17th Carols at the Castle, 5-6pm. Free admission, Hertford Castle. www.hertford.gov.uk


17th The Funk Runner & Old Country Union, The Court Theatre, Pendley, Tring


17th Carols on the Hour at St Albans Cathedral, 11am-4pm


17th The Tring Choral Society Christmas Concert, 7.30pm, Church of St Peter and St Paul


18th Haileybury Christmas Concert, 0870 4580445


18th One Direction, X Factor runners-up, Watford Colosseum


20th-24th Cinderella On Ice, Watford Colosseum


24th-27th Benslow Christmas House Party, Benslow Music. 01462 459446


28th Johann Strauss Gala. Enchanting music, song, dance, Watford Colosseum


29th The Rat Pack Christmas Show, Las Vegas style. Watford Colosseum



THEATRE


1st Comedy Night with Glaswegian comic Geoff Boyz, Rhodes Arts Complex


1st-3rd The Crucible, Queen Mother Theatre, Hitchin


3rd Comedy Club with John Maloney, Nick Doody and Dana Alexander, Gordon Craig Theatre


4th The All Jewish Christmas Variety Night, a night of comedy, Radlett Centre


7th-10th Rebecca, stage version of the classic novel, performed by the Cuffley Players, Cuffley Hall, Maynards Place, Cuffley. 01707 873437


9th & 10th Frayed Knot Theatre Company presents Hang On A Minute Lads, Ive Got A Great Idea, Court Theatre, Tring


16th A Christmas Carol as told by Jacob Marley (deceased), The Old Town Hall Arts Centre, Hemel Hempstead


16th-18th A Christmas Carol, a festive reading of Dickens classic by Colin Greenslade, with mulled wine and mince pies. Knebworth House, Park and Gardens. www.knebworthhouse.com


17th Comedy Night, a Christmas special. Letchworth Arts Centre


22nd A Christmas Carol. A spellbinding reading of the timeless classic with mulled wine and mince pies. Letchworth Arts Centre



ART AND EXHIBITIONS


Until Jan 1st Bushey Then and Now, 20th-century gems from the Greville Collection, Bushey Museum and Art Gallery


Until Jan 11th My Dear Students Artists of the Herkomer School, Bushey Museum and Art Gallery


Until Dec 31st Judith Rackley, natural forms and landscapes incorporating threads, beads and fabric, Radlett Centre Gallery


2nd-Jan 3rd Heather Holmes art captures the timeless beauty of flowers, Letchworth Arts Centre


2nd-Jan 3rd All is Bright, prints and paintings by Kim Raymont and Kate Burgess, Letchworth Arts Centre


3rd-Jan 22nd Veolia Environment Wildlife Photographer of the Year exhibition, Natural History Museum at Tring


3rd Life Drawing, untutored session, materials supplied, 15 per person. 11am-4pm, Frogmore Paper Mill, Apsley, Hemel Hempstead. 01442 234600


Until 4th Snapshots in Time: exhibition of 60 Years of Photography by the Hertford and District Camera Club, Hertford Museum. www.hertfordmuseum.org


5th-Jan 2nd Beautiful, Inaccessible and Vulnerable a photographic exhibition of the museums hidden treasures, Rhodes Arts Complex



WALKS AND NATURE


4th Wildlife Trusts Harrow group meet Stanmore Common to work for Wildlife, 10am-3.30pm, meet Warren Lane car park


4th Hidden Hertford Walk All Saints Churchyard. Walks begin at 11am. Booking is essential. 01992 582686, www.hertfordmuseum.org


15th Talk: Ian Edmans, Curator of Birds at Waddesdon Manor, Natural History Museum, Tring. 020 7942 6171


27th Walk through Ashridge Estate followed by mulled wine and mince pies. 01442 851227


27th Colne Valley Bird Walk, 5-6 mile walk with the mid-Herts Wildlife Trust group, meet 10am Springwell Lake car park



GENERAL INTEREST


1st HertsLAF Public Meeting at the University of Hertfordshire, 7.30pm. www.hertslaf.org.uk


1st Tring Together Business Mart breakfast meeting 7.30-9.30am, The Akeman, Tring. Viviann@tringtogether.org.uk


2nd-4th A Practical Introduction to Indian (Hindustani) Classical Music, Benslow Music. 01462 459446


2nd Beautiful, Inaccessible and Vulnerable a lecture on the museums hidden treasures, Bishops Stortford Museum, Rhodes Arts Complex


3rd Hidden Treasures Family Photography Workshop, Rhodes Arts Complex


3rd Annual Christmas Fair, British Schools Museum, Hitchin, 10am-3pm


3rd Christmas Model Railway Day at Hertford Museum. www.hertfordmuseum.org


3rd Watford Rural Parish Council Christmas Fun Day, 11am-3pm, St Andrews Precinct, Bridlington Road, South Oxhey


3rd Art & Gift Fair, The Old Town Hall, Market Place, St Albans. www.hvaf.org.uk


3rd The Green House, @The Gallery, Christmas crafts and produce. www.letchworthgreenhouse.co.uk


3rd & 10th Archery Beginners and Field Archery Courses, Celtic Harmony Camp, Brickendon. 01438 718543


4th Ashridge at Christmas annual Christmas fair, Ashridge Estate


4th The Sele School Quality Christmas Craft Fair, 11am-3pm, Welwyn Road, Hertford SG14 2DG


4th The Original Royston Christmas Gift Fair, 10am-3pm, The Old Bull Inn, Market Hill, Royston


9th & 10th Latin Fever Christmas Party, two-course meal, performance and disco. Shenley Cricket Club, Radlett Lane, Radlett


10th & 11th Hitchin Christmas Tree Festival. www.holysaviourhitchin.org.uk


10th Broxbourne and Hoddesdon Carnival of Light, from 2pm, procession 5pm, fireworks 6pm, High Street, Hoddesdon


11th Victorian Christmas, Royal Gunpowder Mills, Waltham Abbey. 01992 707370


11th Much Hadham Christmas Market, Hopleys, Forge Museum and Village Hall, Much Hadham, noon-6pm


11th Christmas Craft Activities, 11am-4pm, Frogmore Paper Mill, Apsley, Hemel Hempstead


17th Winter Wonderland Christmas Party, includes three course meal, performance, casino & disco


Shenley Cricket Club, Radlett Lane, Radlett. www.dashofsparkle.com


18th Antiques & Collectables Fair, Cuffley Hall, Maynards Place, off Station Road, 10am-4pm, entry 50p. To book a table call 020 8366 1492 or 07951 845653


19th-22nd Special Mill tours and paper crafting sessions. 10.30am-4.30pm, Frogmore Paper Mill, Apsley, Hemel Hempstead


20th & 21st Christmas Table Crafts, 10.30am-3.30pm, Hertford Museum. www.hertfordmuseum.org


26th Charity Vintage Tractor Day, The Boot, Chipperfield, 10.30am. 01442 833155, www.the-boot.co.uk


28th-30th Special Mill tours and paper crafting sessions, 10.30am-4.30pm, Frogmore Paper Mill, Apsley, Hemel Hempstead



CHILDREN AND FAMILY


10th Victorian Christmas crafts workshop, 3.50 per child, over 8s only, booking essential 11am-12.30pm, Hertford Museum.


15th-28th The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, Abbey Theatre, St Albans


18th-20th The Just So Stories with the Ted Table Theatre, storytelling at its best, Trestle Arts Base, St Albans


19th-21st Winding Road Theatre Company presents The Snow Queen. Letchworth Arts Centre


21st-Jan 2nd, Pick up a Finger Puppet, 10am-5pm. Natural History Museum, Tring. 020 7942 6171


Until Jan 24th, Santas Spectacular Grotto and Magical Ice Rink, Willows Farm Village. www.willowsfarmvillage.com



SPECIAL EVENTS


2nd Ware Dickensian Evening, 7-10pm. www.isabelhospice.org.uk


4th Sprint, Stroll, Scoot in Hemel Hempstead Town Centre, sponsored 2.5K in aid of The Hospice of St Francis. 01442 869555, www.stfrancis.org.uk


4th Jingle Bells & Bows Fun Run, 5k run and 4k walk around Stanborough Lakes, Welwyn Garden City in aid of Isabel Hospice, 9.30am-1.30pm. 01707 382547, www.isabelhospice.org.uk


4th Reflections at Christmas. Dedicate a candle and join in with traditional carols in the chapel, 4pm St Elizabeths Centre, Perry Green, Much Hadham. www.stelizabeths.org.uk


9th Santa Dash in aid of St Elizabeths Centre, one mile fun run.www.stelizabeths.org.uk


10th Charity Night Black Tie event in aid of The Nightingale Cancer Support Centre, Theobalds House, Cheshunt. 020 8367 3938, www.nightingalesupport.org.uk


11th Light up a Life Hatfield Heath, The United Reformed Church CM22 7BH, in aid of St Clare Hospice, 5pm. 01279 773750



FARMERS MARKETS


2nd Barnet, Spires Shopping Centre, 8.30am-3pm


3rd Hatfield, White Lion Square, 9am-2.30pm


11th St Albans, Market Place, 10am-4pm


10th Tring, The Marketplace, Brook Street, 9am-noon


10th Hertford, Market Place, 8.30am-1pm


10th Baldock, High Street, 10am-2pm


11th St Albans, Market Place, 10am-4pm


16th Hexton, St Faiths Church, 1-4pm


16th Barnet, Spires Shopping Centre, 8.30am-3pm


17th Tring, The Marketplace, Brook Street, 9am-noon


17th Stevenage, White Lion Yard, 10am- 2pm


17th Letchworth, Leys Square, 9am-1pm


18th Wheathampstead, East Lane Car Park, 10am- 1pm


18th Sheering, Village Hall, 9.30am-1pm


22nd Little Hadham, Village Hall, 5-7pm


23rd Barnet, Spires Shopping Centre 8.30am-3pm



USEFUL CONTACTS


Abbey Theatre, St Albans 01727 857861; Alban Arena, St Albans 01727 844488; Ashridge Estate, Berkhamsted 01442 851227; Barn Theatre, Welwyn Garden City 01707 357117; British Schools Museum, Hitchin 01462 420144; Broxbourne Civic Hall 01992 441946; Court Theatre, Pendley, Tring 01442 823130; First Garden City Heritage Museum 01462 482710; Frogmore Paper Mill, 01442 234600; Gordon Craig Theatre, Stevenage 01438 363200; Harpenden Public Halls 01582 767525; Hatfield House 01707 287010; Hitchin Museum and Art Gallery 01462 434476; Hopleys, Much Hadham 01279 842509; Knebworth House and Gardens 01438 812661; Letchworth Arts Centre 01462 670788; Market Theatre, Hitchin 01462 433553; Old Town Hall, Hemel Hempstead 01442 228091; Queen Mother Theatre, Hitchin 01462 434875; Radlett Centre 01923 859291; Rhodes Arts Complex, Bishops Stortford 01279 651746; Sandpit Theatre, St Albans 01727 370067; Shenley Park 01923 852629; St Albans Cathedral 01727 860780; Trestle Arts Base, St Albans 01727 850950; Watford Colosseum 0845 075 3993; Watford Palace 01923 225671; Watersmeet Theatre 01923 711063; Wyllyotts Theatre 01707 645005


0 comments

More from Out & About

Christmas isn’t complete without a trip to a festive fair. From German-style food stalls to vintage fetes, Hertfordshire’s Christmas markets have it all

Read more
Wednesday, October 31, 2018

We quiz author Kevin Exley about his new book that takes the reader on the trail of fascinating stories, new and old, around Berkhamsted

Read more
October 2018
Monday, October 29, 2018

Hertfordshire is a county with a vast, fascinating and sometimes dark and bloody history that has reportedly lead to more than a few angry ghosts sticking around to wreak havoc and take revenge on the living. We have gathered 10 of the most haunted places in the county

Read more
Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Make the most out of autumn with these eight walking routes that take in a variety of Hertfordshire’s terrains and - most importantly – have a cosy pub along the way

Read more
Tuesday, October 16, 2018

We've selected a variety of spooky activities in the county that are sure to delight the kids

Read more
Tuesday, October 2, 2018

Herts and Middlesex Wildlife Trust’s Charlotte Hussey explores the fascinating world of bats and new projects in the county to help conserve these remarkable creatures

Read more
October 2018
Tuesday, September 11, 2018

The People’s Trust for Endangered Species is asking the public to look out for mammals on Hertfordshire’s roads as part of a citizen science project

Read more
September 2018
Tuesday, September 11, 2018

From stately homes to skateparks, we have selected some of the best ideas for things to do in Hertfordshire

Read more
Tuesday, August 28, 2018

The diverse parkland of Pishiobury Park in Sawbridgeworth is undergoing a five-year plan to promote its heritage and enhance its habitats. It makes for a royal day out

Read more
September 2018
Tuesday, August 28, 2018

From Aldbury to Wheathampstead, Hertfordshire has a plethora of pretty villages. We have picked just 10 that you should visit

Read more

Newsletter Sign Up

Sign up to the following newsletters:

Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Our Privacy Policy



Topics of Interest

Food and Drink Directory

Local Business Directory

Search For a Car In Your Area

Property Search