02.12.2021 Christmas Cheer at Castle Square!

On Saturday 27 November, the Elephant and Castle Town Centre team held the Christmas light switch on event in Castle Square. The Mayor of Southwark came along and following a countdown from the crowd he switched on the lights and officially kicked off the community’s Christmas festivities.

Castle Square created two free instagrammable grottos complete with Santa and his helpful elf, so visitors could transport themselves to the North or South pole. Londoners were able to take their ultimate Christmas selfies to share and celebrate with family and friends wherever they are in the world! The grottos will be open every Saturday in December to spread Christmas cheer right up until the big day.

All those that came along were lucky enough to hear the debut performance of ‘The Twelve Days of Castle Square’ sung by the Elephant and Castle Community Hub Choir. The song, also recently published in the Castle Chronicle, features lots of Castle Square and Ash Avenue businesses who are ready for the festive season.

As well as Christmas carols, a group of local performers created a version of the Christmas Carol Story, set in the Elephant and Castle with characters that represented the diversity of the area. The story showcased some of the community groups in the area which have been working with the Community Hub, such as Upside Down Dance, a teen dance group who performed a popular Christmas song.

If you missed out on the day’s events don’t fear – there’s plenty more festive cheer to go around at Castle Square and the Elephant and Castle Community Hub this Christmas!

The full timetable in the lead up to Christmas is below, all events are FREE:

Christmas Grottos

What: Free Instagrammable Grottos from the North and South pole with Santa and the elf

When: 11 & 18 December, 12:00PM – 4:00PM

Where: Castle Square, London SE17 1EU

Creative Club 

What: Creative Workshops with all materials provided

When: Wednesday 2.00 PM -4.00 PM

How to join: Free to attend at St Jude’s Centre, St Georges Road, Elephant and Castle, London, SE1 6EZ

Also available online via Zoom. To get the links follow our Creative Club Facebook page or visit our website

Frogprince Baby Music

What: Free Unique live music concept for babies, toddlers and preschoolers

When: Thursday 11.00AM -12.00PM

How to join: Free to attend at Mercato Metropolitano, 42 Newington Causeway, London SE1 6DR

Monday Mindfulness

What: Free Chair Yoga, Chi Hatha Yoga, and Meditation classes

When: Every Monday 10.00AM  to 12.00PM

How to join: Join via zoom here.

Re-Tribe Facebook Live Talks

What: This free online series of self-care workshops will offer a space for people to come together and connect with themselves and others in a way that can provide calm and courage.

When: Every Tuesday at 11.00AM

How to join: Click here to join the meeting on Facebook

English Lessons 

What: Free Weekly English Lessons focusing on conversation

When: Wednesday 7.00PM – 8.00PM

How to join: Email elephantandcastleenglish@gmail.com for the Zoom ID and password

Disability Sports Coach – Online Sessions

What: Free sports lessons across yoga, and dance.

When: Yoga on Wednesday at 5.00PM and Dance sessions on Thursdays at 5.00PM

How to join: Complete the registration here for Zoom details

Self Care Workshops with Retribe

What: Free online self-care workshops

When: Every Thursday at 11.00AM

How to join: Join via zoom here

Creative Station

What: Free online themed kid’s activities promoting fun and learning at home.

When: Every Thursday at 4.30PM, 23rd and 30th December at 10.00AM

How to join: Email juliascoble@thecreationstation.co.uk for Zoom link

Upside Down Street Dance Kids/Teens Club

What:  Free Beginner street dance sessions for kids and teens (6-16yrs)

When: Friday 6.30PM – 7.30PM

How to join: St John’s Centre, Larcom Street, SE17 1NQ


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