• Create your ultimate Christmas selfies with our North and South pole instagrammable decorated grottos
  • Celebrate Christmas at Castle Square with Santa and his elf every Saturday 12-4PM
  • Get creative with the Creation Station, where you can make your own festive decorations including Christmas card marking, window decorations and festive salt dough ornaments

This December, Castle Square is putting on a host of free festive activities, which look to reunite loved ones virtually for those who are unable to travel due to COVID or travel restrictions.

Castle Square has recreated two FREE instagrammable grottos so visitors can transport to the North (traditional) or South (summer) poledepending on where people would rather spend Christmas! Londoners will be able to take their ultimate Christmas selfie or video with selfie lights to share and celebrate with family and friends wherever they are in the world! Santa and his helping elf will also be at Castle Square around the Christmas tree every Saturday from 12-4pm in the run up to Christmas, in case you would like them to join in your ultimate Christmas selfies!

In addition to the festive grottos, there are a range of free community activities to get involved in throughout the month of December, both in-person and virtual. This month The Elephant and Castle Community Hub will be hosting activities in different venues across Elephant and Castle to invite their current members and welcome new ones to meet and connect in a physical space.

The online kids creative station will host themed sessions every Thursday to enlist children in creative activities from the comfort of your own home. You can enjoy Christmas card making along with making your own window decorations and festive salt dough ornaments. One of the sessions will also help you to decorate your home for Christmas, including table decorations and other ideas. In the last session of the month you can join in to celebrate New Years Eve Around the World.

You can also get creative during December, every Wednesday at 2pm, with the Creative Club which will be focusing on learning how to create origami Christmas decorations. From ornaments to mini Christmas trees, wishing stars and much more!

For those wanting to find calm during their busy Christmas schedules, Monday Mindfulness will be available to all to join in as well as Chair Yoga, Chi Hatha Yoga and Meditation classes. Join in every Monday morning online from 10am to 12pm. Every Thursday at 11am Re-Tribe will also be running self-care workshops over Zoom for people to connect with themselves and come together in a way that can provide calm and courage.

For kids and teens aged 6-16 looking for a fun activity and new hobby to learn over the Christmas period, the Upside Down Kids/Teen Dance club will be running free dance sessions every Friday at 6.30pm. The weekly classes teach Hip Hop, Locking, Popping, House and break dance routines.  The Disability Sports Coach will also be hosting free online yoga and Dance classes at 5pm on Thursdays.

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: 4, 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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