In the run up to Christmas there is a bounty of festive events happening in Harrow (North West London) and the surrounding area. These events are lots of fun for the whole family. They are sure to make you feel extra Christmassy!

Best activities for the family this Christmas in Harrow and surrounding area

Christmas Markets
Christmas Markets selling festive treats and gifts.

Christmas in Harrow (30th Nov-3rd Dec) – Christmas traders @ St Ann’s shopping centre.
Duck Pond Ruislip Christmas Markets3rd Dec Foodies Christmas market and 16th/17th Dec Christmas Artisan market.

Christmas Festivals/Events
Keep your eye on dates for Christmas Festivals in the area for a fun day out.

Pinner Panto (30th Nov) – a pantomime theme evening on Pinner High Street. Expect entertainment, late night shopping and lights (including fireworks).
Coca Cola Truck Watford Tesco/Asda (6th/7th Dec) – see the Coca Cola Christmas Truck.
Santa Dash Northwood (9th Dec) – watch or join in with this Santa dash race in aid of Michael Sobell Hospice.
Santa Dash Pinner (10th Dec) – Santa dash race in aid of St. Luke’s Hospice. 
Headstone Manor Frost Fair (9th/10th Dec) – celebrating the grand opening of the new museum. Event will include stalls, entertainment and food.
Rotary Club Santa Sleigh Pinner (13th-21st Dec) – yearly event where Santa’s sleigh travels the streets of Pinner collecting for charity.
Rudolph Rave Watford (7th Dec) – Christmas themed family Rave.

Visit Santa
There are lots of interesting options for seeing the big man this Christmas

intu WatfordSanta’s grotto with reindeer.
Squires Stanmore Christmas Circusa Christmas themed circus and meet and greet with Santa.
Willows Farm St. AlbansChristmas spectacular on the farm.
Odds Farm Christmas FestivalSanta and Elves full festival at the farm.
Santa Train at Ruislip Lidotake a trip on this magical train ride to see Santa.
Santa Narrowboat Canal Tripride on a Narrowboat to visit Santa.

Children’s Parties
Fun childrens Christmas themed events/parties

Christmas Sk8 Party (16th/17th Dec) – roller skating disco at Harrow Leisure Centre.
Jimmy Jamtots Christmas Party @ The Windmill Studios (15th Dec) – Christmas themed party for pre school children.

Pantomimes/Theatre
Lots of theatre fun during the festive period 

Robin Hood and the Babes in the Wood @ Claremont High School
The Wizard of Oz @ Harrow Arts Centre
Peter Pan @ Wembley Arena
Aladdin @ Beck Theatre, Hayes
The Nutcracker @ Watford Colosseum
Aladdin @ Watford Palace Theatre

For my first day away from my smallest child (she’s now 9 months old), I had an absolute cracker. My mum and I went to see the stunning Harry Potter and The Cursed Child at the Palace Theatre in London.

My mum and I have always been Harry Potter fans since the first books came out. So when tickets were released over a year ago, we decided to try to get some. We were lucky after waiting all day online, we managed to secure some. Knowing I was pregnant at the time we opted for a pre-Christmas showing the following year, when I would be ok to leave the baby all day.

In case you haven’t heard of it, Harry Potter and The Cursed Child is a two-part play written by Jack Thorne, taken from a story written by Thorne, J. K. Rowling and John Tiffan. If you haven’t read the play yet or don’t want to ruin the premise of the story, don’t worry I won’t be including any story line spoilers here. Neither will I reveal and specific special effects you might see, #keepthesecrets!

Instead I will just cover my general view of what you can expect.

Harry Potter and The Cursed Child

Each part of the play is a full 2hrs 40mins (over 5hrs of Harry Potter). Part one can either be watched as a matinée (like we did) or an evening show. Part two then follows on the same day as the evening show or on a second night again as an evening show.

If I’m honest I didn’t know how we would manage to sit through a play that long. However I can assure you this play is unlike no other, from the moment it starts you are transported straight into the magical wizardry world of Harry Potter and time whizzes by.

We were left amazed, surprised, taken back and even sometimes scared by the breathtaking scenery and special effects on the stage. Some elements were pure magic and I still can’t figure out exactly how they were performed.

The actors during our performance were exceptional. Each one truly encapsulated the essence of the characters that we all know so well. So emotionally connected to them do you become, it felt almost sad to leave them behind in the theatre.

So whilst I wait for my next Harry Potter fix, you can get your own by booking tickets on the West End. The play is on sale now until October 2018, but already look pretty well sold (the more expensive tickets are easier to get). If London is too far, the play will also be showing on Broadway New York from April 2018 and in Melbourne Australia from early 2019.