Whats on this Christmas in West Essex

Oh yes it is! Your essential guide to the Christmas season with <br/><br/>must-see pantomines and the most magical of Santa's <br/><br/>grottos as well as our usual events listing

Light up a Life CelebrationEvents from now until 11th DecemberVarious locations on different dates, please check the websiteThe Christmas season is a special time of year for celebration with our families and friends, but for many it can be a sad time where our thoughts turn to our loved ones who are no longer with us. St Clare Hospice invites you to ‘Light up a Life’ and come together with your friends and family to remember and celebrate the life of someone close to you. At each special event lights will be illuminated in memory of your loved ones, they are open to everyone and you don’t have to have experienced hospice care. Christmas music and refreshments will follow the service.If you would like to dedicate a light in memory of someone special to you, please call 01279 773750 or visit www.stclarehospice.org.uk

Dickensian Afternoon Tea4th, 11th and 18th December (Sundays)Hanbury Manor, Ware SG12 0SD Step back in time to a Victorian Christmas with the ever fashionable traditional afternoon tea including finely cut sandwiches, freshly baked scones, dainty pastries and cakes. Add a glass of bubbly to indulge in while enjoying the live carol singing with classic Christmas carols to get you truly in the spirit of the season.Price: �29 per person, booking is highly recommended for this popular event, call 01920 487 722

Wine and Networking8th December, 6pm Loughton Cricket Club, 11 The Uplands, Loughton IG10 1NQEpping Forest Business Group (EFBG) invites you to a blind wine tasting, food and networking event so bring plenty of business cards. Established over three years EFBG is a strong network of trade and professional people who meet weekly with the prime purpose of generating qualified business leads through reliable and trustworthy referrals. The wine tasting, courtesy of member Stephen Murphy from The Wine Factor in Chingford, is an ideal way to find out more about the group.EFBG also meets every Thursday morning from 7.30am at the Queen Victoria pub in Theydon Bois where business gets done over breakfast.Open evening admission: Free, booking is essential  For further information visit www.efbg.co.uk or call 0845 505 5900

Woodford’s Indoor Boot Sale11th December, 10am-12pmWoodford County High School, High Road, Woodford Green IG8 9LAPerfect timing for a pre-Christmas clear-out! Book your own table or just come along and pick-up a bargain. Refreshments available and public parking at Sir James Hawkey Hall.Admission: FreeBookings: �10 (Table provided), forms available at www.woodford.redbridge.sch.uk  For further information call 0208 491 0054 or email pfwchs@yahoo.co.uk

Greatest GrottosElbow the Elf Saves ChristmasFrom now until 24th DecemberWestfield Stratford CityA Pixar-quality 5D animated story experience with fourth dimension wind, lights and elf dust effects! Feature in the film and help Elbow on his quest.Free of charge. Booking essential at www.ticketmaster.co.uk/westfieldstratfordcity/grotto

Biggest Ever Santa’s GrottoFrom now until 24th DecemberLakeside Shopping Centre, Thurrock RM20 2ZPSet to dazzle children with a giant toy chest theme, huge moving characters from soldiers to rocking horses, and a state-of-the-art 3D cinema experience.Free of charge with gift. Booking essential at www.lakeside.uk.com/grotto

Santa Claus is coming to town…Every Sunday until ChristmasToyology, 86 High Street, Barkingside IG6 2DRSanta will be taking time off from his hard work in the North Pole, to visit Toyology and see all the children. Admission �3 including gift. For further information call 020 8551 4600

Father Christmas in the Forest3rd and 4th December, 10am-3pmVisitor Centre, High BeachFollow a short fun trail through the forest to see Father Christmas in his special forest grotto. Booking essential for timed slots, �6.50 per child including gift. For further information call 020 8508 0028

Pick of the PantomimesSleeping Beauty2nd December 2011 to 2nd January 2012 Civic Theatre Chelmsford, Fairfield Road, Chelmsford CM1 1JG One from the Heart in association with the Chelmsford Civic Theatre present Sleeping Beauty, the spellbinding family pantomime with the beautiful Princess Aurora. For further information visit www.chelmsford.gov.uk/theatres or call 01245 606505

Cinderella 3rd December 2011 to 14th January 2012 Queen’s Theatre, Billet Lane, Hornchurch, RM11 1QT No more scrubbing for Cinders she’s off to the ball and you’re invited! Join the ugly sisters, silly Buttons and our brave heroine on a magical, rags to riches adventure as the fairy godmother turns her into a dazzling beauty fit for a prince. For further information visit www.queens-theatre.co.uk/  Jack and the Beanstalk 17th December 2011 to 22nd January 2012Kenneth More Theatre, Oakfield Road, Ilford, Essex IG1 1BT Meet Buttercup the cow and shed a tear as the Trotts send their beloved bovine to market. Cheer, boo and laugh your way through this traditional family pantomime. A wonderful treat for everyone, from 4 to 104. For further information visit www.kenneth-more-theatre.co.uk/ 

Peter Pan2nd to 15th January 2012Sir James Hawkey Hall, Broomhill Road, Woodford Green IG8 0BGJoin Wendy and the lost boys on a magical journey to Never Never Land, boo at the bad Captain Hook and cheer on the crocodile! Lots of Tinkerbell sparkle and swash-buckling action for girls and boys alike.For further information visit www.redbridge.gov.uk or call 020 8504 6883