Your complete December Hertfordshire diary

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


1st Christmas Crooners, West End’s finest sing the Christmas classics, Alban Arena

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

2nd Bill Wyman’s 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 Mary’s Church, Braughing. 01763 289073,

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., 01462 742440

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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 Disney’s 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 Paul’s Church, The Common, Chipperfield.

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 Society’s 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.

16th That’ll Be The Day presents its Brand New 2011 Christmas Show, Watford Colosseum

17th Carols at the Castle, 5-6pm. Free admission, Hertford Castle.

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


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, I’ve 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.

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


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.

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


4th Wildlife Trust’s 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,

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


1st HertsLAF Public Meeting at the University of Hertfordshire, 7.30pm. 

1st Tring Together Business Mart breakfast meeting 7.30-9.30am, The Akeman, Tring.

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

2nd Beautiful, Inaccessible and Vulnerable – a lecture on the museum’s hidden treasures, Bishop’s 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.

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.

3rd The Green House, @The Gallery, Christmas crafts and produce.

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.

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.

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.

26th Charity Vintage Tractor Day, The Boot, Chipperfield, 10.30am. 01442 833155,

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


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, Santa’s Spectacular Grotto and Magical Ice Rink, Willows Farm Village.


2nd Ware Dickensian Evening, 7-10pm.

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

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,

4th Reflections at Christmas. Dedicate a candle and join in with traditional carols in the chapel, 4pm  St Elizabeth’s Centre, Perry Green, Much Hadham.

9th Santa Dash in aid of St Elizabeth’s Centre, one mile fun run.

10th Charity Night Black Tie event in aid of The Nightingale Cancer Support Centre, Theobald’s House, Cheshunt. 020 8367 3938,

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


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 Faith’s 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


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, Bishop’s 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