Santa set to arrive by RNLI lifeboat at Royal William Yard Christmas Wonderland Market

Christmas market RNLI

Christmas market RNLI - Credit: Archant

Royal William Yard’s historic Grade 1* Listed naval victualling buildings are to provide a magical backdrop to a range of exciting Christmas events and activities this year - including a unique fund-raising appearance from Christmas’s most popular visitor - Santa!

Christmas tree decoration

Christmas tree decoration - Credit: Archant

Christmas Wonderland Market - starring Santa - Sunday, Dec 4, 10am til 6pm

Santa has revealed he will make an extra special appearance, at the Christmas Wonderland Market, when he arrives with the high tide by RNLI lifeboat around 5pm. The Christmas Wonderland Market, will be packed to the brim with Christmas treats, including turkeys, mince pies, mulled wine - and festive music and theatre. There’ll be a free Christmas children’s interactive show presented by theatre group Far Flung, opera singers Amelia Whiteman and Annalise Gladstone will sing Christmas songs for families around the harbour, accompanied by electric violinist, Rebecca Kelly. A lantern making workshop for kids will be held beforehand, followed by a dusk-time lantern parade around the Yard harbour basin. There’ll also be sparkly stiltwalkers and some festive ‘theatre bombing’ from the Brantley Theatre Group - all guaranteed to amaze and entertain the family.

Gifts and more...

The Yard will also offer a range of festive opportunities to buy gifts and treats this year:

Nov 24 & Dec 8 - Cornish Interiors - Christmas shopping nights

Dec 7 - Cornish Interiors - wreath making workshops

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Dec 2-4 - Martin Bush Gallery - pre-Christmas art exhibition

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Christmas market RNLI

Christmas market RNLI - Credit: Archant

Nov 25- Dec 18 - Ocean Studios - Teresa Pemberton Exhibition - ‘Painting The Earth with Granite and Amber’

Dec 15 - Le Vignoble - speed wine tasting event.

Festive food

The Yard restaurants will also be offering fantastic Christmas menus or drinks - with seasonal, local and wild treats from River Cottage Canteen & Deli, the popular French eaterie Bistrot Pierre, Wildwood - plus favourites like Seco Lounge, Prezzo, Las Iguanas, Wagamamas, The Royal William Yard Bakery, Le Vignoble and light snacks at Rockets and Rascals.

“Christmas at The Yard promises to be truly spectacular this year offering something for everything. It’s really exciting,” said Urban Splash Director, Emily Handslip. “I hope everyone will bring friends and family down and join in the magic and fun!”

For dates and details on how to make your Christmas magical at Royal William Yard - go to their website for more details. Or follow the story: #yardlife @RoyalWilliamYd

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