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Panto round up 2014

Panto Round Up

It's panto time again! Oh no it's not! Oh yes it is (I know we did that last year) and there's plenty to choose from locally:


Jack and the Beanstalk (5 Dec - 4 Jan, Alban Arena) - Eastenders hard man Steve McFadden stars alongside Arena veterans Bob Golding and Jemma Carlisle.

Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (12 - 22 Dec, Harpenden Public Halls) with Steve Leeds from the immensely popular Go!Go!Go!, Tony Howes and Sophie Massie.

Hansel and Gretel (28 Dec, Trestle Arts Base).

Sleeping Beauty (20 Dec - 3 Jan, Hawthorne Theatre, Welwyn Garden City)

Cinderella (6 - 31 Dec, Radlett Centre).

Sleeping Beauty (5 - 27 Dec, Watford Palace Theatre).

The Gruffalo's Child (10 Dec - 4 Jan, Arts Depot, North Finchley)

The Snow Queen (21 - 24 Dec, Old Town Hall Arts Centre, Hemel Hempstead). 




The Gruffalo's Child - Arts Depot

Jingle Bell Jog

Jingle Bell Jog

Have some fun and support Rennie Grove Hospice Care on Sun 7 Dec. Choose from the Reindeer Run (1.5km, starts 11am - all ages) or the Jingle Bell Jog (5km, starts 11.30am - anyone over 10 years old). Registration opens at 9am, Waterend Barn

Christmas Music

Christmas Carols

Enjoy carols on the hour at St Albans Abbey on Sat 20 Dec from 11am to 4pm. You can also book tours of the tower and attend a range of special Christmas Services throughout December.

Christmas Rubbish

Christmas Carols

In less festive news (if you're planning a New Year clear-out), Herts CC is keeping all Recycling Centres open but changing opening times and days from Mon 5 Jan 2015. All sites will be open five days a week, including Sat, Sun and Mon but will close on two quieter days during the week.


Happy Christmas

Christmas Markets in and around St Albans

Christmas Shopping 2014

Lots of opportunities for Christmas shopping this year. Enjoy the Spirit of Christmas at the Maltings Shopping Centre including carols, festive jazz and giant penguins among other entertainments throughout December. See their website for more details.


Following the qualified success of last year the St Albans Christmas Market returns to the Vintry Garden.  There'll be live music and other entertainments while you shop amongst the sheds. Open from 27 Nov - 21 Dec daily.


Childwickbury Arts are holding their own Christmas market with a difference on 30 Nov - 1 Dec. There will be original pieces of art, ceramics and gifts available direct from the artists as well as hot food, free admission and plenty of free parking.


Redbourn has its own Christmas Market this year on 30 Nov (11am-5pm). Expect festive music, hot food as well as the shopping stalls and a visit from the Big Man himself.


Further afield you can try the traditional Christmas Craft Fair and Yuletide Celebration at Stockwood Discovery Centre on 7 Dec (11am-4pm). Enjoy craft activities, cooking, bee keeping and the obligatory Santa's Grotto.

What's on in December?

What's On

Pop-Up Art Show (M-Sieve Art Gallery, 1 Nov - 20 Dec, times vary)

Santa's Spectacular Grotto & Festive Farm Fun (Willows Activity Farm, 26 Nov - 24 Dec, 10am - 5:30pm)

Hal Cruttenden (Harpenden Public Halls, 3 Dec, 8pm)

Christmas Floristry Courses (Kendalls, 4 Dec 7 - 9pm and 17 Dec 7.30 - 9.30pm)

Juliet Lawson (Abbey Theatre, 4 Dec, 8pm) 

Jack and the Beanstalk (Alban Arena, 5 Dec - 4 Jan, times vary)

Sleeping Beauty (Watford Palace Theatre, 5 - 27 Dec, times vary) Cinderella (Radlett Centre, 5 - 31 Dec, times vary)

Hertfordshire Philharmonia (St Saviour's Church, Sat 6 Dec, 7.30pm) Buy tickets

The Gruffalo's Child (ArtsDepot, 10 Dec - 4 Jan, times vary)

Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (Harpenden Public Halls, 12 - 27 Dec, times vary)

A Christmas Celebration with St Albans Choral Society (Marlborough Road Methodist Church, Sat 14 Dec, 7pm) Buy tickets

Beauty and the Beast (Abbey Theatre, 19 - 22 and 27 - 30 Dec, times vary)  A Star is Born with St Albans Chamber Choir (St Peter's Church, Sat 20 Dec, 7.30pm) Buy tickets

Santa Hunt (Wick Wood, Sat 27 Dec, 10am - 12pm)

Hansel and Gretel (Trestle Arts Base, Sun 28 Dec, 2pm and 4.30pm) Buy tickets

St Albans Market (St Peter's St, every Wed & Sat in Dec plus 18 to 23 Dec, 9am - 4.30pm)

Farmers' Market (St Albans, Sun 14 Dec & Harpenden Sun 28 Dec, 9am -1.30pm)

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