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Christmas in Jersey 2014

LÈ Marchi Nouormandí

Festive diary dates 2014

If you’re looking for the spirit of Christmas then look no further than Jersey as St Helier is transformed into a labyrinth of Christmas past and present during November and December with concerts and festive events take place around the island. Christmas in Jersey is about quaint Christmas markets, artisan gifts, candlelit parades and mulled wine and mince pies around every corner with a special event, La Fête dé Noué marking the coming of the Christmas season.

29 – 30 Nov

Durrell’s Magical Christmas Weekend
Visit the wildlife park for its magical Christmas weekend and enjoy the animals plus Santas Grotto, mince pies, mulled wine and festive entertainment. Usual admission prices, £10 – £14. 11am – 4pm, Durrel Wildlife Park, Trinity.

29 – 30 Nov

Simply Christmas 2014
Browse the festive artisan stalls, enjoy some fruity spiced punch and seasonal treats and watch The Great Jersey Potato Sack Challenge (Saturday only). 10am – 5pm, Greve de Lecq Barracks, free of charge.

29 NovNorman French Market

Christmas Gift Fair
10am – 4pm, St Saviour’s Parish Church. 29 & 30 Nov Frozen Christmas Grotto
Join Anna and Elsa at Homefields Farm’s Frozen Grotto. £5 per child, including a gift. For more details contact info@homefieldgrowers.com.

29 Nov

Father Christmas at 16 New Street
Step back to a Georgian Christmas with traditional decorations, music and cooking as well as Father Christmas in his grotto. £4 per child including a gift. 10am – 5pm.

2 Dec

Candlelight Tour of 16 New Street
Step back in time and enjoy a mince pie and some spiced cider as costumed actors bring this regency property to life with the spirit of Christmas. The museum shop will be open for gifts. 6 – 8pm, £10 per adult.

3 Dec

A Genuine Jersey Dinner at the Harbour Gallery
Browse craft stalls and enjoy the gallery followed by a meal in the Caleo Café prepared using Genuine Jersey produce. 8pm, The Harbour Gallery. Booking essential. Email: partintheframe@yahoo.co.uk.

4 Dec

Christmas in the Village
Discover the secrets of Christmas past in historic Gorey with walking Guide Sue Hardy. 10.30-1pm. £8 per adult. Email info@jersey.com for more details.

5 Dec

Festivities and Fishermen
Join walking Guide Hugh Gill in exploring the pretty fishing harbour of St Aubin. 10.30-1pm. £8 per adult. Email info@jersey.com for more details.

4 – 7 Dec

‘Lé Marchi Nouormand’
Browse the stalls and enjoy some treats from the wonderful Norman-French market in Weighbridge Place, St Helier.

4 – 7 Dec

Spirit of Christmas Market
Soak up the Christmas atmosphere with street entertainment, music and dancing surrounded by the decorated chalets selling crafts and gifts in Liberation Square, St Helier. Thursday 10am-9pm, Fri & Sat 10am-6pm, Sun 10am-8pm.

4 – 7 Dec

Advent Christmas Market
Take a free historic town tour with one of the Blue Badge Guides and enjoy the festive goodies and tasty treats in Royal Square, St Helier.

5th Dec – 4 JanIce Skating

Ice Rink
Daily from 10am – 9pm at Queen’s Hall Fort Regent.

6 Dec

Father Christmas at 16 New Street
Step back to a Georgian Christmas with traditional decorations, music and cooking as well as Father Christmas in his grotto. £4 per child including a gift. 10am – 5pm.

6 Dec

The Nativity Photo Shoot
Choose from the festive costumes and props and get a professional Christmas photo for free at St Paul’s Church photo booth, 2pm – 4pm.

6 Dec

St Brelade’s Victorian Community Christmas Fayre
Art and craft stalls and traditional Jersey food such as bean crock, cabbage loaf, conger soup and Jersey Wonders will be on offer followed by a candlelit procession and the lighting of the St Aubin Christmas Illuminations. 2pm – 7.30pm, La Place de St Aubin. Free of charge but donations welcome to the 3 St Brelade charities.

6 & 7 Dec

Frozen Christmas Grotto
Join Anna and Elsa at Homefields Farm’s Frozen Grotto. £5 per child, including a gift. For more details contact info@homefieldgrowers.com.

6 – 7 Dec

Christmas Pop-Up Picture House
Christmas films showing from 10am – 4.30pm, free of charge, Liberty Wharf, St Helier.

6 – 7 Dec

Christmas Historic Town Tour
Join one of the free festive themed tours of the town leaving on the hour from Royal Square, St Helier.

6 – 14 DecLa Fête dé Noué Christmas tree

St Peter’s Annual Christmas Tree Festival
St Peter’s Parish Church will be transformed into a winter wonderland with Christmas trees of every shape and size decorated by local schoolchildren, clubs and businesses. Christmas concert at 7.30pm (£5) on 6 Dec and Christingle at 5pm on 14 Dec. Christmas tree festival free.

7 Dec

Festive Foraging
Talk a wild festive foraging walk around the island with Kazz Padidar 10.30am – 1.30pm. Booking essential. Email info@jersey.com.

7 Dec

Crafty Christmas
Make Christmas cards, decorations and gifts at Jersey Museum 10am – 5pm, plus a visit from Father Christmas. Normal admission prices £5 – £9, Jersey Heritage members free.

8 Dec

Christmas Table Decoration Workshop with the National Trust Create a festive centre piece for your Christmas table under the instruction of Jill Green, florist and Chelsea Flower Show Gold Award winner. 7 – 9pm, Room 4, Grève de Lecq Barracks, £35.

9 Dec

Candlelight Tour of 16 New Street
Step back in time and enjoy a mince pie and some spiced cider as costumed actors bring this regency property to life with the spirit of Christmas. The museum shop will be open for gifts. 6 – 8pm, £10 per adult.

10 Dec

A Genuine Jersey Dinner at the Harbour Gallery
Browse craft stalls and enjoy the gallery followed by a meal in the Caleo Café prepared using Genuine Jersey produce. 8pm, The Harbour Gallery. Booking essential. Email: partintheframe@yahoo.co.uk.

11 DecNorman French Market

Joyeux Noël – Le Marchi Nouormand’
Enjoy some delicious produce from Normandy such as crêpes, saucisson and cider in the al fresco market 10am – 8pm, Weighbridge Place, St Helier.

12 Dec

Christmas Crooners
Join the Jazz-All-Stars Band and their cast of west-end singers performing all the Christmas favourites from Nat King Cole, Bing Crosby and Frank Sinatra. 8pm, Jersey Opera House. Tickets £14 – £22.

12 & 13 Dec

Joyeux Noël – Le Marchi Nouormand’
Enjoy some delicious produce from Normandy such as crêpes, saucisson and cider in the al fresco market 10am – 6pm, Weighbridge Place, St Helier.

13 Dec

Optimistic Voices: Christmas Concert
Enjoy a selection of songs from the 20’s through to the 50’s with some Christmassy numbers to add good cheer. 3 part harmonies plus some Lindy Hop. 8pm, Jersey Arts Centre. Tickets £8 – £10.

13 Dec

Christmas Crochet
Make Christmas gifts with sparkling festive yarns at Jersey Arts Centre. 10am – 2.30pm, £25 per adult.

13 Dec

Festive Driftwood
Signs Create your own personalised sign from recycled driftwood. Great for a Christmas present. 10am – 12pm, Jersey Arts Centre. £12. For more detail contact enquiries@artscentre.je.

13 Dec

Father Christmas at 16 New Street
Step back to a Georgian Christmas with traditional decorations, music and cooking as well as Father Christmas in his grotto. £4 per child including a gift. 10am – 5pm.

13 – 14 DecGingerbread Man

Christmas Festivities at the Harbour Gallery
Join Mother Claus and her Christmas Elves for some mulled wine, mince pies and food. Festive stalls and crafts to take part in, children’s activities and live music. 10am – 5.30pm, The Harbour Gallery

14 Dec

Joyeux Noël – Le Marchi Nouormand’
Enjoy some delicious produce from Normandy such as crêpes, saucisson and cider in the al fresco market 10am – 4pm, Weighbridge Place, St Helier.

14 Dec

Jersey Symphony Orchestra Christmas Concert
Join in with the carols and sit back and listen to Rimsky-Korsakov’s Schedherazade, Tchaikovsky’s Sleeping Beauty Waltz, excerpts from Stravinsky’s Firebird, Liadov’s Kikimora and excerpts from Humperdinck’s Hansel & Gretel. Fort Regent 8pm,Tickets £12.50 – £35.

13 & 14 Dec

Frozen Christmas Grotto
Join Anna and Elsa at Homefields Farm’s Frozen Grotto. £5 per child, including a gift. For more details contact info@homefieldgrowers.com.

16 Dec

Candlelight Tour of 16 New Street
Step back in time and enjoy a mince pie and some spiced cider as costumed actors bring this regency property to life with the spirit of Christmas. The museum shop will be open for gifts. 6 – 8pm, £10 per adult.

16 – 17 Dec

Diva Opera: A Merry Little Christmas Diva Opera present a selection of popular arias, songs and Christmas carols accompanied by champagne and salmon sandwiches, all in aid of Durrell Wildlife. 7.30pm Jersey Arts Centre, £38.

18 Dec

Celtic Christmas Fayre
Festive stalls, Irish Dancing, Karaoke and other dancing from The Cannon O’Rafferty School of Irish Dance. 5 – 8pm, Best Western Royal Hotel.

20 DecLa Fête dé Noué Lantern Parade

Festive Driftwood Signs Create your own personalised sign from recycled driftwood. Great for a Christmas present. 10am – 12pm, Jersey Arts Centre. £12. For more detail contact enquiries@artscentre.je.

20 Dec

Father Christmas at 16 New Street
Step back to a Georgian Christmas with traditional decorations, music and cooking as well as Father Christmas in his grotto. £4 per child including a gift. 10am – 5pm.

20 & 21 Dec

Frozen Christmas Grotto
Join Anna and Elsa at Homefields Farm’s Frozen Grotto. £5 per child, including a gift. For more details contact info@homefieldgrowers.com.

29 Dec

Countdown to Christmas Ball 2014
Food, wine and live entertainment at The Royal Yacht Hotel in aid of supporting families with sick children. £70 per head.

31 Dec

New Year’s Eve Special with Jersey Comedy Club
Gala dinner with celebrity comedy entertainment, live band and DJ at The Radisson Blu Waterfront Hotel. £74.99 per adult.

Christmas in the Royal Square, St Helier

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Posted by Christina

Christina's early memories include boarding a plane to visit Kuwait at the age of two and taking big family holidays in Scotland, Cornwall and France. After enjoying time teaching in London and Holland and marrying into a family spread from Ireland to the Channel Islands and America, it is no surprise that along with husband Julian they trekked around the world when three of their five children were small. Christina now runs the family company and writes and helps with the Travelsmith web and social media sites. Email: christinaclark@travelsmith.co.uk

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