Join the festive fun in Chelsea with the Christmas lights switch-on, Santa’s Grotto and shopping event. 


The magic begins on Saturday November 23, with the switch-on of the Christmas lights.

Father Christmas will be doing the honours at 5 pm in Sloane Square, with festive entertainment kicking off from 2 pm.

Browse the special market stalls in the square while listening to music from The Salvation Army Band, Westminster Children’s Choir, Sloane Square Choral Society and the Chelsea Pensioners.

Also not to be missed are the reindeer, sparkling ballerinas, stilt walkers and Father Christmas’ procession in horse and carriage.


Chelsea’s Christmas shopping event

Next up is the spectacular annual Christmas Shopping event on Saturday December 7.

More than 80 retailers and restaurants will add to the enchanting atmosphere with special treats and offers in-store.

Shoppers can also enjoy music from local choirs and an operatic snow queen. There will be complimentary horse and carriage rides, a festive food market and wreath making from Chelsea Physic Garden.


Pop into Duke of York Square to snap a seasonal shot of the glittery 35 foot Christmas tree, decorated by florist Maison de Fleurs. Look out for loved ones under the ‘mistletoe tunnel’ in the arcade entrance.

Helpful elves will be around to guide visitors through the full festivities on offer throughout the day on December 7.


The turning on of the Christmas lights also heralds the opening of the Chelsea Christmas Grotto, put on by the famed children’s entertainers Sharky & George and Cadogan.

The grotto on Pavilion Road will offer an hour-long winter wonderland experience. Tickets cost £27.50 from  An optional donation of £1 goes towards local charity the Kensington & Chelsea Foundation.


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You can also follow: @SloaneStreetSW1, @DukeofYorkSquare, @PavilionRoad, @KingsRoad.London and #ChelseaChristmas on Instagram.


This article was published originally in Sloane Square magazine.

Find other Christmas stories in the Food & Drink section of our website.

You may like to read Christmas Gingerbread in which Apollonia Poilâne talks about her famous bakery’s unique recipe.

Or try A Mayfair Christmas about stylish offerings ranging from festive afternoon tea with champagne, a jazz brunch or vodka cocktails. 

The second picture is from the Chelsea Physic Garden.