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Friday 1st December 2017

THE ADULT PANTO: Sinbad the Seaman

Location:
The Market Theatre, Sun Street
Starts:
Various times
Ends:
It's that time of year again! Oh yes it is! When you visit the Market Theatre to get your annual dose innuendo, slick comedy, awful jokes, cringing confusion and heaps of laughter. Visit the website for times and tickets!
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Saturday 2nd December 2017

HITCHIN ART CLUB ANNUAL EXHIBITION 2017

Location:
Quaker Meeting House, Paynes Park
Starts:
10.30am
Ends:
4.30pm
OPENS Saturday 2nd December til Sunday 10th December. 10.30 am - 4.30pm daily Sunday 1.30- 4.30pm Not open 6/7 December. Free entry ,all welcome to view. Ideal for Christmas presents! Exhibition runs until Sunday 10 December. Please not not open on 6/7 December.
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Saturday 2nd December 2017

NHDC COUNCILLORS SURGERY

Location:
Market Place
Starts:
10.30am
Ends:
12 noon
A chance to express your views, comments and suggestions this Saturday at the Councillors Surgery on the Market Place. Take place on the first Saturday every month.
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Saturday 2nd December 2017

GRAVELEY PRESCHOOL CHRISTMAS FAIR

Location:
Graveley Village Hall
Starts:
11am
Ends:
2pm
A chance to get those Christmas stocking fillers and presents! Browse the gift stalls, visit Father Christmas, enjoy refreshments.
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Saturday 2nd December 2017

NATIVITY CRIB FESTIVAL

Location:
St Ippolyts Church
Starts:
11am
Ends:
5pm
ALSO SUNDAY 3 DECEMBER This wonderful Nativity Crib Festival is now in it's 10th Year ! Marking the start of the festive season, the church will be filled with crib sets (over 150 last year) and the variety is truly astounding. Big and small, old family treasures and newly bought or even home made, they come from all over the world, well almost, and are made from everything from wood to newspaper, metal to glass and from banana leaves to citrus peel (yes really!) Tea and delicious cakes are available and a chance to win your own crib. Entry £2.50, children free. For more information contact Barbara Thomas Barbara.thomas@live.co.uk
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Saturday 2nd December 2017

CHRISTMAS FAYRE

Location:
Ickleford School
Starts:
11am
Ends:
2.30pm
A traditional Christmas event and fun for all the family with lots to see and do ... crafts, gifts for all, games home backing, floral decorations and much more. Enjoy delicious homemade soup and crusty bread, hot dogs, mulled wine and mince pies ! Admission is free.
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Saturday 2nd December 2017

Highbury & Whitehill Schools CHRISTMAS FAIR

Location:
Highbury Infant School, Standhill Road
Starts:
11am
Ends:
3pm
Free admission to this Christmas fair with children's games and crafts, external stall holders plus Snow Globe bouncy castle, prizes to be won and tasty refreshments.
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Saturday 2nd December 2017

ADVENT CONCERT

Location:
St Peter's Church, Arlesey
Starts:
7pm
Ends:
Performed by the Vivace Choir and string ensemble. £10, students & teens £8 under 13's free.
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Saturday 2nd December 2017

CELTIC KRYSTAL

Location:
Ickleford Sports & Recreation Club
Starts:
Doors open 7pm
Ends:
Celtic Krystal get their 'Festive Folk Craic-kers' off to a start at The Ickleford Sports and Social Club on Saturday 2nd December 2017. Doors open 7pm and the entertainment starts at 8.30pm until late. An open night at the club with free admission and a night of festive folk promised from Celtic Krystal. Robin Campbell and Krystal Woodbridge are joined by Duncan Ivory on Bass and Dicky Deegan on Uilleann Pipes and whistles. A Craic-ker of a Night!
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Tuesday 5th December 2017

HITCHIN LIGHT ORCHESTRA BIG CHRISTMAS PARTY

Location:
Hitchin Town Hall, Brand Street
Starts:
Doors 7.30pm
Ends:
Swinging to Christmas with this annual celebration from Hitchin Light Orchestra. £10 admission in advance from Chris Pyne 01462 431206 or email: chris@pink-champagne.co.uk
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Friday 8th December 2017

THE CORNSHED SISTERS

Location:
Bogarts @ The George, Bucklersbury
Starts:
8pm
Ends:
The Cornshed Sisters are Jennie Brewis, Cath Stephens, Liz Corney and Marie Nixon; four singer-songwriters based in Tyne and Wear, who weave together pop, folk, ballad and protest music into a unique and distinctive style. Plus support from The Metatrons and Aloha Dead. 5 via the website. www.thecornsisters.com
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Friday 8th December 2017

LASTMINUTECOMEDY CLUB

Location:
Woodside Hall
Starts:
8.30pm
Ends:
Join MC Paul B Edwards and guests ! Tickets in advance £9 from Hitchin Initiative, 1A Churchyard, 01462 453335 or on the door £10, members £8.
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Friday 8th December 2017

Hitchin Films: MY LIFE AS A COURGETTE (PG)

Location:
Richard Whitmore Studio, QMT Walsworth Road
Starts:
Doors 7.30pm, Film 8pm
Ends:
Animation; Claude Barras, 2016, Switzerland and France A young boy arrives at a foster home after his mother;s death and meets other troubled children and carers. But this is not a miserable film; it is a level headed representation of the ups and downs of childhood and recovery through companionship and understanding. The stop motion animation if visually stunning too. Oscar for best animated film 2017 (with English subtitles, 66 minutes) Tickets: £5 In advance online or on the door.
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Friday 8th December 2017

A CHRISTMAS CAROL

Location:
Queen Mother Theatre, Walsworth Road
Starts:
Various times
Ends:
RUNS DECEMBER 8-10 and 15-17 From the book by Charles Dickens - A Christmas Carol is a breathless and exciting journey through the darkest night of Scrooge's life and its brightest dawn - Christmas Day. £12, concessions £11 or visit the website.
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Friday 8th December 2017

VICTORIAN CHRISTMAS FAIR

Location:
Hitchin British Schools Museum
Starts:
4.30pm
Ends:
7.30pm
ALSO SATURDAY 09 DECEMBER - 10am to 2pm Experience a Victorian Christmas in the Headmaster's House plus craft stalls, food and drink and prizes to be won.
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Saturday 9th December 2017

DICK WHITTINGTON - The Children's Christmas Show

Location:
The Market Theatre, Sun Street
Starts:
See website
Ends:
This year's Christmas play is a re-working of the legendary tale of Dick Whittington. We accompany Dick on his journey to London to make his fortune and to eventually become Lord Mayor of London. But there are obstacles in his way and only with the help of the audience does he stand any chance of succeeding. Aimed specifically at 4 to 9 year olds but great fun for children of all ages. See website for dates and times. All tickets £10.
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Saturday 9th December 2017

THE HITCHIN CHRISTMAS TREE FESTIVAL 2017

Location:
Holy Saviour Church, Radcliffe Road
Starts:
12 noon
Ends:
6pm
2017 is the 21st year with 50 trees, mostly Nordman fir, arranged on top of the nave pews or tables in this attractive, modestly sized Victorian church plus decorated trees outside the porch to catch your eye as you approach. Saturday morning there is a session for disabled visitors and their carers to enjoy the trees and Festival Cafe without feeling crowded. At noon there is 10 minutes entertainment: typically a school choir on Saturday and a quick taste of the local seasonal play on Sunday. Visitors enjoy voting for their favourite tree, and judges award certificates for best decorated trees in various categories. Live music is provided throughout by the church's choirs and talented local musicians. Excellent and reasonably priced hot and cold refreshments are available in the hall's 'Festival Cafe'. 6pm Sunday closure is followed by a simple Carol Service during which the voting and judges results are announced. Admission £4 accompanied children free.
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Saturday 9th December 2017

BIG WEEKEND !

Location:
Market Place
Starts:
10am
Ends:
4pm
Get into the Christmas spirit at this North Pole event featuring Giant Snow Globe, Santa Express Land Train, Reindeer procession with Father Christmas as 12.30pm and visit Santa's Grotto.
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Sunday 10th December 2017

SUNDAY DANCING

Location:
Hitchin Town Hall, Brand Street
Starts:
7pm
Ends:
10pm
A chance to practice your ballroom, Latin and Sequence. Entry 7 per person no booking required. Final date for 2017 - 10th December. Call Janice 01462 628247 for more details.
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Tuesday 12th December 2017

Diddy Movies: ELF (PG, 2003)

Location:
Hitchin Town Hall, Brand Street
Starts:
11am
Ends:
1pm
Soft play cinema sessions are a relaxed way to enjoy these movies. Perfect for mums, dads, carers and family members to soak up some cinema in a safe environment but allows mini wanderers the chance to roam and play without the fear of being 'shushed'. All cinema-goers are encouraged to bring their own picnic and/or snacks and hot drinks for the adults keep flowing. Early bird special for adults £5. Adult: £8 Children: £5 Under 18 months FREE
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Thursday 14th December 2017

CHRISTMAS AT WOODSIDE

Location:
Woodside Hall, Walsworth Road
Starts:
7.45pm
Ends:
RUNS TILL SATURDAY 14 DECEMBER Carols ? Christmas music ? Readings ? Mulled wine? Mince pies ? Festive cheer ? Join Hitchin Thespians in a musical celebration of Christmas at this ever popular festive musical celebration. £10 Box Office: 01462 641575 Email: boxoffice@hitchinthespians.org.uk
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Thursday 14th December 2017

LIGHT UP YOUR CHRISTMAS

Location:
Hitchin Boys School Sports Centre, Grammar School Walk
Starts:
6.30pm
Ends:
You are warmly invited to join HBS for a festive evening of fun and fundraising in support of North Herts Air Ambulance. With carols, food, festive stalls !
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Saturday 16th December 2017

GLITTER MAYHEM CHRISTMAS FAMILY RAVE

Location:
Hitchin Town Hall, Brand Street
Starts:
1pm
Ends:
3pm
Get into the festive spirit with this glitter Mayhem family rave. Live DJs play a soundtrack of classic house music, pitched perfectly to ensure it's the parents as well as the children that won't want to leave the dance floor. Vibrant oversized inflatables, sensory lighting, glow sticks, whistles, neon face paints, Body and face Glitter to add to the magic and authentic 'old skool' vibe. Ideal for 2 to 8 year old mini-ravers, younger or older siblings are welcome. On the door: Adults £10, Kids £7 and Under 18 months FREE
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Saturday 16th December 2017

SUPER CRAZY ILL

Location:
Gatefold Record Lounge, Hermitage Road
Starts:
7pm
Ends:
11pm
Welcome to SUPER CRAZY ILL's first ever night - 4 hours consisting of absolute belters! Our resident DJ's, Smart Aleck & Rob from S*M*A*S*H, will be taking you through a well chosen record selection of HIP HOP, JAZZ, FUNK and SOUL. Join us in celebrating the birth of this new night. In memory of the late Charles Bradley, we will be hosting a raffle for a copy of 'NO TIME FOR DREAMING' on vinyl. Tickets £1 and all ticket proceeds will go towards Cancer Research. Good music and alcohol served all night! Over 18's only FREE ENTRY
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Saturday 16th December 2017

CHRISTMAS CONCERT

Location:
St Mary's Church, Churchyard
Starts:
7.30pm
Ends:
Join North Herts Guild of Singers for an evening of Carols for Audience and Choir ! £12 and £8 FTE available from Hitchin Initiative, 1A Churchyard or online.
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Saturday 16th December 2017

CHRISTMAS BRASS

Location:
Christchurch, Bedford Road
Starts:
7.30pm
Ends:
Enjoy a wonderful evening of Christmas music with Hitchin Band, Hitchin Youth Band and Hitchin Community Brass. Tickets from Hitchin Initiative, 1A Churchyard Adults: £6, concessions £5, children under 16 free or online.
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Thursday 21st December 2017

FESTIVE FOLK CRAIC-KERS!

Location:
The Victoria, Ickleford Road
Starts:
8pm
Ends:
Hitchin based Celtic Krystal are looking forward to pulling a few 'Festive Folk Craic-kers in December following the autumn release of their new CD album 'The Silver Darlings' featuring 12 traditional tracks of Celtic folk songs and fiddle tunes. The title comes from the Ewan MacColl song 'The Shoals of Herring' which he wrote for the BBC Radio Ballads programme 'Singing the Fishing' in 1960. Other traditional folk favourites on the CD are Fiddler's Green, Caledonia, Fields of Athenry and Wild Mountain Thyme. The final Craic-ker being pulled on Saturday 23rd December at The Old George in Ickleford. Cosy nights round log fires, some good wine, beer, good company and the musical vibe is our sort of Festive Folk Craic-ker! CD available from Hitchin Information, 1A Churchyard £10.
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Friday 22nd December 2017

CHRISTMAS GROTTO EXPERIENCE

Location:
The Secret Garden, 10 Sun Street
Starts:
Various times
Ends:
ALSO SATURDAY 23 DECEMBER Visit the Secret Garden this December for a magical Christmas experience. Three sessions each day on Friday and Saturday. Book online via the website or in person from The Secret Garden.
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