Winter festival is here!

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ELEVATE Lambeth schools newsletter

As we draw to the end of 2023, we have been reflecting on the last five years. 

We recently published “Creative Ways We’ve Grown: Lambeth’s Creative and Digital Industries Strategy Five Years On” to highlight the inspirational individuals and institutions who have contributed to the creative growth of the borough since 2018 and begin thinking about how we might move forward with our work.  

As well as highlighting the progress made over the last five years, we also premiered the new ELEVATE promo film. 

We want to thank partners, contributors, collaborators, funders, and champions who have played a pivotal role in the success of Creative and Digital Industries in Lambeth to date, and we invite anyone who wants to join us on our future journey to get in touch.

For more information about ELEVATE and how you can get involved please email 

Read on for some festive activities and opportunities to get involved in this December. 

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Gareth Gardner

Winter Festival at Southbank Centre

Southbank Centre's Winter Festival returns, sprinkling magic across our site. 

Have you spotted the brand-new installation illuminating the windows of the Queen Elizabeth Hall? The Winter Windows have been created by Year 6 students from local school Oasis Academy Johanna (Waterloo) in collaboration with Brixton-based architecture practice Squire and Partners as part of our 2023/24 Winter Light exhibition. For the past six years, Squire and Partners have teamed up with children from Lambeth to design neon lights to be displayed in the windows of their offices at The Department Store in Brixton.

Alongside the winter lights there is spellbinding shows, glorious music and choirs, luminous art, festive family fun and our wondrous Winter Market and pop-ups.

Santa's Christmas Grotto & Market

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Black Santa is in town! Come meet Santa at the Christmas Grotto and visit the Christmas market for some festive cheer on Saturday 16 December. 

Join for a magical, fun-packed 90-minute experience where you can enjoy and shop in our Christmas market, while your children take part in fun festive activities:

Art & Crafts - where they get the opportunity to decorate an edible Christmas treat and make Christmas crafts!

Decorate and take home a gift for a Parent or Carer.

Write a letter to Santa and get a response.


Book a ticket 

Christmas Storytelling with Michael Rosen at the Old Vic

Christmas Storytelling

Much-loved children’s author and poet Michael Rosen returns to The Old Vic  on 16 December to read from some of his own favourites for children aged 6+.

Following the performance, there will be a book sale and signing with Michael in Penny, our café and bar.

This event is suitable for ages 6+ and tickets (adults £15, children £7.50).

Book now 


Christmas Estates Tour

Christmas Estates Tour is back!


25-piece orchestra + special guest singers and rappers

We've got all sorts of banging tunes lined up - spanning from Classical to Rap, Garage to Grime, Christmas music and more. Expect melodies and mash-ups that will keep you grooving all concert long!

This year we're reaching more new communities in Lambeth than ever before, whilst returning to some of our most loved estates for a classic Christmas showcase.

Find out more 


Eco-Friendly Wreath Making Workshop

We welcome you and your family to join us at Brixton House for an enjoyable and festive workshop, “Craft Your Own Eco-Friendly Wreath for Families,” guided by Sunshine International Arts—an award-winning carnival arts organisation based in Brixton. 

Taking place next Saturday 16 December from 10am to 12pm, £6 per family.

Join now