The spirit of Christmas will be in abundance in Thornton Heath this Saturday (Dec 16) with a festive street market, ice rink and Santa’s grotto – offering a great day out for the whole family. 

There will be something for everyone of all ages with stocking fillers aplenty for shoppers at the first CR7 Market organised by the Thornton Heath Community Action Team from 10am to 4pm.

Enjoy tasty hot food and cold food bites while perusing 38 stalls offering a range of unique arts and crafts – and support local traders.

Give your little ones the magic of Christmas with a visit to Santa’s grotto at The Barber Store where each child will receive a special gift made by the elves, wishing dust and a letter from Santa. There will even be a wintery scene with sleigh led by one of Santa’s Reindeers, Rudolph’s wooden understudy – outside the shop. The grotto will be open from 1pm to 4pm.

Warm up with hot drinks along the way and mulled wine served up along with hot Pimms and Egg Nog at the Prince George.

There will be festive music from choir members and parishioners from St Andrew’s Church Brook Road accompanied by members of Croydon Brass band between 1.30 to 2.30 pm around the market.

Spoken word from Well-Versed, dancing from TouchBase Dance and music from students of Harmony Music School at the Salvation Army centre.

Keep warm with more children’s activities in the centre where there will be Christmas arts workshops led by Karen Barnett.

The centre will be packed with information stalls showcasing local groups, clubs and organisations covering sports, dance, spoken word, edible gardening, arts and community activism. Come along and see how you can join and get involved.


Get our skates on and enjoy Thornton heath’s FIRST open-air ice rink from 10am to 4pm.

There will be music while you skate and you can buy hot foo and drinks as well as having your face painted!

Organisers have set up a booking system where you can get these tickets and secure time slots to skate. Tickets cane purchased for £5 for a 30 minute slot from 10-4pm.

The ice ink will close to the public at 4pm but continue for an extra hour until 5pm to give 70 children a free skate.

*At the ice rink Crystal Palace Football Club’s Palace for Life Foundation will also be handing out information and young children will have the opportunity to have a go on the popular Fastest Shot game.