Christmas jumpers at the ready for Winterville
Christmas jumpers at the ready for Winterville

Part of Victoria Park will this Christmas be transformed into a mini-town with its own ice rink, club nights and enough festive entertainment to make Scrooge himself feel merry.

Winterville takes place from 2–31 December and aims to provide an array of traditional and alternative Christmas fare.

An outdoor ice rink will be joined by a Ferris wheel, horse-drawn carriages, an indoor pub and street food vendors galore including pizzas from Voodoo Ray’s and Dorshi dumplings.

There will also be an hour-long Christmas panto, club nights, comedy, cabaret and live gigs in a wood and mirror panelled Spiegeltent, as well as performances of Magnificent Bastard Productions’ Shit-Faced Shakespeare.

Sundays will be an LGBT takeover day, and a crop of London’s best alternative nightlife and cabaret artists are on the bill, including Jonny Woo, John Sizzle, Ma Butcher’s cult bingo series and a Christmas Extravaganza by the legendary Sink The Pink.

Food and drink are very much on Winterville’s agenda, with a world food street market planned and bespoke bars to serve warming hot cocktails. Meanwhile Winterville’s Produce market offers a chance to buy artisan produce directly from local farmers.

Entry is free to the Winterville ‘town’ with tickets for a select number of attractions going on sale from 30 September (see the Winterville website to purchase tickets).

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