Shopping & Children: Christmas Decorations at the Swedish Fair or make your own workshops

If your christmas decorations are looking a little tired, here are two great ways to restock: buy new ones at the Swedish Church Christmas Fair or take your children and make your own at the Royal Academy or Chelsea Physic Garden.

You won’t find any tinsel at the Swedish Church Christmas Fair, instead they sell traditional decorations made of straw, red felt and glass. You can also find gingerbread dough to make Swedish ginger biscuits (a cheat method that many Swedes use!) and Glögg for traditional mulled wine.

If you’d rather go the homemade way, take your children to the Royal Academy which, as part of their Treasures from Budapest exhibition, is holding a family workshop showing you how to make traditional Hungarian decorations. It’s free and you don’t need to book, just turn up on the day. If you miss it, try the Crafty Christmas workshop at the Chelsea Physic Garden, held on the 21st December, just before Christmas.

Christmas Decorations at the Swedish Church Christmas Fair and Family Workshops at the Royal Academy and the Chelsea Physic Garden
Fair: 11am-8pm, 18th Nov; 11am-6pm, 20th Nov and 12-5pm, 21st Nov; Workshops: 11am-1pm, 5 Dec; 10.30am-12pm or 1-2.30pm, 21st Dec
The Swedish Church, 6 Harcourt Street, W1H 4AG
Where else:
Education Studio, Royal Academy, Burlington House, Piccadilly; Chelsea Physic Garden, 66 Royal Hospital Road, W1J 0BD; SW3 4HS
— Francesca
18th November 2010