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Barking Mad about Christmas 2021

Grotto Santa

Saturday 4 December
11am to 5pm
Barking Town Square and Barking Market

This year, Santa is back in Barking to meet all the children at his grotto. As well as Santa, we have live performances on stage with local dance groups and live entertainment including Jordan Smithy, as seen on Little Mix's 'The Search', meet and greet with Paddington the Bear, as well as lighting up Barking with the traditional Christmas tree lights switch on and plenty more great entertainment:

  • Visit Santa's Grotto and receive a FREE present for your child/children
  • Elf hunt
  • Meet and greet with Paddington the Bear
  • Christmas carols and songs
  • Family festive shows
  • Christmas crafts
  • See REAL reindeer
  • Christmas tree lights switch on

Santa's Grotto

This year, we are going on an Elf hunt to help Santa to know what his Elves are up to. Find all the naughty Elves around Barking Town Square and Barking Market and report back to Santa by getting all the stamps at the locations of the Elves. Trade in your report card for your magical pass to visit Santa's Grotto. Complete the Elf hunt for a chance to win a prize in our prize draw.

Barking Mad About Christmas Flyer 2021.pdf

*Terms and conditions apply

Stage Programme Toggle accordion

11am - Welcome

11.05am - Tej and the Dhol drummers

11.15am - Jordan Smithy - as seen on Little Mix’s ‘The Search’

12pm - Katie Guyton Stage School

12.15pm - BDYD

12.20pm - Magic Show with Frostie

1.10pm - Julie-May Jackson

1.40pm - Marsh Green Primary School Choir

1.50pm - Games & Caroleoke

2.05pm - Julie-May Jackson

2.40pm - Christmas Singalong with Frostie

3.15pm - Elevation Performance Academy

3.25pm - Event2Empower

3.45pm - Tej and the Dhol drummers

4.05pm - Lit Youth & Lit Minis

4.20pm - Jordan Smithy

4.40pm - Speeches and Prize Giving

4.50pm - Christmas Tree Lights switch on

Workshops and Meet and Greet Toggle accordion

Festive Workshops

11am to 5pm

Holly Wreath Making with The PartyBox

Tree Hanging Decorating with McLaren

Elf Hat Decorating with BLC Library

Library Theatre Show - 2pm - 3pm

Meet and Greet with Paddington the Bear

11am - Barking Market

11.55am - Town Hall steps

1.40pm - BLC Garden

3.10pm - BLC Garden

4.10pm - Town Hall steps

Entry Conditions Toggle accordion

  • Please adhere to the Covid-19 guidelines
  • No alcohol brought on site
  • No weapons or tools on site
  • No glass on site
  • No unsealed bottles
  • No gazebos and BBQs (folding chairs are permitted)
  • No fireworks, sparklers, pyrotechnics and smoke devices
  • No uncontrolled or dangerous dogs on site
  • No dogs due to the fireworks
  • Do not leave pets in vehicles
  • No drones on site
  • No driving on site unless in the permitted hours with a security escort
  • In permitted hours the speed limit is 5mph with hazard lights on
  • Please keep children with you at all times
  • Searches may be undertaken
  • Official photography and film will be taken please see signage around site

Covid19 Guidance for Visitors Toggle accordion

  • Please do not attend if you have any symptoms of Covid-19 including a new, continuous cough, high temperature, loss or change of taste/smell or if you have contacted by NHS Track and Trace and instructed to self isolate. All on site should not attend if they have symptoms of Covid-19.
  • Tests can be picked up or ordered for free at your local pharmacy or online at www.gov.uk/order-coronavirus-rapid-lateral-flow-tests
  • Everyone working/performing/exhibiting on site on site over the age of 16 years is required to show a negative lateral flow test on site on arrival.
  • Everyone is encouraged to wear masks whilst in confined spaces such as small marquees or when there is close proximity work taking place (less than 1m+).
  • We strongly advise those with health conditions to wear a mask unless exempt and take extra care with social distancing and hygiene protocols.
  • Everyone is welcome to wear a face mask at any time when not required to wear them.
  • Please clean hands regularly at the sanitiser stations. To protect yourself from coronavirus infection, wash hands frequently including forearms where exposed (for at least 20 seconds) or use a hand sanitiser.
  • NHS QR Track and Trace codes will be available at the events. Contact for each group lead are kept on record for Track and Trace.
  • If you feel ill during your on site, please inform the Events Team immediately if you are displaying Covid-19 symptoms and you will be asked to go home. Please share contacts via NHS Test and Trace by calling 119 and follow advice/procedure provided by NHS.
  • If you are unwell and need medical assistance there will be a first aid base on site where you will be able to get first aid and assistance. There will be an ambulance following the parade.
  • Please adhere to good oral hygiene and avoid touching your face, nose, and eyes.
  • Keep your distance from others where possible.