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Christmas 2016 at Foyles

Events preview

FOYLES is celebrating Christmas with festive events galore this winter: from late night shopping to children’s storytelling, crafting and gift-making for all the family.

Events are taking place across London, as well as Foyles branches in Birmingham, Bristol and Chelmsford. The world famous Foyles bookshop on Charing Cross Road will also play host to two flagship seasonal events: Snowball and the Christmas Craft Fair.

Snowball is Foyles’ first ever one-day winter children’s festival. This ticketed event is being held on Saturday, November 26 (9:30am – 5:30pm) on Level 6 at 107 Charing Cross Road.

Families can expect a day jam-packed with arts and crafts, storytelling and author visits – from Matt Haig’s The Girl Who Saved Christmas and queen of historical fiction Emma Carroll talking about her most wintery books, to art activities with children’s authors Jennifer Higgie and Lisa Stickley.

Festive storytelling will also take place at Birmingham and Stratford branches on Saturday, November 26 (11am – 12 noon). Foyles will retell Raymond Briggs’ cherished tale, The Snowman, as well as The Snowman and the Snowdog, appealing to all ages. There will be opportunities to get creative too as visitors can design their very own snowdog and snowflake Christmas decorations.

The Snowman and The Snowman and The Snowdog continue to be celebrated in Bristol, on Sunday, December 4 (2 – 3pm), Chelmsford on Saturday, December 10 (11am – 12 noon) and Charing Cross Road, London on Sunday, December 11 (2 – 4pm).

On these occasions, retellings of the classics stories are accompanied with Gingerbread Snowman decoration… and tasting afterwards. Families can also meet the huggable Snowman at the Southbank Royal Festival Hall earlier the same day (11am – 12 noon), where Snowman stickers and mince pies will be provided.

The launch of the second Foyles’ Craft Fair takes place on Thursday, December 15 (from 5:30pm) where a choir, mulled cider and plenty of mince pies will accompany evening shoppers as they explore the Craft Fair. All weekend long, Friday, December 16 to Sunday, December 18, the opportunity remains to peruse the delectable selection of gifts for loved ones at 107 Charing Cross Road: from hand-made cards to elegant brooches, from deluxe chocolates to ceramic jugs, the festive Craft Fair will feature over 30 exhibitors.

The seasonal activities don’t stop there: free crafting events with MT ‘Washi’ Masking Tape are taking place in Birmingham, on Saturday, December 10 (11am – 12 noon), Bristol, on Saturday, December 3 (11 – 11:30am), Chelmsford, on Sunday, December 4 (2 – 2:30pm) and Stratford on Saturday, November 19 (2 – 3pm).

Using the thin Japanese rice paper, which comes in a multitude of colours and patterns, visitors can create unique and personalised Christmas cards and decorations. All materials will be provided, and there will be complimentary mince pies too.

Megan Brown, National Events Coordinator at Foyles, said:

“This Christmas, Foyles has created magical experiences for our customers, from hands-on craft sessions and gingerbread tasting for the whole family to relaxed shopping evenings complemented with mulled cider. There is something for everyone at Foyles this Christmas.”

Many of the events are free to attend. For more information and to book tickets visit