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Christmas Carol Concert - Horniman Museum

Event preview

A CHRISTMAS Carol Concert is being held at the Horniman Museum on Sunday, December 13, 2009.

The free event opens in the Horniman Gardens from 3pm with a Santa’s Grotto, a Festive Market and refreshments, while the concert itself takes place between 5pm and 6pm. Leading the carols will be the Crystal Palace Band and the English Baroque Choir.

The evening has been generously supported by Energie Fitness, the new gym in the heart of Forest Hill.

This year the Friends of the Horniman have chosen to raise money for the redevelopment of the Horniman Gardens. This project is part of Evolution 2010, a wider scheme to redevelop all of the spaces devoted to the natural world at the Horniman.

It will harness the Gardens’ potential to teach us about the natural world, with a planned learning and community base, new planting schemes and enhanced interpretation giving insights into the flora and fauna of London and beyond.

The project will restore historic features like the bandstand and sunken gardens, and improve access and facilities, to ensure that the Gardens flourish as a place of “recreation, instruction and enjoyment” for another century.

Other activities in December include Christmas Cracker Art and Craft sessions which take place on Saturday, December 5 and Saturday, December 12 from 1.30pm to 2.15pm and from 2.45pm to 3.30pm.

Admission is free and tickets are available half an hour before each session from the Information Desk.

Also on Saturday, December 5 (at 11.45am, 1.30pm and 3pm), the Horniman is bringing back an old favourite, the Christmas Science Show, an interactive family show that investigates the seasonal science behind Christmas. Admission is free.

NB: The Gardens are open every day except Christmas Day, while the museum remains open every day except Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and Boxing Day.