Get a head start on your Christmas shopping with a visit to The Lightbox’s popular annual Christmas Fair, taking place on Sat 30 November and Sun 1 December 2019. Come along and find that extra special gift you won’t find anywhere else. Enjoy browsing the stalls featuring local artists and creators including illustrations by local artist Jed Tune, jewellery designs from Marissa Fernandes and cosy knits by Natalie Collyer. 

At the Fair Maybury School will be singing Christmas carols and tunes on the Saturday and the wonderful Wey Community Gospel Choir will be performing on the Sunday, filling The Lightbox with Christmas classics while you shop. Book now for a Christmas Wreath-Decorating workshop with florists Poppies & Peonies on the Saturday 30 November at 12.00pm and 3.00pm and make a bespoke festive decoration to take home. Christmas shopping undoubtedly works up an appetite and Seasons Café will be on hand at the Fair and over the Christmas season with traditional mulled wine and hot Christmas mince pies to spread some festive cheer. The Christmas Fair takes place during standard opening hours and general entry to the Fair is free. Wreath workshops are payable and require advance booking. 

If you love food and have an artistic flair, why not learn to decorate your own gingerbread house? Our Winter Wonderland Gingerbread House adult workshop with Jacqui Kelly is on Sat 14 December from 10.30am. She will teach you all the decorating tips and techniques to enable you to take this family favourite to the next level over the holidays. Pre-booking required. 

While the kids are off school and you’re looking for ways to keep them entertained even after Santa has been – The Lightbox has got you covered! Pop into a free drop-in workshop to create a New Year’s Eve Countdown Clock on Fri 27 December or a Baby Snow Owl using card, paper and other recyclable materials on Fri 3 January 2020. Drop in anytime from 1.30pm – 4.00pm. 

On a cold winter’s day come inside and warm up by exploring our award-winning art galleries which have on show Burning Bright: The Scottish Colourists in the Main Gallery and The Outside and The Inside exhibition in the Upper Gallery. Heritage fans can discover the fascinating story of Woking in our free local history museum, Woking’s Story, which has interactive exhibits and children’s trails. 

There’s no better place to browse for your Christmas gifts than The Lightbox Shop which has a wide selection of designer-maker gifts that will suit all the family. Every purchase from the Shop supports The Lightbox charity, as well as the independent small business suppliers that stock its shelves with their crafts and creations. Alternatively why not give the gift of art this Christmas and buy a Lightbox Membership which gives you free access to all exhibitions for a whole year as well as a range of other benefits like discounts in the Shop, Café and across the programme. 

Looking for an extra special Christmas party venue? Overlooking the Basingstoke Canal, The Lightbox is a stunning location to host a party or event. The light, airy and contemporary design and Modern British art lining the walls makes The Lightbox an unforgettable setting and quality catering and bespoke packages can be arranged to suit all budgets. For more information about all of the activities taking place over the festive period at The Lightbox please visit thelightbox.org.uk