Six weeks of festive fun as Croydon’s Christmas is Unwrapped and revealed

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It’s time to tear off the wrapping and reveal this year’s Christmas festivities for Croydon, kicking off the celebrations in style with a series of showcase events to get you in the spirit.

Get yourself ready and save the dates for six weeks of action-packed entertainment, shopping with family, drinks with friends and fun from start to finish as Croydon brings you Christmas Unwrapped full throttle. 

Croydon Business Improvement District (BID) and Centrale Shopping Centre are joining forces to bring you a family-inspired launch night on Thursday 15th November with our special guests from the PJ Masks.  Catboy, Owlette, Gekko, Romeo, Night Ninja and Luna Girl will be appearing during Story Time session, led by a narrator, at intervals throughout the day.  The  show’s stars will also join Croydon’s Young Mayor William Awomoyi who will officially mark the start of the holiday season by turning on our glittering Christmas lights. Come and join us from 4.30pm for an eclectic mix of entertainment in North End, with the big reveal at 6.30pm. 

Exactly one week later, Croydon’s Christmas Market makes its debut in the town centre on Thursday 22nd November with over 32 chalets offering a host of food, drink, arts and crafts. The market will run daily from 10am to 6pm until 9th December, packing North End full of Christmas cheer, festive fun and great shopping. Enjoy some tasty treats, take in a couple of drinks with friends as you watch the world go buy or get down to some serious retail therapy, with the market stalls supplementing the many high street offers, ensuring Croydon covers your every Christmas need. 

The celebrations will see more music, entertainment, dance and theatre bought to the town centre with activity from Croydon BID’s Street Live and Busk Croydon, a Santa’s Grotto, story time sessions from the loveable PJ Masks characters and a full programme at Boxpark, Croydon has so much to choose from this Christmas. 

And that’s not all, on top of all the live entertainment and festive fun on the high street, you also have the chance to WIN a prize every day with Croydon’s Christmas Advent Competition. Starting on 1st December and finishing on 24th December, Croydon BID will be giving you a chance to WIN one of 24 amazing prizes courtesy of the businesses we work with. 

So, if you fancy winning a signed Crystal Palace FC shirt, a £100 hamper from Marks and Spencer, a year’s supply of cookies from Millies, a case of wine from Australian Vintage, dinner for two at The Breakfast Club, wine tasting with Veeno and much, much more, all you have to do is visit and enter online. Croydon’s Christmas Advent Competition is live - so what are you waiting for. You have to be in it, to win it. 

Matthew Sims, Chief Executive of Croydon BID, said: “Christmas Unwrapped in Croydon reveals a wonderfully diverse mix of entertainment, music, great shopping and a truly festive atmosphere for everyone to enjoy. 

“Collectively, Croydon has so much on offer this Christmas from the launch night to our Christmas Market, on street entertainment to the advent competition we hope to bring everyone with us, celebrate Christmas together and have a great time at numerous venues across the town centre throughout November and December.”

To enter Croydon’s Christmas Advent Competition, please visit



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