1 Event. Festival of Chichester Festive Jazz Cafe. A special seasonal treat of words, music and complimentary mince pies is heading Chichester’s way when the Festive Jazz Café takes off in the atmospheric setting of historic St John’s Chapel, St John’s Street, on December 11. The event starts at 7.30pm. Tickets at £12 are at The Novium/TIC, Tower Street, Chichester, PO19 1QH, call 01243 816525 or visit: chichesterboxoffice.ticketsolve.com
2 Event. Christmas Tea Party. Hosted by Pagham & District Residents’ Association, at Pagham Village Hall, PO21 4NJ, on December 15, from 3pm – 5pm. All welcome to join an afternoon of carols and seasonal songs, light-hearted entertainment and a festive tea. Cost £5 per person with entry by ticket only, bought in advance from Rita on 01243-262814.
3 Event. Christmas Festival Weekend. St. Anne’s Church, East Wittering. The Christmas Tree Festival and other activities in the church is from 10am-4.30pm on both December 6 and 7 and from 11.30am-3pm on December 8. Call my Bluff tasting quiz is on December 6, 7pm, with tickets costing £10, including drinks. The Christmas fair is from 10am in the village hall on December 7 and Sunday will see the Christingle and toy service at 6pm. The Salvation Army band will be playing favourite carols. Families are asked to bring a new unwrapped toy as a gift for children whose families are in need. Collection for the Children’s Society.
4 Music. Winter Wonderland. Edwin James Festival Choir will celebrate Christmas with a magical Disney-themed choir concert in aid of its chosen charities, including Turning Tides, at St James Church, East Ham Road, Littlehampton BN17 7AN, on December 13. Doors open at 6.45pm with the performance at 7.30pm. At the same venue, the following afternoon, December 14, the programme will be repeated with the proceeds going to the choir’s music fund. That show starts at 3pm. Tickets for both are £10 for adults and £4 for children, and are available in advance by calling 01243 582330.
5 Event. Meet Green Father Christmas. This December, Weald and Downland Living Museum is welcoming a very special guest – Green Father Christmas (Old Winter). Booking in advance is essential. Visit the website of the Singleton museum for dates, between December 7 and 23, and more information: wealddown.co.uk
6 Event. Christmas Fayre. An inspirational event to soothe, cleanse and inspire your mind, body and spirit is offered at Serenity Fayres Grand Christmas Fayre, working in partnership with Cancerwise. In three rooms throughout Felpham Leisure Centre, there will be a wide range of choices for pampering and holistic therapies and stalls to buy gifts for loved ones. Entry is £1 for adults, free for under-16s, which will be donated to Cancerwise, between noon and 5pm, on December 8.
7 Music. Annual Christmas Concert. Chichester City Band, conducted by Rom Stanko, present festive music, carols and much more at St Paul’s Church,Churchside, Chichester PO19 6FT, starting at 7.30pm, on December 7. Tickets: £9, including free entry for one child under 14, will be at the door or online at: eventbrite.co.uk
8 Event. Woman Up Fest. WUF is a body confidence and dance workshop where organisers help their sisters feel as sassy as they can be. Dance experience is not essential. Wear comfortable clothing that you feel confident in, including heels if you wish. Book tickets at £15 at: eventbrite.com for the fest at Felpham Community Hall, Meaden Way, Bognor Regis PO22 8FA on December 14, 1pm-3pm.
9 Theatre. The Wizard of Oz. Frank Baum’s classic novel features all the beloved songs from the 1939 classic film. Lucy Betts the reins again for another stunning festive production from the remarkable Chichester Festival Youth Theatre. Performances are from December 14-29. For details and tickets, visit: cft.org.uk or call 01243 781312.
10 Music. Carols & Songs. On December 14, keen singer David Bathurst will attempt to sing, from memory, 120 seasonal carols and songs in St George’s Church, Eastergate PO20 3UT, starting at 9am and ending at 4.30pm. There will be a retiring collection, in aid of Stonepillow, which supports homeless people in the Chichester and Bognor Regis area.
11 Music. Fara. Award-winning Orcadian quartet on their second Christmas tour, which combines their own music with some of the more famous Christmas carols, are performing at Chidham Village Hall on December 12. Fara take to the stage at 7.30pm and £15 tickets are available from Bookends, High Street, Emsworth, and online at: wegottickets.com
12 Music. Northern Soul & Motown. If black American music of the 1960s and 1970s takes you back to another era, you can enjoy regular monthly sessions of this genre at Arundel Football Club’s pavilion. The next gig at the Mill Road BN18 9PA venue, is on December 14. You can dance the night away to these iconic sounds from 8pm to midnight. Entry on the door is £4
13 Event. Pallant House Gallery Christmas. Visitors will find part of the 18th century townhouse in central Chichester transformed into a festive bakery. The only difference is that every cake, mince pie and gingerbread man has been knitted or crocheted by textile artist Kate Jenkins. The installation will be in place until January 5. During December, goodie bags full of activities will be available for children who can follow a trail around the gallery.
14 Music. 60 Minutes of Classical Music. The monthly night at the Alexandra Theatre, Belmont Street, Bognor Regis PO21 1BL features famous opera extracts and overtures to include works by Mozart, Rossini, Bizet, Strauss, Verdi and Saint-Saens. Presented by Roger Clayden and conducted by Mark FitzGerald, on December 7, at 7.30pm, Jonathan Strange leads the professional string orchestra. Tickets online at: regiscentre.co.uk or 60minutesofclassicalmusic.co.uk. Adults £12.50, students and children £6.50.
15 Music. Christmas flutes concert. Chichester Flute Choir, formed by music teacher Julie Twite in 2016, will be performing at St George’s Church, Cleveland Road, Chichester, at 3pm on December 8. Julie said: “We hope to perform something for everyone, from well-known favourites including Sleigh Ride and the Nutcracker Suite to popular modern music such as A Fairytale of New York.” Tickets for the concert are £5, under-16s are free.
16 Theatre. Cinderella. This year’s all-star cast at Worthing’s Pavilion Theatre in Marine Parade features Strictly Come Dancing’s Ian Waite, making his pantomime debut, as Dandini, the Prince’s cheeky but charming aide-de-campe. Ian will star alongside children’s TV presenter and CBBC favourite Naomi Wilkinson, in the title role as Cinderella, with boy band A1’s Mark Read returning as Prince Charming. Cinderella continues until January 5, 2020. For full details, visit: worthingtheatres.co.uk or call 01903 206206
17 Music. Advent Inspirations. Chichester Chorale’s concert is inspired by the ‘O’ Advent Antiphons. The plainsong antiphons and improvisations, performed by Master of Music at Westminster Cathedral Martin Baker, are interspersed with music by William Byrd, Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina, Robert Ramsey, James MacMillan, Benjamin Britten, Josef Rheinberger, and John Tavener. Tickets for the 7.30pm concert on December 7 are £15. Visit: chichesterchorale.com, or buy on the door.
18 Theatre. Aladdin. Starring Boyzone’s Shane Lynch, Phats & Small’s Ben Ofoedu, The Voice star Lucy Kane, and Portsmouth’s favourite Dame, Jack Edwards, Aladdin at the Kings Theatre is guaranteed to be packed full of all the traditional panto ingredients plus a few modern surprises. Aladdin runs from December 11 to January 5. A free park and ride service will operate from car parks near Clarence Pier on the seafront. For details and bookings, visit: kingsportsmouth.co.uk or call 023 9282 8282.
19 Music. Winter Warmer. Grayshott Folk Club’s Christmas special features Vicki Swan and Jonny Dyer with Rosewood as support at Grayshott Village Hall, Headley Road, Grayshott, near Hindhead, Surrey GU26 6TZ on December 13. The party starts at 7.30pm with audience members sitting around large tables and invited to bring their own food, with crackers and mince pies provided. Tickets are £14 from organiser Des O’Byrne on 01428 607096.
20 Music. Pub and club gigs. December 13 – Amy Skippings, The Fishermans Joy, Selsey, 9pm; December 14 – Andy Osman, Nelsons, Southsea, 9.15pm. Open mike, December 8, The Claremont, Bognor Regis, 8pm; December 11, The Hothampton, 8.45pm; December 12, The Seal, Selsey, 9pm.