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Dec 8

12 days of community Christmas


Across the country, Locality members are spreading joy by bringing their local communities together with festive activities – from hosting Christmassy concerts, meals, fairs and events, to collecting food and toys for local families in need. Many activities also help raise vital funds for those less well off and for the organisations themselves.

Image: Foxhill Forum’s Community Christmas Get Together

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This December we’ve been celebrating #12DaysofCommunityChristmas by sharing some fantastic activities and events hosted by Locality members. Why not support them this Christmas and beyond by paying them a visit?

Raincliffe Wood Community Enterprise – Christmas Woodland Crafts

This lovely community-managed woodland near Scarborough is providing Christmas crafting fun around a warming log fire. Each session allows visitors to learn new skills and explore this great place, managed by Raincliffe Wood Community Enterprise, who are using a fresh way of working with the local community to create a better environment, provide employment training and create sustainable llong-term management of the woods.

FC United of Manchester – Christmas parties and help for those in need

Fancy a party? Love footie? Community-owned FC United of Manchester is a great venue for a festive night out.  But this is a club with community at it’s heart and so they’re also keen to help those for whom Christmas might otherwise not be much fun. They’re opening the football ground on Christmas Day to provide some Christmas comforts to homeless people in Manchester and, in the build-up to Christmas, will also be collecting food for local food banks and toys for children in local women’s refuges.

Adrenaline Alley – Xmas Allnighter

Feeling adventurous? Ramp up the Christmas fun and work off all that extra food and drink at Adrenaline Alley in Corby. Europe’s largest urban sports venue is a thriving community business providing great priced entrance and learning opportunities for other communities to develop in the same way.

Zest – Christmas Family Fun Day

Lots of members are running great Family Fun Days over the festive period. Zest in Sheffield have a fabulous pool and gym to get you off your sofa, and are hosting a busy family get-together with lots of attractions. Here’s to a happy AND healthy Christmas!

Linskill Centre – Tyneside Ultimate 90s Christmas, featuring 5IVE!


Linskill Centre in North Tyneside have a whole host of things going on over Christmas including a Home Alone quiz and a Christmas bake-off, but, the highlight has got to be the chance to grab your crop tops, chokers and platform boots and hop in a time machine to head back to pop music’s greatest decade! Tyneside Ultimate 90s Christmas includes a live performance from the band 5ive that’s sure to make ‘Everybody Get Up’.

Hulme Community Garden Centre – Christmas trees and Christmas Crafternoons

Got your Christmas tree yet? If not, try to buy from a community seller. Hulme Community Garden Centre in Manchester has a tree-mendous choice to pick from. They’ve held a Winter Fair and have  Christmas Crafternoons on Wednesdays and Sundays in December with the chance to make cone decorations, wooden reindeer or a Christmas wreath. There’s also a lovely community café for a warming hot chocolate and a mince pie.

Stretford Public Hall –  community cinema

Christmas isn’t Christmas without a great film or two – to really get into the Christmas spirit why watch on your own? Stretford Public Hall know all about putting the community at the heart of things  – they’ve raised over £250,000 through a community share issue. Their Christmas Festival had something for everyone, including a chance to eat popcorn and feel festive with friends and family at a special Christmas showing of “Up on the Woof Top” at their community cinema.

Friends of Cotteridge Park – Christmas Carols

At Christmas, what’s better than getting together with friends and family for a festive sing-song? Friends of Cotteridge Park in Birmingham are offering the chance to add a bonfire and marshmallows to the magical mix and have also produced a great screen printed Christmas card – a lovely way to raise funds.

Stockwell Partnership – Festive Fun Day

He’s behind you! Fancy a pop-up Pantomime? Stockwell Partnership is helping to create ‘A Whole New World’ with a community production of Aladdin as part of a day of fun for all the family. No booing or hissing, just a cheer for this fantastic organisation bringing festive fun to this South London estate (oh yes they are ..!).

Community Base – Affordable Christmas Craft Fair

Still got Christmas shopping to do? Look out for presents that support your community. Events like Community Base’s Affordable Christmas Craft Fair provide opportunities to pick up last minute Christmas gifts whilst supporting local craftspeople and make sure your money is reinvested in a way that provides help long after Christmas is over.

Chaos Group UK – Christmas Fayre

Feeling hungry? Seek out Christmas Dinner at a community café like CHAOS café in Cornwall. Their extra special festive Taste and Discover celebration features a seasonal three course Christmas menu, a well stocked bar and relaxed atmosphere – what’s not to like? Tuck in and know you’re helping others too.

St Luke’s Community Centre – Christmas day lunch

Everyone deserves to pull a cracker on Christmas Day. Lots of members work tirelessly to make sure those who might otherwise be lonely get the chance to join in the festive cheer. St Luke’s in London provide gifts as well as great food and companionship – the true spirit of Christmas!

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