Christmas In The Quarter
Christmas Lights Discovery Guide
Explore the installations at your own leisure with our fabulous discovery guide that delves further into the inspiration behind each piece and find out more about the characters that once inhabited the Quarter. Download the mobile friendly guide here.
Marylebone Winter Garden - Portman Square
Wednesday 1 December to Friday 3 December 12.00 - 20.00
This Christmas will see Portman Square Garden transformed in to a magical Winter Garden from Wednesday 1 December until Friday 3 December, from 12.00 until 20.00 each day.
We’ll have drinks from Philglas & Swiggot and winter warmers from Chiltern Street Deli, sweet treats from Daisy Green and a taste of India from Zayna. Browse a curated selection of Christmas gifts and wares from our area’s independent retailers, including Dashing Tweeds, The Japanese Home, Fratelli Greci, Grey Flannel and William Crabtree & Sons. Akila Cupcakes will be selling the perfect tasting and decorated sweet treats too, and a joint stall by Laurie and Gemma Bolger who run BakerStreetQ’s creative writing and yoga workshops will be offering up personalised Christmas cards with biodegradable glitter, macramé yoga straps and more.
In the evenings the garden will have festive performances from gospel choirs, to instrumental brass band performances, carols and joyful Christmas songs to ensure the spirit of Christmas is felt by all. You can enjoy concerts each day from 16.00.
Bring a group of your friends or colleagues to one of our special masterclasses which include :
Eco Christmas Cracker Making 12.30 – 14.30 Wednesday 1 December £10 per person
Festive Wreath Making 16.30 – 17.30 and 18.30 – 19.30 Wednesday 1 December £3o per person
Recycled Paper Christmas Decoration Making 12.30 – 13.30 and 16.30 – 17.30 Thursday 2 December £5 per person
Festive Poem Card Making 18.00 – 19.00 Thursday 2 December £5 per person
Three Colour Garlands and Textile Tree Making – 12.30 – 13.30, 16.30 – 17.30 and 18.30 – 19.30 Friday 3 December £5 per person
Christmas Cookie Decorating – 15.00 – 16.00 Friday 4 December £5 per person
All ticket costs will be donated to Marylebone Food Cycle, a local charity that focuses on making food poverty, loneliness and food waste a thing of the past for every community.
The Marylebone Winter Garden in partnership Portman Marylebone and Baker Street Quarter Partnership offers an opportunity to re-connect with friends, family and colleagues to celebrate the festive season. Free entry and open to all.
Enter Our Christmas Raffle
Every year we host a Christmas charity raffle which is a popular event on the Quarter’s calendar, and this year we are hosting this event in person. You can buy a raffle ticket at our market at 55 Baker Street on 25 November, at Marylebone Winter Garden on 1 and 2 December or send us an email firstname.lastname@example.org and we can arrange a purchase with you. Tickets will be £5 and all proceeds will go to Marylebone FoodCycle.
This year raffle prizes have been donated by Hyatt Regency London – The Churchill, Nobu Hotel London Portman Square, Home House, Chiltern Firehouse, Holmes Hotel, Knight Frank, Chiltern Street Deli, Aspect Capital and Portman Marylebone. Find the full list of prizes, along with terms and conditions, here.
Shopping and Eating
While you follow our trail of lights, don’t forget to sample some of the delights of the Quarter while you wander. Whether you’re looking for a cosy pub dinner, craft cocktails or stylish gifts from the Quarter’s unique range of independent retailers, Marylebone has something for everyone. Download our Christmas Lights Discovery Guide for a few tips, or browse our Directory for even more inspiration.
You can even bag some fantastic, exclusive deals on our Baker Street Regulars scheme too.
Christmas Lights Guided Walk
Thursday 2 December 18.00 - 19.00 - FULLY BOOKED
Explore our four site-specific light installations with this guided tour. Each of the innovative installations tells a story, inspired by people and places of the Quarter, which includes the famous ‘Baker Street Bazaar’ attraction, iconic ‘Marylebone Pleasure Garden’, Lady Montagu’s ‘Blue Stocking Parties’ and of course the most well-known name in the area, Sherlock Holmes. Make an evening out of it and shop in the beautiful streets of Marylebone and enjoy a warm drink in one of the Quarter’s many exceptional cafes, restaurants and hotels. With Blue Badge Guide Mark Conroy.
Make Your Christmas Party One To Remember
We’re fortunate to have some of the city’s most covetable Christmas party venues right here in the Quarter. After missing out on celebrations last year, make 2021 count and book a party that your colleagues and friends won’t forget. Whether you’re looking for a more intimate celebration or a spectacular festive feast, find a list of the Quarter’s Christmas party venues here.
Chiltern Street Christmas Shopping Evenings
Wednesday evenings, 24 November - 22 December
Picturesque Chiltern Street will be hosting a series of shopping evenings every Wednesday from 24 November to 22 December. The independent retailers lining this iconic street will be extending their opening hours until 7pm, with in-store exclusives and experiences. You’re sure to find the perfect gift for everyone on your list.
Make Someone's Christmas With Our Smarter Giving Donation Drives
Want to make a real difference to local people and families this Christmas? We are looking for businesses to host collection boxes for our annual Christmas charity drives. These include a Toy Drive for local charity nurseries, family food hampers and presents for the elderly.
Many of you have taken part in our various Christmas drives over the years, with incredible generosity. Whether you are a returning supporter or looking for a Christmas charity initiative to engage your colleagues, here are a few ways that you can get involved:
- Toy Drives for local charity nurseries – collect new toys to help us make sure all children get a present at Christmas.
- Family Food Hampers – donate food items to help feed local families in need.
- Presents for the elderly – to ensure isolated elderly residents get a treat at Christmas.
For more information on how to get involved, contact our Smarter Giving manager, Kate Heslegrave, at email@example.com. Alternatively, visit our Smarter Giving page to find out more about our ongoing initiatives and activities.