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Living Advent Calendar - Henley-on-Thames

Living Advent Calendar

The Henley Living Advent Calendar is based on an original idea from Stockholm and began here in 2011. One of the first events of it's kind in the UK, and certainly the first locally, it runs every evening from December 1st to 24th. Like a children’s Advent Calendar, a different window or door is opened at 6:15pm promptly each evening and a 30 minute performance is given to the audience assembled. This can include songs, carols, music, poetry, book excerpts, notes from local history or folklore, sketches, dance etc, all with a Christmas or winter focus to them. Each Venue is matched, by the Organising Committee, with a local performer or group of performers and a collection is made, and Raffle tickets sold, every evening for selected local Charities.

It is a collaborative project between the Henley Living Advent Calendar Trust, the Henley Partnership & Henley Town Council, bringing together nearly 100 local businesses and organisations to provide entertainment on each of the twenty four days leading up to Christmas. In 2013 it won Awards with ‘Towns Alive!’ and been a national Finalist in the prestigious Association of Town Centre Management Awards for ‘Most Attractive Location’, and was also awarded a ‘Big Society’ award by David Cameron.

The Living Advent Calendar website – originally created and developed by Chris Wellings, Richard Young and Susan Butler is now managed and run by Richard Young with the help of Sue Butler. The graphic design is by Linda Layhe... and what a great job she has done! Collections will be made and raffle tickets sold, with monies being shared equally among our local good causes and charities.

Make sure you bookmark this site, and follow us on Twitter and Facebook to keep up to date with news, and for photographs and videos of the event. The Henley Living Advent Calendar will again be a truly memorable series of events this December.

Thanks also to:

HDL Audio Visual Services Ltd

Michaela Clarke
Henley Herald

Geoff Hocking
for the programme design

Gamla stans levande julkalender

The first living christmas calendar in Sweden started in the Old Town by Mäster Olofsgården, The German Church, Gamla stan sällskapet, Ingvar Tägström and Michael Djerks in 2005. Today there are living christmas calendare in many Swedish cities to enjoy during December.

The Living Advent Calendar

Old Town Live Christmas