Join the Hillingdon Narrowboats Association on a trip to see Santa along the Grand Union Canal.

The HNA is running Santa Canal Trips every Saturday and Sunday up until Christmas.

Starting at 11am, boats leave every half hour from the Coy Carp in Coppermill Lane , Harefield , travel down the canal to the HNA boathouse in Summerhouse Lane, Harefield, where youngsters can hop off and meet Santa in his grotto, before boarding the boat once more and travelling back to the pub.

The round-trip lasts one hour 15 minutes, with the last boat heading off at 5pm.

Included in the ticket price are hot and cold drinks and mince pies on board the boat, as well as a good-quality toy from Santa and a framed digital photo with Father Christmas.

Tickets are £12 per child and £5 per adult. Visit the website to book a spot.

Youngsters learn from Hillingdon Narrowboats Association

If trains are more your cup of tea then all aboard to enjoy a ride behind a miniature steam or diesel train on a track approximately half a mile long at Roxbourne Railway.

It offers rides every year from April to October, but to celebrate Christmas, Santa will be offering free rides to all children who visit him in his grotto on Sunday, December 14 from 1pm to 4pm.

The Harrow and Wembley Society of Model Engineers, which runs the facility, is inviting families to enjoy a day out with the kids at Roxbourne Park in Field End Road, Eastcote. Visit for more information.

Get into the festive spirit on Saturday, December 13 and be entertained by the formidable Andy Mears Octet, joined by guest vocalist Hannah Brooks, for some Swinging Christmas Favourites.

From 7.15pm to 10.20pm at Ickenham Village Hall in Swakeleys Road, Ickenham, they will perform a selection of intricately crafted arrangements of many timeless and much-loved Christmas classics.

Additional repertoire will explore global rhythms and sounds, from jazz and soul to Latin, Gospel and calypso.

There will also be hot snacks, mulled wine and a licensed bar.

Tickets cost £15 - which includes mulled wine on arrival and hot snacks – and are available from Pro Music International in Swakeleys Road or on the door.

Hillingdon Choral Society

Hillingdon Choral Society’s annual Christmas concert on Saturday, December 13, includes Vivaldi’s Magnificat and plenty of carols – with audience participation encouraged.

The choir consists of about 100 voices and the Christmas is Coming concert takes place at St Paul's Church in Thrulstone Road, Ruislip Manor from 7.30pm to 10.30pm.

Tickets cost £12 for adults and £3 for children. Contact or call 07941 601 966 for more information.

Hillingdon Choral Society rehearsals are on Monday evenings at the United Reformed Church in Swakeleys Road, Ickenham, in preparation for three concerts each year.