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ART FIX: Take a dip... into Christmas chaos

ART FIX: Take a dip... into Christmas chaos

Friday 23 December 2022

ART FIX: Take a dip... into Christmas chaos

Friday 23 December 2022

With musicals, Christmas swims, pantomimes, New Year's walks and a Boxing Day display of nearly 100 cars from the Jersey Old Motor Club, there really is something on for everyone in this week's festive events guide.

Every weekend, Express presents a selection of exhibitions, performances, workshops, events and other historic, creative and delicious content to help islanders get their weekly dose of culture.

Here's this week's Art Fix offering...

Nativity! The Musical 


The Jersey Green Room Theatre Company's Christmas production this year is Nativity! The Musical, based on the hit film of the same name.

Every child in every school has one Christmas wish, to star in a Nativity, and at St Bernadette’s School they’re attempting to mount a musical version! Only trouble is, teacher Mr Maddens has promised that a Hollywood producer is coming to see the show to turn it into a film. Join him, his crazy teaching assistant Mr Poppy, hilarious children and a whole lot of sparkle and shine as they struggle to make everyone’s Christmas wish come true.

The show will be performed at the Royal Jersey Showground between 23 December 2022 and 2 January 2023.

Tickets and performance times can be found on the Jersey Arts Centre website.

Christmas Day Swims


A number of Christmas Day Swims are taking place around the island on Sunday, including:

  • Jersey Swimming Club - 11:00 at Havre Des Pas
  • Jersey Surfboard Club - 11:00 at the Watersplash
  • St Ouen’s Football Club - 11:00 at Grève de Lecq
  • Healing Waves' 'Jingle all the Waves' - 10:00 at Healing Waves Surf Therapy Centre

Boxing Day Run


The Jersey Old Motor Club will host its traditional Boxing Day Run on Monday. 

Nearly 100 cars, all registered before 1951, will travel around the Island starting at the Esplanade from 10am and will pass through each parish church, starting with St Lawrence, driving in an anti-clockwise direction until they finish at the Weighbridge at 11.30am.

The approximate timings that the cars will pass each Parish Church are:


The club's new patron, Vice Admiral Jerry Kyd CBE will be judging the 'best dressed' car competition, while Connor Burgher will be judging the 'best in era (1930-1935)'. 



The JADC's Christmas pantomime this year is Aladdin.

Will Aladdin win the heart of Princess Jasmine? Will evil Abanazar stop him in his tracks? Just how many different dresses can Madame Twankey own?

It's time to boo the baddies, cheer our hero and laugh along to traditional Panto jokes and slapstick comedy.

Book your tickets for this exciting mix of song, dance and fun characters who are guaranteed to help you laugh away those January blues.

The pantomime runs at the Jersey Arts Centre from 5-15 January 2023.

Tickets and performance times can be found on the Jersey Arts Centre website.

There is also a special opening night offer, where tickets for the first performance only are buy-one-get-one-free.

Grouville Church Nativity Festival


Ian Rolls' Island


Tonight is your last chance to see ArtHouse Jersey's final exhibition of 2022 continues at Capital House.

Locally-admired artist Ian Rolls' 'Island' exhibition represents the coastal landscape of Jersey that most will be very familiar with and fond of, with Rolls saying he found these locations a stable platform of familiarity and comfort at a time when his own emotional landscape was changing.

'Island' by Ian Rolls finishes at 18:00 on Friday 23 December at Capital House on 8 Church Street.

Artist grant success


ArtHouse Jersey have announced the successful artists who applied to their last quarterly funding initiative of 2022. These grants offer financial assistance to support the creation of new work or for the development of an artist's creative process. Among those in this latest round of successful applications is an immersive sound art installation project, theatrical solo tour and musical residency. You can read more about the most recent successful applicants here.

Throughout 2022, the funding committee has awarded grants to sixteen applicants for a variety of interesting projects. ArtHouse Jersey has invested in local creatives working in the disciplines of visual arts, drama, film, music, technical art and more.

There are four rounds of funding each calendar year and the next deadline for applications is 1 February 2023. To apply, you will need to read the guidelines on the ArtHouse Jersey website and complete an application form.

Christmas tree maze


Jersey's first-ever 'Christmas Tree Maze' continues until Christmas Eve at Weighbridge Place.

Walk through hundreds of real Christmas trees with twinkling fairy lights in the enchanted 'Christmas Tree Maze' and find your way to Santa's workshop. Some naughty elves have escaped from the workshop and Mr & Mrs Santa Claus would love some help finding them! The fun doesn't stop when you finish the maze as the naughty elf has hidden some trees around the town centre with only a map and some festive clues to help you find them.

Refreshments will also be available. Tickets can be booked via Eventbrite.

'Turkey busting' walk


National Trust of Jersey guide, Bob Tompkins invites islanders to join him on a 'Turkey Buster' walk on New Year's Day around the beautiful green lanes in the Parish of St John.

Meeting in the carpark at St John's School at 11:30, the walk will go right up La Rue du Temple, all the way through the lanes of St John to La Rue des Buttes and back again. After the walk, chocolates and a nip of Sloe Gin will be available to fortify everyone in the Parish Hall before returning to the car park.

No pre-booking will be required and dogs on leads are welcome.

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