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Christchurch Living Advent Calendar is a free event organised for the town by Christchurch Rotary Club, which is supported by Christchurch Town Council and BCP Council.

It is now in its third year and has raised more than £40,000 for local charities over the past two years. 

The idea for a Living Advent Calendar originated in Stockholm, with the first being held in 2005. Today, there are Living Advent Calendars in many towns in Sweden and other countries with the first in UK being held in Henley on Thames in 2011.

The model is ideal for Christchurch as it will showcase the local talent and great work undertaken by charities and businesses locally, whilst raising significant sums for those charities.

Christchurch Rotary Club logo
Some of the CLAC Team 2023
Members of the CLAC Organising Team with CLAC lead Jan Banks
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Pop-Up Performances

Each evening in December a different ‘door’ or ‘window’ is opened at 6pm to a 45 minute performance. Performances may include choirs, singers, bands, dance troupes, theatrical performers etc. See dates & venues >

Charities supported

The venues and supported charities are advertised in advance, then the performers are announced the morning of the event on our social channels.
See all charities >

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Visit a local venue

There is a different venue for each evening. Collections will be made and raffle tickets sold, with the proceeds going to a different predetermined local charity each evening.  
Choose your venue >

Free festive entertainment

All funding is provided by generous sponsorship from local businesses and individuals and the entertainment and venues are provided free of charge.

View some highlights of last year’s event:

(Click on an image to view as a slideshow)

Highlights of CLAC 2022

Video highlights from the 2022 event, edited into a fabulous film.

Credit: CLAC’s film-maker & social media helper Meisje Weldon

View some highlights of the 2022 Living Advent Calendar:

(Click on an image to view as a slideshow with captions)

Archive of 2021 Event

View the 2021 Archive Pages >

Archive of 2022 Event

View the 2022 Archive Pages >