It’s that time of the year again; with less than a month to go until Christmas day, soon we will all be wondering where semester 1 disappeared to. London at Christmas time is buzzing and there are events taking place all over the city. We are spoilt for choice with countless Christmas markets, ice rinks and even pop up cinemas all over London. As students we all like a good free event. With this in mind we have done our best to scout out the best events going on in London and have compiled a list of what’s happening this December.
- Winterville – Mile End’s answer to Winter Wonderland. Free to enter and located minutes away from QM in Victoria Park, there is no excuse not to join the festivities. With promises of an ice rink, a roller disco and craft beer bars (sadly not free), this is definitely one not to miss.
(2nd December -1st January, 10am-Late)
- Get into the festive mood and go and listen to the Christmas Carollers performing in Trafalgar Square. Over 50 choirs will be performing over the run up to Christmas.
(8th December – 23rd December, 4-8pm weekdays, 2-6pm weekends)
- Christmas celebrations kick off on the 4th December in Trafalgar Square with the traditional lighting of the renowned Christmas tree, an annual gift to Britain from Oslo since 1947.
(4th December in Trafalgar Square from 6pm.)
- A bargain at £4, the maze of Christmas trees spanning nearly a square mile in Vauxhall Gardens is a fun, festive and affordable activity. In addition to the maze, there is an outdoor ice rink, street food stalls and a bar and market.
(Now – 4th January)
- Urban Food Fest in Shoreditch adopts a Christmas twist every Saturday night in the run up to Christmas. With Christmas themed snacks from £3 and free entry, head to Shoreditch and indulge your taste buds in an assortment of cuisines including Greek, South African and Japanese.
(Every Saturday Night until 20th December, 5pm-Midnight)
- A chance to wander round the famous Hampton Court Palace gardens in an interactive light maze for £5. Light sensors within the maze mean the lights will respond to your movements as you race to the centre. Seasonal food and drink on offer.
(12th– 23rd December, 5-7pm)
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- Queen of Hoxton’s rooftop has been transformed into a Christmas themed wigwam. Here you can relax and enjoy some winter inspired cocktails such as Hot Buttered Rum and Egg Snog (between £6-7). You can also get food for £5.50 – £7.50 including venison burgers and wild boar sausages.
- Visit the reindeer at London’s WWT centre for £8. Admittedly quite far out with the closest tube being Hammersmith, but with promises of reindeers, who could resist? Channel your inner kid and suck up the long tube ride. The Winter Weekend is taking place 6-7th December.
(6-7th December , Reindeer- 10am to 4pm)
- It would be sacrilege not to include Somerset House’s ice rink in the list. For international students or those oblivious to one of London’s biggest winter attractions, Somerset House hosts an ice rink every year and students pay £8.50 weekdays at 12.30 / 13.45 / 15.00.
(Now – 11 January 2015)
- For all you Harry Potter fans out there, there is currently a “Hogwarts at Christmas” studio tour running at Warner Bro Studios.
At £30 a ticket the experience doesn’t come cheap but if you’re into your wizards it might just be worth splashing the cash to see the iconic Great Hall in festive decoration and to view the Weasley’s famous hand knitted Christmas jumpers up close.
(Now – Sunday 1st February 2015)
- If you’re looking to blow your budget, there are a variety of film pop ups all over London screening Christmassy films, guaranteed to get you in the festive spirit. Ranging from hot tub cinemas with waiter service to screenings with steak and red wine, there are a multitude of films being shown. Check out hottubcinema.com and whereisthenomad.com and for dates and times.