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Christmas clubbing in London

Dance, drink and be merry at one of these festive parties, club nights and pop-ups

Avoid the turkeys and ensure you soak up as much festive fun as possible with our guide to Christmas-themed parties and club nights. Whether you want to sing along to Mariah Carey while dressed as an elf, sink some warming cocktails at a hip wintry pop-up or catch the finest house and disco DJs and avoid the worst Xmas anthems – we’ve got everything you could possibly want for Christmas.

Gospeloke's Christmas Spectacular

Critics' choice

It's a Christmas special at the popular, gospel-themed karaoke night. There'll be a 15-piece gospel choir backing you all the way, and you can pick from the usual soulful, harmony-rich numbers (think Blur’s ‘Tender’, Mary Mary’s ‘Shackles (Praise You)’ and, erm, Bon Jovi’s ‘Livin’ on a Prayer’) or belt out a classic festive anthem. There's also a big group singalong for maximum harmonies.

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The Electric Carousel , Piccadilly Circus Monday December 7 2015

Grotto Outré

Critics' choice

This over-18s-only festive pop-up will see Shoreditch gain an ice kingdom featuring some weird and wonderful characters. On weeknights it'll host ski resort-inspired parties, on Saturday nights some of London's leading DJs will fill the ice cave with massive tunes and  Sundays will offer Christmassy musical performances from the likes of The Take That Experience.

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148-50 Curtain Road , Shoreditch Friday November 27 2015 - Tuesday December 22 2015

The House Clearance House Party

Critics' choice

At this innovative party the two DJs give away every record they play to the crowd. You’ll have to be quick, eager and sharp of elbow to grab the grooves, but for those who do there’ll be disco, funk, hip hop and Motown treats to keep. And as it's a festive special, there'll also be Crimbo tunes – the good ones – to get your mitts on.

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Bloomsbury Bowling Lanes , Bloomsbury Friday December 18 2015 - Saturday December 19 2015

Rinse Boxing Day

Critics' choice

Rinse's annual Boxing Day mash-up features game-changing DJs, producers including D Double E, Novelist, Mumdance, Section Boyz, Katy B and many more. The perfect way to banish those post-Xmas blues and work off some of that Xmas excess on the dancefloor.

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Ministry of Sound , Elephant and Castle Saturday December 26 2015 - Sunday December 27 2015

Shapes Presents: Black Acre Christmas Jam

Known for their excellent, underground one-off parties, Black Acre rock up to Hackney Wick venue Shapes for a festive rave. Sounds will be future-leaning Afrofunk, with a DJ battle between Clap! Clap! and DJ Khalab, plus special guests. It's free entry but you need to email guestlist@shapeshackney.com first.

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Shapes , Hackney Wick Tuesday December 8 2015

Tuckshop's Christmas Pudding

The first Christmas offering from party crew Tuckshop features a mix of feelgood mix and DJ sets. Live sounds provided by brass band Riot Jazz, plus feelgood tunes and tropical sounds from Boiler Room's Thris Tian and the Tuckshop residents. There'll also be goodwill to all, in the form of free sweets and other surprise treats. RECOMMENDED: Find more Christmas club nights and parties in London

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Number 90 , Hackney Wick Saturday December 12 2015 - Sunday December 13 2015

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The 50 best Christmas songs

As Noddy Holder once screeched: it’s Christmas! You might have heard some Christmas songs enough times to make you want to perforate your eardrums with a candy cane, but many festive pop songs are great works of art. Here’s our countdown of the Top 50 Christmas songs, from ancient carols to the best Christmas Number Ones. It’s the perfect soundtrack to any Christmas party.

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By: Sophie Harris