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Alternative Christmas events in London

Weird and wonderful events in London this Christmas for Santa-lovers and scrooges alike

© Alexander Mourant

Eschew the traditional mince pies and carol services in favour of something a little more memorable this year with our collection of alternative, weird and wonderful Christmas events in London.

RECOMMENDED: Find more festive fun with our guide to Christmas in London

Alternative Christmas events in London

Fat Macy's Supper Club

The social enterprise behind these festive supper clubs recruits young Londoners living in temporary accommodation, encouraging them to take part in cooking schemes where they can earn money which can later be used as a rental deposit on a house. Food hygiene and health and safety qualifications will be gained as they save and they'll be responsible for rustling up delicious dishes at the Fat Macy's Christmas parties.

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Printworks Kitchen , Clerkenwell Until Thursday December 22 2016

Christmas at Thomas's Cafe

The Christmas period sees the newly revamped Thomas's Cafe at Burberry host a series of events, demos and dinners in collaboration with The New Craftsmen who also helped redesign the space. After dining on delicious afternoon teas and treats, guests can find craftspeople busy at work creating intricate needlework, lacquered pieces and hand finished festive stockings.

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Thomas's at Burberry Regent Street , Mayfair Until Thursday December 22 2016

Big Top Christmas Bazaar

Browse a Christmas market indoors this years with these weekend events from Marbles & Ware. Open til 8pm on Sundays, there are plenty of performances from musicians and storytellers as well as cocktails served to reward you after you finish the Christmas haul.

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The Vaults , Waterloo Until Saturday December 17 2016

Agent November Christmas Crisis

Santa has gone missing and all he has left behind is a present: now it's up to you to cross London and find Santa and save Christmas. But whether you manage to save Santa or not, save room for lunch, which is included in the game price. Booking essential.

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A secret location , London Sunday December 4 2016 - Sunday January 15 2017

Kraken Black Christmas

It's back to black at this series of foodie happenings hosted by rum makers, Kraken. Over three nights, guests can dine on a festive supper created using black seasonal produce, paired with noir cocktails and a special Christmas gift. There are also free tickets available for spaces at the bar where festive Kraken cocktails and black bar snacks will be served. Visit the Kraken Black Christmas event page to book.

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Beagle , Hoxton Monday December 5 2016 - Wednesday December 7 2016

Yule Jog

Sick of the treadmill? Take your Christmas workout outside on a 6 or 12k running tour of London's lights and trees. Tickets include a Santa hat and jogs end in the pub.

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Various , London Monday December 5 2016 - Tuesday December 20 2016

Christmas Gin Masterclass Mash Up

Experience pre-class snacks, six gin cocktails, a masterclass in gin cocktail-making and an exclusive sip of Sipmsith's mince pie gin at this festive booze pop-up, plus half a dozen samples to take home. Booking essential.

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East London Liquor Company , Mile End Wednesday December 7 2016 - Thursday December 22 2016

The Bobble Hat Workshop

Join TRAID for this two-hour workshop and turn an unwanted jumper into a warm bobble hat for you or for a present. No sewing machine experience necessary.

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Southbank Centre , South Bank Saturday December 10 2016
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Find more Christmas fun in London

Christmas markets and fairs in London

Looking for gift inspiration? A last-minute bauble? Look no further than London's Christmas markets and fairs. Among a hamper full of special festive events you'll find foodie gifts, hand-crafted pressies and usually a bit of glühwein to help you get into that merry spirit. Pick your local area or venture across town with our guide to all the best annual Christmas markets in London.

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One of the best alternatives is to have a tropical themed party. Many of our clients venuture down this road and it works as an antidote to the cold winter. Guests enter the party and enjoy rum punch and a live steel drum band with just 3 players performing and creating the illusion of a tropical paradise. http://www.steelbandhire.com/ You can also source my favourite rum in the U.K to make your punch, it is called Sunset Rum and is the strongest on the market. Retailers are charging extortionate prices for it, so you will need to shop around, but it is worth the effort.

Wonder Hill
Wonder Hill

DONT FORGET!! WONDER HILL HANDMADE AND VINTAGE MARKET!! we are running Saturday 3rd, 10th and 17th from The Miller, 96 Snowsfields Road, London Bridge SE1 3SS and have the most amazing range of handmade and vintage designer maker products on sale to make your Christmas an individual and special one and to help you beat high street woes :) Entry is FREE, we offer student discount AND free mince pies!! brilliant! 11.30am - 5pm. www.wonderhillmarket.co.uk