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London events in December

Your ultimate guide to the best new events and things to throughout December 2016 in London

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It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas in London – the trees are up, the Christmas lights are on and the seasonal songs are cranked to full volume. This December, indulge in some serious festive cheer and head to some of London's biggest and best happenings to get you in the holiday spirit. We reckon a quick spin around one of London's ice rinks should do it.  

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Our December 2016 highlights

Christmas in Leicester Square

Santa called. He’s added another date to an already busy schedule, you can now catch him and his trademark twinkly, goodtime atmosphere to 'Christmas in Leicester Square', the capital’s latest Crimbo destination. The ‘square’ in Leicester Square will be home to a grotto, traditional Christmas market and a vintage Spiegeltent from the Underbelly team including Ursula Martinez, Hamish McCann’s pole act, and Denis Lock’s bubble act.

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Leicester Square , Leicester Square Friday November 11 2016 - Sunday January 8 2017

Hyde Park Winter Wonderland

The Grinch would have a real job stealing all the Christmas from Hyde Park's massive tribute to festive fun, which is back for a tenth year in 2016. Entry to Winter Wonderland is free, and a wander past the fairground rides, around child-friendly Santa Land or through the Christmas markets is a real treat for anyone feeling the spirit of the season, as long as you're ready to hear all those songs as you potter.

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Hyde Park , Kensington Friday November 18 2016 - Monday January 2 2017

Christmas at Kew Gardens

The magnificent gardens get a beautiful seasonal makeover once more in 2016, as Christmas at Kew brings illuminations to light up the buildings, trails and planting. The mile-long trail will lead visitors past tow huge Christmas trees, a scented garden and all kinds of nature-inspired lights. Santa's Snowflake Grotto returns and there'll be a vintage caoursel, Christmas gifts and traditional festive nibbles.

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Kew Gardens , Kew Wednesday November 23 2016 - Monday January 2 2017

Robert Rauschenberg

Robert Rauschenberg (1925-2008) was an exceptionally versatile artist. His practice encompassed painting, printmaking, sculpture, photography, installation and performance. After leaving the Navy in 1947, Rauschenberg enrolled at Black Mountain College where the influential abstract artist, Josef Albers, taught him and he met lifelong collaborators John Cage and Merce Cunningham.

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Tate Modern , South Bank Thursday December 1 2016 - Sunday April 2 2017

Brian and Robin's Christmas Compendium of Reason

Everyone's favourite dreamy-eyed scientist, Professor Brian Cox, and superb, erudite comedian Robin Ince join forces for their annual Christmas blow-out. The pair are co-hosts of Radio 4's 'Infinite Monkey Cage', and these live shows will be similar, but with more of a variety feel, bringing together an array of scientific minds, stand-ups and musicians.

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Eventim Apollo Hammersmith , Hammersmith Friday December 16 2016

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

Unless you’ve spent the last two years in a stone cave on the remote planet Ahch-To (gesundheit), you’ll know that the new Star Wars sequels are only half the story. Between every episode in the new trilogy (and presumably beyond), Disney will release an anthology film telling a standalone story set somewhere along the Star Wars timeline.

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Release date: Friday December 16 2016

New Year's Eve Fireworks

The magnificent fireworks display which showers the Thames with light each New Year's Eve is now ticketed each year due to the huge numbers of people who crowd the riverbank to get a good view. Sign up for alerts about tickets and more information about the event on the Mayor's office website.

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South Bank , South Bank Saturday December 31 2016

A Vintage New Year's Eve Party


Organised by Vintage Festival curators Wayne and Gerardine Hemingway, the Southbank Centre's New Year's Eve Party should offer a stylishly retro way to see in 2016. Pop-up venues inside the Royal Festival Hall include The Torch Club for full '30s and '40s entertainment and sounds and the Soul Casino with music ranging from deep funk to Northern soul.

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Southbank Centre , South Bank Saturday December 31 2016

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By: Phoebe Trimingham


kelvin d
kelvin d

Thank you for sharing the information..

Claire D
Claire D

John Cooper Clarke in July, great Christmas event!