London events in December

Your month-by-month guide to the best new events in London

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It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas in the capital – the trees are up, the lights are on and the Crimbo tunes are cranked to full volume. This December, indulge in some serious festive cheers and head to some of London's biggest, best and darn-right coolest happenings.

A few of our December highlights

  1. Victoria Park Victoria Park Rd, E3 5SN
  2. Tue Dec 2 - Thu Jan 1
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  1. Sadler's Wells Rosebery Avenue, EC1R 4TN
  2. Tue Dec 2 - Sun Jan 11
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  1. Arch 402 Gallery Cremer St, E2 8HD
  2. Fri Dec 5 - Sun Dec 7
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  1. Soho Theatre 21 Dean St, W1D 3NE
  2. Mon Dec 8 - Sat Dec 20
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  1. The O2 Peninsula Square, SE10 0DX
  2. Thu Dec 11
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  1. Earls Court Warwick Road, SW5 9TA
  2. Sat Dec 13
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  1. O2 Academy Brixton Stockwell Road, SW9 9SL
  2. Sat Dec 13
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Timber!

  • Rated as: 4/5
  1. Queen Elizabeth Hall South Bank, SE1 8XX
  2. Sun Dec 21 - Wed Dec 31
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Hyde Park Winter Wonderland

  • Free

The Grinch would have a real job stealing all the Christmas from Hyde Park's massive tribute to festive fun, which is back for 2014 from Friday November 21 at 5pm. Entry to Winter Wonderland is free, and a wander past the fairground rides, around child-friendly Santa Land (including Santa's grotto) 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. Other attractions at Hyde

  1. Hyde Park
  2. Mon Nov 24 - Sun Jan 4
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Southbank Centre Winter Festival

  • Free

Alongside its array of festive shows and performances the Southbank Centre will be celebrating the coldest season with a fistful of fun pop-ups and activities. The annual Christmas market will be bigger and better than ever, there'll be a Scandinavian Lodge courtesy of Rekorderlig Cider, the Christmas Tree Café will be serving treats for all ages and thrills come courtesy of the Festive Flyer ride. The Southbank Centre Express will be providing bankside train rides, and you can

  1. Southbank Centre Belvedere Rd, SE1 8XX
  2. Mon Nov 24 - Sun Jan 11
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The Enchanted Woodland

Syon Park are making their woodlands even more magical for a ninth year in 2014, illuminating the gardens to create a colourful trail for visitors to wander along. The route can be completed in half an hour by those with a brisk pace, but better to allow longer for taking photos, admiring the installations and playing with the interactive lights along the way. Book in advance on 020 8560 0882.

  1. Syon House and Park Brentford, Middx, TW8 8JF
  2. Fri Nov 28 - Sun Dec 7
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The Institute of Sexology

  • Free

The Wellcome Collection's newly expanded gallery space will open with a wink and a blush with The Institute of Sexology, an exhibition that brings together the great pioneers of the study of sex. More than 200 pieces of art, erotica, photography and ethnography will help visitors get a new perspective on perversions, lust and normality, with live events, discussions and performances to accompany the X-rated exhibits. Sex research such as the National Survey of Sexual Attitudes

  1. Wellcome Collection Euston Rd, NW1 2BE
  2. Tue Nov 25 - Sun Sep 20
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Winterville

  • Free

Forget the frozen north – the place you’ll want to be this Christmas is the cool east or, to be more specific, Winterville in Victoria Park. Never heard of it? That’s not surprising as this magical temporary kingdom isn’t set to come into existence until December 2. When it materialises, though, it’ll make you feel all warm and fuzzy right through to New Year’s Eve. Combining east London’s creative energy and talent drawn from across Europe, this new winter

  1. Victoria Park Victoria Park Rd, E3 5SN
  2. Tue Dec 2 - Thu Jan 1
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Covent Garden Christmas

  • Free

Even if you’re not a big fan of living statues or fire-eaters, Covent Garden’s cobbled piazza and market buildings are irresistible at this time of year. The cobbled piazza and market buildings are aglow with fairy lights and giant baubles, turning the traditional shopping arcades into a winter wonderland for the festive season. A huge Christmas tree glows with red and white lights on the west side of the square, and a rather magnificent silver reindeer stands majestically on

  1. Covent Garden Piazza
  2. Mon Nov 24 - Tue Jan 6
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Regent Street Christmas Lights

  • Free

Regent Street will be garlanded with Christmas lights again this winter. In 2014 they are themed around the film 'Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb.' Find more Christmas lights in London Find more festive fun with our guide to Christmas in London

  1. Regent Street
  2. Mon Nov 24 - Mon Jan 5
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Oxford Street Christmas Lights

  • Free

Oxford Street will sparkle for a fifty-fifth year this Christmas as its full length will be decked with 1778 glowing white orbs. The decorations were also on display last year, but as we're already rather fond of them we don't mind that they're centre stage again. Find more Christmas lights in London Find more festive fun with our guide to Christmas in London

  1. Oxford Street
  2. Mon Nov 24 - Sun Jan 4
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Skate at Somerset House

The grand eighteenth-century courtyard at Somerset House is a truly stunning location for a session on the ice this winter, and no matter how impressive your skating skills a trip to this 900-metre-square outdoor rink will look the very picture of festive fun in the photos. Plenty of tempting extras are available to make your visit even more special: the Fortnum's Lodge will offer champagne, afternoon tea and even private dining; Club Nights will feature DJs from Ministry of

  1. Somerset House Strand, WC2R 1LA
  2. Mon Nov 24 - Sun Jan 11
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Eyeskate

The open-air Eyeskate rink is situated in front of the big wheel itself, its pods gently floating past you as you glide. You don't need to book a flight on the Eye in order to skate but various packages are on offer for those who wish to do so. Sessions last 45 minutes. Under-8s must be accompanied on the ice by an adult. Booking recommended. Find more London ice rinks

  1. London Eye Riverside Building, County Hall, SE1 7PB
  2. Mon Nov 24 - Sun Jan 4
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See more events in London this December

November

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SEE WHAT'S ON IN NOVEMBER

December

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SEE WHAT'S ON THIS DECEMBER

January

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SEE WHAT'S ON THIS JANUARY

February

Valentine's Day and Chinese New Year are just two reasons to get out and about this month. Find more here...

SEE WHAT'S ON THIS FEBRUARY

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