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London events in December

Your ultimate guide to the best new events and things to throughout December 2015 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 Crimbo tunes 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 in 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 2015 highlights


Victorian Christmas

Celebrate a traditional Christmas in Victorian surroundings at this nineteenth-century pumping station. The Steam Hall will host carol singers, families can take part in seasonal activities and steam train rides will be on offer. Mulled wine will be served to warm hands and stomachs.

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London Museum of Water and Steam , Brentford Saturday December 5 2015 - Sunday December 20 2015

John Cooper Clarke

Perennial punk poet Clarke delivers his hilarious but dark and deadpan, socio-political, quickfire verse, rattling at top speed through all-time greats including 'Evidently Chickentown', 'Things Are Gonna Get Worse', 'I Married a Monster from Outer Space' and more.

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O2 Shepherd's Bush Empire , Shepherd's Bush Friday December 11 2015

Disney on Ice

See your favourite Disney characters glide across an enormous ice rink in 2015's edition of the annual spectacular: 'Disney on Ice presents Worlds of Enchantment'. The show will involve four fun storylines featuring characters from 'Cars', 'The Little Mermaid', 'Toy Story 3' and – appropriately – 'Frozen'. 

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The O2 , Greenwich Peninsula Tuesday December 22 2015 - Sunday January 3 2016

Sara Pascoe’s Christmas Assembly

Don't expect much Jesus chat at this human-focused celebration of all things Christmas – apparently gods are welcome but only 'if they arrange their own seating'. The brilliant Pascoe will perform songs, fables and celebrations from the Church of the Science of Christmas.

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Battersea Arts Centre , Battersea Monday December 14 2015 - Wednesday December 23 2015

Olympia, The London International Horse Show

Four legs good, 400 sets of four legs even better. Now in its 108th year, the equine world’s annual Christmas party will attract internationally acclaimed riders, Olympic Gold Medallists and horse-lovers from all over the country.

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Olympia London , Brook Green Tuesday December 15 2015 - Monday December 21 2015

Thomas Cromwell Re-imagined

Author Hilary Mantel and historian Diarmaid MacCulloch discuss one of the Tudor age's most controversial characters. The free event will look at Cromwell's allies and enemies, and reveal more about the elusive but powerful man himself. 

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Priory Church of St John , Farringdon Thursday December 3 2015

Eltham Palace Carol Concert

Enjoy a festive music performance in the palace's beautiful Great Hall (childhood home of Henry VIII), which was restored by the Courtaulds in 1933. Tickets include a glass of wine or soft drink.

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Eltham Palace , Eltham Thursday December 10 2015

Carols with Coro

Award-winning chamber choir Coro present a Christmas concert in the striking surroundings of Strawberry Hill House. The set list includes Haydn's St Nicholas Mass and there'll be plenty of seasonal carols for the audience to sing along with. Tickets include a drink and a mince pie. 

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Strawberry Hill House , Strawberry Hill Sunday December 6 2015

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By: Phoebe Trimingham