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. Until Thu Jan 1
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Edward Scissorhands

  • Critics choice
  1. Sadler's Wells Rosebery Avenue, EC1R 4TN
  2. Fri Dec 19 - Sun Jan 11
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  1. Soho Theatre 21 Dean St, W1D 3NE
  2. Fri Dec 19 - Sat Dec 20
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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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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 Day. Combining east London’s creative energy and talent drawn from across Europe, this new winter

  1. Victoria Park Victoria Park Rd, E3 5SN
  2. Sat Dec 20 - Thu Jan 1
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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. Sat Dec 20 - Sun Jan 4
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Christmas Market at Tate Modern

  • Free

More than 70 pretty wooden chalets have appeared alongside the Tate Modern for the Christmas period adding some extra festive cheer (and extra shopping opportunities) to the Bankside area. Browse handmade wooden toys, unique jewellery, intricate decorations and plenty more, then tuck into bratwurst, crêpes, roasted nuts or a warming cup of glühwein. Find more Christmas markets in London

  1. Bankside at the Tate Modern
  2. Sat Dec 20 - Wed Dec 24
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New Year's Eve Fireworks

In the past few years the popularity of London’s New Year’s Eve firework display has rocketed. Our prodigious pyrotechnics make most other world cities’ look like damp squibs and ever increasing numbers have been turning up to see the spectacle live. So many, in fact, that this year for the first time the show is to be ticketed. The £10 cost will go towards the cost of safety and administration. It goes against the grain to pay for something we’ve hitherto enjoyed for

  1. South Bank
  2. Wed Dec 31
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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. Sat Dec 20 - Sun Jan 11
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Real Food Christmas Market

  • Free

Set in the courtyard directly behind the Royal Festival Hall, the Real Food Market serves up its regular selection of sustainably and ethically produced fine foods but with extra added seasonal goodies for this five-day Christmas version. Pick up gifts such as charcuterie, cheese, traditional sweets and craft beer to wrap up for your hungriest family members, and tuck into ready-to-eat treats such as mulled wine and mince pies while you shop. The market is part of the Southbank

  1. Southbank Centre Belvedere Rd, SE1 8XX
  2. Sat Dec 20 - Tue Dec 23
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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. Sat Dec 20 - Tue Jan 6
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More London Christmas Market

  • Free

The annual More London Christmas Market is back, boasting a winning combination of homemade gifts and delicious food. Get your mits on handmade crafts including pottery, toys, and pashminas, in addition to a variety of cheeses, chocolates, and chutneys. There will be local choirs performing, and with views of Tower Bridge and Tower of London, the location couldn't be 'More London'. Find more Christmas markets and fairs in London Find more festive fun with our guide to Christmas

  1. More London Riverside
  2. Sat Dec 20 - Sun Dec 21
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Christmas at Kew Gardens

Kew's annual seasonal makeover is returning. For 2014, a glittery, mile-long trail, guided by snowflakes, will wind its way through the landscape. French studio design team TILT are creating 27 botanically-inspired light installations, which will be dotted along the route. The large-scale pieces (the biggest is 12 by 12 meters), designed to give the appearance of fireworks frozen in time, include giant luminous lily-of-the-valleys and light-up thistles. We're imagining something

  1. Kew Gardens
  2. Sat Dec 20 - Sat Jan 3
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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. Sat Dec 20 - Sun Jan 11
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