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It's Christmasssss! Whether you're out and about on Christmas Day or planning to hibernate until New Year's Eve, find full-throttle festive fun in London over the Xmas holidays. Check out a handful of great happenings in the city over the next two weeks, and find 19 unmissable events this season here.

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Fantastic things to do over the festive period

  • Christmas Services at St Paul's Cathedral

    Tue Dec 23 and Christmas Eve. St Paul's Cathedral, Paternoster Square, EC4M 7DX

    Sir Christopher Wren's baroque masterpiece has a larger capacity than many cathedrals, but it still struggles to host the thousands of people wanting to attend their stunning Christmas services each year. So to be sure that nobody gets turned away, St Paul's will be streaming their services on a large screen just behind the cathedral itself, in Paternoster Square. The crowd watching outside will be invited to take part in Communion too, as bread and wine will be passed around the square during the Christmas Eve Midnight Eucharist.

    Read more about Christmas Services at St Paul's Cathedral

    See more carol concerts in London this Christmas

  • Christmas Fitzrovia

    Christmas Day. Fitzrovia Community Centre, Foley St, W1W 6DN

    Those who find themselves on their own come Christmas Day are invited to an afternoon of music, films, games and food at Fitzrovia Community Centre. The event is free, but guests are asked to bring a small children's gift which will be donated to a local children's hospital ward at the end of the day. Don't go solo this Christmas, book your spot in advance and spend the big day surrounded by festive cheer.

    Read more about Christmas Fitzrovia

    Find more things to do in London on Christmas Day

  • The Supreme Fabulettes

    Sun Dec 28. Spiegeltent at Winterville, Victoria Park, Victoria Park Rd, E3 5SN

    By December 28 Christmas cabin fever has well and truly set in, so shake a leg and head down to The Supreme Fabulettes' Yuletide singalong at Winterville's Spiegeltent. Miss Vanilla Lush, Miss Vicki Vivacious and Miss Madisson Lee will be leading the celebrations and the vocal harmonies at this festive feel-good party. Expect plenty of Christmas favourites delivered with a Supreme Fabulettes twist.

    Read more about The Supreme Fabulettes

    See more festive parties in the capital this season

  • Drawn by Light: The Royal Photographic Society Collection

    Until Sun Mar 1 2015. Science Museum, Exhibition Rd, SW7 2DD

    The Royal Photographic Society held an open exhibition at the South Kensington Museum way back in 1858. That museum later became the Science Museum and the V&A, and more than 150 years later the world's oldest surviving photographic society are back on site. For 'Masters of Light' they have cherry-picked the most important photographs and artefacts from their vast selection for display in the Science Museum's Media Space. Images from pioneers of photography such as Roger Fenton and Lewis Carroll will be shown alongside modern legends of the genre including Don McCullin, Terry O'Neill and Martin Parr.

    Read more about Drawn by Light: The Royal Photographic Society Collection

    See the ten exhibitions we're most excited to see in 2015

  • Ultimate Power vs Guilty Pleasures

    New Year's Eve. The Forum, 9-17 Highgate Rd, NW5 1JY

    Two much-loved London club nights join forces for a New Year's Eve party that promises unabashed, glorious OTT fun with plenty of epic (and very out-of-tune) singalongs. This NYE, it's belting pop bangers going head-to-head with classic power ballads. Who will win? You, essentially, as you're the ones who gets to dance to 'Mysterious Girl' and break out your air guitar without looking like an idiot. Win.

    Read more about Ultimate Power vs Guilty Pleasures

    See more New Year's Eve clubbing in the capital

  • New Year's Day Parade

    New Year's Day. Various London locations

    Ignore the hangover and drag yourself out of bed for 2015's New Year's Day Parade. The spectacle will feature 8,500 performers representing 20 countries, including Pearly Kings and Queens, cheerleaders, marching bands, dancers and representatives from West End shows. The American-style extravaganza follows a 2.2-mile route beginning at the Ritz Hotel, taking in Piccadilly Circus, Lower Regent Street, Pall Mall, Trafalgar Square, Whitehall and Big Ben, with temporary grandstands erected for better viewing in some places.

    Read more about New Year's Day Parade

    See more things to do in London on New Year's Day

  • January Sales

    From New Year's Day. Various London stores

    Fancy bagging a bargain this festive season? Restock your wardrobe or pimp your pad for the new year with discounted gems from some of the capital's best stores. From Liberty and Harrods to Mulberry and Kurt Geiger, fantastic clothes, shoes, accessories and homewares with slashed price tags are to be found all over London, and, despite the title, a lot of this year's reductions kick off as early as Christmas Eve. Slalom your way through the shops with our guide to the sales, which includes department stores, high street shops and independent, boutique stores.

    See our guide to the January sales in London

  • Redemption

    Fri Jan 2 - Sat Jan 31. 51 Fairly Sqaure, Red Lion Street, WC1R 4PF

    Back by popular demand, Redemption is taking up a month long residency at Fairly Square from Fri Jan 2, serving up mocktails and vegan food for those looking for an alcohol-free start to 2015. The team have coupled up with Cancer Research UK to support their Dryathon campaign, offering everyone taking part a free mocktail with every meal. Bar highlights include coconut and berry infused 'martinis', and muddled apple pressé with fresh mint and lime. Health conscious foodies can dig into dishes such as meze plates with pea and mint hummus, raw courgette spaghetti and bowls of barley risotto. Tasty stuff.

    Read more about Redemption

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  • The Theory of Everything

    Released Fri Jan 2. Cinemas nationwide

    If the early reviews of ‘The Theory of Everything’ are anything to go by, two brilliant performances are the reason to watch this intelligent, emotionally sensitive biopic of the student years and early career of Stephen Hawking. Eddie Redmayne might find himself going elbow to elbow with Benedict Cumberbatch (in another classy Brit drama) for Best Actor as Hawking, in a performance that’s being described as Daniel-Day-Lewis-style brilliant. Directed by James Marsh (‘Man on Wire’, ‘Project Nim’) the film is based on a memoir written by Hawking’s first wife Jane Wilde. They were married for 30 years and the film begins with their first meeting at Cambridge and Hawking’s diagnosis of motor neurone disease at 21. He was given a life expectancy of only two years. The trailer is enough to reduce the quivery-lipped to tears.

    Read our full review of The Theory of Everything

    See more movie releases this January

  • Horst: Photographer of Style

    LAST CHANCE – until Sun Jan 4 2015. V&A, Cromwell Rd, SW7 2RL

    Hurry down to this retrospective of Horst P Horst's prolific 60-year career at the V&A. The German-American photographer shot for couturiers such as Chanel, Schiaparelli and Vionnet in the ’30s, and was a one of the first to experiment with colour techniques. Horst's most renowned images are on display alongside rarities and unpublished pictures, plus there's a recreation of Horst's 1940s studio to snoop around. Archive film footage, sketchbooks and letters also give visitors an insight into the master's creative process.

    Read more about Horst: Photographer of Style

    See the ten art shows we're excited to see in 2015

Christmas Services at St Paul's Cathedral

Tue Dec 23 and Christmas Eve. St Paul's Cathedral, Paternoster Square, EC4M 7DX

Sir Christopher Wren's baroque masterpiece has a larger capacity than many cathedrals, but it still struggles to host the thousands of people wanting to attend their stunning Christmas services each year. So to be sure that nobody gets turned away, St Paul's will be streaming their services on a large screen just behind the cathedral itself, in Paternoster Square. The crowd watching outside will be invited to take part in Communion too, as bread and wine will be passed around the square during the Christmas Eve Midnight Eucharist.

Read more about Christmas Services at St Paul's Cathedral

See more carol concerts in London this Christmas

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