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Five festive nights out south of the river

Natalie D

With twinkling Christmas lights going up all over the place, the festive period is well and truly upon us. South Londoners don't need to head to north to embrace the season with these events... 

Christmas at Kew 

Head to Kew Gardens after dark to enjoy their special winter trail. The mile-long path weaves its way through the botanic gardens with sparkling lights, illuminated fountains and, intriguingly, a choir of holly bushes, all making for a magical evening. There will also be the chance to buy gifts at the Christmas fare.  

Christmas Films at The Vaults, Waterloo 

The Underground Film Club makes the Vaults in Waterloo their home for winter. Here, you’ll find drinks from ‘Spirited Mixers’ and a food pop-up from a Hawksmoor head chef. And if that’s not tempting enough, then the plethora of Christmas feel good films should be. Choose from the likes of ‘Elf’, ‘The Muppet Christmas Carol’ and a ‘Home Alone’ double bill.

Fondue at The Lodge, Clapham 

When the months get colder and you need a warm hug, an evening in a mock alpine restaurant is sure to perk you up. Head to The Lodge for the second year of this ridiculously popular pop-up. This time its home is bigger and has moved from Balham to above the Clapham North pub. Enjoy mulled wine and cider, charcuterie and, most importantly, fondue.

Southbank Centre Christmas Market 

When those wooden huts appear on the Southbank each year, it's a sure sign Christmas is just around the corner. The stunning riverside setting is a great place to enjoy mulled wine and bratwurst, and browse the numerous handmade craft stalls.

Eyeskate at the London Eye

You may have avoided stepping on ice the entire year, yet come Christmas everyone wants to have a go - and we're pretty spoilt for choice when it comes to pop-up outdoor ice rinks. For your south of the river skating fix, head to the London Eye, where their aptly named Eyeskate will ensure that even if you do fall flat, you’ll have top views while doing so.

Check out the south London section of 101 things to do in London.  

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