Everyone has a fondness for the Christmas of their childhood. This is particularly true of that special breed the ’90s kid, never afraid to proudly proclaim the decade of their youth. If that's you or you simply think Christmas was better 20 years ago, here are three festive fiestas that will take you back in time like a tinsel-wrapped DeLorean.
I Love the 90s Christmas Party, December 2
The ’90s is for life, not just for Christmas. No venue knows this better than the O2 Academy Islington, which hosts London’s 'best and longest running' ’90s themed party every Friday night. For Christmas, I Love the 90s is putting on a yuletide special that will no doubt feature Christmas classics from East 17, Mariah Carey and, if you're really lucky, Mr Blobby.
Fatboy Slim’s Night-Rave Before Christmas, December 17
It doesn’t get more ’90s than raves and bad puns. The Night-Rave Before Christmas is what Mr Slim himself is calling it – the O2 understandably just calls it ‘Fatboy Slim’ – and by all accounts the show is set to live up to that frighteningly festive monicker.
Celebrating two decades of his classic 1996 album 'Better Living Through Chemistry' this year, Norman Cook will be giving his audience flashbacks to their ’90s rave days with tracks like ‘Everybody Needs a 303’, which will act as the perfect Christmas present prompt for anyone whose loved ones somehow don’t own 303s. Then of course there will be ‘Praise You’, which in this context acts as a reminder of the true meaning of Christmas: worshipping at the altar of capitalism.
Christmas at Pop-Up Screens, December 8-18
The decade’s dominion over the Christmas pop charts may be up for question, but its pulling power at the Christmas box office is undisputed. 'The Nightmare Before Christmas', 'Home Alone', 'Home Alone 2', 'Home Alone 3' – okay, maybe not 'Home Alone 3' – were all smashes and more Christmassy than an eggnog-soaked stocking. You can see all the best ones on the big screen at this year's Christmas at Pop-Up Screens.