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Christmas parties in London

Dance, drink and get merry at one of these festive parties, club nights and events

Written by
Chiara Wilkinson
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Let’s face it: it’s been one hell of a year, and you deserve to let your hair down. Soak up as much festive fun as possible with our guide to Christmas-themed parties and club nights this December. Whether you want to warm up from the cold with some high-speed raving, a night of throwback cheesy classics, or want to totally avoid the Xmas anthems with London’s finest house and disco DJs – we’ve got everything you could possibly want for Christmas. 

RECOMMENDED: See our full festive guide to Christmas in London.

This page will be updated with more events as they’re announced. 

Christmas shindigs in London

Space Ibiza - Winter Wonderland

White Isle party people Space Ibiza are back in town, this time with a grand Christmassy production to keep your body moving for hours on end. Be whisked away to a frosty world of arctic animals, igloos and snow covered forests to get into the festive spirit, all soundtracked to a huge line-up of dance legends and new talent alike. 

 

Jungle Cakes Christmas Party

Get ready for a killer night of bassy brilliance at Jungle Cakes' festive shindig. In a massive celebration of UK soundsystem culture, special guest General Levy will blast out jungle, reggae and DnB all night long, joined by Deekline, Ed Solo, Jam Thieves and Toby Ross. 

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Ritual Christmas Party
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Ritual Christmas Party

Ritual are throwing a Christmas party, and you're invited. The club will be decked out with all sorts to transform it into a winter wonderland drenched in sweet, sweet house music. Finnebassen will be taking to the decks, joined by Tommy Farrow, Golden Ladie, and an extra special guest – Above & Beyond's deep house imprint, Anjunadeep.

 

 

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  • Barbican

Six cutting-edge musical stars, broadcast by Boiler Room live from the cutting-edge Barbican’s cutting-edge main hall. Artists include multi-instrumentalist and producer Mansure Brown, transgressive rap genius Nayana Iz, fearless 1990s R&B-inspired Ojerime and Trinidad-born rapper Berwyn. Should be an excellent night of music.

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I Love the 80s/90s/00s - Christmas Party
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I Love the 80s/90s/00s - Christmas Party

Sometimes, you really just need a bit of cheese in your life – and we're here to tell you that it's more than okay. This retro Christmas extravaganza will soundtrack to all of your favourite festive hits from back in the day, so let the nostalgia ooze and the good times flow. As well as a massive dancefloor, the venue has 8 bowling lanes, karaoke booths, and ping-pong arcade games, to ensure there's no shortage of fun during your visit.  

London's favourite ball pit is back with a huge array of festive nights across December. On Thursdays you can enjoy 'Deck the Balls' with prizes for the best festive-themed costume, or lay out your glad rags for a Friday night, Christmas-soundtracked showstopper. Get down on Saturday for the Jingle Bell Ball, with glitter face painting all night, photobooth opportunities, and, of course, Mariah Carey – or enjoy Sleigh Sundays with buy one get one free pizza

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The Big Brassy Christmas Party
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  • Shoreditch

It might well be the most wonderful time of the year, but if there’s one section of the festivities that can end up a little stale it’s the music. All, what are there, twenty? Christmas songs on an eternal loop in the local Sainos, and that bloke in the pub who declares each and every year that ‘Fairytale of New York’ is the greatest thing ever written. Patience can be tested, that’s for sure.

Fortunately, there’s one show in the city that (quite literally) breathes life into those snow-dusted jingles: The Big Brassy Xmas Party. Taking place at the XOYO near Old Street for one night only, this is a Christmas knees-up that doesn’t disappoint. The tunes will all be Christmas classics but they’re being supplied by a ten-piece brass band called, wait for it, the Old Dirty Brasstards. So grab some mistletoe, dust off that prime Christmas jumper, and get ready to step into Christmas as though it’s your last Christmas. Oh yeah, it's 18+, just to warn you. 

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If you're after a quintessentially London celebration, hop on board this Thames party boat with DJ party anthems, Christmas chart toppers, and views of London's most iconic landmarks. Tickets include a light buffet meal, bar access, and optional guest list entrance to a club once the event has ended. 

Tickets cost £33 and parties are available on weeknights and Saturdays.

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  • Camden Town

Held every Saturday at Camden’s iconic Jazz Cafe, this weekly club night aims to ‘connect the dots between disco, house, soul and more from across the ages’, and its penultimate edition of 2021 is taking on a Christmas-themed tinge.

Get festive with with the best Christmas music

The 50 best Christmas songs
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As Noddy Holder once screeched: it’s Christmas! You might have heard some Christmas songs enough times to make you want to perforate your eardrums with a candy cane, but many festive pop songs are great works of art. Here’s our countdown of the Top 50 Christmas songs, from ancient carols to the best Christmas Number Ones.

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