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Cling on to Christmas at the last festive events in London

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Not quite ready to face 2020? Wring out that last mulled drop of Christmas cheer with the remaining ‘seasonal’ things to do in the city.

Go to Skate Lates at Somerset House

Never made it to the big shiny, showy ice rink at Somerset House? Then see it at its best with Skate Lates, a club night on ice with a very decent line-up of DJs – strictly no cheese. Try not to fall arse over tit as you slide around to dark trap and grime from London clubnight Night Dreams, and a set from Girls Can’t DJ founder Jordss. A whizz around the ice and a rinkside hot chocolate should help feed that ‘it’s still Christmas’ denial. Somerset House. Tube: Temple. Fri Jan 10. £17. 

Photograph: Courtesy of Eccleston Yards

Have a look at the last of London’s Christmas lights 

Most of London’s major Christmas light installations will be packed away into their giant boxes by January 6. But like a visiting uncle with no self-awareness, the ‘Wave’ installation in Belgravia will be sticking around just a few days longer than normal. Made up of 500 colourful glowing orbs, ‘Wave’ is loosely inspired by the concept of chromotherapy, with lights that are designed to make visitors feel more energised and at ease. Eccleston Yards. Tube: Victoria. Until Sat Jan 11. Free. 

See festive films on the ice at Queens

Watch classic movies from a deckchair that’s plonked on an actual ice rink at Queens in Bayswater for the last ‘festive’ cinema pop-up. Catch screenings of ‘Wall-E’, ‘The Greatest Showman’ or ‘Dirty Dancing’. Look out for the servers who’ll be skating around selling popcorn. Queens. Tube: Bayswater. Until Jan 26. £14.50.  

Photograph: Courtesy of Warner Bros Studio Tour London

Visit Hogwarts in the Snow

The Hogwarts Express is about to depart, but there’s still time to see the Great Hall decked out for the Yule Ball  (if you can cope with the crowds and queues). See dripping icicles, snow-covered Christmas trees, an orchestra playing silver instruments, turkey and burning Christmas puddings laid out on the table. The Gryffindor Common Room will feature original props with Christmas cards created by cast members. If you can’t get tickets, just treat yourself to another hungover viewing of ‘Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban’. Studio Tour Drive. Watford Junction Overground then bus. Until Jan 26. £47, booking essential. 

Swap unwanted gifts for sex toys

Got a ‘Killing Eve’ DVD box set for Christmas when you no longer own a DVD player? Take your unwanted gifts to the South Bank for the Sex Not Socks gift swap, where you can trade them for a sex toy from the Lovehoney ‘lucky dip’ sack. The presents will then be donated to a homeless charity. Bulky items aren’t welcome, so no trying to palm off your unused face steamer in exchange for a butt plugObservation Point. Tube: Waterloo. Jan 14. Bring a gift or give a donation. 

Photograph: Courtesy of Queen’s House

Say bye to The Queen’s House ice rink

With its grand English baroque architecture, green spaces and excessive quaintness, there’s just something indecently Christmassy about Greenwich. Even more so when you visit this outdoor ice rink. Get yourself to south London before Sunday and you can do one final loop of the ice while taking in some sweet views of London. And yes, it’s still doing mulled wine. Greenwich does not give up on Christmas that easily. Queen’s House. Maze Hill rail. Until Sun Jan 12. £13.50-£16.

Catch one of the last Christmas theatre shows

The final curtain has long since fallen for the majority of London’s panto productions, but the Old Vic’s ebullient retelling of Dickens’s ‘A Christmas Carol’ will be running until January 18. The play, created by hit writer Jack Thorne, is narrated by a rowdy chorus of costumed spirits. As our reviewer put it: ‘It looks like a Victorian slum party on opium, and sounds, at its heights, like a choir of angels’. Old Vic. Tube: Waterloo. Until Jan 18. £12-£67.50.

If you’re ready to face reality, you can find the biggest things to look forward to in 2020, right here

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