Antler-less reindeers, plastic ice rinks and grumpy santas. Rubbish Winter Wonderlands can take all the spirit out of the festive period, leaving you with a sour taste in the mouth (and stood in a puddle of children's tears).
But fear not, people of Walthamstow. The seasonal extravaganza coming to your local Town Square Gardens for the first time this year looks set to be the polar opposite of a festive failure. In fact, it even looks like it will offer up a welcome alternative to the Christmas markets taking place in the centre of town.
As with all good winter wonderlands, there will be artisanal market stalls for all your Christmas shopping needs, while some of the best street food vendors around will be serving up dishes from every corner of the globe. But the highlight has to be the real-ice open-air ice skating rink. There will only be room for 95 on the ice though, so make sure to get down early to avoid disappointment.
And after you’ve slipped and slid to your heart’s content, you can retire to the Umbrella Bar & Stage, where seasonal cocktails, live music and DJs will be keeping the party going until 10pm.
The festivities kick off with the free Christmas lights switch on on Saturday December 1, and will run from 10am-10pm every day until Saturday December 28. And people say there's nothing to do in Zone 3!
Feeling festive? Why not check out what else is happening in London this Christmas?