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Christmas on the South Bank

Whether you’re browsing or buying, there are lots of festive treats to enjoy by the Thames this year


This season on the South Bank, a series of great events and fun-filled winter activities are set to thrill and delight visitors and locals of all ages, while a range of fantastic markets will excite keen shoppers, novice bargain hunters and curious browsers alike.
Southbank Centre Christmas Market

Find a Christmas gift as unique as a Waterloo sunset at this brand new festive market located along Queen's Walk and Hungerford Car Park. Twinkling lights illuminate the rows of wooden chalets in which stallholders showcase their wares – from festive food, mulled wine and gifts to treats you’ll want to keep for yourself!
Tuesday November 11-Sunday January 4. Mon-Thu, Sun 10am-9pm; Fri and Sat 10am-10pm.

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The annual Festival is back to transform Southbank Centre into a Winter wonderland. As well as the new Christmas Market you can enjoy warming drinks at the Rekorderlig Cider Lodge, the Viewing Deck Bar or the Christmas Tree Cafe. There are free activities, a chance to explore the Christmas Tree Maze and jump aboard the Southbank Centre Express, catch one of the dazzling live shows including La Soirée, check out the Charity Shop Experience, and keep an eye out for the giant rabbits as you take a stroll around the South Bank!
Until Sunday January 11

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Real Food Christmas Market

Mince pies, mulled wine, cheeses, chutneys and charcuterie – all your favourite Christmas goodies are on the menu at the Real Food Christmas Market, along with a few non-traditional festive bites, ingredients and gifts for those who like to mix it up a bit. Find the market just behind the Royal Festival Hall, by Belvedere Road.
Friday December 19-Tuesday December 23. Fri noon-8pm, Sat and Mon 11am-8pm, Sun and Tue noon-6pm

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Browse for gifts in the shops around Festival Terrace, the Royal Festival Hall and the Hayward Gallery. You’ll find exclusive design collections, creative toys for children, 1950s-inspired homewares and the best of art, music, dance and photography. Visit fabulous Foyles bookshop or pick up a literary bargain at the outdoor book market under Waterloo Bridge. Further along the riverside, discover Gabriel’s Wharf and Oxo Tower Wharf, where you’ll find designer-maker stores selling jewellery, fashion, art and gifts.

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The London Eye is be transformed into a much loved annual festival of frosty fun, otherwise known as Frostival. Passengers on the London Eye can sup champagne or cocktails as they rotate in themed capsules, or marvel at icily decorated surrounds in the Frosty Guided Experience. Topping it off is Eyeskate – a riverside ice rink overlooked by the iconic wheel.
Saturday November 15-Sunday January 4.

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Grimm Tales for Young and Old

Author Philip Pullman has breathed new life into the classic fairytales collected by the Brothers Grimm. In a critically acclaimed storytelling show, adults and children can experience the immersive theatre experience in the labyrinthine sprawl of the Bargehouse chambers – words will become flesh and blood, sights and sounds. Not for the fainthearted!
Friday November 21-Sunday February 15. 7.30pm-10.30pm

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In a theatre adaptation suitable for ages 10-plus, Robert Louis Stevenson’s classic seafaring adventure is brought to life in thrilling style. Mutiny, mystery and murder are the themes as piracy is played out on the National Theatre’s Olivier stage. Tickets range from £15 to £50, with half price rates on £39 and £50 seats for under-18s.
Wednesday November 3-Wednesday April 8 2015. 7pm (matinees on selected dates, 2pm)

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