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14 days of great Christmas events

Twelve days of Christmas? Try two whole weeks of festive things to do in London

By Katie McCabe and Stephanie Hartman
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December 25. It really creeps on you doesn't it? And there's not much time left to soak up those Christmassy vibes. Don't panic, because we've put together a whole 14 days of festive things to do over the holidays. Make the most of it with Christmas markets in London, ice rinks and Christmas lights. You'll be whistling Slade songs before you know it.  

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Two weeks of Christmas events

Christmas Carol concert at St Paul's Cathedral
Christmas Carol concert at St Paul's Cathedral
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1. December 19: Unicef UK Christmas Carol Concert

Things to do

Let Kirsty ‘Desert Island Discs’ Young cast you away with help from St Catharine’s Girls’ Choir and the St Paul’s Cathedral Consort, who’ll be performing choral classics beneath the beautiful dome. Jessie Ware, Eddie Izzard and Cat Deeley are all on the bill. Go on, tell Deeley you loved ‘SMTV Live’, you know you want to. 

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Camden Market
Camden Market
Alicia Clarke

3. December 21: Festive Vegan Deli

Thinking about going vegan in 2018? Ease yourself in by sampling some of the Fat Gay Vegan’s top picks of plant-based suppliers in the city. Feast throughout the day and share in the meat-free cheer. Tofurky isn’t so bad, promise. 
Former Art Gallery, North Yard, Camden Market, NW1 8AH

Serpentine Swimming Club
Serpentine Swimming Club

4. December 25: Christmas Day swims

See a bunch of hardy Londoners freeze their bits off at the Peter Pan Cup swimming race in Hyde Park. You have to be a Serpentine Swimming Club member to take part (saving you from those sub-40F temps, and yourself). But you can still watch all the teeth-chattering divers from the sidelines. If you need to spend Christmas underwater, pre-book a swim at Brockwell Lido (9.30am-10.30am),  or avoid the cold at Crouch End’s Park Road Pools & Fitness (9am-11am). Can’t bear to leave the house? Just hide in the bath instead. Christmas goals, they’re all relative. 

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Jayne Lloyd

6. December 30: Christmas Past at the Geffrye

Get an eyeful of 1930s paisley upholstery and see how Brits set a Christmas table back in 1965 at the Geffrye. The ‘museum of the home’ is closing for two years in January, so make the most of the curtain-twitching while you can. 

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