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Alternative Christmas events in London

Whether you'll be embracing Christmas or simply trying to get through the festive period with the minimum of fuss and money spent, we've got the perfect list of weird and wonderful events in London to keep you entertained

Sure, there's always room for traditional Christmas fun like mulled wine, festive marketscarol services and ice skating, but why not try something a little different as well? London is blessed with all the alternative festive events that you could ever want, so have yourself a very quirky Christmas this year.

RECOMMENDED: Find more festive fun with our guide to Christmas in London

Find more Christmas fun in London

Christmas markets and fairs in London

Looking for gift inspiration? A last-minute bauble? Look no further than London's Christmas markets and fairs. Among a hamper full of special festive events you'll find foodie gifts, hand-crafted pressies and usually a bit of glühwein to help you get into that merry spirit. Pick your local area or venture across town with our guide to all the best annual Christmas markets in London.

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By: Time Out London Things To Do


Clara Z
Clara Z

How about  Volunteering some time by year end?

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Nick H
Nick H

Hey. And don't forget 'A Christmas Carol by Candlelight' with the legendary Guy Masterson at the equally legendary Fitzrovia Chapel, just reopened after a £3 million restoration. 23 Dec. www.LondonLiteraryPubCrawl.com. Bless us all, every one!


One of the best alternatives is to have a tropical themed party. Many of our clients venuture down this road and it works as an antidote to the cold winter. Guests enter the party and enjoy rum punch and a live steel drum band with just 3 players performing and creating the illusion of a tropical paradise. http://www.steelbandhire.com/ You can also source my favourite rum in the U.K to make your punch, it is called Sunset Rum and is the strongest on the market. Retailers are charging extortionate prices for it, so you will need to shop around, but it is worth the effort.

Wonder Hill
Wonder Hill

DONT FORGET!! WONDER HILL HANDMADE AND VINTAGE MARKET!! we are running Saturday 3rd, 10th and 17th from The Miller, 96 Snowsfields Road, London Bridge SE1 3SS and have the most amazing range of handmade and vintage designer maker products on sale to make your Christmas an individual and special one and to help you beat high street woes :) Entry is FREE, we offer student discount AND free mince pies!! brilliant! 11.30am - 5pm. www.wonderhillmarket.co.uk