Alternative Christmas events in London

If festive tradition isn't your thing, check out these weird and wonderful Christmas events taking place in London this winter
Swimmers Compete For The Peter Pan Cup In The Icy Waters Of The Serpentine
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Okay, so we love traditional Christmas fun like mulled wine, festive marketscarol services and ice skating. But there's nothing wrong with trying something a little different once in a while. Thankfully, London is blessed with all the alternative festive events that you could ever want, so get out of your festive comfort zone have yourself a quirky little Christmas in 2018. 

We’ll be updating this page with events for Christmas 2018 as they are announced.

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

Alternative Christmas events in London

Best buildings in London: Smithfield Market
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Things to do, Food and drink events

Hart's of Smithfield Christmas Auction

'Spend your money and take your chance' is the rather mysterious advice given to the 1,500-odd Londoners expected to turn up to Smithfield meat market for what must be London's most boisterous Christmas traditions. Harts of Smithfield run an auction just before Christmas each year, flogging great hunks of every kind of meat at bargain prices. 

Things to do, Quirky events

Peter Pan Cup

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Strictly a spectator event, unless you happen to be a regular, not to say hardy, member of the Serpentine Swimming Club, the Peter Pan Cup race takes place each year on Christmas morning. 

Try something new in the run up to Christmas

Things to do, Classes and workshops

Weird and wonderful hobbies in London

Bored? You need to get yourself a new hobby. And we're not talking stamp collecting here – we're talking alternative, freaky, fun activities, like trapezing, making wine and learning to paddleboard.

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