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Alternative Christmas events in London

Looking for something different to the festive classics? Here are the most weird and wonderful events happening in London this Christmas

Rosie Hewitson
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Rosie Hewitson

Many of us love a good old-fashioned Christmas complete with trips to festive markets, ice skating, carol services and all the trimmings. But it’s not everyone’s glass of eggnog. Thankfully, London is abuzz with unusual Christmas events come winter. Whether you fancy switching up your usual gift-shopping with a trip to the Satanic Flea Market’s Antichristmas Fayre, making the Yuletide gayer than ever at a camp as Christmas drag show, or watching hardy swimmers go for an icy plunge on December 25 in the Serpentine’s famous Peter Pan Cup race, have yourself a quirky little Christmas with our round-up of the ultimate alt festive events in London.

We’ll be updating this page with alternative events for Christmas 2021 as they are announced.

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

Alternative Christmas events in London

  • Theatre
  • Theatre & Performance

Glued to the latest season of ‘Drag Race UK’? Then you’ll be gagging to book tickets for this panto (cue enthusiastic shouts of ‘Oh no we won’t!). After the sell-out success of 2019’s ‘Cinderella’, specialist drag production company TuckShop is returning to the West End this winter with a second all-drag panto featuring Cheryl Hole, Kitty Scott-Claus and Choriza May, three stars of RuPaul’s iconic reality competition. Expect tongue pops galore and presumably as many dick jokes as they can cram into a two-hour show.


  • Things to do
  • Games and hobbies
  • Bayswater

Curling has come to Queens, fka Queen’s Ice Bowl. After all, what is curling if not bowling on ice? The way it works is you slide stones across a rink and into the bullseye-esque ‘house’. All the while your trusty team mates are brushing and guiding the stone as best they can. Sound exhausting? It is! Luckily Meatliquor is on hand to offer burgers and cocktails to help keep you fed and watered. 

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