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Alternative Christmas events in London

Looking for something different to the festive classics? Here’s some weird and wonderful events happening in London this Christmas

Alice Saville
Rosie Hewitson
Written by
Alice Saville
&
Rosie Hewitson
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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 2023 as they are announced.

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

Alternative Christmas events in London

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  • King’s Cross

Think festive sports, and most people's minds will turn to ice skating. How... obvious. Why not try your hand at an incredibly niche Winter Olympics sport at this Kings Cross pop up? You'll get a chance to guide a puck along the ice with brushes, while DJs supply a '90s themed soundtrack.

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