Our December 2018 highlights
At Time Out's anti-mulled wine event you can warm up with toasty tipples – including warmed-up twists on the classic cocktails and modern takes on winter punch - from Hendrick’s, Monkey Shoulder, Glenfiddich and Reyka. Down with mulled wine, it's hot cocktail time!
See Kew's incredible gardens get another magnificent seasonal makeover as illuminations light up the botanical gardens and bring the buildings and plants to life.
This festive playground is back. Get ready for more dancing, eating, laughing, drinking and skating than you can shake a snow globe at.
‘A Christmas Carol’ returns for Christmas 2018 with Stephen Tompkinson as Ebenezer Scrooge. It's is the Coldplay of festive theatre: big, bombastic and happy, and overwhelmingly winsome.
Slip and slide on London’s most enchanting ice rink, thanks to the beautiful backdrop of Alfred Waterhouse's buildings, a row of trees dripping in fairy lights and a majestic Christmas tree in the middle of the ice.
The Harry Potter studio tours get a festive makeover once more this Winter, with Christmas trees and a seasonal feast in the Great Hall, decorations in Gryffindor common room and snow drifts in Diagon Alley.
Christmas time means panto time, so why not kick off the season in style with a little Dick Whittington. The show focuses on internet-age jokes and clear storytelling instead of the traditional ‘he's behind you’ stuff. It's the edgiest panto around.
Give camp as Christmas a whole new meaning at London drag collective Sink The Pink's ‘How to Catch a Krampus.’ Imagine ‘Sweeney Todd’ meets ‘The Wicker Man’ plus bucketfuls of glitter.
In Marianne Elliot's gender-swap production you can expect plenty of thrilling twists, turns and drama that'll have you on the edge of your seats.
Hit up the stage version of Anais Mitchell's hit ‘folk opera’. Go for the wonderfully eccentric casting and sensational songs.
The Almeida's stunning Tennessee Williams revival hits the West End. The real highlight is Patsy Ferran who gives the performance of the year.
The first exhibition to focus on the links between Andrea Mantegna and Giovanni Bellini, two of the most influential painters of the Italian Renaissance.
London’s most enchanting ice rink, thanks to the beautiful backdrop of Alfred Waterhouse's buildings, a row of trees dripping in fairy lights and a majestic Christmas tree in the middle of the ice.
Look lively ginthusiasts. London distillery Sipsmiths has created a festive pop-up shop where you can warm your cockles with a hot G&T, or pick up boozy Christmas gifts.
See globe boss Michelle Terry and husband Paul Ready in The Scottish Play. It's a fresh - even funny - take on the tragedy.
Bring the whole family along to London’s only bumper cars on ice and your kids will be bouncing with joy. Besides bumper cars you can also show off your ice-skating skills on the rink and tuck into festive food and drink.
If you’re looking for an antidote to London’s traditional Christmas lights, head to Chiswick House and Gardens to see this super slick light display responding to the 18th-century grounds.
Fancy whizzing around one of London’s most famous landmarks? Located in the dry moat, the Tower of London ice rink offers a grand historical setting for seasonal skating sessions.
Food, glorious food! Fresh pasta and workshops! Discover an Italian foodie wonderland residing at La Famiglia Rana Grocer where you can do your grocery shopping and learn new cooking skills from professional chefs.
Glide past the stunning backdrop of one of London’s best-loved landmarks and bop along to live music at their Acoustic Lates, curated by Ticketmaster Artist Services happening every Thursday throughout November, December and January.
London at Christmas time is pretty darn magical. Discover ideas for fun family outings throughout the Christmas period, plus fun things to do on Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and Boxing Day in the capital.
You’ll find plenty more than baubles and gingerbread to tempt you in the wooden chalets that make up this iconic Christmas market. Stock up on festive food and tipples, unique gifts, stocking fillers and treats.
The Grinch would have a real job stealing all the Christmas from Hyde Park's massive tribute to festive fun, which is back with fairground rides, a child-friendly Santa Land, Christmas markets, ice rink, Victorian bandstand and family-friendly Christmas shows.
Dazzle your eyes be taking a peek at London's twinkling Christmas lights. The illuminations give London an instant festive makeover. Plan a wintery outing with our guide to all the main lights in London for Christmas 2018.
Swap stressful Christmas shopping in busy department stores for something a little more laid back. We've got you covered with our guide to London’s loveliest Christmas markets and festive fairs.
Where's the best place to catch a London pantomime for Christmas 2018? Is it behind you? Nope: it's in the panto list right here.
No matter how unimpressive your skating skills, a trip to this 900-square-metre outdoor rink will be the very definition of festive fun.
Take a look back in time at the history of ‘Peanuts’ and the art development behind the iconic Charlie Brown and Snoopy characters. It's the largest and most definitive ‘Peanuts’ collection. Good grief!
In a real coup for Christmas spirit, Age UK – a charity who are working to help older people combat loneliness – have organised this carol concert at St Paul's Cathedral to raise funds.
Dazzling Christmas lights, wreath-making workshops, a gospel choir and a makers’ market will provide the Yuletide feels at the launch of this shopping bonanza.
Feel good about splashing your cash at this market that champions women designers and sends 10 percent of the proceeds to the CoppaFeel! breast cancer charity.
Settle down in the beautiful surrounding of the Rivoli Ballroom – one of the last remaining ballrooms round – to watch festive faves ‘Home Alone’ and ‘Elf’.
See weird-shaped contemporary paintings of cleaners. It's so full of colour, symbols and humour that you'll never want to leave.
Whizz down a colourful slide, check out stalls from local makers and catch brilliant talks, podcast recordings and music events at Google Pixel’s central London pop-up.
Now it’s mulled wine season we're super grateful for this covered-Christmas market, which means you can get on with browsing handmade gifts, graduate art from UAL, vinyl records and more, without the risk of getting rained on.
The road famous for its flower market is fast becoming known for its annual late night Christmas events too. This Wednesday shopping evening sees the street's independent shops stay open until 9pm.
Guzzle Christmas dishes from around the globe as the iconic food market’s finest traders set up their stalls after dark beneath Bermondsey’s fairy-light-festooned Victorian railway arches.
See flat, elegant paintings of retro girls by a modern master. Into his nineties, Katz has somehow still got it.
Nothing says Christmas quite like a glass of Baileys. Lucky for you, the delicious Irish cream liqueur pop-up returns to the Capital with its festive Alpine-themed Treat Bar.
Winterland London is returning to Fulham for the festive season, and will be turning back the clocks with a theme that channels the Alps of the '80s and '90s.
See this wildly eccentric staging of Zadie Smith's hit novel. It's full of ludicrous energy.
See south-east London's glorious art deco mansion Eltham Palace looking all kinds of magical on this torch-lit trail of fairy light tunnels, a light maze and holographic talking birds. Warm up after with a post-walk mince pie.
Step back in time and relive a Christmas miracle as the Charles Dickens’ Museum comes to life with theatrical scenes from 'A Christmas Carol'.
New York's famous Miracle on Ninth Street bar is popping up in London with ’50s Christmas decorations, nostalgic alpine-themed accessories and creative takes on old school cocktails to bring you a kitsch Christmas.
Jimmy Garcia is bringing his Lodge on the River back to the Southbank for the festive period this year, and it's set to be his most luxurious pop-up yet. The highlight is the return of the snow globe igloos.
Strictly a spectator event - unless you happen to be a member of the Serpentine Swimming Club - the Peter Pan Cup race through the Serpentine's icy waters takes place each year on Christmas morning.
Looking for a traditional Christmas meal without all the faff? Or perhaps turkey isn’t your thing, but you’d still like to dine out on 25 December? Time Out's Food Editors round up the best places to eat on Christmas Day.
Whether your ice skating skills are jaw-droppingly magnificent or utterly non-existent, you'll still find London's ice rinks as enchanting as ever.
The magnificent fireworks display that showers the Thames with light each New Year's Eve is back. See the impressive display featuring more than 12,000 fireworks and Big Ben’s famous bongs, which will sound for the special occasion.
London is one of the best places in the world to be for New Year celebrations. Fact. Never one to miss out on a party, the capital is fully prepared with loads of New Year's Eve parties and events up its sparkly sleeve, as well as the mighty NYE firework display over the Thames.
New Year's Eve parties are ten to the dozen in London, from quirky fancy dress events to heads-core raving. Our definitive list of events rounds up the many nights taking place, making it easy to track down your perfect NYE bash, whatever you're looking for.
Christmas returns to the City as Leadenhall Market gets lit up for the festive season with a 20-foot tree taking centre stage.
The banks of the River Thames are home to this annual winter market again. With views of Tower of London and Tower Bridge, plus an ace combination of homemade gifts and delicious food sold from German-style chalets, it's a festive winner.
Celebrate all your favourite much-loved feline favourites in this eclectic and unexpected exhibition. We're not kitten around it's utter purr-fection (sorry).
Step into Christmas, circa 1724. This frozen-in-time house, tucked away down a Liverpool St sidestreet has been given a festive makeover, complete with freshly wrapped presents, the sound of carollers and the aroma of a Christmas dinner.
Experience a yoga session with a gothic spin. This vampire fitness class followed by pizza definitely won't suck.
Experience the unforgettable journey of National Theatre's famous puppet-powered War Horse. It's back just in time for Christmas.
The riverside venue will also be celebrating the coldest season with a fistful of fun pop-ups and activities. Visit the annual Winter Market, watch Glittery Clittery's feminist, festive comedy cabaret and dress up at the Snow Ball.
See everybody's favourite antarctic animal IRL. This lovely kids' show about a single-dad penguin explores what life is like as a bird.
Skate around Henry VIII's sixteenth-century pad this festive season. Hampton Court Palace makes a mighty picturesque backdrop for this outdoor rink, especially when lit up after dark.
The Museum of Architecture’s Gingerbread City is back and this year it's filling the mighty V&A with impressive models made of dough. Look out for gingerbread house making workshops and don’t be tempted to nibble on your creation.
See this show full of influential video art about propaganda and surveillance. It's terrifying and very, very necessary.
Take your pirouettes to new heights on Skylight’s rooftop ice rink. Find the frozen stretch sat alongside a cluster of cosy igloos and huts where you can knock back mugs of mulled wine.
‘The Lion and the Unicorn’ is a whole show that's beautifully costumed, perfectly surreal and ultra-sardonic takedown of the Anglo-Scottish relationship.
Delve in to the complex relationship between fashion and nature from 1600 to the present day at this V&A exhibition. Featuring Alexander McQueen’s final complete collection and brands working with ingenious new technologies to make fashion more sustainable.
This single series of works focuses on just one bit of Rauschenberg's work, whch is a proper treat. Delve into the parallels between tyres and fruit, denim and canvas, human and machine.
Vendors of rare movie memorabilia, MovieMania, have put together an exhibition brimming with famous movie props and production artefacts.
See this hilarious take on a classic. Rufus Hound is a hoot.
The ongoing refugee crisis is the topic of this multi-media exhibition of works by 13 contemporary illustrators.
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