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London events in December

Your guide to the best activities, events and fun stuff happening in London throughout December 2017

December means that Christmas in London arrives in a big way. The airwaves are bursting with Christmas songs, office workers swap the salads for festive sandwiches and the best restaurants and pubs in London are even buzzier than usual

But don't worry if you're sick of Christmas spirit already, as there are tons of great, non-festive events to enjoy – as well as the epic New Year celebrations to look forward to.

Here's your guide to all the best events and cultural happenings taking places across December in London.

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Our December 2017 highlights


New Year's Eve and New Year in London

Whether you're a local or just visiting for the holidays, New Year's Eve in 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. 

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By: Time Out London editors

New Year’s Eve parties in London

London is chock-full of incredible New Year's Eve parties, from quirky fancy dress events to heads-down 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. And remember that once you've made it through New Year's Eve into 2017 and maybe caught a few fireworks on the way, you can do it all over again on New Year's Day. 

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By: Ellie Broughton

Christmas in London: your ultimate guide

There's nothing more festive as London at Christmas time. Discover ideas for fun family outings throughout the Christmas period as well as things to do on Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and Boxing Day in the capital. Thinking of a day at Winter Wonderland? Or an evening of Christmas carols? Or even taking a spin around one of London's best ice skating rinks. You can plan it all and more with our guide to Christmas in London.

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By: Time Out London editors


Easily the biggest hit theatre show of our age – and the winner of 11 gongs at the 2016 Tonys – Lin-Manuel Miranda’s ‘Hamilton’ is an exuberant, multi-racial hip hop account of the life and times of American founding father Alexander Hamilton. 

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Victoria Palace Theatre , St James's Park Tuesday November 21 2017 - Saturday June 30 2018

Nativity! The Musical

That most popular of festive film is now a major new musical adapted for the stage by Debbie Isitt, the creator of the much-loved films. So join Mr Maddens and his crazy assistant Mr Poppy as they struggle with hilarious children, unruly animals and a whole lot of sparkle and shine to make everyone's Christmas wish come true.

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Eventim Apollo Hammersmith , Hammersmith Wednesday December 13 2017 - Sunday December 17 2017

London Mime Workshop

Are you South London's Marcel Marceau? Learn about the 'silent art' at the London Mime Workshop, hosted every Sunday at Brixton Pound Cafe. Uncover your personality as a jester, clown or pierrot [a staple character in French Pantomime]. A flexible session for both beginners and practising mimes, the workshop is focused on exploration. You'll be free to add music, invent your own plot and even speak. 

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Brixton Pound Cafe , London Sunday July 30 2017 - Sunday February 25 2018

Winnie-the-Pooh: Exploring A Classic

There are few creative relationships that have the capacity to dazzle countless generations of readers like that between a children's writer and illustrator. This was the certainly the case with AA Milne, the creator of Winnie-the-Pooh, and EH Shephard. The V&A will be drawing extensively from its own collection of drawings, letters, photographs and manuscripts to tell the story of the tremendous success of Hundred Acre Wood's world-famous resident. 

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V&A , Brompton Saturday December 16 2017 - Sunday April 8 2018

Pete Tong presents Ibiza Classics

Pete Tong is more than a piece of latter-day cockney rhyming slang; he’s also a scene-shaping DJ. This winter, he’s teaming up with the 60-piece Heritage Orchestra to raise the O2’s roof  with some big-room anthems, for all you ravers who only want to grow up a little bit.

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The O2 , Greenwich Peninsula Friday December 15 2017 - Saturday December 16 2017

How to Win Against History

Seiriol Davies’s gleefully ludicrous chamber musical is a larky collision of Gilbert & Sullivan and Monty Python that is probably not to be consulted for its strict historical verisimilitude. It’s a tribute to the idea of Paget and his ebullient self-destruction as much as a serious interrogation of the real life figure. 

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Young Vic , Southwark Thursday November 30 2017 - Saturday December 23 2017


One of the two rival versions of the ever-popular Brummie reggae titans currently touring, this incarnation of the band includes original members Ali Campbell, Astro and Mickey Virtue.

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Eventim Apollo Hammersmith , Hammersmith Tuesday December 5 2017
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Denis K
Denis K

We are looking for party people who know the musical underground well. 

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kelvin d
kelvin d

Thank you for sharing the information..

Claire D
Claire D

John Cooper Clarke in July, great Christmas event!