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Welcome London’s oldest new theatre at Ally Pally’s Christmas Carnival

Alexandra Palace is hosting an awesome-looking set of Christmas celebrations – and giving you access to a part of the building hidden for 80 years

By Time Out in association with Alexandra Palace

Think you know everything there is to know about Ally Pally? Think again, people. The loved London landmark is reopening its Victoria Theatre, a very impressive piece of architecture that’s been hidden since before the war. It’s been given a lovely new lick of paint (and then some...), and to show it all off there’s going to be an epic Christmas Carnival. Well, why not?

Running across three consecutive weekends from the beginning of December – and taking place at the venue’s East Court, too (also given a refurb, FYI) – this festive shindig will be pretty much the perfect place to get your yuletide vibes on. Head down on Saturday December 1 for the official reopening and bag yourself a sneak peek inside the theatre, ahead of the opening programme of shows commencing on December 3. There’ll be celebrations throughout the day including a giant cake created by gastronomic geniuses Bompas & Parr, accompanied by live band and choir.

There’ll also be a Santa's grotto, ice skating, one very tasty Christmas market and seasonal editions of Ally Pally’s now legendary StrEATlife street food and craft beer fest, featuring some of the best live music and DJs in the business. Plus there’ll be Christmas classics on the Luna Cinema big screen in the Victorian Theatre on Monday December 10, and ‘Aladdin on Ice’ in the ice rink from December 3-10. 

And if that’s not enough? Well you can settle into one of the Victorian Theatre’s beautifuly refurbed seats and see ‘Horrible Histories Live on Stage’, ‘Letters Live’, ‘Christmas with Gareth Malone’ and ‘Ronnie Scott’s Presents’. Or, you know, just sit there and marvel at just what a grand job they’ve done at bringing this hidden gem gloriously back to life. 

Alexandra Palace Christmas Carnival takes place at The Victorian Theatre and East Court from Dec 1-16 2018

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