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11 heartwarming online Christmas events to make you feel festive despite it all

Need ideas for your virtual Christmas party? These online carol concerts, shows and Christmas concerts are 100 percent festive

Ellie Walker-Arnott
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Ellie Walker-Arnott

So Christmas is going to be a little different this year. There are fewer IRL events taking place, thanks to social distancing restrictions, and you might even be spending the Big Day alone or with pals instead of travelling to see vulnerable loved ones. But you know what? That doesn’t mean you can’t get your fill of the festive feels.

If there’s one thing the world has gotten pretty good at this year, it’s online events – and the ingenious performers and arts venues of the world are pulling out all the stops for the festive season. Look no further to find heartwarming virtual carol concerts, seasonal plays and even online cookery workshops to help you ace that turkey – all of which you can stream from the comfort of your home.

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Online Christmas events around the world

London’s historic Borough Market is putting on a series of festive food workshops on subjects like celebratory cheese boards and upcycling your Christmas leftovers. There are also live cook-a-longs and chats with London chefs. 

When is it? Free on Borough Market’s Facebook page, the events ran until December 18 but you can watch them all back now. 

  • Theatre
  • Musicals

A star-studded hour of musical numbers, sketches and seasonal poetry that’ll take place IRL at the Actors’ Church in Covent Garden, but be streamed to audiences online. The full line-up is TBC, but Imelda Staunton, Jim Carter, Minnie Driver, Giles Terera, Rosalie Craig and Sharon Rose are already confirmed. 

When is it? The live event happened on December 16 at 7.30pm (GMT), but it’s still available to watch for free on Donmar Warehouse’s YouTube channel

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