London's top Christmas events - eat, drink and be merry!

Whether you've already wrapped all your presents, put your tree up and are relaxing with a well-deserved glass of mulled wine or think of yourself as more of a Christmas grinch who avoids the festivities until the last possible minute, everybody needs to get in the festive spirit this year - we insist! What better way to channel some festive vibes than by heading to some of the amazing events on in London this December. There's something for ages, from family-friendly Winter Wonderland to Winterville in East London, and we're here to give you the lowdown on the best events happening near you!

Winterville

When

26th November - 23rd December

Where

Victoria Park, Hackney

What to expect

Head for Hackney for an alternative Christmas experience this year. Expect Vaudeville-style bazaars, ice skating, crazy golf and more! The Winter Night Garden shows screenings of classic Christmas films in an enchanted forest setting, whilst a wood and mirror-panelled spiegeltent hosts performers from the Moscow State Circus as well as cabaret, live music, panto and stand-up acts. The Victorian-themed Christmas market is a must-see and there's finger-lickin' street food on offer from the likes of Smokestack and Crabbieshack as well as mulled wine, hot chocolate and a host of winter-warming drinks. Don't forget the fairground, Santa's Grotto and Pop Shop, offering an Andy-Warhol inspired bout of retail therapy. We can't wait!

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Hyde Park Winter Wonderland

When

20th November - 3rd January, open everyday from 10am - 10pm

Where

Hyde Park, London

What to expect

London's biggest Christmas celebration happens at Hyde Park's Winter Wonderland every year and there is something for all ages! Go skating on the outdoor rink or take the kids to the Magical Ice Kingdom where you can wander through the fairy forest, see the ice castle and even meet the snow queen! Don't forget to wrap up warm, as the temperature in the Ice Kingdom reaches -8 degrees (brr). There's also a Christmas market where you can pick up some last-minute festive gifts, a range of themed cafes and bars, plus street food and live music. It's free to enter and soak up the festive atmosphere but for attractions you'll need to buy tickets - it's best to book online to avoid the queues!

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Barbican Christmas Market

When

4th December - 20th December

Where

The Barbican, London

What to expect

Fancy doing some cultural shopping this Christmas? You'll find 35 independent traders at the Barbican's market this year, running over three weekends before Christmas. There's everything from arts and crafts to vintage clothing, jewellery, toys and books. Plus mulled wine and mince pies to fuel your retail therapy!

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Adventure to Santa's Grotto

When

Until 24th December

Where

Westfield London, Shepherd's bush

What to expect

This immersive experience is ideal for children of all ages. It's a 'DreamWorks DreamPlace' event which has been designed by storytellers and animation artists, giving kids the chance to meet their favourite DreamWorks characters. Take a ride on Santa's sleigh to visit Shrek and Donkey at the North Pole - it's an interactive, personalised experience that kids will remember for years to come.

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Christmas at Kew Gardens

When

9th December - 2nd January

Where

Kew Gardens

What to expect

The illuminations at Kew gardens this year take visitors on a mile-long trail past decorated trees, illuminated fountains and a scented fire garden! There are the usual vintage rides and festive treats on offer (a little of what you fancy is ok at this time of year) as well as Santa's Grotto for the little ones. Book your tickets online to ensure you don't miss out.

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Pop-Up Screens @ 20th Century Theatre

When

11th - 23rd December

Where

Notting Hill

What to expect

How do you like the idea of walking through a magic wardrobe into falling snow and finding a beautiful, Grade-II listed theatre on the other side! With screenings of festive classics such as Elf, Home Alone, Frozen and Bad Santa, there are still tickets available for many shows, and you can relax with a mug of mulled wine or hot chocolate whilst snacking on treats such as brownies and popcorn. Book your tickets now, as they're selling fast.

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