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Christmas 2021: the festivals, shows and events to book now

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From singing along to seasonal carols to visiting spectacular light festivals, we’ve listed some of the best Christmas events to book now.

It’s officially that time of the year when we all scramble to get our Christmas calendars in order.

With family dinners, gatherings with friends and work parties to attend, the holiday period can be an extremely busy time – and with a slew of cultural events to add to the mix, it just got busier and merrier.

From illuminating light festivals to classic Christmas productions, we’ve listed some of the festive events to attend to get you in the Christmas spirit.

  • Festive afternoon tea at The Langham

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    Christmas events 2021: Festive afternoon tea at The Langham

    This Festive season, The Langham has been transformed into a Cinderella-inspired wonderland. 

    Christmas trees adorned with glittering glass slippers and shimmering velvet pumpkins will fill the hotel, alongside a showstopping main tree in the shape of Cinderella’s famous gown.

    This year the offering includes biscuit-inspired treats such as Just like a Jaffa with mandarin jelly, genoise and chocolate; MVP with brandy-infused fruit, spiced almond cream and crunchy sable; and What a Gem with buttery sable, quince and ginger compote and green apple cream.

    Dates: From 18 November 2021 – 2 January 2022. 

    Book Festive afternoon tea at The Langham

  • Massaoke: Christmas Special at Boxpark

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    Christmas events 2021: Massaoke: Christmas Special at Boxpark

    Get your vocal chords warmed up this Christmas for the ultimate sing-along at Boxpark in Croydon, with the return of Massaoke: Christmas Special. 

    Prepare to be serenaded by a brilliant live band while singing and dancing your heart out to some of the greatest pop, indie and rock anthems of all time, with big screen lyrics to help you along. Plus prizes will be given out on the night for the best Christmas jumpers.

    Dates: 23 December at Boxpark Croydon 

    Book Massaoke: Christmas Special at Boxpark

  • Afternoon tearoom at Haxells

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    Christmas events 2021: Afternoon tearoom at Haxells

    Christmas Afternoon Tea is coming to the Strand Palace this festive season and guests will be able to enjoy a seasonal twist on a classic afternoon tea in the hotel’s luxurious Haxells tearoom.

    The hotel located on The Strand is the perfect destination for those looking to get into the festive spirit. Guests will be treated to three tiers of sweet and savoury seasonal bites and sandwiches, while seeing the decked out halls and a Christmas grotto.

    Dates: From 24 November

    Book Afternoon tearoom at Haxells

  • Ramsbury Forest Domes

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    Christmas events 2021: Ramsbury Forest Domes

    Take a visit to Covent Garden and dine in Ramsbury Forest Domes. These luxury festive igloos are available for six or 10 people and are a fantastic place to bring friends and family together to enjoy an exclusive festive menu. 

    Dates: 15 November 2021  8 January 2022

    Book Ramsbury Forest Domes

  • Cult classic film pop-up

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    Christmas events 2021: Cult classic film pop-up

    What’s Christmas without gathering around to enjoy some cult movie classics? Winter film nights will be doing just that this season as guests will be able to enjoy some of the festive greats such as Tim Burton’s Nightmare Before Christmas, Narnia: The Lion, the witch and the wardrobe, Elf and Love Actually.

    Dates: Showings will take place every weekend from 4  19 December

    Book Cult classic film pop-up

  • Alexandra Palace ice rink

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    Christmas events 2021: Alexandra Palace ice rink

    Skating is a year-round activity at Alexandra Palace, but it feels particularly merry at Christmas time and gives an opportunity for a full-on festive day out. 

    Book Alexandra Palace ice rink

  • Festive gospel Motown Sunday brunch at The Anthologist

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    Christmas events 2021: Festive gospel Motown Sunday brunch at The Anthologist

    Show R.E.S.P.E.C.T to the greats at this soulful brunch which is the only one of its kind in the capital.

    You’ll be able to sip on unlimited Bloody Mary’s, Alpine Spritz cocktails, prosecco or selected beers and tuck into a tempting brunch dish of your choice while listening to the sweet sounds of an incredible gospel choir and live Motown singers.

    Dates: Sunday 12th and Sunday 19th December, from 12pm - 4pm.

    Book Festive gospel Motown Sunday brunch at The Anthologist

  • Sketch Christmas installation

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    Christmas events 2021: Sketch London installation

    Venture over to one of London’s most famous restaurants and check out the Christmas installation at Sketch.

    Drawing inspiration from Las Vegas, this light-filled installation makes for the perfect backdrop as you eat, drink and be merry.

    Dates: 17 November 2021 - 6 January 2022

    Book a reservation at Sketch

  • The Nutcracker immersive dining experience at Brown's Hotel

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    Christmas events 2021: The Nutcracker immersive dining experience at Brown's Hotel

    Prepare to be transported to Edwardian London as Brown’s Hotel launches an interactive dining experience with The Nutcracker.

    Guests will be able to feast on a three-course festive menu and experience the magic of the Sugar Plum Fairy pas de deux as well as other beloved dance performances in the hotel’s signature restaurant, Charlie’s. 

    Dates: 28 November, 5 December, and 19 December with a matinee (5.30pm - 7.30pm) and evening (8.30pm - 10.30pm) show on each date.

    Book The Nutcracker immersive dining experience at Brown’s Hotel

  • Christmas by candlelight at the Freemasons' Hall

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    Christmas events 2021: Christmas by candlelight at the Freemasons' Hall

    Enjoy the sweet sounds of your favourite Christmas carols at a series of concerts taking place at Freemasons’ Hall. The four concerts will run from 4 December 19 December and will see Christmas songs from Away in a Manger to Hark the Herald Angels Sing, sung while surrounded by flickering candlelight.

    Dates: 4 December 2021 - 19 December 2021

    Book Christmas by candlelight at the Freemasons’ Hall

  • The Honest Grapes Christmas Market

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    Christmas events 2021: The Honest Grapes Christmas Market

    Sip from a wide selection of wines at the annual Honest Grapes Christmas Market. Along with the thrilling choice of wines, guests will enjoy some seriously good cheese, charcuterie and sumptuous chocolates.

    Dates:  Thursday 25 November, 2021

    Book The Honest Grapes Christmas Market

  • Christmas afternoon tea at St James’ Court, A Taj Hotel

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    Christmas events 2021: Christmas afternoon tea at St James’ Court, A Taj Hotel

    Indulge in a decadent Christmas afternoon tea at St James’ Court’s renowned restaurant, Kona. This tea features a range of delicious sweet and savoury treats including a winter warmer hot chocolate bauble alongside festive spiced cinnamon scones. 

    Dates: 1 December 2021 - 2 January 2022

    Book Christmas afternoon tea at St James’ Court, A Taj Hotel

  • Selfridges Christmas Market on the Mews 2021

    Selfridges Christmas Market on the Mews 2021
    Christmas events 2021: Selfridges Christmas Market on the Mews 2021

    Selfridges Christmas Market on the Mews is back for a second year running – and it’s bigger and brighter than ever before. 

    Created in collaboration with food market pioneer and founder of Street Feast, Dominic Cools-Lartigue, expect everything from the perfect festive gifts from Selfridges Selection, an impressive Helter Skelter, performances from Santa and his friends and the capital’s greatest street food, to name just a few. 

    Dates: 5 November – 23 December

    Book Selfridges Christmas Market on the Mews 2021

  • Christmas Floating Film Festival

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    Christmas events 2021: Christmas Floating Film Festival

    Snuggle on the sofa with a cosy blanket and mulled wine in hand at St. Katharine Docks floating film festival, which will be returning for Christmas.

    The festival will host a week-long extravaganza showing everyone’s favourite festive movies along with a variety of delicious festive snacks.

    Dates: 4 December

    Book Christmas Floating Film Festival

  • Miracle on Leake Street

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    Christmas events 2021: Miracle on Leake Street

    Waterloo’s creative community will come together to once again lead this alternative Christmas celebration that will remind us all why Home Alone is best suited for Christmas viewing.

    In addition to a screening of the classic Christmas film, guests will be able to enjoy a wreath-making workshop, skate and spray workshop, festive face-painting, street food stalls and giant board games, along with a range of comedy and fabulous cabaret from the VAULT Festival 2022 line-up. 

    Dates: Thursday 9 December from 6pm to 9pm

    Book Miracle on Leake Street

  • Christmas at Trentham, Stoke-on-Trent

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    Christmas events 2021: Christmas at Trentham

    From 26 November - 9 January 2022, Trentham’s much-loved gardens will come alive with an immersive Christmas trail featuring a multisensory experience of light and music promising to wow at every turn.

    Located at Staffordshire’s Trentham Gardens, the illuminated trail is designed to get everyone in the Christmas spirit and showcase the stunning historic landscape at Trentham in a new light.

    Dates: 26 November - 9 January 2022

    Book Christmas at Trentham

  • Festive floral masterclass at The Dorchester

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    Christmas events 2021: The Dorchester festive floral masterclasses

    In-house designer florist Philip Hammond is in charge of the festive designs at The Dorchester and guests can experience first-hand his expertise with a Christmas floral masterclass. 

    The masterclasses include The Dorchester Wreath Masterclass, accompanied by a welcome glass of Champagne and all flowers and materials needed to make the festive wreath.

    Book festive floral masterclasses at The Dorchester

  • Christmas Steam Express

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    Christmas events 2021: Christmas Steam Express

    Journey across London in the Christmas Steam Express and celebrate the holiday season in style.

    Perfect for friends, family or colleagues, this festive steam train is beautifully decorated and will take you on a journey through West London for a magical night.

    Dates: 13 December - 22 December

    Book the Christmas Steam Express

  • Christmas at Kenwood, London

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    Christmas events 2021: Christmas at Kenwood

    Hampstead Heath will be awash with light this winter as an all-new outdoor event will take place at the iconic Kenwood House in time for the festive period.

    Christmas at Kenwood will see the grounds transformed into a spectacular winter haven, featuring Christmas installations and jaw-dropping displays, food, and drink, that will make it the place to be in the capital this Christmas.

    Dates: 26 November 2021 – 9 January 2022

    Book Christmas at Kenwood

  • Lightopia London

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    Christmas events 2021: Lightopia London

    London’s Crystal Palace Park will host the Lightopia festival, which will include a never-before-seen illuminated trail, multi-sensory interactive lights and installations, creating a winter wonderland bursting with colour.

    Dates: 19 November 2021 to 2 January 2022.

    Book Lightopia Festival

  • Christmas at Blenheim Palace, Oxfordshire

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    Christmas events 2021: Christmas at Blenheim Palace

    Blenheim Palace is providing nothing but festive cheer this year, including their anticipated illuminated trail, which will include a brand-new route that takes you across the South Lawn and into the woods beyond. 

    Inside the palace, the story of The Nutcracker has been re-imagined with each of the rooms transformed and filled with hidden surprises. Visitors can also explore the Palace’s staterooms and visitors can escape the bustle of the high street and soak up the atmosphere at The Christmas Market which returns from 19 November – 19 December 2021. 

    Dates: 19 November 2021 to 2 January 2022. 

    Book Christmas at Blenheim Palace 

  • Winter Wonderland, London

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    Christmas events 2021: Winter Wonderland

    One of the most popular Christmas events in the capital has returned and is sure to bring out millions this season.

    From the -10C ice bar and endless food stalls, to festive rides and an alpine-themed pop-up restaurant, visiting Winter Wonderland is a must-visit.

    Dates:  19 November - 3 January

    Book Winter Wonderland

  • Christmas At Kew, London

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    Christmas events 2021: Christmas At Kew

    Christmas at Kew Gardens is a truly botanical world filled with seasonal cheer for all to enjoy.

    Visitors can follow a magical light trail across Kew Gardens and journey through the mesmerising flickering flames in the Fire Garden,  as well as discover sparkling tunnels of light, dancing waterside reflections, and trees drenched in jewel-like colour on your way to the panoramic Palm House light display. 

    Dates: 17 November 2021 to 9 January 2022.

    Book Christmas At Kew

  • Enchanted Garden Light Trail at Webbs of Wychbold, Droitwich

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    Christmas events 2021: Enchanted Garden Light Trail at Webbs of Wychbold

    A brand new Christmas event is taking place at Webbs of Wychbold and families and people of all ages will be able to embrace an enchanting fairytale world including a magical light trail in the beautiful Riverside Gardens.

    Dates: 6 November 2021 to 2 January 2022.

    Book Enchanted Garden Light Trail

  • Natural History Museum Ice Rink, London

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    Christmas events 2021: Natural History Museum Ice Rink

    If you’ve never been ice skating at the Natural History Museum, now is your last chance.

    The 16-year London tradition is coming to an end, making this the perfect time to appreciate what organisers call “one of the most magical places to be this winter”.

    Dates: 22 October 2021 to 16 January 2022 and is closed Christmas Day.

    Book Natural History Museum Ice Rink

  • Christmas at Killerton, Exeter

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    Christmas at Killerton

    From independent street food vendors bringing a delicious twist to hot chocolates and toasted marshmallows to shimmering tunnels of light, guests can immerse themselves in a stunning visual display of twinkling lights, iridescent trees and so much more.

    Dates: 26 November 2021 to 2 January 2022 and will be closed on Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and Boxing Day.

    Book Christmas at Killerton

  • Skate at Somerset House, London

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    Christmas events 2021: Skate at Somerset House

    Ice-skating at Somerset House definitely has to be on your Christmas event list.

    The magnificent ice rink transforms the neoclassical courtyard into the essential winter destination, complete with a 40ft Christmas tree, with specially curated decorations from Moët & Chandon.

    From a selection of DJs playing the best contemporary music across all genres to the perfect gift selection from Hotel Chocolat, there’s no wonder why this is one of the capital’s favourite winter experiences.

    Dates: 17 November 2021 to 16 January 2022.

    Book Skate at Somerset House

  • Carols at the Royal Albert Hall, London

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    Christmas events 2021: Carols at Royal Albert Hall

    Nothing says Christmas like singing carols at the top of your lungs – and if there is anywhere to do it, the Royal Albert Hall is the place.

    Here you can sing until your heart’s content at one of London’s most iconic venues as visitors croon along to traditional carols and modern festive arrangements.

    Dates: 18 to 24 December 2021.

    Book Carols at the Royal Albert Hall

  • The Nutcracker at the Royal Opera House, London

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    Christmas events 2021: The Nutcracker at the Royal Opera House

    The Nutcracker has a history of mesmerising audiences and continues to decades later.

    The iconic story is a festive favourite that people can see this Christmas in a reworked version that follows the journey of Clara and her Nutcracker to the Land of Sweets. 

    Dates: 23 November 2021 to 8 January 2022.

    Book The Nutcracker at the Royal Opera House

  • The Snowman at Peacock Theatre, London

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    Christmas events 2021: The Snowman at Peacock Theatre

    Back for its 23rd year, The Snowman is a classic for its heartwarming mix of storytelling, dance and of course, music.

    Dates: 20 November 2021 to 2 January 2022.

    Book The Snowman at Peacock Theatre

  • A Christmas Carol at Old Vic Theatre, London

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    Christmas events 2021: A Christmas Carol at Old Vic

    Matthew Warchus’ smash hit production of Charles Dickens’ classic returns to The Old Vic, which is sure to be filled to the brim with music and merriment.

    Dates: 13 November 2021 to 8 January 2022.

    Book A Christmas Carol at Old Vic Theatre

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