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From the cancellation of The Natural History Museum’s iconic ice rink to Hyde Park’s Winter Wonderland no longer lighting up for the festive season, it seems that every day there’s another Christmas closure splattered across every London publication. And, while we usually contribute to that, today we wanted to spread a little festive spirit and round up the best things to book for Christmas that haven’t been cancelled – at least, yet!

As new announcements come in, we’ll keep updating this article so you can be the first to know about what events are happening this Christmas.

Nutcracker Delights

Live out your fairytale dreams with a night at the ballet as you catch the English National Ballet’s Nutcracker Delights live on stage.

The pandemic may have shut down the West End for months on end but it isn’t going to stop the London Coliseum’s performance of Nutcracker returning this Christmas, with a whole new specially curated performance, named Nutcracker Delights. Dancers and musicians will be bringing the story to life through mesmerising dancing, astonishing set designs and Tchaikovsky’s iconic score played live in a special 75 minute adapted version.

Grab your tickets quickly because it’s set to be a sellout.

Running Thursday 3rd December 2020 – Sunday 3rd January 2021 

London Coliseum, St Martin’s Lane, Charing Cross WC2N 4ES

www.ballet.org

Christmas at Kew

All is not lost this Christmas as Kew Gardens gets a magical makeover as its annual enchanting winter trail returns for another festive season. 

It’s the eighth year Christmas at Kew returns, bringing with it the city’s most magical light display over the Christmas period. Wrap up warm and journey through the beautifully illuminated Rose Garden, as you explore old favourites and brand new light installations.

Expect giant illuminated seed heads, majestic trees wrapped in light and a tunnel of bells glistening overhead. The iconic Temperate House will also be lit up with laser projections enveloping the glasshouse. 

Running Wednesday 18th November 2020 – Sunday 3rd January 2021 

Kew Gardens Victoria Gate, Richmond SE5 0AB
www.kew.org

Harrods x Oliver Jeffers 

Like many of London’s iconic winter landmarks, Harrods’ legendary Christmas Grotto will not be returning this year. But determined not to ruin any of London’s little elves’ Christmas, Harrods has announced they will be partnering with beloved children’s author and illustrator Oliver Jeffers to bring joy to little’uns faces come December 1st.  

Alongside a festive store makeover, the spirit of Christmas will be arriving to Harrods through the magic of storytelling. Specifics are yet to be announced but we know Harrods won’t let us down on the theatrics.

Harrods, 87 Brompton Road SW1X 7XL
Find out more at: www.harrods.com

The Snow Kingdom & The Winter Night Garden, Backyard Cinema 

Fall in love with the magic of cinema once again this Christmas as Backyard Cinema’s The Snow Kingdom and The Winter Night Garden return with Christmas film classics. From the Home Alone franchise to Will Ferrell’s iconic Elf, The Muppets Christmas Carol to Love Actually, make sure you reserve your tickets now because some screenings have already sold out, a whole two months in advance!

Capital Studios, Ram Quarter, 13 Wandsworth Plain SW18 1ET
www.backyardcinema.co.uk

Tower of London’s Ice Rink 

Another iconic return to the city is the Tower of London’s ice rink, which will be landing in the city come 14th November. 

The Christmas miracle arrives next month and will see eager skaters whizzing around the rink in style – or, falling flat on their face in front of their friends.

Of course this year’s health and safety precautions will be slightly different to previous years, with sanitising stations, contactless interactions and staggered session times implemented to help ensure the safety of both skaters and staff.

Running Saturday 14th November 2020 – Saturday 2nd January 2021 

Tower of London, Tower Hill, St Katharine’s & Wapping EC3N 4AB
www.toweroflondonicerink.co.uk

Carols at The Royal Albert Hall

Join as the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted by Richard Cooke, alongside the Royal Choral Society and the National Youth Choirs of Great Britain come together for six nights of Christmas carols. 

Of course it’ll be looking a little different this year, with social distancing in play, but the magic of the night, music and the Voice of Jupiter – their 9,999 pipe organ – will help bring the spirit of Christmas alive in even the most Humbug of people.

Running Friday 18th – Wednesday 23rd December 2020

Royal Albert Hall, Kensington Gore SW7 2AP
www.royalalberthall.com

Aviary Igloos 

Live out your Antarctic dreams when you book into Aviary’s iconic igloos this festive season. With views soaring over London’s iconic skyline, you can enjoy an intimate night with your nearest and dearest. 

Cosy up with candles and blankets, order in a bottle of your favourite fizz and relax knowing you’ve got the best seat in The City.

Bookable from Monday 23rd November – Wednesday 30th December 2020

10TH FLOOR OF THE MONTCALM ROYAL LONDON HOUSE HOTEL, 22-25 FINSBURY SQUARE, THE CITY, EC2A 1DX
www.aviarylondon.com

Miracle at Henrietta

A Christmas miracle is making its way to Covent Garden this November and it’s bringing with it garish decorations and cocktails served with a side of kitsch. 

The Miracle pop-up is hugely popular in the US and it returns for the third year in London, helping to transport Londoners back in time to Christmas past. Book in and enjoy festive concoctions, including the Bad Santa and SanTaRex favourites, plus a new Fruitcake Flip, made with brandy, Jamaican Overproof rum, amaretto, fruitcake, cherry bitters and whole egg. Yum. 

Running Monday 16th November – Wednesday 23rd December 2020

14-15 Henrietta Street, Covent Garden WC2E 8QG
www.henriettahotel.com

The Magic of Christmas, London Zoo

Experience the magic of Christmas through animals this festive period when you book a spot at London Zoo’s The Magic of Christmas. From a family festive trail to a VIP breakfast meet Santa and animal gifting experience, watch as the kiddies faces light up at all of the festive fun.

Running Saturday 28th November 2020 – Sunday 3rd January 2021 

London Zoo, Outer Cir NW1 4RY
www.zsl.org

The Montague Ski Lodge

Get into the festive spirit with a little help from The Montague Ski Lodge, London’s original ski lodge and winter party venue. 

The whole outer area has been transformed into a magical ski lodge, abrim with falling snow, reindeer, snowmen, ski racks and pine trees, and guests can tuck into seasonal classics too. From candied pecans to mulled wine, see in Christmas the right way.

Opens from Thursday 3rd December 2020 

15 Montague Street WC1B 5BJ
www.montaguehotel.com


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