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London Insider Calendar: December 2017 (Christmas Edition!)

A guide to the best creative & cultural events this month

Jingle bells, jingle bells, jingle all the waaaay…to London’s finest Christmas activities! This is the month to drink, eat, laugh and be merry, so we’ve put together the absolute must-dos for the month of December. Looking for a unique Christmas gift for a special somebody? Place a SideStory voucher under the tree: happiness guaranteed. Browse our full range of experiences here.  

Must eat → Fondue

The Winter Forest
Broadgate
9 Nov – TBC
Cost: Free (£15.00 for the Tipi Cinema)

Fondue and mulled wine, anyone? Cosy up under a blanket and feast on comfort food as you enjoy this magical “forest” in the bustling centre of the city. Once you’re feeling toasty and full, head over to the charming tipi cinema for a cheesy movie and a cuddle.

Must see → Christmas lights

All of the lights!
Central London
Nov – Jan
Cost: Free

Twinkling, flashing, colourful, playful lights are filling the streets of London. Here’s our itinerary: start at Bond Street, wander down Oxford Street and over to Regent Street. Loop around to Carnaby Street and cross Soho to reach beautiful Seven Dials, where you should pick up a well-deserved warming hot chocolate from 26 Grains before making your way to the last stop on the tour of London’s most famous lights, Covent Garden.

Must do Ice Skating

Skate at Somerset House
Somerset House
15 Nov – 14 Jan
Cost: £8.90+

Put on your comfy clothes and bundle up to enjoy some unforgiving swirling and twirling in the courtyard of London’s iconic Somerset House. Tired and chilly? Head over to one of their free exhibitions for some thought-provoking art and a jolt of inspiration.

Must drink → Hot cocktails

Hotboozapalooza
Flat Iron Square
7 Dec
Cost: £20.00

TimeOut Live has crafted the quintessential boozy Christmas event. For £20.00 you receive samples of five unique hot winter cocktails at the lovely Flat Iron Square. Grab a bite from the fantastic selection of food vendors on-site and breathe in the sweet festive scent of cinnamon and booze.

A pretty nice place to hang out if we do say so ourselves! Free live music this eve so come on down for dinner, drinks and dancing ✨

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Must visit → The tree

Trafalgar Square Christmas Tree & Carols
Trafalgar Square
7 Dec – 4 Jan
Cost: Free

Christmas without Christmas music? No thanks! Head over to Trafalgar Square for the Christmas tree-lighting ceremony and some pleasant seasonal carols on December 7th.

Must play →  The Funfair

Winter Wonderland
Hyde Park
17 Nov – 1 Jan
Cost: Free (Attractions start at £8.00)

We wrote about the wonders of Clapham’s Winterville in the November Insider Calendar, but there’s a new boss in town! The long-running Wonderland in Hyde Park offers the same top-quality attractions, food and family fun. Head over to their website for a full list of activities.

Must shop →  The Christmas market

Christmas at Leicester Square
Leicester Square
10 Nov – 6 Jan
Cost: Free

There’s something magical about Christmas markets: Everyone is bustling around as they think of the best gifts for friends and loved ones. There is a buzz in the air that keeps faces smiling and cheeks rosy. Looking to gift experiences over things? We have you covered.

Browse our full list of experiences to find the perfect gift. We have something for everyone.