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General: Coming close to Christmas

Posted by Arran on 2014-12-01 00:00:00 UTC

Carnaby Christmas Lights

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Take time out from shopping and eating to marvel at the spectacular Christmas lights in Carnaby this winter.

One of London’s most famous streets, Carnaby Street is decked out with twinkling illuminations throughout the festive period. This year's lights have a musical theme in recognition of the street's musical heritage.

Whether you’re shopping in Carnaby’s shops or tucking into the eclectic fare offered by its numerous eateries, you’ll be able to soak up the seasonal atmosphere.

Take time out from shopping and eating to marvel at the spectacular Christmas lights in Carnaby this winter.

One of London’s most famous streets, Carnaby Street is decked out with twinkling illuminations throughout the festive period. This year's lights have a musical theme in recognition of the street's musical heritage.

Whether you’re shopping in Carnaby’s shops or tucking into the eclectic fare offered by its numerous eateries, you’ll be able to soak up the seasonal atmosphere.

What to do this Weekend in London?

There are so many things to see and do in London every day. Here is our pick of the best things to do in London this weekend, including hot new shows, exhibitions and family events.

 

As Christmas continues to creep up, this weekend is full of festive music, with carol concerts at the Royal Albert Hall and some classic Tchaikovsky at the London Coliseum. Elsewhere there are some festive theatre treats and a festival of sci-fi, for those that need a break from the Christmas cheer.

Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy

The National Ballet returns to the London Coliseum to perform the Christmas classic The Nutcracker this weekend. Returning for its fifth year, this production of the Tchaikovsky-scored ballet is set in a frosty London. Follow Clara as she encounters the Mouse King under the needles of a Christmas tree and falls for a dashing stranger, before setting off on a hot air balloon ride across the rooftops of London. 

Happy Carolling

The Royal Albert Hall’s Christmas Festival kicks off on Saturday with Christmas Carol Singalong and the ever-special Carols by Candlelight concerts. This beautiful venue is sure to get you into the Christmas spirit and up on your feet to belt out all of your favourite Christmas Carols throughout December. Musical accompaniment is provided by the London Concert Chorus and London Concert Orchestra. 

By Candlelight

One of the first plays to appear at the beautiful Sam Wanamaker Playhouse returns this festive period. Written by Francis Beaumont, The Knight of the Burning Pestle is a highly-innovative 17th-century comedy which veers wildly from a comedy of manners to a play within a play, with verbal and visual gags throughout. 

If You Go Down To The Woods Today

If you are looking for something for the kids this weekend, The Snow Dragon at St James Theatreis a fantastic festive show. The acclaimed Tall Stories company brings the story of Billy the young goat to the London stage. Billy ventures out on New Year’s Eve to find the mystical Snow Dragon, only to encounter some wolves in the woods. Will he escape and see what the Snow Dragon brings? Perfect for ages three and up. 9 Dec-4 Jan

May the Force Be With You

As the first teaser trailer for the next instalment of the Star Wars franchise has just emerged online,Star Wars Day at the BFI Southbank can capitalise on a fresh wave of excitement. There will be screenings of episodes IV, V and VI and a temporary exhibition giving a behind-the-scenes look on-set of Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope. There will be some special guests and fancy dress is very much encouraged

Santa In The House at Lauderdale House

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Visit Santa, who has taken time out from his Christmas preparations at a grotto in Lauderdale House.

Book ahead to meet him in person and learn about his reindeer. All good boys and girls will be given a present.

On the Sunday there will be the chance to explore the Duckpond market for unique and ethical gifts.

Winterville 2014 Free 

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London has a new festive treat for 2014, as Winterville arrives in Victoria Park.

The festive village is brimming with attractions, entertainment, food and drink, for all ages to enjoy. Start the day off by making your way around the park in horse drawn carriages while deciding on which attractions to visit.

Close to the top of the long list must surely be the stunning ice skating rink, the spectacular Ferris Wheel and the House of Fairy Tales in the Kid's Quarter. For those wanting a respite from the chilly weather, the Dutch spiegeltent offers a great range of entertainment, covering everything from traditional Christmas pantomimes and comedy to cabaret and live gigs.

Those looking for something more lively can head towards the indoor roller disco, where the East End's finest DJs are providing the soundtrack. With a plenty of traditional Christmas fayre on the menu in the food market, and a great selection of drinks in the themed pubs, this is definitely the place to be until the New Year.

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