Christmas is just around the corner, the shops are full of festive cheer and drinks are flowing as everyone welcomes the final bank holiday of the year.
If you’ve yet to sample some Christmas markets, carols or tinselly fun, don’t worry – we have a sackful of Christmas things to do over the festive period to get you in the mood!
Christmas Carols are the most Christmassy thing you could do at this time of year and there is no shortage of choice around London. For the wonderous ambience of an amazing building steeped in history, head to Westminster Abbey or the Royal Albert Hall. For something more local, Bach to Baby are holding a series of concerts around SW London, the Myotubular Trustis holding their 4th annual concert in Balham and Wimbledon Choral are staging their annual concert in Southfields.
Whether you are after Aladdin, Jack & the Beanstalk or Cinders, there are a whole host of pantomimes taking place around the capital. but for the littlest ones, Eddie Catz in Putney are putting on a special performance of Aladdin. Oh no they’re not! Oh yes they are! (Go on, join in, you know you want to )
Haven’t started your shopping yet? No problem, there are plenty of Christmas Markets to choose from. Morden Hall Park,Putney Parish Fair and Kingston Market to name but a few. Or you may fancy eking out your creative side and making a few festive decorations and gifts at Artyard Handmade and the Foundling Museum.
Father Christmas is also making a special appearance somewhere near you! Fancy Harrods or Hamleys? If not, he also seems to be coming to the Museum of London, Kew Gardens, Battersea Park Children’s Zoo or even to your own home; whilst you are awake!
If you are feeling a bit more energetic, there is nothing better than a glass or 3 of mulled wine whilst attempting to stay on 2 skates as you gracefully glide across the ice (or in my case wipe out and take out 5 other, more sensible skaters). There are the usual rinks at Somerset House, Natural History Museum and Hampton Court Palace as well as The Tower of London, The Eyeand Westfield.
If the kids have broken up from school and you are still slaving away in the office (or just want rid for a few hours whilst you do the shopping!), there are lots of activity days, from Christmas Golf, Christmas Kids Camps to Christmas Drama (and that isn’t Eastenders!) and winter wonderland camps.
Finally, if you haven’t quite celebrated enough and you feel the need to head up into town on New Year’s Day to blow the cobwebs away, London’s New Year’s Day Parade is a spectacular show with a 60s theme – a sensational way to welcome in 2014!
Whatever you end up doing, we hope you have a fabulous, fun and very merry Christmas!
Annabel and the NappyValleyNet.com Team