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This weekend in London

 
 
 
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Hot Sauce Society Christmas Market
House of Illustration Winter Fair
Crisis Icebreaker Challenge
The Luna Winter Cinema
Pete Tong Presents Ibiza Classics
Trafalgar Square Christmas Tree & Carols
Cinderella at New Wimbledon Theatre
Peter Pan Goes Wrong
Goldilocks and the Three Bears
 

 

Make the most of your precious time off with the LondonTown weekend guide, which gives you the lowdown on the best events and things to do this weekend in London.

 
 

Trafalgar Square Christmas Tree & Carols

Trafalgar Square, Central, Westminster, London, WC2N 5DS

Tube: Charing Cross Station , Leicester Square Station, Embankment Underground Station, Piccadilly Circus Station

 

Dates: 5th to 25th December 2019

 

Since 1947, stately Trafalgar Square has received a majestic Norwegian Christmas Tree as an annual gift from the people of Oslo, thanking Britain for its support and friendship during World War Two. The enormous tree is a popular seasonal tourist attraction, particularly in the fortnight leading up to Christmas, when each evening (from 4pm to 8pm on weekdays, and from 2pm to 6pm at weekends) a different choir gathers there to sing carols and raise money for a range of voluntary or charitable organisations. Passers-by are welcome to come and listen to the carols in the square and join in the festive cheer. Nelson's Column is decorated with Norwegian white lights and the tree is illuminated from noon until midnight until the Twelfth Night of Christmas in early January. A few days after the official lighting of the tree there's a torch-lit procession on the steps of St Martin-in-the-Fields, as the choir and clergy bless the Crib in a special ceremony in Trafalgar Square. The tree actually goes up in late November if you want to see it in all its naked evergreen glory.

 
 
 

Goldilocks and the Three Bears

London Palladium, 8 Argyll Street, London, W1F 7TF

Tube: Oxford Circus Station

 

Dates: 7th December 2019 to 12th January 2020

 

Popular The One Show presenter Matt Baker makes his Palladium panto debut starring in Goldilocks and the Three Bears alongside Paul O'Grady, Julian Clary, Nigel Havers and a host of circus stars. There's trouble at the Big Top as Dame Betty Barnum, (played by Gary Wilmot) and her daughter Goldilocks face a threat from an evil rival circus owner. With the help of their circus friends - including a high-speed roller-skating act from one of Italy's oldest circus families, 'Rola Bola', from the Belli Family Circus and Europe's youngest stunt rider Peter Pavlov and the 'Globe of Speed' - they're battling to keep the circus going. All seems lost, until three brilliant bears, with Nigel Havers as Daddy Bear, join the gang.

 
 
 

House of Illustration Winter Fair

House of Illustration, 2 Granary Square, London, N1C 4BH

Tube: King's Cross Station

 

Dates: Saturday 14th December 2019

 

From illustrated calendars to clothing, stationery to ceramics, greetings cards to glassware, the House of Illustration Winter Fair invites over 150 independent stallholders to set up shop for one day. At this special December market, you'll be buying handmade, one-of-a-kind pieces direct from the makers themselves. Whether you're interested in illustrated children's books inspired by nature or dark and surreal posters, you can expect environmentally friendly, plastic free artworks. Housed indoors, at The Crossing by Central Saint Martins, you won't freeze while you browse and there are plenty of places to shop and refuel in nearby Granary Square and Coal Drops Yard.

 
 
 

Pete Tong Presents Ibiza Classics

The O2 Arena, Peninsula Square, London, SE10 0BB

Tube: North Greenwich Station

 

Dates: Friday 13th and Saturday 14th December 2019

 

Now firmly part of the live music calendar, Pete Tong along with Jules Buckley and The Heritage Orchestra are back with a brand new Ibiza Classics show for December 2019. From the dance floors of Ibiza to London's O2, BBC Radio 1 DJ Pete Tong is joined by the 65-piece Heritage Orchestra to present a line-up of live artists to perform a homage to the dance tracks which put the Balearic isle on the map. He first brought the Ibiza Prom to the Royal Albert Hall in 2015 and now returns for a fourth year to The O2. Expect reinterpretations of classic dancefloor fillers in this brand new show. "Finally, a chance to cut some moves, to 'stack some shelves'" said The Guardian ahead of Tong's Proms performance.

 
 
 

Hot Sauce Society Christmas Market

The Dogstar, 389 Coldharbour Lane, London, SW9 8LQ

Tube: Brixton Station

 

Dates: Saturday 14th December 2019

 

Back after a packed event in the summer, Hot Sauce Society returns, this time bringing saucy fun to three floors of Brixton's Dogstar pub. Taking place on Saturday 14th December, the Christmas Market unleashes 38 traders making and creating hot sauce deliciousness. Fun extras include DJs, Christmas sing-along cabaret with live piano, festive cocktails and a chance to pick up some last minute stocking fillers for that spice-loving loved one. Traders will be selling and sampling specials so look out for bottled hot sauces, hot chutneys and chilli jams from independents like Brighton Hot Stuff, Hop Burns and Black, Peckham Sauce Co. and Baj's Blazin' Hot Sauce. Learn about the makers, their story and what goes into their hot sauces and get spicy Bloody Marys from the Tabasco bar on the top floor.

 
 
 
 

Crisis Icebreaker Challenge

Brockwell Lido, Lido Park Gardens, Brockwell Park, London, SE24 0PA

Tube: Brixton Station

 

Dates: Saturday 14th December 2019

 

Don't dip your toe in the water, just take the plunge and complete the Crisis Icebreaker Challenge in the freezing waters of Brockwell Lido. It may sound like madness - the pool temperature is around 6.3 degrees Celsius - but by swimming one width you'll be helping the homeless. You can swim individually or take part in the relay race as a team of four with each team member swimming one width each. It's great fun with swimmers encouraged to wear fancy dress but there's a serious side - the registration fee equals the cost of reserving a place for someone at a Crisis Christmas centre.

 
 
 

The Luna Winter Cinema

The Orangery (Kensington Palace), Kensington Gardens, London, W8 4PX

Tube: High Street Kensington Station

 

Dates: 15th to 23rd December 2019

 

Described as "the kings of the outdoor cinema experience" (Tatler), The Luna Cinema continues its tradition of pairing movies with amazing locations with its 2019 winter season, taking place in beautiful indoor, heated pavilion of Kensington Palace. Celebrating the best recent releases, films on the line-up include Bohemian Rhapsody and the 2018 hit The Greatest Showman. Family favourites Home Alone, The Grinch and Elf will also be shown as well as heart warming romantic films The Holiday, Love Actually and It's A Wonderful Life. The pavilion will be transformed into a toasty winter grotto complete with comfy seating, mulled wine and mince pies fit for the occasion.

 
 
 

Cinderella at New Wimbledon Theatre

New Wimbledon Theatre, The Broadway, London, SW19 1QG

Tube: Wimbledon Station

 

Dates: 7th December 2019 to 5th January 2020

 

Samantha Womack plays The Wicked Stepmother opposite Lesley Garrett as The Fairy Godmother as Cinderella's carriage rolls into New Wimbledon Theatre. Melody Thornton from Pussycat Dolls takes on the title role as Cinderella while comedian and magician Pete Firman is Buttons, returning after his winning performance as Wishee Washee opposite Paul Merton in last year's Aladdin. You can expect a production packed full of audience participation, laugh-out-loud comedy, stunning scenery, beautiful costumes and plenty of boos and hisses. Pure panto magic.

 
 
 

City Island Ice Rink

London City Island, Wharfside Road, Leamouth Peninsula, London, E14 0JU

Tube: Canning Town Station

 

Dates: 12th to 22nd December 2019

 

An open-air, 45-person ice skating rink takes up residence at London City Island for first time this December and you can get all your shopping done at a four-day artisan Christmas market beside it. Enjoy pre-skate workshop warm-ups in Hopewell Square with dance artists from English National Ballet and learn a new skill at festive workshops on wreath-making, seasonal cocktail making and wine tasting. It opens with a special launch night where the Philharmonic orchestra give a festive Nutcracker themed performance. There's no ice rink in Canary Wharf this year so City Island Ice Rink is the place for east Londoners to get on the ice and families can take part in Festive Winter Wonderland sensory classes led by Gymboree. You can even get your Christmas tree here and deck the halls when you get home.

 
 
 

Peter Pan Goes Wrong

Alexandra Palace, Alexandra Palace Way, Wood Green, London, N22 7AY

Tube: Bounds Green Station

 

Dates: 13th December 2019 to 5th January 2020

 

After a successful West End run two years ago, Peter Pan Goes Wrong comes to Alexandra Palace this winter. The production by Mischief Theatre, creators of The Play That Goes Wrong and The Comedy About A Bank Robbery, applies the same accident-prone touch to the classic tale of the boy who wouldn't grow up. In the play, the Cornley Polytechnic Drama Society attempt to recreate JM Barrie's story but technical hitches, flying mishaps and cast disputes cause one problem after another. What could possibly go wrong?

 
 
 

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