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THE EDIT

THE FESTIVE LIST

The Christmas spirit is alive and jolly well kicking, let us help you capture it with our edit of the most festive festivities happening in London this season!


 

Christmas

 

 

A Christmas Carol

Jack Thorne’s Tony Award-showered, carol-saturated adaptation, as directed by Matthew Warchus, returns, now with Stephen Mangan’s Scrooge adding a dash of sourness to its mince-pie sweetness.
 
Old Vic Theatre, London SE1, booking to Jan 8 2022

 

 

The Fir Tree

The Globe promises to deliver a “re-wilding” of Hans Christian Andersen’s fairy tale about a tree so anxious to grow up that it can’t live in the present moment. Hannah Khlalil adapts.

Shakespeare’s Globe, London SE1, Dec 20-30

 

 

The Snowman

We love this magical staging of Raymond Briggs’ story about a young boy who journeys to see Father Christmas that’s been running for 23 years.  It’s gentle enough for younger viewers whilst also delighting adults.

Rosebery Avenue, London, EC1R 4TN, 20 Nov – 2 Jan

 

 

Christmas Carols at Royal Albert Hall

These special concerts have become a festive favourite over the years and 2021 is no exception. Presented by Greg Beardsell, this year soloist Zara McFarlane, the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Royal Choral Society, National Youth Choirs of Great Britain and British Imperial Military Band will all grace the stage to bring these incredible carols to life.

 

Royal Albert Hall, 18 Dec – 24 Dec. 11am, 3pm & 7.30pm

 

 

The Princesses’ Pantomimes

Between 1941 and 1944 the Queen (then Princess Elizabeth) and her sister, Princess Margaret, staged and performed in a series of Christmas pantomimes at Windsor Castle to raise money for a war-time charity. Visitors to the castle can now see six surviving costumes worn by the teenage princesses during the shows. Also on display are paintings created for the performances, on show for the first time in 75 years.

Windsor Castle, until Jan 31 2022

 

 

Brian Cox and Robin Ince’s Christmas Compendium of Reason

This festive variety show offers an unlikely but charming mix of comedy, music and theoretical physics. Comedian Ince and physicist Cox are joined by special guests.

Royal Albert Hall, London SW7, Dec 14

 

 

Christmas Films at Kensington Palace

Christmas wouldn’t be the same without all the old films. Luna Cinema is in residence at Kensington Palace and screening the classics, including Elf, Home Alone and Love Actually.

 

Kensington Palace Pavilion, London W2 4RS, 12-23 Dec

 

 

Meet Father Christmas

Santa and his elves are descending upon Trafalgar Square – and once the kids have visited his “snow-topped cabin in the woods” within the National Gallery, you can entice them into its permanent collection, where paintings such as Piero della Francesca’s Nativity (1470-75) provide plenty more festive scenes.

National Gallery, London WC2, until Dec 24

 

 

St John’s 36th Christmas Festival

We highly recommend visiting this Baroque church during the festive season for their concerts – this year the line-up includes two different Messiahs, a series celebrating Bach and sacred music from the Renaissance.

St John’s Smith Square, SW1P 3HA, 10 – 23 Dec

 

 

Deck the Halls at Pergola Paddington

Throughout November, Pergola Paddington is bringing back its ‘Deck the Halls’ celebration for the festive season. The pop-up will transform the space into a winter wonderland forest with 350 Christmas trees, over a million twinkling lights, private Alpine chalets (kitted out with fluffy blankets and fondue kits) and an Alpine Lodge with private bar, log fires and five new pop-up restaurants.

 

Pergola Paddington, 4 Kingdom St, London W2 6PY, Thursday 11 Nov – Friday 31 Dec

 

 

Christmas at The Tower

Discover the iconic history of the Tower of London this Christmas through the animals that once lived within these walls, with a magical, festive experience for all the family. Explore spectacular displays of festive decorations and illuminated animal-themed areas across the fortress. From majestic elephants to a twinkling winter wonderland scene where polar bears roam and playful ravens’ nest; there is lots for all ages to see and enjoy in royal style.

 

Tower of London, 1st Dec through to 3rd Jan

 

 

 

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