Coalescence at The Painted Hall | Artist Paul Cockesdge is suspending 2,500 pieces of coal from the Painted Hall at the Old Royal Naval College. This new new art installation represents how much coal is used for a single 200W light bulb in a year. 9 Dec – 4 Feb 2024.
The Moonwalkers | A Journey with Tom Hanks | This takes over the Lightroom from David Hockney’s opening show here. Hollywood A-lister and self-confessed moon geek, Tom Hanks talks us through stories of past and future epic journeys to the moon. Story cycle runs for 50mins. King’s Cross Lightroom 6 Dec – 21 April 2024.
Gingerbread City returns to London | Enter the magical world of the Gingerbread City at Westfield in White City. Every year I marvel at the creativity of these incredible architects around their given theme. It is a must for gingerbread house inspiration. Gingerbread workshops available. 2 Dec – 14 January 2024.
Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow | Snow returns to Covent Garden. Yes, the daily snow flurries from 12-9pm on the hour. London is so cold this year Covent Garden could be competing with the real thing! Grab yourselves a winter warmer at the Sipsmith pop up. 1-31 Dec.
Carols at Christmas | I think everyone needs a sing-a-long at Christmas. Carols with a difference can be found here; Carols by candle light at The Southbank Centre. Hang out at the Hamyard Hotel’s Carols in the Courtyard with the cast of Les Misérables, and finally to Holland Park Opera who perform at St Mary’s in Kensington. Any of these are sure to lift your spirits this year.
Christmas Lights | If you didn’t manage to get tickets for Kew, look at Kenwood House in Hampstead or the Christmas at Eltham Palace for wonderful light trails. A walk along London’s Southbank will have you feeling festive. Christmas for me is a festive walk through Mayfair. Begin at The Ever After Garden, mooch along to Bond Street and through Saville Row to Regent’s Street.
Santacon is back | Santa suits at the ready for Saturday 9 December and the largest Santa meet up of the 2023. They sing, they give, and by the end of the day London is awash with Santa’s having a pint or two. Want to join in, check out their Facebook page.
Peter Pan on Christmas Day in Hyde Park as the swimmers come out for a chilly dip with a festive twist. It’s the perfect start to Christmas day.