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What's On This Weekend In London: 11.12.2015 – 13.12.2015
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What's On This Weekend In London: 11.12.2015 – 13.12.2015

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Updated: 15 November 2016
Jingle bells, jingle bells, jingle all the way to some of the best events in London this weekend. Whether you are looking for a magical wonderland to enjoy a movie or two, festivities of drinking beer and spreading the Christmas joy, or whether you need to finish — or start, we’re not judging — your Christmas shopping, London is buzzing with more joyous events than ever before… and this is only the beginning!

Alice in Wonderland at the Royal Albert Hall

Saturday, Sessions at 1.45PM & 6.15PM

With Alice in Wonderland celebrations running wild around the world, it is hard not to get stuck in Wonderland; but for a new experience, head over to the Royal Albert Hall. The 2010, Academy Award-winning version of Alice in Wonderland by Tim Burton will be screening in high definition with live orchestral and choral accompaniment. This is an incredible feast for all your senses — and if you want to make it a little more Christmassy, remember to take your gingerbread cookies!

Royal Albert Hall, Kensington Gore, London, UK

Christmas Market | Courtesy of Bopflix and The Street Style Carousel

Christmas Market | Courtesy of Bopflix and The Street Style Carousel

Mid Century Christmas Market

Sunday, 11AM – 4.30PM

Whether you’re an Elvis fan or a Marilyn fan, head over to Cecil Sharp House this Sunday for the last vintage fair. Yes, you heard right — the last vintage fair… of this year of course! Take a journey back to the bygone era of the 1950s at the Mid Century Christmas Market, and catch up on your Christmas shopping (or at least start the shopping). With entry at only £3, this bargain of a deal will have you while away the day in the sparkle of the wintery Christmas spirit.

Cecil Sharp House, 2 Regents Park Road, London, UK 

Christmas Screening Wonderland | Courtesy of Pop Up Stores

Christmas Screening Wonderland | Courtesy of Pop Up Stores

Pop Up Screens

Until 23 December 2015

The magic of Christmas is never complete without a bit of snow and Christmas jumpers, forcing you to sit cosily in front of the fire, before turning on a Christmas film. If you are seeking a magical, snowy miracle, Pop Up Screens is where you need to be. Whether you want to watch the traditional Home Alone and Love Actually with friends and family, let it go with Elsa in Frozen, or simply let your love of Christmas run wild with Elf, be sure to book your ticket for this screening wonderland before it’s too late!

20th Century Theatre, 291 Westbourne Grove, London, UK

Sleigh Bells (1928) | Courtesy of BFI / Walt Disney Animation Studios Ltd

Sleigh Bells (1928) | Courtesy of BFI/Walt Disney Animation Studios Ltd

It’s A Disney Christmas: Seasonal Shorts

Saturday, 12.50PM

Christmas isn’t complete without the helping hand of Walt Disney. Relive your childhood and embrace the beauty of Disney with friends or loved ones at BFI’s Disney Christmas Special, featuring many of our old favourite Christmas films, like Mickey’s Christmas Carol (1983) and Pluto’s Christmas Tree (1952). This year will also feature the world premiere of Oswald the Rabbit’s film Sleigh Bells (1928), which has been rediscovered and restored by BFI. Are you excited, or what?

BFI Southbank, South Block, Belvedere Rd, London, UK

Hackney Flea-mas Market | Courtesy of Lola Rojo

Hackney Flea-mas Market | Courtesy of Lola Rojo

Hackney Flea-Mas Market 

Saturday – Sunday, 11AM – 6PM

Returning for a merry Flea-Mas — see what we did there — head over to Hackney for an array of festive gifts. Whether you want to fill your Christmas stockings, find decorations for the festivities, or need a new outfit for Christmas Day, Hackney Flea-Mas Market has it all. Some of the items sold are either lost and found — or if you’re lucky, you may just get your hands on a unique one-of-a-kind item. Get excited because Christmas has come early.

Abney Hall, 73A Stoke Newington Church St, London, UK

The Snowman | Courtesy of Snowman Enterprises LTD

The Snowman | Courtesy of Snowman Enterprises LTD

Winter Warmers: Christmas Fair

Sunday, 2PM – 5PM

If you can’t tell, this weekend is all about Christmas markets, or so it seems… For mince pies (don’t worry we want some too) and carolling galore, why not head down to Union Chapel’s Winter Warmers: Christmas Fair. As you sing a carol or two, enjoy some more Christmas shopping, not to mention the festive fun and games. But, the best part about this fair is the screening of everyone’s childhood Christmas favourite, The Snowman! Remember to bring your Christmas spirit.

Union Chapel, Compton Terrace, London, UK

London Dungeon Tavern opens this Christmas | Courtesy of The London Dungeon

London Dungeon Tavern opens this Christmas | Courtesy of The London Dungeon

London Dungeon Tavern

Open Daily

Do you love to be at the heart of the drama” Do you thrive from hearing all about the secrets, scandals and gossip from around” Head on down to The London Dungeon’s new interactive Victorian bar experience. This vibrant, decadent and decidedly dodgy Victorian pub will have you at the edge of your bar stool, as you hear, feel, smell, see and, without a doubt, live the drama of the Victorian era. So, this Christmas, make sure you enjoy your beer or nonalcoholic lemon-ale, surrounded by the glorious Victorian festivities!

Riverside Building, County Hall, Westminster Bridge Rd, City of London, Greater London, UK



Are you seeking a jolly good event this festive season” Dig out your Santa gear and decide who has been naughty or nice. Santacon has become an annual Christmas pub crawl that is unmissable! For 16 years, they have united people all dressed as Santa running around the city, giving gifts and spreading the Christmas joy whilst enjoying a few beers. Just remember your suit and Christmas carols!

Various Locations

Ellen Fullman | Courtesy of John Fago

Ellen Fullman | Courtesy of John Fago

London Contemporary Music Festival

Until 17 December

Are you being the Grinch this year, and sick of hearing yet another Christmas carol” London Contemporary Music Festival is here to save you, for its third year. This carol-free week of new music and performances from over 80 artists will surround your merry-less little heart with content and joy once again. This week will be full of new adventures as you take part in one of the most ambitious festivals of new music today!

Ambika P3, 35 Marylebone Rd, London, UK 

Buried in Red | Courtesy of BRICK

Buried in Red | Courtesy of BRICK


Friday – Sunday

This Christmas, rather than step on another LEGO brick at home, why not head down to the UK‘s biggest immersive LEGO experience and admire the masters at BRICK2015. Whether you want to meet your hero — Hagrid or Gandalf — or be a part of Brick History and break their previous Guinness World Record, spend the weekend admiring the masterpieces that, on a whole, took over 960 hours to assemble. And with over three million LEGO blocks to play with, you might discover a hidden master.

ExCeL London, Royal Victoria Dock, 1 Western Gateway, London, UK


By Ellie Griffiths