Covent Garden Festivities
Not only will Covent Garden be rocking a 60ft tree and enough lights to rival Vegas, but you’ll be able to hear the dulcet tones of the London Gay Men’s Chorus (every Sat until Xmas), hang out with a reindeer (Saturdays until Dec 17), shop in the food market (Thurs 11am-7pm) and watch the opening of a Lego advent calendar (from Dec 1).
From Nov 10, times vary, free
Between St Martin’s Lane and Drury Lane, WC2E 8RF
Tube | Covent Garden; Holborn; Leicester Square
Christmas Astronomy At The Royal Observatory
Get ready for a star-studded night with a difference. At this special Royal Observatory Greenwich festive event, you’ll get the opportunity to watch a screening of the Christmas stars planetarium show.
Look through the gigantic 18-tonne Victorian telescope at the night sky and get the opportunity to ask your burning astronomy-related questions.
Dec 12, 14, 15, 19 5.30pm–6.30pm, 6.50pm–8.50pm, £16
Blackheath Avenue, SE10 8XJ
Station | Cutty Sark
Natural History Museum Ice Rink
For a romantic, evocative Christmas setting, it’s hard to beat the Natural History Museum’s spectacular ice rink.
On one side, huge trees sparkle with lights, on the other, the iconic venue is lit up by floodlights.
There’s a kids rink so sprogs are kept at bay and, for those without the necessary skills, a café serving hot drinks, booze and food overlooks the rink.
Until Jan 6. Mon-Wed, 11am-10pm, Thurs-Fri, 11am-11pm,
Sat 10am-11pm, Sun 10am-10pm, £9
Cromwell Road, SW7 5BD
Tube | South Kensington
Characters in this ‘adult panto’ include Sofonda Cox, Fitz-Nicely and Queen Runt and the performance hooks on whether Alice will get Dick. You get the picture.
Nov 29-Jan 20, times vary
Leicester Sq Theatre, WC2H 7BX, £18.50
Tube | Leicester Square
Explore the period rooms decorated in traditional Christmas garb. Recalling the past 400 years of festivities in middle-class homes. Highlights include a candlelight concert, decoration workshop and festive supper.
Some events are free, others are ticketed.
Nov 27-Jan 6, times vary, free
136 Kingsland Road, E2 8EA
Tube | Hoxton
Tower Ice Rink
Another dramatic setting in which to fall around on the ice, the Tower of London will be open for day and night sessions, set to music, beside the centuries-old gothic castle by the Thames.
Nov 17-Jan 6, 10am-10pm, £11
Tower Bridge, EC3N 4AB
Tube | Tower Hill
Carnaby Street Rolling Stones Decorations
Carnaby is teaming up with The Rolling Stones for this year’s Christmas decorations. Giant gold and silver vinyl records emblazoned with the band’s logo will adorn the street.
Nov 8-Jan 6, free
Carnaby Street, W1F 9PS
Tube | Oxford Circus; Piccadilly Circus