December: Stuff To Do

Chill December brings the sleet, Blazing fire, and Christmas treat. 

Twinkly Christmas markets, movies, workshops and festive installations… here’s the best month’s best bits!

Floating Film Festival at St. Katharine Docks

people enjoying outdoor cinema in winter

You don’t have to wait until next Summer for outdoor cinema. At St Katherine Docks you can cosy up in a squashy beanbag and sip hot chocolate under a sizzling gas heater.  Screenings of classic Christmas movies start today and run until Sunday 10th. Choose from How the Grinch Stole Christmas, Elf,  Home Alone, A Miracle on 34th Street and The Muppet Christmas Carol.  All of which are guaranteed to get you in the festive spirit. Book here.

Dennis Sever’s House Christmas Installation

The exterior of Dennis Sever's House in Spitalfields

Dennis Sever’s house at 18 Folgate Street, Spitalfields is worth a visit any time of year, but it’s particularly special at Christmas time.  The property is a breathtaking bricks and mortar time capsule faithfully recreating the living conditions of a family of Huguenot silk-weavers from 1724 to the dawn of the 20th century.  The meticulously detailed Christmas installation opens on the 19th November and runs until the 4th of January.

Igloo City

luxury igloos by the Thames

Igloos are back! And this year they’re popping up in more venues than ever. The Coppa Club (pictured) kicked off the craze last year with a line of gorgeous glass domes positioned next to the Thames.  They were booked up so quick most missed out, but this year you have options in Stratford at the Social Fun & Games Club, Winterland in Fulham, Jimmy’s Lodge on the South Bank and The Sipping Room in Canary Wharf. And they’re also in Brighton right on the beach… ooh.

Mini Me Terrarium Workshop

Close up of mini figures in terrarium

Talking of Brighton… here’s this month’s Sussex wild card. Miniature & Moss create ADORABLE living terrariums featuring teeny tiny figures. On the 19th December they’re hosting a terrarium making workshop where you can actually print a tiny 3D model of yourself and install it in your living creation.  How cool is that?! It’s at the Open Market located in the edgy but friendly London Road area. Well worth a visit for the quirky shops and the legendary Smorl’s Falafel Bar.

South Bank Christmas Market

South Bank Christmas Market in early evening

I never buy anything at Christmas markets but I visit them every year for the festive atmosphere, twinkly lights and mulled wine (ok, I buy mulled wine). By far my favourite is South Bank’s Wintertime with rows and rows of delightful little chalet huts lining the Thames, the usual street artists, pop-ups and festive food and drink galore.  It’s running from November 10th to 4th January.

Magic Lantern Festival

Giant lantern illuminations including squirrel and mushrooms

The hugely popular Magical Lantern Festival at Chiswick House sees the gardens transformed into an immersive wonderland of big colourful handmade lanterns. The Christmas themed festival complete with giant Santa riding a sleigh full of presents will delight kids and adults alike. It runs until the 1st of January.

Enjoy December and have a fabulous Christmas! See you on the other side… x

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