Whether you want to embrace the Christmas spirit or explore what else The City has to offer this December, there’s certainly plenty to choose from.
December is finally upon us and although there is one event that simply cannot be ignored – Christmas – there are plenty of other things going on in The City of London. Some of them will help to build the anticipation and get in the festive spirit, while others are simply a great opportunity to enjoy being at the heart of the capital.
Take a look at the top events for the month ahead and decide which ones will entice you out of your cosy serviced apartment.
Santa’s Grotto – Museum of London – December 3rd to 23rd
Nothing quite compares to taking your kids to see Santa and the grotto at the Museum of London is in a particularly enchanting location. Set in The Victorian Walk – a life-size recreation of a street from the era – children will be able to sit on Santa’s lap and say what they want for Christmas. You’ll be able to take home a photo of the event if you wish and every child will be given a gift by the man in red himself.
Admission is priced at £7 and the optional photo will be available for £8.
Spitalfields Music Winter Festival – various locations – December 4th to 11th
This wonderful festival is a great opportunity to see a selection of performances in some of The City’s most interesting historic locations. The music, dance and poetry styles represented are incredibly eclectic and there’s guaranteed to be something on the bill that suits the age range and interest of your party, from kids right through to older adults. There’s Bach, Bollywood and even Shakespeare-inspired concerts, so check out the website for more information.
Tickets can be booked individually or in bundles for events that make up a series.
City Christmas Fair – Drapers’ Hall – December 5th
The historic Drapers’ Hall has seen many Christmases, but this year it is bringing the festive spirit by hosting a special fair. There will be more than 50 stall set up in aid of Wellbeing of Women, each offering luxury items, helping shoppers sort out their Christmas gifting all in one place. As well as purchasing jewellery, stocking fillers and other unique presents, there will be a Champagne bar to rest weary legs in, a silent auction and raffle tickets with fantastic seasonal prizes to be won.
An entry fee of £10 is levied for those turning up on the day, although there are discounts available in advance. The fair will be held between 11am and 8pm.
Tour the Thames – embarks from Westminster Pier – December 10th
It’s only natural to look back on the year that’s been when it gets to December and one of the biggest occasions for The City was the anniversary of The Great Fire of London. Take a tour of some of the most important locations from the event 350 years ago from the River Thames in the company of some very well-informed experts. These include Meriel Jeater, curator of the Fire! Fire! exhibition. Departing from Westminster Pier and working its way to the O2 and back again, you’ll find out about how the modern city has been shaped by the events of 1666.
Tickets cost £38 a head and the tour starts at 1.15pm.
Fleet Street Carols – St Bride’s Church – December 22nd
Nothing beats a carol service in the run-up to Christmas and this one is close enough to the actual day to make it really special. Originally it was the newspaper, printing and publishing workers of the area that attended the service at this Christopher Wren-designed church, but as numbers in these sectors have dwindled, everyone has become welcome. With a professional choir to accompany the organ and brass quartet, it’s a wonderfully festive occasion.
Two services are held at 12 noon and 5pm and admission is free.