Guys it’s December. Somewhere in the North Pole Santa is engaged in an epic Rocky-style training montage to get ready for his upcoming travels, and somewhere in London I opened a bottle of sherry first thing in the morning on December first and will not be putting it down until 2016. It’s a very exciting time of year and London is bringing it in the ‘Things to do’ department. Here are some of our favourites for this month but, as ever, feel free to let us know if we’ve missed something.
How do you make ice skating less terrifying (personal feelings of the author slightly coming through here)? Add cheesy music and a bar. This is a monthly event, but Decembers is billed as a Christmas special which means – you guessed it – Christmas music. I imagine skating will add a whole new dimension to We’re Walking In The Air, at the very least.
An alternative pantomime with a cast of brilliant comedians who have basically no budget. This is actually the fourth panto produced by the Weirdos. Previous productions have included a live version of Hook and a KFC origins story. So if you’re bored of the traditional fairytales, or just don’t want to spend an evening in a room full of screaming children, this is the panto for you.
Christmas lights are pretty, and this is a whole new way to see them. The tour is slow, and takes mainly quiet streets, so that’s one less thing to worry about. You’ll be shown sights like Harrods, Winter Wonderland, and Oxford Street, which are all looking pretty flippin’ good right now.
This is billed as “the ultimate drinking, dining, and immersive theatre experience to help Londoners celebrate the dark side of Christmas”, so definitely one for the people who want to get away from the same old Christmassy activities. The cocktails sound great and the food looks really good, so it’s definitely worth a look.
Obviously, December isn’t just the season of flying reindeer and overeating. It also includes New Year’s Eve and its time-honoured combination of reminiscing, re-evaluating, and drinking seven too many proseccos. Resolution is a play that encompasses just that as it follows a couple through several New Year’s Eves, making people laugh and cry along the way.
This is essentially the best egg and spoon race ever, except that it’s in a relay format and has been given a festive twist. Participants (who are, naturally, raising money for charity) must keep their Christmas puddings on a plate while they take on an obstacle course including a foam slalom and running over an air mattress. Even if you’re not taking part, it’s worth going along to see people making festive fools of themselves.
7. Brick 2015
Not necessarily festive, but not everything is in December. This is the perfect event for the Lego-lover in your life. The show includes the chance to buy new or very rare lego sets, a display of amazing models built by diehard Lego fans and (saving the best until last) giant pits full of bricks which allow anyone to take a seat and set about building whatever catches their imagination. So much fun.
Hopefully this list will help you to get out and about and find something awesome to do this month – after all ’tis very much the season to make the most of everything. Ho ho ho, and all that. And for even more things to across London, don’t forget to have a browse of the Wonderush site to see what else is out there.