With Christmas Day only six sleeps away, the capital is full of festive events. We’ve picked out the best, including markets and screenings of Christmas classics, as well as a few other cultural highlights, gigs and exhibitions. Have a merry week!
MONDAY 19TH DECEMBER 2016
Christmas at Kew Gardens
This Monday, view Kew Gardens’ most spectacular seasonal makeover. The magnificent gardens will feature illuminations that light up the buildings, trails, and planting, as well as huge Christmas trees, a scented garden, and all kinds of nature-inspired lights.
When: Until Monday 2 January.
Where: Kew Gardens.
TUESDAY 20TH DECEMBER 2016
Temper Trap Live at O2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire.
Australian indie-pop band, The Temper Trap are performing live at Shepherds Bush Empire this Tuesday. Expect to hear music from their new album ‘Thick as Thieves’ which was released earlier this year.
Where: O2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire.
WEDNESDAY 21ST DECEMBER 2016
Columbia Road Christmas Wednesdays
Purchase your last minute Christmas gifts at this annual late night shopping event. Expect to see lots of independent stores brimming with enticing gifts, listen to carols singers along the way, and sip mulled wine while you shop. Even pick up a Christmas tree if you haven’t got yours yet!
Where: Columbia Road Market.
THURSDAY 22ND DECEMBER 2016
Winter Film Club
This Christmas the folks behind London’s Rooftop Film Club will be bringing you back to one of London’s earliest cinemas with the launch of Winter Film Club. This month the club will take residency in Peckham’s Electric Theatre to screen a selection of Christmas classics. On Thursday, see ‘Home Alone 2: Lost in New York.’
Where: Electric Theatre, Peckham.
FRIDAY 23RD DECEMBER 2016
Turner Prize at Tate Britain
If you haven’t already visited this year’s Turner Prize at the Tate Britain, this is an absolute must see. Celebrating its thirty-second year, the Turner Prize returns to Tate Britain with four shortlisted artists including Michael Dean, Anthea Hamilton, Josephine Pryde, and winner Helen Marten.
When: Until 2nd January 2017
Where: Tate Britain
SATURDAY 24TH DECEMBER 2016
NoFit State Circus at the Southbank Winter Festival
As part of this year’s Winter Festival at the Southbank, internationally renowned NoFit will be taking to the stage for a circus performance like no other. Expect to be at the centre of the action, surrounded by world-class aerialists and performers that fall from the ceiling, juggle, tumble, and tightrope with jaw-dropping dexterity, as you stand in their midst. This is sure to be a top Christmas eve.
Where: Southbank Winter Festival.
SUNDAY 25TH DECEMBER
Need we tell you what you should be doing upon this festive day? Eat. Drink. Laugh. Love. Cry. Read Spindle Magazine and have a jolly good day.