5 sparkling December events in London

 
 

The best events happening around the capital in December.

 

03rd October 2018

Red Carnation Hotels

It’s the most magical time of year to experience the English capital – and not just because of the sparkle and glitter of Christmas. Throughout December, guests staying at any of Red Carnation Hotels’ London residences can enjoy a widely varied line-up of activities, from the fairy light-festooned gardens at Kew to an indulgent programme of music and celebration at the Royal Albert Hall. Here is our selection of London’s best December events.

London Events December

Winter Market

London’s iconic skyline forms a picturesque backdrop to the Winter Market at Southbank Centre. The River Thames’ south bank is transformed into a Nordic wonderland, with a twinkling cluster of wooden cabins stocked full of festive treasures. Purchase handmade stocking-fillers and unique trinkets to hang on the tree, and there’s plenty of steaming Glüwein and thick hot chocolate on hand to revive tired shoppers.

9th November – 27th December 2018 Southbank Centre

Christmas at Kew

Wondrous illuminations, glittering installations and foot-tapping live bands transform the Royal Botanical Gardens at Kew after dark this year with the return of Christmas at Kew. More than a million lightbulbs glow across Kew’s immaculately tended grounds, from hundreds of sparkling origami boats floating on the lake to the enchanting Field of Light’s laser beams. Be sure to pay a visit to Santa and his elves before you leave.

22nd November 2018 – 5th January 2019
Royal Botanical Gardens, Kew

London Events December 

Christmas at the Royal Albert Hall

One of the capital’s most prestigious venues, the Royal Albert Hall launches a vibrant programme of music, theatre and performance this month. Whether a fan of a classic Christmas carol singalong or a high-octane tap-dancing jazz improvisation, there’s something here to strike a chord with everyone. Comedians from popular British television show Whose Line is it Anyway? take to the stage to celebrate its 30th anniversary while the London Community Gospel Choir makes history with the Hall’s first ever gospel Christmas concert.

1st December 2018 – 31st December 2018
Royal Albert Hall

The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra’s Christmas Cracker

 Lit by the twinkling lights of a Christmas tree and infused with the spicy scent of mulled wine, Cadogan Hall is an ideal festive setting for the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra’s musical extravaganza Christmas Cracker. West End vocalists Emma Hatton (Wicked) and Oliver Tompsett (Guys and Dolls) dazzle the audience with a singalong programme packed full of traditional favourites, including Have Yourself a Merry Little ChristmasJingle Bells and Winter Wonderland.

16th December 2018

Cadogan Hall

War Horse

Michael Morpurgo’s captivating War Horse tells the tale of a young man and his beloved horse, who are separated amidst the chaos of World War I. Follow their emotional and inspiring journey this month at the National Theatre. Joining forces with the award-winning Handspring Puppet Company from South Africa, expect powerful choreography, epic sets and moving performances from start to finish.

8th November 2018 – 5th January 2019
National Theatre

London Events December 

The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra’s Christmas Cracker

Lit by the twinkling lights of a Christmas tree and infused with the spicy scent of mulled wine, Cadogan Hall is an ideal festive setting for the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra’s musical extravaganza Christmas Cracker. West End vocalists Emma Hatton (Wicked) and Oliver Tompsett (Guys and Dolls) dazzle the audience with a singalong programme packed full of traditional favourites, including Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas, Jingle Bells and Winter Wonderland.

16th December 2018
Cadogan Hall

New Year’s Eve Fireworks

See out the year with a crescendo of sparkles, crackles and pops. The capital’s stellar fireworks display is a truly spectacular New Year’s Eve celebration that marks it as London’s top event in December. Entry into the prime viewing zone, directly opposite the London Eye, is ticketed to prevent overcrowding, but there are plenty of venues nearby offering ring-side seats. Enjoy the spectacle from an open-top river cruise or raise a glass of fizz from the top of the Shard to welcome in 2019. 

31st December 2018
The London Eye

Enjoy Christmas festivals, fantastic entertainment and, of course, spectacular New Year’s Eve fireworks when you stay at Red Carnation Hotels’ London residences this December.

Image credit: lead image © iStock/oversnap. Christmas market © iStock/SolStock. Kew Gardens © iStock/florin961. Horse © iStock/pixalot. 

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