Events in London – December 2016

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Music, comedy & film

Spend a night watching some live music, a comedy gig or blockbuster movie

Eventim Apollo
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Club de Fromages New Years Eve Party

See in the New Year at the Eventim Apollo, and help Club de Fromage celebrate 2017 with a 10th birthday extravaganza!
O2 Academy Brixton
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RAM New Years Eve party, at the Brixton Academy

Brixton Academy will be holding a big New Year's Eve party night to help you see in 2017.

Theatre shows

Give your­self a Christmas treat with some tickets to a West End musical

Hackney Empire
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Aladdin - Panto at the Hackney Empire

Come with Aladdin to the mystical world of Hackney, as he rubs a magic lamp and gets granted three wishes from a purple genie.
SSE Arena Wembley
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Best Ever Christmas Show & The Story Of Jack Frost

Help Jack Frost get Christmastown ready for Santa's arrival in 'The Best Ever Christmas Show', at Wembley Arena.

Family & Kid’s events

Events in December that will make a nice day out for families with children

Royal Albert Hall
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E.T. - The Extra Terrestrial, with live score

The Royal Albert Hall will be screening 'ET' on a giant HD screen, alongside a live performance of John Williams' score.
Bank of England Museum
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Crafty Christmas for kids, at the Bank of England

Take your kids to the Bank of England Museum this December and enjoy an afternoon of Christmas arts and crafts.

Art & Museums

How about visiting an exhibition in one of the capital’s galleries or museums?

Museum of Childhood
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Christmas Board Game Quiz Night

You're never too old to play games, so how about entering the Christmas Board Game quiz at the Museum of Childhood?
National Gallery
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Australia’s Impressionists - National Gallery

The National Gallery will be putting on an exhibition of forty works which explore Australia's Impressionist movement.

Royal & Religious

For tourists interested in visiting London’s palaces, churches and cathedrals

St. Paul’s Cathedral
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Christmas Day church service, at St. Pauls

There's not a lot to do in London in Christmas Day, so how about attending a church service at St Paul's Cathedral?
St. Paul’s Cathedral
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Midnight Mass at St. Pauls Cathedral

Begin your Christmas with an atmospheric midnight mass on Christmas Eve at St Paul's Cathedral, bathed in candlelight.

Political & Military

Daily parades and political events taking place during December

Soho Theatre
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Slacktivist Action Group, at the Soho Theatre

Andy Parsons will be chairing his Slacktivist Action Group at the Soho Theatre, alongside the MP Dr Sarah Wollaston.
Lyttelton Theatre
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Private Eyes Ian Hislop, and guests

Private Eye's editor Ian Hislop will be taking a look back at 2016 with Craig Brown, Lewis Macleod, Jan Ravens and John Sessions.

Sightseeing tours

If you’re visiting London in December then try one of these sightseeing tours

The City
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Walking tour: The Great Fire of London in 1666

The Museum of London will be putting on a walking tour around the City streets to teach us about the Great Fire of London.
Museum of London
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Boat trip down the Thames - River and Fire

The Museum of London is putting on a boat trip down the Thames to show us how the city emerged after the Great Fire of London.

Classical music

All of the classical music, operas and ballets in London during December

Barbican Centre
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Viennese New Years Eve Gala - Barbican Hall

See in the New Year with some Viennese waltzes performed by the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and Johan Strauss Dancers.
Barbican Hall
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Beethovens Symphony No.9 - Barbican Hall

Christopher Warren-Green will be leading the Royal Philharmonic in a performance of Beethoven's "Symphony No 9".

Free events

Visit London on the cheap in December, by trying these great free events

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Peter Pan swimming race, on Christmas Day

The annual Peter Pan Cup swimming race has been held on the Serpentine lake every Christmas morning since 1864.
St. Paul’s Cathedral
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Christmas Carol Service at St. Pauls

Enjoy a traditional Christmas carol service at St Paul's Cathedral, on the 23rd and 24th December — for free!

Other London events

Here are some more great events that are worth trying during December

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Celebrate the New Year with Londons fireworks

Celebrate the New Year with about a bazillion other people, as they watch London's spectacular fireworks display.
St. Martin-in-the-Fields
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Jazzy Christmas Carols, by Candlelight

St Martin-in-the-Fields will be putting on another carol concert, but this time done in a jazzy style with the Will Todd Ensemble.
Royal Albert Hall
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Christmas Cracker - with Anton Du Beke & Erin Boag

The nation's favourite ballroom couple Anton Du Beke and Erin Boag will be putting on a Christmas show at the Royal Albert Hall.
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