Things to do
Looking for Christmas plans? Look no further – we have your December days out sorted with this handy winter guide
Whether you’re a grinch or you’ve been pining for the Christmas season since the beginning of the year, we have a list of events that will excite even the grouchiest of grumps this winter. From brand-new immersive experiences to scenic ice-skating rinks, Christmas variety shows to classic films accompanied by live orchestras – or even just a good old fashioned panto – wrap up and head out, because there are plenty of things to do this winter.
Why look at art, when you could be a part of the art itself? At Frameless, visitors are invited to engage with art’s masterpieces in a new way – featuring four galleries, and a blend of classic and contemporary music, step inside the works of Monet, Van Gogh and more.
Jo Malone London Presents Glide
The Battersea Power Station may not be the first place that comes to mind when you think of winter outings, but for the second year in a row, it’s the home of Jo Malone’s Glide; three interconnecting ice rinks with enough space for budding Michelle Kwans to show off their skills, and for beginners to very bravely cling to the railings. Bring friends, brings a date, bring family – kids will be able to use penguin skate aids – the Jo Malone 30ft Christmas tree and glittery ice skating experience awaits. Available until 7 Jan.
The Holiday – Film With Live Orchestra
What is Christmas without a classic cult favourite to cosy up with? There are a handful of winter favourites available to watch on the big screen; Home Alone, How The Grinch Stole Christmas, The Muppet Christmas Carol and, of course, The Holiday – all accompanied by a live orchestra, and available to view at various venues across the UK this December. Experience this intercontinental winter love story on an even grander scale – limited tickets available.
Jeff Wayne’s The War Of The Worlds: The Immersive Experience
This may seem like a rogue choice, but we told you we had something for everybody. This one is for the people who want a more science-fiction experience this winter. Combining multi-sensory effects, virtual reality and live action scenes, Jeff Wayne’s The War of The Worlds immersive experience gives you the chance to journey through 24 interactive steampunk-martian-extraterrestrial scenes, all set to Jeff Wayne’s memorable score. It’s your greatest adventure yet, and it’s available to book through to spring 2024.
Curated by Love Actually creator Richard Curtis, and rightfully dubbed the “ultimate festive variety show”, Christmas Actually at the Southbank Centre presents a wholesome line-up of live music performances, comedy, poetry and more – all hosted by actor Sanjeev Bhaskar, and comedian Jayde Adams. The show will run from 7 – 11 December, and tickets are available now.
For a slower, more classical musical festive outing, why not take the family to a series of Candlelight Concerts? From Beethoven’s ‘Moonlight Sonata’ to orchestral performances of Christmas at The Movies, catch one of our specially curated Candlelight Concerts happening across the UK this December.