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Pop-Up Screens: Cinema in the Snow
Rumpelstiltskin
Christmas at London Zoo
Greenwich Circus Festival
Grand Christmas Classics
Up At The O2 Christmas Choirs
The Tell-Tale Heart
Maltby Street Christmas Night Market
The London Artisan
The London Artisan
Enchanted Eltham Palace
 

 

Make the most of your precious time off with the LondonTown weekend guide, which gives you the lowdown on the best events and things to do this weekend in London. Want it straight to your inbox? Be sure to subscribe to the weekly Something for the Weekend mailer.

 
 

Rumpelstiltskin

Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road, London, SE1 8XX

Tube: Waterloo Station , Embankment Underground Station

 

Dates: 13th December 2018 to 6th January 2019

 

Award-winning Australian theatre companies Windmill Theatre Co and State Theatre Company South Australia present the UK premiere of their unique spin on the fantastic fairytale Rumpelstiltskin. Paul Capsis stars as a shape-shifting imp whose thirst for vengeance may well bring him undone. With original, rocking music, the colourful show reveals that spinning straw into gold may buy you a big house and a wardrobe of designer clothes but it can't buy you love. This is the story of the price of greed.

 
 
 

Pop-Up Screens: Cinema in the Snow

Hackney Showroom, Amhurst Terrace, London, E8 2BT

Tube: Manor House Station

 

Dates: 13th to 23rd December 2018

 

Pop Up Screens returns to the Hackney Showroom for a winter residency this year, transforming the former print works into a Cinema in the Snow. The winter wonderland will be a snow-filled world of film, accessed through a magic wardrobe, and feature a line-up of festive favourites, kicking off with Love Actually on 13th December. Other films being screened include Elf, Home Alone, The Holiday, Muppets Christmas Carol and Miracle on 34th Street as well as - appropriately enough - The Chronicles of Narnia. Hot Chocolate, handmade brownies, popcorn and mulled wine will be on offer and you can bet on a white Christmas here - on entering through the wardrobe, visitors will be greeted by falling snow.

 
 
 

Christmas at London Zoo

ZSL London Zoo, Regent's Park Outer Circle, Primrose Hill, London, NW1 4RY

Tube: Chalk Farm Station

 

Dates: 22nd November 2018 to 1st January 2019

 

A canopy of over 100,000 glistening pea-lights and larger-than-life animal sculptures are part of Christmas at London Zoo - don't worry, all the real animals are tucked up in bed. A mile-long path scattered with twinkling lights and festive sounds takes you through tunnels of light and pea-lit wild animal sculptures as the illuminated trail is set up for the first time, created in partnership with the team behind Christmas at Kew. Walk beneath playful ribbons of colour-changing lights and listen for the voices of singing trees. Discover the glowing fountains at the famous penguin pool house where the light show changes in time to a soundtrack of much-loved Christmas classics. Oh and keep an eye out for Father Christmas and his elves along the way.

 
 
 

Maltby Street Christmas Night Market

Maltby Street Market, Maltby Street, Bermondsey, London, SE1 3PA

Tube: London Bridge Station

 

Dates: 30th November to 21st December 2018

 

Located in the Victorian railway arches in Bermondsey, Maltby Street Market is an atmospheric spot year-round, but it's stepping things up a gear this winter with a series of festive night markets. Making the most of the beautiful Dickensian setting, the arches have been decorated with beautiful festive lights and the market traders will serve everything from mulled wine to mince pies. There will also be Christmas carols and food from the likes of Waffle On, The Beefsteaks and Herman ze German. The market runs on Fridays from 4pm to 9.30pm.

 
 
 

Greenwich Circus Festival

AirCraft Circus Academy, Unit 7A Harrington Way, London, SE18 5NR

Tube: Woolwich Station

 

Dates: Saturday 15th and Sunday 16th December 2018

 

In the year that contemporary circus celebrates its 250th anniversary, the Aircraft Circus Academy rounds off a year of celebrations with the Greenwich Circus Festival. Running for two days, it will be split into a day programme and an evening programme. During the day, visitors will be able to join in on circus workshops for adults and youths along with face painting, games and multiple circus shows to suit all ages. The evenings, meanwhile, present two major circus shows, including the brand-new production of The Greatest Circus Show created specially to celebrate the 250th anniversary of circus. The evening concludes with live music and a party.

 
 
 
 

Grand Christmas Classics

Southbank Centre: Royal Festival Hall, Belvedere Road, London, SE1 8XX

Tube: Waterloo Station , Embankment Underground Station

 

Dates: Friday 14th December 2018

 

Countryfile co-host and TV favourite Matt Baker presents Grand Christmas Classics at the Royal Festival Hallpromising a programme of joyous traditional music and readings perfectly capturing the true spirit of Christmas. Featuring the prestigious Fanfare Trumpeters of the Band of the Coldstream Guards, pieces performed will include Adam - 'O Holy Night', In the bleak midwinter, Silent Night and Leroy Anderson's jingle-bell classic, Sleigh Ride. Tchaikovsky's Nutcracker Suite and The Twelve Days of Christmas are also on the bill, together with carols for all to join in. The festive season at Royal Festival Hall also brings Christmas with King's College Choir and 'Christmas at the Movies' on Sunday 16th December - an afternoon concert of favourite festive film scores.

 
 
 

Enchanted Eltham Palace

Eltham Palace, Court Yard, off Court Road, London, SE9 5QE

Tube: Woolwich Station

 

Dates: 6th to 22nd December 2018

 

This winter, Eltham Palace is inviting visitors to stay for an after-dark adventure with its Enchanted series. The gardens have been transformed into an illuminated world for the occasion with a special trail that features arches of twinkling lights, beams of light criss-crossing through the sky, and water fountains rising and falling to music. For the little ones, there are fairground rides as well as a Christmas gift shop and the chance to toast marshmallows under the night sky, washed down with mulled wine and mince pies.

 
 
 

The London Artisan

The Old Truman Brewery, 91 Brick Lane, London, E1 6QL

Tube: Aldgate East Station

 

Dates: Saturday 15th and Sunday 16th December 2018

 

Fifty contemporary designers come together at the Old Truman Brewery this weekend for The London Artisan Winter Edition. Billed as 'a design event like no other', if offers a diverse and quality shopping experience that puts the focus on independent producers and makers with the aim of 'embedding the social back into shopping'. Visitors will be able to browse jewellery, ceramics, glassware, textiles, homewares, graphic design and children's products, and meet the designers who are behind the unique produce.

 
 
 

Up At The O2 Christmas Choirs

O2 Walkway: Up At The O2, The O2, Peninsula Square, London, SE10 0DX

Tube: North Greenwich Station

 

Dates: 14th to 23rd December 2018

 

This December, The O2 is putting a festive twist on its Up at The O2 experience with top London choirs bringing the festive cheer to the climbs. Those braving the climb between 14th and 16th and 21st and 23rd December will be treated to a free winter warming drink when they reach the viewing platform and will then be able to listen to Christmas classics performed live 52 metres above the ground. Opened in 2012, the guided walk over one of London's most successful music and entertainment venues gives visitors amazing views over the great domed building designed by Rogers Stirk Harbour Partners and beyond.

 
 
 

The Tell-Tale Heart

National Theatre: Dorfman, South Bank, London, SE1 9PX

Tube: Temple Station , Waterloo Station

 

Dates: 5th December 2018 to 9th January 2019

 

Anthony Neilson directs his own darkly comic and twisted thriller at the National's Dorfman Theatre. Based on a short story by Edgar Allan Poe, the story is about the twisted relationship between a young playwright with writer's block and her landlady who has a life-altering condition. Pressure mounts on the writer, and her relationship with the landlady becomes ever-more suffocating in The Tell-Tale Heart, a twisted, graphic and darkly-comic treat which contains provocative language and some violent scenes.

 
 
 

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