Things To Do In London On Christmas Eve

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White Christmas screens at Phoenix Cinema

White Christmas screens at Phoenix Cinema


CHRISTMAS IS COMING: And we have a bumper page of all the festive goings on in London. We’ll be updating it right up until the big day, so keep checking back.

EXHIBITIONS: Fancy a bit of culture? Exhibitions currently on in London include Wildlife Photographer of the Year (★★★★★), Drawn by Light (★★★☆☆), Guy Bourdin(★★★☆☆) and Elvis Presley (★★★☆☆). Take a look at our Museums page for more ideas.

ICE SKATING: London is practically iced over if this bumper crop of seasonal ice rinks is anything to go by. We recommend booking ahead this close to Christmas, especially during the school holidays.

DICKENSIAN CHRISTMAS: Head to the Charles Dickens Museum for A Very Dickensian Christmas Eve. The cast of Everyone’s Carol leads visitors through the rooms of the house recounting the story of A Christmas Carol. You can also learn how Victorians made a traditional Christmas pudding and listen to carols and extracts from A Christmas Carol. £18/£10, prebook, timed entry from 10am

IT’S A WONDERFUL LIFE: Various Curzon cinemas across the city, including Soho, Chelsea, Mayfair, Victoria and Wimbledon, host screenings of It’s A Wonderful Life.  Various prices, prebook. Times vary at each cinema, but start from 2.30pm

WHITE CHRISTMAS: There’s a screening of the 1954 classic film White Christmas at Phoenix Cinema in East Finchley, perfect for getting into the festive spirit. £7/£5, prebook, 3pm

CAROL SERVICE: The popular St Paul’s Cathedral Carol Service always has queues to get in. Avoid them by watching the service on a big screen in Paternoster Square. If you really want to get into the cathedral, get there very, very early. Free, just turn up, 4pm

COMEDY: Hampstead Comedy Club is at Camden Head for a Traditional Jewish Xmas Eve with Ivor Dembina presenting Old Jewish Jokes and Joe Bor presenting A Room with a Jew, compered by Daphna Baram. £12.50, prebook, 8.30pm

CLUBBING: Want to start Christmas Day with a bang? The Thomas A Becket on Old Kent Road has a night of new ninimal, deep, tech house music with Lance Morgan, DJ Majesty, Shenin Amara and more. £7/£10, prebook, 10pm. Meanwhile at Club Feina in Farringdon, the weekly My Point Of View club night goes ahead as usual. Free for women, £3 for men, just turn up, midnight-6am

MIDNIGHT MASS: St Martin in the Fields Midnight Mass, led by the Clergy and Choir of St Martin-in-the-Fields, includes the lighting of the Christmas Candle. Free, just turn up, 11pm. Meanwhile St James’s Piccadilly’s Christmas Midnight Eucharist begins at 11.30pm. Expect both to be quite crowded with queues to get in – early arrival recommended.

BLOOD: Today’s opportunities to donate blood  are at St Olave Parish Church on Fenchurch Street, Lambeth Town Hall in Brixton, Leytonstone Methodist Church, and the usual donor centres. See site for terms and conditions. Scared of donating blood? Watch our video.

Find more London events in our Free & Cheap events listings. Want to see your event in these last-minute listings? Email us at at least 48 hours before the event, and we will consider it for inclusion. Note: due to high volumes of email, we can’t always reply.

Good Cause of the Day

Pre-empt the onslaught of festive food by signing up for the 2015 Moonwalk. Taking place on Clapham Common on 15 May. The marathon or half marathon course raises money for breast cancer research.

From The Archive

Thought Oxford Street was madness at this time of year? We take a look at past winter activities in London, including frost fairs, ski jumps and festive feasts.

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