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What’s on at the weekend? – 13, 14 December 2014

Posted by on Thursday, 11 December, 2014 in What's on at the weekend?

What’s on at the weekend? – 13, 14 December 2014

This weekend, in no particular order: an Olympic Christmas, Gamelan Chimes, unique gifts, Christmas past and dolls houses…

Christmas Weekend, Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, Saturday 13 and Sunday 14 December 2014

Get into the festive spirit at the Olympic Park this weekend with afternoon and evening activities for all the family. See the Park decorated for Christmas, listen to Christmas choirs, see street theatre, go on a free tour, take in some funfair rides and do arts and crafts.  At the ArcelorMittal Orbit you can meet two of Santa’s reindeer before zooming up to the top of the sculpture to greet the man himself. Free. More details here

Gamelan Christmas Chimes, Royal Festival Hall, Southbank Centre, 1pm to 6pm, Saturday 13 December 2014

The Southbank Centre presents its annual winter Gamelan Christmas Chimes celebration on Saturday. There will be Javanese gamelan, shadow-puppetry and dance performances. Free. More details here

Chelsea Christmas Gift Fair 2014, Saturday 13 and Sunday 14 December 2014

The Chelsea Christmas Gift Fair returns this weekend with over 60 hand-picked exhibitors selling unique fashion items, home wares, children’s toys and clothes, gifts for pets and luxury food products. Entry costs £3, children free. More details here

Crafty Fox Market, Bussey Building Peckham, 12pm to 6pm, Saturday 13 and Sunday 14 December 2014

For alternative Christmas present ideas, why not head to a curated craft fair of design-led, handmade products. There are different sellers present on each of the days, along with DJs, a bar and craft workshops. There are lots of other Christmas fairs and events happening around Peckham this weekend as part of “Pexmas”. Free. More details here

Christmas Past, Geffrye Museum, until 4 January 2015

The Geffrye Museum’s eleven period living rooms have been transformed again this year with authentic festive decorations, lighting, music and greenery to give visitors a glimpse into how Christmas has been celebrated in English middle-class homes over the past 400 years.  Free. More details here

Small Stories: At Home in a Dolls’ House, V&A Museum of Childhood, until September 2015

The Museum of Childhood’s latest exhibition opens this week and reveals the fascinating stories behind some of the UK’s best-loved dolls’ houses. The small stories of 12 dolls’ houses from the past 300 years are brought to life by the characters that live or work there. Free. More details here

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