Get set for a weekend of festive fun with carols, Santa, racing Christmas puddings, vintage markets and more…
Vintage Christmas Market and Real Ale Festival, Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, 12pm to 10pm on Saturday 7 and 12pm to 7pm on Sunday 8 December 2013
Have you been to the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park yet? This weekend is your chance to have a look around whilst getting into the festive spirit with a vintage Christmas market, roller disco, Victorian funfair, live music and real ale festival. Free entry. More details here.
Great Christmas Pudding Race, Covent Garden, Saturday 7 December 2013
On Saturday, teams of participants in fancy dress will race around an agility course in Covent Garden balancing a Christmas pudding on a tray. All money collected will go to Cancer Research UK. The race starts at 11.15am and there will be a special appearance from the Gruffalo. More details here.
Christmas Carols, Museum of Childhood, 1pm to 3.30pm Saturday 7 December 2013
Get into the Christmas spirit at the Museum of Childhood on Saturday. There will be carol singing with the Becontree Brass Band, a Make Your Own Christmas workshop and the opportunity to buy hand-crafted Christmas cards, decorations and delicious Christmas cupcakes courtesy of the East London Women’s Institute. Free. More details here.
Horniman Museum Christmas Fair, 10.30am to 4.30pm, Saturday 7 and Sunday 8 December 2013
It’s the Horniman Museum’s Christmas Fair this weekend. Stock up on crafty Christmas gifts in the market, enjoy some festive food and mulled wine, visit Santa’s Grotto (advance booking required), and join in carol singing on the Bandstand. There’s also Santa’s Post Office, a Merry Berry quiz and the chance to make your own Christmas angel. Free entry. More details here.
Christmas Past, Geffrye Museum, until 5 January 2013
Each year the Geffrye Museum’s period rooms are decorated in the style of English homes over the past 400 years. Travel back through the centuries and discover the origins and meanings of Christmas traditions. Free. More details here.
Winter Festival, Southbank Centre, until 6 January 2013
There’s plenty of seasonal fun to be had at the Southbank Centre’s Winter Festival. Check out the Christmas market, have a go at the pedal-powered Christmas tree snow globes, see an exhibition or show, or ride the traditional carousel. A fee is payable for some activities, others are free. More details here.