Want to get into the seasonal spirit with some spiffing Christmas events this 2023? In December, The Bloomsbury Big Top is pulling out all the stops with its festive drag event. There will be three amazing headliners and dancers, as well as a token for street food and a mini bottle of Bottega of Gold.
Best Christmas Events In London 2023
Feeling festive? Damn right you are. Immerse yourself in all things baubles and beverages at one of the many seasonal pop-ups or things to do taking over the city this 2023. From snowy cocktail menus and festive immersive experiences to themed brunches with Santa, there really is something for everyone at these London Christmas events.
Last updated on 28th November 2023
The Vince Dunn Orchestra are holding an early Christmas Sunday roast concert at The Bedford, promising food and amazing music on Sunday 3rd December. Think an eclectic mix of jazz, Latin, foot-tapping funk and classic big band swing, alongside the chance to purchase food from the venue.
All The Jingle Ladies is Tonight Josephine's answer to getting festive in our city, promising the all-singing, all-dancing bottomless brunch event in Clapham, Shoreditch and Waterloo. Expect 90 minutes of booze, three drag queens, food and prizes.
Looking to party this Christmas minus the drink? The girls behind Dry Disco Club are putting on a Christmas Party at the iconic Ministry of Sound. Look forward to a free boozeless bar, food stalls and a full day of dancing with your sober sisters across multiple rooms.
This festive season, The London Cabaret Club is bringing you Christmas Royale - a stunning, James Bond-themed extravaganza. Think immersive performances while you dine on a multi-course luxury menu. It's gonna be one of the best Christmas party events in London.
For something different this December, grab tickets to Benny's Festive Package II: A Traditionally Alternative Christmas Cabaret at Bethnal Green Working Men's Club. With tickets starting from a fiver, you can expect a mix of burlesque, drag and circus acts to raise funds for charities thanks to Cabaret vs Cancer.
Get crafty this Christmas and head to Shangri-La at The Shard to create your very own wreath. With sky-high city views, you'll be treated to a glass of Champagne and a mince pie on arrival before being taught how to make your very own decoration with the materials provided.
If you're a fan of Hugh Grant bumbling about, then grab tickets to the Love Actually Drink-A-Long Movie Night at The Grand. There will be prizes for the best fancy-dressed, plus plenty of games involving prosecco. Food more your thing? Check out the themed brunch, too.
Both the North Pole Olympics and Christmas bottomless brunches are coming to Bounce venues across London. The former boasts plenty of ping pong-based challenges alongside prizes for the podium places, while the latter involves unlimited drinks and a drag extravaganza.
Take a leaf out of Bad Santa's book and be sure to attend one of Sexquisite Event's festive shows this Christmas. Popping up in locations across the UK, this sex worker-led arts company will be spreading joy in the form of cabaret acts and bear-all panel talks with people from the adult industry.
Tomoko Kakita, expert in the art, is leading a series of Furoshiki Christmas Wrapping Workshops at Nobu Hotel in Marylebone. Master the traditional, sustainable Japanese method and pick from a range of designs made by artist Gavin Mitchell. Tickets are £65 per person and include a copy of Kakita's book.
Feel like the romantic protagonist out of your favourite festive flick at this Southbank Christmas Markets Singles Pub Crawl. Join 40 others to enjoy a magical evening exploring the area's pop-up bars, rooftop terraces and beer gardens, with plenty of ice breaker games to get involved with.
One of the most exciting Christmas events of the year, The Luna Cinema, makes it's way to Battersea Arts Centre and Kensington Palace. Pull up a chair, sit back and relax as you enjoy festive favourites such as The Nightmare Before Christmas, The Holiday and Love Actually.
There are an abundance of festive events taking place across the gorgeous Firmdale Hotels this winter. At the Haymarket Hotel, get involved with a special workshop creating your very own hand-stitched seasonal decoration, or indulge in a Christmas cheese dinner at the Dorset Square Hotel.
London Bridge Rooftop is transforming into a winter paradise this year, complete with festive decorations, DJ sets and heaters. Alongside the great views, you can get your hands on mulled wine, seasonal bites and delicious cocktails, with an option to go for bottomless brunch as well.
This December, why not inject some rhythm into your life with the Jazz Cafe's Sunday Soul Christmas Soulstice? With tickets at only £12, you can experience a night full of hits, courtesy of the Atlantic Soul Orchestra covering the likes of Stevie Wonder, Aretha Franklin and Etta James.
From rooftop bottomless brunches to wreath making, The Corin has everything you need to be feeling merry as can be this Christmas. Whether creating your own decorations while sipping Champagne or nabbing a feast seems more your thing, head here for festivities.
Head back to Mr Claus's for bottomless brunch with Afters At Uncle Nick's at The Cocktail Club. There's plenty of Christmas chaos on the cards as you'll be treated to carols, beats from DJ Satna along with unlimited drinks, tasty food and the naughtiest (or nicest), fun-filled experience.
Head to The Prince in West Brompton this December for Famous First Words: Festive Edition. This high-energy live music event involves remembering the lyrics to all your favourite Christmas songs and competing for the chance to win prizes.
The Bat & Ball Christmas Eve Bash is making sure you get your fix of activities, festive tunes and snacks galore right on the eve of the big day itself. Expect a jug of beer or bottle of wine per ticket on 24th December, alongside one hour of playtime too.
While prison might not be the ideal destination this festive season, Alcotraz is whipping up an experience you won't forget in a hurry. From entertaining immersive costumes down to fittingly-themed cocktails, this is one of the best Christmas team events in London.
Head to Phoenix Arts Club for this All I Want For Christmas Is Cabaret bonanza. The festive theatrical performance will showcase a range of variety acts flaunting their drag, musical, comedic and burlesque talents, complete with themed cocktails and mulled wine.
Head to Islington's Rosemary Branch Theatre for a slice of Christmas performance. They're hosting two fantastic seasonal cabaret shows where artists can showcase their new work, as well as a fun and festive show on the 23rd.
This is a Christmas movie screening unlike any other. Hot Tub Film Club will see you cosying up in a steamy hot tub boat surrounded by cool skyscrapers, all while you enjoy your festive flick of choice and chomp on popcorn. They'll be screening Elf, Home Alone and Muppets Christmas Carol.
Get ready for the ultimate festive bash from Smart Christmas Parties at Magazine London. Make your way inside this slick venue, where you'll be met with panoramic scenes of the city, followed by tasty food and a live band. We'll be there with jingle bells on.
Peculiar London is hosting an immersive walking tour, What The Dickens?, themed after A Christmas Carol, one of the writer's most famous novels. You'll explore the streets that inspired the book, including visiting his favourite pub and the room he lived in above it.
Head to Blame Gloria for one of the best festive events in the city this winter: Christmas Icons Bottomless Brunch. Alongside sensational performances, the drag-hosted extravaganza will include the ultimate lip-sync battle, quizzes and 90 minutes of unlimted prosecco and sprtiz cocktails.
After a run of successful pop-ups, The Chocolate Cocktail Club has found a permanent home in Farringdon. This Christmas, it's serving some seriously delicious cocktails. On the menu are edible reindeers filled with liquor, plus drinks like the Cosnowpolitan. What's more, tickets include two mocktails on the house. Chocotini, anyone?
From Scrooge to ghoulish encounters and plenty of laughs, the four-person performances of A Christmas Carol taking place at Fuller's pubs aren't to be missed. Expect to enjoy these fun shows while grabbing your favourite drinks from the bar.
Taking place every Friday throughout December in the City of London, Dabbers Social Bingo's Voyage Xmas Special is gonna be an absolute belter. Not only will you have the chance to bag brilliant prizes (such as trips away), but there also festive-themed packages up for grabs.
Whether you want to unleash your inner Mariah or Buble, Lucky Voice's Xmas 2023 Karaoke Brunches are not to be missed. Chow down on tasty pizzas washed down with free-flowing booze (including Rudolph punch) and sing to your heart's content.
RSA House is just the place for a stunning festive afternoon tea this year, thanks to their glorious tiers of treats spanning from roast turkey sarnies to opera cake and orange-cinnamon scones. Plus, an extra tenner will get you half a bottle of prosecco.
Unleash your inner artist with the Christmas Pre Drawn Canvas Sip and Paint at Boxpark. Choose from sexy Santas and other festive images, or if you're feeling brave then create your own picture with no guidelines. All materials are provided, so just turn up and have fun.
Archer Street's bars in Notting Hill, Soho and SW11 have Christmas brunches in store for your festivities this year, promising everything from 90 minutes of bottomless booze to pros serenading you for entertainment. They're sure to jingle your bells.
If you're after Christmas events in Central London, then hop aboard the Dutch Master for the Silent Disco Christmas Special. So, what's in store? On this two-storey boat, you'll get to dance to yuletide bangers, all while overlooking the stunning city.
Celebrate Christmas in style, by cruising down the river on one of the Thames Luxury Charters. Hop on the Dixie Queen for festive three-course feast, complete with wine or a selection of beers, followed by a DJ set to get the party started.
Get crafty this Christmas with a wreath making masterclass at We Are The Lost Girls in Battersea. Enjoy festive drinks and nibbles while working away on your gorgeous decoration, made from seasonal dried flowers and foliage.
With cute cafes in both Notting Hill and Belgravia, you can find several fun and arty Christmas events at Biscuiteers. Here you'll master cookie decoration and leave with a tin full of your own creations. This two-hour class is led by an expert icer, with complimentary tea and coffee on offer.
The Office Christmas Party is a cool festive experience from Jury Games - a chance to try your hand at solving a mystery at Theatre Deli. Expect live actors, questioning witnesses, looking at CCTV evidence and more across the event.
After a banging Christmas party? This Ibiza Anthems Brunch festive-themed bonanza is featuring Ibiza classics from some of the best DJs and performers. Expect the likes of Brandon Block, Alex P, Lisa Loud and Danny Clockwork while getting into the seasonal spirit.
Skylines Boat Parties are throwing a festive bash this year, where you'll cruise down the Thames at sunset. They're flaunting two decks of talented DJs and performers, alongside a reasonably priced bar and great views of the city.
The Very Merry Shuffle Brunch returns this festive season, promising to jingle your bells with a Christmas bellini on arrival followed by unlimited pizza and prosecco. But that's not all, as you'll get your go at gaming on the lanes too.
Get ready for Bar Elba's brilliant, Christmas-themed brunch, Bad Santa Rides Again. As you chow down on a mouthwatering meal paired with 90 minutes of bottomless bubbles or beer, enjoy outrageous entertainment, games and bingo.
Fire and Fromage is bringing the ultimate Christmas experience to Southbank with a bunch of adorable pop-up snow globes. Snap one up to enjoy a cosy dining experience, delving into fondue, steak, Champagne and mulled wine, with beaut views of the river as your backdrop.
West End Drag Brunch are coming in hot with Christmas specials on 26th November and 17th December. Think performances from Ruby Murray, Paige Three and Ruby Sinclair alongside two courses of twists on festive fare (buttermilk turkey burger with Brussels slaw or a full roast with trimmings) washed down by bottomless booze.
For a Christmas event that'll get everyone talking, book the Comedy Boat Party. Enjoy a show featuring a top MC, followed by a massive festive celebration while you sail down the Thames past iconic landmarks, dancing to an onboard DJ.
Whether you're looking to adorn your front door in the season's finest fir or simply learn something new, these Christmas activities in London see you crack on with some of the best wreath-making workshops. Think bubbles, mulled wine and binding going hand-in-hand.
Christmas Light Trails are coming to Eltham Palace and Kenwood House this year, spanning everything from dancing fountains to interactive light launchers, halos and more. Plus, you can enjoy festive food, warming cocktails and hot chocolate packed with marshmallows.