11th November – 8th January
We might have lost the ice rink at the Natural History Museum, but we’ve gained a new one this year as Glide opens at Battersea Power Station. Three interconnecting rinks will surround a spectacular 30ft Christmas tree for festive skating overlooking the river Thames. Providing the perfect excuse to go and check out the development; the new bars and restaurants inside will all be open including Le Bab, Where the Pancakes Are and Poke House.
19th November – 31st December
It’s the 25th anniversary of The Snowman, and this year the show will be dedicated to its creator, Raymond Briggs who sadly died earlier this year. Accompanied by a live orchestra, the show remains one of the loveliest things to take children to at Christmas.
8th December – 8th January
Charles Dickens meets Dolly Parton in this musical at The Southbank. Set in 1930’s Tennessee, Ebenezer Scrooge is the owner of a mining company town where his greed blinds him from the joys of the season. With an original score by Dolly Parton, Scrooge softens just in time for Christmas.
23rd November – 3rd December
14 makers will be part of this unique sale in Holland Park themed around Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker. Championing the beauty of the handmade, expect hand-blown baubles, brocaded velvet jackets, miniature paintings on glass, handmade crackers, advent calendars, Christmas shines, dolls houses, hand-painted antique boxes, dip-dyed tablecloths, table decorations and more. A magical antithesis to online shopping, visit on 23rd November from 6-8pm for late night drinks and to meet all the makers in person. 131 Portland Road, W11 4LW.
1st – 2nd December
Held in the gorgeous home of Annie Reid, founder of Lucky Finds, discover a handful of brilliant brands at this personal Christmas fair where you can chat to makers over mince pies and clementines. This year there will be Lucky Finds shoulder bags, broderie anglaise knickers, lavender bags and antique decorations, as well as angel candlesticks from Lucy Fanthrope Ceramics, decoupage shells from Margie Frew, granola and Manuka honey from Ruth Joseph and Alex Pearson, beaded necklaces and earrings from Apple and Sage Jewellery, gold jewellery from Ram Jewels, Berber upcycling from La Gazelle, waistcoats from Madder Rose and hand-dyed clothing from Georgie Bolam. 11 Dewhurst Road, W14 0ET.
17th – 19th November
Held bi-annually for over 20 years, The Hand Sale is one of the best places for Christmas shopping. This year expect upcycled Christa Davis cashmere, Irish linen napkins, candles produced in Norfolk and brilliant felt dog portraits by Dencatz. Get there on the opening night from 6-9pm to snap up the best things. St Mary Abbots Centre, W8 4HN
13th – 17th December
This great little pop up will be filled with Polly Fern’s pretty wallpapers, lampshades, ceramics and more for the week before Christmas. Flick through Polly’s sketchbooks and discover a few new products too. 17 Rugby Street, WC1N 3LL.
9th November – 18th December
Founded and curated by Therese Basler, Re-Collection presents a six-week boutique showcasing pre-loved fashion, furniture and lifestyle objects. From vintage Chanel jackets to Gunnar Nyland ceramics and chairs by Charles and Ray Eames, it’s the perfect place to pick up a present for a discerning friend or relative. 361 Portobello Road, W10 5SA