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Christmas-related activities in London in December?

Christmas-related activities in London in December?

Oct 28th, 2001, 07:01 PM
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Christmas-related activities in London in December?

I will be in London Dec. 14-18 & would appreciate info regarding Christmas-related activities such as concerts, plays, festivals, etc. Also, a recommendation for a protestant church to attend on Sunday morning would be helpful. I'll be staying near the Gloucester Road tube stop. Thank you!
Oct 28th, 2001, 09:20 PM
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I was in London at that time last year and especially enjoyed the BBC's Christmas Crackers concert at the Royal Festival Hall. It was a Christmas concert with music, choirs, soloists, and even audience caroling.

To see what is scheduled for this year, go to:


It was easy to order tickets on line there as well.

Bundle up and have fun!
Oct 29th, 2001, 04:39 AM
david west
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A very traditional (and as far as I am aware unique) British Christmas experience is a pantomime. These are hard to describe without making them sound even sillier than they are (girls dressed as boys, men dressed as old women, custard pies etc). All the local theatres will have one, and the RSC no less put on a very traditional one. Go on; I dare you!

more info here:

Oct 29th, 2001, 10:11 AM
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I agree with David. Don't miss going to a pantomime. London is too cold for me at Christmas, but I've always wanted to go then just so I could see the real thing!! The closest I've come to it was a West End production a few years ago called Sinderella, a rather adult themed pantomime which was one of the funniest things I've ever seen.
Oct 30th, 2001, 10:52 AM
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Burta, David, & Patrick - thank you very much for your replies. I really appreciate it!
Oct 30th, 2001, 11:30 AM
Phyllis Stein
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Doug, you might enjoy taking in a lessons and carols service. I believe there are some pretty grand ones in aid of charities, held at big churches with celebrities reading the lessons.

You might also find a service at a neighborhood church, as we did on a Sunday evening last December in Chelsea, where members of the parish did the readings and sang the carols. It remains one of my happiest memories of that trip.

We didn't have any advance notice, but we were wandering through Chelsea and saw the notice on the church door that the service would be held that evening. We went for an early dinner at the King's Head and 8 Bells, went on to another pub for a drink, and walked to the church as the doors were opening. It was lovely.

(I have to say, I really wanted to see a pantomime, as david west has suggested. I'm very grateful for the website information, mr. west! I'm going to be in London just three days in December; if I can get to any of the pantos listed, it will have to be Wimbledon. But oh to see John Inman! Or Danny LaRue! Or even Dirty Den?!? Thanks again for posting that.)
Oct 30th, 2001, 04:37 PM
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Just before you go - check out these two sites to see if there is anything you fancy...


<This is the online version of The Evening Standard paper that Londoners get every evening and read on the Tube (that is, if they get a seat)>

Oct 31st, 2001, 03:30 AM
david west
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Fao Phyllis Stein:

Wimbledon is my Local theatre and they have Jack in the Beanstalk with Shane Ritchie (don't get me started on shane ritchie)

Details here

Oct 31st, 2001, 03:51 PM
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Don't forget to check out the windows at Harrrods!
Last Christmas they were Incredible, very whimsical, magical, fanciful and oh so expensive loolking.
My children and I enjoyed it very much

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