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London museum and galleries Christmas opening dates
London museum and galleries Christmas opening dates

London museum and galleries Christmas opening dates

Lots of museums are open over the Christmas period, but often with opening hours as erratic as Aunt Norra on her 3rd sherry of the day – so here is a list of known opening hours.

Dec
17
2021
London Christmas tree recycling collections 2021/22
London Christmas tree recycling collections 2021/22

London Christmas tree recycling collections 2021/22

It might seem a bit Scrooge to be talking about getting rid of the Christmas tree before the event is over, but it can help to know what to do before 12th night comes along.

Dec
16
2021
Watch the Space Station fly over London on Christmas morning
Watch the Space Station fly over London on Christmas morning

Watch the Space Station fly over London on Christmas morning

If you can drag yourself out of bed early on Christmas Day, there's a chance to see Father Christmas heading home after delivering his presents -- or more accurately, the International Space Station flying over London.

Dec
15
2021
See the homes of Christmas Past at the Museum of the Home
See the homes of Christmas Past at the Museum of the Home

See the homes of Christmas Past at the Museum of the Home

A tradition has returned as the Museum of the Home in East London puts on a display of homes decorated for Christmas as they would have been in the past.

Dec
15
2021
Take a trip in a 1950s vintage bus on Christmas Day
Take a trip in a 1950s vintage bus on Christmas Day

Take a trip in a 1950s vintage bus on Christmas Day

On Christmas Day, a vintage bus hire company will be offering a free vintage bus service on Route 430 between Roehampton and Putney Bridge.

Dec
14
2021
The Christmas Cracker memorial in Finsbury Square
The Christmas Cracker memorial in Finsbury Square

The Christmas Cracker memorial in Finsbury Square

What looks like a typically grand Victorian drinking fountain in the City of London is in fact a memorial to the family that invented the Christmas Cracker, well, sort of.

Dec
08
2021
Architectural Christmas wrapping paper
Architectural Christmas wrapping paper

Architectural Christmas wrapping paper

If you're having difficulty finding the right wrapping paper for an architecture fan, then try these for size.

Dec
06
2021
Give the gift of Museum Membership at Christmas
Give the gift of Museum Membership at Christmas

Give the gift of Museum Membership at Christmas

If you want to give something this Christmas that your recipient can use all year round, rather than socks and fragrances… give them a membership pack for a museum they like to visit.

Nov
10
2021
Christmas jumpers from London’s venues
Christmas jumpers from London’s venues

Christmas jumpers from London’s venues

Tis fast approaching the season to sit in front of your computer on a video call wearing nothing except a Christmas Jumper.

Nov
08
2021
London’s Christmas lights switch on dates and times
London’s Christmas lights switch on dates and times

London’s Christmas lights switch on dates and times

It's Christmas lights season again, and a lot of councils and local organisations will be holding formal lighting ceremonies.

Nov
05
2021
London Christmas tree recycling collections 2020/21
London Christmas tree recycling collections 2020/21

London Christmas tree recycling collections 2020/21

It might seem a bit Scrooge to be talking about getting rid of the Christmas tree before the event is over, but it can help to know what to do before 12th Night comes along.

Dec
21
2020
Watch “Father Christmas” fly over London on Christmas morning
Watch “Father Christmas” fly over London on Christmas morning

Watch “Father Christmas” fly over London on Christmas morning

Father Christmas -- in the guise of the International Space Station -- will be flying over London early on Christmas morning.

Dec
16
2020
A celestial conjunction for Christmas
A celestial conjunction for Christmas

A celestial conjunction for Christmas

Later this month a rare event will occur in the heavens, as Jupiter and Saturn appear closer together in the skies than they have for nearly 400 years.

Dec
03
2020
Strange old Christmas cards
Strange old Christmas cards

Strange old Christmas cards

It's the season to compare how many cards you have with your erstwhile friends, and while today most cards tend towards the cute and twee, in the past they were rather odder.

Dec
01
2020
Christmas gifts from London’s museums and galleries
Christmas gifts from London’s museums and galleries

Christmas gifts from London’s museums and galleries

It's time for Christmas shopping again, and what could be better than something from a favourite museum or gallery?

Nov
18
2020
Musicians are delivering Christmas trees across London
Musicians are delivering Christmas trees across London

Musicians are delivering Christmas trees across London

Normally a real Christmas tree is something bought from a garden centre, or that "guy who appears on a street corner for a few weeks", but a new initiative has been set up to deliver trees across London - and support jobbing performers at the same time.

Nov
13
2020
Christmas jumpers from London venues
Christmas jumpers from London venues

Christmas jumpers from London venues

Tis the season to sit in front of your computer on a video call wearing nothing except a Christmas Jumper.

Nov
10
2020
Smithfield’s annual Christmas Eve auction
Smithfield’s annual Christmas Eve auction

Smithfield’s annual Christmas Eve auction

Earlier this morning, the annual Christmas Eve auction took place at Smithfields.

Dec
24
2019
See “Father Christmas” fly over London on Christmas eve
See “Father Christmas” fly over London on Christmas eve

See “Father Christmas” fly over London on Christmas eve

OK, it's actually the International Space Station, but if you are dragged awake at an ungodly hour by the kids, then why not go out and watch "santa" rehearsing his present delivery run?

Dec
16
2019
Smithfield’s Christmas Eve meat auction returns for 2019
Smithfield’s Christmas Eve meat auction returns for 2019

Smithfield’s Christmas Eve meat auction returns for 2019

Good news for meat lovers and lovers of a meaty bargain as the exceptionally good fun Christmas Eve auction will return to Smithfield this year.

Dec
09
2019
The 600th anniversary of the Christmas tree
The 600th anniversary of the Christmas tree

The 600th anniversary of the Christmas tree

This year marks the 600th anniversary of the earliest known reference to a Christmas tree. Maybe.

Dec
05
2019
Tickets Alert: The Messiah in St Paul’s Cathedral
Tickets Alert: The Messiah in St Paul’s Cathedral

Tickets Alert: The Messiah in St Paul’s Cathedral

An annual tradition is being continued this Christmas, with a powerful performance of Handel’s Messiah in St Paul’s Cathedral.

Nov
05
2019
List of London councils that collect your Christmas trees
List of London councils that collect your Christmas trees

List of London councils that collect your Christmas trees

Each year the streets are littered with dead and dying Christmas trees dumped by uncaring families who can't be bothered to dispose of them properly.

Dec
26
2018
London Museums open over Christmas
London Museums open over Christmas

London Museums open over Christmas

With many people taking an extended break over Christmas, it helps to know which museums are going to be open so that you can have some ideas of where to visit.

Dec
04
2018