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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Architectural Christmas wrapping paper
If you're having difficulty finding the right wrapping paper for an architecture fan, then try these for size.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
Smithfield’s annual Christmas Eve auction
Earlier this morning, the annual Christmas Eve auction took place at Smithfields.
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?
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.
The 600th anniversary of the Christmas tree
This year marks the 600th anniversary of the earliest known reference to a Christmas tree. Maybe.
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.
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.
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.