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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.

Give the gift of membership to a London museum this Christmas

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