10 Things We Love in December

1 December 2014

Cats

Witness Nicole Scherzinger’s West End debut as Grizabella in Cats at the London Palladium this 6th December 2014 through to the 7th February 2015. Cats is one of the longest running West End shows and features original music, an extraordinary cast and an exceptionally talented creative team. You will be blown away by this unique, once in a lifetime opportunity to throw yourself into the World of Cats and enter into this spellbinding production. Tickets start at £20 and can be booked online at www.london.catsthemusical.com or call 08448740667 for more information.   

Pig’s Ear Beer and Cider Fest

If you are interested in beer and cider, this is the perfect place to be with over 400 beers with 230 in cask. The Pig’s Ear Beer and Cider Fest will run from the 2nd – 6th December providing four days of enjoyable tasting and drinking. This will take place at the Round Chapel Centre for the Performing Arts in Hackney and tickets are £5 for non members but CAMRA members go for just £3. For more information about this exciting event, please visit www.pigsear.co.uk.

Christmas Market

Come along to London’s most popular Christmas Market at Southbank Centre, where you will be stunned by a vast selection of food stalls and beautifully crafted Christmas gifts for friends and loved ones. This year you can expect a diverse collection of goodies such as sheep skin rugs and local mead. There is no admission fee, so bring along your friends and enjoy a day out at Southbank’s Christmas Market. For more information on this event, please visit www.southbankcentre.co.uk.

Edward Scissorhands

Witness Matthew Bourne’s West End production of Tim Burtons, Edward Scissorhands at the Sadlers Wells Theatre this Christmas from the 2nd December 2014 to the 10th January 2015. This visually stunning and breathtaking production tells a touching and inspiring story, not to be missed. Tickets start at £22 and can be booked on www.westendtheatrebookings.com, book early to avoid any disappointment.

Eyeskate Ice Rink at London Eye

Experience a night of spectacular views and enjoy 45 minutes of ice skating directly in front of the London Eye. This location will leave you breathless as you are intertwined within Christmas lights, the smell of mauled wine and the impressive, lit London Eye. Tickets are £12.50 and children can go for £9.50 and you can book tickets at www.londoneye.com.

The Hobbit: The Battle of the five armies

This 12th December get ready for the UK premier of The Hobbit: The Battle of Five Armies, the final part of this epic trilogy. Plunge into the World of fantasy and follow the adventures of Bilbo Baggins, twelve dwarves and a wizard in their quest for buried treasure. From the director that brought you The Lord of the Rings, Peter Jackson’s The Hobbit: The Battle of Five Armies is sure to excite, captivate and move you.   

Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize

Interested in the arts and photography? Head over to the National Portrait Gallery in Leicester Square to view this unique and overwhelming exhibition showcasing over sixty portraits by contemporary photographers all over the World. Immerse yourself in the culture and extraordinary stories behind the portraits whilst admiring the impressive aesthetics of each photograph.  Keep an eye out for this year’s Taylor Wessing Prize winners, David Titlow and Jessica Fulford Dobson. Tickets are a steal at only £3 and the exhibition is open now and will run until 22nd February 2015. For more information or to book your tickets, visit www.npg.org.uk.

Winterville

Winterville is nearly here and soon Victoria Park will come alive with Christmas Markets, Ice Rinks, Live music and so much more. This alternative Winter Wonderland is free for everyone and you can immerse yourself in the food hall, on-site pub, fairground or even the roller disco. It is also the perfect family day out as Winterville’s Kid’s quarter includes Santa’s Grotto and travelling arts circus House of Fairy Tales. Visit www.winterville.co.uk for more information or to book advance tickets on special events and attractions.  

Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland

If you love the Ballet and you love a ‘show’, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland at the Royal Opera House is the perfect combination of dance and storytelling with an impressive collection of costumes and dancers. The show runs from 6th December through to 16th January so you have plenty of time to book your tickets at www.roh.org.uk where prices vary from as little as £6 to a hefty £115.

New Years Eve

Spend New Year’s Eve this year at London’s most popular firework display overlooking the river on South Bank. When the time clock midnight, you will be surrounded by lights and colours as the UK’s biggest fireworks display begins. Set in the stunning location, you will find yourself admiring London’s skyline whilst showered by fireworks from above. Don’t miss out on this incredible night to welcome and celebrate the New Year and book your tickets at www.seetickets.com. Tickets are only £10, however if you miss the show, make sure to catch it live on TV.

Fransisca Smith