12 Super Festive Things To Do This December



by Leighanne Bent |
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Wham!’s on repeat, you’re inhaling Celebrations by the millisecond and the money you’ve spent on a pair of winter boots was meant to fund gifts for your family and friends. It’s Christmassssssss. If you’re lacking that festive feeling or want to pack in as much as possible before the year is out, don’t fret; we sent our little elves out on the hunt for the country's best and most festive events this December. Get ready to drive bumper cars on ice, chow down on pigs-in-blankets in a Gingerbread Cabin and drink bottomless mulled wine at a seasonal, vegetarian brunch.


Super Festive Things To Do This December

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Board a Magical Train and Save Christmas - London

The Arctic Express is departing from Pedley Street Station this December and no pressure or anything, but the fate of Christmas depends on you jumping aboard. Ed Snow has been spreading rumours that Santa isn't real (tut, tut) and it's up to you to make him believe again. You'll be working up an appetite on this festive task, so you can look forward to a welcome drink and a four-course meal created by BBC Masterchef, Louisa Ellis. If you're successful in saving the most wonderful time of the year? Your final stop will be the very magical Polar Bar.

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Drink Bottomless Bubbles at a Vegan Christmas Brunch - London

Forget Santa, there's a Christmas-themed brunch coming to town. Tibits have slotted out a Sunday for their vegan bottomless brunch this December and it's all kinds of wonderful. Promising endless skinny prosecco, mulled wine and beer, with as much food you can fit onto your plate from their brunch banquet, you'll be munching and drinking away to live music from London's up and coming artists.

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Drive Bumper Cars… On Ice - London

Forget skating folks... you can now drive actual bumper cars on ice. Removing the possibility of slipping, sliding and smacking your face onto the floor, you can now bash into each other in gigantic red and blue bumper cars. Offering street food and DJ sets before and after you buckle in, it's one of this year's coolest Christmas activities.

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Embrace All Things Juniper at the Sipsmith Gin Shop - London

If you love Christmas and you love gin, you might want to hop on your sleigh and make your way to Sipsmith's Gin Shop. Offering stocking fillers and unique gift sets for the festive season, you can also learn how to make botanical wreaths for your front door (whilst drinking complimentary gin cocktails) and they even have a merry tasting experience that will have you sipping everything from mince pie to chocolate orange flavoured gin.

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Experience Winter in S’moreditch - London

Ditching their outdoor lanes for fire pits, London Shuffle Club have transformed their terrace into a seriously snug spot for the winter months. Zoning in on the American snack S'mores, (made up of gram crackers and chocolate, sandwiched together with toasted marshmallows) you can scoff as many of these bad boys as you want if you book a big table for you and your mates.

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Feast on Christmas Dinner Fondue - Manchester

Sunday roasts are a rite of passage come this time of year but there's a restaurant in Manchester that's changed the game. Bock Cafe have dreamed up a Sunday roast fondue where you can dunk beef brisket or roast chicken into hot red wine gravy lava, alongside sauteed potatoes, seasonal veg and that all important Yorkshire pudding.

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Get Cosy at Winterland: Alpine Club - London

Winterland is basically a gigantic playground for adults and to keep you toasty this winter they've given their Thameside pop-up an alpine makeover. Decked out with heated hunting lodges, bauble-filled igloos and actual cable cars, you'll feel like you're skiing on the slopes. Games come in the form of curling, beer pong and karaoke for those brave enough to belt out a tune or two, while street food and hot cocktails will be ready and waiting for you at the bar.

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Have a Fairy Tale Evening at Gingerbread Cabin - London

Live your best fairytale life by making like Hansel and Gretel at York and Albany's Gingerbread Cabin. Although we regret to inform you that the cabin - that's decorated with candy canes and icing - is not edible, find solace in the fact that you will be spoilt with plenty of other treats from the kitchen; think pigs in blankets, pumpkin soup shots and sticky toffee bites. And if you're not too boozed up on their Gingerbread Latte-tini cocktail? You can go all out and decorate a gigantic cookie for an extra £10.

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Sip Christmas-Themed Cocktails - Cardiff

Dirty Martini are ahead of the pack when it comes to themed cocktails, and they've got a stocking's worth of sips to keep you happy this December. Make your way to their bar in Cardiff for their usual concoctions, alongside the Grinch's Espresso Martini and Santa's Punch. Both made with Absolut vodka with gingerbread foam and homemade Christmas syrup, they'll leave you merrier than St Nick himself.

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Spend an Evening at Dalloway Terrace - London

Advent calendars and Mariah Carey not doing it for you this year? Cue Dalloway Terrace. This pretty little spot has transformed into a frosted winter wonderland for the colder months, giving you a dozen Instagram opportunities. Festooned with everything from magnolia to eucalyptus, settle down with one of their hot water bottles and Foxford woollen blankets before ordering from a comforting menu of truffle cheese fondue and Christmas-inspired cocktails.

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Join The Avengers And Save The World At S.T.A.T.I.O.N - London

If all this Christmas-themed fun is proving a bit to, erm, festive and you'd rather focus your energy on saving the world from evil and total destruction, then head to London's Excel to enroll in a top-secret, new program.Delve into the history, science, engineering, genetics, technology and profiles of Captain America, Hulk, Thor, Black Panther, and Iron Man in a new Avengers immersive experience. Your Goal: To interactively assemble case files on each of the characters and move on to become qualified members of the AVENGERS S.T.A.T.I.O.N. If you think you have what it takes. If you think you can be something more…

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Sweat Out Those Christmas Drinks At Gymbox's FAB New Superfly Class - London

Whether you need to sweat out your sins after the work Christmas party or just want to work up an appetite for all that Turkey and Christmas pud you'll be consuming over the festive period, Gymbox have come up with another AMAZING class to shake up your work out. Superfly is a gravity defying workout where you strap into a harness and suspend from the ceiling to float, bounce, glide and fly through your arial workout powered Bungee Super Fly® Classes are exclusive to Gymbox Cannon Street.

So, there you have it! Our guide to all things fun and festive in the UK this December. Check back in the New Year for more exciting round-ups and the low-down on all the hot new pop-ups. In the meantime, for more info on festive events in London and things to do across the UK, visit DesignMyNight and follow them on Instagram and Facebook; @DesignMyNight.

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