From burlesque to a satanic flea market: how to have a quirky Christmas

Christmas Floating Film Festival in St Katherine Docks. Pic: St Katherine Docks

Today officially marks the first day of the Christmas season. This means we can tear open the first door on our advent calendars and shamelessly attend any Christmas events we have been secretly wanting to go to since the first cold day in November.

But this Christmas season, try something a little different. That is why we have compiled these  quirky Christmas events happening across each of our boroughs just for you! From burlesque and bingo to an  anti-Christmas market,  you can put an alternative spin on your conventional Christmas traditions.



Burlesque & Bingo Christmas Special

Where: 48 Kingsland Road Shoreditch, London, E2 8DA

When: Friday, December 1, 18:00-23:00

Cost: £10

Explore the naughty side of Christmas while playing bingo and watching a festive burlesque Christmas show. Christmas cocktails and snacks are available too.

Find out more here.

The Garmhouse Christmas Popup Vintage Market

Where: Hoxton Square Bar & Kitchen, 2-4 Hoxton Square, N1 6NU

When:  Sunday, December 3, 13:00

Cost: Free (Age restriction 16+)

Following its huge success in Leeds last year, the Garmhouse pop-up market is coming to London. Hoxton Square Bar & Kitchen in Shoreditch is transforming their venue into a retro and vintage-looking festive haven. Browse through seasonal collections from clothing vendors while listening to cool live Christmas music.

Find out more here.

Bottomless Brunch-Let’s Get Christmessy

Where: Bounce, 241 Old St, London EC1V 9EY

When: Sunday December 3, 13:00-15:00

Cost: £29.50

Tis’ the season to get boozy! Get Christmas drinks and snacks while playing Ping Pong at Shoreditch’s coolest ping-pong bar. Santa himself will be watching the games and dancing along to groovy Christmas tunes with you.

Find out more here. 


NarnE8 Christmas Market

Where: London Fields Primary School Westgate Street E8 3RL

When: December 17 , 10:00 - 14:00

Cost: Free entry

Step through the magical wardrobe and enter into the London Fields Sunday Market, which will offer a range of fully immersive Narnia-inspired arts and crafts workshops. They also offer ginger bread courses, Christmas calendar making classes, yoga classes as well as carols, and fire juggling performances.

Find out more here.

Santa's Christmas Quest

Where: Brighton Road, Coulsdon CR5

When: Saturday, December 2, 10:00-19:00

Cost: Free

Go to Croydon's annual Yulefest to hunt for Santa's missing gifts, with a 45 minute themed trail that will lead you to different gifts for the holiday season. Find out more here.

Elf Film Screening

Where: Catford Constitutional Club SE6 4

When: Sunday, December 3, 19:30

Cost: Free

Join Buddy the Elf and other fellow Christmas lovers for a screening of the Classic Christmas Film "Elf"

Find out more here.

Satanic Flea Market: Anti-Christmas Fayre

Where: 42-46 Pollard Row Bethnal Green E2 6NB

When:  Sunday, December 10, 12:00-18:00

Cost: £3

Not a big fan of cliché Christmas jingles? Sick of hearing jolly Christmas music everywhere? Go to the Satanic Flea Market and browse through witchy clothing, curse books and protective amulets.

Find out more here.

Christmas Floating Film Festival

Where: St Katharine Docks, Tower Hill, E1W 1LA

When:  Monday December 4- Sunday, December 10, 19:00 on weekdays, 14:00 on weekends

Cost: £13

Snuggle up on bean bags under heaters, drink mulled wine or hot chocolate and watch all the Christmas classics at the Christmas Floating Film Festival. St Katherine Docks is hosting its annual Christmas extravaganza week, with screenings starting at 7pm during the week and two screenings at 2pm and 7pm on the weekends. A full list of the movie itinerary can be found below.

Find out more here.

Pop-Up Igloos

Where: The Sipping Room,16 Hertsmere Rd, E14 4AX Canary Wharf

When: November 23 - December 31

Cost: Varies

Six see-through ‘igloos’ have popped-up at the Sipping Room in Canary Wharf. Each bubble seats eight people and also contains comfortable blankets, electric heaters and hot water bottles. Make sure to reserve beforehand, as these little cosy Christmas bubbles are very popular.

Find out more here.

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