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Christmas in the Capital: where to celebrate the season

By Sophia Wood-Burgess

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If you’re a fan of Christmas, you have your pick of events all over London. Of course, you ought to see the lights on Oxford Circus and the snow in Covent Garden, but every corner of the Capital has its own festive schedule through December. Here are a few local favourites you might not have heard about yet.

🎁 What's on in London? We have all the best upcoming events scrolling across the bottom of our Local Life area guides. We always talk about how unique each area of London is, but what better way to get to know a local community, than to attend a festive concert or make Christmas cards together?

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Ealing | Highgate | Norbury | Camden | Dulwich | Marylebone | North Finchley

An Ealing Christmas with the King

We sent the call out to our Local Office Managers across London to tell us what makes their area special around Christmas, and Miriame, Operations Director – Sales in Ealing set right off for the bright and beautiful Christmas Market in Ealing's town centre. And who should she see there, but his royal majesty, King Charles! We can’t promise you’ll see royalty on your visit, but what an endorsement of this market!

Open Sundays at Pitzhanger

10, 17 and 31 December | Pitzhanger Manor & Gallery | Drop-in events including yoga, DIY Christmas decorations, Christmas card making

Ealing Christmas Market

18 November to 24 December | Ealing Broadway Mall | Christmas market with Santa’s Grotto, live music

Christmas Special boardgame meetup

28 December | Gunnersbury Park Museum | Play boardgames with family and friends in the local community

About Ealing: In West London, Ealing offers Outstanding Ofsted-rated schools, plenty of greenery and fantastic transport links to central London; Ealing Broadway Underground Station is served by the Central and District Lines, as well as Great Western Rail.

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There's no place like Highgate for the holidays

Highgate, which is beloved by buyers and renters for its storybook disposition, has definitely received an extra dose of Christmas magic. Amie Roberts, Operations Director – Lettings, says to come around Christmas for its “beautiful village charm and great, snuggly pubs.”

Photo: Guinness Time by Geoff Henson | CC BY-ND | Flickr

Friendship and Fellowship Christmas Concert

17 December | Highgate United Reformed Church | Christmas Concert

The Jive Aces Almost Christmas Show

18 December | Upstairs at the Gatehouse | Live Music

About Highgate: Tucked away in the north-eastern corner of Hampstead Heath, there is definitely a village atmosphere in Highgate, with the perfect blend of woodlands, boutiques and handsome architecture to make you fall in love.

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Nestled in Norbury

Norbury is a something of a hidden gem, but a very welcoming South London suburb, which has been completely surrounded by the Christmas spirit this year.

Christmas with Streatham Choral

16 December | St Leonard’s Church | Matinee and Evening carol singing

Graveney Music Present ‘The Snowman’ with Live Orchestra

21 December | Mitcham Lane Baptist Church | The classic animation ‘The Snowman’ accompanied by Graveney School’s orchestra

Family Xmas Comedy Magic Show

30 December | Foulsham Hall | A family-friendly magic show

About Norbury: Norbury property is excellently priced and convenient – nearby Streatham and Crystal Palace – with a quick commute to London Victoria. It’s a great place to buy a family home.

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Rockin’ around Camden

Let’s move away from the family activities for a beat. Camden really sets the tone in London’s music scene, with great venues for must-see gigs, and plenty of food and drink establishments around them to refuel. There are a lot of festive music acts in Camden this time of year, but we had to go with a true Christmas classic.

North Yard Lates

Thursdays, 30 November – 21 December | Camden Market’s North Yard | DJ playing festive hits

The Pogue Traders

21 December | Dingwalls | Christmas Shindig with The Pogues Tribute Band with (of course) their rendition of Fairytale of New York.

About Camden: Camden is an undeniably cool locale with plenty of amenities for the cultured and creative. This area attracts a lot of students for the exciting community and easy transportation to major universities. It also draws in the career-minded with an influx of tech and media companies in the area and quick City commutes.

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Decking the halls in Dulwich

Another excellent family-oriented community with excellent events for children this time of year, Dulwich’s old-world charm is especially heartwarming this time of year.

Family Festival: Winter Light

16 December | Dulwich Picture Gallery | Crafts and trails around the gallery inspired by artist Peter Paul Rubens

The Massive Violins Christmas Special

17 December | The MCT at Alleyn’s | An ensemble of clever cellists doing jaw-dropping renditions of Christmas classics

About Dulwich: Dulwich is picture-perfect with lots of open spaces, great schools, the Victorian terraced houses families adore and a thriving café culture.

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Merry in Marylebone

If you’re trying to get in the holiday mood this season, you’ll want to head to Marylebone village where the Christmas spirit is all around. With glimmering lights above the High Street, it is positively picturesque this time of year. (Although, when is it not in Marylebone?)

A Sherlock Carol

24 November – 7 January | Marylebone Theatre | A hugely successful crossover between Sherlock Holmes and A Christmas Carol

Carol Concert in support of SCF

14 December | St Cyprian’s Clarence Gate | Festive music in support of The Separated Child Foundation

Sounds Familiar Christmas Music Quiz

14 December | The Phoenix England | An 18+ mashup between a club night and a Christmas quiz with over 100 Christmassy tunes

Photo by Foxtons Specialist photography

About Marylebone: Elegant and affluent, Marylebone excels in everything from its markets to museums, its restaurants to the very architecture of its buildings. It is a different way to live in the centre of London, the bustling high street complemented by peaceful side streets, with plenty of top-tier schools and beautiful green spaces for the little ones.

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Letters to North Finchley

North Finchley has its fair share of period architecture; gorgeous Victorian and Edwardian homes that shine in the holiday season. The local community is very welcoming, which you can experience for yourself this Christmas.

Photo: North Finchley Arts Depot by Foxtons Specialist Photography

Dear Santa

2 December – 24 December | Pentland Theatre - Arts Depot | A festive family show and an opportunity to meet Santa in his grotto, recommended for ages 2-7

Ida Barr’s Festive Bingo

14 December | Studio Theatre - Arts Depot | Music Hall singer, Ida Barr, hosts comedic and festive Bingo with big prizes, recommended for ages 14+

About North Finchley: North Finchley is a one of London’s suburban areas that’s seeing more interest lately, as people are moving outwards towards areas with a bit more space for the local community, yet a quick and easy commute into London for work from nearby Finchley Central and East Finchley.

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