FESTIVE FOOD: Stock up at the Real Food Christmas Market in Southbank Centre Square. Free to look, open 11am-8pm on Saturday and 12-6pm on Sunday.
SECRET EMPORIUM: Independent designers sell their wares in a Shoreditch warehouse at Factory 7, Hearn Street. Free entry, open 10.30am-8pm.
CIRCUS: Greenwich Circus Festival presents all kinds of performance, awe and death defiance with a day programme for adults and kids and adults only evenings at Hangar Arts Trust. Check the website for events and tickets.
RIVERSIDE MARKET: We Make London's pop-up market in More London has 36 stalls selling "some of London's best high-end, handmade designer gifts - at affordable prices" plus craft activities, music and more. Free entry, open from 11am-5.30pm on Saturday, and 11am-4pm Sunday.
PROTEIN: Another Christmas market running all weekend at 18 Hewett Street, EC2 specialising in exotic foodstuffs and arty gifts. Free entry, open 12-8pm Saturday, 12-6pm Sunday.
CABARET: Meow Meow's Little Match Girl opens at the Southbank Centre.
SKATE: Celebrate the frostiness with an al fresco ice skating session.
Saturday 15 December
SANTAS: Be jolly and be nice, it's Santacon UK.
PURPLE: It's the second day of Princefest at the ICA.
CONFERENCE: Ben Goldacre is among the speakers at Journalism, Churnalism and Media Bias at Conway Hall. Tickets £10 in advance, event runs 11am to 5.15pm.
BEERY SHOPPING: at By The Horns Brewery Christmas Open Day in Summerstown. Meet the brewers, buy stuff, drink stuff. Free entry, just turn up between 11am and 8pm.
CAROLS: Browse Hoxton Street market and join in the special Christmas service outside Hoxton Hall with carols and a knees-up singalong. Free just turn up between 11am-2pm.
SE15: A special Christmas market arrives in Peckham Square from 9am-5pm. (While you're there, don't forget to visit our Sally in Persepolis for brilliant unusual and foody gifts and the famous badly wrapped hampers).
ASYLUMS: Again, while you're in the area, join the Cooltan Arts Asylums walk meeting at the Maudsley Hospital at noon and finishing at South London Gallery in Peckham. Free, just turn up, 12-4pm.
SMUT: Remember the London Underground song? Adam Kay's performing that plus smutty Christmas songs in the Leicester Square Theatre. Tickets £20/£16, prebook or chance it on the door, show starts 7.30pm.
HOUSE: There are still tickets available for the Hacienda 30th birthday bash at Koko in Camden. Tickets £15.50 advance, doors 9pm-4am.
Sunday 16 December
BELFRY: Drop by St John’s in Bethnal Green and experience the installation Welcoming the Child in the belfry. Free, just turn up between 11am and 1pm.
CRAFTACULAR: York Hall hosts Bust magazine's Christmas Craftacular with over 75 stalls, DJs, activities and merriment. Admission £2, goodie bags for the first 100, open from 12-6pm.
CASH MOB: Show support for the Big Green Bookshop in Wood Green — turn up between 2-2.30pm with a tenner to spend and meet lots of like-minded people.
DICKENS: Witness A Christmas Carol brought to life by a duo of actors against the background of Ally Pally's abandoned Victorian Theatre. Admission £8 and includes mulled wine. Book via the ice rink 0208 365 4386 or email@example.com, show starts 3.30pm.
Other good stuff:
- What's on stage and art reviews
- Booky and spoken word happenings
- Events for curious-minded Londoners
- Things to do for a fiver or less
- Live comedy in London
- Free things to do in London
- What's on in the big Museums and Galleries
Photo of Southbank Christmas market by dave_bass5 via the Londonist Flickrpool.