This is a sponsored article on behalf of Funzing.
December is a hectic time; Christmas meet-ups with friends, family, colleagues, old housemates, school friends... it exhausts us just thinking about it. Thing is, it can be tricky to find something different to do with everyone. Why not suggest these unusual Funzing experiences for your annual get-togethers this year?
From chocolate lovers to wannabe Picassos — there's something for everyone. We've selected our favourites below.
1. Christmas market with a difference
Funzing's Alternative Christmas Market takes place at The Magic Roundabout on the Old Street roundabout. For one day only, the website's own team showcase their skills and products to the public. Expect sushi making, hula-hooping, natural beauty products and plenty of other treats — perfect to get some ideas for your Christmas presents. Free, 3 December from 5pm-11pm
2. Festive chocolate workshop
Join Le Cordon Bleu trained chocolatier Ela for a hands-on lesson on making Christmas chocolate. She'll teach you how to whip up three different types of truffles, and you'll leave with a festive goodie bag. A perfect handmade Christmas gift for someone special... if you can keep from eating them all yourself. £35, 16 December from 8pm-9.30pm
3. Silver ring carving
Follow the example of creative Katie and Kirstie and create the perfect silver — yes, silver! — ring for yourself or your loved one this Christmas. During this three-hour class you will learn how to carve the perfect ring from jeweller's wax and how to transform it into a precious gift. £55, 10 December from 7pm-10pm
4. London's Christmas lights bike tour
Why not treat your loved one to an unusual tour of the city. Hop on your bicycle and follow Jess as she takes you around London's Christmas markets, Hyde Park's spectacular Winter Wonderland and the most extravagant displays in the city centre. This three-hour guided tour includes helmets and safety equipment. £25 for adults, £22 for children, various dates throughout November and December, from 3.30pm-6.30pm
5. Marshmallow making
Professional baker JoJo opens up her kitchen for a fun, interactive workshop where you'll learn the art of making marshmallow. Mixing a variety of flavours, you'll go home with bags full of this delicious, fluffy treat. £29, 4 December and 18 December from 7pm-10pm
6. Tea Studio ChrisTEAmas feast
Think you've tried the most unusual food in London already? Think again. Meet Kyle, founder of Tea Studio, and try his Christmas menu with a special twist: all food is tea themed. Try Christmas chai hot chocolate, tea minced pies, sausage rolls with a tea-infused chutney and much more — all with the beautiful background of Trinity Buoy Wharf. £29 for adults and £22 for children, 5 December from 4pm-6pm
7. Traditional German Christmas dinner
German-born Claudia jacked in being a banker five years ago to run her own supper club. Join her for a traditional four-course Christmas dinner filled with German dishes: think potato pralines, roast goose, and homemade biscuits. £37, 5 December from 7.30pm-11.30pm
8. Pop up painting Christmas special
Handmade gifts are the best; try your hand at this painting masterclass led by Gareth, who will teach you the best printing techniques for creating the perfect Christmas scene. Your ticket includes all material needed and a glass of prosecco (to help your inspiration, naturally). £30, 18 December from 7.30pm-10pm
9. Charitable supper club
The Shared Table are hosting a one-off special Christmassy food feast in Bethnal Green. Get a cocktail on arrival followed by a delicious three-course modern bistro menu in a fun, festive and relaxed atmosphere. All profits go towards the The Shared Soup Kitchen for those in need on Christmas Day. £30, 17 December from 7.00pm-11.30pm
10. Festival of lights celebration
Try a culturally different Christmas this year: Channukah, the Jewish Festival of Lights. Mendy and Chabad Islington invite you to join this free festive event, where you will enjoy a variety of fun activities alongside traditional Jewish food and drink. Expect Klemzer music, storytelling, face painting and a free raffle — perfect for children and grown-ups alike. Free, 6 December from 5pm-7pm