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Things to do today:
GIANT SNOW GLOBE: At Paddington Central you'll be greeted with the sight of a giant snow globe. Wrap up in your coziest Christmas jumper and take friends along to take photos in the globe — all in aid of charity of course. Money raised goes towards Save the Children. The Snow Globe is at Sheldon Square from 11.30am-4.30pm
HUMAN EVOLUTION: Spend the day exploring the Natural History Museum's new exhibition Human Evolution which uncovers that lengthy subject — the origins of human beings. If you're curious about how our ancient relatives lived, there's an afternoon talk with human origins researcher Louise Humphrey. Free, just turn up, 2.30pm
GRANT MUSEUM TAKEOVER: Over the last couple of months UCL biology students have been wracking their brains over the identity of specimens given to them by the Grant Museum. Today they present their findings at the museum. Free, just turn up, 1pm-5pm
CHRISTMAS LECTURE SCREENING: If all this space talk has Peake-d your interest lately (geddit?) join Dr Kevin Fong at the Royal Institution as he chats about space missions, the future of travel and the challenges of protecting human life in space. £8/£12, prebook, 6pm
FRIENDZONE: Perfect your social skills at BoxPark in Shoreditch. Giant games and question cards are provided as ice breakers. Free, just turn up, 7pm-10pm
COMEDY: Tim Key gets festive — and no doubt a bit dark and creepy — at the Arts Theatre for a Father Slutmas show. £18/£16, prebook, 10.15pm
Tickets for today:
POP-UP CINEMA: Tonight's screening at 20th Century Theatre in Notting Hill is that face-slapping classic Home Alone. £20, prebook (under 10s £10), 7.30pm
CEILIDH CLUB: Friday is finally here which means party time. Spend the night night dancing to live music at Hammersmith Town Hall. £10, prebook, 8pm
CHRISTMAS CARNIVAL: Studio 338 in Greenwich is throwing a Flowerworks bash for those of you who like to get dressed up in floral patterns and dance beneath holly and mistletoe. Oh, and there's winter BBQ food too. £7.50, prebook, 9pm
HOUSE CLEARANCE HOUSE PARTY: In the mood for partying and on the look out for freebies? Head to Bloomsbury Bowling Lanes for an 'all vinyl must go' bonanza. Every record played is given away so you could end up owning your favourite tunes. Expect a mixture of classic soul, funk, big disco and Motown tunes, along with 80s and 90s classics. £5/£7/£8, prebook, 9pm-3am
LA SOIREE: Prepare to be amazed by a stunning mixture of cabaret, circus acts and burlesque brought to you by La Soirée’s Spiegeltent at South Bank. £29.50, prebook, 10pm
ICE SKATING: You can skate in London from Wembley to Winterville, Finchley to South Kensington, Canary Wharf to Hyde Park. Check out our round-up and take advantage of some special ticket offers. Or drop the shopping bags and don the skates at Westfield's Shepherds Bush indoors ice rink. Tickets from £5, prebook, times vary,
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Good cause of the day
To mark International Migrants Day SOAS University is hosting a refugee music fundraiser for Proactiva Open Arms which helps vulnerable people arriving at the Greek island of Levos. At We Hear the Music in their Feet, performers are influenced by Arab, Kurdish, Iranian, Turkish, Armenian and Greek repertoires. CDs and soup will also be on sale with proceeds going to Soup for Syria. £10/£15+bf, prebook, 8pm
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