This is a sponsored article on behalf of Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park.
Where can you find a canalside Christmas market, fantastic festive menus, and an absolute treat for ABBA fans?
No, that's not the start of a groan-inducing Christmas cracker joke, but some of the fantastic festive happenings at Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park this winter.
It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas at east London's sprawling parkland, where you can combine gift inspiration with Christmas party ideas — or just spend a festive day out with family and friends.
Go walking in a Wick Wonderland at Barge East
Hackney Wick's Barge East Gardens — an outdoor drinking and dining space alongside the floating bar — once again hosts Wick Wonderland. The Christmas market opens every Saturday and Sunday (11am-5pm) between 26 November and 18 December.
Get your Christmas shopping sorted, with local businesses and artists selling their products, from loose leaf tea to locally-made chocolate, houseplants, patchwork quilts, ceramic tableware and sculptures, candles, sustainably-sourced textiles and more. The traders vary from week to week so check the website to see who you can expect on your visit.
You can even pick up a Christmas tree at Wick Wonderland (either pre-order or purchase on the day), making it something of a one-stop Christmas shop.
Give the gift of ABBA to the Dancing Queen in your life
'Tis the season to dance, and whether you're organising a work Christmas party, or a festive get-together with friends and family, we know just the place: ABBA Voyage.
The revolutionary new concert is a whistle-stop tour of the Swedish quartet's greatest hits that's bound to have you up on your feet dancing. It takes place in a purpose-built venue at the south end of Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park.
Looking for a gift for the ABBA-maniac in your life? Browse the ABBA Voyage official shop for something special to go under the tree this year — think vintage-style band t-shirts, ABBA-themed Christmas jumpers, concert posters, and woolly hats and scarves to keep the recipient toasty through until spring.
See the park via a festive run
Blow away the winter cobwebs with the RunThrough Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park. It's a 5k or 10k run through the North Park on 11 December — a different way to see the park's sights.
Sign up now to take part in the chip-timed run on a flat course (ideal for a PB!), with each kilometre accurately marked along the route. A themed medal, water, fruit and mince pies are all included.
Fill up on festive food
Feeling hungry yet? We know just the place to refuel.
Head to Gotto Trattoria for a little slice of the Italian Riviera in Hackney Wick. The cosy restaurant's festive menu is now available, offering a continental take on Christmas fare — think pork and fennel meatballs, the 'Rudolph' pizza (topped with mozzarella, San Marzano tomato, nduja & spicy salame Toscano), and classic tiramisu.
If that's got your mouth watering, book your Christmas party now — you'll get three courses for £29.50 per person, from a menu featuring rich antipasti, decadent pasta and scrumptious pizza. Wash it all down with a tasty spritz or two — after all, it is Christmas!
All this is in addition the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park's year-round offerings, including 560 acres of parkland to explore.