Things To Do In London Between Christmas And New Year 2017

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Looking for things to do once Christmas Day is out of the way? Wondering what's open between then and New Year? Just want to get out of the house and away from the Monopoly/cheese board? Take a look at these things happening in London during Twixtmas — from Boxing Day to New Year.

If you're looking for other things to do in London over the festive period, click here.

Christmas at Kew is an absolute highlight. Photo: Londonist

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ICE SKATING: Burn off those excess calories, by taking to the ice at one of London's seasonal skating rinks. Various prices and dates, booking recommended.

SOUTHBANK: Combine a trip to the Winter Market (free) with a visit to a Finnish style rooftop sauna (£15-£25, booking required) on Southbank, and leave feeling completely relaxed AND stocked up with goodies to see you into the New Year. Kids' show Slava's Snowshow and ABBA exhibition Super Troupers are also on at Southbank Centre if you want to make a day of it. Until 30 December

CHRISTMAS AT KEW: This light festival is a staple of the Christmas events calendar in London, and we have to say, this year's offering is the best so far. A tunnel of lights, a fire garden and plenty of pretty colours, all choreographed perfectly to music, make for a magical treat for kids and adults alike — we really can't recommend it highly enough. Book soon — it sells out fast. Various prices, book ahead, Until 1 January

WINTER WONDERLAND: London's festive funfair remains open in Hyde Park through to the New Year. Wander round the markets, have a go on the rides, watch the circus, go ice skating or just indulge in the food and drink. Free entry (charge for pretty much everything else), just turn up, until 1 January

GEFFRYE: The Geffrye Museum in Hoxton closes on 7 January for two years — why not take the opportunity to visit while you can, and see the Christmas Past exhibition while you're there. Free entry, just turn up, until 7 January

Christmas Past at the Geffrye Museum.

THE LITTLE CHRISTMAS TREE: Keep the kids happy with a trip to the Puppet Barge, a theatre on a boat in Little Venice, which is using wooden marionettes and shadow puppets to tell the story of a wonky Christmas tree that no-one wants. Until Joe comes along, that is... £12/£8.50, book ahead, 2 December- 7 January

MUSIC AT THE PALACE: Visitors to Kensington Palace will be treated to period specialists from The Prince Regent’s Band performing Victorian carols and Christmas music on 19th century brass instruments. Included in admission price, 27 December-2 January

NATURAL HISTORY MUSEUM: This South Kensington stalwart has three fantastic exhibitions running at the moment, as well as the usual exhibits and the seasonal ice rink. Get up close and personal to whales in this deep sea exhibition (£7.50-£12.50,until 28 February 2018), see some fantastic shots in Wildlife Photographer of the Year (£12.5o, until 28 May 2018), or get up close to a live tarantula in Venom: Killer and Cure (from £9, until 13 May 2018). You'll want to book ahead over Christmas to avoid the queues.

WEEKEND WALKS: This week is practically one long weekend anyway, so grab your walking boots and head out on one of our weekend walk routes. See a part of London you haven't visited before, and best of all, it's free — unless you stop in a pub for a pint or two...

DUVET DAY: Can't be bothered with the outside world? Stock up on mince pies, kick back and work your way through the videos on our YouTube channel.

CHRISTMAS LIGHTS: Head into central London and hop on a bus to see London's Christmas lights without having to walk too far. Peer down on the sale shopping crowds as you glide through Oxford Street, Regent Street and Piccadilly.

Boxing Day: Tuesday 26 December

Jaws is screening at the Prince Charles Cinema

BOXING DAY WALK: Take a guided walk around the City of London, visiting sights of interest and learning about its history from Roman times to the present day. St Paul's Cathedral, £10-£12, book ahead, 11am

BALLROOM: Grab your dancing shoes and waltz off the turkey at Southbank Centre's Strictly Winter Ballroom event, complete with live music and demonstrations. Dancers of all experience levels welcome. Free, just turn up, noon

FOODIE WALK: Not had enough food yet? Take this foodie themed Christmas light walk around the streets of Marylebone, Mayfair and Soho, and see the Christmas lights and decorations in all their splendour. £12/£9, book ahead, 5.10pm

JAWS: Escape to the sunnier climes of Martha's Vineyard with a screening of Jaws at Prince Charles Cinema. We're gonna need a bigger... sorry. £8, book ahead, 5.40pm

Wednesday 27 December

Tour the conservatory at Barbican.

CONSERVATORY TOUR: Did you know about the tropical conservatory in the City of London? Today, take a tour led by resident gardeners to learn a bit more about the plants kept there and what goes into looking after them. £12.50, book ahead, 11am

CHRISTMAS CAROL: The Museum of London hosts a family-friendly (age 5+) performance of Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol — a great opportunity to introduce the little ones to Scrooge, Bob, and Dickens' other characters. Free, get tickets on arrival, 12.30pm-2pm, 27-28 December

DICK WHITTINGTON: Starting at Bank, this Footprints of London walking tour visits City sights linked to former mayor of London Sir Richard Whittington, who inspired the legend of Dick Whittington. See statues and plaques dedicated to him, and the church where he's buried — and find out if he really had a cat. £9-£35, book ahead, 1pm

DANCE: Swing, hop and shuffle in this afternoon dance session at Southbank Centre. Lindy Hop, Charleston and live jazz are all on the bill. Free, just turn up, 3pm

LOVE ACTUALLY: No, not another film screening, but a walking tour combining locations featured in the film Love Actually and some of London's best Christmas lights. We reckon this one will keep the festive feels alive well into the New Year. £9-£12, book ahead, 6.30pm

STAR WARS: Calling all Star Wars fans: get yourselves to Barbican for an orchestral performance of the Star Wars score, plus other cinematic classics by John Williams including ET, Harry Potter, Jaws and Jurassic Park. £16.50-£42.50, book ahead, 7.30pm

CARRIAGE RIDE: If you feel like splashing the cash, take a romantic horse drawn carriage ride through Richmond Park, complete with sloe gin, mince pie, and a chance to see behind the scenes at the stables. Watch our video below for more info. £125 for two, book ahead, 27-30 December

Thursday 28 December

SOHO JAZZ: Explore 100 years of jazz history on a walking tour around Soho, visiting legendary clubs and venues and hearing stories as you go. £9/£12, book ahead, 11.30am

BACKSTAGE TOURS: Find out what goes on behind the scenes during Royal Shakespeare Company's performances with this backstage tour at Barbican. Get a closer look at some of the sets and hear tales from rehearsals. Various prices, book ahead, 11.30am (and various other dates)

TANGO: Inspired by Strictly? Try tango for the first time in a friendly class at Southbank Centre. Learn the steps in the introductory class before an afternoon of social dancing. Free, just turn up, noon

A CHRISTMAS CAROL: Stage performances of Charles Dickens' novel is just one option at Christmas in Leicester Square this year. A Christmas Carol has been reimagined as a 1940s Christmas special. From £18.50, book ahead, 3.30pm (and various other dates)

BEETHOVEN: Head to Barbican to hear a programme of Beethoven's music, performed by the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra £22.50-£52.50, book ahead, 7.30pm

Friday 29 December

Museum of London hosts a Henna Party.

HENNA PARTY: Let the little ones have some fun before they go back to school at Museum of London's Henna Party. Find out what henna's used for, why it's important — and of course, create your own designs. Free, just turn up, 12.30pm/2.30pm, 29 and 31 December

A CHRISTMAS CAROL: Head to the townhouse where Charles Dickens himself once lived to see A Christmas Carol performed by RSC actor Dominic Gerrard. Charles Dickens Museum (Bloomsbury) £22 (including museum visit), book ahead, 3pm/6pm (and other dates)

DOLLY PARTON: Not the lady herself, unfortunately, but a performance of her best-loved songs by Our Lady J, a singer who counts Parton herself among her fans. Southbank Centre, free, just turn up, 5.30pm

MUSICALS CONCERT: Love musicals? Get yourself to Barbican for a performance of songs from Oliver, Chicago, Les Mis and more, by leading ladies of the West End. £16.50-£42.50, book ahead, 7.30pm

GREAT GATSBY: Party like it's the 1920s at Cecil Sharp House's Great Gatsby themed party. The Art Deco Orchestra will perform jazz and dance music from the era, with party games and competitions as well. Period dress encouraged. £16/£13, book ahead, 7.45pm

BATMAN: Get your dose of comic book action at Prince Charles Cinema's screening of 1992 film Batman Returns. £8, book ahead, 9pm

Saturday 3o December

Party with the Glenn Miller Orchestra.

DICKENS WALK: Make that festive spirit last a little longer with this guided walk, led by the Charles Dickens Museum. Visit the alleyways and streets of the City of London that inspired Dickens when he was writing A Christmas Carol. £10, book ahead, 11am (and other dates)

HANNUKAH: Learn about the origins of the Hannukah story, and design cards to celebrate the Jewish festival of light at Museum of London. Age 5+. Free, just turn up, 12.30pm/2.30pm, 30 December and 1 January

FROST FAIR: Relive the frost fairs that used to grace the River Thames each winter at Museum of London. The storytelling session is for ages 5+. Free, just turn up, 1pm/2pm/3pm, 30-31 December

ORCHESTRA: It's all about the wartime song and 1940s hits as the Glenn Miller Orchestra takes over Barbican for an evening. Expect plenty of big band oomph, and tunes including American Patrol and Moonlight Serenade. £16.50-£32.50, book ahead, 2.30pm

ZIMMER VS WILLIAMS: Film lovers gather. Barbican presents an evening of film themes and scores from two of the industry's best-loved composers; Hans Zimmer and John Williams. Listen out for tunes from Harry Potter, Superman, Gladiator, Man of Steel and plenty more. £16.50-£42.50, book ahead, 7.30pm

New Year's Eve: Sunday 31 December

We've got this one covered. Check out our separate guide to what's going on in London on New Year's Eve, from gentle daytime jaunts to wild, all-night-long parties.

New Year's Day: Monday 1 January

Whether you want a peaceful start to 2018, or want to make the most of it before you go back to work, check out our guide to what's on in London on New Year's Day.

Failing the above, put your Christmas choccies to good use by recreating our masterpiece from 2015: