Free And Cheap London Events: 5-11 December 2016

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Free And Cheap London Events: 5-11 December 2016

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More London has brought its iconic Christmas Market for the festive season. Photo: More London

TOY STORY: An interactive exhibition at House of Vans in Waterloo explores all things Toy Story. Go along and immerse yourself in the world of Andy's toys, to mark the launch of the new Vans X Disney Pixar Toy Story collection. Free, just turn up, until 11 December

MAPPING VICTORIAN LIVES: Explore Charles Booth's London; his poverty maps are on display at the LSE Library Gallery. Marking the centenary of the social reformer's death, the LSE is displaying a selection from the archives of his survey. Free, just turn up, until 17 December

ADVENT WINDOWS 2016: Celebrate the Christmas season with Advent Windows: 2016. Greenwich's St Alfege's Church is unveiling a newly decorated window in its living advent calendar every day until Christmas Eve. You can check the locations of each window here. Free, just turn up, until 2 January

WINTER WONDERLAND: Winter Wonderland takes over Hyde Park for the 10th consecutive year. Enjoy festive attractions and entertainment including funfair rides, The Nutcracker On Ice and ice skating. Some attractions require pre-booking. Free entry (charge for some events), just turn up, until 2 January

CHRISTMAS BY THE RIVER: More London has welcomed back its Christmas Market. Get your dose of festive cheer; enjoy warm drinks, buy handcrafted gifts and feast on delicious food. Free, just turn up, until 2 January

ART: We've rounded up the best (and worst) art exhibitions to see in London in December. Many of them are free to view — see if there's anything that takes your fancy.

Monday 5 December

LANGUAGE OF IMMIGRATION: The way immigration is handled in the media has come under a lot of scrutiny recently. British Library is focusing on the relationship between Victorian press and migration with an Alien, Foreigner, Migrant  lunchtime talk. £5, book ahead, 12.30pm-1.30pm

ANGEL COMEDY CLUB: Head to The Bill Murray in Angel for an evening of humour with Crowley & Co,'s monthly showcase The Night. Expect stand up comedy, character sketches, music and a lot of laughter. £5, book ahead, 8.15pm

Tuesday 6 December

CHRISTIE'S LATES: Get crafty with jewellery-making workshops, hear experts talk about art and enjoy a post-work drink at Christie's auctioneers in South Kensington, celebrating Christie's 250th Anniversary.  Free, just turn up, 6pm-8.30pm

DICKENS AND CHRISTMAS: Charles Dickens gave the world one of its most famous festive tales, A Christmas Carol, and is often credited with inventing the modern Christmas. Head to the Museum of London for a Gresham College lecture about whether Dickens really is the creator of contemporary Christmas. Free, just turn up, 6pm-7pm

THE FIX: The Social on Little Portland Street hosts a night of new music from guitar band Rews, r'n'b act Tidelines, synth-pop act Hot Like Sushi and singer-songwriter Nella. Free, just turn up, 7pm

Wednesday 7 December

The Museum of London is hosting Conserving the Fire as a part of its Fire! Fire! exhibit this Wednesday. Photo: Museum of London

CONSERVING THE FIRE: The Great Fire of London caused irreversible damage to the capital. Join conservator Rebecca Lang as she discusses her work on The Museum of London's Fire! Fire! exhibition, displaying objects saved from the Great Fire. Free, book ahead, 3pm

FIRST THREE MINUTES: Ever find yourself wondering about the creation of the Earth as we know it? Spend your lunch hour at Museum of London for The First Three Minutes of Creation, a discussion about the instant creation of our world. Free, just turn up, 1pm-2pm

TALES OF ITALY: Celebrate London's Italian culture with Tales of Italy - A Selection of Italian Short Films at the Italian Cultural Institute in Belgrave Square. Watch seven film shorts exploring Italy and Italian culture, followed by Q&A sessions with the film makers. Free, book ahead, 7pm-10.30pm

Thursday 8 December

LITERATURE AND JAZZ: Regent Canal's floating bookshop, Word on the Water, hosts some smooth jazz performances and readings from Oliver Cable's debut novel, Fresh Air and Empty Streets, with mulled wine, live music and a chance to get your signed copy of Cable's book. Free, just turn up, 5pm-9pm

IMPERIAL FRINGE: Meet researchers who work in the world's most exotic places, including the Sahara Desert and Antartica, at Imperial Fringe's All Around The World event. Free, book ahead, 5pm-8pm

DISABILITY HISTORY MONTH: Social justice activist Penny Pepper celebrates diversity, difference and identity at the Royal College of Nursing. She's giving a talk about Language on Life: A Personal Journey of Barriers and Success. Free, book ahead,6pm-9pm

LIFE AND ART: Libreria bookshop near Spitalfields celebrates My Life As A Work Of Art, a new book about modern art practice. Authors Ben Eastham and Katya Tylevich offer eight short biographies on great work of the 20th century. Free, book ahead, 7pm-9pm

The Royal College of Nursing hosts Penny Pepper on Language and Life for Disability History Month.

Friday 9 December

VICTORIA AND ALBERT'S CHRISTMAS: Queen Victoria and Prince Albert introduced several of the Christmas traditions that we still follow today. Go on a stroll of Kensington Gardens to find out why robins feature on our Christmas cards and where geese were fattened for Christmas dinner. £5, book ahead, 12pm-1.30pm

Saturday 10 December

Abney Park Trust is holding its Winter Open Day this Saturday

WINTER OPEN DAY: Abney Park Trust is holding its annual Winter Open Day. Take part in family activities, get some Christmas gift ideas, or tuck into festive grub. Free, just turn up, 11am-3pm

SLINKY DOG: Toy Story fans of all ages can make their own Slinky Dog at House of Vans in Waterloo. Transform an old school slinky into the canine character. Don't deny it — you always wanted one when you were a kid. Free, book in advance, 1pm-5pm

MUSICAL MUSEUM: Enjoy the musical stylings of Maiastra at the Musical Museum in Brentford. You can also view the museum's collection of self-playing instruments. Free, just turn up, 7.30pm

Make your own Slinky Dog at House of Vans

Sunday 11 December

GASWORKS COLLECTIVE MATTER: Fancy getting your hands dirty? Head to Gasworks Gallery in Oval for a creative clay workshop to try your hand at building with clay. Free, just turn up, 2pm-5pm

HANDS ON BASE: Keep the kids entertained with Horniman Museum's Hands On Base morning, where they can see, touch, hear and smell some of the museum's exhibits, including African masks and shark jaws. Free, just turn up, 11am-12.30pm

Last Updated 02 December 2016