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A CHRISTMAS CAROL: Explore Charles Dickens Museum by candlelight, and experience the house the way the author would have. Then enjoy a performance of A Christmas Carol, as actor Dominic Gerrard relives the classic ghost story. £22, book ahead, 3.30pm
BEAR HUNT: Head to Artsdepot in North Finchley for family fun with We're Going On A Bear Hunt. Expect catchy songs, adventure... and surprises. £14.50/£8, book ahead, from 4.3opm
MYSTERIOUS LONDON: Mystical societies and odd tales lie behind the closed doors and gates of the Strand. Discover them with the Wig and Knights in Mystic Temple guided walk. £6.98, book ahead, 5.30pm-7.30pm
LOVE ACTUALLY: Feel it in your fingers and feel it in your toes with Prince Charles Cinema's screening of Love Actually. With a free mulled wine and mince pie with every ticket, Christmas really is all around you. £11/£8.50 (members), book ahead, from 6pm
CHRISTMAS FOLK DANCING: Get moving with Fitty Gomash for the fourth annual Christmas Ceilidh. Expect folk-dancing, festive music, and a cockle-warming atmosphere at this Farmopolis shindig. £10, book ahead, 7.45pm-11.30pm
CHILDREN'S BOOK FAIR: Celebrate the best of contemporary children's literature with Parasol Unit at The London Children's Book Fair. The day includes book signings, a live drawing session and workshops. Free, just turn up, until 17 December
DESIGN MUSEUM CHRISTMAS SHOPPING: Head to the Design Museum Christmas Market, and feast your eyes on a selection of jewellery and ceramics, from over 40 leading contemporary designers. Free, just turn up, until 18 December
BRICK FLICKS: Wayne's World to West Side Story — all done in Lego. The Apthorp Gallery at artsdepot is hosting Brick Flicks, an exhibition bringing film's most iconic moments to life. Free, just turn up, until 31 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
ICE SKATING OBSESSION: Discover the story behind London's obsession with ice skating with the Museum of London. Skating On Ice tracks changing skate designs and sketches and paintings depicting skating history in London. It's on at their Show Space. Free, just turn up, until 8 February
Cocktails with a Christmas twist at Schweppes pop-up
Wondering which drinks to serve up at your Christmas party? Head to Schweppes 12 Twists of Christmas pop-up bar in Covent Garden for a mixology masterclass, and find all the answers you need.
With experts from London favourites such as the Peg + Patriot, you can find out how to make your next cocktail extra special. Masterclasses, which cost £10 and include two drinks, must be booked in advance, but the bar is open from 2pm-10pm on Friday for anyone who fancies a cocktail from the Schweppes '12 Twists of Christmas' drink menu.
Schweppes knows how to wish Londoners a Merry Christmas.
The #Schweppes12Twists bar will be at 5 Great Newport Street on 16 December. Over 18s only. Tickets can be booked here.
Review: Ken Price's Pretty Ceramics
Ken Price owes a lot to Japanese culture, with his host of colourful ceramics and drawings. They are beautifully displayed across both of the gallery's Mayfair spaces. But however important Price was in making ceramics accepted in mainstream art, today they have nothing to offer beyond looking nice. Ken Price: A survey of sculptures and drawings at Hauser & Wirth, 23 Savile Row, W1S 3ET. Until 2 January, free. ★★☆☆☆ [Tuesday-Saturday]
Good cause of the day
CHRISTMAS JUMPER DAY: Get involved with the fun and and give to a good cause for Christmas Jumper Day 2016. Don your dodgiest, most cringey and festive jumper this Friday, and give back!
Fun things to do with our friends and sponsor Funzing...
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Cross gas lit alleyways and stroll by ancient pubs as you discover forgotten parts of London. See the world's smallest police station and visit London's most superstitious hotel on a walking tour covering everything weird, wonderful and London. £12 Get tickets
Take to the waters and glide about in this beginner paddleboarding session. By the end of it, you'll be standing up and paddling solo, and there's plenty of help on hand to improve your technique. Change of clothes required. Get tickets
If you've never paired ceramics and prosecco before, why on earth not? It's a match made in heaven as Sam and Diana, co-creators of 'Make Your Own', prove at their wonderfully welcoming ceramic painting workshop. Pull up a stool, don an apron and get to work on your very own mug, plate, tile, bowl or ornament. They provide the ceramics as well as a selection of patterns, and will show you exactly how to transfer designs and paint to your heart's content. It's BYO so feel free to pop the prosecco and enjoy the company of like-minded Londoners as you get stuck into your creations. Get tickets