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20.11.2023 – 01.01.2024

Festive Activities with Friends

Get ready to unwrap the magic of Christmas in the City of London

The heart of the capital will come to life with a kaleidoscope of offerings from rich historical experiences and entertaining workshops to delectable festive treats and magical dining feasts. Immerse yourself in a world of holiday cheer with this selection of festive experiences.

Raymond Gubbay Christmas Festival at the Barbican

16 December 2023 to 1 January 2024. Free / £

It's the most wonderful time of the year, as the Raymond Gubbay Christmas Festival returns to the Barbican Hall. Expect some of your favourite festive films of all time with a full live orchestra, The Music of Zimmer vs Williams performed live by the London Concert Orchestra and more.

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The Christmas Special Museum Late at the Bank of England

Thursday 21 December / From 5 to 8pm / Free

Deck the halls with the Bank of England Museum, who are hosting a free evening event including shredded banknote baubles, Christmas music and festive refreshments.

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Dabbers Social Bingo

Several dates / £

Whether you’re in charge of organising the office party or planning a night out with friends, Dabbers Social Bingo City has got the perfect festive bingo show for you. With live entertainment, London’s finest DJs, charismatic hosts, dazzling dancers, delicious cocktails, and mouthwatering street food, Dabbers Social Bingo promises an unforgettable celebration.

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Illuminated River - Guided Walks

Every Tuesday until 26 March / 6.30pm / £

See the spectacular lights of the longest public art commission in the world on a tour by official City Guides. This walk covers the eastern bridges along the River Thames, each with a specially designed lighting sequence created by artist Leo Villareal.

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My Neighbour Totoro

Tue 21 Nov 2023 to Sat 23 Mar 2024 / £

Find your spirit with the “awe-inspiring” (Time Out) and “dazzling” (Guardian) My Neighbour Totoro, as this five-star, award-winning production returns to the Barbican for a strictly limited season.

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Aldgate in Winter Festival

8 December / Free

Join the community at Aldgate Square for a jam-packed festival programme including lantern parades, live performances, and creative workshops.

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Wreath making workshops

A series of festive workshops including wreath-making, felting, stocking filler designs, winter candle making and gingerbread house decorating. Stay tuned for more details coming up soon.

See the full Christmas in the City programme


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