9 incredibly festive events to get you in the Christmas spirit


Tis the season to be jolly, and what better way to celebrate Christmas than by attending a festive event happening in London and the south of England  Christmas light switch-ons, mulled wine tastings, Christmas markets, drag queens, carolling and more…

Read on to discover some of the best (and quirkiest) Christmas events happening at great pubs in London and the south of England. Expect twinkling Christmas trees, roaring fires, wintery drinks and hearty winter food for celebrating the festive season.

The best Christmas events happening in London and south of England

Christmas events in London

If you’re looking for things to do in London and the south of England this Christmas, check out these great events. To search for events happening near you, use our Christmas event finder.

Christmas light switch on at The Churchill Arms, Kensington 

churchill arms christmas display

Widely known as London's most festive pub, The Churchill Arms is in a class of its own when it comes to Christmas decorations. Last year the pub had 97 Christmas trees and 21,500 lights, and this year Manager James Keogh aims to beat that! 

The official Christmas light switch on will take place on 5 December at 6pm. A special guest will be flicking the switch, and there will be free mulled wine, mince pies and carol singing. Visit Events at The Churchill Arms for more information.

Sipsmith Hot Gin pop-up bar at The Conductor, Farringdon

Victorian Hot Gin Bar pop-up at The Conductor in Farringdon, London

The Conductor has partnered with Sipsmith to open a pop-up Victorian hot gin bar this festive season, creating an immersive gin experience to warm you up during the colder months.

Beautifully re-modelled with London’s gin heritage at its core, the pop-up bar has been decked out with aged barrels, classic chandeliers and traditional Victorian sipping glasses, and is designed to transport you back to a time of old London for a gin experience fit for the season.

The grand opening took place on Monday 18 November, with the pop-up bar open Monday to Friday from 5pm until 11pm until Christmas eve.

A Christmas Carol at The Gun, Docklands

On 14 December a special performance of A Christmas Carol will take place at The Gun in Docklands. In true Open Book style, the show will be family friendly, engaging and full of laughs. Expect Victorian costumes, ghostly apparitions and plenty of audience participation.

Find out more and get your tickets here: Events at The Gun, Docklands

Christmas Drag Brunch at The Fence, Farringdon

Christmas drag brunch at The Fence, Farringdon

Put on your Santa hats and head to The Fence in Farringdon for a late afternoon of bottomless prosecco, Christmas food and the highest energy drag entertainment London has to offer – followed by a DJ set to continue the party into the night.

The host, Dolly Trolley, is one of London's finest drag stars with international acclaim for her lipsync, comedy, dance, campery and sublime ridiculousness.

Dates for this event are 3pm-7pm Saturday 7 December and Saturday 21 December. Get your tickets here. 

Christmas comedy at The Anglers, Teddington

Christmas comedy at The Anglers, Teddington

Celebrate the festive season at The Anglers in Teddington on 3 December with a special evening of delicious seasonal food, a welcoming glass of prosecco followed by cabaret and comedy – perfect for a pre-Christmas gathering with friends, family or colleagues.

Tickets are £40 and include a two-course meal and live comedy by Dead Parrot Society. Doors at 7pm, first course at 7.30pm, show starts at 9pm. Get your tickets here.

Christmas carols at The Half Moon, Herne Hill

Christmas caroling at The Half Moon, Herne Hill

The Half Moon in Herne Hill is hosting Christmas carol events throughout December, which are free to attend for those who want to get into the Christmas spirit by belting out much loved festive tunes.

The Charter School Choir will visit the pub on Thursday 5 December at 5pm to sing Christmas carols, and the Singing Mamas Choir will be carolling at the pub on Thursday 12 December at 6pm and encourage people to join in with the singing. Visit Events at The Half Moon for more information.

Festive events outside London

Hot Gin shop at The Huntsman, Bath

Victorian Hot Gin Bar pop-up at The Conductor in Farringdon, London

The Huntsman in Bath will transform into a festive hot gin grotto serving Sipsmith hot gin creations leading up to Christmas. The Hot Gin Shop is open from 27 November until 15 December, coinciding the with the nearby Bath Christmas Markets, and will be open every weekend until Christmas. Visit Events at The Huntsman for more information.

Christmas at The Old Joint Stock, Birmingham

Christmas at The Old Joint Stock, Birmingham

The Old Joint Stock sits on the doorstep of the famous Birmingham Christmas markets, and is a particularly special time of year at the pub which hosts a plethora of festive events.

The iconic pub is decked out with Christmas decorations and lights from November onwards, making it a particularly festive pit-stop while exploring the markets. Visit The Old Joint Stock’s Events page for the pub’s latest festive events.

Christmas light switch-on at The Paper Mill, Apsley

Christmas events at The Paper Mill

The Paper Mill in Apsley is having a Christmas tree lights switch-on event on 30 November in preparation for Christmas. There will be festive food and drinks and a great atmosphere for kids and adults alike. Visit Events at The Paper Mill for more details.

Find a festive event happening near you

Are you looking for things to do this Christmas? Use our festive event finder, where you can browse events happening at hundreds of pubs across London and the south of England.

Click here to find Christmas events near you.

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