What’s on in London for December

With Christmas just a few weeks away here are our top events to see in London  for December.

No 1.     AEGON  masters tennis tournament is still on at the Royal Albert Hall till the 5th December . With players like Pat Rafter, Goran Ivanisevic, Pat Cash  all appearing, plus for the first time Britains Mr Tim Henman makes his debut at this years event.

No 2.  December 4th and 5th at the O2 centre is the Capital FM’s Jingle Bell Ball.

A large music event especially staged for the Christmas period. With performances coming from The Script, Cee-Lo-Green, Black Eyed Peas, The Wanted, Mcfly, Kyle Minogue and loads more big names this is an event music lovers should not miss.

No. 3.   Trafalgar Square Christmas Tree and Carols Service.  Every year since 1947 the people of Oslo , Norway send the people of London a magnificent Christmas tree which is erected in Trafalgar Square. This year the tree will be lit up on the 7th December, and every night till the 22nd there will be a carol service in the square. It starts at 5pm and finishes at 9pm, and of course it is completely free.

No. 4.   The Great Christmas Pudding Race.  I am sure you have heard of the egg and spoon race , well this is a similar event . held  on the 4th December  in the Piazza at Covent Garden. This is a fun race, with 150 contestants in fancy dress racing around an obstacle course, with there Christmas pudding on a flimsy plate. The aim is the first one at the winning post with there pudding still on the plate. This has become a regular event  in London at this time of year, and has been going since 1980. Also while you are there you have the chance to look round the shops in the Piazza and see all the other street entertainers.

No.5.   For Rugby fans there is the Mastercard Trophy, at Twickenham.  This event will be held on the 4th December at 2.30 pm. The game will be between Barbarians V South Africa. Dubbed “The Final challenge” this game traditionally ends the busy programme of Rugby internationals between the Southern Hemisphere and European  teams. This game should be very exciting as the last time South Africa ( who are currently the World Champions) where beaten by the Barbarians in 2007 so this year they will be out for revenge.

No.6 .   Carols by candlelight at the Royal Albert Hall .

This will take place on the 19th . This event is not exactly what it says as there are no candles , however it is a dimly lit traditional Christmas celebration, mixing sing a long carols with a reading from Charles Dickens “A Christmas Carol”. If you are trying to experience the real British Christmas atmosphere this is a great event to attend.

N0. 7 .   Winter Wonderland in Hyde Park.  See what’s on in November on our blog to get further details.

No.8.    Ice Rink at the Natural History Museum.  See whats on in November on our blog to read more more details.

No.9.  On Christmas Day 25th swimmers will take there yearly dip into the Serpentine lake in Hyde Park. No matter the temperature or the weather conditions these hardy bunch of swimmers take a plunge into the very cold waters of this famous lake. They start at 9 am and there is usually quite a crowd there to cheer them on . This event has been taking place since 1864 and they even have there own 100 yard race known as the Peter Pan Cup.

No.10. To finish of the year why not go down to London’s embankment and welcome in 2011 with a massive fireworks display which will be launched from the foot of the London eye.

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