What’s on in London for December 2016


We are coming to the end of 2016 and what better way to go then with a bang, so this month as well as all the Christmas festivities there is lots of theatre and music and finally the bang I promised, some amazing New Year’s Eve fireworks.. If you need tickets for the theatre or any concerts, or Harry Potter, or if you require a car to take you around London or pick you up from any London Airport or take you there, then give Harmony cars a ring they will be happy to help you. Their number is 07976 374498 or email info@harmony-airport-transfers.com

No 1. 1st to 29th December 2016 “Peter Pan” at National Theatre.

This winter, JM Barrie’s much-loved tale takes flight. When Peter Pan leader of the Lost Boys, loses his shadow during a visit to London, headstrong Wendy (Madeleine Worrall, Jane Eyre) helps him re-attach it. In return she is invited to Neverland – where Tinker Bell the fairy, Tiger Lily and the vengeful Captain Hook, played by Sophie Thompson (Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Four Weddings and a Funeral) await. Following the acclaimed Jane Eyre, Sally Cookson brings her wondrously inventive Peter Pan to the NT after a sell-out run at Bristol Old Vic. Exploring the possibilities and pain of growing up, it’s a riot of magic, mischief, music and make-believe. Ticket prices: £22.42 to £59.80.

No 2. 3rd December 2016 “The Great Christmas Pudding Race” at Coventry Garden.

Cheer on the festively-dressed teams as they race around an obstacle course without dropping the puddings. Watch teams of six battle it out for the highly sought-after Christmas Pudding Trophy, darting through the tricky course on a crisp December day to win prizes and raise money for Cancer Research UK. As chaotic as it is competitive, this annual race guarantees bags of entertainment, joyous spectacle and guest celebrities. The fun starts at 11.15am, with the first race kicking off at 12.10pm.

No.3.    3rd to 4th December 2016 “Capital’s Jingle Bell Ball” at The O2 Arena.

DJ and multi award-winning producer Calvin Harris was the first artist announced to appear. Jetting in to London to perform especially for Capital listeners in between two huge Las Vegas shows, Calvin will raise the roof when he plays the biggest anthems of the year for 16,000 Capital listeners. The next act announced for night one of Capital’s Jingle Bell Ball with Coca-Cola was Clean Bandit . The chart-topping group is responsible for some of the biggest collaborations of the past two years and have six top ten singles under their belts including their latest hit ‘Rockabye’. Craig David was the next artist to be announced by Capital Radio. The singer-songwriter whose latest album ‘Following My Intuition’ went straight to number one, will take to the stage at The O2 on night one. Next to be added to the star-studded line-up was English singer-songwriter Dua Lipa. Her track ‘Hotter Than Hell’ was one of the biggest songs of the summer and her latest smash hit ‘Blow Your Mind (Mwah)’ is currently blowing up the chart. Latest to be revealed is Sigala will also take to the stage on night one. The DJ and producer burst on to the scene in 2015 with his number one hit ‘Easy Love’ and since then he has secured a further three UK top ten singles. Up next, Nathan Sykes will also return to the stage at The O2 on night one of the Jingle Bell Ball. Nathan, who won international acclaim as a member of multi-platinum-selling band The Wanted, releases his hotly anticipated debut solo album, which includes collaborations with G-Eazy and Ariana Grande. Singing sensation Louisa Johnson will also take to the stage. The 2015 X Factor winner will join Clean Bandit for a performance of their huge hit ‘Tears’.The final act to be revealed is Olly Murs, who will bring his cheeky chappy showmanship to the stage on Saturday December 3rd. The ‘You Don’t Know Love’ singer has achieved three UK number one albums, four UK number one singles and has sold more than ten million records worldwide. Now in its ninth year, Capital’s Jingle Bell Ball is always a sell-out event. Last year, more than 30,000 fans flocked to the ball over two days to see performances from global stars including Justin Bieber, Ariana Grande, Calvin Harris, Ellie Goulding and David Guetta.

No.4. 5th, 6th and 18th December 2016 “Red Hot Chili Peppers” at the O2 Arena.

Having spent the summer performing at a variety of music festivals around the world, including headlining Lollapalooza in Chicago, T In The Park in Scotland, Fuji Rock in Japan and the Reading and Leeds festivals. They are back in London for Christmas.

Supporting the band across their UK tour will be Japanese sensation BABYMETAL. The J-pop teen metallers have taken the world by storm since their formation in 2010. Their latest album Metal Resistance peaked at number fifteen on the UK Albums Chart, the highest position reached by a Japanese band.

No.5.   5th to 23rd December 2016 “Christmas Carols 2016” in Trafalgar Square.

Throughout the build-up to Christmas, more than 50 carol groups each sing for an hour beneath the Christmas tree in Trafalgar Square to raise funds for voluntary or charitable organisations. Resembling something of a winter wonderland with the world-famous Christmas tree in place (an annual gift from Norway since 1947), the scene is set for an atmospheric recital of classics during these Christmas carol concerts. From Deck the Halls and Good King Wenceslas to Ding Dong Merrily on High and The Holly and the Ivy, various tuneful groups sing to raise much needed cash for charity. With warming refreshments to be found nearby, all the ingredients are in place for the perfect countdown to Christmas.

No.6. 8th December 2016 till 7th January 2017 “A Christmas Carol With Simon Callow” at Arts Theatre.

Actor Simon Callow and director-designer Tom Cairns reunite for their one-man theatrical extravaganza of festive story-telling based on Charles Dickens’ own performance adaptation of his heart-warming tale of goodness, justice and redemption. Taking you on a journey through Christmas Past, Present and Future, this show returns to the London stage following sell-out runs in 2011 and 2012. Adult Ticket:£13.00 to £71.00 per ticket

No.7. 10th December 2016 ” Madness – Can’t touch us now” at The O2 Arena.

Britain’s favourite pop band Madness has announced their first major arena tour in over two years. The new tour will see the band showcase new tracks from their forthcoming album, as well as playing all their hits and fan favourites.

No.8. 10th December 2016 till 15th January 2017 “Cinderella “at the London Palladium.

Don’t miss this sparkling production of Cinderella at the London Palladium, during a limited five-week run. Actress and TV presenter Amanda Holden is back on the London stage as the Fairy Godmother, while comedian Paul O’Grady plays the Wicked Stepmother. Joining in the star-studded panto are Lee Mead as Prince Charming, Julian Clary as Dandini, Nigel Havers as Lord Chamberlain and Paul Zerdin as Buttons. Cinderella is the first pantomime to be staged at the London Palladium in almost 30 years, and promises to be a magical theatre show for all the family. Tickets:£19.50 to £99.50

No.9.   21st to 30th December 2016 “Disney On Ice presents Frozen” at The O2.

Relive the magical family tale with Disney On Ice presents Frozen at The O2.

The award-winning animated movie is brought to life on the ice with world-class skating and dazzling special effects. Watch sisters Anna and Elsa, Kristoff and his reindeer Sven, and the lovable snowman Olaf glide across the ice, and sing along to the smash-hit songs from the film including Let it Go and Do You Want to Build a Snowman. Hosted by Mickey and Minnie Mouse, some of Disney’s favourite princesses, Disney Pixar stars and Lion King characters also make an appearance, joining the Arendelle characters to perform incredible antics on the ice. Ticket prices: £41.

No.10. 31st December 2016 “London New Year’s Eve Fireworks”.

London’s spectacular New Year’s Eve fireworks display at the Coca-Cola London Eye is famous around the world. Find information on how to get London fireworks tickets and where to watch them. At midnight, Big Ben’s famous “bongs” will ring out, followed by the UK’s largest annual fireworks display, presented by the Mayor of London. The hugely popular London’s New Year’s Eve fireworks have been ticketed since 2014 to ensure the event stays safe and fun for all.

London New Year’s Eve Fireworks 2016 tickets are sold out. The final tickets will be released 2nd December. Do not buy from second sellers as tickets won’t be valid on the night. Sign up for ticket alerts at www.london.gov.uk/nye. Tickets are priced at £10 and you can buy up to four. You must have a ticket to be there on the night.

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