SNOWMAN ART TRAIL: 12 decorated recreations of The Snowman Head around Fleet Street for the capital’s latest free sculpture tour. The 1.6m tall, individually painted sculptures are inspired by the 12 days of Christmas and designed by various artists. The models are an homage to both the festive animated film and the original illustrated book by Raymond Briggs. FREE, from November 21 to January 5
BUBBLE PLANET: If a ‘whimsical bubble world’ is on your wish list, then bubble planet, opened at Wembley, is ideal. The immersive experience consists of 10 colorful rooms, each with a different theme, but the bubbles remain the central focus throughout. Since November 24
FORTY ROOM CHRISTMAS FAIR: The Forty Hall in Enfield hosts a three day christmas fair – both inside the period rooms and in the courtyard – showcasing local businesses. Mulled wine and mince pies can be sampled while sailing. November 24-26
EATING AND DRINKING FESTIVAL: Head to London’s Olympia to enjoy the Eat & Drink Festival Christmas Special. Get tips on how to prepare your holiday feasts, with special demonstrations from celebrity chefs; discover beers, wines and spirits to accompany your meal; and return home armed with delicacies from the artisanal food market. November 22-26
WIMBLEDON LIGHT TRAIL: Cannizaro Park in Wimbledon hosts a festive trail of light, whose journey takes between 45 minutes and an hour. There are food and drink stalls along the way, plus fire pits for toasting marshmallows, as well as a Santa’s grotto on select dates. November 23-December 17
ICE SKATING: most of Winter ice skating rinks in London They are now open to the public. They’ll only get busier as we get closer to Christmas, so book your spot now.
PANTOMIME: It’s panto season (oh yes it is etc…), with performances of Snow White, Cinderella, Aladdin, Jack and the Beanstalk and Dick Whittington opening in time for this weekend, and many more to follow soon. See our guide to pantomime in London this Christmas.
Saturday, November 25
MARBLE WORKSHOP: Take the children to Leighton House, near Holland Park, to a paper marbling workshop, inspired by Maha Ahmed’s current exhibition Where Worlds Meet. Learn how paper is made before making your own to take home. Suitable for children from 5 to 11 years old and their families. 11:00-12:30
AUDIODESCRIBED VISIT: The Design Museum offers a audio described tour of the current exhibition, REBEL: 30 Years of British Fashion, specifically for blind and visually impaired visitors. Artist and museum educator Andrew Mashigo leads the tour, highlighting some of the best new designers to emerge from London in the last three decades. 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
BAUBLE PAINTING: Stop by the Dulwich image gallery to participate in a workshop where you will hand paint your own Christmas ornament. The event, for adults, will teach you the basics of brush lettering so you can personalize your decoration for a loved one (or yourself!). Your ticket includes entry to the gallery and the current Rubens & Women exhibition. 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
SPANISH QUEER LITERATURE: As part of the Spanish Queer Literature Festival, Foyles at Charing Cross Road hosts Carlos Barea, Alberto Rodríguez and Gonzalo Izquierdo to discuss the life and influence of queer icon José Pérez Ocaña. Ocaña: The Eternal Brightness of the Cantillana Sun is a new series of essays examining why he remains so admired 40 years after his death. Please note that the event is held in Spanish, with English interpretation. 4pm
ICE HOCKEY: Watch North London ice hockey team Haringey Huskies take on Streatham Blackhawks in Today’s match at the Alexandra Palace ice rink. Are you new to the sport or need a refresher? Read our guide to ice hockey in London. 5 pm
CROWN AND CORONATION: A reminder that the light show Crown and coronation will take place for the last time at the Tower of London tonight. See images and video clips of monarchs, coronation ceremonies and the Crown Jewels projected onto the White Tower at the ticketed event. 5:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m.
EXPLODING CINEMA: It is held regularly at the Kennington Film Museum, Explosive cinema is a showcase of new independent short films: anyone can make them and cover any topic, as long as they are less than 20 minutes long. 19:00
VULVA VOICE: Newly reopened Vagina Museum in Bethnal Green hosts all-female string quartet vulva voicefor a concert celebrating music composed by women and underrepresented voices throughout the centuries. 19.30-21.30
MYSTERY FILM CLUB: The usual film club takes place in Newington Green Meeting House — the problem is that licensing rules prevent organizers from announcing which film will be shown. Join the club to find out in advance or come and be surprised – it’s free, so you have nothing to lose. FREE, from 7:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
APOCALYPTIC: As part of the London International Animation Festival, Barbican Cinema screens a series of short films under the theme ‘Apocalyptic’, delving into both our darkest fears and our greatest hopes. The films are followed by a discussion with the artists who created them. 8:45 p.m.
SPACE CADET: Comedian Varun Thakur ends the current run of his new show. space cadet, at the Soho Theatre. Expect an hour of stories, impersonations and observations on topics including being married, wanting children, his love for Mumbai and why he thinks marijuana should be legalized. 8:45 p.m.
Sunday, November 26
GUIDED TOUR TO THE HOUSE: The monthly guided tour of Strawberry Hill House in Twickenham takes place today, giving you the opportunity to take a closer look at the interiors of the Gothic mansion and hear stories about its history and its residents. 10am
BUSHY PARK RACE: get ready for a festive run through Bushy Park. Choose the 5km or 10km distance around the flat, traffic-free course, and get a medal at the end. There’s a prize for best dressed race, so think festive when putting together your race outfit. 10am
WINTER GARDEN SALE: Hoxton Home Museum houses a winter garage sale, offering you the opportunity to purchase home goods and products created by local artists and makers. The event supports the museum’s Campaign for Change: Food Equality and also includes an online fundraising auction with hotel stays, supper club tickets and other experiences up for grabs. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
VINTAGE POP-UP: Vintage shop Glass Onion pops into Big Penny Social in Walthamstow for a one-day pop-up shopping event. There are over 40 lanes to explore, with prices from £10 per item and free entry after the first hour. 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
SOUTH LONDON FLEA: Yet another opportunity for you to find a bargain and part with your money today. The big flea of south London returns to Peckham, with a selection of 70 curated traders selling homewares, furniture and other collectibles. 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
ART SUNDAYS: Keep the family entertained for free on Dulwich Picture Gallery Art Sundays. She experiments with color and creates different works of art inspired by the current Rubens & Women exhibition, with activities aimed at children from 7 to 12 years old. FREE, sessions from 1:00 p.m. to 3:45 p.m.
WEST END DRAG BRUNCH: The Otherist near Liverpool Street organizes a Drag Brunch in the West Endfeaturing drag queens from the West End stage singing, lip-syncing and dancing live while you enjoy a two-course brunch, with the option to add 90 minutes of bottomless cocktails. 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
SHAKE ON SUNDAY: This is the last Sunday before Advent begins, a day traditionally known as Shaking Sunday, when people gather to prepare their Christmas puddings. London Review Cake Shop celebrates the occasion with A Christmas cake decorating master class. for adults. We provide you with the Christmas cake and, throughout the afternoon, you will learn how to decorate it with fondant, paper cutouts and hand painting. 13:00
CRAFTS FOR ADULTS: Color therapist and London contributor Momtaz Begum-Hossain organizes a session of conscious crafts for adults. Take a break from the stresses of life and enjoy the pleasure of creating something with your own hands. Projects vary each session and can include anything from painting and collage to mindful sewing and embroidery. It takes place at Well Bean Co Café in Royal Docks. Over 16 years old. 16:00-18:00
ADHD LOVE LIVE: Husband and wife team Rich and Rox, authors of Dirty Laundry, are at the Bloomsbury Theater to an ADHD friendly evening comedy and conversation to raise awareness about ADHD and challenge the stigma surrounding it. 5:30 p.m.
HALCYON QUARTET: For today’s Sunday concert, The Halcyon Quartet makes its Conway Hall debutoffering a unique opportunity to hear Polish composer Grażyna Bacewicz’s Third Quartet, as well as pieces by Haydn and Schubert. 6:30 p.m.
COLLYWOBBLERS COMEDY: Tony Law, Vix Leyton, Trevor Crooke, Danny Field, Robert Gilbert and Mags are on the bill tonight. Collywobblers comedy at The Railway in Streatham, hosted by Sion James. 7:30 p.m.