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What's on in London in December 2016 near Canary Wharf

What a fantastic month to be in London! There's not only festive fun but also great music, cool shopping and fun for all.


An annual treat at the Geffrye Museum in Shoreditch is the Christmas Past: 400 Years of Seasonal Traditions in English Homes when the historical room sets are dressed with festive decorations.

The museum has period rooms to explore London home life from a 1630 wood-panelled hall to a 1990s loft apartment. Each room has authentic festive decorations, lighting, music and greenery giving visitors an evocative insight into how Christmas has been celebrated through the years.

The exhibition brings to life the origins and meanings of many Christmas traditions from feasting, dancing and kissing under the mistletoe to playing parlour games, decorating the tree, hanging up stockings, sending cards and throwing cocktail parties.


This festive season the Crafty Fox Market is making buying original Christmas gifts even easier with three free-entry evening markets.

There are two 'Night Markets' at the Geffrye Museum. The first is on 1 December (4-9pm) with over 65 inspiring designer-makers and artists packed into this historic venue. You can browse the stalls with a mulled wine in hand, meet the makers and buy unique gifts for friends and family.

The second date at the Geffrye Museum is on 15 December (4-9pm) with 65+ designer- makers and artists with a mix of homeware, prints, jewellery and more to pick out for original presents.

The other great venue for a Christmas Night Market is the Museum of London Docklands on 8 December (4-9pm). Enjoy a festive drink and inspiring shopping close to Canary Wharf. You'll find 60+ designer makers showcasing their work plus workshops so you can even make your own gifts while the DJ pumps out the tunes. 


The O2 Arena has some diverse, but all amazing, music shows this month.

On 1 December it's DJ Pete Tong presents Ibiza Classics. Pete Tong is a global ambassador for dance music and the Ibiza club scene but this show is different as the music is performed by the 60-piece Heritage Orchestra, with singers, and synths, directed by the acclaimed conductor Jules Buckley.

On 11 December it's Status Quo with a spectacular send off as part of their 'The Last Night of the Electrics' tour. After this tour the Telecasters shall finally be unplugged and amps turned off. Special guests are REO Speedwagon and The Lounge Kittens.

And on 5 and 6 December it's Red Hot Chili Peppers on their first UK tour in 5 years. The band spent the summer performing at music festivals around the world. This tour is to promote their 11th studio album, The Getaway. 


For a night of dancing without the noise, there's a silent disco underneath the Cutty Sark on 16 December. The Victorian tea clipper hasn't been in the water for a long time but the last renovations created a fantastic space below yet with lots of natural light.

You get to explore the attraction before getting your headphones and dancing the night away. You don't even have to boogie to the same music as your friends as there are three channels just to make silent dancing even more fun. 


Ice rinks appear across London at this time of year and two of the best are easy to reach when staying in Canary Wharf. The Tower of London Ice Rink is in the moat and is a stunning location when the Tower is illuminated in the evening.

I told you last month about the all new Canary Wharf Ice Rink in Canada Square Park with more than 8km of LED lights laid beneath the ice. It's all about the light show and the music here. LUMINOCITY is also the all-weather choice as it's fully covered with a clear roof.


The man everyone wants to meet this month is at the Museum of London Docklands. Victorian Santa has a Grotto in the Sailortown gallery. It's decorated with festive decorations and the sounds of Victorian carols being sung in the distance. There's a small charge and all children receive a gift.


The Revolution Champions League 2016 has round 2 in Manchester before Round 3 (and the grand finale) at the Lee Valley VeloPark on the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park on 2 and 3 December.

See the champions of the track go head to head with the world's best road teams to decide the ultimate cycling champions. The top teams from the UK Championship will qualify to race against eight for the leading World Tour professional teams including Team Sky.


Pantomime is a wonderful annual tradition of family fun theatre with colourful and flamboyant costumes. A classic fairy tale gets adapted with songs, dance routines and plenty of laughs. My favourite is always at Hackney Empire and this year it's Sleeping Beauty.

Set in the enchanted Hackneytonia – a land of fairies, unicorns and dragons – we get to follow the adventures of Princess Tahlia in this modern interpretation. Carabosse is the wicked fairy who casts an evil spell on the Princess. Remember to 'Boo!' loudly whenever she appears.

This stunning Victorian theatre offers top rate entertainment at much better prices than West End shows.

By choosing to stay at Fraser Place Canary Wharf you will be in the heart of Canary Wharf, and a short ride away from some of these great events happening in December. Check out our Special Offers and we hope to welcome you soon! 

You can also check-out what's on in Kensington, by clicking here

Laura Porter writes AboutLondonLaura.com and contributes to many other publications while maintaining an impressive afternoon tea addiction. You can find Laura on Twitter as @AboutLondon and on Facebook as @AboutLondonLaura.


Image credits required: Geffrye Museum, Christmas Past - A living room in 1935 © Steve Speller | Cutty Sark Silent Disco © National Maritime Museum, London | Museum of London Docklands Christmas Grotto © Museum of London |