The best festive events for Christmas 2023
Christmas is just around the corner, and there's no better time to grab your coat, head out, and get into the spirit of the festive season. So whether it's candlelit carol concerts, bottomless bingo brunches, children's Christmas crafts, or dazzling displays at a winter light trail, we've got a selection of the best Christmas events for the 2023 holiday season.
Classical Concerts & Candlelight Carols
Taking place in beautiful churches and cathedrals across the country, CityMusic Promotions hosts a month-long programme of classical concerts; including music from Vivaldi's Four Seasons, Handel's Messiah, Moonlight Sonata, and beloved Christmas carols. All performed by an array of talented orchestras and soloists.
When: Until 31st December
Transforming the grounds of Tonbridge Castle into an illuminated wonderland, this winter light trail and family-friendly immersive experience also includes a Christmas market, Alpine bar and food court alongside the dazzling displays.
When: Until 30th December
Where: Tonbridge Castle, Kent
ABBA Christmas Party
Having travelled around the country during the first half of December, the final instalments of the ABBA Christmas Party Tour are taking place on Saturday 16th December. For those who missed out, look out for the ABBA NYE parties in Glasgow, London and Newcastle at the end of the month.
When: Saturday 16th December
Where: Chelmsford, Oxford, Dublin
Now That's What I Call Christmas Bangers Bingo
Fancy celebrating the holiday season with a bottomless brunch and a festive spin on bingo featuring the biggest and best-loved Christmas songs? Whether you're in Liverpool, Leicester, Leeds, Bath, Brighton or beyond, your local Revolution is the place to be.
When: Until 23rd December
Where: Revolution, UK-wide
Christmas with Jim & Tonic
Where better to get into the Christmas 'spirit' than at a distillery? Head to Jim & Tonic HQ at London's sustainable urban distillery in Stratford for a programme of festive activities; including Christmas carols and craft workshops for children.
When: Until 20th December
Where: Jim & Tonic at The Printhouse, London
The Viaduct Grotto
The iconic LGBTQ+ venue hosts an all-singing, all-dancing weekly grotto across the festive season, filled with comedy, cabaret, and Christmas cheer. Look out for their other one-off festive events, including 'A Vile Christmas Night' and Lady Diamond's Christmas Singalong.
When: Fridays & Saturdays
Where: Viaduct Showbar, Leeds
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