Christmas is well and truly here and whether you need a little inspo to get you into the festive spirit or are just looking to do as many Christmas-centric things as possible, we’ve got you covered. The experts over at DesignMyNight have given us 10 amazing things to do in the lead-up to the big day and they’re nothing short of amazing. Get ready to watch Home Alone at the top of the Shard, ice skate across rooftops and eat your way through a candy cane-covered gingerbread house.
You thought your fairy light display was on point? Once Upon A Time In Birmingham might be this year’s most dazzling pop-up as it flaunts 88,000 twinkling lights, which – we’ve been told – is enough to reach the top of Everest. Tickets are a bargain too, with £5 getting you a complimentary festive punch on arrival and the right to queue jump. The drinks menu is all about festive cocktails and, if you’re hungry, there’s a light-refracting Xmas pudding jelly.
Now one of the city’s slickest hangouts, it’s hard to believe that Skylight was once an abandoned car park. There are plenty of reasons to pay it a visit this winter… home to Europe’s only rooftop ice rink made of 100% ice, it has panoramic views of the capital, a string of pretty igloos and a pink, edible gingerbread house. And guess what? You and eight friends can rent out the latter for as little as £11.25 each, which includes a free Fentimans cocktail.
If you haven’t visited Dalloway Terrace, do you even live in London? Crowned as one of the most Instagrammable restaurants in the world, it’s stamped among the masses as an absolute must-visit. Transforming into a snowy retreat for the winter months, going here is like being on holiday in the Alps (minus the panic of parting with an eye-watering flight fare). Boasting frosty foliage and a menu packed with Swiss cheese, this gorgeous bar will leave you wishing it was Christmas all year around.
You’re all familiar with Hansel and Gretel, right? Well, there’s a pop-up in Camden that’s inspired by the fairy tale and it’s guaranteed to get you into the festive spirit. Candy canes decorate the walls and there’s an actual fireplace that you can snuggle up to in between making your way through the mountain of canapés that come with the experience – think pigs in blankets, pumpkin soup shots and mince pies. A pop-up with a happy ever after? You betcha.
Sip Prosecco In An Outdoor Hot Tub – London
With riverside igloos, an area dedicated to beer pong and some of the cheesiest dishes around (including a delicious pigs in blankets-topped pizza), it’s hard to imagine how Winterland could get any better. Until now, that is. This year they’ve upped the ante by bringing an actual hot tub to their alpine hideaway, and we’re giving it a big thumbs up. Pack your best bikini and unwind in the most extra of ways this December as you’re treated to hot tub service alongside dazzling views of the Thames.
The best way to spread Christmas cheer is by singing loud for all to hear? Whoever said that obviously hadn’t heard of the bottomless espresso martini pop-up. Boasting the world’s biggest ever espresso martini menu, this unique pop-up is offering endless serves for just £25 this December. Arrive to King’s Cross thirsty to make your way through five themed tipples, two favourites being The Ferrero Rocher and The Gingerbread Man.
Rooftops are ten a penny in London, but none are quite like Sky Garden. This year the team have joined forces with Moët & Chandon to turn their bar into a mini wonderland with tall Christmas trees, faux-fur blankets and flickering fairy lights. Flaunting crisp views of the city and its famous landmarks, it’s hands-down one of the best ways to experience the capital this Christmas. Tickets are a steal too, with £11 securing you entry and a complimentary cocktail.
Every pay cheque, you’ve given in to that little voice that says ‘treat yourself’? Well, Christmas is no time to stop. Get dressed up and give yourself the ultimate gift this winter by grabbing a ticket to Jimmy’s Winter Lodge. This cosy alpine retreat along the Thames will see you tucking into a three-course meal in a cute, atmospheric lodge, with traditional fondue as the main event. When it’s all over you can grab one of their piping hot gin cocktails for the journey home.
Wear A Christmas Jumper And Party Après Ski Style – Birmingham
Birmingham might be known for its Bavarian Christmas market but we’ve got another reason to pack a wheelie bag and pencil in a visit. The Digbeth Après Ski Party pop-up is back in town for one weekend this December and it’s going to be legendary. You’ll be partying amongst giant snowflakes, ski racks and tonnes of fairy lights while you slurp fondue, drink rum-spiked hot chocolate and take tonnes of selfies in the photo booth. There’s prizes for best dressed too (the uglier the Christmas jumper, the better).
We don’t care what you say, Christmas doesn’t start until you watch Home Alone. Instead of drawing your curtains and throwing a bag of popcorn into the microwave at home, we’ve got a better place for you to see the movie this year. The Travelling Cinema are back with a bang this December as they take the big screen 72 floors above London to The Shard. Alongside jaw-dropping views, your ticket includes a complimentary Mermaid gin and tonic and popcorn… naturally.