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Friday, 05 December 2014

The What, Where, When: 5 December

The Lady pick of the best events over the coming days

Written by Octavia Sheepshanks
WHAT: RHN Christmas Market. Free festive market at and in aid of the Royal Hospital for Neuro-disability, held in their spectacular Assembly Room. Products range from jewellery and crafts to books and plants.
WHERE: RHN, West Hill, Putney, SW15 3SW www.rhncharity.org.uk/events/christmas-fair
WHEN: 5 December


WHAT: Carols by Candlelight at Fortnum & Mason The annual Carols by Candlelight event returns to Fortnum & Mason with The London Oratory School Chamber Choir performing an exquisite set of carols. Mince pies and mulled wine will be served.
WHERE: Fortnum & Mason, 181 Piccadilly, London W1A 1ER. www.fortnumandmason.com
WHEN: 10 December


WHAT: British Gas National Age Group Synchronised Swimming Championships. Record numbers are competing in these championships of National Sychronised Swimming. Concessions available for the Over 60s.
WHERE: GL1 Leisure Centre, Gloucester, GL1 1DT www.swimming.org/synchronationals/information-for-spectators
WHEN: 5 December – 7 December


WHAT: Clothes Show Live. The world's largest consumer fashion and beauty show, recognising the top young fashion talent in the country.
WHERE: The NEC, Birmingham, B40 1NT www.clothesshowlive.com
WHEN: 5 December – 9 December


WHAT: Derby Christmas Ice Rink. Festive skating attraction.
WHERE: Market Place, Derby, DE1 3AE www.derbyicerink.co.uk
WHEN: Until 5 January


WHAT: Christmas at Borough Market with Caiger & Co. Brand new pop-up restaurant in the heart of Borough Market. Head Chef Alix Caiger and her team will creation a selection of 'feasts' for the party season.
WHERE: 6 Southwark Street, Bankside, Southwark, London, SE1 www.grubclub.com/caiger--co
WHEN: Until 21 December


WHAT: London Palestine Film Festival. A celebration of documentary and fiction films relating to Palestine's past and present, featuring work by new and established writers.
WHERE: Barbican Centre, Silk Street, London, EC2Y 8DS www.palestinefilm.org
WHEN: Until 11 December


WHAT: Great British Folk Festival. Festival showcasing big folk acts both past and present. This year's headliners include Bellowhead and The Full English.
WHERE: Butlins, Skegness, PE25 1NJ www.bigweekends.com/splash-pages/folk-festival-2014.aspx#ico=MN_Folk
WHEN: 5 December – 8 December


WHAT: Lapland UK. Nordic-inspired Christmas experience offers ice-skating, husky dogs, reindeer, elves and Father Christmas himself.
WHERE: Whitmoor Forest, Ascot, Berkshire, SL5 8BD www.laplanduk.co.uk
WHEN: Until 24 December

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WHAT: Winterville New Christmas festival. Outdoor ice rink, horse-drawn carriages, fairground, Ferris wheel, on-site pub, wall of death, food hall, Christmas market, street food traders, craft beer area, bars.
WHERE: Victoria Park, Victoria Park Road, London, E9 7BT www.winterville.co.uk
WHEN: Until 1 January


WHAT: Spitalfields Music Winter Festival. A seasonal music festival featuring a mix of classical music from baroque to contemporary.
WHERE: Various venues www.spitalfieldsmusic.org.uk
WHEN: 5 December – 16 December


WHAT: Alexandra Palace Ice Rink. Historic London Venue hosts festive ice skating.
WHERE: Alexandra Palace, Alexandra Palace Way, London, N22 7AY www.alexandrapalace.com/whats-on/winter-skating
WHEN: Until 4 January


WHAT: Islington Mistletoe Chandelier Unveiling. Five-metre mistletoe chandelier will be unveiled and Christmas lights turned on at 8pm. Those sharing a kiss under the mistletoe can enter a prize draw.
WHERE: The Old Post Office, 116 Upper Street, Islington, London, N1 1AE www.islingtonsquare.com
WHEN: 10 December


WHAT: The London Illustration Fair. Contemporary artist-led illustration, print and design fair featuring both established and emerging artists.
WHERE: Hoxton Arches, Arch 402 Cremer Street, London, E2 8HD www.thelondonillustrationfair.co.uk
WHEN: 5 December – 7 December


WHAT: South of England Festive Food & Drink Fayre. Yuletide exhibition with seasonal foods and beverages.
WHERE: South of England Showground, Haywards Heath, RH17 6TL www.seas.org.uk/winter-show-3
WHEN: 6 December – 7 December


WHAT: The Santa Run. Participants dress up as Santa to raise funds for children's charity When You Wish Upon A Star.
WHERE: Various venues across the UK www.thesantarun.org.uk
WHEN: 7 December – 14 December

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WHAT: Alexandra Palace Antiques & Collectors Fair. Hundreds of antiques and collectors' stalls in the Great Hall, including Pop Up Vintage Fairs London. 2 for 1 voucher available here: www.popupvintagefairs.co.uk/alexandra-palace
WHERE: Alexandra Palace, Alexandra Palace Way, London, N22 7AY www.iacf.co.uk/alexandra-palace
WHEN: 7 December


WHAT: Winter Village, Hackney. Vibrant and contemporary alternative to the more traditional 'German style' Christmas markets.
WHERE: St John-at-Hackney Church, Lower Clapton Rd, London, E5 0PD www.cityshowcasemarkets.com/home
WHEN: 5 December – 7 December


WHAT: Royal British Legion Christmas Celebration 2014. Annual charity Christmas carol concert in the ancient and magnificent Guildhall in aid of the Royal British Legion, featuring the Bach Choir, celebrity readers and musicians from the legion's Central Band.
WHERE: Guildhall, Gresham Street, London EC2V 7HH www.britishlegion.org.uk/about-us/calendar-of-events/fundraising/christmas-celebration-2014
WHEN: 10 December – 11 December


WHAT: Glasgow Hospitals Christmas Carol Concert. The 36th Glasgow Hospitals' Christmas Carol Concert at Glasgow Royal Concert Hall, in support of children and young people with cancer and their families.
WHERE: Glasgow Royal Concert Hall, 2 Sauchiehall Street, Glasgow, G2 3NY www.clicsargent.org.uk/event/glasgow-hospitals-christmas-carol-concert
WHEN: 5 December


WHAT: Christmas Installation at Dennis Severs' House. Festive Installation at Dennis Severs' House offering a tour of the different rooms, each decorated as their owners might have left them in eras from 1724 to 1914.
WHERE: Dennis Severs' House, 18 Folgate Street, Spitalfields, London E1 6BX www.dennissevershouse.co.uk/christmas
WHEN: Until 5 January


WHAT: Kensington Christmas Book Fair. Almost 100 leading booksellers from Britain and around the world come to London, with thousands of books for sale of all different kinds, as well as photographs, prints and ephemera.
WHERE: Kensington Town Hall, Hornton Street, London W8 7NX www.pbfa.org/book-fairs/kensington-christmas-book-fair-/4036
WHEN: 6 December


WHAT: Macmillan Celebrity Christmas Stocking Auction. Celebrities' 'dream Christmas stockings' are auctioned off at this annual fundraising festive event with a champagne reception and a three-course meal
WHERE: St Pancras Renaissance Hotel, Euston Road, London, NW1 2AR www.macmillan.org.uk/get-involved/fundraising-events/event-detail/361/celebritychristmasstockingauction
WHEN: 9 December


WHAT: The National Christmas Lacemakers' Fair. Lacemakers from around the world come together for the 25th annual Lacemakers' Fair
WHERE: Cranmore Park, Cranmore Avenue, Shirley, Solihull, B90 4LF www.lace-making.com
WHEN: 6 December


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