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Christmas at the Royal Albert Hall
The festive month of December sees the Royal Albert Hall playing host to a series of extravaganzas hosted by ace promoter Raymond Gubbay. The Christmas theme is kicked off with a fine performance of Handel's Messiah and further on into the month sees performances of classic Christmas hymns and carols by the Kings College choir. "Carols By Candlelight" is a nice and cosy take on the nativity story while "Christmas Singalong" is a popular proms style jaunt through more secular material.
TV dance stars Anton Du Beke and Erin Boag host a broadway themed Christmas show nearer the end of December. This is bound to be popular with all the family as the Strictly Come Dancing series would have just reached its climax.
Winter Wonderland at Hyde Park
Each year, Winter Wonderland takes Christmas fun to another level. Apart from the Christmas market, children's rides and the giant neon wheel, there is now a magic ice kingdom next to the massive ice rink. The multi-tiered structure looks like it belongs on a Harry Potter film set and is the perfect backdrop for a romantic night stroll across the park.
This December, the venue hosts Cirque Berserk which will attract those who have grown up with the alternative circus acts that now dominate the scene. Acrobats, jugglers and fire-breathing displays are particularly good with mad flying clowns guaranteed to startle, amuse and amaze.
Natural History Museum Ice Rink
Ice skating began as a mode of transport which then became a hobby and now has evolved into an "experience". No rink is without its own peculiar attractions but it would be hard to beat the backdrop of the National History Museum. A stunning neo-gothic edifice smack in the middle of Kensington, the building when lit up resembles some kind of fantasy castle and is the perfect setting for a winter treat.
There is a viewing balcony for those of your friends too timid to join you on the ice and also a cafe/bar selling a wide variety of drinks and snacks. Yuletide music is also on hand to make the experience appropriately seasonal as is a fairground carousel. Skates are supplied although you can also bring your own.