Our Guide To What’s On Across The UK In December 2017

It’s Christmas (well nearly) – the most magical time of the year! Think sumptuous food, fabulous winter wonderlands, festive frolics and shopping galore. Whatever sparks your imagination, there’s plenty to do this month. Check out the action in our Futon Company What’s On Guide…

Christmas Market
The traditional Christmas Market spreads to George Street offering a unique, festive shopping experience for every visitor with its array of crafters, artists, gifts and tasty delights.  Get into the Christmas spirit!  From now until 24th December.  

The Ice Adventure:  A Journey Through Frozen Scotland
Come to Edinburgh New Town and explore the immersive walk-through experience and travel through Scotland’s rich and magical history, all filled to the brim with ice and snow sculptures to take your breath away!  From mythical creatures to historical figures, and of course with a whisky barrel or two along the way, you’ll be astounded by the lifelike ice sculptures in the Ice Adventure.  With a setting of minus 10 degrees, be sure to wrap up warm!  

Every day is a bad hair day for Cinderella!  The classic fairytale is beautifully reimagined by Shone Reppe and performed by acclaimed puppeteer Rick Conte, in this highly visual award-winning production featuring secret hatches, hidden drawers and a handbag full of magic!  8th-24th December at the Traverse Theatre.

La Clique Noel
La Clique returns home to Edinburgh with a special seasonal edition of the show.  Born at the Edinburgh Fringe in 2004, the multi-award winning La Clique has since toured the globe to international acclaim.  Along with its dysfunctional collection of extraordinary new artists and firm favourites, the show will feature a scintillating live band – the best of the best in adult, genre-bending, new variety – in a night you won’t forget.  Running until 6th January.  

Magic Lantern Festival
The Magic Lantern Festival is back at Chiswick House & Gardens for a second year with all new bigger, brighter and more spectacular lanterns!  A spectacular fusion of art, heritage and culture, this runs from now until 1st January 2018.  

Basquiat:  Boom for Real
This autumn’s art blockbuster is the Barbican’s Basquiat:  Boom for Real, the UK’s first large-scale exhibition of Jean-Michel Basquiat’s (1960-1988) work, which defined and set the tone for New York’s underground art scene in the late 1970s.  From now until 28th January.  

Chiswick Food Market
Open every Sunday come rain or shine from 10am to midday at Dukes Meadows Trust Pavilion Car Park W4 2RX, the market is a social enterprise, and proceeds made from running it are used to improve and maintain both the local meadows and the surrounding riverside area.  Features around 25 top producers from around the country.  

Winter Wonderland
The UK’s largest indoor Christmas theme park is taking place from now until 1st January at Event City next to the Trafford Centre.  Featuring grotto and real reindeer, rides and attractions, there’s something magical for all the family.  

Elf the Musical
Following a smash hit sell out run in the West End, Elf the Musical spends Christmas at The Lowry, Salford Quays and is here until 7th January.  Elf is the hilarious tale of Buddy, a young orphan child who mistakenly crawls into Santa’s bag of gifts and is transported back to the North Pole.  Unaware that he is actually human, Buddy’s enormous size and poor toy-making abilities cause him to face the truth.  With Santa’s permission, Buddy embarks on a journey to New York to find his birth father, discover his true identity, and help New York remember the true meaning of Christmas.  

Hinterland is Manchester’s most captivating party venue.  A pop-up wilderness of Scots pine trees, snow underfoot and Aurora display where you can enjoy food, drink and dance with expedition companions.  It’s an immersive arctic dining experience beginning with welcome drinks and a two-course Christmas dinner in Hinterland’s giant tipi village, where open fires crackle and starry lights twinkle.  Hinterland offers relaxing wood-fired hot tubs, a range of arctic activities, a Northern Lights bar serving an array of winter gin cocktails and all night live entertainment.  Open 6th, 7th and 8th December.  

Oxfordshire Artweeks Christmas Season
Oxfordshire Artweeks Christmas Season is a series of 72 art and craft exhibitions and fairs in varied venues around the country selling quality gifts and art for Christmas.  Running until 17th December.  

Christmas at Blenheim
Following a spectacular first event, the Palace’s Formal Gardens will light up once again for an unforgettable after-dark festive trail of lights.  Explore the Fire Garden, a circular carpet of dancing flames, adorned with lanterns, set against the backdrop of glittering ancient woodland outlined in Christmas colour that stretches high into the night sky.  The lake will be aglow with brightly-lit boats and dancing fountain jets, and the woodland across the Great Lake will spring to life in time to much-loved music.  Open now until 1st January 2018.  

Jenny Holzer Exhibition
The fourth artist to showcase contemporary art at Blenheim Palace, Holzer shows new work directly addressing military and political history in relation to themes which have figured prominently in her practice since the 1980s:  power, conflict and activism.  Alongside many new works, the exhibition will use augmented reality to explore the potential of the virtual space and will also feature the artists’ well-known work with LED signs.  Holzer has also developed large-scale light projections that transform the Formal Gardens after dark in a series of night time public events.  Visitors can also explore more meditative areas which will feature examples of Holzer’s best-known works.  Showing now until 31st December.  

Ashmolean Museum
Contained in a gorgeous building across from the Randolph Hotel, the Ashmolean has paintings, coins, musical instruments and antiques, statues of deities and a must see Egyptian exhibition.  Open every day.  Free admission.  

Winter Wonderland at Wookey Hole
Step into a magical world of all things Christmas including a visit to Santa’s Grotto and over 20 festive attractions!  From now until 7th January.  

Aladdin at Bristol Hippodrome
Follow Aladdin, his hapless brother, and of course Widow Twankey, on a spectacular adventure featuring a beautiful love story, flying carpets, a wish-granting genie, an evil sorcerer and a lamp packed full of spectacular magic.  From 9th December-7th January at Bristol Hippodrome. 

Grayson Perry:  The Most Popular Art Exhibition Ever
Arnolfini are bringing a major exhibition by Grayson Perry, one of the world’s most charismatic artists and astute commentators on contemporary society to Bristol.  On show for the first time outside of London, the exhibition is central to the autumn season at Arnolfini and a programme of events inspired by Perry’s irreverent take on contemporary culture.  Open now until 24th December.  

Christmas Market
Bristol Shopping Quarter’s streets will play host to wooden chalets offering a selection of gifts as well as festive food and drink.  From now until  24th December.  

Lace in Fashion
Designer pieces and those worn by royalty rub shoulders at Bath Fashion Museum – just a 15 minute train journey from Bristol.  On show from now until January 2018.

Renowned as a ‘Midlands institution’, the Nottingham Playhouse panto is returning this festive season with firm family-favourite Cinderella.  Running from 1st December through to 20th January, Kenneth Alan Taylor’s magical story is set to delight audiences of all ages with its sumptuous costumes and magnificent scenery, as well as a coach load of hilarity, slapstick, song and dance.  

Nottingham Winter Wonderland
Immerse yourself in the glow of the Christmas lights and trees, visit the cabins selling seasonal food, drink and crafts as the Winter Wonderland returns to Nottingham from now until 31st December.  Featuring Market Square festive stalls, ice rink and bars and much, much more.  

Cave Tours
Take a tour to experience the caves at Nottingham Castle for yourself, learning on the way the gruesome tales of Roger Mortimer, King David II of Scotland, or you may be able to take a tour with Robin Hood himself…With some of the caves dating back to medieval times, the tour is strenuous with LOTS of steep steps.  However, for those who wish to descend through hundreds of years the tour is a must.  Tours last approximately 30-40 minutes.  Costs £5 per person plus normal castle entry.  Tours run all year round.  

Christmas Tree Festival
From the end of November, Chester Cathedral cloisters will be filled with more than 40 majestic Christmas trees.  Escape from the hustle and bustle of the festive period and lose yourself in the astonishing tree-lined winter walkways.  Open now until 7th January.  

The Snowman
Something magical is happening this Christmas…big screen, iconic film, world-class musicians.  A truly magical Christmas show.  Delight your family this Christmas with a screening of two enchanting films accompanied by live orchestra at Chester Cathedral on 1st and 2nd December.  

The Lanterns at Chester Zoo
This Christmas, as twilight falls across Chester Zoo a magical Christmas sorting office comes to life.  The zoo will be transformed into an enchanting world full of illumination and spellbinding theatrical adventure.  The Lanterns at Chester Zoo will be unlike anything you’ve experienced before.  With incredible lanterns, performance and a sprinkle of Chester Zoo magic, it’s a perfect, heart-warming and memorable festive event for all generations.  From now until 30th December.  

Unexpected Elegance:  Female Fashion from the 1970s
The 1970s are often called ‘the decade that taste forgot’ but the dresses in this small exhibition at Chester Costume Gallery running now until 1st July 2019, show that this was far from true.  From minis to midis and maxis, in fabrics ranging from cotton and corduroy to polyester and fake leopard-skin, with designs by Ossie Clark, Givenchy and Zandra Rhodes, this celebrates some of the more subtle pleasures of 1970s fashion.

Harry Potter:  A History of Magic
The British Library marks 20 years since the publication of Harry Potter and The Philosopher’s Stone with a spellbinding exhibition combining items from JK Rowling’s archives and the medieval artefacts that inspired her, such as Nicholas Flamel’s tombstone and a depiction of a potions class from the 1491 Ortus Sanitatis.  Until February 29th 2018. 

Basquiat:  Boom for Real
This autumn’s art blockbuster is the Barbican’s Basquiat:  Boom for Real, the UK’s first large-scale exhibition of Jean-Michel Basquiat’s (1960-1988) work, which defined and set the tone for New York’s underground art scene in the late 1970s.  From now until 28th January.  

Scythians Warriors of Ancient Siberia
2,500 years ago groups of formidable warriors roamed the vast open plains of Siberia.  Feared, loathed, admired – but over time, forgotten…until now.  This major exhibition explores the story of the Scythians – nomadic tribes and masters of mounted warfare, who flourished between 900 and 200 BC.  Their encounters with the Greeks, Assyrians and Persians were written into history but for centuries all trace of their culture was lost – buried beneath the ice.  Explore their lost world and discover the splendour, the sophistication and the sheers power of the mysterious Scythians at The British Museum.  The exhibition is open from now until 14th January 2018.  

Get Your Skates On
The ice rink in Calverley Grounds is a sure sign that Christmas is coming!  A skating trip is fast becoming part of the Christmas ritual.  Set in the magnificent amphitheatre and suffused with sparkling festive lights, this beautiful winter real ice rink is a firm favourite.  Open now until 1st January.  

Christmas isn’t complete without a visit to the pantomime at the Assembly Hall Theatre.  The annual popular pantomime provides sparkling festive entertainment, glittering sets, gorgeous costumes and an all-star cast.  Singing and dancing and plenty of audience participation provide fun and laughter for the whole family.  Running until 3rd January.  

Carols by Candlelight
On December 10th visit the lovely country village of Lamberhurst and hear Carols by Candlelight in the delightfully atmospheric Church of St Mary’s at 7.30pm  The choir of Sidney Sussex College will provide the rousing Christmas carols.

Eduardo Paolozzi Exhibition
Eduardo Paolozzi’s General Dynamic F.U.N screen-print Exhibition comes to Tunbridge Wells Museum and Art Gallery from now until 27th January as part of a Hayward Touring exhibition during its national tour.  

Snowflake Trail
The Waterfront Snowflake trail is back and on until 7th January.  A great activity for families to enjoy a walk across Plymouth’s stunning waterfront, whilst following the trail map to locate the snowflakes.  Find any ten Snowflake names from the trail map, write the name on the back of the trail card, along with your contact details, and you could win a prize.  

Peter Pan
Take a fairy tale flight to Neverland in the swashbuckling family adventure Peter Pan.  Join our high-flying hero as he transports the Darlings on an adventure they will never forget.  With amazing flying effects, barrels of laughter, magic and fairy dust, join Peter and the lost boys and set sail in the ultimate pirate pantomime adventure complete with all of the ingredients audiences know to expect in this swashbuckling festive treat.  Running 15th December-13th January.  

Plymouth Christmas Market
The city centre Piazza will be completely transformed as the Christmas Market sets out more than 50 beautiful log cabin style stalls trading from now until 21st December.  The stalls, selling unique hand-crafted gifts from the South West and further afield, will be festooned in fairy lights offering warming drinks, a Bavarian bar with heated seats, and festive food to keep visitors going – perfect for those chilly, late night shopping trips.  Visitors to the market will be able to enjoy an array of local produce to sample or to pick up that unique Christmas gift for someone special.  This year will see a bigger bar area, 10 brand new stands and Christmas entertainment.

Destruction to Construction
Plymouth suffered greatly during World War II.  The Docks and naval base made it a major target resulting in the almost total destruction of the city centre and the displacement of tens of thousands of Plymothians.  Amongst this charred and ruined city, a radical new plan was developed to enable its complete design and reconstruction.  MPs, Councillors and planners sought out the finest architects, designers and artists to create a new city – a modern city – worthy of replacing what had been lost.  The city we see today epitomises the ambition and vision of this post-war planning.  The exhibition includes fascinating objects, images and footage from the collections of Plymouth City Museum and Art Gallery, the Plymouth and West Devon Record Office and the South West Film and Television Archive that explores the themes of destruction and reconstruction.  Open now until 23rd December.  Free entry.  

Larry Berkovitz and Zak Barrett Xmas Jazz Night
As played to wildly enthusiastic audiences, the hugely popular Xmas Jazz Night returns with another special programme packed with great antics and fun jazz guaranteed to land you in a festive mood.  Larry and Zak are back with all the usual mob including the renowned multi instrumentalist Adam Mader on everything and the amazing Andy Frost on drums and voice percussion.  21st, 22nd and 23rd December at Cramphorn Studio.  

Snow White & The Seven Dwarfs
Mirror mirror on the wall, the greatest panto for one and all…Snow White is turning 18 and her evil step-mother, wicked Queen Griselda has banned anybody from celebrating.  Can Snow White and her pals the loveable Nurse Nelly and the Seven Dwarfs with the help of the Man in the Mirror and the evil Queen’s right-hand man Chambers defeat the wicked Queen?  And will Prince Henry save the day and ensure a truly happy ending?  From the creative team behind Jack and the Beanstalk and many other of the fabulous pantomimes presented by Chelmsford City Theatres and One From The Heart.  Showing at Civic Theatre from now until 7th January 2018.  

Farmers & Crafts Market
Set in the beautiful surroundings of the Stables Visitor Centre at Hylands House, the wonderful Farmers & Crafts Market features a growing number of craft stalls and local farmers who are passionate about food.  They sell a range of specialist foods including organic, locally grown seasonal vegetables, fine sausages and bacon, homemade cakes, fudge and pastries, pies and fantastic cheeses, homemade Indian foods and spices, locally grown plants and sweets and candyfloss for children.  Held the first Sunday of every month from now until December, from 10am-4pm.  

Degas:  a passion for perfection
The Fitzwilliam Museum is commemorating the centenary of Edwin Degas’s (1834-1917) death with an exhibition that will bring into focus its holdings of works by the artist.  Consisting of paintings, drawings, pastels, etchings, monotypes, counterproofs and sculpture in bronze and wax – reveal Degas’s fascination with technical experimentation and constant drive to expand his means of expression.  Open now until 14th January.  

International Garden Photographer of the Year 2017
Returning to Cambridge University Botanic Garden from now until 22nd December, presenting a collection of winning images from the prestigious International Garden Photographer of the Year Ten Year Anniversary Exhibition.  Featuring the very best botanical photography from across the world, celebrating the beauty and importance of plant life in its many diverse forms.  Expect to see thought-provoking and challenging images which seek to strengthen bonds with plants and gardens, increase public understanding of the natural world and champion photography as a mode of conversation.  

Code breakers and Groundbreakers Exhibition
A pioneering and interdisciplinary exhibition, this brings together, for the first time, the remarkable intellectual achievements and parallel narratives of two groups of ‘code breakers’ working at the same time, but independently; those involved in breaking the Second World War codes and those who deciphered the ancient script of Linear B – Europe’s earliest comprehensive writing system.  Includes the Enigma machine, a rare loan from GCHQ, and unique archival documents held at the University of Cambridge.  Open now until 4th January 2018.  

Christmas Workshop – Festive Wreath Making
Nothing says Christmas quite like putting a hand-made wreath on your front door.  With special tuition, spend the day creating your own festive wreath using greenery from Holkham’s parkland.  Tickets include all materials, a mince piece, hot drink and car parking.  Suitable for beginners.  Wednesday 6th December from 11am-1pm and 2pm-4pm.

A European Christmas: UEA Chamber Choir Concert
The 30-strong chamber choir, under the direction of UEA Choirmaster Tom Primrose will take a tour through five centuries of European Christmas music, from rustic medieval carols and the exquisite polyphony of the renaissance, to intimate and ravishing music of the 19th and 20th centuries and thought-provoking contemporary works.  Sunday 10th December at St George’s Church from 6.30pm-9pm.  

Festive Food Fair
Feast your senses in the Lady Elizabeth Wing of Holkham Hall on 16th and 17th December.  A delicious collection of food and drink from the best of local and regional producers offering a truly magical Christmas food event.  Stock up on ingredients for your own Christmas feast, or find plenty of treats for the food lovers on your gift list.  Free entry, no need to book.

York Christmas Festival
Soak up the city’s medieval charm and scents of spiced mulled wine this seasons, as fairs, family fun and festive flavours transform York into a festive fairytale.  Discover the delights of the iconic St Nicholas Fair, don some skates at the Ice Factor or spend a night in the stalls for playful panto fun, immersed in tradition and bustling with activity, the historic streets of York come alive during the wonderful winter months.  

Wolf Hall comes to York
Barley Hall’s ‘Power & Glory’ Exhibition is now home to some of the most beautiful costumes from the smash hit BBC series, Wolf Hall.  Adapted from the international bestseller by Hilary Mantel, Wolf Hall chronicles the rise of Thomas Cromwell, son of a humble blacksmith, who becomes the right hand of the most powerful man in England, Henry VIII.  Explore the complex relationships of court life in Tudor England, where love, lust and politics mixed together creating chaos for the nation.  Discover how Cromwell’s machinations allowed for the annulment of one of Henry’s marriages, leading to the English church’s divorce from Rome.  At Barley Hall until 31st March 2018.  

Shaping the Body
This major exhibition looks at how body shape has changed over the past 500 years through diet, culture, fashion and lifestyle.  From 18th century bum rolls, through to the Victorian hour glass figure, the punks of the 70s and the perms of the 80s, see how our bodies have been shaped and designed through choices we make and the consequences of our lifestyle.  York Castle Museum’s extensive collection of costume, social history, archaeology and art will highlight how the perfect height and weight have fluctuated in different periods, and how economic circumstances and cultural ideas impact on fashion.  Meet the people who have pushed their bodies to the limits to gain the look they crave and find out about the dangerous fashions such as extra tight corsets, high heels and even poisonous dresses!  This thought-provoking and fascinating exhibition will challenge the notion of the perfect body.  From now until 25th January 2018.  

York Famers Market
York’s monthly Famers Market celebrates the best of local produce, including meat, eggs, bread and oils as well as selling non-food gifts including pottery and woollen goodies.  The Farmers Market joins the city’s regular market at the Shambles on the last Friday of every month.  Fresh goods sold here are grown, reared, caught, brewed, pickled, baked, smoked or processed by the stallholders within a 40-mile radius of York.

Scrooge and the Seven Dwarves
One cold Christmas Eve, Santa and his elves are preparing for another busy night.  But just as Santa is ready to set off on his present delivery, he realises the sleigh won’t start because the Wicked Witch has stolen all the Christmas spirit.  In his desperation, Santa looks to the most unlikely of heroes to save the day – the terrifying Ebenezer Scrooge.  Will Scrooge save Christmas?  And what do the Seven Dwarves have to do with any of this?  Dust the snow from your shoes and head to Theatre 503 at The Latchmere Pub, 503 Battersea Road.  From 6th December-6th January.  

Venn Street Market
Held on a cobbled alleyway by Clapham Common, this market is a sight for sore eyes.  Here you’ll find The Portland Scallop Co bringing seafood from Dorset, organic Suffolk mushroom pates at Pate Moi and Venn Street Flowers selling stunning arrangements.  According to Elle Decoration, Vivienne Westwood buys her honey here, so it has fashion credentials too!  Saturday mornings.  

Basquiat:  Boom for Real
This autumn’s art blockbuster is the Barbican’s Basquiat:  Boom for Real, the UK’s first large-scale exhibition of Jean-Michel Basquiat’s (1960-1988) work, which defined and set the tone for New York’s underground art scene in the late 1970s.  From now until 28th January.  

Diana:  Her Fashion Story
The cultural tributes to Princess Diana have often felt overshadowed by the sound of the queen of our hearts turning in her grave (let us run swiftly past the paddling pool in Hyde Park and fast forward through the ghastly Naomi Watts biopic, says  So respect, as they say, is due, with this exhibition at Kensington Palace.  Twenty years on from her death, Diana: Her Fashion Story, walks through her wardrobe as a starting point for analysing the arresting grip the princess held on popular culture.  Few knew so instinctively how to harness the power of visual image.  Diana made stars of her wedding dress designers David and Elizabeth Emanuel, then her favourite portraitist, Mario Testino, and hairdresser Sam Knight.  No one has used power dressing as quite the armour Diana did.  So an exhibition of her clothes is not really about fashion at all.  It’s about a very specific female energy and power to connect on every level, channelled through one woman.  The Exhibition is open now at Kensington Palace until 24th February 2019.

Brighton’s  Christmas Market
Christmas Market with unique local products and produce from the Sussex region, plus music and free Santa’s Grotto.  At Brighton Marine on 3rd December from 11am-4pm.  Free entry.  

A Christmas Carol
Tight-fisted, mean-sprited, money grabbing Scrooge is in for the night of his life as Dickens’ classic returns to The Spire, St Mark’s Chapel, following its sell-out 2015 run.  Join Scrooge as he journeys through this classic family tale, with carols, candles, mince pies, mulled wine and some ghostly goings-on.  Set in the beautiful and atmospheric Chapel, this heart-warming production, adapted and directed by Gary Sefton, returns to Brighton to remind us all of the value of compassion at Christmas time.  13th-28th December.  

Christmas at the Royal Pavilion
Experience a magical Christmas at the Royal Pavilion.  The fires are lit, the candles are flickering, the spectacular Banqueting Room table is laid for a Christmas feast and the building is transformed with festive decorations and glittering trees.  Dragons, birds and flowers bring sparkle, glamour and Christmas cheer for all the family.  Create your own Christmas photos in the magical Music Room, spot George the playful Christmas cat, and make your own decorations at the weekend drop-in activities centre.  Now until 2nd January.

Royal Pavilion Ice Rink
Open now until 14th January 2018, the Royal Pavilion Ice Rink offers 880 square metres of skating heaven, designed for accomplished skaters and beginners alike.  For those looking to just sit back and soak up the festive atmosphere, there’s no charge for spectating from the cosy rink-side Bar & Kitchen or on its 40 metre terrace next to the ice.  

Santa Claus and the Magical Christmas Journey
It’s Christmas Eve and Santa Claus is flying high above the clouds delivering presents to all the very good boys and girls around the world.  Hiding in the back are two naughty elves Charlie and Kara who have snuck on board for the ride.  All is well until suddenly, just as Santa Claus flies high above Guildford, the sat nav goes haywire and breaks, leaving him stranded without his list of postcodes.  With the clock ticking and morning fast approaching, it’s down to Charlie, Kara and Muffin the Bear to come up with a clever plan to save Christmas.  At G Live from 8th-24th December.  

Kate Rusby at Christmas
Join Kate Rusby for her hugely popular Christmas tour when she returns to G Live on Sunday 17th December.  Kate’s beautiful, expressive vocals never fail to connect the emotional heart of a song to that of her audience.  Renowned as one of the finest interpreters of traditional folk songs, and an emotive, original songwriter, she melds old and new so you can barely see the join.  This unmissable evening will see Kate showcasing songs from her forthcoming Christmas album of Yorkshire festive songs and carols together with old favourites from her previous three highly popular Christmas songs.

Guildford Farmers Market
Held on the first Tuesday of every month.  While the High Street Setts are being repaired, the Farmers Market will relocate to the Leapale Road Surface Car Park.  Buy high quality, fresh, local produce directly from over 50 local farmers and producers.  Try the best seasonal produce and ask questions about growing, rearing, manufacture and cooking methods.  Enjoy the freshest meat, fish, cheese, eggs, fruit and vegetables and breads.  

Exeter Christmas Market on Cathedral Green
This year’s Christmas Market is open now until 17th December, organised by Exeter Cathedral.  This year’s market will still have a continental feel but will also boast more opportunities to support local businesses and performers.  

Handel’s Messiah
An afternoon chamber concert of Handel’s much loved work Messiah performed in Exeter’s atmospheric cathedral setting by Cathedral Choir accompanied by Devon Baroque.  Timothy Noon conducts.  10th December at 2.30pm.  

Carols in the Cathedral
The annual Exeter Philharmonic Choir event Carols in the Cathedral always gets everyone in a fabulous festive mood and is not to be missed. With Exeter Brass and Devon County Junior Choir.  12th and 13th December at Exeter Cathedral from 7.30pm.  

Liam Gallagher
Liam Gallagher has announced the first arena tour of his solo career, playing one night at the Palace on Thursday 7th December.  The tour follows the October release of his debut solo album ‘As You Were’.  Tickets go on sale Friday 8th December at 10am.  

Snow White on Ice
This Christmas, Alexandra Palace amateur productions presents a magical retelling of Snow White on Ice.  The cast of talented skaters from adults to tiny tots will perform a unique adaptation of the story to a mix of traditional and modern music.  Arrive early and enjoy the food village in the Great Hall.  Dig into some festive snacks, mulled wine, winter Pimms, candy floss and more.  Public shows are on 9th, 10th and 11th December.

Basquiat:  Boom for Real
This autumn’s art blockbuster is the Barbican’s Basquiat:  Boom for Real, the UK’s first large-scale exhibition of Jean-Michel Basquiat’s (1960-1988) work, which defined and set the tone for New York’s underground art scene in the late 1970s.  From now until 28th January.  

Alice in Winterland
Alice has always been brought up to believe in wonder but her life takes on an unexpected turn when she is sent to live with her stern auntie…until she is visited by a White Rabbit and propelled on a quest to save Winterland!  Showing at the Rose Theatre from 7th December to 7th January.  

Make it Christmas Workshop:  Cass Art
Guided by one of the Cass experts, learn to paint your own glass jar with beautiful transparent glazes of colour, adding details and decoration to finish the piece.  Quality glass paints are provided, along with glitter, paint tubes and mirror gold leaf.  Please bring along your own glass jar to be painted.  9th December 10am-12pm at Clarence Street.  

Christmas Master Classes
Busaba on Riverside Walk have Christmas covered with Christmas Cocktail and Thai Salad master classes.  Available Monday-Thursday throughout December.  Tickets £25 per person, minimum 5 people per event.  To book email