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London December 2012

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What's on in London in December 2012?


Event of the month

Tower of London Ice Rink

London Ice Rinks (16 November 2012 - 6 January 2013)

As the short days draw and the winter feeling really kicks in, London’s ice rinks come alive. This year sees the capital open its doors to a number of ice rinks, with more choice and availability than ever before. - Find out more in our London Ice Rinks blog post.


Walking with Dinosaurs (26 December 2012 – 6 January 2013) - Thanks to popular demand the O2 welcome backs the award winning arena spectacular Walking With Dinosaurs. Based on the BBC television series, the show brings to life 20 to-scale dinosaurs giving the audience the opportunity to experience pre-historic giants. This show is set to astound audience members thanks to its epic proportions. - The O2, Peninsula Square, London, SE10 0DY - www.theo2.co.uk/event/walking-with-dinosaurs

Statoil Masters Tennis (5 – 9 December 2012) - Set in the legendary venue of the Royal Albert Hall the Statoil Master Tennis is the perfect way to kick-start the festive season and provides a unique opportunity to see some of the greatest legends of all time. Show your support as Tim Henman returns to defend his London title alongside an all-star line up. - Royal Albert Hall, Kensington Gore, London SW7 2AP - www.statoilmasterstennis.com

The Gadget Show Christmas Live (30 November - 2 December 2012) - Calling all gadget lovers! This December will see in the Gadget Show Christmas, an exhibition packed with the best gadget gifts, games and toys. The Gadget Show is the place to go to spot all the hottest gadgets and get hands on with the new technology. You can even pick up show discounts on the day! - ExCel, London, E16 1XL - www.gadgetshowlive.net

Viva Forever Opening Night (11 December 2012) - Celebrating the most successful girl group of all time - Viva Forever, The Spice Girls musical opens this winter. The band sold over 75million records worldwide and cultivated the charts during the 1990s, spreading girl power across the world. With a script by Jennifer Saunders and the show produced by Judy Craymer (the brains behind Mamma Mia!), this show is set to be big. - Piccadilly Theatre, 16 Denman Street, London, W1D 7DY - www.piccadillytheatre.org/viva-forever

British Military Tournament (8 - 9 December 2012) - Marking the Diamond Jubilee celebrations of 2012, this year’s British Military Tournament will celebrate the life and times of Her Majesty the Queen. This exhibition is an unforgettable opportunity for the whole family to admire the skills and precision of the British Armed Forces and show appreciating for our heroes. - Earls Court, Hammersmith Road London W14 8UX - www.britishmilitarytournament.com

Cinderella (12 December 2012 – 26 January 2013) - Be prepared to be captivated by this original take of one of the oldest and best-loved fairytales of all times. The revival of Cinderella demonstrates the quirky style of the producers and the crystal-clear storytelling of the director. The new production of this classic fairytale dream comes alive and features plenty of new twists. - St. James Theatre, 12 Palace Street, London, SW1E 5JA - www.stjamestheatre.co.uk/events/cinderella

Hanukkah (8 – 16 December 2012) - Enjoy Hanukka this year in Central London and see the lighting of a giant menorah in Trafalgar Square, where an additional light is lit every evening. Watch as the final light is lit to see who joins in on the celebrations – last year Borris Johnson was present with senior Jewish figures. - Trafalgar Square, Westminster, London WC2N 5DN

Nitro Circus Live (3 December 2012) - Witness Nitro Circus perform death-defying stunts on motocross bikes, skis, skateboards, shopping trolleys and anything else these adrenaline-mad performers can get their hands on. The O2 arena will be transformed into a playground for Nitro Circus, where they will entertain the crowds with jaw-dropping stunts – this is one display not to be missed. - The O2, Peninsula Square, London, SE10 0DY - www.theo2.co.uk/event/nitro-circus-live

Great Christmas Pudding Race 2012 (1 December 2012) - The Great Christmas Pudding Race returns to Covent Garden for its 32nd race. Organised by CRAC, this event raises money for Cancer Research UK. The great Christmas Pudding Race is a guaranteed fun day out with entertainment, guest celebrities and some amazing costumes on offer. - Covent Garden Piazza, London, WC2E 8RF - www.xmaspuddingrace.org.uk