VERGE’S CHRISTMAS COUNTDOWN: WHAT TO DO!

So we can now officially say that IT’S CHRISTMAS WEEK!! Sorry, are we a little over excited? As far as we’re concerned, there is no such thing as over excited because, IT’S CHRISTMAAAS!! Oh – we just did it again didn’t we…

Anyway, where were we…? Ah yes!

It’s the most festive week of the year and if you’re anything like us, you want to pack out your diary with the coolest things to do over the next few weeks while you’re on holiday. We’ve done all the ‘hard’ work for you, and have picked out some fab Christmassy experiences for you to get involved with.

What are you waiting for, open up those diaries and get planning!

ONCE UPON A WIGWAM (Queen of Hoxton, 1 Curtain Road, London, EC2A 3JX)

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The Queen of Hoxton’s WigWam returns once again this winter for Once Upon A WigWam, a Brothers Grimm fairy tale inspired winter rooftop pop-up. If you’ve ever been to Queen of Hoxton before, you’ll already know that they like to transform their rooftop in a number of ways depending on the season. This time, they have transformed it into a magical land which makes you forget where you are! Walking up what seems like hundreds of stairs (okay slight exaggeration), you’re not sure what to expect until you reach the top, and then you arrive… From the second that you enter the giant tepee, your world has been converted into woodlands galore, with open roaring fires, logs, and even a treehouse in the centre.

If you walk through the dimly lit, cosy woodland to the other side, you’re brought to the outside space which is just as special. Grab a log next to the fire to stay warm and if you still feel cold then head over to the bar to grab one of their special new winter warmer cocktails in a funky tin mug to add to your woodland experience. Our favourite has to be the Gardener’s Grog (Hot blackcurrant, blackberry & rosemary gin punch) or The Big Bad Buttered Rum (The Queen’s famous hot buttered rum) – and don’t forget to grab some marshmallows to roast on the fire too! It does get pretty busy up there so don’t forget to get down nice and early!

Wigwam will be closed from Christmas eve through to 2nd Jan, but will then open up again until the end of March 2016! So that leaves you just enough time to check it out and then go back again… and again?

DISNEY ON ICE (O2 Arena)

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It’s not quite Christmas until there is something super Disney related to do or watch right? Well we have the perfect thing for you! Families across the UK can enjoy their festive family tradition once again, as Disney On Ice presents Worlds of Enchantment. The action-packed ice spectacular at the O2 features four fun-filled Disney stories for your entertainment.

Opening tomorrow and running up until January 3rd , the ‘Worlds of Enchantment’ showcases features characters from Disney Pixar’s Cars, The Little Mermaid, and Disney Pixar’s Toy Story 3, along with Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse, Donald Duck, Goofy and of course the stars of Disney’s Frozen too!

 

 

 

NIKE WOMEN’S PERSONAL SHOPPING EXPERIENCE (NikeTown London)

This December, Nike Women presents performance styling exclusively for her at NikeTown London. The bespoke shopping experience is tailored by the Nike performance styling team who will curate a selection of looks from Nike Women’s Training, Running and Sportswear; ensuring you finish your year strong and giving you extra motivation for 2016.

The unique shopping experience is the perfect way to treat yourself, or give a gift with a difference by booking an appointment for a female friend, family member or partner. Nike will give each woman who attends an appointment a gift with purchase – including a tote bag monogrammed with their initials, a limited edition Birchbox and a C Press juice to enjoy.

HOGWARTS IN THE SNOW (Warner Bros. Studio Tour)

This festive season, you can discover how special effects experts make snow that never melts, how set dressers transform locations for Christmas scenes, and how flames are created without fire, as Warner Bros. open the doors to their studio for their most magical makeover yet.

Beginning Friday 13th November and running until the end of January, Hogwarts in the Snow offers the opportunity to see the Harry Potter film series’ most iconic sets decorated for festive scenes. Eight Christmas trees will line the Great Hall, the Gryffindor common room will be dressed for the season and a blanket of filmmaking snow will be meticulously applied to the majestic Hogwarts castle model.

Spot wreaths and garlands in the Hogwarts Great Hall which will be lined with Christmas trees, decked with golden baubles and topped with witches on miniature broomsticks, as well as a replica feast. One side of the Great Hall will be dedicated to savoury props, featuring roast turkeys, hams studded with cherries and bowls of potatoes, while the other will be devoted to sweet treats including flaming Christmas puddings and iced cakes.


WINTER AT THE VIEW FROM THE SHARD (The Shard)

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This winter, experience the greatest view of London from inside the enchanting crystalline world at the top of The Shard. Step into the glittering embrace of winter and be captivated by the magical creations of innovative British experience designers Bompas and Parr. Alongside perfumers, composers, psychologists and professors of visual culture they will transform the viewing gallery into the unmissable event of the season.

London’s own summit, The Shard has been transformed into an enchanting, sensory winter experience. Theatrical ice crystals and frost will charm guests 800ft above the city on our open-air Level 72 Skydeck. Expect super-scaled crystals, glowing crystal benches and a touch-responsive iridescent grotto, to further enhance the unique feeling of standing at the top of Western Europe’s tallest building, all whilst tucking into Snow White Hot Chocolate, Mulled Champagne, and Christmas Candy Floss.

CHRISTMAS AT KEW (Kew Gardens)

A 50-foot Christmas tree and mile-long illuminated trail turns Kew Gardens into an enchanted winter landscape this Christmas. The beautiful gardens opens their doors after dark to reveal a walkway to lead visitors by dancing lit-up fountains, a choir of holly bushes, a scented fire garden and loads of decorated Christmas trees. Santa’s Snowflake Grotto returns and there’ll be vintage rides, Christmas gifts and traditional festive treats. A reduced entry price for an adult day visit to Kew Gardens (under-17’s go free during the day) is available to those booking trail tickets.

UNDERGROUND FILM CLUB (Waterloo)

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This autumn the Underground Film Club heads below the streets to screen classics like ‘Pulp Fiction’ and ‘The Big Lebowski’ as well as new releases ‘Jurassic World’ and ‘Mad Max: Fury Road’ five nights a week inThe Vaults under Waterloo station. ‘The Grand Budapest Hotel’ and Casablanca’ are also on the sub-station show reel as well as Benedict Cumberbatch’s ‘Hamlet’ and a special screening to celebrate the 20th anniversary of Toy Story. And all throughout December you can expect things to be super festive, with a screenings of Christmas classics including ‘Elf’, ‘Love Actually’, ‘Home Alone’, ‘Bridget Jones’s Diary’ and ‘Miracle on 34th Street’. Cocktail connoisseurs Spirited Mixers and street food curated by head chef of Hawksmoor, Richard Sandiford, sure beats popcorn and pop. Running alongside the film club is Birdies Crazy Golf Club, with a nine-hole course, street food and cocktails.

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