Every year there are some great events in London at Christmas that don't quite fit into another category. These events range from the unusual (Serpentine Swimming) to the silly (Santa Run) to the charitable (Crisis Christmas). You can join in many of them, so why not do something a little different for once?
Santas On The Run - Walk or run through London for charity... dressed as Santa. They provide the costume! One of the many great things to do at Christmas in London.
Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony TBC December 2012 - Each year since 1947 the people of Norway have given a 50-60 year old Christmas tree to the people of London in gratitude for Britain's support for Norway during World War II. The people of Oslo refer to the tree as 'the Queen of the Forest'.
The Great Christmas Pudding Race - Covent Garden, 1st December 2012. The Great Christmas Pudding Race has been held for over 30 years, where teams of 6, wearing fancy dress, take on an obstacle course while trying to balance a Christmas pudding on a tray. Anyone can watch, but the most fun is had if you sign up and take part.
5K Santa Run - Sunday 4th December 2011 (10am) in Greenwich Park, London. 1000s of entrants, and a free Santa suit for all runners!
Serpentine Swimming - join the morning swim in Hyde Park's Serpentine on Christmas Day - or just go along to wonder at the insanity of London at Christmas...
Syon Park Enchanted Woodland - Friday 18th November to Sunday 4th December 2011. Take a magical walk through Syon Park's Enchanted Woodland and be amazed at the beauty lit by more than 1000 Christmas lights. Really good for families.
Crisis Christmas - need 6,500 volunteers to help their Christmas centres. Based in London, from 23 - 30 December, it supports over 2000 homeless and vulnerable people. A very worthwhile charity.
Erith Christmas Tree Festival
TBC 2012. 80 real Christmas Trees sponsored by local groups, societies, businesses, and individuals decorate the grade 2 listed building in Erith, South East London.
If you know of other unusual events or things to do at Christmas, please submit the event.
Buying A Christmas Present For The Man Who Has Everything
If there's one thing that's hard to do, it's buying a Christmas present for the man who has everything. Every year you ask that pointless question, already knowing the answer.
by Mr B
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European Crusaders brought the mince pie back to England in the 12th Century. It was filled with meat, as well as fruits and spices. Although it has kept the same name, there is no longer any meat in a British mince pie. Well not normally.