Have an exciting Christmas in EC1

As you might expect, people in EC1 have plenty of opportunities to celebrate Christmas differently. Whether it's festive food or merry musicals with a twist, here is our list of the best places in EC1 to feel Christmassy.

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1. Creative Clerkenwell’s Christmas Pop-up Shop

33-35 St John's Square, London EC1

16-23 December 2014 (weekdays 11am - 7pm and weekends 11am - 5pm)

Art and design enthusiasts will enjoy the Charlene Lam’s Christmas Pop-up Shop in Clerkenwell. Here they will find unique and creative Christmas gifts made by UK designers and crafters, as well as exclusive London souvenirs and limited editions, all specially selected for design enthusiasts.

Complimentary gift-wrapping will be on offer, and a portion of sales will go to charity, says Lam, benefitting Craft Central’s programmes to support UK designer-makers.

2. Bavarian Beerhouse Old Street

190 City Road, London EC1 2QH

Until 23 December 2014

The UK’s only German Restaurant & Bar chain claims to offer "an authentic German experience with a variety of drafted ice-cold beers served in huge stein glasses, accompanied by hearty Bavarian food". It promises great things for the Christmas period, with "Oktoberfest style Christmas parties",

German beers and a range of special winter drinks such as ‘Glühwein’ (mulled wine), traditional winter apple schnapps, and plenty of festive offerings for groups and parties.

3. Nigel and Louise’s Basement Grotto

Shoreditch Town Hall, 380 Old St, London EC1V 9LT

Until 24 December 2014

Nigel Barrett and Louise Mari are artists from "brilliantly weird experimental theatre company" Shunt. Their basement grotto show at Shoreditch Town Hall is a thrilling festive adventure that will "take the whole family to the North Pole to meet Santa through a fictional portal he uses to travel around the world"!

They recommend you take the kids during the day on Tuesday to Sunday, or go to a late night grown-up session at the weekend.

4. A Christmas Carol at the Old Red Lion Theatre

418 St John St, London EC1V 4NJ

Until 3 January 2015

Described as unmissable, the contemporary adaptation of this Christmas classic, Charles Dickens’ ‘A Christmas Carol’ by Neil Bartlett is directed by Gus Miller. In the musical, six actors play all the roles with great physicality, telling and singing the story of Scrooge in a "chilling, contemporary, fresh production".

5. Saturnalia Art Exhibition

Juno, 134-135 Shoreditch High St, London E1 6JE

Until 5 January 2015

An "alternative" Christmas experience can be found at Juno, the contemporary art space in Shoreditch. Exciting art collective ‘Sweet ‘Art’, a non-profits organisation dedicated to promoting upcoming and established artists through pop-up art events, is teaming up with Juno to bring you ‘Saturnalia’.

Through the visual imaginings of the strange Roman holiday of Saturnalia, with its sacrificial celebrations and spine-chilling legendary creatures, you can celebrate an out of the ordinary Christmas experience.

6. Christmas Wednesdays, Columbia Road

Columbia Road shops and businesses

17 December 2014, 5pm-9pm 

The famous Victorian stores of Columbia Road are opening their doors for longer in the run up to Christmas, so that shoppers can find the perfect presents from institutions such as Nelly Duff and Marcos & Trump.

This is the perfect place to soak up the festive London atmosphere.

7. Snapshots Christmas Festival at Rich Mix

35-67 Bethnal Green Road, London E1 6LA

7:30pm, 21 December 2014

Local, charity and enterprise, Rich Mix, is screening the Christmas classic, It’s a Wonderful Life for their Snapshots Christmas Festival. Put your feet up and enjoy a cup of mulled wine and, after the film, revelers can join in Rich Mix’s Christmas Ceilidh complete with live band and dancing.

8. Ninetyeight Bar & Lounge Mixology Classes

98 Curtain Road, London EC2A 3AF

Throughout December 2014

To impress at your Christmas bash, and throw a party like none other, take a festive mixology class at Ninetyeight Bar & Lounge on Curtain Road, and learn how to create amazing seasonal cocktails. Throughout the winter season, the ultra luxe bar offers open Master Mixology classes and Meet, Mix and Match Master Mixology classes, as well as Mini Mixology courses on Wednesdays.

9. Bauble Bonanza Workshop

Queen Of Hoxton Rooftop Terrace, 1 Curtain Road, London EC2A 3JX

20 December 2014 2pm - 3pm

Use It Up Wear It Out HQ are offering a merry afternoon of bauble-making fun at the Christmas Wigwambam. You can choose from a festive selection of embellishments to make your own festive decorations at this creative Christmas workshop.

10. Shoreditch Christmas Triangle

Participating venues in the Shoreditch Triangle

18 December 2014

Have a night out in Shoreditch and enjoy late night openings and discounts with music, mince pies and mulled wine, Christmas workshops and events. There are 30 local shops participating, with designers, studios, cafes, restaurants and pop-up events in the Shoreditch area offering plenty of Christmas spirit throughout December.

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