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WHAT'S ON: DECEMBER EVENTS CALENDAR

02.12.13

'Tis the season to be jolly, and this year's social line-up for the festive period promises merriment in abundance. From Christmas markets to a wintry ballet - plus everything inbetween - December is nothing short of a winter wonderland.

13th- 15th DECEMBER - CHRISTMAS CHOCOLATE FESTIVAL

Boasting a combination that few could quibble with, the Christmas Chocolate Festival is sure to satiate those with a sweet tooth over the festive period. Housed at London's Southbank Centre, the festival offers lovers of cocoa beans the opportunity to sample a mouth-watering range of edible goodies, all with one thing in common; plenty of chocolate.

Southbank Centre, Belvedere Rd, London SE1 8XX. Closest Tube: Waterloo.

www.festivalchocolate.co.uk

10th DECEMBER - 16th JANUARY - THE NUTCRACKER

Few things feel as festive as a trip to the ballet to see Christmas favourite The Nutcracker. We're not ones to do things by halves, that's why we'll be plumping for The Royal Ballet's production which takes place in the irrepressibly opulent Royal Opera House.

Covent Garden, London WC2E 9DD. Closest Tube: Covent Garden.

www.roh.org.uk

13th - 15th DECEMBER - HANDMADE CHRISTMAS FAIR

The ideal location to source a last minute Christmas gift, the Handmade Christmas fair will stock a unique range of one-off pieces by hobbyists, all of whom are exhibiting pieces for sale from their respective crafts. Housed at North Greenwich's O2 Arena, consider Handmade Christmas Fair your one-stop-shop for presents which are anything but run of the mill.

The O2, Peninsula Square, London SE10 0DX. Closest Tube: North Greenwich. 

www.handmadechristmas.co.uk

NOW - 24th DECEMBER - CHRISTMAS ROCK TEA AT W LONDON

A luxury afternoon tea with a festive and humorous twist, Christmas Rock Tea at London's W Hotel is ideal for fans of fine Yuletide confectionery. Describing itself as 'a rock ‘n’ roll take on traditional afternoon tea' this festive treat can be enjoyed from 1pm - 4:45pm daily. Attendees can expect delectable delights themed around Christmas hits; there's a choux pastry which is aptly named All I Want For Christmas is Choux - we're sold.

The W Hotel, 10 Wardour St, London W1D 6QF. Closest Tube: Leicester Square

www.wlondon.co.uk

13th - 20th DECEMBER - CINEMA IN THE SNOW

Watch your favourite wintry classic films at Pop-Up Cinema's festive Cinema in the Snow presentation. Ticking off some of our all-time favourite films, the cinema will be screening Love Actually, The Lion the Witch and The Wardrobe and Elf, amongst others. Even better, to ramp up the seasonal spirit, there's fake snow, which means Christmas spirit with non of the icy temperatures.

20th Century Theatre, 291 Westbourne Grove, London W11 2QA. Closest Tube: Notting Hill Gate

www.popupscreens.co.uk