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This Is London Christmas 2017


6 CHRISTMAS IN LEICESTER SQUARE Christmas in Leicester Square offers a diverse, unique programme of festive entertainment for grown-ups, kids and the whole family, as well as a magical storytelling Santa’s Grotto, a vibrant Winter Windows art installation by local schools, and a beautiful Christmas Market with over 25 stalls encompassing a range of food, drink and original handmade gifts. Charles Dickens’ classic story A Christmas Carol appears in the traditional 1920s spiegeltent, reimagined as a 1940s Christmas special. Spiffing scenes and Victorian stereotypes keep coming, despite visitations from more ghosts than the cast are expecting. Featuring spectacular sound effects created live, cut-glass accents and sharp suits, this production creates a unique festive entertainment for the holiday season. The Showstopper’s Kids Christmas show is sure to be a hit with families. The Showstoppers Elves are ready to make kids’ Christmas story wishes come true, taking their ideas and transforming them on the spot into magical, musical interactive adventures. Kids (and only kids!) are in charge, and they get to decide who the heroes are and what happens next. Returning after last year’s huge success is Santa’s Grotto – open every day until Christmas Eve. This special North Pole experience will see Father Christmas himself (the real one) regale children with a special festive tale before hearing their Christmas wishes, having a photo with them, and giving them a special early Christmas present. In addition to this amazing seasonal entertainment, London’s iconic Leicester Square will be transformed into a wintery haven with a European-style Christmas Market with over 25 different stalls featuring a range of fascinating Christmas curios, excellent food and delicious drinks. Have a mulled wine and a pretzel, visit Santa, take in a show, and immerse yourself in a complete Christmas experience in Leicester Square. Tickets and more information at ANIMALS ENJOY FESTIVE TREATS AT ZSL LONDON ZOO It’s time for some extra holiday fun at ZSL London Zoo, as zookeepers have been busy preparing some very seasonal surprises for the Zoo’s residents to enjoy. Asiatic lionesses Heidi, Indi and Rubi will wake up to a pile of pretty presents to rip open – thanks to specialist fund management group Liontrust – while the Zoo’s Humboldt penguin colony will be pecking for pressies underneath their very own Christmas tree. No stranger to a nativity, the Zoo’s donkeys will also be joining in the festivities, tucking into juicy carrots from giant santa sacks hung in their stables, while the squirrel monkeys delve into mini santa stockings stuffed with their favourite treats. Sumatran Tiger Achilles in the snow. ZSL’s Zoological Manager Mark Habben said: ‘We love a bit of Christmas cheer at ZSL London Zoo, and like to find fun ways for the animals to join in the celebrations. We’ve come up with a variety of activities to encourage them to use their natural skills, like foraging or sniffing out their next meal: our lionesses will love using their hunting prowess to rip open their presents, while our penguins will be searching for treats under the tree – just like kids all over the country on Christmas day.’ Photo: ZSL London Zoo. t h i s i s l o n d o n m a g a z i n e • t h i s i s l o n d o n o n l i n e

LNYDP 2018 – IT’S SHOWTIME! GRAB YOUR TICKETS NOW It’s Showtime – Roll Up, Roll Up and get your tickets for the greatest show on Earth. Visitors can marvel at one of the greatest street spectaculars – and blow away the cobwebs on New Year’s Day. The turn of year tradition – broadcast live around the World – brings three and a half hours of pomp, circumstance, music and excitement to the streets of the West End of London. More than 500,000 people will be gathering to enjoy performances from 8,000 musicians, dancers, acrobats from numerous nations. All the Queen’s Horses, vintage vehicles, stunt drivers, iconic balloons and entries from more than 20 London boroughs will join American marching bands and cheerleaders. Every year, London boroughs from across the capital go head to head, entering a unique performance or float into LNYDP, with the aim of winning thousands of pounds for their chosen charity. The parade is free of charge – but you can secure grandstand seats for London’s New Year’s Day Parade 2018 and festival concerts from Ticketmaster. The sixteen grandstands along the iconic 2.2mile route are certain to sell out soon so don’t miss your moment and reserve your seats now. Start your New Year in style in the exclusive LNYDP VIP section positioned in the heart of Whitehall, which includes unlimited access to a host of high-end food outlets for the ultimate New Year’s Day Parade experience. The parade starts at 12 noon near Green Park Station, runs along Piccadilly to Piccadilly Circus, turns right down Regent Street, St. James’s, Pall Mall, Trafalgar Square and Whitehall to Parliament Square. Spectators are advised to secure their space early – as around 500,000 are expected along the route. Further details at SLAVA’S SNOW SHOW RETURNS TO SOUTHBANK CENTRE The multi-award winning international sensation Slava’s Snowshow returns to London’s Southbank Centre for an unprecedented fifth season of festive magic from 18 December – 4 January. The Snowshow is produced by Matthew Gale and Mark Goucher. A combination of theatrical clowning and stunning visual spectacle, the show is performed by a world-renowned company of clowns led by Slava Polunin, Artistic Director of the St Petersburg Circus. Slava’s Snowshow is the internationally acclaimed winner of the Time Out, Olivier and Drama Desk awards for unique theatrical experience. Now in its 25th year since its inception, it had its UK premiere at the Edinburgh Festival in 1994, and has since toured all over the country, delighting audiences of all ages and winning an Olivier Award for Best Entertainment during its run at the Old Vic in 1998. The show’s popularity overseas has seen it performed in 80 cities around the globe including New York, Los Angeles, Paris, Rome, Hong Kong, Rio de Janeiro and Moscow. The show’s triumphant return to the Royal Festival Hall after four highly successful winter seasons will mark the culmination of the latest stage in an extraordinary journey. 7 t h i s i s l o n d o n m a g a z i n e • t h i s i s l o n d o n o n l i n e

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