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Sunday 2 December, 2018

Hackney’s festive lights switch on

Sunday 2 December, 2018 @ 4:30 am - 8:00 pm
Hackney Town Hall, Mare Street E8 1EA
hackney town hall christmas lights

To mark the Christmas season and for the first time ever the Jewish Hanukkah, Hackney will light up the trees and lights across the borough. Visitors can expect to see a specially made 12ft menorah which will be lit at sunset during the ceremony to mark the Jewish holiday, and will remain lit for eight days. Festive activities and live music will follow and there will be food and drink stalls selling hot chocolate and mulled wine to keep you…

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Footsteps of East London walking tour

Sunday 2 December, 2018 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
£6 – £12
Bethnal Green gardens

Footsteps of East London is a walking tour of Bethnal Green, guided by award-winning guide and East London resident Daniella King. She was awarded the Katrine Prince Prize in 2008 for the highest examination result for the City of London course. King is also qualified as a City of London, Westminster and Clerkenwell & Islington Tour Guide. Discover the secret history and see important historic landmarks in a new light. Wrap up warm and walk through narrow streets under the Bethnal Green…

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Bamboo and Bee Festive Birthday Party

Friday 7 December, 2018 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Bamboo & Bee, 193 Roman Road
London, E2 0QY
Three designers pose together in their store

Our friends and founders of Bamboo & Bee, the much-loved ethical shop on Roman Road, are hosting a festive birthday party to celebrate their one year anniversary. Come round to celebrate their first birthday with a party in the store and enjoy some drinks, nibbles, networking, and festive shopping with a special 10% off. You can also look forward to live music from DJ Marvin Dez, who will keep the party going until around 9pm. The shop will therefore be…

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Urban Makers Christmas Market at Eco Pavilion

Saturday 8 December, 2018 @ 11:00 am - Sunday 9 December, 2018 @ 5:00 pm
Ecology Pavilion, Haverfield Road off Grove Road
London, E3 5TW
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Urban Makers East's Christmas Market at Ecology Pavilion in Mile End Park

Urban Makers are returning to the Eco Pavilion, with a two-day Christmas market on December 8th and 9th. The festive market will showcase 50 designer makers each day, offering an enormous variety of hand-made products such as jewellery, homeware, gardening tools, clothing, accessories, postcards, cosmetics and kitchen utensils. It will be a good opportunity to do some Christmas shopping for your family and friends and support artists and makers from East London. With workshops for adults and children, facepainting, hot foods…

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Crofton Singers concert at Bow Church

Saturday 8 December, 2018 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Bow Church, 230 Bow Road
London, E3 3AH United Kingdom
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Bow Church in winter

Jonathan Rathbone will conduct an Advent concert by the Crofton Singers, a four-part chamber choir based in Woodford. Rathbone is a conductor, arranger, and composer who conducts three choirs in north London. He and the choir will be performing a seasonal programme, after which snacking and milling will ensue. The full concert programme is below: The truth from above (Trad arr R Vaughan Williams) Adam lay ybounden (Boris Ord) All this time (William Walton) O little one sweet (J S…

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‘It’s a Wonderful Life’ screening at Genesis Cinema + free mulled wine

Sunday 9 December, 2018 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Genesis Cinema, 93-95 Mile End Rd
London, E1 4UJ United Kingdom
Still from It's a Wonderful Life movie

Along with many other festive events, Genesis is hosting a special screening of Frank Capra's classic It's a Wonderful Life accompanied by free mulled wine and minced pies. The screening is for one night only - a festive treat to get you into the holiday spirit. For those who are not familiar with the movie, It's a Wonderful Life tells a story of George Bailey - a desperately frustrated businessman who feels unfulfilled and unappreciated and is considering  ending it…

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Seasonal Speakeasy at Troxy

Monday 10 December, 2018 @ 7:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Troxy, 490 Commercial Road
London, E1 0HX

Christmas is a time for celebration, love, and, of course, singing. This Christmas you can get your carolling fix at Troxy with Some Voices, 'London's coolest choir,' at their Christmas show with a 1930s twist. Musically directed by Laura Howe and Curtis Stansfield, Some Voices was set up to give people the opportunity to sing in a group that was different from usual classical or religious styles. This ‘choir without the boring bits’ takes Some Voicers, glitters them up, and puts…

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A Night at the Movies

Wednesday 12 December, 2018 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
The Octagon, Queen's Building, 327 Mile End Rd, London E1 4NS
London, United Kingdom
Night at the Movies, Queen Mary University London

QMUL musicians make merry in this evening Christmas concert, in which the principle ensembles from the Mile End campus take you on a journey through the music for films. The selection of works celebrate both the festive spirit and the preparations done during the term. Featuring the QMUL Choir, Orchestra, Chamber Ensemble, Big Band and A Cappella, with scores by Ennio Morricone and John Williams among others, this promises to be a feast of aural imagery! You can find out…

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Roman Road Trust Winter Warmer at St Paul’s Church

Saturday 15 December, 2018 @ 6:00 pm - 10:30 pm
St Paul’s Church, St Stephen’s Rd
London, E3 5JL
Hornman band playing saxaphone and trombone at Roman Road Trust winter warmer gig at St Paul's Church Old Ford, East London

Join Roman Road Trust for a Winter Warmer St Paul's Church, a community get-together featuring live music, festive snacks and a bar at St Paul’s Cafe. Acts will include Sula Mae, a local singer songwriter who appeared at many Sofar Sounds events; Hornman, homegrown in East London and alt-pop brain-child of Carl Davies and Laurence Hill, and VanityAct. Horman's distinct and original sound draws influences from Pop, Indie-Rock, House, Funk and Ska (basically everything). DJ Twin Tub will be spinning the…

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Christmas Carol Service at Bow Church

Sunday 16 December, 2018 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Bow Church, 230 Bow Road
London, E3 3AH United Kingdom
Bow Church in winter

Escape the mania of the Christmas season and get some carol singing in at Bow Church. Over 700 years old, the building is a stunning setting for any event, but particularly fitting for community gatherings like this. You can expect carols, a choir, and a telling of the story of the Nativity. Refreshments will be provided and the church will be collecting for charity. Learn more at the Bow Church website

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