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Interesting things to see and do, from 18-31 December

A large Christmas tree in the middle of Waterloo Place in London at night, with traffic passing by

The Christmas holidays are almost upon us, and though it promises to be a festive season like no other, you’re probably still keen to find some fun and interesting ways to fill you time as we approach the shortest days of the year.

Luckily we’ve got you covered, with the pick of the best physical and online events – from traditional carols to castle getaways – as well as delicious treats to order straight to your door.

Bovey Castle covered in snow
Christmas at Bovey Castle

Make Christmas and New Year magic with a trip to Bovey Castle, nestled on Devon’s legendary Dartmoor. Transformed into a winter wonderland for the holiday season, this mansion-turned-hotel offers a range of rooms, a spa and easy access to some of England’s most beautiful countryside. Activities include festive tea, private dining, a golf tournament and guided walks – as well as a treasure hunt and a visit from Father Christmas for your little ones.

Book your place for Christmas at Bovey Castle

Two Tiffany bangles and a ring in a turquoise box on top of some sheet music
The World of Tiffany & Co at Harrods

Christmas is a time of gift giving, and they don’t come more luxurious than a gift from Tiffany. This year, the legendary brand is setting up shop with a pop-up on the ground floor at Harrods’ flagship Knightsbridge store. From tea and cocktail sets to luggage and, of course, the iconic jewellery range, what better place to stop for a spot of last-minute shopping for that special someone in your life? And if you can’t get to the store, Harrods’ Personal Shopping service can help you find what you want from afar.

The World of Tiffany & Co is located in Harrods’ Fine Watches department on the ground floor

Ballet dancer performing as the Sugar Plum Fairy in The Nutcracker Reworked
The Royal Ballet’s Nutcracker Reworked

Speaking of Christmas traditions, the December cultural calendar wouldn’t be complete with Tchaikovsky’s classic ballet, The Nutcracker. The Royal Ballet has carefully reworked its beloved fairy tale to create a Covid-safe version primed for watching online. From the thrilling battle with the Mouse King to the escape to the Sugar Plum Fairy’s court in the Land of Sweets, young Clara’s adventure is ideal for all the family. The livestream will take place at 7pm on 22 December, and will be available on demand until 21 January.

Buy a pass to The Nutcracker Reworked

Whole roast turkey surrounded by trimmings
Savoy Norfolk Turkey Feast at Home

Christmas cooking can be hard work, with multiple timings to get right and many dishes to juggle. So sometimes it’s a relief to leave the responsibility to someone else. While dining out options may be more limited than usual, you can enjoy a luxury festive meal delivered straight to your door by the Savoy. The Norfolk Turkey Feast comes with all the trimmings you would expect, and a starter and dessert too. All you need to do is set the table.

Order the Savoy Norfolk Turkey Feast at Home. 48 hours notice required

Woman laughing and holding spoon up over mixing bowl
Stir-up Day at River Cottage

One of the more positive aspects of 2020 is definitely that it has been a year of baking. People all over the country used their spare time to head to the kitchen drawer and dust off their rolling pin, with flour flying off the supermarket shelves. River Cottage is offering the perfect opportunity to direct your baking skills towards Christmas treats with a one-day course teaching you how to make everything from Christmas puddings, truffles and mincemeat to more ambitious centrepieces like a traditional stollen.

Stir-up Day takes place on 20 and 21 December

The Big Christmas Concert Livestream

Live from Castleton Church comes a musical extravaganza to kick off the holiday season. Singer songwriter Alistair Griffin and his band lead an evening of festive tunes, including Christmas carols and old-time favourites as well as original songs, all lit by candlelight and streamed live into your living room. Best paired with mulled wine and a mince pie to get you in the spirit.

The Big Christmas Concert Livestream takes place at 7:30pm on 19 December

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