20th Door of Advent Calendar: Staying Dry, Warm & Festive This Weekend.

With the weekend weather looking dreadful and far from a dreamy white Christmas, we are planning to stay indoors in the last days running up to Christmas. This does not, however, mean that any of the festive spirit or party mood should be sacrificed! Read on for ideas on how to enjoy the season and stay cosy & warm this weekend 

Arts & Shopping

- Christmassy Glass Blowing: Forget the rain and head to London Glassblowing Christmas Open Studio. Follow the glassblowers' work and browse handmade glassware in the toasty warmth of the furnaces, whilst indulging with mince pies and mulled wine.

- Disney Wonderland: Disney has opened a pop up boutique on the fourth floor of Harrod’s. A heaven for any little princess, the boutique is filled with everything pink and sparkly and includes a Princess Parlour and Cinderella Slipper salon. There is also a Disney/Pixar corner complete with Buzz Lightyear outfit and an Activity Zone.

- The Nutcracker: Tchaikovsky’s classic and much loved ballet about a young girl’s enchanted present, The Nutcracker, opens at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, on Sunday 23rd December.

- Neon Art: Chris Barcey has been titled as the Neon Man due to his iconic style of creating art out of new and old neon pieces, vintage neons, old movie signs and retro displays. Art gallery Circus of Soho are exhibiting a collection of Barcey’s finest pieces in order to showcase his work from over three decades.

- History of Christmas: Feeling nostalgic? The Geffrye Museum’s seasonal exhibition transforms 11 period rooms into a fascinating Christmas celebration timeline with authentic decorations and Christmas traditions from over the past 400 years, from 1600 until today. 

World end parties

According to the Mayan calendar, the world is ending tomorrow. Although actually highly unlikely, some London pubs and clubs have taken the opportunity to have a good excuse for a party. Probably the biggest one, End of the World Party is taking place simultaneously in Los Angeles and London - at Village Underground, Shoreditch

If you are not a believer, head to Hammersmith Apollo, where Professor Brian Cox and comedian Robin Ince are joined by stand-up comedians, scientists and musicians to explore this Mayan myth. Expect plenty of superstitious absurdity and laugh-out-loud comedy.

Photo courtesy of End of the World Parties 2012