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There's plenty to see and do across the City of London this Christmas, with the five City BIDs (Fleet Street Quarter, Aldgate Connect, Cheapside Business Alliance, Culture Mile, and Eastern City) putting on a wide variety of free activities sure to get you in the festive spirit. Check out our illustrated map at the bottom of this page to discover the Square Mile this winter.

Find out more about the BIDs activities below:

Fleet Street Quarter

What: Discover 12 sculptures of The Snowman™ throughout the Quarter, each individually painted and designed by UK-based artists and inspired by the carol ‘The Twelve Days of Christmas’, paying homage to the animation and the original picture book by the late Raymond Briggs. Where: Across Fleet Street Quarter

When: 21st November – 5th January

What: Join us as we illuminate Ludgate Circus with a shimmering spectacle of festive lights! London Contemporary Voices choir will also be performing, helping us to get into the festive spirit! Mulled wine, mince pies and hot chocolate will also be served from 5pm with the countdown to the switch on beginning around 5:15pm!

Where: Ludgate Circus

When: 21st November – 5th January

What: Kick off the festive cheer with a dazzling Christmas lights illumination on the famous Chancery Lane, with a performance from the London Contemporary Voices choir. Join us for mulled wine, mince pies and hot chocolate from 5pm with the countdown to the switch on beginning around 5:15pm!

Where: Chancery Lane

When: From 28th November

What: The Festive Fleet Street Quarter Makers’ Market will return to New Street Square on 5, 6 and 7 December to house an array of exceptional gifts from independent homeware, fashion, beauty and arts-and-crafts traders provided by the talented Crafty Fox Market.

Where: New Street Square

When: 5th-7th December, 11.30am-6pm

Aldgate Connect BID

What: A popular community festival, Aldgate in Winter returns this year for its seventh edition. The programme will include a Christmas tree light switch-on, live acts and performances from the community, including Bollywood dance workshops and performances, a lantern parade, creative workshops and a community feast offering free hot meals.

Where: Aldgate Square

When: Friday 8th December, 3:30-7:30pm

Cheapside Business Alliance

What: Find light up presents, festive bells and trees across the Cheapside area in place until the new year!

Where: St Mary Le Bow, Bow Lane, surrounding streets

When: From 15th November

Culture Mile BID

What: Join us for free mulled wine and mince pies in the snow with music and festive storytelling.

Where: Bartholomew Close Square

When: 7th December, 5-7pm

Eastern City BID

What: Launch of the MOSAIC – a unique fitting designed by the world-famous artist Arnaud Lapierre, which reinvents the traditional Christmas tree in a sustainable and modern vision. The tree is fitted mirrored cubes arranged in a manner which evokes the natural geometry of a pine cone. A partnership between EC BID, Pan Pacific London and MTArt Agency.

Where: One Bishopsgate Plaza outside Pan Pacific London

When: From 16th November

What: Working with the Trees for Cities charity, Aviva, and the inspirational artist Jasper Toeli, ‘Be the Tree’ invites the public to connect with a city tree on both a public and personal scale. Simply place your face up to the O2 bottle and in just a few moments the sculpture lights your face in real time onto a 20 foot high tree, embellished by installation artist Ella Schofield Lake, through the magical technique of video projection mapping. There will then be a link to access your image so you can make a unique digital, Christmas card.

Where: Aviva Piazza

When: 30th November to 22nd December

What: An immersive inflatable Winter Wonderland snow globe will allow visitors to create that unique insta-worthy moment. The surrounding space will be designed to create a truly festive feeling for visitors and workers alike

Where: Fenchurch Street Station

When: 5th-8th December

What: The EC BID will run a series of festive workshops including wreath-making, felting, stocking filler designs, winter candle making and gingerbread house decorating. Each workshop will open for up to 20 people and run until mid-December.

Where: EC BID footprint

When: November, December


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