Following a £27m restoration project, Alexandra Palace will be re-opening this December for a two-week fun-filled Christmas festival. The Alexandra Palace Theatre will be open to the public for the first time in 80 years, with performances including Horrible Christmas from the Horrible Histories franchise: a tale taking us through the history of Christmas in the company of Charles Dickens, Oliver Cromwell, St Nicholas and Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer. Other performances include Gilbert and George in Conversation with Michael Bracewell and a festive show from the Haringey Music Service.
There will also be a huge Christmas market, funfair rides, Santa’s Grotto and ice rink, where family favourite Aladdin On Ice will be performed by the Palace’s own skaters. A number of workshops are on offer, including creative music making with Groundswell Arts, dance classes, acting classes and arts and crafts with Shedcraft, where you can make your own Christmas baubles and wreaths.
A highlight is the chorus workshop with the BBC Christmas Family Orchestra, held in the newly refurbished Victorian Theatre. Here, professional musicians and singers will teach you the basics of chorus performance, ending in an informal, festive show which family and friends can come and watch.
Guests can choose from a variety of street food vendors including The Waffle Float, Backstreet Diner, Pin up Brewery, Mother Clucker, Smokoloko and Ladle.
1-16 December, check the website for specific event listings and dates
Alexandra Palace, Alexandra Palace Way, London N22 7AY
Visit alexandrapalace.com for more information and to book tickets