The run up to Christmas officially begins on the fourth Sunday before Christmas, but you can start opening your advent calendars on the 1st! Learn More
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English Diary December
British Customs, British Culture and British Traditions in December
Every year the Norwegians give the British a huge Christmas tree to stand in Trafalgar Square. It is a gesture of goodwill from the City of Oslo in return for help given to Norway during the Second World War. The tree is lit with white lights and carols are sung in the square. Thanks Norway! Learn More
Every December since 1980 Covent Garden in London has hosted a Christmas pudding race. Carrying a Christmas pudding on a paper plate whilst dodging obstacles the winner receives the first prize - the Pudding Trophy. The event raises money for Cancer Research UK. Learn More
Its a perfect way to start the festive season in earnest. Rochesters Victorian High Street glows with the sights and sounds of pre-Christmases of over 100 years ago.
Scrooge, the ghost of Christmas past, carol singers, bell ringers, street theatre, childrens shows, Father Christmas and Dickensian characters are among the activities at the festival, and, of course, theres guaranteed snow. (Maybe a bit too much snow.) Learn More
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