Alternative Christmas Events: Fun Without The Family ★
Not quite feeling in the festive spirit yet? There are plenty of ways to kick-start your Christmas cheer – without spending hundreds of pounds on mulled wine. We went on the hunt for kinky, queer, and downright fun-looking events to get your party season off to a great start, as well as a couple of things to tide you over into the New Year.
Camden Crunch – 16th December
You’ve heard of a munch, right? An event where kinky folks get together – usually in a friendly pub or restaurant – to meet, socialise and have a lovely time. Well, the Camden Crunch is like that, but with added dancing and a bit of dressing up for those who fancy it. The Camden Crunch describes itself as ‘halfway between a munch and a play party’ – and it’s hosting a Christmas ball on Friday 16th December. Entry is £5 on the door.
Hard On Fetish Christmas Party – 17th December
On the 17th December, join the gay fetish party at Hard On – dancing, shows, play areas, latex and leather – what more could you possibly need? Get dressed up (or down) and join in the fun at Vauxhall.
Backstreet Mastery Leather and Rubber Event – 17th December
A hardcore night which promises to recreate the vibe and sleazy style of leather clubs – Mastery at The Backstreet will be having their Xmas bash on the 17th December. Expect heavy play, and a strictly-enforced leather and rubber only dress code. £10 for members or £15 for non-members.
David Hoyle’s Christmas Chillout – 18th December
The Bethnal Green Working Man’s Club has long been a home for incredible cabaret, and this year they’re ringing in Christmas with David Hoyle – hosting a Sunday matinee of winter wonderland-themed fun. 18Th December – doors at 3:30, so the perfect way to nurse your hangover from Christmassy fun the day before.
Pop Up Sex Boutique Masterclass – Dec 19th
We had you at ‘pop up sex boutique’, right? While it isn’t Christmassy, this masterclass in BDSM and fetish hosted by the fantastic Alix Fox (of ‘Close Encounters’ podcast fame) should definitely give you some ideas for fun things to get up to over the holidays. And we hear that if you get there early there might be prosecco and sweets. Head along to Charlotte Road on the evening of December 19th – entry is totally free.
Carols By Candlelight – 19th December
There’s nothing quite like a Christmas carol sing a long, and Pride London have you covered with a lovely night of Christmas carols by candlelight. Add your voice to that of Pride London finalists as well as host Jacqui Swallows at the Two Brewers pub in Clapham on the 19th December. Tickets start from £10 and profits go to support Pride London.
Virgin Extravaganzah’s Pagan Christmas – to 23rd December
“The Virgin Mary has been kicked out of heaven and is living out her dream of being a drag queen sensation here in London. All by herself, she must find out what Christmas actually means – and who this guy Santa Claus is.”
Running through til the 23rd December, this panto is hosted at the incredibly appropriately-named Cockpit Theatre. Join Dick Whittington for a very adult journey (you must be over 18 to come and watch) – and don’t forget to join in with boos, hisses, and all the traditional pantomime fun. Tickets for ‘Charming Dick‘ start from £12.
ABBA Panto – to 28th December
That time between Christmas and New Year can often be a drag – everyone’s off work, but lots of them are spread out around the country visiting relatives. But what better way to make the most of the sleepy in-between time than by getting dressed up as ABBA and joining the cast of this panto in a dance-off? Entry is £10, at Hackney Attic.
New Year and beyond
New Year’s Eve Eve Party – December 30th
Why wait until actual New Year’s Eve to get your glad rags on? The East London Strippers’ Collective is running an early party on December the 30th which will include pole dance performances, immersive virtual reality strip experiences, and even an ‘ego massage parlour.’ Looks like it’ll be such a good party you might need to spend actual New Year’s Eve recovering from it.
But if you still have the energy…
Not New Year’s Eve Party – 7th January
Held over all floors of the massive Electrowerkz nightclub, Club Antichrist’s anti-NYE party looks like an excellent way to banish January blues. The theme for the night is ‘uniforms’ and there’s a strictly enforced dress code, so this is one for people who like to get dolled up for a good time. On the 7th December, head along for a night of music, dancing and play.
Mindful Pub Crawl – 12th January
If you are looking for the fun of a pub crawl but without all the pressure to drink, then join Queers Without Beers for pub games and sampling of delicious drinks that have low or no alcohol. On the 12th January, they’ll be leading the group around great London pubs, starting at The Stoke Newington Tea House. Pretty sound choice for those still recovering from Christmas, or anyone kick starting a dry January.
Feeling festive now? Put some of these events in your diary and put the mulled wine on to warm up…