At this time of year you might feel a bit saturated with work parties, family occasions, and trips to the local pub for a festive pint or two. But in London – home of Hot Octopuss HQ – there’s plenty on offer for those who fancy something a little different. So here are a few sexy Christmas events, LGBTQ events, and other fun things for you to go to which avoid the heteronormative, buttoned-up, turkey-and-pudding traditions that you might have to put up with for the rest of the holidays…
Held on the eve of Christmas Eve (23rd December), the DecadenceX Christmas party promises BDSM play – and plenty of it! With a fully equipped dungeon and a venue open from 9:30 to 4:30AM, DecadenceX is offering perhaps your last chance for a spanking before settling in to wholesome family fun at Christmas. Tickets £15 for members or £20 for non-members.
Billing itself as ‘the perfect antidote to Christmas stress and heteronormativity’, this non-binary cabaret night sounds like an excellent pre-Christmas treat. On the 21st December at The Glory in Hoxton, expect fantastic cabaret acts and a jolly good time. Everyone is welcome. Tickets £12 on the door or £10 in advance – and they recommend you book in advance to guarantee you’ll get in!
Coffee, Cake and Kisses is a unique and friendly venue, perfect for people who want to relax with a cup of tea or coffee rather than descend on the pub for yet another Christmas Bailey’s. And for those of you who like pet play, their event on the 21st December is a must-visit. Entry is from 7pm and is free, and you can expect an evening of purring, cuddles, and relaxation.
When every single supermarket advert shows a glossy Christmas turkey, you can bet that something vegan and delicious will make it onto our ‘alternative Christmas events’ list! If you’re looking to join in the festive deliciousness but without all the meat, head to Camden on Friday December 15th and indulge yourself with their vegan fare. They even have vegan Bailey’s. Cheers!
Christmas isn’t Christmas without a bit of panto, is it? Every year at LGBT favourite The Royal Vauxhall Tavern, a collection of players ‘choose a traditional panto, feed it gin till takes its clothes off and then sleeps with one of your relatives.’ And this year they’re turning their hands to Mother Goose. Tickets cost £17 and the show runs from now until 29th December – so get in quick!
Can we really include TWO pantomimes on our Christmas events list? We think we can. Especially because this second one will appeal to any Game of Thrones fans who are missing the swooning drama between Jon Snow and Danaerys. Another ‘adult’ panto (which broadly means the double-entendres have been replaced by single-entendres and you definitely shouldn’t bring your kids). Expect more than the average number of wicked queens, and quite a few GoT jokes. It’s hosted at the Two Brewers pub on Clapham High Street.
If you just can’t get in the Christmas spirit without a festive singalong, then mark the 19th December in your diary and head over to Christ Church in Spitalfields. That’s where Diversity Choir – London’s lesbian, gay, and transgender community choir – is hosting their annual carol concert. Tickets are £12.50 and you get a glass of mulled wine and a mince pie when you arrive, as well as a whole evening of festive carols sung beautifully, and a few celebrity special guests too.
OK, so this one’s technically happening after Christmas but we just couldn’t resist including it. On the 29th December, gather up all the unwanted tat you received on Christmas Day and go do something brilliant with it! Kitty’s Christmas Auction, at The Signal Pub in Forest Hill, aims to auction off all your unwanted presents in aid of a good cause. Take things you don’t want, bid on things you do, and go home knowing that not only have you decluttered your house post-Christmas, but you’ve also done some good for Street Smart homelessness charity. Entry is £5 on the door.
Alternative Christmas events – suggest your own!
We’re all about finding new alternative Christmas events to recommend to our blog readers. Although we know London like the back of our hand, we’re sure there are some fantastic things going on across the rest of the UK – and elsewhere in the world! If you’re running a cool Christmas event, let us know in the comments here! And have a wonderful time, whatever your plans for the festive season.