11 festive things to do this Christmas

Food, drinks, creative workshops, Christmas lights and more

This Christmas, Broadgate is all about making the winter season something special for everybody.

From supporting local east London charities to beautiful light displays that bring cheer to all ages, Christmas at Broadgate is about building a sense of community and excitement for everyone (no matter what your age).

Whether you’re shopping, dining, enjoying drinks, watching much-loved Christmas films or catching up with friends and family, Broadgate has everything you need for special days and nights out in London. Inspired activities, creative workshops, kid-friendly days out – we’re wishing a very Merry Christmas to one and all. 

  1. See beautiful Christmas lights at 100 Liverpool Street and Finsbury Avenue Square

Bringing light and joy, our Christmas lights will be dazzling across the neighbourhood with special installations at 100 Liverpool Street and Finsbury Avenue Square. Order a mulled wine and take a stroll with your camera (watch this space for special competitions and prizes to be won) for instant festive feelings. 

  1. Make your own Christmas wreath

On 24th November, BloomsYard is joining forces with Botanical Bunch Florists at Storey Club for a very special wreath-making workshop. Tickets are £40 and you’ll be given everything you need (wire, foliage and dried blooms) to create an incredible wreath for your front door. With mulled wine and mince pies, it’s the perfect way to unleash your Christmas spirit. Find out more and book a spot.

Christmas wreath


  1. Support local charities in east London

Each year Broadgate supports local charities to help our community. This year we’re raising funds and support for ELBA’s annual Toy Appeal for children and young people in east London (donate via this link) and collecting coats at Broadgate receptions for vulnerable and homeless people with Wrap Up London. You’ll also be able to donate via contactless giving points around the neighbourhood. Your support makes a huge difference. 

Child holding a toy

  1. Create festive candles

On 7th December, you can learn all about fragrances and make your own Christmas soy candle with The London Refinery. Taking place at Storey Club, this lunchtime workshop explores how your sense of smell works and how fragrance affects mood and emotions. You’ll then learn about the different fragrance families and what top, heart, and base notes are. After this, you’ll use a range of pure essential oils to blend into your own natural candle, starting by heating the wax, blending the oils and finish by pouring your own natural 40-hour soy candle to take home. The perfect Christmas gift, book your spot. Tickets are £30. 

Candle making supplies for Christmas sessions


  1. Find incredible gifts for family, friends and workmates

100 Liverpool Street is home to some of the best beauty, fashion, design and jewellery stores in the city with knowledgeable teams on hand to help choose gifts and carefully wrap them for you. Space NK, Kiehl’s, L’Occitane, Watches of Switzerland, Dune London, Monica Vinader, Tommy Hilfiger and the newly opened design store Timothy Oulton, make for the perfect Christmas shopping day out. Discover our helpful gift guide to seasonal shopping.


  1. Plan your Christmas parties

Whether you want an extended family Lebanese feast at Comptoir, want memorable experiences out at Mrs Fogg’s where you can create your own gin and Theatre Deli’s The Perfect Crime interactive mystery, steak and cocktails at Gaucho, paella at Jose Pizarro, drinks and Christmas menus at The Botanist or crowd pleasers at Grind, All Bar One and The White Horse, we’ve put together a guide to the best places to book your Christmas celebrations

Gauchos restaurant interior

  1. Have a Buon Natale with Eataly’s special workshops

Eataly is a must-visit spot for Christmas shopping with towering displays of panettone and delicious and beautiful hampers filled with olive oil, vinegars, pastas, biscotti and more. It’s also home to La Scuola where you’ll discover workshops galore with pizza and pasta making, wine tasting and special children’s events. Find out what’s on.


  1. Fun things for children at Christmas

With the Everyman Broadgate (see below), an incredible art trail, shops, family-friendly restaurants (Gaucho, Comptoir Libanais, Baraka, Grind, Franco Manca and Shoryu Ramen are all firm favourites with younger diners), a beautiful display of Christmas lights and safe pedestrianised spaces that are ideal for buggies and scooters, Broadgate is a brilliant place to catch up with friends while giving your children a brilliant day out. 

Jumping heir statue on the Broadgate Art Trail

  1. Book some Christmas films

Love Actually, The Holiday, It’s Wonderful Life... What’s Christmas without the films? Every year Everyman cinemas create a calendar of movie favourites celebrating everyone from Kevin McAllister to Buddy the elf. So start planning your days out now with comfortable sofas, excellent coffee and cocktails, popcorn, cake and pizza at the Everyman Broadgate. Book tickets.


  1. Catch up over seriously seasonal drinks

With delicious seasonal cocktails at the newly opened NEST on Bishopsgate, All Bar One serving up Chocolat Martini, Clementine Chocolate Martini, Midnight Tiramisu and Mint Royale with Hotel Chocolat, Mrs Fogg’s festive brunches with free-flowing Prosecco and The White Horse serving up mulled wine, plan an evening of drinks and food across Broadgate. 

  1. Get creative this festive season

As part of Broadgate’s The Sessions series (see our wreath, cocktail and candle-making, workshops), we’ll be hosting a very special workshop that lets you sample the ingredients of the season while an experienced mixologist talks you through unmissable recipes. If Christmas is stressing you out, come along to this relaxing Neom workshop and reset and recharge your batteries for the festive season ahead. Book The Sessions on our event pages.


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