Holiday Closure (19th Dec – 3rd Jan): Activities to do during the break 18th December 2020

The Helen Bamber Foundation Offices are closed from the 19th December to the 3rd January. Here are some activities you can take part in during the break:

Virtual Events

Virtual Carol Singing

 Friday 18th December 7-8pm, https://www.cheltenhamwelcomesrefugees.org.uk/events

Virtual Christmas Singalong

25th December – 11am, https://www.royalvoluntaryservice.org.uk/virtual-village-hall

Outdoor Activities

Connected by Light

Wednesday 2 December – Saturday 27 February

Connected by Light is a specially curated collection of light artworks, bringing nine new stunning illuminated installations to the Canary Wharf estate.

https://canarywharf.com/whats-on/connected-by-light-dec-feb-2021/

Walk The Line through East London

Its outdoor exhibition programme illuminates an inspiring landscape where everyone can explore art, nature and heritage for free. The route runs between Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park and The O2 (from Stratford to Greenwich), following the waterways and the line of the Greenwich Meridian. The Line (the-line.org) is London’s first public art and sculpture trail.

Start at Anish Kapoor’s ArcelorMittal Orbit, the twisted helter-skelter tower (and now the country’s highest slide, currently closed) beside the Olympic Stadium in Queen Elizabeth Park, and follow the Line down through East London, via works by artists including Antony Gormley, Richard Wilson and Gary Hume, all the way to the O2.

Best Christmas trees in London

Trafalgar Square

Traditional Norwegian spruce in Trafalgar Square

This year, the locations below host some of London’s top Christmas trees, which can be admired from November up until early January.

Covent Garden

See one of the largest Christmas trees in London shine beautifully above the cobbled streets of the 19th-century Covent Garden piazza. As well as the 18-metre (60ft) Christmas tree, the area features a forest of smaller trees festively dressed by British brands, mistletoe chandeliers and 100,000 twinkling lights.

St Pancras Christmas tree

St Pancras International station. Created in partnership with EL&N Cafe, the 2020 Tree of Hope features 1200 meters (3937ft) of pink festive ribbon adorned with positive messages of hope from key workers and NHS staff, topped with twinkling lights.

Leadenhall Market Christmas tree

Stumble upon a beautiful festive tree at the Victorian Leadenhall Market nestled in the heart of the City of London.

Trafalgar Square Christmas tree

Marvel at the huge Christmas tree which usually towers over Trafalgar Square. An annual gift to the capital from Norway since 1947, London’s Trafalgar Square Christmas tree is dressed in a traditional Nordic style with vertical strings of lights. Watch the tree light up on a virtual tree lightning ceremony on 3 December.

Granary Square Christmas tree

 Check out the Electric Nemeton Tree, one of London’s most arty Christmas trees at Granary Square in King’s Cross. A local architecture practice Sam Jacob Studio is behind this creation, which plays on the tradition of ancient Celtic groves with futuristic metal pine trees placed on a platform, which glow green after dark.

King’s Cross Christmas trees

This year’s King’s Cross Christmas brings a couple of more unique Christmas trees into the area. Botany aficionados, keep an eye out for the Terrarium Tree in Coal Drops Yard, featuring 70 unique terrariums coupled with 168 mirrored baubles, designed by the local brand Botanical Boys. You’ll also find The People’s Tree at Battle Bridge Place, an interactive light-installation tree which glows through sensory movement.

Wembley Park Christmas tree

Discover Wembley Park‘s playful interpretation of a traditional Christmas tree as you walk through the 25-metre (82ft) London Christmas tree made up of more than 100,000 LED lights and become immersed in kinetic light displays.

Visit the luxurious Mayfair hotel to see the iconic Claridge’s London Christmas tree installation, which is designed by a different designer each year. Last year’s tree was designed by Christian Louboutin, dressed with pretty baubles, shoe-shaped gingerbread biscuits and topped with a crown. TBC

After taking photos of the fashionable winter display, wander over to the West End to marvel at some of the top London Christmas lights.

Somerset House Christmas tree

Last year, you could admire one of the most Insta-worthy Christmas trees in London at Somerset House. With the 18th-century courtyard as a beautiful backdrop, the 12-metre (39ft) tree sparkled with huge blue and gold baubles.

Paddington Christmas tree

Each year you can let Paddington Central‘s installation light up your trip to London at Christmas time! Last year’s interactive London Christmas tree imaginatively combined movement, colour and light, with 32 golden spotlights surrounding the festive sculpture.