Saturday 8th December
Tough Mudder not really your thing? How about this festive fancy dress fun run through Covent Garden? Balancing a Christmas pud in hand while navigating foam and inflatables in Christmas costume has the makings of a great day out for participants and spectators alike. To top it off, it's all in aid of Cancer Research. Turn up on the day to take part.
The alternative Christmas market - Heartlands, Pool
Sunday 16th December
More rock 'n' roll than the nutcracker, Redruth's alternative Christmas market is a fusion of live music, silent disco, circus acts and unique stalls. You can even get involved in workshops and open mic sessions too should you desire.
Christmas is Castleton - Castleton, Derbyshire
A month of festivities hits this quaint northern town this December. A spectacle of Christmas lights and decorated shops hosting competitions, craft workshops, late night openings and much more.
Christmas floating market - Main line canal towpath, Birmingham
Saturday 1st - Sunday 2nd December
For one weekend only and back by popular demand, Birmingham's floating Christmas markets return. A succession of narrow boats line the canal offering crafts, food and gifts perfect for Christmas gifting.
Sunday 16th - Sunday 23rd December
For something truly different this December, Dublin's Smock Alley Theatre presents a comedy sketch show Rocket around the Christmas tree. The ideal adult alternative to panto.
Hidden Christmas festival - Kirkstall Abbey, Leeds
Friday 14th - Sunday 16th December
£6.95 – £13.95
Enter through a secret door and find yourself in a snow covered winter wonderland at Leeds' Kirkstall Abbey. Live performances of music and dance carry the theme of the Nutcracker this year, while festive drinks and food complete this joyous event.
24 doors of Advent - Edinburgh, Scotland
Saturday 1st - Monday 24th December
In line with our own Parka London advent calendar, this December Edinburgh is transforming its city into just that, an advent calendar. Each day of the month a different door will be unlocked allowing the public exclusive access to historic homes, museums and many more impressive locations. Remember to book in advance.
The big Christmas sing along - The Dome, Brighton
Thursday 13th December 7:30pm
Join The Choir With No Name this December to fill Brighton with festive spirit. An alternative carol concert, you're invited to sing along to all the classics with the organisation that runs choirs for the homeless and marginalised.