We may not have a guaranteed white Christmas this year (it’s been six whole years since the last time that happened), but it’s probably for the best. Whenever snow does fall in London, it quickly develops into a greyish slush after rush hour and is never quite the picturesque vision we hope for. Thankfully, the city’s sparky event organisers cater to our perpetually unfulfilled desire for snow. If you’re looking for the white stuff, here’s where you’ll find it.
1. Merchant Square Snow Days
The team at Merchant Square are bringing the snow to Paddington for a few days in December… 15 whole cubric metres of it. And it’s not the fake, chemically smelling stuff either. It’s the real deal. It will fall to the ground. You’ll be able to make snowmen and throw snowballs at each other – there will be competitions for both across the three days. As well as frosty fun, there will also be mulled cider from KuPP, wreath making with Clifton Nurseries, snowball doughballs from Pizza Express and chocolate peanut pizza from Heist. The event is free and lasts from 10am-6pm. You can find out more here.
When: 2nd – 4th December
Merchant Square W2 1BF
2. Winter Wonderland‘s Arctic Trail
Winter Wonderland returned to Hyde Park for its tenth year earlier this month. Although this London wintertime classic is far from a secret (and you can expect it to be pretty damn busy up until the day it closes), you might not be aware of the Arctic Adventure they’ve had installed within the Magical Ice Kingdom. New this year, this frosty trail will guide you through an impressive display of sculptures created out of 500 tonnes of ice and snow. For this and other attractions, it’s best to book in advance.
3. Bodo Schloss’s Après Ski Brunch Party
For the perfect Alpine retreat, without leaving the comfort of London (or even heading outdoors), slide down to the Après Ski brunch party at Bodo’s Schloss. Teaming up with Après Ski London and the Ski Week, Bodo’s are putting on a boozy brunch that will transport you to the mountains, where you can take your daytime partying to new altitudes… just with a little more Moet. There will be a 2-hour buffet of an Austrian inspired feast, including suckling pig, pulled pork buns and a chocolate fondue, as well as champagne cocktails on arrival, fantastic DJ’s, real life reindeer, snow cannons and an Alpine ski simulator. Oh, and there is also a chance to win a ski trip to Austria, if you show your skills on the simulator! Phewww. If that’s not a good way to get piste this winter, we don’t know what is! Tickets start at £40 (early bird) and can be bought via the Facebook event page here.
12.00pm – 6.00pm on Saturday 3rd December
Bodo’s Schloss, 2A Kensington High Street, W8 5NP
4. Hogwarts in the Snow
We told you at the beginning of the month that everyone’s favourite school of Witchcraft and Wizardry (the miniature version of it, anyway) was getting snowed under. Hogwarts has been blanketed in a white layer of snow since 19th November and you can catch it in its full winter glory at the Warner Bros Studio tour in Watford until 29th January 2017. You can book your ticket via the website.
How do you make festive films feel even more Christmassy? You watch them in the snow. Pop Up Screens are doing exactly that, by bringing the snow to the Hackney Downs Studios. The Narnia inspired screening room will whisk you away to a wonderfully wintry world (while you remain cosy and warm inside). There will be popcorn from Drum and Kernel, as well as handmade brownies, craft beer, pimped hot chocolate and spice-filled mulled wine to get in the festive mood. You can book your tickets for Home Alone, as well as other screenings, through Fever here.
Hackney Downs Studios, Amhurst Terrace, E8 2BT
6. Nordic Yuletide
There’s a bit of a Scandavian feast coming to Shoreditch at the end of November, but it’s not just the 5-course meal, wine and festivities we’re excited about. There’s also going to be a snowstorm – one that you’re certainly going to want to get stuck in. Why? Because it’s a booze-based snowstorm. Alcoholic snow is an actual thing and we are totally on board. Have a look at their website to find out more.
When: 28th November – 18th December
347 Old Street, London, EC1V 9LP
Featured image credit: Mike Fleming Flickr