12 ways to get merry this December

The festive season is underway, meaning? Feasting, spending money you don’t have and partying non-stop to Mariah Carey bangers. Whether you went overboard on secret Santa or just fancy a few affordable experiences this winter, DesignMyNight has got the guide for you. From immersive Christmas pop-ups to Instagrammable rooftops and bottomless brunches, these events across the country are sure to get you merry this December.

Play Beer Pong And Get Boozy In A Hot Tub - London

Your presents (yes, we went there) is requested in Fulham as Winterland pops up along the banks of the Thames, armed with fire pits and outdoor hot tubs (not to mention arcade games and an unmissable camembert brunch). Make your way to the festive spot for an alpine adventure complete with flameless fondue, sourdough pizzas and themed cocktails at pocket-friendly prices.

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Drink Endless Festive Espresso Martinis - London

‘Tis the season for cocktails galore… not that The Espresso Martini Society needed reminding. Join the coffee connoisseurs this December as they set up shop in King’s Cross with bottomless drinks, classic concoctions and five themed variations at just £25 a ticket. Think Ferrero Rocher creations, gingerbread man specials and the Insta-worthy Mighty Marshmallow.

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Dance To An Orchestra Playing Non-Stop Kanye West - London

Yeezy season has arrived at XOYO and if there’s one date you want to add to your diary this December, this is probably it. Not only can you expect old school hits and modern favourites – from Through The Wire all the way to Famous – but the Shoreditch hotspot is also welcoming a full live orchestra for a unique rendition of Kanye’s best tracks. Miss it and yule be sorry.

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Munch On Edible Walls In A Pink Gingerbread House - London

Baby, it’s cold outside… and we know just the festive pop-up to keep you cosy. Taking over East London’s Skylight, The Fentimans Pink Gingerbread House is the closest thing you’ll get to a fairy tale with edible walls, hot toddies and a whole lotta pink. With four-hour slots that include exclusive use of the space - plus blankets, heaters and a complimentary cocktail each - it’s a great (and affordable) option to bring your group together.

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Sip Champagne At An Iconic London Skyscraper - London

Fancy experiencing one of London’s most iconic destinations this season? Make your way to The City where Sky Garden is set to dazzle with unrivalled views, wintry decorations and Champagne tipples. The best bit? You can get all this for just £11… and yes, that includes an arrival cocktail. Moët & Chandon takes over their winter bar until the end of the year, so get in while you can.

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Have A Ball At This Festive Underground Palace - London

Known to be one of the quirkiest spaces in London, The Vaults always put on quite the show. Whether you’re after a cheap Christmas date night or celebrating Friendsmas on a budget, get down to Waterloo this December where the offbeat spot is hosting an immersive party complete with fairy tale characters, royal subjects and complimentary punch – all set to the tune of DJ Yoda.

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Crack Codes For Mince Pies And Mulled Wine - London

It’s the most wine-derful time of the year, and The Mind Palace sure as hell knows it. Before you’re treated to vino of the mulled variety and a few tasty mince pies, you’ll have to put your knowledge to the test with a few Sherlock-style challenges at this Shepherd’s Bush spot. Elementary, my dear Watson.

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Feast On Festive Food At This Bottomless Martini Brunch - Manchester

The best way to get into the Christmas spirit? Soaking up top-notch spirits. With a festive bottomless brunch that sees free-flowing martinis (over 15 of ‘em) and prosecco alongside a sumptuous spread served out of photogenic birdcages, this £35 event is undoubtedly one for The ‘Gram. Head over to Dirty Martini’s Deansgate digs for a fabulous feast this December that includes turkey bao buns all the way to gooey mac ‘n’ cheese bites.

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Scoff Bottomless Popcorn At A Boozy Sing-A-Long Screening - Leeds

Whether you’re naughty or nice, everyone loves a classic movie this time of year. Taking place in a top-secret Leeds location, The Bottomless Singing Cinema has got you covered this Christmas with cult classics and endless popcorn galore. Round up your mates, choose from flicks like Love Actually or Home Alone 2 and sip your way through five drinks, all of which are included in your ticket price.

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Eat A Light Refracting Christmas Pudding Surrounded By 88,000 Fairy Lights - Birmingham

Popping up at the Bullring, Once Upon a Time in Birmingham is the unmissable event of the season. For just a fiver, you’ll be able to experience live music, illuminated cocktails, a light-refracting Christmas pudding and a festive punch with over 88,000 fairy-lights giving the city a real glow-up. Talk about Instagrammable.

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Belt Out Christmas Songs And Own The Oche At This Festive Brunch - Birmingham

Aim high this December as Flight Club invites you to a special seasonal edition of their epic brunch social. Try your hand at their revolutionary high-tech darts as you tuck into pizza and guzzle bubbly; there’s a bottle of prosecco per person. Oh, and there’s a whole load of Christmassy tunes on the soundtrack. It was Christmas Eve, babe.

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Dine And Dance In A Twinkly Tipi - Leeds

A giant tipi village has landed in Leeds this December. Think wood-fired hot tubs, a sculpted sub-zero ice bar and open log fires, as well as drag queens, late-night DJs and a special gin bar. As if that wasn’t enough for you, you can expect Christmas dinners, entertainment and photo booths to capture all the fun… because if you didn’t get a photo, did it even happen?

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For more info on the best events in December in London and across the UK, visit DesignMyNight, and follow them on Instagram and Facebook; @DesignMyNight.

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