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CHRISTMAS IN LONDON: If you’re lucky enough to finish work for the festive period today, you’ve got permission to go full Christmas. Take a look at our guide to Christmas in London for everything you need to know about seasonal happenings.

SEE THE LIGHTS: Been so rushed off your feet that you’ve not had a chance to see London’s Christmas lights? Relax, hop on a bus, and watch them roll past you, without having to battle the shopping crowds. Here’s our guide to seeing London’s lights by bus.

TAKE A TWIRL: If you’re winding down for Christmas, get into the festive spirit with a twirl on one of London’s seasonal ice rinks, followed by a mulled wine or mince pie. Booking recommended for all rinks.

PUB: The last Friday before Christmas is usually a… rowdy one. If you’re local pub is too busy, or you fancy trying somewhere near, check out our guide to the best pubs in London, and find a decent boozer near you.

FREE CHICKEN BURGERS: Other Side Fried is giving away 200 free Buffalo chicken burgers on a first come first served basis, to celebrate the launch of its first permanent location. Cranbourn Street kiosk (just outside Leicester Square station), free, just turn up (be prompt — you snooze, you lose when free food is involved), from 12pm

The Glory of Christmas at Barbican

CITY MODEL: Two years ago, this incredible model of central London went on public display. Today’s lunchtime talk is a chance to learn more about the 1:500 scale model, which details existing buildings and planned new developments. The City Centre, free, just turn up, 12.30pm-1pm

PIRATE CHRISTMAS CAROL: Oh-ar me hearties. Life on the seven seas meets Christmas festivities at A Pirate’s Christmas Carol, a light-hearted, family-friendly retelling of A Christmas Carol, involving parrots and pirates. Sounds legit to us. The Golden Hinde (Bankside), £10, book ahead, 21-22 December

GLORY OF CHRISTMAS: Attend a concert of traditional seasonal music, including works by Handel, Bach and Franck, all performed by the London Concert Orchestra. Barbican, £16.50-£39.50, book ahead, 7.30pm

IT’S A WONDERFUL LIFE: If you’ve not yet had your dose of It’s A Wonderful Life yet this Christmas, get yourself to this screening of the classic 1946 film, with mince pies and mulled wine. Harris Academy South Norwood, £8.50/£7/£5, book ahead, 7.45pm

JOHNNY CASH: Johnny Cash tribute act CASH and their acoustic duo version of the singer’s five-piece band perform a tribute gig to the singer, working their way through some of his greatest hits. The Leyton Star, free entry, booking a table recommended, 9pm-1am  

Good cause of the day

40+ prizes are up for grabs in London’s Big Charity Raffle, in support of The One Foundation’s sustainable clean water and sanitation projects. Those prizes include a slap-up dinner at Hawksmoor, a day trip to Kew Gardens, and a whole crate of gin. Find out more and enter here — winners announced at 5pm on Christmas Eve (sponsor).

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