Freelance writer and poet from London; if you would like to read my poetry, please check out my book, 'Poems on the Page', available from tinyurl.com/pgyyx76.
Icy buy not Pricy
Around Christmas time do you prefer to go to the cinema, go to the theatre, go shopping, or go to church? In all probability, most of them will come onto your list of things to do, in which case, the best place to really go is Canary Wharf.
Surrounded by the towering building of Canada Square, the Ice Rink at Canary Wharf has a unique skate path that weaves through festively lit trees. Open until the 16th February, tickets are £13.50 for adults and £9 for children. If you've never gone skating before, don't worry, you can also book lessons.
The elves have built Father Christmas a temporary grotto in Jubilee Place Mall, where he will be staying on weekends from 30th November - 14th December. He will then take permanent residence until Christmas Eve.
Jubilee Place has also acquired a magic mirror. What will your reflection look like?
There are several shopping Malls in Canary Wharf, and they all have various children's activities to enjoy; these include face painting, cookie and cake decorating, making baubles, and designing head boppers.
On the 7th and 8th December Santa and friends will be performing at East Wintergarden for a special family show. Tickets are £4 for adults and £2 for children.
A free screening of the 1991 comedy, The Commitments will be shown at East Wintergarden on the 2nd December at 7pm. It is about a group of working class Dubliners who set up a soul band, and includes hits like Mustang Sally, Try A Little Tenderness, and In The Midnight Hour.
Featuring songs slightly more traditional for this time of year, there will be a carol & candle service at on the 10th December by the Canary Wharf Community Choir.
If you needed any more convincing that Christmas Rocks at Canary Wharf, then this eponymous concert will leave you in no doubt. Sing along to your favourite Christmas classics such as Santa Baby, and It's Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas on the 17th December. Tickets are £8.
December is over, and you think Christmas is done and dusted. Think again. The London Ice Sculpture Festival returns to Wood Wharf on the 10th-12th January. See the sculptures chiselled away before your very eyes as artists compete in various contests, including speed singles, doubles, and freestyle.