After a quiet and understated Christmas in 2020, we’re more than ready for a proper festive celebration – we’re talking full jingle bells and whistles – and there’s no better place to get into the holiday spirit than King’s Cross, the ultimate Christmas destination for 2021. Already a hotspot for eating, drinking, shopping and general fun times, the neighbourhood is getting an injection of Christmas cheer with Club Curling, six sustainable curling lanes  ready for you to curl your way to glory. Tickets are only a fiver, under 12s go free (they must be accompanied by an adult), and you can just turn up and play or you can pre-book online (spaces are limited). Sessions are 45 minutes, leaving you plenty of time to hit the Club Curling cocktail bar for some post-game bevs. There’s also the immersive, 28-ft Christmas tree light installation Prism from This is Loop to check out. It’s been designed to create a sense of unity and connection, so there’ll be a mirrored tunnel that you can walk through inside the tree, where you’ll be surrounded by light and colour, as if you’ve stepped inside a giant kaleidoscope – defo one for the ‘gram.

Of course, Christmas means presents and this year you can shop for them in real life again rather than having endless deliveries arrive at your gaff. With over 50 stores across Coal Drops Yard, King’s Boulevard and Stable Street, including Kitchen Provisions, Blackhorse Lane Ateliers, Rains, Lina Stores, ba&sh, Emin & Paul, Earl of East and Aesop, you’ll be crossing gifts off your list quicker than Santa.

And if you’ve got someone particularly tricky to buy for this is the place to come because if you can’t find a unique and wonderful gift yourself, the shopkeepers will be only too happy to help – they’ve got tonnes of ideas up their sleeves and are always up for a challenge! Once you’ve found the perfect pressie for the person who has everything, you can reward yourself with a celebratory cocktail or some festive grub – hicce, Plaza Pastor, German Gymnasium, Spiritland, Hoppers, Cafe BAO, Porte Noire and Coal Office are just some of the bars and restaurants in the area, you’ll be spoilt for choice.

With all of that just a two-minute walk from King’s Cross station, having an extraordinarily good Christmas really couldn’t be easier. The holidays are coming…

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