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Things to do on Christmas Day (apart from the usual face-stuffing)

Posted at 3:15 pm, December 24, 2012 in Arts & Entertainment

If you’re not in charge of the turkey tomorrow, how about an outing? There are a (very) few things happening You just might need to cycle to them though as there’s no public transport.

Peter Pan Club

Peter Pan Cup
This annual Christmas Day race is strictly a spectator event, unless you happen to be a regular, not to say hardy, member of the Serpentine Swimming Club. Much better anyway to make the race the focus of a brisk walk across Hyde Park to work up an appetite for the excesses to come. 9am. Free.

Michael Jackson at Ripley's Believe It or Not!

Ripley’s Believe It or Not!
Ripley’s, famously, is open 365 days a year, so Christmas for them is just another day of celebrating the weird, wonderful and bizarre in all its forms – prime example being a portrait of Michael Jackson constructed from Liquorice Allsorts. Now there’s an idea for that glut of Christmas chocs… 10am-midnight (last entry 10.30pm). £26.95, £23.95 concs, £21.95 children(four-15s).

The Dickens Museum

The Charles Dickens Museum
The Charles Dickens Museum is justifiably proud of its claim to be the only museum in London open on Christmas Day. It’ll be decked with festive greenery and authentic Victorian trimmings to celebrate ‘A Very Dickensian Christmas’ which, naturally, features readings from ‘A Christmas Carol’ along with Yule treats including mince pies and mulled wine. Booking advised. 11am-6pm (last entry 5pm). £18, £8 children.

For more Christmas ideas, see timeout.com/christmas.

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