The Hot List: Christmas events that you need to know about this week

There’s plenty to do in the run-up to Christmas (Picture: Metro)

Whether you’re a fan of Christmas or not, there’s no escaping it.

But if you’re not feeling in the festive mood yet, don’t worry, we’ve got you covered.

We’ve rounded up some of the best festive activities out there – from themed cinemas to being a bit of a humbug Grinch.

Check out our choices below.

Movie magic

Backyard Cinema Christmas is in Manchester and London (Picture: 2022 Cesare De Giglio)

Backyard Cinema has launched its winter programme of outdoor screenings. The Manchester venue is on the roof of Depot Mayfield, while London’s is in Armoury Way, Wandsworth.

Both are set among ‘snow-topped trees’ and twinkling stars for you to cosy up to the likes of Elf and The Muppet Christmas Carol. There are also food and drink stalls, including one where you can build your own boozy hot chocolate.

Tickets for shows in London and Manchester from £11, at Backyard Cinema.

Be a Grinch at Crimbo

A fun idea if you’re not feeling the Christmas spirit (Picture: B Bakery)

If you’re a bit ‘bah, humbug’, then embrace Grinchmas with a new Grinch afternoon tea bus tour in London on a Routemaster.

You’ll breeze past some of the capital’s landmarks while tucking into a green- themed menu in the style of one of Dr Seuss’s most famous characters. How about ‘sweet as Cindy-Lou WHO’ lime pie?

Departs at varied times between Dec 1 and Jan 31, from £57pp, vegan and gluten-free available.

Find out more at Brigit’s Bakery London.

Cosy Cotswolds Christmas

Stunning Ellenborough Park is a 15th-century manor house in the Cotswolds (Picture: Ellenborough Park)

For a good, old-fashioned countryside Christmas, look no further than Ellenborough Park. A traditional, 15th-century manor house near Cheltenham, it boasts roaring log fires, pine trees and extensive grounds, perfect for hearty winter walks.

Enjoy the many festive offerings, whether it’s just dropping in for afternoon tea (from £35pp), taking a wreath-making masterclass (£80pp), or a party night with prosecco, dinner and a DJ (£70pp).

Visit the Ellenborough Park website.

Winter ski chic, cheap!

You can now rent ski clothing through fashion site By Rotation (Picture: By Rotation)

Skiing this Christmas? Now you don’t need to worry about not looking stylish on the slopes, thanks to The Ski Edit, a new rentable ski collection curated by Crystal Ski Holidays with the fashion rental site By Rotation.

This eco-conscious option features designer outfits from the likes of Poivre Blanc, Fusalp and Free People from £25 a week.

Available until April, at By Rotation.

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