Christmas Events

Christmas can be full of joy but it can also be a lonely time of the year. We have put together a fabulous calendar of events for the festive period. 

Join us at the theatre and on our exclusive Christmas lights bus tour of London that has been organised especially for Imperial students. We look forward to spreading some Christmas cheer!

See below for details on all our events taking place in the lead up to Christmas.

Upcoming Events

Wellbeing Advent calendar


Move Imperial are hosting a Wellbeing Advent calendar with lots of different activities from festive Zumba classes to arts & crafts and coffee mornings.

They are also hosting their annual Reindeer Relay on Wednesday 14th December!

HOST UK Tea & Cake


Join HOST UK at their virtual Christmas tea party on Monday 5th December, 6-7pm to learn about British culture. Discover how you can spend time in a British home and make new friends. Book your place on Eventbrite here.  A fun event to learn more about HOST, meet new friends, share jokes and riddles, take part in games and quizzes.

The HOST UK Programme promotes intercultural friendship and understanding by arranging for international students at UK universities to meet UK residents in their homes. Students from all over the world can visit kind, hospitable people in their homes, enjoy home-cooked meals, explore parts of the country that public transport doesn't reach, discover new things about the English language, way of life, and make friends. You can choose from : A Day Visit, Weekend, A Festive Day or Festive Overnight.

 If you would like any further information please contact HOST directly.

 This event is free.

A Christmas Carol


On Christmas Eve, Scrooge is visited by a series of ghosts, starting with his old business partner, Jacob Marley. The three spirits which follow, the Ghosts of Christmas Past, Christmas Present and Christmas Yet to Come, show Scrooge how his mean behaviour has affected those around him. At the end of the story he is relieved to discover that there is still time for him to change and we see him transformed into a generous and kind-hearted human being.

A Christmas Carol didn’t just invent Christmas as we know it. It’s also scary, joyful, spooky, hilarious, furious, beautiful, and a triumphant declaration that even the hardest heart can melt.

Three outstanding actors – Simon Russell Beale, Eben Figueiredo and Lyndsey Marshal– come together to tell the story and play all the parts.

Cost £ 12 / Book here

Christmas lights bus tour


The air is frosty, the streets and buildings are covered with twinkling lights and decorations, and a mix of joy and excitement has descended onto London… The happiest season of all is back! Time to put on your favourite Christmas jumper and capture the magic of the city at Christmas. Join us for some festive fun and see the famous lights that decorate the iconic streets of London on board Tootbus' double-decker buses.

Watch the city sparkle as we take you past the capital's famous Christmas lights and decorations. There will be the spectacular angels of Regent Street, the iconic snow of stars of Oxford Street, the impressive Christmas Tree of Trafalgar Square and more.

Cost £ 10 / Book here

Sleeping Beauty


Matthew Bourne’s Sleeping Beauty reawakens in 2022, celebrating 10 years since its premiere at Sadler’s Wells, when it became the fastest selling production in the company’s history.

Now established as a firm favourite in the New Adventures repertoire, the award-winning Sleeping Beauty has enchanted international audiences throughout the UK and across the globe.

Enter a wondrous world of magical fairies and vampires, where the timeless tale of good vs evil is turned upside-down, creating a supernatural love story that even the passage of time itself cannot hinder. Will Princess Aurora ever find her true love again?

With an unforgettable score, sumptuous sets and costumes, evocative lighting and masterly storytelling, the beloved fairy tale is brought to life by the uniquely talented New Adventures company. Get ready to be transported in time from the halcyon days of the late Edwardian era through to the modern day in this dazzling gothic romance.

Cost £ 20 / Book here

Winter Wonderland visit with ISH


Trip to Winter Wonderland with International Students House.

For 15 years, Hyde Park Winter Wonderland has been spreading the Christmas spirit throughout London for Londoners and tourists alike. With humble beginnings as an open-air Christmas market in Hyde Park, Winter Wonderland has since grown into an extravaganza with ice skating, workshops, shows, roller coaster rides, street food stalls, festive bars and live music.

Tour operated by Travel Club
Ticket Sales End on 16 December

Tour Includes:

  • Scheduled Hyde Park Winter Wonderland Entrance
  • Scheduled Real Ice Slide Ticket (2 x Slides)
  • Scheduled Ice Sculpting Workshop
  • Scheduled Cirque Berserk Entrance Ticket
  • Private Group Booth @ Cirque Berserk
  • Ample free time for exploring
  • Assistance of an ISH Staff Group Leader

 Book here

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HOST Christmas Visits

Are you looking for something to do this Christmas? Will you be spending Christmas alone? How about spending the festive period with a Host family in the UK to experience British culture first-hand? Host UK offers the opportunity to spend the festive period with a Host family in the UK, there are invitations from Cornwall to North of Scotland and all the way in-between! You can spend up to three days with a Host family and truly immerse yourself in the Christmas spirit.

Applications for festive visits are now open, visit HOST UK to apply for a visit over Christmas or New Year.

We understand that it may be daunting to spend the festive period with people you do not know, be reassured that Host families are carefully selected and enjoy having students from other countries and cultures stay with them as their guests. They are known to Host UK, have been visited and approved by Host UK. 

Christmas Day at ISH

SUNDAY 25 DECEMBER Spend Christmas Day at International Students House

Booking link to follow soon!

What the day involves

We are delighted to host students from ISH member universities on 25th December at International Students House. The day will begin with drinks and canapés, followed by a traditional British Christmas Lunch with Christmas Crackers, a screening of the 3pm Speech by His Majesty the King, followed by movies or a walk in nearby Regent’s Park. Tickets will be on sale in early December.

Frequently Asked Questions

Showcase area

Who can join the day trips?

The day trips are open to all current Imperial College students, including EU and UK students. Occasionally staff members may attend, but they must ask permission from the International Student Support team first.

Unfortunately non-Imperial friends and family members are unable to attend.

How do I register and pay?

Click on the link in the trip you would like to attend. You will be asked to complete a registration form and will then be taken to a payment page where you will need a credit/debit card to pay. Your place will not be confirmed until you have paid.

Please note that each student wishing to attend the trip must register and pay separately.

What do I need to bring with me?

For each trip, you must bring:

  • Your Imperial College ID card.
  • Your Oyster Card if the trip is in London.
  • Suitable clothing and shoes for the weather.
  • Suncream, sunhat and water bottle if it is likely to be warm.
  • Lunch if you will not be buying this on the day. Please note that restaurants are likely to be busy and you may wish to reserve a table in advance, especially if a large group of you will be eating together.
  • Money to cover your expenses. Please do not bring very large amounts as we cannot be held responsible for this.
  • A camera.

There may also be additional items you will need to bring for specific trips but you will be notified of these in a pre-trip email.

What if I need to cancel?

Tickets are non-refundable unless otherwise stated.

Please be aware that as tickets for our trips are purchased in advance by the International Student Support team, we are unable to provide a refund of money if you can no longer attend. If you can no longer attend, you may find another Imperial Student to take your place. You will need to email us to let us know.

If there is a waiting list for the event, we may be able to find someone to replace you. In this case your payment will be refunded from the person taking your place on the trip. 

If you have any queries about this, please email us:

What are the closing dates below?

The closing date for each trip is the date after which no more bookings will be accepted. Note that a trip may fill up before the closing date.

Please note that all events are open to Imperial College students only. Each person wishing to attend must register and pay separately. PLEASE DO NOT PAY FOR MULTIPLE PEOPLE

Photos from some of our past trips

Osterley House

Osterley House

Globe Theatre

Globe Theatre



Dorset trip

Oxford trip

Harry Potter studio trip