December 16, 2013, 4:02 am -- /EPR NETWORK/ -- With Christmas drawing closer the majority of London events are taking a festive theme, with this weekend focusing on Father Christmas in particular. For those who own a full, traditional Santa costume and are yet to witness The View From The Shard, this Sunday is the time to visit. Between 10am and 1pm, anyone dressed in a full Father Christmas costume will be granted free entry to the viewing platform, which at 244 metres is the highest public viewing platform in Western Europe and provides unrivalled views across London and 40 miles beyond. Continuing the Santa theme, the bizarrely brilliant Santacon returns on Saturday. Previously known as Santathon, the custom sees a gang of Santas run around town, singing customised carols, giving out gifts and encouraging strangers to sit on their laps - all with the aim of spreading some festive cheer. Fearing that Father Christmas has stopped believing in himself, the Comedy Club 4 Kids presents The Santa Claus Experiment at the Bloomsbury Theatre this Saturday. Putting the science back into Christmas, the event welcomes a host of elves, scientists and comedians to restore everyone's faith in the Santa.
Further festive activities this weekend include the Festival of Fairytales for Grown Ups, transforming the Bargehouse on the South Bank into an enchanting world of storytelling, music, art and film; Gizzi Erksine's Twisted Christmas at Hawker House, a yuletide feast that sees the Street Feast vendors put a festive twist on their food; and Scrooge's Cyptic Christmas Trail, HiddenCity tests your Christmas spirit with a festival trail around central London.
There's also the chance to enjoy all the best parts of a wedding at Shotgun Weddings, indulge on wine and cheese at A Grape Night In's Vinter Bar and stock up on chocolate just in time for Christmas at the Southbank Chocolate Festival.
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