5 online events to warm your heart during Christmas shutdowns

Beat this season’s melancholy with concerts, food workshops and more funny things you can do at home

If there’s one certainty in this 2020 is that we’re going to have a very different Christimas: the new shutdowns all over the world have made these festive times sadder, even to those people who love to celebrate everything. The silver lining is that if we feel sadder, it also means we’re still alive and that we can find a way to enjoy this time of the year, even if we don’t have the chance to share it with our loved ones. So, once you’ve video called friends and relatives, invite them to an online event to make them feel closer to you or, simply, take some time for yourself and do something special. From concerts to cookalongs here are 5 online events to warm your heart during this Christmas.



Glyndebourne (an Opera House in the heart of Sussex Countryside) is streaming for free until January 4, 2021. You can watch the Christmas classic La Cenerentola on their YouTube channel. Recorded live in 2005, this version of Gioacchino Rossini’s opera was directed by Peter Hall. For details visit: https://www.glyndebourne.com .


2.THE NEW YORK CITY BALLET – The Nutcracker 

If you like ballet you can’t miss a classic festive performance: the New York City Ballet is streaming George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker until January 3, 2021. You can purchase a single ticket (€27,99) or choose their free 30-day trial to watch the performance. For details visit: www.marquee.tv/nycbnutcracker .

3. HITS RADIO – Robbie Williams

On December 25, 2020, all music lovers can join Robbie Williams on Hits Radio UK: the English singer will perform some festive classics from his 2019’s album The Christmas Present and more unexpected tracks to surprise the audience. To watch the concert you need to have a UK post code and login on Hits Radio social media profiles at 12 pm. For details visit: www.planetradio.co.uk/hits-radio .


4.Christmas at Borough Market

London’s historic Borough Market has just completed a three-week series of food worshops, in collaboration with food pros and chefs. If you’re looking for recipe ideas to celebrate Christmas or new ways to upcycle leftovers, you can re-watch for free their cookalongs on Bourough Market’s official Facebook page. For details visit: www.christmas.boroughmarket.org.uk .



Looking for an online murder mystery? The Mermaid’s Tongue in an internet-based immersive experience for 2-6 players, so call your friends even you’re not phisically together and you only need your laptop: once you’ve purchased your ticket (£15 each) you’ll get email confirmation and initial instructions to play. Everytihing takes place online: you’lle need to hunt for clues, discover passwords and see where the story takes you. For details visit: https://www.themermaidstongue.com .







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