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From baking to movie marathons, here’s your freshers guide to celebrating Christmas on campus

From baking to movie marathons, here’s your freshers guide to celebrating Christmas on campus

Breaking News, Christmas, Explainers, LifeStyle, Student
Who doesn't want to wake up to gifts on Christmas morning? Image by Pavel Danilyuk from Pexels So, you’ve managed to meet all your deadlines and wrap up an entire semester in a haze. But amid confusing assignment briefs, draining Monday morning classes and all-nighters – coupled with a rather unhealthy diet plan – you’ve completely forgotten to plan ahead for the holidays. Spending the festive season away from your family can be daunting as a student, especially if it’s your first time miles away from home. To grasp the current plans shaping campus life, Westminster World spoke to staff members at the University of Westminster’s Harrow campus. From hosting engaging events to helping students make the most of their university life, here are all the insights they had to share:
Is Winter Wonderland London’s most hated event?

Is Winter Wonderland London’s most hated event?

Breaking News, Christmas, Explainers
Credit:Unsplash Winter Wonderland, London’s annual Christmas event held in Hyde Park returned this November. The event has grown substantially since it’s inception in 2007, but so has disdain towards it, with it becoming one of the most divisive attractions in the capital. The event has grown from a small Christmas market with little sponsorship, to a vast heavily commercialised neon spectacle, with over 100 attractions and even it’s own app to help guests navigate their way around. As well as growing in size, the attraction has undergone many changes in recent times, security checks on arrival were introduced several years ago and tickets are now required for entry. On weekdays, the tickets are free until 2pm; £5 until 4pm, and after 4pm are £7.50. At weekends, prices start a
After-school care group bringing third Winter Wonderland to Harrow

After-school care group bringing third Winter Wonderland to Harrow

Breaking News, children, Christmas, Explainers, Harrow, London
Magna Groups Enterprises, an after-school care provider, is bringing Winter Wonderland to the children of Harrow.  Image by Jesse Orrico Harrow’s Winter Wonderland will be held on Friday and Saturday, 22 and 23 December, at the Blue Room events venue, Headstone Lane. The programme is exclusively open to children of primary school age. Eligible children will be able to enjoy 10 Magical Zones of activity, which the organisers promise will create an unforgettable experience.  Activities at these zones will include Santa’s grotto, elves workshops, arts and crafts, inflatables, funfair rides, silent disco and dodgems.  Children will also be given one free hot meal. This is the third iteration of the programme made possible by funding from the Young Harrow
Mirror, mirror on the stage: Harrow Arts Centre presents a must-see Snow White pantomime

Mirror, mirror on the stage: Harrow Arts Centre presents a must-see Snow White pantomime

Art, Breaking News, children, Christmas, Culture, Explainers, Harrow, Music
Credit: Somya Singhdeo Christmas is just around the corner, and families are looking for ideas on how to spend quality time together. Well, look no further because a new Snow White play at Harrow Arts Centre has you covered.   The award-winning Immersion Theatre production of Snow White debuted this Saturday, December 9th. Matthew Wright, the programme manager at Harrow Arts Centre, said: “It is an adaptation of the traditional story of Snow White and includes all of the pantomime features you come to expect from pantomime. It includes many pop songs and is just good family fun.” Credit: Agne Galdikaite When asked about the audience of the play, Wright said: “The main audience is local community groups, schools and families. It is a family production, but everyo
Christmas in London? Follow our five festive transport tips to beat the jams

Christmas in London? Follow our five festive transport tips to beat the jams

Breaking News, Christmas, Explainers, London, TFL, Transport
Keep your Oyster card topped up, to beat the Christmas queues. Image by Yasmin Ahmed The Christmas period is one of the busiest times for London’s transport systems.  Hundreds of thousands of Londoners and visitors to the capital are using the Tube, busses, trains and other ways to get around the city.  Seb Dance, the Deputy Mayor for Tranport, said: “During the festive season, London has it all. I encourage everyone to make the most of the capital’s theatres, restaurants and markets – and London’s world-class public transport is the best way to easily and safely get around the city.” But whether you’re going to a party, out for a meal for a show, doing some last-minute Christmas shopping or simply seeing the sights, you can make your journey easier – and less stre
From “Love Actually” to “Home Alone”: Your ultimate guide to timeless Christmas movie magic!

From “Love Actually” to “Home Alone”: Your ultimate guide to timeless Christmas movie magic!

Breaking News, Celebrity, Christmas, Explainers, Film, LifeStyle
Artwork by Shaurya Thapa With the holiday season inching closer, it's never too soon to cosy up with a hot cup of cocoa and revisit some of our favourite Christmas films that stood the test of time. Whether you are a fan of heartwarming romantic comedies or classic laugh-out-loud films, get ready to jingle through the holiday season with our handpicked selection of the top five movies. These films, from timeless classics to modern favourites, are sure to bring joy and cheer to your Christmas celebrations. Love Actually https://youtu.be/H9Z3_ifFheQ?si=880AnVrjtU5iGkw3 Love Actually. Credit: YouTube "Love Actually", written and directed by Richard Curtis, has become the go-to Christmas film since its release in 2003. With an ensemble cast of a young Kiera Knightly, dapper H...
Meet the fairy godmother preaching sustainability on Oxford Street

Meet the fairy godmother preaching sustainability on Oxford Street

Breaking News, Charity, Christmas, Climate, Culture, What's Hot
Starlight Faerie on Oxford Street. Image by: Malavika Pradeep Paper straws in plastic wrappers, winter sports sponsored by global polluters and the entire debate surrounding reusable plastic bags: the irony of environmental action has long been adopted by the intersection of art and sustainability. As a constructive concept in climate activism, irony has generated awareness about a broad range of ecological issues – in turn, contributing directly to environmental restoration. In Julie Beech and Danil Ripnar's work, this irony is illustrated with the blend of London's elegant, high-end retail scene and sustainability. The result is a 3-metre-tall, recycled fairy godmother dubbed 'Starlight Faerie', urging the busiest shopping street in Europe to rethink their unders
Crafting Christmas cheer: Upcycled DIY decoration

Crafting Christmas cheer: Upcycled DIY decoration

Breaking News, Christmas, Explainers
Credits: Freepik.com This Christmas, why not go for budget-friendly, recycled decorations and gifts? With a variety of options to choose from, you can create unique decorations and cards that will impress your friends and family. You can take look at these Tiktoks. Cardboard is one of the random objects around your house. why not use it for making ornaments? you can customize it how ever you want. https://www.tiktok.com/@duyguturgok/video/7163684906743254278?_r=1&_t=8hjjxspmHRZ Credits: @duyguturgok on Tiktok You can make use of natural decor like pinecones, dried-up leaves, flowers and branches to make your own Christmas wreaths or garlands.   During Christmas, you can create beautiful decorations by upcycling everyday items. For instance, you can use cereal...
Beat the crush, and have a cultured Christmas, Londoners urged

Beat the crush, and have a cultured Christmas, Londoners urged

Art, Breaking News, Christmas, Explainers, London, Transport
Arts & Culture, Christmas, Transport in London, TFL Londoners and visitors to the city have been urged to help beat congestion in the centre of the capital over the Christmas holidays by planning their journeys in advance, and using buses as well as the Underground. Entry point of Christmas in Leicester Square.  Image: Muhammed Hamza Khan & Shuyang Guo Each Christmas, hundreds of thousands of extra journeys are made in the city, whether for shopping, site seeing or for visits to theatres and other seasonal attractions. For traders, the season is an important part of their annual revenue. But the seasonal attractions can lead to extra congestion while Londoners get on with their everyday working lives. In Leicester Square, the heart of London’s theatreland,
Christmas traditions around the world: How Londoners celebrate Christmas

Christmas traditions around the world: How Londoners celebrate Christmas

Breaking News, Christmas, Culture, Explainers
As December approaches, fairy lights and Christmas trees are spring up all over the capital. But that’s not all. Our reporters are looking at how Londoners celebrate Christmas this year, describing their unique traditions and cuisine. The capital is known as one of the most culturally vibrant cities in the world, as the last 2021 Census data showed. More than a third of Londoners were born abroad, and over 300 languages are being spoken around the city. Credits: Teo CoroiuH&M Home gets very festive as Christmas approach The data released by the Census in 2021 shows that 46.2% of residents identified as Asian, Black, mixed, or ‘other’ ethnic groups. Further, 17.0% are identified as white ethnic minorities. Being in London as an international can always be difficult, espe