December Diary

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1: Radio Times Comedy and Drama Awards Presentation, Mayfair Hotel, London W1. World Aids Day.

2: Classic FM Concert in aid of the Thomas Coram Foundation, Spencer House, London SW1. Friends of Westminster Hospital, Christmas Bazaar, Queen Mary Nurses' Home, London SW1. St John Sparkling Starlight Ball, Dorchester Hotel, London W1, in aid of St John Ambulance and Nursing Cadets.

3: Lighting of the Christmas Tree, Trafalgar Square, London WC2. Chelsea Designers' Sale, Chelsea Old Town Hall, London SW3. Nutcracker Ball, Durbar Court, Foreign and Commonwealth Office, London SW1. Re-opening of Wellcome Building, London NW1. Annual Degree Awards Ceremony, British School of Osteopathy, St-Martin-in-the- Fields, London WC2. Dinner at Banqueting House, London SW1, in aid of the Cancer Relief Macmillan Fund.

4: Crafts for Christmas Show, Royal Bath and West Showground, Shepton Mallet, Somerset. Bankside Gallery Christmas Show, Bankside Gallery, London SE1.

5: London Decorative Arts Fair, Kensington Town Hall, London W8. Whipsnade Wild Animal Park, Dunstable, Bedfordshire. Falkland Island Association's Wreath-laying Ceremony, Cenotaph, London SW1. Gala performance of The Nutcracker by the English National Ballet, Theatre Royal, Norwich.

6: Second Sunday in Advent. Royal Smithfield Show, Earl's Court, London SW5. Meet Father Christmas Underground, Yorkshire Mining Museum, Caphouse Colliery, Overton, West Yorkshire.

7: Royal Variety Performance, Dominion Theatre, London W1. Hull University Choir and Orchestra, Hull University, Hull. Concert, Royal Festival Hall, London SE1.

8: Varsity Match, Twickenham. Prince Michael Road Safety Awards, Royal Garden Hotel, London W8. Not Forgotten Association's Christmas Party, Royal Mews, Buckingham Palace, London SW1. Opening of Orangerie Italiana 1992, the International Fair of Italian Art and Antiques, Accademia Italiana, London SW7.

9: Congregation of Awards Ceremony, Royal Northern College of Music, Manchester. Musical Evening, St James's Palace, in aid of the Royal United Kingdom Beneficent Association. Presentation of Royal Town Planning Awards, Glaziers Hall, London SE1.

10: Clothes Show Live, Earl's Court Exhibition Centre, London SW5. Opening of new School of Radiography, Charterhouse College, London EC1.

11: Dickensian Christmas Craft Fair, Brands Hatch Circuit, Kent. Opening of extended City Art Centre, Edinburgh. National Academic Awards Ceremony, South Queensferry, Edinburgh. British Computer Society Award Ceremony, Waldorf Hotel, London WC2.

12: National Cat Club Show, Olympia, London W14.

13: Third Sunday in Advent. Gala Concert of the Philharmonia, Royal Albert Hall, London SW7, in aid of the Philharmonia Trust. Toy and Train Collectors Fair, Museum of Army Transport, Flemingate, Humberside. An Evening with Dylan Thomas Gala performance in aid of the Prince's Trust, Lyndhurst Hall, London NW3.

14: Antique Map and Print Fair, Bonnington Hotel, London WC1.

15: NSPCC Cinderella Ball, the Savoy Hotel, London WC2. International Showjumping Championships start, Olympia, London W14. British Athletic Federation Award ceremony, Buckingham Palace, London SW1. Joy to the World Christmas Concert, in aid of the Spastics Society, Unicef and the Royal Marsden Hospital, London, Royal Albert Hall, London SW7. Performance of the Messiah, Central Hall, Westminster, London SW1, arranged by Crisis in aid of homeless people.

16: Royal Film Performance of Chaplin in aid of the Cinema and Television Benevolent Fund, Odeon, Leicester Square, London WC2. Christmas Activities start, Gurkha Museum, Peninsula Barracks, Winchester, Hampshire. Carol Concert, Guards Chapel, London SW1, in aid of Cancer Relief Macmillan Fund.

17: London Fire Brigade Annual Service of Carols, St Paul's Cathedral, London EC4. Gulf Medal Presentation Parade, Chester Castle, Chester. United Kingdom Coach of the Year Award, Cafe Royal, London W1.

18: Kensington Fashion Fair, Kensington Town Hall, London W8.

19: Swedish Church in London Christmas Fair, Harcourt Street, London W1. Senior Choreographic Competition, Royal Ballet School, Richmond Park, Surrey.

20: Fourth Sunday in Advent. Chanukah. World of Art Deco Fair, Greenwich Borough Hall, London SE10. National Children's Orchestra Concert, Queen Elizabeth Hall, London SE1.

21: Shortest day. Carols by Candlelight, Holy Trinity, Brompton, London SW3, in aid of Home-Start. Carol Concert, Guildhall, London EC2, in aid of the Mental Health Foundation. Silver Jubilee Concert of Malcolm Sargent Cancer Fund for Children, Royal Albert Hall, London SW7.

22: Carol Service, Winchester Cathedral, Winchester, Hampshire.

24: Christmas Eve.

25: Christmas Day Band Concert, Eastbourne, East Sussex. Peter Pan Cup Swimming Race, Serpentine, Hyde Park, London W2.

26: Boxing Day Open Air Dancing, Eastbourne, East Sussex. Horse racing: King George VI Chase, Kempton Park; National Hunt, Kingsteignton, Newton Abbot, Devon. National Trust and Ramblers Association Week of Christmas Walks.

27: First Sunday after Christmas.

30: Horse racing: Carlisle Christmas Holiday Race Meeting, Carlisle, Durbar, Cumbria. National Hunt, Orchard Portman, Somerset.

31: New Year's Eve. Allendale Baal Festival, Allendale, Northumberland.