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Jason Allen 28/11/23

Christmas Floating Film Festival

Despite the difficulties of the pandemic, Brexit, the cost of living crisis and pretty much everything else the last few years have thrown at them, London’s cinemas have still managed to stay afloat.

Which is especially important for this particular cinema.

Popping up once again for the Christmas season, the Floating Film Festival sets up shop amidst the unique surroundings of St. Katharine Docks. Once a working docks, the 200 year old warehouse buildings now look onto a marina populated with yachts and waterside dining terraces. And, apparently, cinemas. Because come December, festoon lighting is strung up under a canopy on a floating pontoon, a screen is erected, and the place is strewn with heaters, blankets and gigantic, two-person sofa bean-bags.

christmas floating film festival

Tickets are now on sale for the Christmas Floating Film Festival, which runs from 4th-10th December. Loaded onto the slate is a mix of classics (Miracle on 34th Street, Home Alone); rom-coms (Bridget Jones’ Diary, The Holiday); and kid-friendly numbers (Arthur Christmas, The Grinch) – and they’ll all be screened to a backdrop of a towering Christmas tree, whose thousands of sparkling lights are reflected in the water.

There’s a small bar to the side for mince pies & mulled wine, although don’t go overboard – the place is literally floating already, and the organisers are keen to point out that the whole venue will be gently bobbing in the water throughout the screening…

…so there is a chance you might literally go overboard.


NOTE: The Christmas Floating Film Festival is no longer running. We’ll let you know when it returns in 2024.

Christmas Floating Film Festival | St. Katharine Docks, London E1W 1LA

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Floating Film Festival

St. Katharine Docks, Wapping, E1W 1LA