Our city appears to have gone nuts for wacky Yuletide decor. Alexi Duggins sorts the tree-mendous from the turkey-tastic
THE KING’S CROSS LASER CHRISTMAS TREE
So few people explore the link between the Messiah and acid-trance gurning. Luckily, King’s Cross Filling Station is honouring the area’s clubbing heritage by uniting rave and Chrimbo with this ‘tree’ – projected on to the Midland Goods Shed opposite. On the hour, it goes into ‘rave mode’, flashing as speakers blare out a ‘random rave track’. May we suggest a variation on a Shamen classic? ‘Jeezus Goode! Jeezus Goode!’ King’s Cross Filling Station, Goods Way, N1C 4UR. 5-10pm. Dec 23.
THE GIANT PRESSIE – OR IS IT A TAXI RANK?
The Piccadilly branch of Cath Kidston was opened with two floral-print taxis bursting from a huge present in the middle of Marble Arch and leading an eight-car convoy. The cabs will offer gratis rides to the store. But as the giant gift itself is no more… yep, it’s the Ghost of Christmas Presents.
THE MULTIMILLIONPOUND WREATH
’Tis the season to be charitable, supposedly. So who would spunk enough cash to feed 745,000 African kids for a week… on door bling? Stuffed with sufficient jewels to befuddle a magpie (16 rubies and 32 diamonds), Clerkenwell florist Unikon Flowers’ wreath costs a tidy £2.8m.
THE TREE OF ROTTING SEAWEED AND DEATH
Macabre creative Miss Cakehead and Kraken rum provided Acton pub The Aeronaut with this beauty. It has five metres of rotting seaweed for tinsel, plus robin skulls and animal bones as baubles. Sort of a zoological nightmare before Christmas. The Aeronaut, 264 Acton High St, W3 9BH.
STOKEY’S RASPBERRY RIPPLE TREE
Is it a marshmallow infestation? The hindquarters of 100 poodles? Have rogue cheerleaders taken up street art? None of the above. It’s Hackney Council’s attempt to enliven a Church Street conifer for the festive season. Stoke Newington Church St, N16.