25 things you could be doing in Hackney this week: 17-30 December

What’s on in Hackney this week? Street food parties, festive taxidermy, Christmas jumpers and a selection of seasonal films.

The team at Dalston boozer The Three Compasses celebrate four years at the helm of the pub on Thursday with cake and party games. And booze, obviously.

Seventy designers and makers will be in attendance for the Crafty Fox Night Market on Thursday at the Geffrye Museum. Regular ukers and complete beginners are both welcome at the Hoxton Ukulele Hootenanny at the Queen of Hoxton on Monday. Hear what happens when house music meets gospel with a live performance from the House Gospel Choir at Rich Mix on Thursday.

Pick up some handmade Christmas gifts at the Chats Palace Christmas Makers Market which takes place on Saturday. Mordue Pictures will be at Hackney Picturehouse on Thursday to screen a series of short films produced during 2015 with all proceeds going to mental health charity SANE. Join Hooray Cabaret for a night of comedy and burlesque at The Moth Club on Saturday. Christmas music documentary Jingle Bell Rocks is screening at Hackney Picturehouse on Thursday as part of Doc n Roll festival. Drag stars Le Gateau Chocolat and Jonny Woo perform A Night at the Musicals at The Glory on Saturday.

It’s closing weekend at Tokyo Nightsafter eight weeks at Red Market so head down one more time for street food, cocktails and special guest DJs. This weekend is your last chance to visit Dinerama this year so head down any time from Thursday to Saturday for some of the best street food in London and a veritable wealth of bars. Dinerama Shoreditch Dig out your most extravagant Christmas jumper for the Unwanted Woolly Garments festive party at Yard Theatre on Saturday. Ultimate Christmas movie It’s A Wonderful Life is showing in the new screening room at The Proud Archivist on Thursday. Poster Icons will be at Rio Cinema this weekend with more than 100 original movie posters available to browse and buy. Experience an authentic Venetian Christmas Dinner at Palm 2 on Friday with several lovingly prepared courses accompanied by barrels of red and white wine.

Join artists, crafters, bakers, food producers, jewellers, face-painters, carol-singers at the Russet Christmas Market on Saturday. Catch a special screening of Gremlins at Hackney Picturehouse on Monday with a score played by live musicians. Head down to The Proud Archivist on Monday to grab a beer and sit down to draw with All The Young Nudes. Check out 100 signed prints donated by artists and designers at Signed for Syria which runs throughout the week at Protein Studios. Pop-up restaurant Monograph hosts its latest Japanese supper club in Dalston on Friday.

Grab a glass of mulled wine, play the retro arcade and browse the stalls at the Clapton Christmas Craft Market this weekend. There’s a screening of Home Alone at The Moth Club on Sunday.