Oxford Street lights are already enchanting crowds of all ages.
Winter Wonderland workshops at the National Gallery. Join Victorian sisters Anna and Bea for their annual family magic lantern show — an atmospheric tale of mystery and adventure! Jigsaw Japes at Bank of England Museum. During the Christmas and New Year break 17 — 21, 24, 27, 28 and 31 December and 2 — 4 January , the Museum presents Jigsaw Japes, a special event to entertain the whole family.
Children of all ages can draw their favourite Museum object on a pre-cut jigsaw to take home. Showing every weekend in December. Make a Christmas decoration 10 Dec, 3. Christmas Grotto at Whiteleys. There is also a soft play area for babies, toys, and arts and crafts. It is open daily from Tickets for all day sessions tend to sell out before Meet Santa at Whole Foods Kensington!
Grotto is open Saturdays 11am-7pm and Sundays 10am-6pm. There are only six family slots per hour so book early to avoid disappointment. The Room with a View. Find out how families celebrated Christmas years ago!
Enjoy a creative re-telling of The Nutcracker and create seasonal crackers, baubles, retro decorations and cards with help from the Retired and Senior Service Volunteers. Christmas at Kensington Palace. Prepare to be spellbound as Kensington Palace is transformed into a unique palace-sized Advent Calendar this December.
Great for a festive family gathering. Thursday 20th December There will be disco, fancy dress, Santa and goody bag. From 08 December — Sun 06 January , excluding 24 and 25 December. Running until 24 Dec — All Day. Suitable for children 10 years and under. Skate at Somerset House. Click here for more information.
Wooden chalets filled with festive food, drink, gifts and treats run along the twinkling riverside. Enjoy mulled wine, bratwurst and gingerbread while taking in the lights, sights and sounds of London at Christmas time. Come along and get in the Christmas mood! Natural History Museum Ice Rink is now open. The Tower of London Ice Rink. Located in the moat, the ice rink is set against the magnificent fortress battlements, providing a stunning setting for winter skating in the City.
Lots of fun to be had. Your kids can meet Santa Claus aka Father Christmas himself, tell him what they wish for Christmas and maybe, if they've been good, receive a small present to keep them happy on the journey home. Harrods - Harrod's Christmas Grotto is always extra special, and made more manageable by a booking system that allows you to choose when to visit. Obviously it gets booked very quickly when it opens in the beginning of November.
Hamleys - Santa roams the giant toy store at Christmas, through most of December. They usually also have Hamley's Christmas Grotto where you can meet Santa Claus and get a present, if you've been a good little boy or girl!
Southbank Christmas Market - Santa's Secret Village at the Southbank is worth a visit, although it can be pretty cold queuing outside. Finally, you can even rent a Santa who'll come bearing gifts to your hotel room or restaurant table! Don't forget to take a look at our page on what to buy the man who has everything. Christmas Music I think everyone should have a Christmas album in their collection. In fact, way more than one. The famous Trafalgar Square Christmas tree in London is a Norwegian spruce over 20 metres high and usually years old.
These great Christmas events and activities for kids in London will help to make the season even more magical for your little ones, including some free Christmas activities for children. If you are staying in London this Christmas, you will find loads of things to keep little and older children entertained and happy this festive season. Just wrap up warm and enjoy the fun! Have a look at this fab list of Christmas kids events those lovely mums over at Kensington Mums have compiled for us. Christmas, Kids and London. The Enchanted Christmas House From 26th November. Created for children aged 1 to 8, the tour includes Santa's Magical friends, the Garden of Winter Wonder, the Busy Elves Workshop, decorating gingerbread in Mrs Claus' Gingerbread Kitchen and visiting Santa Claus.