London at Christmastime is one of the most festive cities around. When the lights are up, the decorations are out, and the Norwegian Christmas tree is displayed in Trafalgar Square, it’s time to relax, get merry, and enjoy some festive fun with the family. Plan a day out in the capital and create some fantastic memories with these London Christmas events.
Your family is invited to be whisked away on a fun, interactive adventure to visit Santa – with a little bit of help from his friends Shrek and Donkey. Enjoy a magical, personalised journey complete with a 4D cinematic sleigh ride, and the chance to speak with Santa and get a present.
London’s most beautiful outdoor ice rink returns to Somerset House this winter. In partnership with Fortnum & Mason, this icy experience is open all day and well into the evening, when the rink comes alive with exclusive club nights. After skating, treat yourself to a cocktail, a Welsh rarebit, or hot chocolate from the Skate Lounge – or make your visit extra special with Skate Extras at the Fortnum’s Lodge on-site.
Eden Crafts are celebrating their tenth year of hosting the Kingston Christmas Craft Fair, so you’ll be truly spoiled for choice. There’s a whole array of exhibitors offering a unique selection of gifts, ranging from jewellery, skin care, clothing, toys, bags, and plenty of delicious foods to try and buy.
A glorious mixture of all your favourite festive pantomimes, this promises to be a hilarious and chaotic experience. Cinderella goes on a perilous adventure after the scheming Rumplestiltskin blackmails her into retrieving the coveted golden eggs from the top of the beanstalk. Cinderella must complete her quest in order to recover her glass slipper, but with Prince Charming, the Fairy Godmother, and Jack’s pregnant cow all doing their best to get in the way, the eggs might not be easily found…
Charles Dickens’s classic, A Christmas Carol, comes to the Rose Theatre this year. Ebenezer Scrooge hates Christmas and everything about it, until he is taken on a supernatural journey by three ghosts. Will Scrooge open his heart to the true spirit of Christmas before it’s too late? Early booking is recommended, as last year’s Rose Christmas production sold out.
This is a special Christmas adventure for the very young. Fallen from his place in the sky, a sleepy cherub needs help to find his way home. Follow his garland through the Battersea Arts Centre’s beautiful old rooms and discover what makes the old Town Hall so magical in an immersive journey with a few surprises along the way. With hidden rooms to explore and play in, children are encouraged to take part.
Foyles is hosting its very first Christmas Craft Fair, where their flagship store is being transformed into a festive marketplace with an exclusive selection of stalls offering a variety of Christmas gifts. From vintage cards to brooches, macaroons to fairy lights, you’ll find the perfect gift for your loved ones – and probably a little thing or two for yourself.
The Chelsea Christmas Gift Fair returns to the Chelsea Old Town Hall this year, bringing a refreshing alternative to Christmas gift shopping. This exciting two-day indoor gift fair has fashion for men, women, and children, beautiful items for the home, toys, pet presents, and lots of delicious food. With over eighty handpicked exhibitors, there are plenty of unique, high quality products to choose from.
The panto royalty of Theatre Royal Stratford East, writers Trish Cooke and Robert Hyman, return this Christmas with another of their critically acclaimed shows. Robin Hood is their choice for this year, following the prince of thieves as he and his merry men try to rob the rich to feed the poor. Cooke and Hyman’s productions are raucous, politically tinged, and a whole lot of fun.
Independent comedy favourites Josie Long and Robin Ince team up for another Shambles show, this time with a Christmas twist. There will be festive spots from poets, comics, musicians, writers, and lots more, including Bridget Christie, Grace Petrie, Joanna Neary, and Rufus Hound.