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5 Christmas themed activities for the family in London this winter

Why not treat your family to fun, enchanted Christmas activities in London ?!

Here are five events to consider:

  1. Greenwich Market Lantern Parade and Christmas lights

On November 15, from 11am to 6pm, take your families to the streets of Greenwich for a full day of Christmas themed fun.

You can experience the beauty of Christmas by watching the sparkling lights and the vibrant lanterns made by children from local schools, accompanied by music from local Djs.  

For adults, there is an opportunity to shop in Greenwich Market for all your Christmas essentials.

And for children, be sure to visit Santa at the Greenwich Market Grotto.

Entries for these activities are free.

2. Ice Rink Canary Wharf

For those who want to get active and cool down this winter, Canary Wharf’s ice skating rink is open to all right now from 10am to 10:45pm.

Deemed the longest running seasonal ice rinks in London, this attraction lasts for 18 weeks and is the perfect place for some ‘family festive fun.’

Enjoy sliding and gliding around the 1275 square-meter arena, sheltered from rain and illuminated by a giant mirror ball with your family for a fun bonding experience.

Prices for children start at £13.50, for adults prices start from £17.95.

Alternatively, four skaters can purchase a family ticket from £53.95.

Food and drink is available from the Grandstand Bar but is not included in the skating price.

3. Christmas at Kew

Ice skating not your thing?

Christmas at Kew Gardens is the perfect attraction for families who want a visual yet immersive experience.

It’s described as “a botanical world brimming with seasonal cheer as twinkling lights and seasonal sounds fill the air”. 

Witness and travel through, tunnels of light, glimmering lakeside reflections and trees covered in fluorescent lights. 

Encounter the flaming fire gardens and see festive elements such as Father Christmas for a time that you and your children will enjoy.

Christmas at Kew lasts from November 15 to January 7 2024.

Tickets start from £15 for children over 4 and £22.50 for adults. Under fours go free. 

4. The stick man

The life of a mystical stick with his wife and kids who becomes a dog toy comes to life in Leicester Square theatre, featuring puppetry, music and storytelling.

Suitable for all ages, children under 18 months do not require a ticket. It lasts for 55 minutes.

The dates that tickets are available are October 21 through January 2. 

Tickets start from £16 with an additional £1 venue restoration levy. To book tickets, head over to lecistersquaretheatre.com.

11 a.m. and 2 p.m. are the available times from Tuesday through Sunday. But the times that are open on Saturday and Sunday are 10:30 am, 12:15 am, and 2 pm.

Delicious, organic, healthy alternative snack bags are available at the bar for children.

To learn more about accessibility, you will need to contact the venue for further information at 020 7734 2222 or [email protected]

 5. ELF The Musical

The introduction of a mysterious Santa and elf creature serves to magically depict the elf’s voyage to the North Pole, where the elf is raised.

The play takes place in Tottenham Court Road at Dominion Theatre. 

Beginning from November 15 to January 6, Prices start from £27.50. Tickets can be booked at nederlander.co.uk.

Filled with comedy, music and festivity, ‘The Elf’ is based at Dominion Theatre from Monday to Saturday at 7:30pm. From Thursday and Saturday at 2:30pm. 

Suitable for children aged four and over and lasts for 2 hours 30 minutes.

Again, to gain further information on accessibility, visit their website nederlander.co.uk

 Tips this winter:

  • Make sure to check availability for these events online and even book beforehand to guarantee your place.
  • Plan your travel ahead. These events usually have strict time slots, so plan ahead to avoid lateness.
  • Wrap up warm. Avoid colds and sad faces this winter by wearing many layers and appropriate outdoor wear.

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