Things to do during Christmas
Jingle bells, razzmatazz and all that jazz...
Festive lights of Kew Gardens
See the Gardens light up for an unforgettable after-dark festive trail of lights. 20 November 2019 to 5 January 2020.
The winter trail takes a magical new route this year and will appeal to both children and grown ups. Wrap up warm and enjoy one mile of spectacular lights, fire gardens, food stalls (inc mulled wine and cider), vintage fair and more.
Words can't describe, you just need to try it for yourself. Nothing negative to say (except parking can be tricky).
Ticket prices vary. Friends of Kew get a discount.
Meet Father Christmas at Ham House
Make your family’s Christmas magical with a visit to Father Christmas at Ham House and Garden. He’s taken up residence in the historic back parlor where twinkling lights, rich decoration and the scent of fir make for an experience a world away from the commercial bustle of Christmas. Spend a quiet moment as a family with Father Christmas before enjoying the rest of this very special place which your visit has helped protect.
Saturday 7- Sunday 8 and Saturday 14 - Monday 23 December.
Admission is £7.50.
The Showstoppers' Christmas Show
Originally from the Edinburgh Fringe, ‘The Showstoppers' are an award-winning improv troupe that sing, dance, act... while being hilarious at the same time! They normally do productions for adults but this December they’re back in the West End for a festive musical adventure for children.
In their special Christmas Grotto, the Showstopper Elves will let kids (and only kids) in the audience shout out themes and characters and let them control the narrative.
Shaun the Sheep meets Dora at the North Pole? Done! The Paw Patrol help Father Christmas deliver presents? No problem! Peppa Pig and Spiderman build a snowman? Of course!
Completely different every time, the show’s in a twinkly, Christmassy Spiegeltent in Leicester Square from 23rd November-1st December.
Tickets from £14.50.
Christmas at the Snow Kingdom! Uncover the hidden entrance to a secret underground passageway, navigate the magical ball pit river and find the secret password to discover a cosy Christmas cinema.
Giant beanbags, warm blankets, mulled wine, festive film favourites - plus a few more treats: street food, craft beer, cocktails on tap!
A host Christmas films are available to watch over the festive period at the Capital Studios in Wandsworth.
Hogwarts in the snow
If you or your child is a Harry Potter Fan you do not want to miss this very special event!! Hogwarts in the snow returns to the Warner Brothers studio for this festive season. The Great Hall, decorated with Christmas trees, will be ready with a seasonal feast for all visiting muggles and wizards. Snow will be adrift in Diagon Alley and "he who must not be named" will be out of sight and mind!
The beautiful scale model of Hogwarts that was used for sweeping shots over the school will also be looking wintry, with snow and ice.
Hyde Park Winter Wonderland
The spectacular Winter Wonderland is a sight to behold. With its dazzling lights and myriad array of food stalls and attractions, it is well worth a visit with the family this festive season.
Attractions include the UK’s largest outdoor ice rink, over 100 thrilling fairground rides, international food stalls (including traditional German fare and beer!), charming Christmas markets and shows such as the Magical Ice Kingdom, Paddington on Ice, Circus Megadome and Winter Wonderland Comedy Club .
Don't miss out on this year's must-see event!
Free entry. Prices for attractions vary.
Help The Christmas Forest plant trees in the African drylands
Our school Christmas tree has been provided by The Christmas Forest, who opened their pop-up shop in Putney on 21st November.
They will be selling a fabulous selection of sustainably grown, freshly cut Christmas trees all handpicked for their quality. There will be different varieties and a huge range of sizes all displayed in a forest-like setting. Holly, wreaths, mistletoe and treats for the kids too. For every tree sold, they donate to plant a tree in the African drylands through Tree Aid (treeaid.org.uk), changing lives for thousands of some of the poorest families in the world.
Come and wander through and pick your perfect Christmas tree and enjoy an extra festive glow knowing your trees means something more, not just Christmas.
020 3953 8794
Open 8am - 10pm, Monday to Sunday until December 23rd.