Best London Christmas activities for children
Make the season even more magical for your little ones at these great Christmas events for children
December is never more exciting than when you're littler than Santa's elves. They've been waiting for this all year; help to make their festive dreams come true at these great Christmas events for kids.
Kew's annual seasonal makeover is back. For 2014, a glittery, mile-long trail, guided by snowflakes, will wind its way through the landscape. French studio design team TILT are creating 27 botanically-inspired light installations, which will be dotted along the route. The large-scale pieces (the biggest is 12 by 12 meters), designed to give the appearance of fireworks frozen in time, include giant luminous lily-of-the-valleys and light-up thistles.
Birmingham Repertory Theatre's stage show for all the family based on Raymond Briggs's modern classic. A delight for kids, using dance, music and storytelling to summon up the feeling of walking in the air, with choreography by Robert North and featuring a full live orchestra. Find more family Christmas shows in London
The Grinch would have a real job stealing all the Christmas from Hyde Park's massive tribute to festive fun, which is back for 2014 from Friday November 21 at 5pm. Entry to Winter Wonderland is free, and a wander past the fairground rides, around child-friendly Santa Land or through the Christmas markets is a real treat for anyone feeling the spirit of the season, as long as you're ready to hear all *those* songs as you potter.
You may not see any reindeer pulling sleighs this Christmas, but the London Wetland Centre has some handsome huskies ready and waiting to take younger children (aged eight and under) for a spin. The dogs are also available for photo opportunities, but if it's not festive enough until you've seen the man himself then head to the northern pine forest to meet Santa in his cosy grotto (£5 per child inc goody bag, cash only).
The first ever staged production of the classic illustrated Christmas children's book, about the lovely fat Father Christmas and his annual routine to get presents to the world, returns to the Lyric after a successful run last year. Forty years on and this classic is still warming the cold Christmas cockles. Ages 0-6. Find more family Christmas shows in London
Discover all the festive activities to be enjoyed in London this Christmas, including markets, Christmas lights, pantomimes and carols.