Best London Christmas activities for children

Make the festive season even more magical for your little ones at these great Christmas events for children
By Time Out London Things To Do |

Christmastime is exciting at any age, but it really is the most wonderful time of the year when you're smaller than one of Santa's elves. All year long, (hopefully) your little ones have been on their best behaviour in order to be put on Santa's nice list, so why not make their festive period even more special with some of London's amazing Christmas events for kids. All across the capital, there's so much wintery fun to be had, from ice rinks, Santa's grottos, Xmas lights and Christmas theatre shows. Here's our guide to the best Christmas activities for children in London. 

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Christmas activities for kids in London

Things to do, Markets and fairs

Hyde Park Winter Wonderland

icon-location-pin Hyde Park, Kensington

There's Christmas family fun aplenty at Winter Wonderland, with a huge ice rink, two circuses, an observation wheel and the Magical Ice Kingdom, plus themed bars for the grown-ups. Even the Grinch would have a real job stealing all the Christmas from Hyde Park's massive tribute to festive fun. 

Things to do, Festivals


icon-location-pin Clapham Common, Clapham

Festive playground Winterville is back in Clapham Common and features more dancing, eating, laughing, drinking and skating than you can shake a snow globe at. 

Things to do, Ice skating

Natural History Museum Ice Rink

icon-location-pin Natural History Museum, Brompton

The Natural History Museum is home to London’s most enchanting ice rink, thanks to the beautiful backdrop of Alfred Waterhouse's buildings, a row of trees dripping in fairy lights and a majestic Christmas tree in the middle of the ice. It's become a London Christmas classic.

Things to do, Exhibitions

Hogwarts in the Snow

icon-location-pin Warner Bros. Studio Tour London - The Making of Harry Potter, Abbots Langley

The Harry Potter studio tours get a festive makeover once more this Winter, with Christmas trees and a seasonal feast in the Great Hall, decorations in Gryffindor common room and snow drifts in Diagon Alley. The beautiful scale model of Hogwarts that was used for sweeping shots over the school will also be looking wintry, with snow and ice effects carefully applied by hand.

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Things to do, Walks and tours

Christmas at Kew Gardens

icon-location-pin Kew Gardens, Kew

Kew's incredible gardens get another magnificent seasonal makeover in 2018, as Christmas at Kew brings illuminations to light up the buildings and plants. The mile-long, twinkling trail promises to be bigger than ever this year. Fill your little one's with wonder with a spectacle of over a million sparkling pea-lights, thousands of laser beams and tree canopies flooded with festive colour.  

Things to do, Ice skating

Skate at Somerset House

icon-location-pin Somerset House, Temple

Get your skates on. Somerset House's grand 18th-century courtyard is the stunning setting for an ice rink again this winter. No matter how unimpressive your skating skills a trip to this 900-square-metre outdoor rink will be the very definition of festive fun. 

Theatre, Panto

Snow White

icon-location-pin London Palladium, Soho

Best known for playing a lovable village priest in 'The Vicar of Dibley', Dawn French is going over to the dark side with a turn as The Wicked Queen in this year's Palladium panto. She'll star alongside Julian Clary in what's likely to offer big budget, traditional panto fun that's stuffed full of old-school comic turns and very rude jokes. 

Theatre, Drama

A Christmas Carol

icon-location-pin Old Vic, Southwark

Returning to the Old Vic for another year, Stephen Tompkinson stars as Ebenezer Scrooge in director Matthew Warchus' bombastic approach to this festive Dickens classic. 

Theatre, Children's

The Snowman

icon-location-pin Peacock Theatre, Holborn

'The Snowman' is back for Christmas 2018. Delight in this festive favourite, this year at the Peacock Theatre. 

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Pick a perfect pantomime this Christmas

Theatre, Panto

Christmas pantomimes in London

We've gathered the brightest, brashest pantos coming to the capital this winter, so take your pick from the grown-up silliness and childish fun featuring comedians, celebrities and hairy-legged dames.

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