Christmas activities for kids in London
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
'The Snowman' is back for Christmas 2018. Delight in this festive favourite, this year at the Peacock Theatre.
Raymond Briggs's 'Father Christmas' returns to the Lyric for Christmas 2018.
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