Wintertime at Southbank Centre guide

Cider, carols and a Christmas market at Wintertime at Southbank Centre – it's all happening down by the river this winter
Southbank Centre Wintertime 2018
Rebecca Brindle
By Time Out London Things To Do |

Winter at Southbank Centre always pulls out all the stops to throw its biggest and best ever Christmas celebration. A sack-load of Thames-side festive fun is always planned including one of the best Christmas markets in London, where shoppers can bag gifts, festive produce and sweet treats, and seasonal Christmas shows, guaranteed to brighten up any miserable family members shunning the festive spirit. Check out our highlights below and head down to one of the most festive events in London this winter

What is Winter at Southbank Centre 2018?

Dazzling family shows, yuletide markets, sparkly lights and a giant dollop of festive fun make up the Southbank’s annual celebrations. Big shows for 2018 include a madcap retelling of Rumplestiltskin and Circus 1903, a show featuring incredible life-sized elephant puppets alongside acrobats, contortionists, jugglers and trapeze artists whizzing through the air. Don’t miss cabaret trio Glittery Clittery serving up fierce, feminist and sequin drenched comedy, or the day-long celebration of London’s best drag kings and queens.

Little ones can get their groove on at Caribbean Christmas featuring performances, storytelling and a party, or at the Snow Ball where those in fancy dress can strut it down the People’s Catwalk.

When is Winter at Southbank Centre 2018?

Wintertime is open from November 9 and runs until January 6 2019. The majority of the Southbank Centre's outdoor attractions are open from 10am-10pm daily. The Southbank Centre is normally entirely closed on Christmas Day, with outdoor attractions staying closed on New Year's Eve. 

Where is Winter at Southbank Centre 2018?

The nearest train and tube station to the Southbank Centre is Waterloo (Bakerloo, Northern, Jubilee and Waterloo and City Underground lines), though Embankment (Circle and District) and Charing Cross (Northern and Bakerloo) are just a short walk across a big river away. Many bus routes stop nearby or you can even arrive by boat to Festival Pier.

Is there an entry fee? 

The Wintertime market is completely free to wander around, and many of Southbank Centre’s festive events are too. Some events are ticketed. 

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