The Southbank Centre plays host to one of London’s most spectacular winter events. See the Thames-side arts venue get magically transformed into a festive wonderland with a brilliant Christmas market full of stalls packed with festive treats and gifts, and a stage area where you can feast your eyes on some enchanting Christmas performances. Make sure you take a look at our picks below so you don't miss one of the magical seasonal events in London.
What is Winter at Southbank Centre 2018?
This year's Christmas celebrations at Southbank include yuletide markets, magical lights, sensational family workshops, and plenty of festive entertainment. The standout shows for 2018 include a charming new spin on the fairytale of ‘Rumpelstiltskin’ complete with rock songs and stunning costumes, and ‘Circus 1903’ - an ambitious show featuring life-sized animal puppetry, trapeze artists, acrobats, contortionists and more. You name it, the show's got it. There’s also plenty of brilliant evening performances to the bill too. Comedy cabaret trio Glittery Clittery who will be serving up feminist and festive song, dance with ‘an explosion of sequins’, there will be a day-long celebration of London's drag scene, Coronation Street’s Maureen Lipman will be putting on a set of sketches, monologues, and jokes. Or see comedian Mawaan Rizwan dishing out LOLs.
Keep an eye out for free festive workshops, including the Jumper for Joy - make your own Christmas jumper class - and plenty of live music including a night curated by the brilliant Nest Collective.
Take little ones to Caribbean Christmas for traditional performances, storytelling and a party, or head to the Snow Ball in your finest fancy dress to strut your stuff down the People's Catwalk. Bring along your dancing shoes so you can show off your stuff in the Strictly Winter Ballroom, or consider what home means to different people during this season with Streetwise Opera & Kinetika.
When is Winter at Southbank Centre 2018?
Southbank Centre's Winter Festival runs from November 9 until January 6 2019. The majority of the Centre is 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). 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.
During the festive period, many public transport services will have reduced timetables so make sure you've checked how you'll be travelling around London over Christmas and New Year.
Is there an entry fee?
The Winter Market is free to wander through, as are many of Southbank Centre’s festive events are too. Some events are ticketed.
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