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There’s nothing more exciting than Christmas. From gingerbread men to candy canes, the festive season is one that brings bundles of happiness with or without the arrival of a certain bearded man in a giant red coat! That’s why we’ve put together the top picks for ways to entertain your children in London this Christmas to make the most of family time during the festive season:
Make your children feel like they’re in the North Pole with a trip to Winter Wonderland in London’s Hyde Park. Bursting at the seams with Christmas spirit, it is the perfect place for all the family to eat, drink and have fun this December! From fairground games including the classic hook a duck, a gorgeous German-inspired Christmas Market adorning Christmas lights and holly, sizzling hot foods on outdoor stoves and an abundance of mulled wine for parents everywhere, it is utter festive bliss! There’s even an indoor Cinderella on Ice Show to enjoy (and we promise it’s nice and warm in there!).
Nativity: The Musical
Whether you’re familiar with the film or not, this Christmas classic at the Eventim Apollo is a real gem for all ages. Based around a class of young schoolchildren rehearsing for a Nativity play with a difference, it brings to life the chaos, the fun and the joy of Christmas in childhood. With all your favourite sing-a-long tunes and a real festive atmosphere throughout, Nativity: The Musical is a show your family will be talking about this long after the 25th December!
Christmas at Kew Gardens
Everyone loves Christmas lights – they bring out the magic of the season in all of us and Christmas at Kew Gardens is no exception! This is a wonderful night out for you and your children with the gardens lit up in the night sky with colourful, sparkling lights. Dazzling silver icicles hanging from trees, giant white and red Christmas flowers and an open fire for deliciously gooey hot marshmallows! This is the perfect place to go this Christmas.
There’s only one way to find out if you and your family have been naughty or nice this year and that is to visit the big man himself – Santa Claus! Luckily for you, he seems to be dotted around the whole of London. Watch out for his grotto pop-ups in Leicester Square, Hamleys toyshop, London Zoo and Osterley Park and House. Most of the grottos are matched with a whole host of Christmassy things for your children to do including helping Mrs Claus prepare for the big day or ensuring the elves have everything they need to get the job done!
Whether you’re visiting London this Christmas or you’re a born and bred local, there’s plenty of ice rinks to show off your Olympic skating skills! One of the most beautiful locations in the city to take to the ice is the iconic Natural History Museum. Illuminated with dazzling Christmas lights, the glowing Natural History ice rink is a wonderfully festive family day out. If you’re looking for something a little out of the city, Clapham’s pop-up Winterville festival brings the North Pole to your doorstep! Spend time on the thrilling Winterville ice rink before exploring the Christmas market and indulging in the delicious street food – definite tick for all the family!
Pantomimes are a real winter treat and this year is no exception. Whatever your favourite classic fairytale is, there’s something for everyone to enjoy in London this year. The Hackney Empire is performing Cinderella with lots of twists and turns sure to have you and your family in fits of giggles all the way through (now until the 31st December 2017). If you’re looking for more traditional storytelling, the Queen’s theatre in Hornchurch is showing Beauty and the Beast until January 7th 2018. For more glitz and glamour than your typical pantomime experience, opt for Dick Whittington in London’s iconic West End. Hosted at the London Palladium in Soho, you won’t be disappointed.
Give your children the most magical experience this Christmas at Lapland UK. Bringing to life the real meaning of Christmas and its charming storytelling, Lapland UK is an immersive, beautiful experience that will transport your children to the North Pole without the need for a sleigh. They’ll get to visit the toy factory, meet Mrs Claus, come up close to Santa’s reindeers and enjoy an extra special meeting with Santa himself. Dusted in snow and promising smiles all round, it has all of the most perfect thing to do with your kids!
We believe in making Christmas extra special and that’s why we’ve put together the most festive tours this season. We hope you have a very merry Christmas!