Guide to Christmas in London with the Kids

Amanda Gegg, November 2017

Christmas in London: there’s really nothing quite like it. And whilst it’s not always the first place that springs to mind for people looking for somewhere to spend the festive season with their families, you might be surprised to hear that it has a huge array of fun activities for children. In fact, once you see what there is to choose from, ranging all the way from world-renowned light exhibitions to an entirely snow-adorned Harry Potter theme park, then you might decide to make it an annual trip for all the family to enjoy.

Christmas at Kew Gardens
One of the most popular Christmas events of recent years, Christmas at Kew takes you on a magical trail through the paths of the botanical gardens. This all takes place under the cover of darkness of course and on your journey you’ll encounter singing Christmas trees, a fairy-lit tunnel and a spectacular laser show in front of the iconic Palm House.

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Hogwarts in the Snow’, Warner Bros Studios London
Without sounding too dramatic this really is the ULTIMATE day out for Harry Potter fans. Every year the Warner Bros studio tour in Leavesden transforms the original movie sets in to a magical wonderland for Christmas and you can even attend the ‘Yule Ball’.

The Christmas Forest
Many will agree that Christmas trees are one of the most important centrepieces of the holiday season. Therefore, the guys at ‘The Christmas Forest’ decided to capitalise on this by placing festive stalls all over the city where you can go along as a family and pick the perfect spruce for your living room.

Ice Skating at The Natural History Museum
As far as London Christmas activities go, it doesn’t really get much better than a day out at the world-famous Natural History Museum, followed by ice skating in front of their magnificent 19th century hall. They even have penguin skate aids so the little ones can join in worry-free.

Winterville, Clapham Common
From the founders of Field Day and Street Feast comes London’s ‘alternative festive experience’, Winterville. For those that like an unconventional edge, this winter fair offers family fun with a kid-friendly ice rink, backyard cinema and even a specialised children’s rave.

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Enchanted Eltham Palace, Greenwich
Only running for one week from 15th – 23rd December, the English Heritage society have once again decided to light up the enchanting grounds of Eltham Palace and this year they’ll be setting up even more festive stalls for all the family to enjoy.

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