What’s on in London this Christmas for Families?

It’s the most wonderful time of the year! The time to give gifts, tuck into festive food and enjoy quality family time. But during the Christmas holidays, there are those long days between 25 December and New Year’s Day to fill.

If you’re looking for inspired ideas to keep everyone entertained in the capital, here’s a round-up of what’s on in London at Christmas.

Day trip – Winter Wonderland, Hyde Park

The fun of the fair has returned to Hyde Park! Until 6 January, there’s an ice rink, games and Christmas markets, as well as ice sculpting workshops and a comedy club like Comedy Carnival.

Doors are open from 10amto 10pm, meaning families with small ones can enjoy the Teletubbies Christmas Show during the day, and those with teens can head along to watch the daring performance by Cirque Berserk in the evening. While this is free to enter, there’s a fee for each attraction you visit.

Theatre – various locations

The theatre is the ideal choice for those looking for a bit of escapism during the festive break. This is the opportunity to switch off from the hustle and bustle of Christmas and instead enjoy some time following dramatic tales. From the West End to dedicated venues that suit the story, London is the ultimate city for live performance and is sure to keep the kids occupied for a few hours.

Ice skating – various locations

To really indulge in the festive spirit, why not take to the ice? Whether you’re a beginner or you go each year, there are plenty of skating opportunities at venues throughout London.

Take your pick from stunning setting such as Somerset House, where you can all skate until 13 January, and the Natural History Museum, which is open until 9 January. There’s also the rink at Canary Wharf, which is staying open until February half term, so repeat visits might be a possibility.

Also, for the first time, John Lewis Oxford Street has frozen over its rooftop to create a luxurious wintry scene, with a glittering rink surrounded by cabins. You can all enjoy skating on the department store’s rooftop until 6 January.

Magical lights – Alice in Winterland, Southwark Park

Treat the children to something special when you take them to this brand-new lantern festival celebrating the world of Alice in Wonderland. Up to 5 January, luminous characters and scenes from the tale are lighting up the park, while you and your family can also enjoy a Mad Hatter’s tea party.

Photo by Marina Khrapova