From twinkling lights and dazzling displays to charming markets and seasonal shows, we’re a big fan of everything London has to offer – so we’ve rounded up some our favourite family activities to keep you busy this Christmas whether you’re a local or just visiting!
Hyde Park’s Winter Wonderland is a quintessential Christmas experience for families. With ice skating, a Christmas market, fairground rides, and a Bavarian Village complete with traditional food and drink, this festive extravaganza offers something for every family member. Don’t forget to explore the Magical Ice Kingdom, a stunning display of ice sculptures that will leave kids and adults alike in awe!
A theatre show can be the perfect addition to any family celebration and Christmas is no exception. There’s a plethora of family friendly shows to choose from across the West End, including the new comedy musical Mrs. Doubtfire which we’re hosting at the Shaftesbury! Full of laughs, mix-ups, and family fun, this feel-good musical is adeptly based on the classic film to bring nostalgia and a dose of familial love to the West End.
Fancy some tickets? Book with the Official Box Office for Mrs. Doubtfire here.
London’s heritage railways often host special Christmas-themed train rides. The Polar Express at the Telford Steam Railway is a fantastic example. Based on the classic children’s book and film, the Polar Express experience offers a magical journey to the “North Pole,” complete with hot chocolate, cookies, and a visit from Santa. It’s an enchanting adventure that will make kids’ eyes light up with joy.
London’s Christmas markets are a treasure trove of festive delights. Southbank Centre Winter Market and Leicester Square Christmas Market are two of the city’s most popular options. Families can explore quaint stalls selling handmade gifts, enjoy seasonal treats, and take part in various activities and workshops. Don’t forget to try a piping hot cup of mulled wine or cider to keep warm.
One of the simplest yet most charming activities in London during Christmas is to stroll through the city and take in the dazzling lights. Covent Garden, Regent Street, Oxford Street, and Carnaby Street are known for their elaborate and creative light displays. Make it a family tradition to pick your favourite and snap a family photo beneath the twinkling canopy!
Lace up your skates and take the family ice skating at some of London’s most iconic locations. The Natural History Museum’s Ice Rink, the Tower of London Ice Rink, and the ice rink at Somerset House are all incredibly popular. Skating under the stars with stunning backdrops is always an unforgettable Christmas experience.
Kew Gardens offers a mesmerizing after-dark experience during the Christmas season with its illuminated trail. Walk through the gardens to see them come alive with twinkling lights, interactive displays, and a shimmering lake. It’s a serene yet captivating experience that families can enjoy together.
London truly becomes a winter wonderland during the Christmas season, offering an array of family-friendly activities and experiences. Whether you’re wandering through the markets, ice skating under the stars, or enjoying a festive show, there’s something for everyone to enjoy.
Whether it’s a vacation or staycation, make this Christmas one to remember by exploring the magical side of London with your loved ones and planning some new activities.