When it comes to planning your Christmas schedule (because let’s be honest, there’s so much going on it becomes a schedule), you need to be prepared in advance… particularly if you want to visit a show in London or participate in an event that can get busy.
So I don’t even apologise for bringing you this Christmas themed blog post today, because if you’re like me and any of these Christmas events or days out pique your interest, you’ll want to make sure you have saved some time aside for it in December.
Most of the Christmas events I’ve listed are family friendly, but you may want to double check to see if they’re suitable for your family.
So here’s my list of Christmas activities that you should plan ahead for, or just note down so you don’t forget.
1. Hot chocolate at Choccywoccydoodah
Anywhere that serves hot chocolate by chocolate strength is worth going to in my books. Sign me up for a 70% dark hot chocolate served with all the extras please. I don’t think any kid will say no to a stop by visit here on a cold day.
2. Ice skating
Take your pick of wonderful ice skating rinks around London. My choices would be between the Natural History Museum, Somerset House and the Tower of London rinks.
Dressed in 18th century costumes, the Mozart Festival Orchestra bring together a concert that ends with Vivaldi’s ‘The Four Seasons’. The candle lit setting couldn’t be more appropriate for Christmas but it’s not a kid friendly activity. So enjoy it as a date 😉
They are performing in London, Glasgow, Southend, Basingstoke and Cardiff from 2nd November – 8th December.
4. Circus 1903
It seems a lifetime ago when animals were used for entertainment in circuses. But I do remember going to the circus as a child and being awed by the exotic animals that were showcased- often doing their variety of tricks. We now know better than to use animals in such exploitive and damaging ways.
But all those thrills and daredevil entertainment (without the animal cruelty) are back with Circus 1903, who are bringing back turn of the century circus entertainment including magnificent life-sized elephants created by the puppeteer team behind War Horse.
They only have a three-week run starting from 19th December.
It’s not Christmas for me if I don’t head to Fortnum and Mason to pick up some of their Christmas blend loose tea. The children don’t mind this day out because it involves them enjoying the famous chocolates and a trip to the Parlour.
For children aged 6 and over, the Royal Opera House are putting on a stunning production of the popular fairytale.
It’s running from the 11th of December to the 29th December.
For children aged 5 and over, this would make a great introduction in to the world of ballet. The only December date they have left is the 31st December, but they are running into January too where they have more tickets that have yet to sell out.
What could be cosier then sitting in an enchanted winter wonderland with blankets to keep you warm and an afternoon tea spread to enjoy? Dalloway Terrace bring the outdoors in with their seasonal terrace.
What’s Christmas without panto? I’ve already booked our tickets to our local pantomime, so if you’ve yet to book here are some options for you to enjoy: Snow White at London Palladium, Aladdin at the Hackney Empire or New Wimbledon Theatre, Sleeping Beauty at Theatre Royal Stratford East, Rapunzel at Hoxton Hall, Dick Whittington at the Lyric Hammersmith and Peter Pan at Richmond Theatre
10. Trafalgar Square carols
From Monday the 10th of December to Friday the 21st December, make sure to stop by Trafalgar Square in the afternoon to hear Christmas carollers singing under the base of the Trafalger Square Christmas tree helping to raise money for charity.
The best Christmas film ever right? Well the Royal Albert Hall are bringing this film to life with a concert and full orchestra playing alongside it on the 22nd December.
12. Disney On Ice
With characters all children love and adore, Disney On Ice brings their Dream Big production to the O2 from the 26th December to the 6th January. With inspiring stories this ice spectacular will leave children spell-bound.
This free but ticketed annual event is happening on December the 13th. There are celebrity readings and carols with the cathedral choir. Of course to meet demand there are many Christmas services and events hosted at St. Pauls throughout December, so it’s worth taking a look at what they have on to meet your needs.
Based on the hit festive film, comes the theatre production of Nativity the musical. This is definitely a show that’ll tickle the kids especially if they go to school and have that familiarity of a school production.
The show is running from the 19th December to the 31st December and judging by how well it did last Christmas I’m sure these tickets will sell out quick.
Explore with your senses and your imaginations as you walk around 18 Folgate Street as it’s decorated for Christmas. There are specific silent days and nights for those without children to soak up the atmosphere, but I assume the daytime and lunch time events must be more family appropriate in terms of sound.
16. Bach to Baby
These classical concerts feature outstanding musicians who play in magnificent venues to children of all ages. They have lots of locations across London and slightly further afield too, including Reading, Cambridge and Folkstone. The festive concerts are open for booking now.
London at Christmas truly is magical. With markets and activities happening all over, it is sometimes worth spending a couple of days enjoying all London has to offer at Christmas time. You can even squeeze in a Father Christmas visit at one of the most famous London stores such as Harrods or Hamleys.
Living in London means you have access to everything when required, but for those of you that don’t live in London I recommend staying in the city even just for the night to truly appreciate it.