Posted: 08 Dec 2016
Category: Area Guide
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Make the most of the festive season this Christmas. Check out these must-see events
From majestic choral singing to stunning illuminations, ice-skating at legendary buildings and sumptuous Christmas food markets. London has it all at Christmas time. Here’s a round up of our must-see attractions.
Carols at the Royal Albert Hall
Once again, the Royal Albert Hall will host festive carol services, classical music and Christmas readings, all performed in mesmorising 18th-century costume. Where better to take part in a concert of seasonal classics than this candlelit concert hall?
Address: Kensington Gore, SW7 2AP
Price: Standard tickets, £21.50
Southbank Centre Winter Festival
The Southbank is our first point of call in the Christmas season, and this year is set to be their biggest celebration to date. It runs until the 25th January 2017, so you’ve got plenty of time to enjoy the magical Christmas market with a wide range of festive produce and gift ideas.
Address: Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road, Lambeth, SE1.
Price: Admission free
The Little Matchgirl
This magical and mysterious story, penned by Hans Christian Andersen, is one-to-watch this Christmas. It tells the story of a destitute heroine and her struggle for survival. Each match she strikes to keep warm conjures a new story. Suitable for children over nine-years-old.
Address: Sam Wanamaker’s Playhouse, 21 New Globe Walk, Bankside, SE1 9DT
Price: Standing from £10, seated from £15 – 48, premium seated from £62.
Charles Dickens Museum
This Dickensian museum comes in to its own at Christmas time. You wouldn’t expect any less from the creator of Scrooge and Marley, would you? The museum will be showcasing a variety of events from candlelit carol services to late night tours.
Address: 48 Doughty Street, WC1N 2LX
Price: Adults, £9; concessions, £6; children (6 – 16-years-old), £4; U6, free admission
Christmas at Kew Gardens
This botanical wonderland is a must-see this Christmas. As night falls, Kew Garden transforms into a festive grotto. Lit by thousands of Christmas lights, you are guided around the world-famous botanic gardens. Expect mulled wine, vintage rides, gift ideas and fantastic light shows. Open until 2nd January 2016 (5 – 11pm).
Address: Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, Richmond, Surrey, TW9 3AE.
Price: Adults, start from £16; children (4-16), start from £10; family (two adults, two children 4-16), £48.
Ski Lodge, Montagu on the Gardens
Once again, the Montagu on the Gardens brings its traditional Ski Lodge to Bloomsbury. You can sample some Alpine festive spirit this season, from falling snowflakes, reindeer, pine trees and piste maps. All you need to do is kick back and enjoy the mulled cider.
Address: 15 Montague Street, Bloomsbury
Price: From £30 per person, one-hour pass including food platter and drinks
Hampton Court Palace Ice Rink
Visit Hampton Court Palace and this wintry exercise is the perfect way to get you in the festive mood. It’s an unforgettable experience, as you ice-skate beside one of London’s most awe-inspiring backdrops. Arrive at night to see the 900-metre-square outdoor rink beautifully lit up. Available until the 8th January 2017.
Address: Hampton Court Palace, East Molesey, Surrey, KT8 9AU
Price: Adult, £13.50; children (3-12), £9.50; children (12-15), £11.50; family (two adults, two children), £38.
The Nutcracker at the Royal Opera House
London really does excel at Christmas. Not only can you ice-skate in front of virtually every iconic building in the capital, but you can also experience Tchaikovsky’s enchanting world of The Nutcracker. The Royal Ballet brings to life this famous score with breathtaking sets inspired by 19th-Century Christmas scenes. A must-see.
Address: Bow Street, Covent Garden, WC2E 9DD
Price: From £5 – 120.
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