20 Things To Do In December

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Hyde Park winter wonderland

Put on your sparkliest jumper and remind the kids of the joy of festive family entertainment in London town.

Here are some of our favourite things to do in December (Places are still available for all ticketed events but don’t delay as they are booking up fast).

There are so many wonderful ice rinks to choose from (and you can check our What’s On for a full list). One of the loveliest has to be Skate at Somerset House, where you can glide across a magnificent neoclassical courtyard. Kids can also join a chocolate making workshop for an extra festive treat.

Step back in time and ride a vintage steam train wrapped in Christmas lights at Epping Ongar Light Fantastic.

Zip around the world on a Christmas Orchestral Adventure, all without leaving the Royal Albert Hall’s magical auditorium.

If you fancy a Christmas festival, Hyde Park Winter Wonderland won’t disappoint, with circus attractions, festive shows, a huge ice rink, street food and lots more wintery fun on the agenda.

At Christmas at the Tower of London, discover the history of the fortress through illuminated animal-themed displays. 

The holidays wouldn’t be complete without a visit to a Christmas market. At the Southbank Winter Market, you can stroll along the river under twinkling lights and sample delicious treats from alpine-style chalets.

It’s Christmas at the Postal Museum so take a ride on the subterranean Mail Rail, which has had a festive makeover.

Dance the day away at a Big Fish Little Fish Snow Ball, featuring a multi-sensory dancefloor with glitter cannons, bubbles, giant balloons and a parachute dance finale.

Step into the wonderful world of Percy the Park Keeper on a self-led winter wander trail at National Trust locations across London.

Watch Disney movie The Muppet Christmas Carol accompanied by a live orchestra at the Royal Albert Hall concert.

Visit the futuristic edible Gingerbread City made entirely from gingerbread and sweets and take part in mini house-making workshops.

Head to riverside festival Electric Winter, which features family entertainment each Sunday, from festive films to family raves.

Treat yourself to a day out at the races at the Howden Christmas Racing Weekend, with plenty of entertainment and activities both on and off the track.

Walk through a winter wonderland and enjoy multi-sensory interactive lights along the way at the Lightopia Festival at Crystal Palace Park

Bring the RAF Museum to life for pre-schoolers with a Little Swifts workshop, which include arts and crafts, games, stories and songs.

Help Santa choose the perfect present for each animal at London Zoo’s Magic of Christmas festive family trail. There is also a new fantasy Sensory Sweet Shop to pick up a festive treat or two.

Create your own futuristic work of art using recycled material from nature at Tate Modern’s Uniqlo Tate Play Make Studio.

Walk the illuminated grounds of Hampton Court Palace on the Palace of Stardust light trail of clocks, planets and sundials, inspired by the palace’s grand astronomical clock.

Meet Santa and his Elf in London Transport Museum’s magical winter garden, take part in a trail around the museum and help fix Santa’s sleigh in an interactive game with Christmas at the Museum.

And finally, ring in the New Year with the kids as midday is the new midnight at the FUN DMC family block party.

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