20 Things To Do In November

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November starts with a bang before attention turns towards Christmas. Time to look ahead to our top 20 things to do in November.

Into The Music

Our November roundup has a little something for everyone, whether you fancy an early-ish Christmas treat, a museum jaunt, some outdoor fun or the best family theatre that London has to offer. Winter, thanksgiving, Christmas and fireworks, we’ve got plenty of things to do!

Celebrate the marriage of music and movement with Birmingham Royal Ballet’s Autumn Triple Bill Into the Music at Sadler’s Wells. (Nov 2 to 5)

Explore themes of engineering, transport and communication and have lots of mailroom fun at the Postal Museum’s Post and Play sessions. (Nov 3 to Dec 15)

Wrap up warm for Southbank’s Winter Festival and sample festive shows, pop-up bars, art exhibitions and twinkling markets (Nov 3 to Jan 8)

Set sail on an awesome adventure aboard the Cutty Sark for their Family Weekend, featuring creative sailor workshops, giant board games and sea shanty sing-alongs. (Nov 5 to 6)

With panoramic views of London, a legendary fireworks display and a family fun fair, Ally Pally’s Fireworks Festival is sure to be a bonfire night out to remember. Hurry, tickets are selling fast! (Nov 5) 

The timeless story of Pinocchio is given the Christmas treatment at The Unicorn Theatre. (Nov 6 to Dec 31)

Glide at Battersea Power Station

Get your skates on and head to Glide at Battersea Power Station, set against the backdrop of one of London’s most iconic buildings. (Nov 11 to Jan 8)

Celebrate children’s literature at the week-long South Ken Kids Festival with workshops, films, virtual reality and performances from well-known children’s authors. (Nov 14 to 20)

See Kew Gardens transformed into a magical winter light trail with Christmas at Kew. If you’re lucky you might just bump into a special jolly someone too. (Nov 16 to Jan 8)

Glide across the ice surrounded by spectacular views of Henry VIII’s former residence at Hampton Court Palace Ice Rink. (Nov 17 to Jan 8)

Stroll through a winter wonderland and enjoy multi-sensory interactive lights along the way at Lightopia. (Nov 17 to Jan 2)

Follow the twinkling lights and spot wildlife along the way at Illuminature, an immersive after-dark trail of larger-than-life sculptures and installations at the London Wetland Centre. (Nov 18 to Jan 8)

Get in the Christmas spirit at Hyde Park Winter Wonderland and enjoy circus attractions, festive shows, a huge ice rink, street food and lots more wintery fun. (Nov 18 to Jan 2)

Go on a scavenger hunt, solve clues and learn all about the Great Fire of London at the Bring your Kids guided walk. (Nov 19)

Christmas at Alexandra Palace (see below)

Enchanting musical The Pixie and the Pudding brings a Scandinavian folklore tale to life with puppetry, original music and a sprinkling of festive magic. (Nov 19 to Jan 29)

See the top-selling Christmas toys of the 20th Century at the Museum of Brands’ newest exhibition: Toys, Tech and Tamagotchis. (Nov 25 to Jan 6)

Meet Santa at the London Transport Museum, explore the winter trail and hop aboard a historic Routemaster bus for the Lights and Sights vintage bus tours. (Nov 25 to Jan 2)

Help Santa feed all the zoo animals and enjoy Christmas festivities, animal crafts, Christmas-themed animal talks and marshmallow toasting at London Zoo’s The Magic of Christmas. (Nov 26 to Jan 3)

Dance the day away with your mini party people and jingle your bells at the Big Fish Little Fish Snowball. (Nov 27)

Head to Alexandra Palace for a Christmas spectacular with a jam-packed programme of ice skating, theatre, pantomime and Santa’s Grotto. (Nov 28 to Jan 15)

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