20 Things To Do In December

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Get the festive party started with a family day out or two this December. Here are 20 of our favourite things to do in and around London this month.

Quick! Book now!. Our 20 things to do series continues with a fantastic selection of seasonal events and activities taking place in December.


Southbank Centre’s Winter Festival features festive family fun, children’s shows, music, luminous art, and a Winter Market. (To Jan 7)


Get your skates on and head to Glide at Battersea Power Station, set against the backdrop of one of London’s most iconic buildings. (To Jan 7)


Meet festive characters as you explore magical rooms and help ensure no wish is ever forgotten at walk-through experience Wishmas. (To Jan 7)


See Kew Gardens transform into a magical winter light trail for Christmas at Kew, which returns with never-before-seen installations. (To Jan 7)


Christmas at Blenheim features an illuminated outdoor trail, a Sleeping Beauty-inspired indoor trail and an artisan market at the palace’s Great Court. (To Jan 1)


Step into a Christmas Wonderland at St Pancras International’s Grotto with Sharky and George and create some festive family memories. (To Dec 17)


Delve into a range of books at the musical adaptation of the best-selling Charlie Cook’s Favourite Book by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler. (To Feb 4)


Meet Santa before heading on a Sleigh Trail and joining Christmas-themed animal talks with The Magic of Christmas at London Zoo. (To Jan 7)


Get your dose of festive cheer at the Fulham Palace Christmas Fair, with plenty of fun activities for families, from amusements and face painting to storytelling and carol performances. (Dec 2 to 3)


The smash hit comedy Peter Pan Goes Wrong puts a hilarious spin on the timeless J. M. Barrie classic, featuring technical hitches and flying mishaps. (To Jan 14)


Join in Family Craft Saturdays, inspired by the Horniman Museum’s objects. Create a collage then discover a fun way to make new Christmas decorations recycling old cards. (Dec 2,9,16)


New parents can enjoy some of London’s great pubs this holiday season without having to leave their babies at home with Bring Your Baby Pub Quiz. (Various dates)


Tom Fletcher’s There’s A Monster In Your Christmas Show is high energy and a perfect introduction to live theatre. (Dec 28 to Jan 7)


Take a Festive Family Tour of the Globe Theatre and discover all about how Christmas was celebrated in Shakespeare’s time. (Dec 18 to 30)


Escape into Bubble Planet, a whimsical world where you can engage your senses and let your imagination run wild.(To Jan 14)


Oscar Wilde’s The Selfish Giant is brought to life in this beautiful and heartwarming adaptation, showing at the Puppet Theatre Barge. (Dec 2 to Jan 21)


Journey to the Kingdom of Winter and enjoy a winter themed circus, ice skating, fairground rides, an immersive ice expedition trail and plenty more at the indoor festive experience. (Dec 8 to Jan 7)


Hop on board the Kent and East Sussex Railway’s steam train and meet Santa as you chug through the wintry landscape. (to Dec 24)


Ring in the New Year at the Raver Tots multi-sensory dance festival at the Ministry of Sound, featuring a huge effects show with dancers, bubbles, lasers and parachute games. (31)


Head to Chiswick House for Storytelling with Santa, before having your photo take with Santa and receiving a surprise treat. (To Dec 22)

If 20 things to do in December isn’t enough check out the rest of our What’s On event guide:

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