WHAT’S ON

MEET FATHER CHRISTMAS
UNTIL 7 DECEMBER
MEET FATHER CHRISTMAS

Bocketts Farm – www.bockettsfarm.co.uk
Hop on board the Santa Express and meet Father Christmas, baby lambs, and experience a white Christmas in the giant snow globe.

IN THE WINTER WOOD
NOW
IN THE WINTER WOOD

Polka Theatre, Wimbledon – www.polkatheatre.com
Little ones will love this tale of bravery and friendship, as Pig and Goat decide to run away together.

CHRISTMAS AT THE ZOO
NOW
CHRISTMAS AT THE ZOO

ZSL London Zoo – www.zsl.org
Experience where fairy tale meets fantasy as an illuminated pathway winds its way through the Zoo in a magical after-dark experience. 22 November to 1 January.

STICK MAN
NOW
STICK MAN

Leicester Square Theatre – www.leicestersquaretheatre.com
The hit production of Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler’s popular book is back for another year – and it’s staying until 2019! From 20 October to 6 January.

WINTER WONDERLAND
NOW
WINTER WONDERLAND

Hyde Park – www.hydeparkwinterwonderland.com
The nights are drawing in and temperatures are falling… so better get into the festive spirit with Winter Wonderland! Until 6 January.

THE PRINCESS AND THE PANTOMIME
1 / 7 / 8 & 9 DECEMBER
THE PRINCESS AND THE PANTOMIME

Windsor Castle – www.rct.uk
Take a journey through the State Apartments, ending with a performance of Aladdin in the Waterloo Chamber where the Queen performed as a princess.

RAYMOND BRIGGS' FATHER CHRISTMAS
NOW
RAYMOND BRIGGS’ FATHER CHRISTMAS

Lyric Hammersmith – www.lyric.co.uk
Join Santa as he awakes on the busiest day of the year – Christmas Eve – in Raymond Briggs’ hit show. Until 30 December.

ICE RINK
NOW
ICE RINK

Natural History Museum – www.nhm.ac.uk
Make your way to the iconic museum for a festive glide around the ice, then warm up in the café afterwards. Until 20 January.

THE WIND IN THE WILLOWS
NOW
THE WIND IN THE WILLOWS

Polka Theatre, Wimbledon – www.polkatheatre.com
This delightful adaptation of Kenneth Grahame’s classic story of friendship and bravery will take you on a journey through the seasons. Until 17 February.

SNOW WHITE
FROM 8 DECEMBER
SNOW WHITE

London Palladium – www.snowwhitepalladium.com
Dawn French and Julian Clary join the star-studded cast of London’s must-see panto, packed with laughter, music and theatrical magic. Until 13 January.

THE GINGERBREAD CITY
FROM 8 DECEMBER
THE GINGERBREAD CITY

Museum of Architecture – www.thegingerbreadcity.com
Annual exhibition where architects, designers and engineers create an entire city made of gingerbread. Children under 12 go free. Until 6 January.

FAMILY STUDIO: HAPPY BIRTHDAY ROYAL ACADEMY
9 DECEMBER
FAMILY STUDIO: HAPPY BIRTHDAY ROYAL ACADEMY

The Royal Academy, Piccadilly – www.royalacademy.org.uk
Celebrate the Royal Academy’s 250th birthday by taking part in a free drop-in family workshop to create giant playing cards.

PEPPA PIG’S ADVENTURE
FROM 8 DECEMBER
PEPPA PIG’S ADVENTURE

Theatre Royal Haymarket – www.peppapiglive.com
Peppa and her friends are back this Christmas in a new show with plenty of laughs, songs and muddy puddles. Until 6 January.

HEART OF WINTER
8 TO 30 DECEMBER
HEART OF WINTER

Watermans – www.watermans.org.uk
A magical show which celebrates family, friendship and the good fortune of finding the winter we really need and want.

ENO NUTCRACKER
13 TO 19 DECEMBER
ENO NUTCRACKER

London Coliseum – www.ballet.org.uk
Over 100 dancers and musicians bring to life the popular Tchaikovsky score, performed live by English National Ballet Philharmonic.

RUMPELSTILTSKIN
FROM 13 DECEMBER
RUMPELSTILTSKIN

QEC, Southbank Centre – www.southbankcentre.co.uk
Starring Australian cabaret star Paul Capsis, this anarchic show is filled with theatrical spectacles, energetic music and vibrant sets (for ages 8+). Until 6 January.

THE LUNA WINTER CINEMA
FROM 17 DECEMBER
THE LUNA WINTER CINEMA

Kensington Palace – www.thelunacinema.com
Watch iconic family films, like It’s A Wonderful Life and Elf, in an indoor, heated cinema. See website for listings.

CIRCUS 1903
FROM 19 DECEMBER
CIRCUS 1903

Southbank Centre – www.southbankcentre.co.uk
Circus 1903 visits Southbank Centre for its European premiere. The show includes life-sized elephants created by War Horse puppeteers. Until 5 January.

NATIVITY! THE MUSICAL
19 TO 31 DECEMBER
NATIVITY! THE MUSICAL

Eventim Apollo, Hammersmith – www.eventimapollo.com/
Join father and daughter Danny and Dani Dyer, Jo Brand and West End star Simon Lipkin as he reprises his role as ‘Mr Poppy’.

TALES AND TRAILS
FROM 22 DECEMBER
TALES AND TRAILS

Kew Gardens – www.sadlerswells.com
With an exciting programme of special activities and walks, there’s plenty to do and see at Kew throughout the holidays. Until 6 January.

PETER PAN CUP
25 DECEMBER
PETER PAN CUP

The Serpentine, Hyde Park – www.royalparks.org.uk
Head to Hyde Park to watch some very brave souls strip off for the annual outdoor Christmas Day swimming race.

DISNEY ON ICE DREAM BIG
FROM 26 DECEMBER
DISNEY ON ICE DREAM BIG

The 02 Arena, Greenwich Peninsula – www.disneyonice.com
It’s Moana’s first appearance on the ice in Dream Big, promising loads of high-flying jumps and breathtaking skating. Until 6 January.

WALKING WITH DINOSAURS
27 TO 30 DECEMBER
WALKING WITH DINOSAURS

Wembley SSE Arena – www.dinosaurlive.com
Be amazed as the greatest creatures ever to walk the earth return before your eyes in this arena experience.

NEW YEAR’S DAY PARADE
1 JANUARY
NEW YEAR’S DAY PARADE

Central London, Green Park to Westminster – www.lnydp.com
Welcome in 2019 on this annual parade down Piccadilly and towards Parliament. Expect to see cheerleaders, clowns, acrobats and more.

CIRCUS 1903
UNTIL 5 JANUARY
CIRCUS 1903

Southbank Centre – www.southbankcentre.co.uk
Circus 1903 visits Southbank Centre for its European premiere. The show includes life-sized elephants created by War Horse puppeteers.

TALES AND TRAILS
UNTIL 6 JANUARY
TALES AND TRAILS

Kew Gardens – www.sadlerswells.com
With an exciting programme of special activities and walks, there’s plenty to do and see at Kew throughout the holidays.

DISNEY ON ICE DREAM BIG
UNTIL 6 JANUARY
DISNEY ON ICE DREAM BIG

The 02 Arena, Greenwich Peninsula – www.disneyonice.com
It’s Moana’s first appearance on the ice in Dream Big, promising loads of high-flying jumps and breathtaking skating. Until 6 January.

RUMPELSTILTSKIN
UNTIL 6 JANUARY
RUMPELSTILTSKIN

QEC, Southbank Centre – www.southbankcentre.co.uk
Starring Australian cabaret star Paul Capsis, this anarchic show is filled with theatrical spectacles, energetic music and vibrant sets (for ages 8+).

WINTER WONDERLAND
UNTIL 6 JANUARY
WINTER WONDERLAND

Hyde Park – www.hydeparkwinterwonderland.com
The nights are drawing in and temperatures are falling… so better get into the festive spirit with Winter Wonderland!

PEPPA PIG’S ADVENTURE
UNTIL 6 JANUARY
PEPPA PIG’S ADVENTURE

Theatre Royal Haymarket – www.peppapiglive.com
Peppa and her friends are back this Christmas in a new show with plenty of laughs, songs and muddy puddles.

THE GINGERBREAD CITY
UNTIL 6 JANUARY
THE GINGERBREAD CITY

Museum of Architecture – www.thegingerbreadcity.com
Annual exhibition where architects, designers and engineers create an entire city made of gingerbread. Children under 12 go free.

SNOW WHITE
UNTIL 13 JANUARY
SNOW WHITE

London Palladium – www.snowwhitepalladium.com
Dawn French and Julian Clary join the star-studded cast of London’s must-see panto, packed with laughter, music and theatrical magic.

DREAM ON
UNTIL 20 JANUARY
DREAM ON

V&A Museum of Childhood, Bethnal Green – www.vam.ac.uk
This exhibition plays explores the idea of objects coming to life when we aren’t looking – just like our dreams.

IN THE WINTER WOOD
NOW
IN THE WINTER WOOD

Polka Theatre, Wimbledon – www.polkatheatre.com
Little ones will love this tale of bravery and friendship, as Pig and Goat decide to run away together. Until 17 February.

THE WIND IN THE WILLOWS
NOW
THE WIND IN THE WILLOWS

Polka Theatre, Wimbledon – www.polkatheatre.com
This delightful adaptation of Kenneth Grahame’s classic story of friendship and bravery will take you on a journey through the seasons. Until 17 February.

CIRQUE DU SOLEIL
FROM 12 JANUARY
CIRQUE DU SOLEIL

Royal Albert Hall – www.cirquedusoleil.com
If you’ve never been before, make 2019 the year you discover the magic of the world’s finest circus performers. Until 26 February.

HANDS ON ARCHAEOLOGY: TUDOR GRUB
27 JANUARY
HANDS ON ARCHAEOLOGY: TUDOR GRUB

Fulham Palace – www.fulhampalace.org
Explore life at the palace and learn what the Bishop of London ate in Tudor times as you discover archaeology.

ICE RINK
UNTIL 20 JANUARY
ICE RINK

Natural History Museum – www.nhm.ac.uk
Make your way to the iconic museum for a festive glide around the ice, then warm up in the café afterwards.

IT’S HOT, IT’S NOT
FROM 2 FEBRUARY
IT’S HOT, IT’S NOT

Unicorn Theatre – www.hrp.org.uk
This surreal and funny performance explores all kinds of weather and takes delight in discovering the world wherever we are. Until 10 March.

STRICTLY COME DANCING LIVE TOUR
7 & 8 FEBRUARY
STRICTLY COME DANCING LIVE TOUR

SSE Arena, Wembley – www.strictlycomedancinglive.com
Bring on the bling, the sequins and the spray tan for this much-anticipated live tour of everyone’s favourite dance show.

ASTRONIGHT SLEEPOVER
9 FEBRUARY
ASTRONIGHT SLEEPOVER

Science Museum – www.hrp.org.uk
Explore the museum and its wonders after dark. With workshops, science shows and activities, it will be an unforgettable night.

KNIGHT SCHOOL - DEFEND THE TOWER!
10 to 18 FEBRUARY
KNIGHT SCHOOL – DEFEND THE TOWER!

Tower of London – www.hrp.org.uk
This half term become a knight and defend the Tower of London as you learn the components of a Knight’s arsenal.

AURORA ORCHESTRA - FAR FAR AWAY
10 / 16 / 17 & 24 FEBRUARY
AURORA ORCHESTRA – FAR FAR AWAY

Kings Place, Kings Cross – www.southbankcentre.co.uk
An immersive storytelling concert for under-fives and families. Audiences are invited to listen, sing, dance, and enter a magical world of play.

IMAGINE CHILDREN’S FESTIVAL
13 to 24 FEBRUARY
IMAGINE CHILDREN’S FESTIVAL

Southbank Centre – www.southbankcentre.co.uk
Children take over Southbank Centre, as the unique Imagine Children’s Festival returns with a range of theatre, music, dance, and more.

ZOG
14 to 23 FEBRUARY
ZOG

Rose Theatre, Kingston – www.rosetheatrekingston.org
The Rose invites you to the world premiere of Zog, based on Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler’s much-loved book.

IN THE WINTER WOOD
UNTIL 17 FEBRUARY
IN THE WINTER WOOD

Polka Theatre, Wimbledon – www.polkatheatre.com
Little ones will love this tale of bravery and friendship, as Pig and Goat decide to run away together.

THE WIND IN THE WILLOWS
UNTIL 17 FEBRUARY
THE WIND IN THE WILLOWS

Polka Theatre, Wimbledon – www.polkatheatre.com
This delightful adaptation of Kenneth Grahame’s classic story of friendship and bravery will take you on a journey through the seasons.

FAME
18 FEBRUARY
FAME

New Wimbledon Theatre – www.atgtickets.com
The Kids from Fame still wanna live forever and they’re back to prove it in south-west London this February.

CIRQUE DU SOLEIL
UNTIL 26 FEBRUARY
CIRQUE DU SOLEIL

Royal Albert Hall – www.cirquedusoleil.com
If you’ve never been before, make 2019 the year you discover the magic of the world’s finest circus performers.

ASTRONIGHT SLEEPOVER
8 MARCH
ASTRONIGHT SLEEPOVER

Science Museum – www.hrp.org.uk
Explore the museum and its wonders after dark. With workshops, science shows and activities, it will be an unforgettable night.

IT’S HOT, IT’S NOT
UNTIL 10 MARCH
IT’S HOT, IT’S NOT

Unicorn Theatre – www.hrp.org.uk
This surreal and funny performance explores all kinds of weather and takes delight in discovering the world wherever we are.