A Captivating Christmas in London for Families


The most wonderful time of year is just around the corner, or so the saying goes. But if you’re travelling with the family this Christmas, it might just be more wonderful than expected. While you might not be at home, with all of the family traditions (hauling oversized trees into the living room, baking countless


07th November 2014

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The most wonderful time of year is just around the corner, or so the saying goes. But if you’re travelling with the family this Christmas, it might just be more wonderful than expected. While you might not be at home, with all of the family traditions (hauling oversized trees into the living room, baking countless mice pies, navigating family disagreements at the dinner table etc.…) this entails, Christmas in London can be every bit as magical, and even a well-deserved holiday for mum and dad. Stay right in the heart of town at our Rubens at the Palace Hotel and experience an array of festive entertainment right on your doorstep. In anticipation of this most thrilling of festivals, we’ve selected some of the most captivating Christmas attractions in the city, to make the holidays extra special.

Winter Wonderland, Hyde Park

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Shop until you drop at the Christmas Markets inside Hyde Park’s Winter Wonderland © Winter Wonderland

Returning to Hyde Park, Winter Wonderland will transform one of the city’s best-loved landmarks into London’s very own glistening North Pole-inspired playground. One of the biggest Christmas fairs in the capital, expect a full day’s festive excitement, with the Santa Land grotto, an outdoor ice rink and fairground rides to keep the kids busy. Fill up on mince pies and candied apples and soak up the seriously Christmassy atmosphere.

Friday, 21 November 2014 – Monday, 5 January 2015.

The Snowman at The Peacock Theatre

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Watch a Christmas classic The Snowman © The Snowman/Peacock Theatre

This must-see production of the festive favourite will have parents just as captivated as their little ones. The stage adaption of Raymond Briggs’ classic tale of a small boy who befriends a magical snowman features beautiful music, including the beloved Walking In The Air, and enchanting choreography.

Wednesday, 26 November 2014 – Sunday, 4 January 2015.

I Met Father Christmas at Hamleys

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Kids will love meeting Santa and enjoying the sweet treats on offer at Hamleys © Justin Ennis/Flickr

What child wouldn’t want to spend some quality time with Father Christmas? And where better to do that than at London’s famous toy store? Kids can spend a whole hour at Hamleys singing Christmas hits, enjoying festive snacks and sharing their wish lists with Santa and his little helpers, giving you the time to do a little shopping of your own.

Saturday, 22 November 2014 – Wednesday, 24, December 2014

Disney on Ice: 100 Years of Magic at The 02

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Watch your favourite Disney stars hit the ice at the o2 © Mike_Boyland/iStock/Thinkstock

Celebrating a century’s worth of Walt Disney, watch your favourite characters hit the ice in this majestic winter-themed production. See Mickey and Minnie Mouse, Aladdin, Buzz Lightyear and many more bought to life, and enjoy a family sing-along to popular Disney tracks, both past and present.

Monday, 24 November 2014 – Wednesday, 24, December 2014

Slava’s Snowshow at Royal Festival Hall

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Celebrate the festive season circus style! © Slavas Snow Show

After a sold out tour in 2013, Slava’s Snowshow will be back to bring joy and wonderment to the festive season — circus style. This internationally acclaimed production is filled with slapstick comedy and 4D special effects. Don’t miss the chance to see a truly unique twist on Christmas in London.

Wednesday, 17 December 2014 – Monday, 5 January 2015.

Santa’s Grotto at Duke of York Square

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Santa’s Grotto at Duke of York Square © Duke of York Square

Take a break from chaotic Christmas shopping and visit the snug Grotto on The Duke Of York Square. Located around the corner from Harrods, this cosy setting will capture the kids’ imagination with enchanting stories told by Santa and festive goodies. Let your little ones take a photo with the man himself as a memento, and in (uncommonly) festive spirit, the whole experience is completely free.

Sunday, 9 November 2014 – Tuesday, 23 December 2014.

The Paddington Trail

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Look out for the celebrity designed bears for the NSPCC Paddington Trail around London © Jon Furniss

Although not particularly festive, this citywide event is perfectly coordinated with Christmas in London and a great excuse to explore the city. Coinciding with the release of the Paddington movie on November 28th, fifty statues of the loveable bear will be dotted about town. A-list celebrities, including Nicole Kidman and David Beckham, have individually designed each one, and at the end of the trail all will be auctioned off in aid of NSPCC.

Tuesday, 4 November 2014 – Tuesday, 30 December 2014.

Winterville at Victoria Park

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Take to the rides at Winterville in East London © Winterville

East London embraces the holiday season and offers a range of attractions for the whole family, from roller-discos to pantomimes in the Spiegeltent. Children can let loose in The Kid’s Quarters, complete with a Grotto, theme park rides and a miniature campsite where kids can melt their own marshmallows.

Tuesday, 2 December 2014 – Wednesday, 31 December 2014.

Meet Santa at London Zoo, Regents Park

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Meet Santa among the animals at the zoo © London Zoo

London Zoo takes the word Grotto to a whole new dimension. Where else can kids pet all eight of Father Christmas’ flying reindeer? Youngsters will love being Keeper’s Little Helper for the day, preparing treats for the animals before finishing off their experience with a tale from Mrs Claus.

Saturday, 22 November 2014 – Wednesday, 24, December 2014

Christmas Storytelling at Fortnum & Mason

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Enjoy some classic Christmas tales at Fortnum and Mason © Fortnum and Mason

Not only does Fortnum & Mason offer a luxury Christmas shopping experience, but the prestigious store will also host storytelling of timeless Christmas classics, from Dickens’ A Christmas Carol to The Nutcracker. After a tale or two, bring the kids back to reality with tea and cakes from the Tea Salon.

Every Saturday & Sunday from the 21 November – 23 December 2014.

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