What to do in London over Christmas 2017

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If you’re in the city over the Christmas holiday, there’s loads for both you and the kids to do. From a family rave to a good old-fashioned panto, don’t miss the fun this week in London—and keep an eye out for next week’s roundup too.

Lyric Theatre

Shout out, “He’s behind you!

Think it’s too late to see a panto? Oh no it isn’t!

Cost: varies

royal observatory

Get spaced out at a Royal Observatory Young Astronomers Workshop.

On weekends through the 30th of December bring the kids (ages 7 and up) to a short drop-in workshop around space science and exploration, and finally get to ask why Pluto isn’t a planet anymore.

Cost: FREE

Find out who looks after the night at the Southbank Centre…

Go on ‘a magical journey through the dark and beautiful night’ with the theatrical show Night Light, aimed at children aged 3 to 6. Running from the 19th through the 31st of December, there’s an autism-friendly performance on the 21st.

Cost: £7 child | £14 adult


… or join in a family rave at the Southbank Centre.

On the 21st of December you can get down with the kids at the family-friendly, all ages Rave-A-Roo.

Cost: FREE

Hear Michael Morpurgo’s Coming Home.

Head to the National Maritime Museum on the 22nd or 23rd of December for a drop-in storytelling session at 11:30am, 1pm or 2pm.

Cost: FREE


Go ice skating.

Strap on a pair and hit the rink at an iconic London spot near you.

Cost: varies

Dickens Museum

Watch a marathon performance of Charles Dickens’s Christmas books.

Here’s one for older kids (12 and up): a reading of all five of Dickens’s Yuletide tales, with breaks between and for lunch. Tickets for the event, on the 23rd of December, include a copy of all five stories. Read our recent review of the Charles Dickens Museum.

Cost: £85

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