Looking for things to do with kids in London in December 2019? Each month I choose a few of the upcoming cultural events for families that I’m most excited about.
London really seems to be upping its Christmas game, and I’m thrilled we’ll have plenty of time off together to make the most of it. I currently have seven cultural outings in the diary, including ice skating, museum grotto visits, wintery walks and theatre trips. I’m hoping some of these will take us near London’s world famous lights too!
Here’s my pick of the most promising cultural things for families in London this December:
Our favourite Christmas activity of 2018 returns – visit Santa in his festive hideaway at London Transport Museum and enjoy crafts and sing-along sessions. 30 November 2019 to 5 January 2020, paid entry, free craft (and don’t forget your ticket allows free re-entry for a year!)
Read about our Christmas visit to London Transport Museum last year here.
Cutting edge design meets spiced biscuit at Somerset House. Explore a mini, edible Gingerbread City as top architects and designers think of imaginative new ways of moving around our packed cities. Get hands on with their daily family-friendly gingerbread house-making workshops.7 December 2019 to 5 January 2020. Paid.
Celebrate the Victorian invention of Christmas through children’s eyes in the V&A Museum‘s Pop-up Performance: A Christmas Gathering. 30 November, 7, 14 and 21 December 2019, FREE. For more Christmas activities, including choirs and festive origami making, click here.
Enjoy live performances and creative activities inspired by life, matter and the body at Whitechapel Gallery‘s Family Day: Anna Maria Maiolino. 7 December 2019, FREE, booking required.
Help Princess Victoria decorate Kensington Palace and take part in her family panto. 7-8, 14-15, 21-23 December 2019 and 27 December 2019-5 January 2020. Paid.
Make your own postbox-shaped gift bag at the Postal Museum with author illustrator Salvatore Rubino, carrying on the tradition of Victorian Christmas boxes given to postmen (14 December 2019). You can also block print wrapping paper (7 December 2019) and personalise your own hessian Santa sack (21 December 2019). Combine with a Christmas themed Mail Rail ride (until 6 January 2020). Paid entry, free craft (and don’t forget your ticket allows free re-entry for a year!)
Read about our trip on the Mail Rail here.
Warm up your winter with the Caribbean Christmas festive family party at Southbank Centre, featuring calypso, parang, stories and performances. 14 December 2019, FREE.
Experience the fun of the historic Frost Fair with games, workshops, performances and crafts, and learn about winter traditions from around the world at Museum of London Docklands Family Festival. 21-22 December 2019, FREE.
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