You may have noticed a nip in the air and twinkling lights on the streets of Kensington and Chelsea. Yes, it’s starting to feel a lot like Christmas!
We have some of the most wonderful festive events in our part of London. With only a few weeks to go until the big day, here’s our guide to the best local Christmas goings-on for all the family.
1. Winter Wonderland Hyde Park
When – 21st Nov to 5th Jan, 10am to 10pm (closed Christmas day)
Where – Hyde Park, London W2
How much – Entry is free (charges for rides and shows)
Winter Wonderland is perhaps London’s biggest family Christmas attraction. If you’re anywhere near Hyde Park, you really can’t miss it. It’s huge!
This year there’s a massive Observation Wheel, a new ‘A Christmas Carol’ themed Magical Ice Kingdom, Paddington™ on Ice, the Winter Wonderland Comedy Club and a brand new pre-bookable restaurant – Cedar & Spruce Bar + Kitchen.
You only pay for the attractions you choose, but please note, many attractions get fully booked during peak times so it’s best to plan ahead. Visit the Winter Wonderland website for details.
2. Candlelit Christmas Carols in Notting Hill
When – 9th Dec, 6pm to 7.30pm
Where – St John’s Church, Lansdowne Crescent, Notting Hill, W11 2NN
How much – £40 per adult, £140 for a family of four
Enjoy an enchanted candlelit evening of Christmas Carols, festive readings, mince pies, mulled wine, and special guests. This is one of London’s most prestigious carol concerts and a great way to get into the Christmas spirit.
This year’s readers include screenwriter, Richard Curtis (of Notting Hill and Love Actually fame); journalist, Rachel Johnson; newsreader, James Mates and model, Laura Bailey.
All proceeds go to Bloodwise, the blood cancer research charity. Doors open at 6pm and the concert begins at 6.30pm. Visit the Bloodwise website to find out more.
3. Ice Rink at the Natural History Museum
When – 11am to 9pm every day until 12th January (closed Christmas Day)
Where – Natural History Museum, Cromwell Road, SW7 5BD
How much – Adults from £12.65, children from £8.80 and families from £39.60
Set against the backdrop of the iconic Waterhouse Building, the ice rink at the Natural History Museum is truly magical. Skating, fairy lights and a 30ft Christmas tree, what’s not to love?
The museum’s Café Bar gives you a bird’s-eye view of the skaters and is open daily until the skating finishes. After swishing around on the ice, relax with a hot chocolate or mulled wine – you’ll have earned it.
Visit the Natural History Museum website for details and special offers.
4. Father Christmas at the Albert Hall
When – 5th to 22nd Dec, mornings from 9am
Where – Royal Albert Hall, Kensington Gore, SW7 2AP
How much – £39.24 for children, adults go free (group discounts available)
This December, Father Christmas returns once again to his secret London headquarters at the Royal Albert Hall.
In this theatrical, immersive event, you’ll be guided around one of London’s most iconic landmarks. The Royal Albert Hall has been transformed into a sparkling, festive grotto where children will discover the stories and characters of Christmas past, on their way to meeting Father Christmas.
There’s puppetry, live music, presents and even the chance for your little ones to make their own stuffed toy along with Santa’s little helpers.
Find out more about Father Christmas at the Hall at the Royal Albert Hall website.
Christmas at Cadogan Hall
When – 1st Dec to 4th Jan
Where – Cadogan Hall, 5 Sloane Terrace, SW1X 9DQ
How much – Tickets from £6-£30
Morning opera preludes, Rick Wakeman’s Grumpy Old Christmas Show, The Snowman with live accompaniment, Carols by Candlelight with Timothy West… Christmas doesn’t come much more cultured than at Cadogan Hall.
There are music societies, concert orchestras and choirs – even the Rat Pack are swinging by to join in the Christmas fun. Find out more at the Cadogan Hall website.
Have a wonderful Christmas from all the team.