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School Holidays: Cool Things to Do with Kids in London this Christmas

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School Holidays: Cool Things to Do with Kids in London this Christmas

Get festive in London and beyond with our guide to the best family-friendly activities


Looking for family-friendly activities in London and special events to keep the kids happy this Christmas holiday? Read our guide to the school holidays, packed with plenty of ideas in the city and the countryside… 

7 Things to Do with Children in London this Christmas

…Board Games at The Ritz

If a third game of charades at Granny’s house has lost its appeal, but the weather is too drab for that city walk, have a change of scenery this Christmas. Families checking in to The Ritz between 21-29 December will receive a bundle of board games in their room as a special gift from the hotel’s new Board Game Butler, including Jenga, Connect 4 and Operation. The Board Game Butler will also be on hand to offer tips and twists on these classic games to keep boredom at bay during the school holidays.

Board Game Butler at The Ritz

Things to Do with Children in London this Christmas…

…Visit the Imaginarium

For something a little different this Christmas, visit The Imaginarium, a pop-up arts space in an Olde Victorian warehouse on Southwark Street. Step into a parallel world where Christmas has been cancelled and St Nicky is leading the revolution. Families are invited to join in and embrace the anarchy of The Imaginarium by creating messy collage masterpieces at St Nicky’s Drawing Centre (Saturday 9 December, 1-3pm). Meet festive characters such as Mama Claus, The Green Fairy and St Nicky himself and take part in a beeswax Candle Making workshop (Sunday 10 December, 12-1pm) from bee-keeper Justin Cleveland Peck. He will be teaching guests how to make their own candles as Christmas gifts.


Things to Do with Children in London this Christmas…

…Check out BRICKLIVE at the Saatchi Gallery

Lego lovers will be thrilled by this first ever festive special, BRICKLIVE Christmas, which promises the ultimate Lego experience for all the family until 7 January. From Lego Christmas decorations to a dedicated Star Wars Zone, the show is a must-visit for fans of all ages. From Christmas and Creative zones, through to Minecraft and Galactic adventures, each zone will provide a different brick-based, interactive activity for fans to build their dream creations. Located on the second floor at the Saatchi Gallery, Duke Of York’s HQ, King’s Road, London SW3 4RY until 7 January.

BRICKLIVE at the Saatchi Gallery

Things to Do with Children in London this Christmas…

… Celebrate Christmas at Kew

For some fresh air this Christmas school holidays, head down to Kew gardens with all the family. Enjoy crafts, workshops and storytelling in the warmth of the Princess of Wales Conservatory and discover the science behind winter blooming flowers and what nature gets up to in winter. There will be morning story time daily where children can step inside a flower-filled grotto to hear about plants that thrive in colder climes around the world. Flower craft workshops will allow participants to create a paper flower to take home with them, while creative writing workshops will inspire writers to write winter tales and poems. There will also be a vintage fairground and Christmas tree recycling. Off-peak ticket pricing: Adult: £12.50, Child: £3.50, Concession: £11:00 (1 November 2017 – 31 January 2018)

Things to Do with Children in London this Christmas…

Christmas at Kew

…Buy a tree from the Christmas Forest

Make getting your Christmas tree a special occasion and choose from the pop-up forests across the capital. Every tree sold by The Christmas Forest will result in another tree being planted in the drylands of Africa via charity Tree Aid. Pop-up forests in Dulwich, Stoke Newington, Highbury, Lavender Hill, Finsbury Park are just some of the locations, and there’s a delivery service available, too.

Things to Do with Children in London this Christmas…

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… See Hogwarts in the Snow

Head just north of London this Christmas and check out Hogwarts in the Snow at the Warner Brother’s Harry Potter Studio Tour. See the great school covered in a blanket of snow and the wonderful decorations of the Great Hall while seeing original props and sets from the Harry Potter films.

Things to Do with Children in London this Christmas…

…See the Snowman Live

Now in its 20th hit year, what festive season would be complete without The Snowman? Bringing to life Raymond Brigg’s classic book, The Snowman will enchant young audiences with its story of a boy and his magical snowman’s adventures. The Peacock, Portugal Street, Holborn, WC2A 2HT, London until 31 December

The Snowman

Copyright: Snowman Enterprises

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