As December creeps by and Christmas draws nearer we are well aware that classes are finishing and also schools will soon be breaking up. So we have decided to outline what’s going on in London to take you right up until the Big Day.
Have your little ones still got lots of energy? Are they buzzing with Christmas excitement? Why not try out some of these activities for a day out and to tire them out, because we all know Father Christmas won’t come unless children are fast asleep.
Ice Skating – there are rather a few locations to ice skate in london this festive season. Most famously at the Natural History Musuem (more info here) and Somerset House (more here). Or why not head to a slightly less prominent Ice Skating location- such as those highlighted by TimeOut here. Definitely book ahead to avoid disappointment.
Hyde Park Winter Wonderland – we’ve all heard of it and if you can brave the crowds and the cold – why not head to Winter Wonderland. There’s an ice rink there too, plus fairground rides, Ferris wheel, Christmas markets.. the list goes on. Lots more info here.
Theatre – if you want to stay warm why not take your children to the theatre. We wrote a post about what’s on a few weeks ago. You can read that one here. Plus we’ve also recently been made aware of the app which may help you book tickets for West End shows up to a week in advance. Find more information about the app here.
Christmas concerts – if you don’t have nursery / school aged children you may like to attend a Christmas concert for you and your baby. Bach to Baby’s Christmas concert is on Friday 9th December – book tickets here.
Outdoors – Okay it maybe cold, but there’s still plenty to explore, just a few extra layers, hats, gloves etc and you’ll be away. There are some wonderful Christmas light displays to see in places like RHS Wisely (Christmas Glow 1 Dec – 2 Jan, more info here), Christmas at Kew (23 Nov – 2nd Jan, more here) and of course Oxford Street / Regents Steeet’s lights which are always worth seeing. After that why not warm up with a nice babycinno inside.
Visits to Father Christmas / Christmas Parties – so you may have had to book the Harrods Christmas Grotto months ago, but there are still local grottos to visit. For example Santa will visit Battersea Park Children’s Zoo on certain dates, find out more here. As well as Westfield’s Shopping Centres Grottos (here). We’ve found local soft play centres such as Gambado‘s are hosting Christmas parties – check with your local Soft Play for more ideas.
Also you can use the Hoop app to check what is on in your local area. Hoop is a brilliant app which shows you events/classes etc that are happening in your area. You’ll find out about a whole load of stuff you haven’t even heard of before. Thanks Hoop!
Whatever you do with your little ones, have a lovely festive season and stand by next week for lots of Christmas Crafts to do at home.