Christmas in South Kensington

Join us as South Kensington with plenty of festive events to get into the Christmas spirit - from the Natural History Museum's famous ice rink, Christmas carol concerts, discover Queen Victoria's Christmas at Kensington Palace, the Nutcracker at the Royal Albert Hall, festive pop up events at the V&A, interactive science shows at the Science Museum and so much more....

Whales: Beneath the Surface

On until 28th Feb 2018
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Dive deeper into the mysterious world of this group of mammals in a new summer family exhibition. Explore the remarkable bodies of the largest creatures to have lived on earth, and how they are much more similar to us than you may think.

Father Christmas at the Hall

5th -24th Dec
9.30 - 5pm
Royal Albert Hall
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This winter, the Royal Albert Hall has been transformed into a festive wonderland, where you’ll discover snowy scenes and enchanting characters behind mysterious doorways. Come on an immersive, interactive journey to meet Father Christmas!

Natural History Museum Ice Rink

Open til 7th Jan 2018
11-9pm (times vary)
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Set against the backdrop of the Waterhouse building, the Ice Rink is one of the most magical places to be this winter. Enjoy skating surrounded by fairy lights nestled in frost-covered trees, with the smell of mulled wine in the air or soak up the atmosphere from the Café Bar and balcony.

Venom: Killer and Cure

On until 13th May 2018
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Venom will take visitors on a journey through the eyes of both predator and prey, exploring the effects caused by venomous attacks and the attempt to scientifically measure the power that venom holds.

Ferrari: Under the Skin

15th Nov - 15th April 2018
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Design Museum Kensington
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A major exhibition marking the 70th anniversary of Ferrari, celebrating one of the great adventures of the industrial age. A behind-the-scenes look at the design, manufacturing and engineering of one of the most iconic car brands on the planet.

Opera: Passion, Power and Politics

30th Sept 2017 - 25th Feb 2018
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This is the first exhibition in the breathtaking new Sainsbury Gallery Together the V&A and the Royal Opera House present a landmark exhibition exploring a vivid story of opera from its origins in late-Renaissance Italy to the present day.

Hyde Park Winter Wonderland

On until 1st Jan
10am - 10pm
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Get into the Christmas spirit as Winter Wonderland returns to London's Hyde Park for the 11th year. This free-to-enter family event includes a host of festive fun and activities, including ice skating, big top shows, an observation wheel and a huge Christmas market.

Christmas at the V&A

Open from 27th Nov
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Tune into the Christmas season with the V&A’s music themed festive programme. Take part in a range of events and activities for all ages, from choirs and soundscapes to candlelit concerts and a singing Christmas tree created by set designer Es Devlin.

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Digital Kids: Musical Christmas

9th, 10th, 16th, 17th Dec
10.30-5pm
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Design your own interactive musical decoration for our Christmas tree or for you to take home.

Winnie the Pooh: Exploring a Classic

9th Dec 2017 - 8th April 2018
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This multi-sensory and playful exhibition explores the magical world of Winnie-the-Pooh - one of the most adored fictional characters of all time. Includes sketches, proofs, letters, photographs, cartoons, ceramics and fashion.

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Snow and Tell

9th Dec - 2nd Jan
11.30am, 3.30pm
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It's snowing in the museum: come along and help build a blizzard at our snowflake-making workshop. Use your cutting skills to make a unique snowflake to take away with you. Ages 5+

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Festive Physics

9th Dec - 1st Jan
Times vary
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Find out how reindeer can fly, why you might not like Brussels sprouts and what makes crackers crack. This funny and exciting Christmas show will make you go 'Ho, ho, ho'!

Pop Up Performance Festive Weekends

2nd, 9th, 16th, 23rd Dec
11-3.30pm
V&A
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Experience the spirit of Christmas at the V&A with making and performance activities for all the family. Join students from the Royal College of Music as they play festive music for all to enjoy.

Under the Christmas Tree

3rd, 10th, 17th Dec
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Kensington Palace
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Discover Queen Victoria's Christmas. Find out why Christmas was such a special time for Queen Victoria and her family. Create your own Victorian style Christmas tree decoration and find out what you would have got for Christmas if you lived in the Victorian times.

Christmas Festival

13th - 24th Dec
Royal Albert Hall
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Treat your family to the best festive entertainment in town with Raymond Gubbay’s Christmas Festival! The Royal Albert Hall is the perfect setting to hear wonderful artists and music at this special time of year.

Christmas Quiz

13th Dec
7.30pm
Royal Geographical Society (with IBG)
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Come one and all to test your general and geographical knowledge at a festive quiz organised by the Younger Members’ Committee. Prizes for the best dressed in festive attire! Maximum of five per team; all over 18s welcome.

Star Wars: The Last Jedi

From 14th Dec
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Luke Skywalker returns in the latest chapter of the Star Wars saga. Book your tickets with the Science Museum and experience this epic blockbuster on one of the UK's biggest screens in IMAX 15/70mm 2D. Demand will be high, so book early.

C'est Noel!

16th Dec, 7th Jan
2pm or 11am on 7th Jan
Institut français
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Join Institut français for a special Christmas celebration! The day will be packed with cultural delights and fun. Our storytelling sessions for babies and kids will recreate the magic of a wonderful winter holiday. Eve Santa might drop by…

Free

Special Screening: Silent Night

17th Dec
2 - 4.10pm
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Join the V&A for a free, festive screening of Silent Night, a stirring opera that recounts the true story of a spontaneous cease-fire among Scottish, French and German soldiers during World War I.

Le Grand Mechant Renar

17th Dec
11am
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Enjoy this collection of amusing and charming tales, presented at the 61st BFI London Film Festival, recounting the misfortunes and eccentricities of an eclectic menagerie. In French with English subtitles.

Kids Fast Track Skating Course

18th-21st Dec, 27th-30th Dec, 2nd-5th Jan
Natural History Museum
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The Kids Fast Track Skating Course is a fun-filled four-day course running through the Christmas holidays. Children aged 6 to 16 will be taught key skating skills to get them whizzing around the rink in no time.

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Choirs by Candlelight: Poulenc, Un soir de neige

22nd Dec
7.30 - 8.30pm
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Poulenc's setting of Paul Eluard's Un soir de neige, written over Christmas of 1944, forms the centrepiece for this programme of festive choral music. Featured alongside other reflections on festive texts, this short recital will provide a moment of calm.

Santa's Little Helpers

27th- 28th Dec
11am, 2pm
Royal Albert Hall
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Little Blue Monster Productions present a tale of festive adventure set during Christmas Eve. Perfect for little people aged 3+ and their grown ups.

The Nutcracker

28th - 31st Dec
1pm, 2pm, 5pm, 7pm
Royal Albert Hall
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For the first time ever, Birmingham Royal Ballet brings an enchanting production of this Christmas favourite to the Royal Albert Hall. This magical ballet, with its ravishing Tchaikovsky score, is the quintessential Christmas treat for all the family.

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The Imagination Station: Christmas & New Year

28th Dec - 2nd Jan
10.30 - 5pm
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Experience the spirit of Christmas at the V&A with making and performance activities for all the family. (Starts at noon on New Year's Day)

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Pop up Performance

28th Dec - 2nd Jan
11 - 3.30pm
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Sing-along to Christmas classics from around the world with Captain Christmas and his musical elves from Chickenshed and create new festive jingles for everyone to enjoy.

Festive Family Rave

30th Dec
2-4pm
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Wear your festive best for a fun family get together with rave music, crafts and merry-making with award winning Big Fish Little Fish.

New Year's Eve: Under the Sea

31st Dec
7.30pm-1am
Natural History Museum
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Dance the night away under our colossal blue whale as you ring in 2018 with an underwater twist at the Natural History Museum's New Year’s Eve party.

The Gingerbread City

6th-22nd Dec
9.30-7pm (Sun 10-6pm)
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This December, come and see the Museum of Architecture's Gingerbread City, ​an exhibition and series of workshops that make up the museum's annual winter fundraiser, masterplanned and sponsored by Tibbalds Planning and Urban Design.