Christmas in South Kensington

Visit South Kensington to experience a truly magical Christmas this year. Our members offer a huge range of events for a festive season to remember. From tasty treats to awe-inspiring music, have a look and make sure you don't miss out on the festive fun. 

Moving to Mars

18th Oct 2018 - 23rd Feb 2020
Design Museum Kensington
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Step into a full-scale Mars home, immerse yourself in the untouched beauty of the landscape and learn how rethinking daily life for a zero-waste, clean energy-powered civilisation might help future generations on Earth. Featuring immersive environments & original objects from NASA, ESA & SpaceX.

Royal Photographic Society’s Science Photographer of the Year

7th Oct - 5th Jan
Science Museum
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A series of striking photographs of science in action will go on display at the Science Museum as part of the Royal Photographic Society’s inaugural Science Photographer of the Year competition. The exhibition showcases extraordinary, breathtaking images of science in action.

Mary Quant

6th April 2019 - 8th March 2020
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From miniskirts and hot pants to vibrant tights and makeup, discover how Mary Quant launched a fashion revolution on the British high street, with over 200 garments and accessories, including unseen pieces from the designer's personal archive.

Wildlife Photographer of the Year

18th Oct 2019 - 31st May 2020
Natural History Museum
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The fifty-fifth Wildlife Photographer of the Year exhibition will immerse you in the breathtaking diversity of the natural world. Encounter the beauty and fragility of wildlife, see fascinating animal behaviour and get to know extraordinary species, exhibited on 100 stunning lightbox displays.

Beazley Designs of the Year

On until 9th Feb 2020
10am - 6pm
Design Museum Kensington
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Discover the most innovative designs across fashion, architecture, digital, transport, product and graphic design from the past 12 months, as nominated by the public and design experts from around the world.

Natural History Museum Ice Rink

19th Oct - 12th Jan 2020
10am - 9pm
Natural History Museum
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Set against the backdrop of the Waterhouse building, the Ice Rink at the Natural History Museum is one of the most magical places to be this winter. Experience the thrill of skating surrounded by fairy lights nestled in frost-covered trees, with the smell of mulled wine in the air.

Hyde Park Winter Wonderland

22nd Nov - 5th Jan 2020
10am - 10pm
Hyde Park
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Embrace the Christmas spirit as Winter Wonderland returns to London's Hyde Park. This free-to-enter family event is one of the best things to do in London at Christmas. Featuring a huge selection of festive entertainment and activities, from ice skating and circus shows to a Christmas market and live music.

Cars: Accelerating the Modern World

23rd Nov 2019 - 19th April 2020
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As we approach another major turning point in automotive design, this exhibition looks at the role of the car in shaping the world we live in today.

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Christmas Tree 'Freedom'

26th Nov - 6th January
10am-5:30pm
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This spectacular Christmas tree installation invites you to take a moment of peaceful reflection during an otherwise busy Christmas period. 'Freedom' is a contemporary reimagining of the Christmas tree which evokes tranquillity and joy and is the centrepiece of the this year's bicentenary celebrations, which marked the 200th anniversary of Queen Victoria and Prince Albert’s births. Each of the 200 ornately folded origami birds represents a year of the bicentenary.

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Father Christmas at the Hall

5th - 22nd Decembers
From 9am
Royal Albert Hall
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Father Christmas once again returns to his secret London headquarters at the Royal Albert Hall. In this theatrical walk-around event, children will encounter a range of magical North Pole characters in various spaces of the Hall on their way to meet Father Christmas himself.

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Christmas Choirs

1-3, 5-9, 11-22, 29-30th December
10am-5pm
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Festive music fills the Grand Entrance this Christmas season. Special recitals are taking place almost daily, performed by friends and favourite choirs from London's choral scene. You can catch them during the day and special evenings!

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My Christmas Orchestral Adventure

15th Dec
1pm and 4:30pm
Royal Albert Hall
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With the return of My Christmas Orchestral Adventure in 2019, Albert’s Orchestra are once again ready for another journey through classical music. We’ll be singing, dancing and best of all, a full symphony orchestra will bring our adventure to life. Will you help Albert’s Orchestra save Christmas?

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Luna Winter Cinema

15th - 22nd Dec
Between 4:15 - 8:15pm
Kensington Palace
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The Luna Cinema, the UK’s leading producer of open air and pop up film screenings, is back with its festive cinema, The Luna Winter Cinema, offering audiences the chance to enjoy classic festive films on the big screen.

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The Nutcracker

28th - 31st Dec
Sessions from 12pm - 7pm
Royal Albert Hall
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Every year, tens of thousands spend the end of December with us and Birmingham Royal Ballet. 2019 is no exception as The Nutcracker returns to the Royal Albert Hall. This enchanting production, featuring Tchaikovsky’s score, is without a doubt the quintessential Christmas treat for all the family.

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Design Workshop with Hey Duggee

28th Dec - 6th Jan
Sessions from 10:15am - 4:30pm
Design Museum Kensington
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A-Woof! Hey Duggee, CBeebies’ six time BAFTA winning series, is coming to the Design Museum! Loved by both girls and boys, and much adored by parents too, Hey Duggee inspires children to be energetic, work as a team and earn badges along the way.

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Pop-up Performance: Christmas 2019

28th - 30th December
11:00 - 3:30pm
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Join us for an interactive theatrical adventure with the 'Buildy-uppy Dance Show'. Performances at 11.00, 13.00 and 15.00. Duration 40 minutes approximately.

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Chill & Play Rug: Christmas 2019

28th - 30th December
10:30 - 5pm
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Join the green rug area and play with sensory toys or enjoy reading time with your family and friends. Recommended for families with younger children or those who need quiet time.

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The Imagination Station: Christmas 2019

28th-30th December
10:30-5pm
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Visit The Imagination Station during Christmas holiday and build your own modular building by Waugh Thistleton Architects and add it to a new city.

New Year's Eve: Creatures of the Night

31st Dec 2019
8pm - 1am
Natural History Museum
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The New Year's Eve party returns with a delightfully dark twist as we celebrate in collaboration with experiential events company It's Unknown. Get ready to have a hoot in an evening packed with wild activities. Try your luck at Musical Bingo, make your evening shine with UV body paint and have a dance (and a howl) at the Museum of the Moon silent disco.

Space Descent Virtual Reality with Tim Peake

Daily
4:20; 4:40; 5:00
Science Museum
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Tim Peake is your guide for an out-of-this-world virtual reality mission that puts you in the pilot’s seat of a Soyuz capsule. As the European Space Agency’s first British astronaut, Tim Peake spent six incredible months aboard the International Space Station.

Opening of the Medicine: The Wellcome Galleries

Opens 16th Nov 2019
Science Museum
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Featuring three thousand objects and covering an area equivalent to 1,500 hospital beds, Medicine: The Wellcome Galleries will be the magnificent new home for the most significant medical collections in the world.

Wonderlab: The Equinor Gallery

Daily
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Revealing the beauty of the science and maths that shape our everyday lives, this unmissable experience will ignite your curiosity, fuel your imagination and inspire you to see the world around you in new and exciting ways.

Discovery Motion Theatre: Legend of Apollo

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Based on the Apollo lunar landings, this film's exceptional 3D computer animation will fly you to the moon, where you can experience the sights and sounds of an Apollo expedition.

Watch the Peter Pan Cup on Christmas Day

25th Dec
9am
Hyde Park
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Swimmers have been taking to the water in Hyde Park since 1864, to race against each other in an icy 100 yard swimming race before going home to tuck into their Christmas dinner. The race is only open to members of the Serpentine Swimming Club but members of the public can watch for free.

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The Spy -ence Show

19th Oct - 5th Jan
1.30pm & 3pm
Science Museum
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Join in this interactive science show where you will explore the wonders of sending messages, breaking codes and keeping secrets. Suitable for 6+

The Irishman

14th Dec - 5th Jan
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Institut français
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Based on the book I Heard You Paint Houses by Charles Brandt, Martin Scorsese’s epic saga follows Frank ‘The Irishman’ Sheeran (Robert De Niro), a union official with connection to the mafia, and who allegedly murdered his friend and controversial union leader, Jimmy Hoffa (Al Pacino), at the behest of the Bufalino crime family.

Princess Victoria's Christmas

7th, 8th, 14th, 15th, 21st Dec - 5th Jan (except 24th, 25th, & 26th Dec)
12-12:30, 2-2:30pm
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Help Princess Victoria prepare Kensington Palace for Christmas and enjoy arts, crafts and festive foods Meet Victoria and her family, and take part in their Christmas pantomime.

Christmas at the Royal Albert Hall

On til 31st Dec
Royal Albert Hall
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Christmas is a magical time to celebrate together at the Royal Albert Hall – the home of Christmas in London. With a full line-up of solo stars, sing-along carols, traditional concerts and a classic ballet, there’s something for everyone at the Hall this festive season.