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. 

Wildlife Photographer of the Year

16 Oct 2020 - 6 June 2021
Temporarily closed from 5 Nov-2 Dec
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Wildlife Photographer of the Year is now open. Explore the world's best nature photography exhibited on 100 light panels. Go deeper and discover the surprising - and often challenging - stories behind the images during a time of environmental crisis. The exhibition is expected to sell out at weekends, so book in advance to guarantee entry.

Space Descent Virtual Reality with Tim Peake

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4:20; 4:40; 5:00
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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.

Wonderlab: The Equinor Gallery

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Temporarily closed from 5 Nov-2 Dec
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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.

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Christmas with the Royal Choral Society

Wednesday 9 December 2020
7:30pm
Royal Albert Hall
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The celebrated Royal Choral Society was formed as part of the Royal Albert Hall’s official opening, and the 150-strong choir has sung here every Christmas since 1872. The renowned Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and a host of special guests will accompany the choir for this gala concert.

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Royal Albert Hall Festive Gifts

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Discover a fantastic selection of ideas from the Royal Albert Hall gift shop, featuring exclusive prints, souvenirs, and the ever-popular Steward Bear - and more..

Free Sign-up to Discover South Ken Membership

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If you would like to keep up to-date with everything that is happening at our amazing science and arts institutions in South Ken, why not sign-up to our weekly newsletter. Bursting with great content, you'll be spoilt for choice. Every week, there's something different to see and do, from fantastic new exhibitions and wonderous collections to unique, one-off events to tantalise and excite. And if you're comfortably settled at home, we have just as much fun online. Quirky, different, entertaining, there's something for everyone. Don't miss out. Sign-up now!

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Science Museum Membership

All year round
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Treat the whole family to a Wonderlab's pass for a year’s worth of mind-blowing science. Fuel your child's imagination and give them the gift of wonder to the most spectacular interactive gallery in the world. Revealing the beauty of the science and maths that shape our everyday lives, this unmissable experience will ignite their curiosity and inspire them to see the world around them in new and exciting ways.

The V&A Opens 2 December

Get ready to explore seven miles of galleries and a host of new displays in the world's leading museum of art, design and performance. The V&A will reopen from Wednesday to Sunday, 10am - 5:45pm. Last admission 4:45pm. Book your free timed-entry

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Christmas Ideas from the Science Museum

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Look no further than the Science Museum for some space-inspired gifts to share your love of astronomy this Christmas, from fun little stocking fillers for kids and adults to games for budding young scientists.

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Planet Friendly Presents

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With Christmas just around the corner, the Natural History Museum has hand-picked a selection of presents perfect for lovers of the natural world. Choose from ranges that promote sustainability, products that support communities or unique experiences - all with nature in mind.

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Guy Barker’s Big Band Christmas

Friday 11 December 2020
7:30pm
Royal Albert Hall
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The much-loved festive, annual tradition of Guy Barker’s Big Band returns in 2020 for its 5th year with an evening of swinging, soulful celebrations of big band music with a Christmas twist! Guy Barker’s inimitable mixture of jazz classics, unearthed treasures and Christmas oddities will put a swing in your step as the festive season kicks-off.

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My Christmas Orchestral Adventure

Sunday 13 December 2020
3pm
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Calling Santa’s little helpers! Albert’s Orchestra is poised and ready for another journey through classical music. Father Christmas has lost his map on a practice run of his delivery route! Thankfully his trusty ensemble has found it but they need your help to return it to him ahead of the big day.

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John Rutter's Christmas Celebration

Thursday 9 December 2021
3pm; 7:30pm
Royal Albert Hall
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Join the nation’s favourite choral composer for another joyful celebration of Christmas as he conducts the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. With sing-along carols, rousing fanfares, Yuletide classics and more, this firm festive favourite is guaranteed to fill you with sparkle and cheer.

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Christmas with the Royal Choral Society

Wed 9 December 2020
7:30pm
Royal Albert Hall
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The celebrated Royal Choral Society was formed as part of the Royal Albert Hall’s official opening, and the 150-strong choir has performed every Christmas since 1872. This year's festive programme is packed full of glorious carols old and new – including traditional favourites Silent Night, The Twelve Days of Christmas and O Come all Ye Faithful. The renowned Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and a host of special guests will accompany the choir for this gala concert.

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Story Time with Father Christmas at the Hall

4-18 December
11:45am
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Father Christmas once again returns to his secret London headquarters at the Royal Albert Hall! In this all new, very special festive experience, magic awaits your little ones as the Albert Hall's beautiful porch is transformed into an enchanting winter grotto.