Christmas in South Kensington

Visit South Kensington to experience a truly magical Christmas this year. From tasty treats to awe-inspiring music, have a look and make sure you don't miss out on the festive fun. There's so many extraordinary experiences here to create special memories with friends and family. 

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Carols at the Royal Albert Hall

Sat 18 – Fri 24 December 2021
Starts: 11:00am, 3:00pm, 7:30pm
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Join the Royal Albert Hall in their spectacular surroundings for what’s set to be London’s finest carol concerts of the season. These special concerts have become a festive favourite over the years and 2021 is no exception.

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Christmas with Jonas Kaufmann

Thursday 16 December 2021
Starts: 7:30pm
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Following a string of world-class tours and CD recordings to match, Jonas Kaufmann now brings his long-awaited Christmas tour to audiences around Europe for the first time, featuring music from his newly-released album It’s Christmas.

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The Nutcracker

Tue 28 – Fri 31 December 2021
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It’s not Christmas without The Nutcracker! After a year away, this enchanting production, featuring Tchaikovsky’s sumptuous score, is the quintessential Christmas treat for all the family.

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Discovery Motion Theatre: Legend of Apollo

Dates and times vary
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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.

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Natural History Museum Ice Rink

22 October 2021 - 16 January 2022 Closed 25 December
11.00-22.00 daily (times may vary)
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. Whether you can dance on ice like Torvill and Dean, or you skate more like Bambi, a visit to the Museum’s Ice Rink is a must this festive season.

Tours

Royal Albert Hall Tours

Most days of the year
Royal Albert Hall
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Take a peek inside London's most iconic music venue. Did you know that the Royal Albert Hall once hosted a séance; flooded the auditorium with 56,000 litres of water for an opera concert; and that criminals, as well as musicians and politicians, have graced the Hall’s stage?

Wonderlab: The Equinor Gallery

Wednesday–Sunday
10am-6pm (last entry 5:15pm)
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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.

Music

Late Night Jazz: Earl Okin

Thurs 2 December 2021
Starts: 9:30pm
Royal Albert Hall
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Earl is a true legend of the UK’s Jazz and Bossa Nova scene, and has played concerts around the world, performing in some of the most renowned jazz clubs and festivals, as well as on radio and TV.

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Winter Wreath Making at the Design Museum

Sat 4 December 2021
10am - 12 noon
Design Museum Kensington
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Come and enjoy making something beautiful and sustainable for the festive season. Learn how to make an evergreen wreath using traditional native foliage with SSAW Collective.

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Trevor Nelson's Soul Christmas

Tuesday 21 December 2021
Starts: 7:30pm
Royal Albert Hall
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Award-winning BBC Radio 2 and Radio 1Xtra, Trevor Nelson returns to the Royal Albert Hall, with a host of special guests including Chic’s Kimberly Davis, Basement Jaxx vocalist Vula Malinga, soul singer Tony Momrelle, and Ivor Novello-winning producer Troy Miller.

Relaxed Performance: Carols at the Hall

Mon 20 December 2021
Doors: 10:00am
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A firm festive favourite, this year features the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted by Richard Cooke, along with the Royal Choral Society and the National Youth Choirs of Great Britain who will sing the world’s favourite carols, with organ accompaniment on the Voice of Jupiter – the Royal Alberth Hall's 9,999 pipe organ.

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Christmas at the Royal Albert Hall

From Thurs 2 Dec - Fri 31 Dec
Times vary
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The Royal Albert Hall has been the home of Christmas in London for 150 years. After a year away, they're thrilled to open their doors again this December to share the magic of their favourite season. There’s something for everyone, from Christmas carols to traditional concerts, jazz, classic ballet and so much more.

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Winter Luna Cinema at Kensington Palace

Sun 12 - Thurs 23 December 2021
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Kensington Palace
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The ultimate festive cinema experience gives film fans a chance to take a break from the chaos around last-minute Christmas shopping and the festive party season, to snuggle up and enjoy iconic Christmas classics on the big screen with friends and family.

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Festive card making workshop

Wed 8 December
Free online 5pm-6pm
Great Exhibition Road Festival
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Create your very own special festive greeting card and explore different card making techniques in this online workshop with illustrator Isabella Mitchell and Caroline Penn, Librarian at the National Art Library at the V&A. See the first ever Christmas card and discover the history of the Christmas card.

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Christmas

CBeebies Christmas Show – The Night Before Christmas

Sat 4, Sun 5 & Wed 8 December 2021
Times vary
Institut français
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The Institut français is delighted to welcome back the annual CBeebies Christmas Show at the Ciné Lumière. This year the story is sprinkled with plenty of CBeebies magic, festive music, stunning dance performances and a star cast of presenters and on-screen talent. Fun for all the family!

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Dance

Enchanted Fabergé Dance Workshop

Fri 17 – Sun, 19 December 2021
11am - 3:40pm
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Express yourself and join dancers Colleen Joseph and Kerri De Aguiar in this participatory families workshop where you'll explore Waacking and Jazz Fusion. Be brave, celebrate and become a dance pioneer!

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Hyde Park Winter Wonderland

19 Nov 2021 – 3 Jan 2022
10am - 10pm
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Hyde Park Winter Wonderland opens with rides, entertainment, food, drinks and much more. Morning visits are great for families and as evening comes around, Hyde Park is transformed by thousands of sparkling lights so grab your mulled wine, hot chocolate or a stein of Bavarian beer and join in the festive fun!

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Brian Cox & Robin Ince’s Christmas Compendium of Reason

Tuesday 14 December 2021
7pm
Royal Albert Hall
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Join Professor Brian Cox and Robin Ince of Radio 4’s The Infinite Monkey Cage, for their science and music variety show. A festive event like no other, full of comedy, wonder and so much more!

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My Christmas Orchestral Adventure

Sunday 12 December 2021
1pm; 4:30pm
Royal Albert Hall
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Come on a musical journey zipping around the world with this festive orchestral adventure. Along the way we'll ice skate on frozen lakes, go on a sleigh ride and enjoy a white Christmas, all without leaving the Hall's spectacular auditorium.

Bags! Inside Out

until Sunday, 16 January 2022
Wed-Sun 10am-5:45pm
V&A
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From rucksacks to despatch boxes, Birkin bags to Louis Vuitton luggage, Bags! will explore the style, function, design and craftsmanship of the ultimate accessory.

Fabergé: Romance to Revolution

Wed - Sun
10am to 5:45pm
V&A
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Devoted to the international prominence of the legendary Russian goldsmith, the exhibition will explore master goldsmith, Carl Fabergé – whose internationally recognised firm symbolised Russian craftsmanship, luxury and elegance – and the Anglo-Russian relationship which saw the opening of a London branch in 1903.

Hervé Télémaque: A Hopscotch of the Mind

On til 30th Jan 22
Tue - Sun, 10am - 6pm
Serpentine
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The first UK institutional show for legendary Haitian-French artist includes paintings, objects, collages and assemblages from late 1950s to present day. Télémaque’s practice, combining archival and contemporary pop cultural references, traces histories and contemporary impact of racism, imperialism and colonialism

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Alice: Curiouser and Curiouser

Until Friday 31 December 2021
Wed-Sun 11am-7pm
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Enjoy this wonderfully immersive and theatrical show exploring the origins, adaptations and reinventions of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland before it closes in December.

Amy: Beyond the Stage

Opens Friday 26 November 2021
Sun-Thurs 10am-6pm; Fri-Sat 10am-9pm
Design Museum Kensington
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Celebrate the legacy and creativity of one of the greatest musicians of our time. ​Discover the story of Amy’s early career through her recordings and teenage notebooks to unravel the creative process behind her music. Explore the outfits she wore during her greatest performances, handwritten lyrics and personal items that have never been exhibited before,​

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Adventure Babies

Every Tuesday 7 Sept to 14 Dec
Times vary for baby-pre crawlers/Toddlers/Little ones
Natural History Museum
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Delight the little one with a sensory storytelling class designed to boost their development and nurture a love for books. And afterwards, don't miss the chance to explore the rest of the Museum with a ready-written self-guided tour.

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Christmas

'The Muppet Christmas Carol' in Concert

Saturday 11 December 2021
2:30pm; 7:00pm
Royal Albert Hall
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Family favourite The Muppet Christmas Carol will be screened with live orchestra at the Royal Albert Hall as part of our 2021 Christmas season. This show will take you on a magical journey through the classic Charles Dickens story performed by the Muppets.

Photography

Wildlife Photographer of the Year

15 Oct 2021 - 5 June 2022
Mon-Sun 10am-5:50pm (last entry 5pm)
Natural History Museum
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Explore the natural world in all its fragility and diversity at the annual Wildlife Photographer of the Year exhibition, where 100 powerful photographs tell the story of a planet under pressure. Book your free ticket in advance.

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3D Red Arrows

Daily
10.20am-5pm
Science Museum
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With stunning high definition 3D vision and flight simulator motion technology, you can see and feel for yourself what it’s like in the cockpit of a Red Arrow.

Create your own interactive Christmas jumper

Sat 11 December 2021
10.30am - 5pm
V&A
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Discover craft and digital techniques to upcycle your old garments into a one-of-a-kind Christmas jumper. Come and create something to make you smile!

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Fantastic Beasts: The Wonder of Nature

17 May 2021 - 3 January 2022
Mon-Sun 10am-5:50pm
Natural History Museum
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Don't miss this incredible exhibition before it closes in January. Discover where the real and wizarding worlds intertwine, and how the wonders of the natural world have inspired myths, legends and magical creatures for generations.

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Royal Style in the Making

Until Sun 2 January 2022
Wed-Sun 10am-6pm
Kensington Palace
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Explore the relationship between fashion designer and royal client. Featuring items from the archives of some of the most celebrated royal couturiers of the 20th century, the exhibition also includes the wedding dress of Diana, Princess of Wales.

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Morning yoga at the Natural History Museum

Sunday 12 December 2021
8am-9:15am
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Find your zen at the Natural History Museum with a unique yoga class hosted in collaboration with East of Eden. Rise and shine with an invigorating yoga class followed by a live gong bath and exclusive access to the Wildlife Photographer of the Year exhibition while it is closed to the public.

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Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize, Cromwell Place

Wed 10 November 2021 – Sun 2 January 2022
10am-6pm
Cromwell Place
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Discover the very best in contemporary portrait photography in this National Portrait Gallery exhibition, which celebrates and showcases photographers from the leading international competition. With tickets from just £4 - it's not to be missed!

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Christmas Special

Sat 4 - Thurs 16 December 2021
Times vary
Institut français
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Get into the spirit of Christmas with a series of enchanting films, musicals and ballet broadcasts for the whole family on the big screen of Ciné Lumière - including a visit from Father Christmas on Saturday 4th December!

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Tribute to Gustave Flaubert

Thu 2 & Sat 11 December
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Born on 12 Dec 1821, French novelist Gustave Flaubert is considered to be one of the leading exponents of literary realism with landmarks novels such as Madame Bovary, Sentimental Education and A Simple Heart.