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Christmas in South Kensington

For a full round-up of festive fun in South Kensington, visit our website. Be sure not to miss the fun and check out all the festive treats on offer!

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

Daily
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.

Christmas with the Royal Choral Society

12th Dec
7:30pm
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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 there every Christmas since 1872. The Hall welcomes the choir back with a festive programme packed full of carols old and new.

Carols at the Royal Albert Hall

17th Dec-24th Dec
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The sing-along carol concerts at the Royal Albert Hall have become a festive favourite! From traditional carols such as ‘Silent Night’ to modern wintertime arrangements like ‘Winter Wonderland', this event is set to ignite the Christmas spirit.

Guy Barker’s Big Band Christmas

9th Dec
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The annual tradition returns to the Hall in 2022 for its seventh year. Along with special guests, Guy Barker will deliver a swinging, soulful celebration of big band music with a Christmas twist, mixing jazz classics with festive tunes.

Christmas with Katherine Jenkins

8th Dec
7:30pm
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Mezzo-soprano singer Katherine Jenkins OBE will perform seasonal favourites alongside friends and special guests. Past performers have included Grammy-winning jazz vocalist Kurt Elling and Strictly Come Dancing lead singer Tommy Blaize!

My Christmas Orchestral Adventure

11th Dec
1pm & 4:30pm
Royal Albert Hall
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An introduction to classical music for children, delivered through a Christmas adventure story. . Through classical favourites, the orchestra creates ice skating on frozen lakes, sleigh rides and a white Christmas, all without leaving the Royal Albert Hall’s auditorium.

Home Alone in Concert

10th Dec
2:30pm & 7:30pm
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Home Alone in Concert returns to the Hall as renowned composer John Williams’ score is performed live to picture by a symphony orchestra. Nominated for for Best Original Score and Best Original Song, Home Alone has become a seasonal classic.

Handel’s Messiah

14th Dec
2pm & 7pm
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The annual performance of Handel’s sacred oratorio Messiah returns to the Hall as part of the 2022 Christmas season. Having featured in the Hall’s programme a total of 568 times since 1872, Handel’s Messiah is a true Royal Albert Hall tradition

London Community Gospel Choir at Christmas

20th Dec
7:30pm
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The London Community Gospel Choir returns for the 2022 Christmas season with an exciting festive show featuring gospel classics. With musical accompaniment from a live orchestra and the London Community Gospel Choir band, expect an evening of uplifting festive tunes, seasonal fun, and special guests.

The Nutcracker

28th -31st Dec
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Experience the true magic of Christmas, as Clara’s toys come to life at the stroke of midnight. Take a journey through a fantastical winter wonderland of dancing snowflakes to the kingdom of the Sugar Plum Fairy.

Trevor Nelson's Soul Christmas

19th Dec
7:30pm
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Urban music pioneer Trevor Nelson curates a live soul show for the Royal Albert Hall this Christmas. Bringing together a host of special guest vocalists performing re-imagined iconic tracks, with help from the BBC Concert Orchestra.

A CHRISTMAS GAIETY

3rd Dec
7;30pm
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Drag sensation Peaches Christ, conductor Edwin Outwater and the BBC Concert Orchestra will turn the Royal Albert Hall into a camp Christmas party as part of this year’s festive celebrations, with help from special guests.

Hyde Park Winter Wonderland

18th Nov - 2nd Jan
10am to 10pm
Hyde Park
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The UK's most iconic festive event returns with Hyde Park Winter Wonderland welcoming back loved attractions including the UK's largest outdoor ice rink, the giant wheel, and thrilling shows at Zippo's Circus and Cirque Beserk as well as introducing brand and improved new rides.

Injecting Hope: The Race for a Covid 19 Vaccine

30th Nov - 7th Jan 24
10am - 6pm
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A new free exhibition explores the worldwide effort to develop vaccines at pandemic speed. See how scientists and researchers adapted to the various challenges of this massive programme.

Image credit: © Salvador Dalí, Fundació Gala-Salvador Dalí.

Objects of Desire: Surrealism and Design 1924 - Today

14 Oct - 19 Feb 2023
10 - 6pm (Sun - Thur) 10 - 9pm (Fri - Sat)
Design Museum Kensington
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Delve into the dreamlike relationship between Surrealism and design in this century-spanning celebration of surrealist objects of desire. The exhibition brings together the best in surrealist design, from furniture, interior design, fashion, photography and world-renowned artworks.

V&A trail: Explore as a family

Daily: 10am-5:45pm - Friday: 10am–10pm
V&A
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Are you ready to go on an adventure? This trail takes you on a journey through V&A galleries, exploring some of the incredible cultures and traditions you can see. You will discover objects that are hundreds of years old, uncover secret meanings behind animals and colour in art, and learn about some of the wonders of the museum, from an emperor's throne to dragons, from plaster casts to wigs!