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South Kensington winter evenings are sparkling with festive fun

With a chill in the air and shorter days, South Kensington has plenty of live, fun-filled events to put a sparkle into your evenings - from the return of the Science Museum Lates, classical music and opera in the Royal College of Music's newly unveiled, state-of-the-art Performance Hall, festive films at the Luna Winter Cinema in Kensington Palace, and of course, Christmas at the Royal Albert Hall!.

Get your skates on to enjoy the final season of ice-skating outside the Natural History Museum and book now for Winter Wonderland which returns to Hyde Park next week.  We’ve got competitions to give away tickets to both.

Christmas at the Royal Albert Hall
Royal Albert Hall
From Thurs 2 Dec - Fri 31 Dec Times vary
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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Fabergé: Romance to Revolution
Til Sun 8 May 2022 Daily: 10am-5:45pm - Friday: 10am–10pm
If you've missed out on seeing the V&A's sold-out exhibition, they've released new tickets so you can enjoy Carl Fabergé's greatest treasures up close.
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Natural History Museum Ice Rink
Natural History Museum
22 October 2021 - 16 January 2022 Closed 25 December 11.00-22.00 daily (times may vary)
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.
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Winter Luna Cinema at Kensington Palace
Kensington Palace
Sun 12 - Thurs 23 December 2021 Times vary
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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Science Museum Lates are Back!
Science Museum
Wed 24 November 2021 6:15pm - 10pm
Lates are back! Head over to the Science Museum for a space-themed Lates this November, celebrating the final frontier. From rocket launch workshops and space object hunts to a Soyuz simulator, there's endless fun to be had!
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The Magic Flute
Royal College of Music
20, 22, 24, 26 November 2021 7pm
Rediscover one of Mozart's most enduring operas, performed by the RCM Opera Studio. Set between the worlds of a secondary school and a subconscious dreamscape, this production looks at a group of teenagers who are navigating friendship, loneliness, competition, desire and love.
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Hyde Park Winter Wonderland
Hyde Park
19 Nov 2021 – 3 Jan 2022 10am - 10pm
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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Alice: Curiouser and Curiouser
Until Friday 31 December 2021 Wed-Sun 11am-7pm
Enjoy this wonderfully immersive and theatrical show exploring the origins, adaptations and reinventions of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland before it closes in December.
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Hervé Télémaque: A Hopscotch of the Mind
On til 30th Jan 22 Tue - Sun, 10am - 6pm
Last chance to see the legendary Haitian-French artist Hervé Télémaque, whose practice, combining archival and contemporary pop cultural references, traces histories and contemporary impact of racism, imperialism and colonialism. Includes paintings, objects, collages and assemblages from late 1950's to present day.
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Cirque du Soleil - LUZIA
Royal Albert Hall
Til Sun 27 February 2022 Times vary
The intermission is over! The Cirque du Soleil is back with their dazzling luminous spectacle, LUZIA, which will also mark 25 years since Cirque du Soleil first brought its captivating magic with its awe-inspiring acrobatics to the Royal Albert Hall.
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Ancient Greeks: Science and Wisdom
Science Museum
17 November 2021 – 05 June 2022 Wed - Sun 10am-6pm
Curiosity and investigation are central to furthering our understanding of the universe today, ancient Greek thinkers shared a similar philosophy. Step back through millennia and discover how this ancient civilization questioned, contemplated, and debated the natural world.
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Inspired by Gardens & Nature
Leighton House Museum
Thursday 18 & 25 November 2021 Online 6pm-7pm
Hear from three acclaimed figures working in the arts and the art of garden design about how nature inspires their work. From the symbolism of the Islamic Gardens of Paradise, to a botanical artist creating pressed flower bas reliefs and the influences of an award-winning landscape garden designer.
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November Third Thursday
The Royal Society of Sculptors
Thurs 18 November 2021 6.30pm-9pm
From the Venus of Hohle Fels to the Seated Woman of Catal Hoyuk, the female body in the Ancient World was celebrated in all its forms; voluptuous, athletic, fertile, childbearing and sexual. Join London Drawing Group’s Luisa Maria MacCormack where you will learn about the fascinating histories of some of the most iconic figurines ever created, and creating your own in natural clay.
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South Ken Kids Festival 2021
Institut français
Mon 15-Sun 21 November 2021 Times vary
Brilliantly bilingual throughout, the South Ken Kids Festival is an occasion to highlight children’s writing, illustration, translation, and children’s books in all their glory. It includes workshops with illustrators, talks with authors, film screenings, as well as performance, translation, film-making and virtual reality labs.
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Win Hyde Park Winter Wonderland 2021 Tickets
The Royal Parks
Competition ends 19 Nov 2021
To celebrate the return of Hyde Park Winter Wonderland, we are giving away 4 tickets for 3 attractions so our lucky winner can take their friends or family to one of the ultimate Christmas destinations in London! Chose from thrill-seeking rides, the spectacular Magical Ice Kingdom, the adreneline-fuelled Cirque Beserk and so much more!
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Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize, Cromwell Place
Cromwell Place
Wed 10 November 2021 – Sun 2 January 2022 10am-6pm
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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Discover South Kensington is an initiative of the Exhibition Road Cultural Group, a partnership of the cultural and educational organisations in and around Exhibition Road, South Kensington.

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The Design Museum
Imperial College London
Institut franҫais
The Ismaili Centre
Kensington Palace
Natural History Museum
Royal Albert Hall
South Kensington Estates
Royal College of Art
Cromwell Place
Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea
Royal College of Music
Royal Commission for the Exhibition of 1851
Royal Geographical Society (with IBG)
The Royal Parks
Serpentine Galleries
The Science Museum
Victoria and Albert Museum
The Royal Society of Sculptors
Japan House
Westminster City Council
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