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Christmas Unwrapped in South Kensington

With one month to go, get ahead with your Christmas shopping covered. We've put together a list of places to shop bursting with brilliant stocking fillers and sustainable gifts that will delight your friends and family and support our South Kensington cultural venues. For the ultimate gift, treat your family or friends to an annual membership to one of our extraordinary museums and cultural venues, offering a year’s worth of memories and unforgettable experiences.

The Royal Albert Hall has been home to Christmas for the last 150 years and this year is no exception, with a programme full of festive, heart-warming live events. To celebrate, don’t miss our latest competitions to win tickets to The Nutcracker and Christmas Carols!

 
 
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Win tickets to see the Nutcracker at the Royal Albert Hall

It’s not Christmas without The Nutcracker! The Royal Albert Hall are delighted to announce the return of Birmingham Royal Ballet’s festive favourite to their stage. To celebrate, we are giving away 2 pairs of tickets to performances on Fri 31 Dec at 1pm & 4pm.

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Win tickets for Christmas Carols at the Royal Albert Hall

The Royal Albert Hall has been the home of Christmas in London for 150 years. After a year away, their doors are open again this December to share the magic of our favourite season. To celebrate, we are giving away 2 pairs of tickets to the Christmas Carols on Wed 22 Dec & Thur 23 Dec!

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My Christmas Orchestral Adventure
 
Royal Albert Hall
Sunday 12 December 2021 1pm; 4:30pm
 
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.
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Fill your stockings with treats from South Kensington

South Kensington's museums and galleries online and onsite shops are bursting with imaginative ideas for sustainable Christmas presents.

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Winter Wreath Making at the Design Museum
 
Design Museum Kensington
Sat 4 December 2021 10am - 12 noon
 
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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Enchanted Fabergé Dance Workshop
 
V&A
Fri 17 – Sun, 19 December 2021 11am - 3:40pm
 
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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Go Green This Christmas
 
Natural History Museum
 
With Christmas just around the corner, the Natural History Museum shop has some great ideas for sustainable presents from recycled glass baubles and felt animals to a pioneering sustainable gin!
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Create your own interactive Christmas jumper
 
V&A
Sat 11 December 2021 10.30am - 5pm
 
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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Christmas in South Kensington

For more ideas for festive fun and frivolities in South Kensington, visit our website. We've got something for all the family!

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Lights and Shadows Exhibition
 
Royal Geographical Society (with IBG)
Wed 17 November - Fri 10 December 2021 Mon-Fri 10am-5pm
 
From an early daguerreotype of Arctic explorer Joseph René Bellot to a remarkable aerial image of 1960s Abu Dhabi and iconic photographic ‘firsts’ from Antarctica to Zanzibar, this exhibition presents an introduction to the Society’s collection of over 500,000 historic images.
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V&A Friday Late: I Hope This Finds You Well
 
V&A
Fri 26 November 2021 6:30pm-10pm
 
Join the V&A for their final Friday Late of the year, which is all about wellness. with live performances, workshops, installations, talks and djs.
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Windowology: New Architectural Views from Japan
 
Japan House London
1st December - 10 April 2022 Mon-Sat 10am-8pm; Sun 12-6pm
 
Sliding screens and transformative spaces, windows in Japan are part of a long architectural tradition that affect people’s everyday environments in culturally specific ways. Curated under the direction of architect and critic Igarashi Taro, discover the subtleties and intricacies of windows on our lives and psyche.
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Festive card making workshop
 
Great Exhibition Road Festival
Wed 8 December Free online 5pm-6pm
 
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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Meet the curator: The Royal College of Music Museum
 
Great Exhibition Road Festival
Fri 26 November Free online 12:00 - 12:45pm
 
From never-before-seen Mozart concerto manuscripts to the earliest known guitar and oldest stringed keyboard instrument, the Royal College of Music Museum celebrates musical creativity and craftmanship. To celebrate the Museum’s opening, explore some of the collection’s highlights with its curator Professor Gabriele Rossi Rognoni.
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Green Energy for the Future with Louise
 
Great Exhibition Road Festival
Wed 24 November Free online 5-5:45pm
 
Discover how scientists capture and store green energy and challenge your family’s knowledge in the Green Energy quiz.
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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.

Our partners include:
 
The Design Museum
Goethe-Institut
Imperial College London
Institut franҫais
The Ismaili Centre
Kensington Palace
Natural History Museum
Royal Albert Hall
South Kensington Estates
Royal College of Art
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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