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Enjoy a merry Christmas in South Kensington!

Bring your family and friends to London’s arts and science district for a truly magical Christmas treat. There are carols, The Nutcracker ballet and much more at the Royal Albert Hall, an unforgettable adventure at Hyde Park Winter Wonderland, fantastic exhibitions, special film screenings and your last chance to ice-skate at the Natural History Museum. Wrap up the year with festive holiday activities and ideas for perfect gifts from the museums and galleries in South Kensington.  

We've also got a fantastic competition for the Royal Albert Hall with a chance to win tickets to the premiere of Cirque du Soleil's spectacular LUZIA.

Stay tuned for news of more incredible events, exhibitions and festivals coming to South Kensington in 2022

  What's on  
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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Out-of-hours Dinotours
Natural History Museum
Dates vary 9am - 9:45am
Have you ever wondered what makes a dinosaur a dinosaur, what they really looked like and why we continue to study them today? Book a Dinotour with one of the Museum's knowledgeable tour guides to get up close and personal with all the main characters in their world-famous Dinosaurs gallery.
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A special screening of Romeo & Juliet
Institut français
16th Dec 7.30pm
A special Christmas screening of a classic - Romeo & Juliet. Book your tickets and be transported to an exquisitely recreated Verona with sumptuous sets and costumes.
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Fantastic Beasts - The Wonder of Nature

Natural History Museum
Ends 3rd January 2022

Last chance to see this celebration of magical beasts and fantastic animals. Discover where the real world and the Wizarding World intertwine, and how the wonders of the natural world have inspired myths, legends and magical creatures for generations.  

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Prix Pictet 2021: Fire
Opening Thurs 16 December 2021 Wed - Sun (closed 24/25/26 Dec)
The world's leading prize for photography and sustainability. Now in its ninth cycle, 2021's prize theme is 'Fire'. Drawing on major global events and personal experiences as inspiration, the thirteen shortlisted photographers will have their work exhibited at the V&A, with the winner announced on 15 December.
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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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Relaxed Performance: Carols at the Hall
Royal Albert Hall
Mon 20 December 2021 Doors: 10:00am
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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Watch the Peter Pan Cup on Christmas Day
The Royal Parks
Christmas Day 9am
Swimmers have been taking to the water in Hyde Park since 1864 to race against each other in an icy 100-yard swimming race before going home to tuck into their Christmas dinner. The race is only open to members of the Serpentine Swimming Club, but members of the public can watch for free.
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Royal Style in the Making
Kensington Palace
Until Sun 2 January 2022 Wed-Sun 10am-6pm
Last chance to the wedding dress of Diana, Princess of Wales. in the exhibition that explores the relationship between fashion designer and royal client.
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Fill your stockings with treats from South Kensington

The online and on-site shops across South Kensington's museums, galleries and cultural venues are full of imaginative ideas for gifts to surprise and delight all ages. For a truly sustainable gift, creating a year of memories - give an annual membership to one of our cultural venues.   Every purchase supports the work of these amazing charities.

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With Nature and a Camera
Royal Geographical Society (with IBG)
Tues 14 - Mon 20 December 2021 Mon-Fri 10am-5pm; Wed 10am-7pm
With Nature and a Camera will exhibit the works of wildlife documentary pioneer Cherry Kearton, cited by Sir David Attenborough as an influential character in his own journey to becoming a wildlife documentarian. A dynamic display of original photographs, films and artifacts. Cherry's works and historiography will illustrate the plight of our biodiversity and raise awareness to current climate issues.
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Beatrix Potter: Drawn to Nature
On til 8 Jan 2023 Daily: 10am-5:45pm - Friday: 10am–10pm
Last chance to see the life & work of one of the best-loved children's authors of the 20th century. Featuring original drawings, watercolours, & manuscripts that inspired some of Potter's most beloved characters. Kids go free.
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Science Fiction: Voyage to the Edge of Imagination
Science Museum
On til 20th Aug Daily 10am-6pm
Last chance to step aboard and voyage to the edge of imagination in this immersive, genre-defying exhibition! The interactive science fiction story is filled with objects that explore how scientists and science fiction creators have inspired each other through innovation and imagination.
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Image credit: (c) Joseph P. Smith  
Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize
Cromwell Place
On til 2nd January 2022

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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Behind the Studio Doors | Stuart Williamson FRSS
The Royal Society of Sculptors
Wed 15 December 2021 Online 6:30pm
Behind the Studio Doors is a new programme of talks with international members of the Royal Society of Sculptors, chaired by curator and writer Isabel de Vasconcellos. Whilst the doors at Dora House are closed, glimpse behind the scenes at 8 of their members' studios around the world, from Ecuador and the USA to Ukraine and Italy.
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Windows on Tea: Lecture by Urasenke Tea Master Kimura Sōkei
Japan House London
Tue 18 Jan (Rescheduled) Online 6:30pm-7:30pm
In conjunction with Japan House London's recently opened exhibition, Windowlogy, Windows on Tea explores the relationship between windows and tea, with a special lecture by tea master Kimura Sōkei from the London branch of Urasenke, one of the major tea schools in Japan.
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Christmas in South Kensington

We've got a fantastic choice of things to see and do to make your Christmas truly magical this year. For even more ideas to add a touch of sparkle to the holidays, take a look at our festive highlights in South Kensington.

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  Go Digital  
Victoria and Albert’s Christmas online talk
Kensington Palace
Wed 15 December 2021 Online 7pm
Join Historic Royal Palaces' Chief Curator, Lucy Worsley, for this extra-special seasonal event exploring how Queen Victoria and Prince Albert celebrated Christmas, and how the promotion of their family festivities created the blueprint for a traditional British Christmas.
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Image credit: Hanser Verlag  
International Online Book Club: Meet the Author - Max Czollek
Tues 14 December 2021 Online 6pm
The Goethe-Institut has invited author Max Czollek for their 13th international online book club meeting, to read from his book Desintegriert euch! A startling and thought-provoking work -a wild testimony from the Jewish scene changes the debate about integration and belonging.
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  And from our friends  
Celebrate, Shop and Explore Kensington and Chelsea
Royal Borough of Kensington & Chelsea
Check out the Kensington and Chelsea advent calendar for festive events, seasonal shopping promotions and massive competition prizes right across our local borough.
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South Kensington’s cultural venues have all you need for the festive period from unique gifts to unforgettable experiences.  Outdoors, inside and online – there’s something fun for everyone.  To keep everyone safe, face coverings are compulsory indoors and all the venues have covid protective measures in place.  Our museums continue to limit daily numbers to help maintain social distancing.  To manage this, please book your free tickets in advance.

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
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
V&A South Kensington
The Royal Society of Sculptors
Japan House
Westminster City Council
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