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  A Christmas gift that lasts a year!  
 

The Christmas season is officially here and as we wrap up a fantastic year of exciting events, exhibitions, music, movies and workshops, why not spread the joy of the festive season with a gift that makes a difference.

Treat your loved ones to unforgettable experiences, exclusive events and unlimited creativity with a Membership to one of our unique cultural venues! Spark inspiration and curiosity with members-only talks, special offers, exclusive members rooms and free access to exhibition all year round. Plus, your gift will help support our amazing venues and the extraordinary work they do!

In the meantime we wish you a happy holiday and look forward to seeing you in South Kensington in 2023!

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  What's on  
 
 
 
Christmas in South Kensington
 

 
The festive season is upon us, and South Kensington is full of Christmas treats to get you in the spirit. Discover a range of fun, festive activities to get involved with this December.
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Christmas at the Royal Albert Hall
 
Royal Albert Hall
December Times vary
 
The Royal Albert Hall has been the home of Christmas in London for 150 years. They open their doors again this December to share the magic of our favourite season.
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V&A's Couture Christmas Tree Installation
 
V&A
Nov 30th-4th Jan 10am-5:45pm
 
The V&A have unveiled a dazzling Christmas tree installation, designed by London-based Korean fashion designer, Miss Sohee, whose work features in the museum’s major exhibition, Hallyu! The Korean Wave. The design reimagines the traditional Christmas tree into a dramatic couture gown.
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London Community Gospel Choir at Christmas
 
Royal Albert Hall
20th Dec 7:30pm
 
Just announced - Sam Ryder will sing with Europe's leading gospel choir for one night only! The London Community Gospel Choir returns with an exciting festive show featuring gospel classics, Expect an evening of uplifting festive tunes, seasonal fun, and special guests.
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Christmas Family Workshops
 
Japan House London
18th-22nd December Times vary
 
Explore the cultures of Japan this December with a series of family-friendly workshops. During each workshop, participants can enjoy learning about Japan and unleashing their creativity while trying an activity using original Japan House London worksheets.
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Jurassic Encounters: Animal Show
 
Natural History Museum
13th &17th Feb, 5th & 12th April Times vary
 
Delve into the Jurassic and meet the modern-day relatives of the animals that lived alongside Dippy in this fantastic animal handling show. Meet incredible creatures, including snakes, lizards and tarantulas, and learn more about them in this 45-minute, ethical experience.
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Cirque du Soleil - Kurios: Cabinet of Curiosities
 
Royal Albert Hall
13th Jan- 5th March 2023 Times vary
 
Discover a world of wonders at Cirque du Soleil’s European Premiere of Kurios: Cabinet of Curiosities. Gasp at the daring acrobatics, clever contortion and breath-taking talent of Cirque du Soleil that will delight all ages.
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Dippy Returns: The Nation's Favourite Dinosaur
 
Natural History Museum
Until 2 Jan 2023 10am-5:45pm
 
Last chance to see Dippy, the first Diplodocus to go on display anywhere in the world, when it returns to the Museum for a short visit. Now you can see Dippy's memories of UK landscapes and hear how nature inspires different communities.
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Science Museum Lates: Chinese New Year
 
Science Museum
25th Jan 6:30pm-10pm
 
Join the Science Museum as they celebrate the Chinese New Year. There’ll be fascinating talks, illuminating tours, hands-on workshops and much more to explore! Plus, all the regular Lates highlights will be here for you to enjoy, including a pub quiz and the best silent disco in town.
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Surrealism and Design: From Dalí to AI
 
Design Museum Kensington
18th, 25th Jan & 1st Feb 6:30pm-7:30pm
 
Join the Design Museum for a 3-part online Surrealism Design History course. Find out how the art and literary movement that began in the 1920s came to shape the designed world. Discover the major designers and creatives responding to Surrealist ideas today.
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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 Christmas presents. But the best gift of all is to support our cultural venues by gifting an annual membership.
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V&A Gift Membership
 
V&A
 
We have five reasons to give a V&A Membership this Christmas - Free unlimited access to exhibitions - Priority booking for courses & talks - Exclusive access to the RIBA awarded Members’ Room, Subscription to the V&A Magazine, and weekly news & online exclusives. V&A Members also enjoy a special 10% discount on products courtesy of the V&A Shop.
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Science Museum Membership
 
Science Museum
 
Treat the whole family to a Wonderlab's pass for a year’s worth of mind-blowing science. Fuel your child's imagination and give them the gift of wonder to the most spectacular interactive gallery in the world.
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Membership to the Natural History Museum
 
Natural History Museum
 
Be part of something big and become a Museum Member. Your support helps the Natural History Museum work for a future where people and planet thrive - and you'll enjoy colossal benefits!
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Membership for the Design Museum
 
Design Museum Kensington
 
Gift your loved one a full year of free entry to our exhibitions, access to private views and discounts on events, shops and café. Every purchase helps the museum to work on multiple projects to support the next generation of designers.
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Join the Friends of Leighton House Museum
 
Leighton House and Sambourne House Museum
 
A wonderful way to support Leighton House Museum is a Christmas gift for Join the Friends and enjoy free, unlimited access to their historic house and invitations to private views..
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Historic Royal Palaces Membership
 
Kensington Palace
 
With seasonal sparkle and Christmas activities for all, now's the perfect time to become a member of Historic Royal Palaces and start sharing uplifting experiences and days out with loved ones at some of the UK's most iconic palaces.
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Give the Gift of Music
 
Royal College of Music
 
A perfect gift for any music lover is the Membership of the Royal College of Music Friends scheme. In addition to priority booking and access to an exclusive programme of Friends events, they will receive regular advance info about RCM events while showing support for young musical talent.
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  Go Digital  
 
 
 
Online Workshop: Make a Panto Dame Headpiece
 
V&A
19th Dec 11am, 2pm, & 4pm
 
Get in the festive mood wherever you're in the country and join us for this creative online workshop. Led by prop-maker Isobel Irwin, you will get inspired by the Re:Imagining Musicals display and craft your very own panto dame headpiece using household recycling material.
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The Restoration of Dora House
 
The Royal Society of Sculptors
 
With its rich artistic history and ornate architecture, Dora House has long been a South Kensington landmark. Yet, it was in urgent need of repair. And now, as we enter the final month of the year, The Royal Society of Sculptors are delighted to announce that the external restoration is complete.
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  Competitions  
 
 
 
Win 2 Tickets to the Christmas Carols at the Royal Albert Hall
 
Royal Albert Hall
 
‘Tis the season in South Kensington and this year, Discover South Kensington have 2x tickets to the Royal Albert Hall’s Christmas Carols this Christmas eve! Last chance to enter!
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Win 2 tickets to the premiere of Cirque du Soleil's Kurios: Cabinet of Curiosities
 
Royal Albert Hall
18th Jan
 
This winter sees the return of Cirque du Soleil at the Royal Albert Hall. and we have 2 tickets to giveaway to attend the spectacular European premier of Kurios: Cabinet of Curiosities. But hurry, closing soon!
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Win 4 Tickets to The Nutcracker at The Royal Albert Hall
 
Royal Albert Hall
 
It’s not the wintertime in London without The Nutcracker! And this year, Discover South Kensington have four tickets to giveaway to one lucky winner to see the magic unfold - but closing soon!
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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
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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