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Get ready for a magical festive season in South Kensington!

The Royal Albert Hall has been the home of Christmas in London for over 150 years - get into the festive spirit with the Hall's heart-warming series of Christmas events.  Don't miss your chance to enter our competition to win 4 tickets to watch the London Community Gospel Choir on 19th December. We are also giving away two tickets to the premiere of Cirque du Soleil’s most iconic production Alegria: In a New Light, playing at the Royal Albert Hall on 17th January.

Just a stone's throw away, Hyde Park beckons with Winter Wonderland's seasonal lights, adrenaline-fuelled rides and festive markets. While at Kensington Palace, get cosy with a seasonal line-up of classic films at the Luna Winter Cinema's screenings (don't forget to use our exclusive 20% discount below!).

For the perfect Christmas gifts and memberships, explore our member's online and onsite shops and support our amazing cultural organisations. Look out for Japan House's Christmas Late Night Shopping on 30th November & 14th December and receive 15% off your purchases. Looking for something unique? We highly recommend indulging in the Royal College of Art's Christmas fete.

 
 
  Competitions  
 
 
 
Win 4x Tickets to London Community Gospel Choir at Christmas
 
Royal Albert Hall
 
Win 4x tickets to see the London Community Gospel Choir at Christmas at Royal Albert Hall! We are delighted that, thanks to our friends at the Hall, we have 4x tickets to give away to a lucky group.
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Win 2x Tickets to the premiere of Cirque Du Soleil - Alegria: In a New Light
 
Royal Albert Hall
17th January Various Times
 
Mesmerising acrobatics, surreal costumes and vibrant sets make for an acrobatic extravaganza at the Royal Albert Hall. Win 2x tickets to the premiere of Cirque du Soleil - Alegría: In a New Light on 17th January.
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  Special Offers  
 
 
 
Luna Winter Cinema 20% discount
 
Kensington Palace
11th Dec - 15th Dec Various Times
 
The Luna Winter Cinema will transform Kensington Palace into the ultimate festive-themed cinema... Screening all those beloved heart-warming festive classics. Use the exclusive promo code: HRP2023WIN for 20% off up to 6 tickets!
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  What's on  
 
 
 
Christmas Late Night Shopping Event
 
Japan House London
30th Nov & 14th Dec 6pm - 9.00pm
 
Get ready for Christmas with gift wrapping demonstrations and enjoy seasonal refreshments and tastings. Guests will receive a 15% discount on all purchases made in store.
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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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Hyde Park Winter Wonderland
 
Hyde Park
17th Nov- 1st Jan 2024 10am - 9.30pm
 
Located in London’s iconic Hyde Park, Winter Wonderland is the world’s ultimate destination for festive fun. Hyde Park Winter Wonderland offers a variety of attractions, activities, entertainment, food, drinks, and so much more...
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Imperial Lates - Space
 
Imperial College London
7th Dec 6 - 9pm
 
Explore the wonders of the cosmos at a festive Lates evening of Martian merriment and space experiments. From driving Mars rovers and building lunar bases to icy moon cocktails, intergalactic art and extra-terrestrial Xmas decorations!
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Films in Concert
 
Royal Albert Hall
Dates vary Times vary
 
Experience cinema’s most iconic films including Harry Potter and Lord of the Rings, with the score performed live by an orchestra in the spectacular surroundings of the Royal Albert Hall.
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Christmas Fête at RCA
 
Royal College of Art
7 - 9th Dec 1pm - 8pm
 
The Royal College of Art and Students’ Union presents their annual Christmas Fête. Artists and Designers invite you to view and purchase bespoke ceramics, jewellery, prints, textiles, illustrations and zines!
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Workshop: Christmas Pewter Casting
 
Design Museum Kensington
2nd Dec 10am - 12pm
 
Discover how to make small Christmas decorations from pewter using a technique dating back to the Vikings in this creative workshop.
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Christmas at the Museum
 
Natural History Museum
22nd Dec 6.45pm - 9.30pm
 
Grab a mulled wine and a minced pie and get into the Christmas spirit at the Natural History Museum. See some stunning snowy scenes at Wildlife Photographer of the Year exhibition and visit Titanosaur: Life as the Biggest Dinosaur exhibition!
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V&A Christmas Tree Installation
 
V&A
27th Nov - 6th Jan
 
Every year to celebrate the festive period, V&A commissions a designer to create a Christmas tree. This year, designers Isabel+Helen celebrate the festive season through light and movement. Inspired by the night sky!
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My Christmas Orchestral Adventure
 
Royal Albert Hall
10th Dec 12.30pm & 4.30pm
 
Calling Santa's little Helpers! See this brand-new story taking conductor Tim through Christmas's past, present and future to bring his cheer back in time to meet Father Christmas.
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Abdus Salam and the Fundamental Forces of Nature
 
Imperial College London
29th Jan 6pm - 7.15pm
 
Imperial are celebrating Nobel Laureate Professor Abdus Salam with a very special lecture on Monday 29th January. Join the ballot for a chance to go- Don't miss out!
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Christmas Video Game Dance Party
 
V&A
2nd, 3rd Dec 10.30am - 4.30pm
 
Celebrate the holiday season with a musical drop-in activity at the V&A. For you and the family to learn how to create your very own interactive video dance game, inspired by cheerful holiday music.
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Ainu Stories: Contemporary Lives by the Saru River
 
Japan House London
16th Nov - 21st Apr 10am - 8pm
 
Experience Ainu culture as it exists today in the southern Hokkaido region of Biratori in the UK's first exploration of the contemporary lives of this indigenous people of northern Japan.
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Festive Family Fun
 
Leighton House and Sambourne House Museum
16th Dec Various Times
 
Celebrate Christmas at Leighton House! Create with a family day of festive crafts and decorations tied to the museum's Victorian heritage.
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Samples
 
Cromwell Place
6th - 10th Dec 11am - 7pm
 
An event combining forces between Cromwell Place and the Royal Society of Sculptures, ‘Samples’ features editions of work by members of the Royal Society of Sculptors and are available to buy for Christmas!
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Revisiting Saint-Saëns’ Carnival of the Animals
 
Institut français
2nd Dec 3pm
 
Celebrate the end of the year with this imaginative interpretation of Camille Saint-Saëns cherished pieces from 'The Carnival of the Animals'. Enjoy a mesmerising, intimate and kid friendly performance.
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  And from our friends  
 
 
 
The Gingerbread City
 

2nd Dec - 7th Jan
 
The Museum of Architecture is pleased to announce the return of their hugely popular, brilliantly festive and mouthwateringly edible The Gingerbread City London exhibition from 2 December at Westfield London, White City.
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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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