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The Christmas Countdown in South Kensington!

With 11 days 'til Christmas, the countdown to the holidays is on! South Kensington is full of exciting events, exhibitions, music, films and performances to keep you entertained in the coming weeks, and many of them are free. We have put together some highlights of some of the best things to do in South Kensington this Christmas

If you are looking for inspiration for last-minute gifts, we have a fantastic gift guide including the museum online shops and memberships from our extraordinary cultural venues. With an exciting programme of exhibitions coming to South Kensington next year, we can't think of a better present than the gift of membership.

To end the year, we have collaborated with the Design Museum and are offering the chance to win family tickets to SKATEBOARD and REBEL: 30 Years of London Fashion. Plus, we have a pair of tickets to giveaway for the Premiere of Cirque Du Soleil- Alegria in New Light competition

As we close the chapter on 2023 with our last newsletter, we extend our warmest wishes to you all.  Here's to a happy festive season and the anticipation of new adventures in January 2024. Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

 
 
  Competitions  
 
 
Image credit: Exhibition photos by Andy Stagg  
Win: A family ticket to see REBEL: 30 Years of London Fashion
 
Design Museum
 
Win a family ticket to visit the Design Museum’s landmark fashion exhibition celebrating the 30th anniversary of the British Fashion Council’s NEWGEN programme featuring innovative early career creations from some of the most well-known contemporary UK-based designers.
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Image credit: Exhibition photos by Felix Speller  
Win a family ticket for SKATEBOARD
 
Design Museum
 
Win a family ticket to see the Design Museum’s Skateboard exhibition showcasing the evolution of design from the 1950s to today. Skaters aged 16 or over can even skate a bespoke ramp!
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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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  What's on  
 
 
 
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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Christmas at the Royal Albert Hall
 
Royal Albert Hall
Various dates Various Times
 
This year’s programme at the Royal Albert Hall is full of heart-warming live events to be enjoyed with your loved ones. There’s something for everyone, from Christmas carols to traditional concerts, drag, jazz, gospel and so much more!
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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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DIVA
 
V&A South Kensington
On until 7th April 2024 10am-5:45pm
 
DIVA celebrates the power and creativity of iconic performers, exploring and redefining the role of 'diva' and how this has been subverted or embraced over time across opera, stage, popular music, and film.
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Stocking filler treats from South Ken
 
Discover South Kensington
Online
 
South Kensington's museums and galleries online shops are open and bursting with great ideas for presents. It’s a great way to support these charities. So put your feet up, relax and unwind with a little retail therapy!
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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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Festive Family Workshops
 
Japan House London
Various dates (27th Dec- 7th Jan 2024) Various Times
 
Explore the cultures of Japan during the festive period with a series of free family workshops at Japan House London. During each workshop, participants can enjoy learning about Japan and unleashing their creativity!
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Power Up
 
Science Museum
10am - 5.30pm
 
Immerse yourself in this hands-on gaming zone, featuring the very best video games and consoles from the past 50 years. From Pong to Pacman and Minecraft to Mario, there’s something for everyone, whether you’re a retro games fan, a serious gamer or just want to beat your family at Mario Kart.
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The Three Musketeers: Milady
 
Institut français
15th Dec - 11th Jan Various Times
 
The adventure continues from the Louvre to Buckingham Palace, from the gutters of Paris to the siege of La Rochelle with this second instalment of the beloved epic written by Alexandre Dumas.
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Christmas Quiz
 
Royal Geographical Society (with IBG)
18th Dec 7.30pm - 10pm
 
Unleash your inner cartographer and embark on a journey of trivia that spans the continents. Teams of up to six are warmly welcomed. Bring along your friends, family, or join forces with fellow quiz enthusiasts when you arrive.
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New Year's Eve: The Four Elements
 
Natural History Museum
31st Dec 8pm - 1.30am
 
The Natural History Museum are celebrating the New Year in a themed celebration of the four elements. The event will have live music, a silent disco and much more, plus you’ll get the chance to explore many of the galleries after dark.
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Storytelling with Santa
 
Natural History Museum
11th - 23rd Dec Various Times
 
This December come and visit Santa in his wintery wonderland at the Natural History Museum. Join Santa for a special Christmas story and have your photo taken with him afterwards. Each child’s ticket also includes a gift from Santa!
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Turn it Up: The Power of Music
 
Science Museum
Until 1st Sept 2024 10am - 6pm
 
Just announced Turn It Up: The Power of Music has been extended through the summer! Don't miss this extra chance to explore this smash-hit exhibition and discover what is it about music that drives us to create, perform, feel, connect with others.
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Future Observatory display
 
Design Museum
20th Nov - 31st Aug 10am - 5pm
 
The first display in a new space for research at the Design Museum is now open. The Future Observatory display showcases six researchers who are confronting environmental concerns and working towards liveable futures.
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Titanosaur: Life as the Biggest Dinosaur
 
Natural History Museum
On until 7th Jan 2024 10am - 6pm
 
It is the last chance to see the colossal Titanosaur Patagotitan Mayorum, the largest known creature to have ever walked our planet. On display for the first time ever in Europe!
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Georg Baselitz: Sculptures 2011-2015
 
Serpentine
On until 7th Jan 2024 10am - 6pm
 
Catch this exhibition before it closes! Bringing Georg Baselitz’s sculptural works to the fore, this solo exhibition offers an intimate glimpse into the creative process of a ground-breaking artist.
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Colour & Form: Sculptures, Fresco Artworks and Drawings.
 
Royal Geographical Society (with IBG)
6th Dec - 19th Dec 10am - 5pm
 
Colour & Form: Sculptures, Fresco Artworks and Drawings. Two artists (Muirne Kate Dineen and Paul Vanstone) are exhibiting for a limited time this December with the Royal Geographical Society.
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Women in Science Tour: Winter Wonders
 
Natural History Museum
12th Dec - 2nd Jan Various Times
 
A seasonal twist to the Natural History Museum's Women in Science tours, join and discover the fascinating work of female scientists past and present.
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Urban Nature Project has been awarded for Sustainable design
 
Natural History Museum
 
Urban Nature Project wins silver award in the European category at the Holcim Foundation Award for Sustainable Construction.
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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
V&A South Kensington
The Royal Society of Sculptors
Japan House
Westminster City Council
 
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