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31 best Christmas activities for kids in London

Wrap up warm and have some festive family fun this Christmas in London.
A boy smiles as he's given a present by Santa within Hamleys Satna's Grotto.
Hamleys' Santa's Grotto. Image courtesy of Thirty8 London

Experience the magic of Christmas in London. Because there is nothing like Christmas in the capital

There are so many things to do for families over the festive season, including special festive tours, fun seasonal shows and even the chance to meet Santa himself! Plan magical days out with 31 top tips below. 

Unmissable Christmas things to do in London for families

Three women take a selfie among strings of green and white fairy lights at night.
Christmas at Kew © RBG Kew. Image courtesy of Kew Gardens.
  • Step inside a winter wonderland as Hogwarts in the Snow arrives at the wizarding world of Warner Bros. Studio Tour London. Dates TBC
  • Follow a glittering trail made up of more than one million lights through the famous botanical gardens with Christmas at Kew. 16 Nov-8 Jan
  • Book onto a special Christmas lights bus tour to see some of the capital's best festive displays and iconic attractions. 26 Nov-2 Jan
  • Or hop on open-top bus tour to see the capital sparkle after dark with Christmas lights and decorations.  
  • Take in the magic of Christmas Eve on the Illuminations of London tour, where you can see iconic landmarks such as Buckingham Palace and Tower Bridge lit up as night falls. 24 Dec
  • See more of festive London and beyond over the holidays by taking your pick of Christmas tours and day trips, from spotting where the Queen lives, to cruising the river Thames or visiting mysterious Stonehenge.

Discover more fun activities this Christmas in London. 

Top London attractions to see this Christmas

Two women and three children look at up pantomime pictures on the wall of the Waterloo Chamber.
Pantomime pictures on display in Windsor Castle's Waterloo Chamber. Image courtesy of The Royal Collection Trust.

Explore more London attractions, including the top attractions for kids.

London theatre and cinema

A girl dressed in white sits on some books, as a man dressed in green crouches near her, as part of the production of Matilda The Musical.
Royal Shakespeare Company's Matilda The Musical. Photo by Manuel Harlan. Image courtesy of The Corner Shop.

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Places to meet Santa

Family-friendly places to shop in London

Hamleys Christmas shop featuring two lifesize toy reindeer pulling a sleigh.
Hamleys Christmas shop. Image courtesy of Hamleys.

Find more places to go Christmas shopping in London. 

Outdoor adventures for families

A girl jumps on giant lily pads illuminated in green as trees behind are lit with green lighting.
Interactive lily pads at ILLUMINATURE, London Wetland Centre. Image courtesy of Four.
  • See the capital sparkle with dazzling displays of Christmas lights and decorations across the city, including Oxford Street, Carnaby, Regent Street, Bond Street and Covent Garden.
  • Pose for family selfies in front of these Insta-worthy Christmas trees across London.
  • Get your skates on and go for a twirl on one of London’s best ice-skating rinks.
  • Explore fun and interactive light trails as part of light festivals throughout the city.

Check out more things to do outdoors in London. 

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