• Thomas Scannell

10 Things to do with the children this Christmas

Its time to start getting out the coco mugs, the winter socks and locking your selves away for the festive season to appear a new you in 2019.

But if you don’t want to miss out on some amazing major festive events which taking place not far from Croydon I’d postpone hibernation for a few more week at least.

This year their is tons to do from a Christmas themed Chessington and Legoland to wet yourself from laughter London panto or why not travel to Lapland UK in Berkshire you could even learn the dark arts of magic at Harry Potter land north London there is loads to do so if your looking for something magical to get everyone in the family in the festive spirit “This is the list for you”

This list is in no particular order of preference. Book now or soon NOT TO BE DISAPPOINTED.

1. Christmas at ZSL London Zoo

A illuminated pathway windS its way through the zoo in a magical after-dark experience.

With the animals tucked up in bed, you will be able to explore the trail where fairytale meets fantasy and larger-than-life, illuminated wild animal sculptures rise high into the night sky.

Head into the Light Vortex and marvel at the canopy of glistening pea-lights above you.

There are singing trees, glowing fountains dancing in time to Christmas songs, and a magic mountain as well as Father Christmas and his elves and more surprises.

Dates: November 22, 2018 — January 1, 2019

Tickets: www.zsl.org/zsl-london-zoo

2. Hyde Park Winter Wonderland, Kensington

The Christmas festival returns with more than 100 rides and attractions including ice skating, shows, a circus, roller coaster rides, street food stalls, festive bars and live music.

You can also skate on the UK’s largest outdoor ice rink, take a journey into The Enchanted Forest at The Magical Ice Kingdom, fly on an immersive cinematic adventure with The Snowman Experience, watch Peter Pan on Ice and see it all from above on the Giant Observation Wheel.

Although you will need to book tickets to the big attractions, it’s free to enter the grounds and soak up the atmosphere.

Dates: November 23, 2018 — January 6, 2019

Tickets: On sale now at www.hydeparkwinterwonderland.com

3. Chessington Winter’s Tail, Chessington

Celebrate Christmas with the Gruffalo, visit Father Christmas in his magical grotto and enjoy favourite rides, including the Vampire. You will also be able to see the animals in Chessington’s Zoo and Sea Life Centre.

You can go for a full day of festive fun, or as the sun sets and the lights twinkle, visit for a Twilight opening.

Dates: Selected dates from December 1, 2018 — January 2, 2019 as follows: Full days including twilight hours on December 1–2, 8–9, 15–16, 20–23, 24; Twilight hours on December 4–7, 12–14, 17–19; Post Christmas days from December 27 — January 2

Tickets: On sale now at www.chessington.com

4. Snow White at The London Palladium, Soho

Dawn French stars alongside returning London Palladium pantomime royalty Julian Clary, Paul Zerdin, Nigel Havers and Gary Wilmot, who are joined by Strictly Come Dancing’s Vincent & Flavia in Snow White.

This is sure to be one of London’s must-see pantos.

Dates: December 8, 2018 — January 13, 2019

Tickets: On sale now at www.snowwhitepalladium.com

5. Meet Father Christmas at Hamleys, London

Where better to see Santa than in the famous London toy shop?

As part of a group session, children will hear magical stories of Christmas, write their own Christmas wish list and meet Father Christmas himself, all surrounded by the finest toys in the world.

Dates: November 24 — December 24, 2018

Tickets: On sale now at www.hamleys.com


Sing along to festive favourites in the spectacular surroundings of the Royal Albert Hall this Christmas at what’s set to be London’s finest carol concerts of the season.

Join the fantastic Royal Choral Society, National Youth Choir of Great Britain, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and the fanfare team of Her Majesty’s Coldstream Guards in a scintillating show of traditional carols, modern arrangements, and festive favourites.

Compère Greg Beardsell will lead you through mass sing-alongs to your favourite carols, whilst we’ll also be treated to a brand-new version of Silent Night penned by James Bond film composer David Arnold.

Richard Cooke conductor National Youth Choir of Great Britain Royal Choral Society Her Majesty’s Coldstream Guards Royal Philharmonic Orchestra

Carols at the Royal Albert Hall | Royal Albert Hall Add to Calendar 2018-12-23 14:00:00 2018-12-24 16:30:00 Europe/London Carols at the Royal Albert Hall Hospitality…www.royalalberthall.com


This Christmas, discover magic around every corner inside our beautiful Christmas Labyrinth. Explore the secret enchanted tunnels and make your way to our beautiful indoor cinema, set in a magical woodland, in the heart of Winterville Festival.

Snuggle under a blanket and into your own giant beanbag, with a mulled wine and a mince pie, and settle in for a Christmas cinema experience like no other.


7/12/2018 TO THE 18/12/2018

The Christmas Labyrinth - Backyard Cinema The Christmas Labyrinth - Backyard Cinema This Christmas, discover magic around every corner inside our beautiful…www.backyardcinema.co.uk


Courage leads the way, cutting the icy stage for Disney’s most adventurous dreamers at Disney On Ice presents Dream Big.

For the first time in Europe, join fearless Moana and the greatest demigod that ever lived, Maui, on an action-packed voyage to restore the stolen heart of Te Fiti, live on ice! Get tangled up in Rapunzel’s hair-raising quest to see the floating lights. Travel to mountainous Arendelle with Anna, Elsa and Olaf in a dramatic retelling of the sisterly love that saved a kingdom. And discover the strength, bravery and kindness that inspired generation after generation with Jasmine, Ariel, Aurora, Belle and Cinderella. Plus, arrive early to join a special 90th birthday celebration in honour of Walt Disney’s ‘True Original,’ Mickey Mouse.

High-flying jumps, breath-taking skating and lovable Disney friends make Disney On Ice presents Dream Big an experience your family will never forget.


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Disney On Ice presents Dream Big Courage leads the way, cutting the icy stage for Disney's most adventurous dreamers at Disney On Ice presents Dream Big…www.disneyonice.com

7. The Snowman at Peacock Theatre

Enjoy an enchanting stage version of the much-loved Christmas tale The Snowman at the Peacock Theatre.

Based on the book by Raymond Briggs, this show tells the story of a young boy whose snowman comes to life and takes him on a magical adventure one Christmas Eve.

Be spellbound by the dance, storytelling, magic and music of Birmingham Repertory Theatre’s spectacular production, which includes a stunning set and the classic ballad Walking in the Air.

Don’t miss out on this family-friendly show which has filled London audiences with joy and festive spirit every Christmas for more than 20 years.

DATSE: Until 06 January 2019

The Snowman from See Tickets Buy The Snowman tickets from Visit London Tickets (Tickets.London). Dates from December 2018. Find The Snowman tour…tickets.london

8. Natural History Museum ice rink 2018

This South Kensington ice rink is always the first to open for the season, in time for October half term. Skate around the 30ft Christmas tree in the courtyard of the museum, surrounded by fairylit trees. Not a skater? No problem — the cafe bar and balcony, run by Benugo, offers a view over the ice rink while you sup on a hot chocolate or mulled wine.

Natural History Museum, 25 October 2018–9 January 2019

9. Christmas at Kew

West London’s Kew Gardens glow with magical illuminations for the festive period

Kew’s incredible gardens get another magnificent seasonal makeover in 2018, as Christmas at Kew brings illuminations to light up the buildings and plants. The mile-long, twinkling trail promises to be bigger than ever this year. Feast your eyes on over a million sparkling pea-lights, thousands of laser beams and tree canopies flooded with festive colour. New for this year is a moonlit Laser Garden hidden in the woods and a festive flotilla of hundreds of glowing boats bobbing on the lake. They’ll sit along side the usual fire garden and glorious Palm House Pond lights, which dance along to Christmas classics.

Review from Timeout

Dates: Until JANUARY 2019

10. London New Year’s Eve 2018

The magnificent fireworks display that showers the Thames with light each New Year’s Eve is back for 2018. The impressive display will feature more than 12,000 fireworks. Big Ben’s famous bongs, which are currently silenced because of vital renovation works, will sound for the special occasion. If that’s not enough, Madness will be perfoming at this year’s concert belting out all their greatest hits to make the evening extra special. The event is now ticketed each year due to the huge numbers of people who crowd the riverbank to get a good view. The main release of £10 tickets goes on sale on Friday September 28 at midday on London.gov.uk. For the ultimate guide to fireworks in London, visit our Bonfire Night in London guide.


Start Date: Monday 31 December 2018 at 8:00pm

End Date: Tuesday 01 January 2019 at 12:45am

Venue: Thames Riverside, , Central London, SE1, United Kingdom

Cost: £10 per ticket

Hope you Our list of things to do in London this christmas helps to keep you and the family busy.

Merry Christmas to All and a Happy New Year

From everyone at Simply Kids

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