Christmas in London with Kids 2022

Christmas in London with Kids

Looking for ideas to celebrate Christmas in London with kids? In this guide, you’ll find a list of 2022 festive events and activities for kids in London, the best Christmas lights and decorations in London, and where to book tickets to meet Father Christmas.

Christmas Events for Kids in London

I will keep adding to this 2022 list of upcoming Christmas events for kids in London, so do check back for more updates ahead of the festive season.

Christmas events for kids London

Christmas at Kew

16 November 2022 – 8 January 2023

Kew Gardens has one of the most magical winter trail lights to visit at Christmas in London with kids. The panoramic Palm House light display was one of our favourite parts of the Christmas at Kew trail.

Christmas at Kew Lights

There are also sparkling tunnels of light, dancing waterside reflections, flickering flames in the Fire Garden, and the chance to see Father Christmas. Independent street food vendors offer tasty festive delights, from hot food and sweet treats to spiced winter warmers and hot chocolate.

Tickets: Trails start between 4.20pm and 8.20pm and the Gardens close at 10pm. Standard adult tickets are Off peak £21.50/ Peak £28. Child (ages 4 – 15) tickets start from £16.50. Child under 4 enter free.

Book your tickets for Christmas at Kew

WB Studio Tour: Hogwarts in the Snow

12 November 2022 – 15 January 2023

Christmas in London with Kids

One of our favourite places to visit during the festive season is Warner Bros. Studio Tour, just outside London in Leavesden, for the annual Hogwarts in the Snow feature. In addition to seeing the Great Hall dressed up for Christmas with amazing details, the Forbidden Forest will also undergo a wintery transformation. It is an amazing and unique experience seeing the areas of the Harry Potter set, and the Hogwarts castle model, decorated as it was during the winter and Christmas scenes in the movies.

Read more about this annual Christmas feature in my Harry Potter Studio Tour review: Hogwarts in the Snow London

Tickets: Adult tickets from £49.95. Child (ages 4+) tickets from £39.95. Under 4s enter free. Tickets now on sale

Book your tickets at WB Studio Tour London: Making of Harry Potter

Royal Albert Hall Presents: My Christmas Orchestral Adventure

11 December 2022

My Christmas Orchestral Adventure returns in 2022 and Albert’s Orchestra is poised and ready for a magical journey through classical music. Performance times are at 1pm and 4.30pm.

Book tickets at the Royal Albert Hall

Jack and the Beanstalk at Lyric Hammersmith

19 November 2022 – 7 January 2023

Classic fairy-tale Jack and the Beanstalk gets the full Lyric treatment this panto season, complete with live music, dance and whip-smart comedy, a perfect night out for the whole family. Recommended for ages 6+. Tickets from £10.

Book tickets for Jack and the Beanstalk at Lyric Hammersmith

Christmas at the London Transport Museum

December 2022 Dates TBA

Meet Santa and join in the festive activities at the London Transport Museum. Since the London Transport Museum is located in Covent Garden, planning a visit at the museum is one of our favourite ways to make a full family day out of enjoying the festive atmosphere of the area.

Christmas in London with Kids

This Christmas at the London Transport Museum, families can participate in the new interactive game ‘Fix Santa’s Sleigh!’, have a chance to meet Santa and his Elf in a magical winter garden and follow a festive trail around the Museum galleries with weekly prizes up for grabs. This is a great Santa experience for young children since it’s low key, there is no extra charge or specific time slot and families can enjoy the museum, play areas and festive activities at their own pace.

Tickets: Adult tickets are £18.50 and valid for one year. Children and young people under 17 enter free. All visitors, including children, are required to have a timed entry slot booked in advance.

Website: London Transport Museum

Victorian Santa’s Grotto at Museum of London

December 2022 Dates TBA

Take a stroll through a twinkling Victorian Walk at the Museum of London, transformed with festive decorations and the sound of carols in the distance, and discover Santa in his secret grotto. Once you’ve found him, tell Santa your Christmas wishes and receive a special gift.

Website: Museum of London

Father Christmas at Royal Albert Hall

December 2022 Dates TBA

In this very special festive experience, magic awaits as the porch at Royal Albert Hall is transformed into an enchanting winter grotto for Storytime with Father Christmas. Father Christmas and his merry head elf Crumpet will take you on a joyful journey in a charming Christmas Storytime session, ending with each child taking home their very own gift.

Website: Royal Albert Hall

Gingerbread City Exhibition

December 2022 Dates TBA

The Gingerbread City is an annual exhibition where architects, designers and engineers create an entire city made of gingerbread. The aim of the exhibition is to connect the public with architecture through an innovative display designed for the holiday season.

Website: Gingerbread City Exhibition

Hyde Park Winter Wonderland

2022 Dates TBA

Located in the heart of London, Hyde Park Winter Wonderland is one of the top places to visit for Christmas in London with kids, offering a wide variety of attractions, activities, entertainment, food and drinks. There’s an ice skating rink, Magical Ice Kingdom, Zippos Christmas Circus and over 100 fairground rides for all ages.

Santa’s Grotto at Winter Wonderland: Santa Land for young children offers various kids’ rides plus the change to meet Santa himself! It is free to enter the Santa’s grotto and run on a first come, first served basis.

Website: Hyde Park Winter Wonderland

Winterfest at Wembley Park

2022 Dates TBA

Wembley Park’s free winter lights trail, Winterfest, is returning for 2021. Celebrating togetherness, this year’s Christmas lights theme will be ‘Reunited in Light’, and will feature returning favourites such as London’s largest LED tree and brand-new commissions and art installations.

Website: Wembley Park Winterfest

Ice Skating Rinks in London

Hampton Court Palace

2022 Dates TBA

This beautiful, outdoor, open-air ice rink offers you the chance to glide across the ice under a star-covered sky while surrounded by spectacular views of the historic Tudor palace.

Hampton Court Palace Ice Rink

Tickets: Prices vary depending on day: Adults/teens from £16.00 to £19.00; Child aged 10-12 from £11.50 to £14.00; Child under 10 from £11.50 to £14.00

Skate Aids: The children’s skate aids at the Hampton Court Palace Ice Rink cost £5. Limited skate aids are available per session and must be booked in advance when purchasing the ice rink tickets online. The skate aids measure at approximately 78 cm high and are exclusively for children aged 10 and under.

Website: Hampton Court Palace ice rink

Somerset House

2022 Dates TBA

Ice skating in London

Magnificent ice rink transforms the neoclassical courtyard at Somerset House into the essential winter destination, complete with a glorious 40ft Christmas tree and specially curated decorations from Moët & Chandon.

Tickets: Adult skate tickets from £11. Child (12 years or under) prices start from £8.50.

Skate Aids: Skate aids are available for children aged age 8 or under. There are a limited number of skate aids that will be available on a first-come-first-served basis and cannot be pre-booked. Please ask one of the Skate at Somerset House ice marshal staff when starting your session if you would like a skate aid.

Website: Skate at Somerset House

Queen’s House

2022 Dates TBA

This magical open-air ice skating rink takes centre stage once again this festive season in the grounds of Royal Museums Greenwich, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Tickets: Adult tickets start from £15. Child tickets start from £8.50.

Skate Aids: Skate Aids cost £5 and are available for purchase with a child ticket – this will pop up when you proceed to basket.

Website: Queen’s House Ice Rink

Hyde Park Winter Wonderland

2022 Dates TBA

Skate at the UK’s largest outdoor ice rink in the heart of London’s Hyde Park at Winter Wonderland this Christmas season. Set under a canopy of twinkly lights and built around the iconic Victorian bandstand, you can hit the ice from 10:00am to 10:00pm daily. Open to all ages and abilities – wheelchairs too.

Tickets: Adult ice rink tickets from £10.50. Children (12 and under) ice rinks tickets from £7.50. Advance bookings are required for 2021 Winter Wonderland. Ice rink tickets are in addition to the Winter Wonderland general admission costs (which are £5 to £7.50 for adults and children depending on time/day).

Skate Aids: Winter Wonderland have a limited supply of penguin skate aids which cost £5 and are available on a first-come first served basis from the skate hire counter. They also have children’s bob skates (twin bladed skates that fit over a child’s shoes) available free of charge. Please speak to any member of Ice Rink staff if you wish to hire a skate aid or require bob skates.

Website: Winter Wonderland Ice Rink

London Christmas Markets

Southbank Centre Winter Market

2022 Dates TBA | Southbank Centre Winter Market

Stroll along the Thames under twinkling lights and sample indulgent drinks, scrumptious street food and seasonal goodies from the traditional alpine-style chalets along the Queen’s Walk on London’s South Bank.

Christmas in Leicester Square

2022 Dates TBA | Christmas in Leicester Square

Christmas in Leicester Square transforms the centre of bustling London into a wonderland including traditional Christmas markets with hand-crafted goods and delicious food and drinks, plus a whole host of fantastic shows in the beautiful surrounds of a traditional 1920s spiegeltent.

London Bridge City Christmas by the River

2022 Dates TBA | London Bridge City Events

With stunning views of Tower Bridge, The Tower of London and the iconic City skyline, Christmas by the River is London’s most scenic Christmas market. Discover an array of boutique vendors and delicious pop-up food and drink stalls at London Bridge City from 16 November. Christmas by the River will be open from 11am – 9pm on Sunday – Wednesday and 11am to 10pm Thursday – Saturday.

Kingston Christmas Market

2022 Dates TBA | Kingston Christmas Market

Christmas Market set in the traditional market town of Kingston-upon-Thames, featuring over 40 festive market vendors in traditional wooden cabins, an Alpine Village with a fire pit and a vintage carousel. Feast on a hog roast roll, warm up with a mug of mulled wine and enjoy live entertainment under twinkling fairy lights.

Christmas Lights in London

One of our favourite things to do at Christmas in London with kids is to take a walk in central London to see the festive lights and decorations. Best places to see Christmas lights in London include Regent Street, Carnaby, Bond Street, Oxford Street, Covent Garden, King’s Road Chelsea and South Molton Street.

Christmas in London for Kids

I will keep this list updated once more dates are announced for the Christmas lights in London to be switched on – and with new photos once we have the chance to see the 2021 Christmas in London lights and decorations!

Carnaby

2022 Dates TBA | Carnaby

Covent Garden

2022 Dates TBA | Christmas in Covent Garden

Covent Garden in London with Kids

The Covent Garden Christmas Decorations will be on from 7am until 11pm every day. Along with the Christmas lights, enjoy magical daily snow moments on the West and North Piazzas at Covent Garden, and immerse yourself in the Frozen Forest on the North Piazza.

Regent Street

2022 Dates TBA | Regent Street

Christmas Lights Regent Street London

The Regent Street Christmas lights will be switched on starting from mid-November, with the displays on from 2pm to midnight everyday for a more sustainable display.

Christmas in London with Kids 2021

Chelsea

2022 Dates TBA | Duke of York Square

London Christmas Lights 2021

Chelsea will be lighting up for the festive season from late November, with Christmas light displays over Sloane Square (shown above), Sloane Street, Duke of York Square, Pavilion Road and the King’s Road.

Mayfair

2022 Dates TBA | Mayfair

Mayfair always has the best Christmas lights and decorations in London, with over 60,000 sparking lights, extravagant Christmas trees and fantastic window displays to see around the neighbourhood.

Christmas in London with Kids

The top spots in Mayfair to enjoy the festive atmosphere and decorations are along New Bond Street, South Molton Street and Mount Street.

I hope you found this guide to Christmas in London with kids helpful! I’ll keep adding to the Christmas Events 2022 list and updating the London Christmas lights and decorations list for this festive season so do check back for more updates.

Christmas in London Map

I am also pinning the top places in London to visit for Christmas shopping, festive lights and decorations and ice skating rinks in the “London Christmas Lights and Decorations” Google Map Guide. For a direct link to the map to bookmark, click here. To explore the map, click on the door sign with an arrow just before the map title.

This post was updated on 25 April 2022 with latest Christmas in London events information.

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