What can you do in London this Christmas with your Kids?

What can you do in London this Christmas with your Kids?

At any given time of year, London has dozens of attractions that’ll appeal to a wide variety of tourists. But at Christmas time, the city becomes really special, with several notable sights worth seeing. A few of these will be of extra-special interest to those with children. If you’ve got children to entertain during a visit to London this Christmas, then be sure to read on; we’re about to run through a few of the best things to do in London with kids over the festive season.

Winter Wonderland

winter wonderland

Every year, Hyde Park is transformed into a Winter Wonderland, featuring the world’s tallest mobile observation wheel, a comedy club, the city’s biggest Christmas Market, a raft of themed bars, rides and shops, and an ice rink. If you’re looking to experience the best of the festive season, you should consider it a must-visit.

London River Cruises

london river cruise

A river cruise is among the best ways to see the city’s major attractions. And this is especially so during winter, when Westminster and the famous Docklands are all lit up in glorious technicolour. London river cruises also tend to include festive foods and drinks, which you’ll be able to enjoy from the deck of your boat.

Kid’s Christmas Shows


Panto season provides a great excuse to take the entire family down to the theatre. These experiences combine novelty with tradition, and allow you to get a close-up glimpse of some famous faces. In London this Christmas, there are a range of shows available, among the most notable being Goldilocks and the Three Bears at the Palladium and Dick Wittington at Hackney Empire. The former stars Paul O’Grady and Matt Baker, while the latter features Tarinn Callender in the title role.

Snowy Hogwarts

harry potter

Harry Potter is among the best loved franchises in British fiction – or in fiction full stop. Millions of us have read the books and seen the films. And, if you’re willing to travel a little further out of the city centre, you can experience the magic of the Harry Potter Studio Tour up-close. The ‘Hogwarts in the Snow’ season transforms the entire place, making it festively appropriate. You’ll get up close and personal not only with the great hall itself and all of the festive glamour, but you’ll even learn how filmmakers created snow that doesn’t melt for filming purposes. Interesting stuff!

What can you do in London this Christmas with your Kids?

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  1. Great suggestions! I went to a pantomime with my 7 year-old daughter Claire, which was performed at her school by actors from ‘West End in Schools’. The name of the show was ‘Scroogical!’, an adaptation of Charles Dickens’ ‘A Christmas Carol’ and we had a great time!
    Anyway, thanks for the suggestions, have a great day!


    1. I used to love going to a pantomime when I was younger and my kids used to as well, I have to wait for the grandchildren to be a bit older bfore I can take them x

  2. These are all such great ideas! I love the idea of revisiting Harry Potter with snow! We haven’t been to London for ages and we really need to change this.

  3. I haven’t been to winter wonderland in years as I worry that it’s going to be so busy as it was last time I went. I love going around and seeing all the lights and decorations x

  4. Winter wonderland is somewhere I’ve been meaning to go to. We loved seeing the Warner brothers studios, I’d love to see Hogwarts all snowy!

      1. Would love to visit London in winter with the kids as there looks like there is lots to do. The winter wonderland looks amazing.

  5. Winter Wonderland is a fab destination for families and we’re heading back this weekend! We also like seeing the Christmas lights in Oxford Street and Carnaby x

    1. I have only been to Winter Wonderland once and it wasn’t a great experience as just as we got there my daughter came down with a temperature and wasnt well. We do love the lights as well x

  6. So much to see and do! Winter Wonderland has been at the top of my Christmas to do list for a while now, maybe next year we will make it once both my kids are old enough to enjoy it properly. I love the sound of a river cruise too, I bet its lovely seeing all the city lights and Christmas lights once it gets dark!

  7. I would absolutely love to go to the Harry Potter tour. We are massive fans and I know we would all be so excited!! Might have to put it on my Xmas list 🙂

  8. Thanks for sharing about what to do in London during Christmas. I have a friend who is planning to visit Londong with her 2 kids, and I know she would find this post really helpful

  9. London is such a wonderful place to visit at this time of year, there is so much to see and do. I’m hoping to visit the Harry Potter tour soon.

  10. Absolutely dying to go to winter wonderland in London, I go to Cardiff every year but it’s pretty small and always the same stuff.

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