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Best Christmas activities for kids in London

Wrap up warm and have some festive family fun this Christmas in London.
A lady wearing a face covering and a yellow bobble hat takes a selfie of the blue and yellow Oxford Street lights, which read "TO LONDON".
This year's Oxford Street Christmas lights celebrate key workers. © Matt Crossick/PA Wire. Image courtesy of Four Communications.

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, so plan a fun-filled day out and enjoy London safely this Christmas.

Just remember to keep safe, follow the latest coronavirus guidelines and act responsibly when out and about.

Share your magical Christmas moments using the #BecauseImALondoner hashtag on social media! 

Umissable 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. 13 Nov-16 Jan
  • Follow a glittering trail made up of more than one million lights through the famous botanical gardens with Christmas at Kew. 17 Nov-9 Jan
  • Book onto a special Christmas lights bus tour to see some of the capital's best festive displays and iconic attractions. 15 Nov-3 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
  • Mark Christmas Day in style with a lunch cruise along the river Thames, complete with music and carols. 25 Dec

Discover more fun activities this Christmas in London. 

Top London attractions

  • Step into an underwater world and meet some of your favourite creatures at the SEA LIFE London Aquarium.
  • Spend an afternoon soaking up wintry views across the capital on the London Eye
  • Explore more than 1,000 years of history and see the Crown Jewels at the Tower of London.
  • Prepare to be scared if you're brave enough to step inside the London Dungeon
  • Enter the Engine rooms and learn all about the history of Tower Bridge, before standing on its famous glass floor! 
  • Visit Madame Tussauds to get up close to some of the world's most famous faces, including movie stars, music icons and the royal family. 
  • Plan a trip to KidZania, where children can try out an exciting range of careers before they grow up. 
  • Head to the top of London's highest building with a visit to The View from The Shard
  • Pose for a family selfie outside the Queen's royal residence at Buckingham Palace
  • Tackle an action-packed adventure with the kids at The Crystal Maze LIVE Experience London.
  • Follow in the footsteps of your favourite characters and visit Harry Potter film locations across the city, including Leadenhall Market, Piccadilly Circus and Tower Bridge.

Explore more London attractions without the crowds this Christmas. 

Museums and galleries in London

London theatre and cinema

The cast and characters of Stick Man on stage under the spotlight
The cast of Stick Man © Mark Senior PR. Image courtesy of Mark Senior PR.

London food and drink for families

Check out more places to eat and drink this Christmas in London with kids. 

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

  • Head to Carnary Wharf to discover cool light installations during Connected by Light2 Dec-27 Feb 
  • Wrap up warm and join Eltham Palace’s fun-filled Christmas Adventure Quest26 Dec-3 Jan 
  • Be wowed by the incredible Winter Commission decorating the front of Tate Britain with colourful neon lights. Until 31 Jan 
  • See Winter Light artworks light up the skies across the Southbank Centre this winter. Until 28 Feb 
  • Pretend you’re riding in Santa’s sleigh as you whizz down the river with Thames Rocket’s Jingle Bell Blast.
  • Spot London landmarks dressed up for Christmas across the city on The Original Tour's open-top bus Christmas Kids Tour

Check out more things to do outdoors in London. 

Christmas activities for kids to do at home

  • Spend an afternoon getting creative with Borough Market’s demos, foodie tips and live cookalongs during its Festive Kitchen series. Until 18 Dec
  • Children and their grownups can say hello to Santa at Home in his online grotto this Christmas. Until 24 Dec
  • Get ready for a swashbuckling adventure and bring some pantomime fun to your sofa with The Legend of Moby Dick Whittington. Until 31 Dec

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