London lifestyle & travels with kids and babies

Christmas in London with kids – fabulously spoilt, again!

Christmas in London with kids is such a joyous affair and we are all spoilt again with choices – so much wintery fun to be had! Here are our favourites for 2019 and our London best winter selection over the years.

Iceskating at Royal Palaces. Our favourites tested for 2018/ 2019 winter season are Hampton Court and Tower of London icerinks. A Royal palace in the background illuminated magically with festive lights, Hampton Court is superbly atmospherical and quintessence of London heritage and festive fun.

We were very lucky to be invited on a Sunday afternoon – not too crowded but just about the right ratio of iceskaters and kids. The mulled wine and hot chocolate after are the regular treat and we loved sipping them over the magic lights and ice glimmering on Hampton Court Palace, Henry VIII’s historic home.

Tower of London icerink similarly breathes history and more festive fun – it’s impossible to choose between the two, so we vote both!

Our honorary contributor Laura made it to the Press Evening at Tower of London with her husband and daughter Freya and we made it to the opening of 2019. We all raved about extensively in here: one feels blessed to take in the dramatic setting of the fortress beside the Thames whilst whizzing around on ice in one of London’s most famous landmarks!

Christmas shows. We love to start the winter festivities season with the Snowman at the Peacock theatre – what a treat! My 5 years old adored it, no doubt his favourite part was the flying above mountains to the North Pole! For me the music was superb and la mise en scene simply fantastic -tears in my eyes at the end, very emotional and Christmassy. Dedicated article in here.

Pair it with Covent Garden for more festive fun, an iconic market and street entertainers – an absolute must see Christmas in London with kids.

We also indulged into a scrumptious lunch at the newly opened Sushi Samba overlooking Covent Garden – spoilt rotten!

Huddle at Unicorn Theatre was another Christmas treat in 2018 when we attempted a first time 4 of us including our energetic and 2 years old troublemaker. For 2019 Unicorn Theatre has again some fabulous shows, including The Wolf, The Duck and The Mouse.

Christmas in London with kids will not be Christmas without Royal Albert Hall and what an array of magic shows and performances have been lined up at this iconic institution! Father Christmas at the Hall has been a favourite for years and 2019 will bring to the Hall the revamped version including a Sleigh!

We were very lucky to have in our diaries as well My Christmas Orchestral Adventure and The Snowman and Paddington Bear – both of them fabulous, wrote about in here.  My Christmas Orchestral Adventure introduces kids to classical music via a full symphony orchestra and encouraging them to sing, dance and join in as they help getting Santa’s map ahead of the Big Delivery on Christmas Eve!

The Snowman and Paddington Bear live in concert as one could guess, celebrates two national institutions. And for a wonderful arty wrap up of 2019 look no further than Nutcracker wonderfully performed by Birmingham Royal Ballet – a three generations treat that we raved about extensively in here. All these shows make also sparkling Christmas gift ideas – so much better than toys going in a cupboard ! No tidy up needed either – true festive magic points!

For festive arts and crafts head to the Gingerbread City Exhibition – architects, builders, engineers – big and young kids alike in the busy stunning Sommerset House in 2019. This year we are imagining the transports of our future cities!

And for another winter classic – National History Museum icerink with the gorgeous backdrop of Alfred Waterhouse’s building, fairy lights, Austrian chalet set up and vibes just above the icerink and the Christmas tree in the middle of the ice.

For further ideas, check our #CulturedKids December 2019 linky plus the fabulous Alternative CHRISTMAS in London 2019 by Diary of a LondonessWhat other things do YOU have planned or YOU’d like to hear about? Have a lovely Christmas ALL!

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27 comments on “Christmas in London with kids – fabulously spoilt, again!

  1. Hilary
    November 29, 2018

    We skated at the Tower of London last Christmas and it was truly magical. Though if I’d had the chance Hampton Court looks wonderful as well. We’ve spent two Christmas’s in London and it’s such a fabulous experience I have a feeling we will be back… #farawayfiles

    • Zen Babytravel
      November 29, 2018

      Very special indeed, hope you get to come back soon Hilary!

  2. Tanja
    November 29, 2018

    so many wonderful activities for kids! #farawayfiles

  3. ushasita
    November 29, 2018

    Such lovely pictures. London is so beautiful in Christmas.

    • Zen Babytravel
      November 29, 2018

      Thank you Usha, glad you liked them, it feels very festive and joyous indeed!

  4. grandadventurestory
    November 30, 2018

    We’ve only got a couple of days in the city this year, unusually over New Years. Struggling to choose what to do without spending a fortune! We love the build up to Christmas in the capital, and a trip to Winter Wonderland with the kids has become an annual tradition. They love the Ice Kingdom, the rides and eating sausages while singing along with Oom Pa Pa bands! #farawayfiles

    • Zen Babytravel
      December 8, 2018

      Winter Wonderland is great indeed but easily spending a little fortune on the rides! 😉 Have a great one!

      • grandadventurestory
        December 8, 2018

        Yes! True – we tend to focus on a show or two but very easy to part with lots of money!

  5. bavariansojourn
    November 30, 2018

    What a great collection of things to do! I love London at any time of the year, but Christmas is really special! Thanks for joining in with #CulturedKids 🙂

    • Zen Babytravel
      November 25, 2019

      Absolutely, so festive, cultural, happy and pretty! X

  6. Diary of a Londoness
    November 30, 2018

    You’ve been a busy bee! I’m looking forward to seeing the Gingerbread House at the V and A. And those Royal Skates! Feels like such a privilege to skate with such regal backdrops. #CULTUREDKIDS

    • Zen Babytravel
      November 25, 2019

      Yes we love to keep busy and social in December 🙂 X

  7. Katherine
    November 30, 2018

    My very favourite things to do in London at Christmas is to go to Winter Wonderland in Hyde Park and go ice skating. Oh and tour the Oxford Street shop window displays. #Culturedkids

    • Zen Babytravel
      November 25, 2019

      Hehe Winter Wonderland also a favourite with my kids – of course!

  8. Cultural Wednesday
    December 1, 2018

    The gingerbread house at the V&A sounds fabulous #CulturedKids

    • Zen Babytravel
      November 25, 2019

      Yes and they are back this year at Somerset House! Will we see you there for the Press day? x

  9. Clare Thomson
    December 3, 2018

    Ooh the Gingerbread House at the V&A sounds just brilliant! I hadn’t heard about that one so I’m off to take a look straight away. I love London at Christmas too. Thanks for sharing on #FarawayFiles

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