Travelling with kids (and babies)
We said it many times, but no one does Christmas like Royal Albert Hall! And this year we were very privileged again to see not one, but two Christmas shows for kids London at this iconic institution.
My Christmas Orchestral Adventures on Saturday morning December 15th – a first timer in 4 and for our cheeky 2.5 years toddler. The perfect occasion to celebrate the birthday of my significant other in culture and style.
Father Christmas lost his map on a practice run of his delivery route, but thankfully our trusty ensemble found it – we just neededhelp to return it ahead of the big day!
So we zipped around the world on an orchestral adventure, ice skating on frozen lakes, riding a Magic Sleigh Ride, humming and having a white Christmas blast!
We sang, we danced, we clapped, we shuffled whilst the orchestra brought the adventures to life. I identified Tchaicovsky and his topical Nutcracker and Swan Lake, Vivaldi’s Winter, Dukas L’apprenti sorcier and I believe some glorious Prokofiev. Some younger guys even felt asleep right at the end, exhausted of having such a sensorial explosion and so much fun ! We had 5 friends spread in the audience with another 10 kids, they all echoed our ecstatic impressions !
Our second RAH winter event this year was one of our best Christmas shows with kids London ! The Snowman and Paddington Bear on the evening of December 20th just with my 5 years old brought him to tears when the show was over and we had to leave the Hall !
But who am I kidding, as a full grown up (so they say!), I loved it to bits as well; could not stop grinning at Snowman animation and music and sipped every word of Stephen’s Mangan magic storytelling.
The grown ups are v fond of his Episodes in our house, so kids got hooked as well on his storytelling! The 2 national institutions at the Hall are joyous, beautiful and exhuberantly festive !
Like every year, the Hall has more treats – 147th Christmas at the Royal Albert Hall and going rich in tradition and vibrant in new experiences.
Father Christmas at the Hall is running until December 22nd, Home alone in concert (same brilliant conductor Ben Palmer as The Snowman and Paddington Bear) coming on Saturday December 22nd, the Carols on December 23rd and 24th and the fabulous Nutcracker on December 28th -31st.
Father Christmas at the Hall has been a favourite for years and 2018 will bring to the Hall the revamped version including a Sleigh! And for a wonderful arty wrap up of 2018 look no further than The Nutcracker wonderfully performed by Birmingham Royal Ballet – a three generations treat that we raved about extensively in here. All these shows make the most sparkling Christmas gifts – so much better than toys going in a cupboard ! No tidy up needed either – true festive magic!
For more winter magic in London with kids, check our 2018 article in here.