I seem to alternate with being very organised or being an utter procrastinator. And that goes with every aspect of my life. Annoyingly, this Christmas, I’ve been a procrastinator. I actually started looking at Christmas events and activities in early November but just couldn’t decide on anything. I still haven’t even booked a Santa’s Grotto. Eek! The thing about London, though, is that you have to book things well in advance. If you don’t, you may end up at home watching Netflix all winter (not the worst thing in the world, but boring after a while). In case any of you are like me this year, and are based in/near London, here are some fun Christmas activities that haven’t already sold out.
Breakfast with Santa – Hard Rock Cafe London
Something a bit different than just visiting Santa (and more delicious!). We’re talking an American breakfast buffet of waffles, pancakes, bacon, sausages, scrambled eggs, pastries, fruit and bread. There will be games, face painting, sweets, a fancy dress competition and of course -Father Christmas. It costs £14.95 per adult and £9.95 for child. There are still tickets available for the 15th December 2018.
Ice Skating – Natural History Museum Ice Rink
There is something so Christmassy about ice skating. Last year we went to the ice rink at the Natural History Museum. Not only does it have a beautiful and iconic backdrop, but you can combine your visit with a mooch around the museum. Plus there’s a cafe overlooking the rink, perfect for hot chocolate and relaxing after your skating. Arrive early to get a skating aid for the kids! The rink will be at the museum until the 20th January 2019.
Christmas Show – Circus 1903
This is not your typical Christmas show. I had planned to watch a panto this year (the kids and I have never been), but I was a bit overwhelmed at all the choices. Then we saw that Circus 1903 is on at the Southbank Centre. It’s suppose to replicate a turn-of-the-century circus. And it sounds wonderful. There will be trapeze, jugglers, and acrobats amongst other amazing entertainers. And there are life-sized puppet elephants which look stunning. The show runs from 19 December 2018 to 5 January 2019. We’ve just bought our tickets for the weekend before Christmas and can’t wait to see it.
Light Trail – ZSL London Zoo
I’ve seen photos from this and it looks beautiful. Light trails are always very popular, and the one at Kew Gardens is normally sold out within days. But there are still tickets left for the one at the London Zoo. For a full day out, you could even get tickets for both the zoo and the light trail (which begins after the zoo closes). The trail finishes on the 1st January 2019.
Visit Father Christmas – Santa’s Flight School
Maybe you just want to see old St. Nick and ask his for some pressies. Well you can do that at the Surrey Quays Shopping Centre – and it’s free! You can learn how to fly a sleigh (pulled by reindeer obvs), meet the big guy and even get your photo taken with him. And if you want more of a day out, then head to the cinema (I fancy seeing The Grinch), and grab some lunch afterwards.
So there you go, my festive family outings if you’ve been procrastinating and haven’t booked anything fun for the holidays. Happy Christmas!