Low Cost/No Cost Family Fun in London at Christmas

Please look at the organisations’ websites to double check times and arrangements

Winter Wonderland – Hyde Park

Date and Time

Until 6th January – closed on Christmas Day

Age

All ages

Cost

FREE to enter. Additional attractions at a cost

Address

Hyde Park, London W2 2UH / www.hydeparkwinterwonderland.com

Nearest tubes

Lancaster Gate (Central Line), Marble Arch (Central Line), Hyde Park Corner (Piccadilly Line), Knightsbridge (Piccadilly Line)

Christmas family fun aplenty with a huge ice rink, two circuses, an observation wheel and the Magical Ice Kingdom, plus themed bars for the grown-ups. The Grinch would have a real job stealing all the Christmas from Hyde Park’s huge tribute to festive fun. The annual favourite is back for its thirteenth year in 2019. Entry to Winter Wonderland is free, and you can head along for cheerily-lit fairground rides, a child-friendly Santa Land (including Santa’s grotto) and quaint Christmas markets.


South Bank Centre Winter Festival

Date and Time

Until 26th January

Age

All ages

Cost

Some events are free – some are ticketed at a cost – check the website.

Address

South Bank Centre, Belevedere Road, SE1 / www.southbankcentre.co.uk

Nearest tube

Waterloo

Fun-filled family shows, festive goodies at our markets and pop-ups, twinkling lights, dazzling comedy and cabaret – with more seasonal delights than you can shake a stocking at, Southbank Centre in winter is truly magical. Enter a world of dazzling art with Hayward Gallery’s major retrospective exhibition devoted to the work of celebrated British artist Bridget Riley. Experience the thrills and daredevil entertainment of a turn-of-the-century circus at Circus 1903, returning with new acts for 2019 including the Brazilian Wheel of Death. Saddle up for our five-star retelling of Black Beauty. Blending storytelling, music and puppetry, it’s a must for fans of the book, lovers of the classic TV show and those brand new to the tale. Plus, sensory play installation and family favourite Soundpit.


Natural History Museum – Investigate!

Date and Time

10.30 am – 5.00pm Weekends and school holidays

Age

Designed especially for families with children aged 7+

Cost

FREE

Address

Natural History Museum, Cromwell Road, SW7 9BD / www.nhm.ac.uk

Nearest tube

High Street Kensington

Investigate has over 300 specimens to explore and spark your curiosity. You’ll discover remarkable objects ranging from trays of fossils and beetles to larger bones, skins, minerals and much more. Everything in Investigate can be held or touched, so pick an object to study and unleash your inner scientist. Examine it under a microscope or compare it with others objects, browse the dedicated library or chat with one of our friendly science educators, who are always on hand to support your investigation. Scientists make predictions about the natural world based on their observations. In Investigate, children are encouraged to think, explore and ask questions like a scientist. With so much to discover, there’s something to inspire every young scientist. At the same time – see the magical ice-skating rink outside the museum!


Greenwich Christmas Market and Santa Grotto

Date and Time

Open 7 days a week
Santa’s Grotto is open on:
Thursday 19, Friday 20 & Saturday 21 – 11.00am – 5.00pm;
Sunday 22 – 10.00am – 4.00pm;
Monday 23 – 10.00am – 5.00pm;
Christmas Eve 10.00am–3.00pm.

Age

All ages

Cost

FREE for the market
Tickets to see Father Christmas cost £5

Address

Greenwich Town Centre, London SE10 9HZ / www.greenwichmarket.com
The Grotto is located at 9 Greenwich Market

Nearest station

North Greenwich

London’s only market set within a World Heritage site is open 7 days a week and is stuffed full of the kinds of distinctive gifts friends and family love to discover under the tree and modern.  Expect Christmas carol singing, Father Christmas in his Greenwich Grotto and characters from the Greenwich Playhouse panto.
The Greenwich Market Grotto will be fundraising for the Greenwich and Bexley Community Hospice.


Christmas Family Fun Day –
Croydon FC vs Forest Hill Park football

Date and Time

Saturday 21st December
Entry 12.30pm, 3.00pm Kick Off

Age

All ages

Cost

Adults £5, concessions £2.50, children FREE

Address

Croydon Sports Arena, Albert Road, South Norwood, SE25 4QL / www.croydonfc.com

Nearest station

Thornton Heath


Brockwell Park – New Year’s Day Wildflower Hunt

Date and Time

Wednesday 1st January 11.00am – 1.00pm

Age

All ages

Cost

FREE – No Booking Required

Address

Brockwell Park, Brockwell Park Gardens, London SE24 9BJ

Nearest station

Herne Hill

Meet at the clock tower in Brockwell Park for a plant hunting walk to see how many wildflowers can be recorded at this time of year.  Run jointly with the Friends of Brockwell Park.  Part of the Botanical Society of Britain & Ireland’s New Year Plant Hunt.


Tiny Dancers Family Rave – Tooting
New Year’s Eve

Date and Time

Tuesday 31 December 2.00pm – 4.00pm

Age

All ages

Cost

Tickets: £6.00 on website – under 12 months free but require a ticket.

Address

Tooting Tram and Social, 46 – 48 Mitcham Road, London SW17 9NA / www.tootingtramandsocial.co.uk

Nearest station

Tooting Broadway

Join Tiny Dancers Family Rave on New Year Eve this year and see in 2020 at Tooting Tram and Social with your family and friends! With nostalgic house tunes from resident DJ JOY ALARM we will countdown to the New Year every 30 minutes with confetti cannons to celebrate the start of 2020! And then it’s back into the tunes to rave in the New Year too! Rave your way into the New Year with Tiny Dancers Family Rave! All ravers get free mini party poppers on the way in to help celebrate the New Year. There’s free crafts and stickers, balloons, inflatables, confetti cannons, bubble machines, colouring in wall murals, buggy park, visual projections, carefully monitored sound and light levels. This promises to be a very popular event with last year’s rave selling out in advance so grab your tickets early for this event. Parents remain responsible for their children at all times. For families with younger children (8s and under) though all ages are welcome. Music is played at a safe volume for everyone and monitored throughout event. Adults are not admitted unless accompanied by a child. Each member of your group must have a ticket and pre-walking infants free (but ticketed).


Wishing you all a very Happy Christmas