Things to Do This Christmas
It’s December – and thus officially the time to be jolly! This festive month brings a host of exciting activities that people of all ages can enjoy, from ice-skating to festive themed brunches to Santa’s grottos.
Christmas is known to many as a time to treat yourself to days and evenings out; for us this includes delicious, local food from favourites such as The Jones Family Project or perhaps enjoying a children’s carol concert.
It’s time to get yourself in the Christmas spirit with these fun activities!
Santa’s Grotto’s in London:
Westfield Stratford Grotto
Combine your Christmas spirit with a Disney film hero; Po from Kung Fu Panda. Let Po guide you on an exciting journey with Adventure to Santa’s Grotto in Westfield Stratford City.
You can also get your personalised Christmas passport through the North Pole Customs Shop and fly all the way to Father Christmas’ studio.
From £8 per ticket
Book your tickets here: https://uk.westfield.com/stratfordcity/entertainment/grotto
The Enchanted Christmas House
Visit Father Christmas in his grotto amongst other things such as decorating gingerbread men with Mrs Claus or perhaps helping the elves in Islington’s Enchanted Christmas House.
Family tickets from £129
Santa’s Grotto at Sutton House
Sutton House has a selection of Christmas activities this year from various stalls to a delightful Santa’s grotto. The east London Tudor manor house is undoubtedly the place to be this December.
Find out more: https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/sutton-house/whats-on
Victorian Santa’s Grotto at Museum of London
Transport yourself back in time to the Victorian era with the Museum of London’s Festive Grotto. Located in the museum is the secret grotto alongside the sound of Victorian carols in the distance and some spectacular festive decorations.
From £7 per child (includes gift), photographs at additional cost.
Greenwich Christmas Market
Enjoy an afternoon at Greenwich Christmas Market where you can indulge in festive street food and drinks to get yourself into the festive spirit. It’s also a great place to find some unique gifts for those who just aren’t that easy to buy for!
The market runs from 1st December until the 24th December and is free to enter.
Christmas Makers Market at East Village E20
This Christmas market is taking on the Danish style of living cosily with its hygge themed market. It is hosted every weekend in December, and there’s a different line-up of retailers each weekend. Amongst the stalls you’ll find We Are Here Coffee supplying coffee from Allpress, alongside people being able to make their own Christmas gifts and decorations.
Free to enter.
East Village, London, E20
Sail with Santa on the Thames
Hop in a boat with Father Christmas and cruise alongside some on London’s best landmarks from the Houses of Parliament to the Tower of London.
Children can nibble on cookies and enjoy a soft drink as well as receiving a gift from Santa; adults are treated to mulled wine and a mince pie. The cruise lasts one-hour and runs between 11.30am-4pm.
Book your tickets here: http://www.citycruises.com/special-events/christmas/sail-with-santa
Get into the festive spirit by skating around Broadgate with their magical ice rink right next to Liverpool Street station. The surrounding restaurants have various offers on – for example, Access London feature Jose Pizarro is offering 25% off for diners if you quote ‘Skate & Dine’ when booking (T&C’s apply: http://www.broadgate.co.uk/josepizarro-skate-and-dine)
Book your skating slot here: https://broadgateicerink.co.uk/
Tower of London:
This iconic venue has opened its ice rink for the festive period – and what better way to enjoy one of the best views in London than on a pair of skates. Alongside skating you can enjoy some food in the Dip-Dunk lodge before or after your skate.
Book your tickets here: http://toweroflondonicerink.co.uk/entertain/ice-skating/
The Jones Family Project, Shoreditch
This friendly abode in the heart of Shoreditch is serving up a festive feast – and if it’s as delicious as it was last year it’s a firm recommendation from us at Keatons. Whilst you can opt for the traditional Christmas menu (which we’d recommend) the a la carte menu is also delicious and very reasonably priced!
78 Great Eastern Street, London, EC2A 3JL
The Gun, Canary Wharf
After having some of the best food we’ve had at Access London, we have a feeling that their festive menu is reason enough to get yourself to Canary Wharf. Delicious food with amazing, experimental flavours. If you don’t fancy their festive menu, their a la carte menu is exceptional too.
Book for yourself: http://www.thegundocklands.com/food
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