Top 10 Christmas Days Out In London
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1. Pan Goes Wrong
The Mischief Theatre Company delivered an instant West End Classic with their Olivier award-winning The Play That Goes Wrong.
This Christmas, the original cast turn their clumsy hands to retelling J.M.Barrie’s timeless book, Peter Pan, with hilariously, disastrous results.
Kids will love: The slapstick, the mugging, the ‘corpsing’ and the non-stop jokes.
Adults will love: Remembering the time they did a bit of am-dram and how horribly familiar this all is!
Pan Goes Wrong is playing at the Apollo Theatre Shaftesbury Avenue until 31st January 2016
2. Ripley’s Believe It or Not Christmas Trail
How do you like the sound of a Christmas trail that you can touch, smell, hear and see? Well Ripley's Believe It Or Not have got one, to add to their other weird and wonderful exhibits. The trail is free with your entry ticket for you to fill in as you go round. Oh, and don’t forget to hand it in at the end in return for a festive treat. See what our KidRaters thought of it.
Kids will love: The Mirror Maze and the man with two tongues.
Adults will love: The numerous interactive exhibits that make brilliant family photo opportunities.
Visit the Christmas Trail at Ripley's Believe It Or Not until 6th January 2016
3. Star Wars
Unless you’ve been living in a galaxy far, far away for the last year, you’ll know George Lucas’s epic space saga is returning with a brand new trilogy. The first of these new films The Force Awakens will hit UK cinemas (and the BFI IMAX) on December 18th. Book tickets NOW as screens will be packed over the Christmas break. Don’t be that parent who thought they could just turn up and get in. You could be paying for counseling for years if you do...
Kids will love: It’s Star Wars, so everything.
Adults will love: The return of their childhood heroes. And, of course, THAT music.
Star Wars is released across the UK on 17th December 2015
4. Christmas at Kew
Ok, the phrase 'magical experience' is over-used, but in the case of Christmas at Kew, it's perfect. Their famous 'after dark' experience will leave younger kids breathless and wide-eyed, and older kids obsessed with selfies will think they've died and gone to heaven.
The gardens are festooned, yes we said festooned, with lights. There is a mile-long illuminated path, plus there’s food, festivities and a fairground.
Kids will love: The feeling they’ve taken a visit to the land of Christmas.
Adults will love: How tasteful and (when it comes to photos), forgiving the lights are.
Christmas at Kew is open until 2nd January 2016
5. Slava’s Snowshow
Younger kids may find the surreal world of Slava the clown a bit slow and baffling at first, but urge them to stick with it and their patience will definitely be rewarded. It’s a unique experience that promises some brilliant visual surprises. Our KidRaters loved it.
Kids will love: Interacting with Slava’s friends.
Adults will love: Combining the visit with a trip to the South Bank Christmas market.
Slava's Snow Show is at the Royal Festival Hall from 17th December 2015 to 5th January 2016
6. The Golden Hinde
Tucked just around the corner from Borough Market and Southwark Cathedral is a full-size replica of Sir Francis Drake’s famous galleon, The Golden Hinde.
Open pretty much all year round, it’s a great experience for kids as they host storytelling sessions, parties and even family sleepovers.
In their Santa’s Wonderland, activities include a storytelling elf, sing-a-longs and an appearance from Mr Claus himself.
Kids Will Love: Arts and crafts with ‘pirate elves’
Adults Will Love: The complimentary hot drink and mince pie
Santa's Wonderland at The Golden Hinde is open from 19th to 23rd December 2015
7. The Snowman
If you’re a parent and live in London, then a trip to see The Snowman is as much a tradition as wearing a paper hat and ignoring your sprouts. Now in its 18th year, this beautiful stage adaptation of the Raymond Briggs classic, combines music, dance, storytelling, amazing sets and, of course, a little boy flying with a snowman. He won't be the only one melting at the end of this heart-warming family treat. Don't miss it!
Kids will love: The dancing snowmen and booing Jack Frost.
Adults will love: That song!
The Snowman is running at The Peacock Theatre until 3rd January 2015
8. Hyde Park Winter Wonderland
With over 100 rides, live music and attractions, plus Christmas markets, themed bars, cafés, restaurants and street food – it’s a cliché, but Winter Wonderland really does have something for everyone.
Highlights include Zippos Circus, Santa Land, the huge ice rink and the Magical Ice Kingdom. It’s noisy, busy, and brash in places, but it’s also great fun for kids of all ages.
Kids will love: Spending the day there with the huge variety of activities on offer.
Adults will love: Taking older kids and letting them roam, while you hide in a bar.
Hyde Park Winter Wonderland is on now, until 3rd January 2016
9. Go Ape
OK, so it’s not particularly festive, but anyone who has ever been to a Go Ape park will be very excited to know there’s a new venue for the high-wire tree tops adventure down in Battersea Park over the Christmas break.
There will be zip-wires, walkways and wobbly bridges. What’s more, you can really make it a family affair, as they cater for kids as young as six, while youngsters of 12 and over can do the adult courses. Watch our KidRater review to get the full report.
Kids will love: Overcoming their first-minute jitters and growing in confidence.
Adults will love: Not having to drive miles to get there and back.
Go Ape is now open in Battersea Park
10. Dear Father Christmas
An interactive adventure for young children, set in Santa’s post room, starring Ella The Elf who is trying to track down a whole sackful of missing letters. Not only that but Father Christmas’ presents are all muddled up and, worst of all, his best friend, the North Polar Bear, has gone missing!
Kids will love: The stories and songs, and of course seeing Santa.
Adults will love: Having a break and letting someone else do the entertaining!
Dear Father Christmas is running at the Soho Theatre from 22nd December 2015 until 2nd January 2016
For more great Christmas ideas, visit kidrated.com, and why not get your own little stars to make a KidRated video review next time you're out? If it's published online, your kids could be in with a chance of winning one of many monthly prizes.
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