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Christmas Cheer for Children

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Jingle bells, Batman smells, Robin flew away…Christmas is a wonderful time for kids, but they can drive you crazy too. Get out and about with the best festive family treats in London, and if you want to make a weekend of it, book your hotel and train tickets through and save in advance…

Ice is nice

London’s full of amazing festive ice rinks. Try the Natural History Museum for a combined educational and festive frolic! Marvel at the dinosaurs inside, then whizz around the rink in the grounds of the building. Somerset House and Kew also have great rinks. At Kew, you can track down the skating photographer and bring home a souvenir of your family fun day. Don’t forget to wrap up warm, and wear thick socks to prevent blisters.


Santa’s Grotto, London Zoo

Hang out with Rudolf and co at Santa’s Grotto, London Zoo style! For the Christmas holidays only, the Zoo has a Reindeer Lodge where your little elves can get up close and personal with the whole team. Then it’s on to the Grotto for lovely pressies and a confab with the big man himself. Time your visit right and you can head on to Primrose Hill afterwards (it’s just over the road) for an amble down the high street, one of London’s prettiest festive sights. Make sure you stop somewhere for a mulled cider – deserving parents need presents too…


Potter Mania, Warner Bros Studio

Warner Bros Studio was originally created to film Goldeneye – but it’s become famous as the home of the Harry Potter movies. Christmas at Hogwarts is lovingly recreated in the extraordinary surroundings of the movie lot: there’s a scale model of the whole school to wander around in, complete with realistic animatronic beasties! Visit Diagon Alley, wander through the Ministry of Magic and take time out in Hagrid’s hut.


Oh no, it isn’t…

Oh yes it is! Christmas wouldn’t be Christmas without a panto. The question is, which one? Parents who remember Happy Days will love the Richmond Theatre’s Peter Pan, which features The Fonz as Captain Hook. The Lyric in Hammersmith is putting on Jack and the Beanstalk – or if you want a rarity, head over to the Hackney Empire for an ancient classic: Puss in Boots. Wherever you choose, the kids’ll be in heaven. Who knows, they might even develop a taste for the theatre while they’re at it. To be or not to be, that is the question…


Winter Wonderland, Hyde Park

Winter Wonderland is back – and it’s more Christmassy than ever! A full size festive funfair rubs shoulders with one of the biggest Christmas markets in London. And instead of just having an ice rink, there’s a whole Magical Ice Kingdom, featuring breathtaking ice sculptures. There’s an entire medieval village made of ice, a castle, even an enchanted forest. In fact, there’s so much to see and do you could probably spend a week there.

Make your children’s Christmas that bit more magical this year – take advantage of the great value entertainment the capital’s got on offer. You can save on your train tickets too – just book your travel for the Christmas period through

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