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What to do in the Christmas holidays 2018

Is it really that time of year again? Yet again, you’re probably asking yourself: “What can we do with the kids in the Christmas holidays?” Well, at this time of year, the problem is less about finding things to do than choosing between all the amazing things that are going on.

If you’re planning a trip to London, we’ve narrowed down your options to the part of the Thames that we cover. That way you can treat you family to hop-on hop-off tickets and organise your day around attractions you can get to by boat. Chugging down the river whilst looking at the Christmas lights along the South Bank is a magical experience by itself!

Where’s the best Christmas market in London?

The Winter Market, held between 9th November and 27th December on the South Bank, is the perfect place to look for gifts and festive goodies. Disembark at Festival Pier to explore the pop-up stalls, enjoy mulled wine and Christmas street food and take in the friendly atmosphere in this bustling area of London.

Where can I take the kids to see a Christmas show?

Rumpelstiltskin, on at the Queen Elizabeth Hall between 13th December and 6th January, is a hilarious show the family is bound to enjoy. This modern take on a fairy tale is funny and entertaining as well as being thoughtful. If you want to arrive by Circular Cruise boat, get off at Festival Pier.

Is there a circus in London this Christmas?

Yes! Circus 1903 is on at the Royal Festival Hall between 19th December and 6th January. You will see lots of daredevil acrobatics, as well as jugglers, contortionists and lifesize puppets of elephants.

Where can I go ice skating in London?

If you like ice skating, there are seasonal ice rinks at the Tower of London (open from 23rd November to 6th January) and Somerset House (open from 14th November to 13th January). Get your skates on and book a Circular Cruise ticket – hop-off at Tower Bridge Quay for the Tower of London, or Embankment for Somerset House.

Where can we wassail in London?

The Globe Theatre is having a Winter Wassail on 22nd and 23rd December. Enjoy festive stories, music, dance and a good old singalong too! Hop-off at Bankside Pier.

What is the Tower of London doing for Christmas?

Between Christmas and New Year, the Tower of London is going Victorian – an era in which our modern concept of Christmas was formed. St Katharine’s is the nearest pier to head for.

If you fancy a trip on the Thames this Christmas, don’t worry about the weather – we’ve got heated cabins with panoramic windows where you can stay warm and still admire the view of London’s Christmas lights and activities.


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