Things to do in and around North London this Christmas

Well, Christmas 2018 is almost here and it’s come around rather quickly hasn’t it?! Seemingly moments after the start of the new academic year and here we are. As exciting as the festive season can be, children thrown together for long periods of time, high on non-routine foods and the expectation of the imminent arrival of Father Christmas, can be somewhat explosive! So, I thought it would be helpful to put together a list of things to do in and around North London (and a little further afield) this Christmas!

I’ve included a few local favourites close to my base in Islington, as well as some popular general London attractions. As is so often the case in London, there really is something for everyone!

Here are some of my personal favourites:

Christmas just wouldn’t be Christmas without pantomimes and this year we’re off to see Aladdin! You can see a more complete picture of pantomimes in London here.

A local venue my kids love is the Little Angel Theatre and this month there’s a marvellous selection of things to do and see, including a Christmas Carol Concert.

Another local treasure right on my doorstep is Park Theatre. Just a few minutes from Finsbury Park tube station, we’ll be paying a visit over the holiday period for some Peter Pan fun.

Next, it’s time to get your skates on! Once again this year you can skate for all you’re worth down at Somerset House. As an added bonus, you can pick up a few luxuries from the Fortnum’s Arcade while you’re there! And if that doesn’t work for you, there’s also skating at The Natural History Museum and Tower Bridge. As I said, no shortage of opportunities!

London’s Winter Wonderland at Hyde Park has something for everyone and we’ll be stopping by at some point no doubt. It’s free to enter, though some of the attractions are a little expensive, in my opinion anyway! There’s simply too much to list but you can get a full run-down of what’s on here.

If the Winter Wonderland is all a bit much for your little ones, or it’s just not your scene, then the Winter Festival at the Southbank Centre may be for you. There’s still a LOT to do, just not quite as full-on as the Wonderland.

Of course, there’s a plethora of movie choices across the capital, from the traditional cinemas to themed pop-up screenings! You can get a flavour for what’s on here.

This link from Time Out for activities with kids may also prove useful to keep your children entertained:

These are my initial thoughts and I may well be back with a part two as I inevitably get ‘guided’ to other events and activities by my own excitable children!