We’ve officially declared it Christmas season – the tree is up, the presents are ordered and I’m singing Christmas songs. Admittedly I’ve been doing that last one since August but for pragmatic rather than festive reasons. With that in mind though, let’s chat about some of the Christmassy things you can do in London over the next few weeks.
Let’s start with the Christmas edition of “Tales from the Shed“. Chickenshed are taking their show to the Old Vic on 21st Dec and it promises to be as full of brightly coloured fun as ever. Tickets are selling out fast but there’s still availability for the 10am performance and some for the later show. Book now though before they’re gone!
There are lots of other festive theatrical treats to be had as well. We’ve already talked about the Snowman at the Peacock Theatre but it’s on until 1st Jan and reviews so far have been fabulous. Our competition had a great time, even with 3-year-olds in tow. Another show that comes highly recommended is The Nutcracker on Ice at Winter Wonderland. I haven’t been to Winter Wonderland in years but I think this could psossibly tempt me back. It sounds pretty darn Christmassy.
But what could be Christmassier than a visit to Santa? The kids have already met a slightly unconvincing one at their school but we’re taking them to meet him again, at the Museum of London Docklands. It’s a Victorian grotto and booking in advance is essential. It runs from now until 23rd Dec but we’ll be reporting back from there next week.
On this weekend is the Discover Centre’s Christmas event, called the “Ready Steady Colour’s Christmas Feast!”. As with all Discover events, it’s interactive and promises to be lots of colouring, musical, comedy fun. Also on this Saturday is the Golden Hinde’s Festive Pirate Fun Day. I don’t know much about it, but what more do you need??
And no Christmas preview is complete without a nod to our friends Big Fish Little Fish. They have a whole host of parties coming up in December, in Parsons Green, Hackney and even Selfridges (sadly sold out). If you’re not a Londoner, fear not…there’s also High Wycombe, Edinburgh, Cardiff, Birmingham and Bristol on the menu. I’ve probably missed a few so do have a look and see if there’s one near you.
And for now, Happy Christmas! I’ll be back soon, with news on our Santa visit and whatever else we get up to this Advent…