Step aboard for Festive Family Fun at the LONDON TRANSPORT MUSEUM. Families can enter a magical forest, with twinkling lights and trees and visit Santa’s Secret Christmas Cabin. Or track him down in one of the Museums heritage vehicles for a Super Santa Selfie, and enjoy storytelling sessions and create special bunting to take home. Get nostalgic with the Museums Festive Fun display of fabulous vintage London transport posters celebrating Christmas activities such as ice skating, walking and shopping. An absolute delight. Running up to 6th January.
The POSTAL MUSEUM will be featuring a festive twist on the Mail Rail Ride. From wartime wives wishing husbands Merry Christmas from afar, to the broadcast of the first King’s Speech on the BBC, the new projection is set to get you into the Christmas spirit in a very unique way. There will also be Christmas Craft and Making. Whether its seasonal stationary, personalized present sacks or socks, you will have the chance to get crafty in artist-led workshops and more across the Christmas season. And to top it all off, there will be storytelling. Step back in time with storyteller Olivia Armstrong, and discover the story behind the invention of the Christmas card in this enchanting, interactive storytelling session. Events running throughout December.
Join the NATIONAL ARMY MUSEUM for a special chocolate decoration workshop in collaboration with The Chocolate Museum, family-friendly performances telling the stories behind Christmas postcards sent by soldiers and their loved ones during the First World War, make your own festive greetings cards inspired by the First World War Christmas cards in their collection and learn how to create your own drawing of the 1914 Christmas Truce, inspired by First World War cartoons in their collection. Varied dates throughout December.
Take a trip back in time at MUSEUM OF LONDON DOCKLANDS to the London of Dicken’s day for Christmas this year. Walk through their amazing Sailortown gallery, a vivid recreation of a Victoria Street bedecked with frost, holly, mistletoe and the sound of Christmas carols being sung in the distance to match white Christmas of yesteryear as imagined by author Charles Dickens. Then meet Santa himself in his grotto, and receive a traditional toy from him (as long as you have been nice this year!) This is running to 23rd December, advanced booking essential.
Santa is also ready to meet you at MUSEUM OF LONDON too. Take a stroll through a twinkling Victorian Walk, transformed with festive decorations and the sound of carols in the distance, and discover Santa in his secret grotto. Once you’ve found him, tell Santa your Christmas wishes and receive a special gift.
Its Festive Play Session time at the V&A for under 5’s. Take part in a free multi-sensory play session inspired by The 12 Days of Christmas. These sessions are running Wednesdays to Fridays throughout December from 5th. They are also running festive themed family friendly pop-up performances on Saturdays and festive design workshops on Sunday.
Head over to the GEFFRYE MUSEUM for their Christmas Makers Market on 8th December. Enjoy the twinkling of the Christmas tree and live music with some hot street food in hand. There will be workshops and activities for families under cover at this family friendly event in their beautiful garden.
Join SIR JOHN SOANES MUSEUM for their free Christmas Crafts on 8th December. Using marble techniques make beautiful cards and gift tags ready for Christmas. Go along for a mince pie and get in the festive spirit whilst creating something to make your friends and family smile.
Step into a world of festive delights at TATE BRITAIN’S free Winter Fair on 15th December. Discover unique gifts, drop into a talk or tour and don’t miss the English National Opera perform. With delicious festive food and mulled wine this is the great seasonal treat for all.
Get cracking at the WALLACE COLLECTION on 15th December and make your own Christmas crackers inspired by the Wallace Collection. This is a free event.
Have yourself a horrible little Christmas at DULWICH PICTURE GALLERY on 15-16th December. Join Horrible Histories for an interactive workshop brought to you by the Birmingham Stage Company, exploring how Christmas was celebrated in the time of the Tudors, Victorian era, and the Dark Ages. Be prepared to act out different scenes, sing silly songs, and have a horrible time! Before or afterwards you can also join in the Horrible Christmas Crafting drop-in. Tickets available online.
Meet Father Christmas at the RAF MUSEUM on 15-16th December. Father Christmas is camping out in their Nissen Hut, surrounded by their First World War aircraft. Every child will have the chance to meet the big man in this special First World War era grotto. Tickets available online. There will also be Christmas storytelling. A brave robin battles through storms and other dangers in a quiet English garden. After quite an adventure he arrives just in time for Christmas to find the family who live there who have been looking for him. Expect some crafty Christmas participation – making paper chains and homemade snow flakes, decorating the tree, join in dancing the ‘Hokey Cokey’ and ‘Knees up Mother Brown’ and sing along to festive Christmas carols.
Get all festive at the WILLIAM MORRIS GALLERY on 16th December. Inspired by Polish Wycinanki paper craft, decorate your own lantern to take home. This is a free event.
The FOUNDLING MUSEUM are hosting a special family concert on 16th December. Follow the journey of a little elf from European folklore. Join accordian and piano duo Duoende for a magical melodic adventure. Then pop along to a free workshop and get ready for Christmas by creating your own festive elf ears inspired by the concert.
Discover a new take on the twelve days of Christmas at the MUSEUM OF BRANDS over the holidays, with their family trail. Hunt around the Time Tunnel for Christmas themed clues amongst 150 years of packaging on display. Available all day during the festive period.
Share stories, dream and play at TATE MODERN from 19th December. Take a moment to sit back, relax and read together in their storytelling oasis for families of all ages, and discover lots of new books and exciting stories celebrating voices of colour. Drop in anytime between 12-5pm to read books together, listen to readings by their fab storytellers at story time at 1pm or read aloud at 3pm. This is a free event running until 30th December.