10 Top Picks Of Things To Do Between Christmas And New Year

Christmas fun with families

If you need some inspiration for what to do between Christmas and New Year then look no further! We've looked at what's on and chosen our top picks.

The Nutcracker at the London Coliseum  

Don’t miss the chance to see Tchaikovsky's beloved ballet and experience the magic of Christmas. Follow the story of Clara and her Nutcracker doll, who at the stroke of midnight on Christmas eve comes to life. Expect over 100 dancers, musicians and breathtaking sets - this is one ballet you and your family will never forget!

Richard III

Head to the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse at the Shakespeare's Globe this Christmas and let your children immerse themselves in the villainous world of Richard III. Mini historians will delight as they witness the power-hungry Richard strive for the crown. You don’t want to miss Shakespeare's monstrously charismatic villain!

Bespoke London Christmas Lights Taxi Tour

Soak up the magic of Christmas in the comfort of your own private black taxi as you tour the London Christmas lights. On this festive guided 4-hour tour, you will see the magical lights of Oxford street and Regent Street to some of the lesser known lights of Covent Garden, Mayfair, Kensington and Marylebone.

London Christmas Lights

40% off Harry Potter London Experience

Get a spellbinding 40% off the incredible interactive Harry Potter tour of London. You’ll visit some of the filming locations of some of your favourite scenes, including Trafalgar Square, the West End and Shakespeare’s Globe. Definitely one for all the Potterheads in your family!

Peppa Pig’s Best Day Ever

Give your mini Peppa Pig fans the best Christmas outing yet! Join Peppa Pig, George, Mummy Pig and Daddy Pig as they get ready for a road trip full of adventures. This live show at the Duke of York’s Theatre will be packed full of songs, games and plenty of laughter! Kids are guaranteed to think it’s their best day ever.

Leicester Square Christmas Market

Wrap up warm and soak up the festive atmosphere at the Leicester Square Christmas Market. There will be twinkling lights and delicious smells as you wander the traditional Bavarian-style huts. Feast your eyes on the wide range of stalls where you will find children’s wooden hand-crafted toys, Christmas decorations and jewellery. Grab a glass of mulled wine and enjoy a delicious hot snack from all the food stalls while you are there too.

Leicester Square Christmas Market

Milk Train

If your sweet tooth still hasn’t been satisfied this Christmas, treat the family to a trip to the coolest venue in town. The Milk Train offers candy floss, ice cream and other sweet treats. Choose from magical ice cream toppings that look out of this world – you will have a choice of popcorn, Oreo cookies, caramel sauce, wafers or rice puffs. Make sure you get your ice cream covered with an Instagrammable sheen of candy floss for the perfect family picture.  

Lion King

For the ultimate festive treat, take the whole family to see the most iconic modern West End musical, The Lion King. Disney’s award-winning musical will transport you to the heart of Africa, where you can expect stunning effects, breathtaking colours and songs that you will be humming all the way home. Join Simba as he journeys from a wide-eyed cub to the King of the Pridelands. An unforgettable theatre experience for the whole family!

The Crystal Maze Live Experience

Are you a fan of the 90s hit TV show? Now you and your family can unleash your competitive side and take part in all kinds of tricky challenges at the Crystal Maze Live Experience. Run around four different themed adventure zones (Industrial, Futuristic, Medieval and Aztec) and test your mental and physical skills. Can you beat the clock and make it to the Crystal Dome?

St James’s Park

Get some fresh air on a festive stroll this Christmas with your family at the scenic St James’s Park. Enjoy impressive views of Buckingham Palace and the London Eye and head over to Duck Island Cottage where you can feed the ducks. See the much-loved president pelicans being fed fresh fish every day between 2:30pm and 3pm. The perfect way to get the whole family outdoors.



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Kidadl provides inspiration to entertain and educate your children. We recognise that not all activities and ideas are appropriate and suitable for all children and families or in all circumstances. Our recommended activities are based on age but these are a guide. We recommend that these ideas are used as inspiration, that ideas are undertaken with appropriate adult supervision, and that each adult uses their own discretion and knowledge of their children to consider the safety and suitability.

Kidadl cannot accept liability for the execution of these ideas, and parental supervision is advised at all times, as safety is paramount. Anyone using the information provided by Kidadl does so at their own risk and we can not accept liability if things go wrong.

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