The Christmasaurus Live
Dec
21
to Dec 28

The Christmasaurus Live

The Christmasaurus Live features music, animation, magic and some very special guests including Tom Fletcher, Harry Judd, Matt Willis, Tom's wife Giovanna Fletcher and his sister Carrie Hope Fletcher. Suitable for all the family and especially for children who believe in Santa Claus and are on the nice list! 

Tom Fletcher will be joined on stage by the biggest star in the world; Santa Claus, accompanied by his singing and dancing Elves and of course, The Christmasaurus! Tom has written new original songs for 'The Christmasaurus Live' which makes him the first ever bestselling author to bring their book to life through music.

Tickets from £39.50. Book here

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Slava's Snowshow
Dec
18
to Jan 4

Slava's Snowshow

Slava's Snowshow is theatre like you've never seen before. Fun for the whole family, this incredible show sees Royal Festival Hall filled with a heart-stopping blizzard of snow. Featuring breath-taking visual effects, it has been described by The Sunday Times as 'theatrical brilliance'. 

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The show is 2 hours long (including interval) and is suitable for children age 8 and above. Under 3s will not be admitted.

Tickets from £24. Book here.

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Xylo-Fun
Dec
16
10:00 AM10:00

Xylo-Fun

In this workshop, kids get the rare chance to safely use hand-tools – to hammer, drill and fix wood and metal- and learn in a fun and practical way about the relationship between sound and materials. 

Using a beautifully-designed kit of parts created by makers from Blackhorse Workshop, everyone will make their very own five-note wood and metal xylophone to take away.

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Suitable for kids age 5+. Tickets £10. More info here

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The 2017 London Children's Book Fair
Dec
15
to Dec 16

The 2017 London Children's Book Fair

Enter the wonderful world of books at The London Children’s Book Fair at Parasol unit presenting the best of contemporary children’s literature. 

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You'll get to discover new and exciting books for young readers and get involved in the programme of free creative workshops, storytelling sessions, author readings and signings, sing-alongs and live-drawing. It’s a great opportunity to meet inspiring authors and creators, and to buy the perfect gifts for kids – books! 

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Admission is free.

More info here

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The Nutcracker
Dec
13
to Jan 6

The Nutcracker

Over 100 dancers and musicians bring Nutcracker to life with exquisite dancing, beautiful sets and Tchaikovsky’s glorious score played live.

On a sparkling Christmas Eve in a frost-dusted Edwardian London, Clara and her enchanted Nutcracker doll discover a magical world, where she battles with the Mouse King and meets a handsome stranger. As the air grows colder, Clara and her valiant Nutcracker take a hot air balloon ride across London to the glistening Land of Snow where her adventure really begins.

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From the sound of the orchestra tuning up, to the final bows and cheers, a trip to English National Ballet’s Nutcracker in the splendour of the London Coliseum is an unforgettable treat.

Tickets from £16.75. The show lasts 2 hours 15 minutes (including interval) and is suited for children aged 5 and above. Children under 5 will not be admitted.

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The Very Hungry Caterpillar
Dec
13
to Jan 7

The Very Hungry Caterpillar

The much-loved Very Hungry Caterpillar, by author/illustrator Eric Carle, has delighted generations of readers since it was first published in 1969 selling more than 41 million copies worldwide.

The timeless classic has made its way off the page and onto the stage.

Created by Jonathan Rockefeller, the critically acclaimed production of 'The Very Hungry Caterpillar Show' features 75 lovable puppets, faithfully adapting four of Eric Carle stories, The Artist Who Painted a Blue Horse, Mister Seahorse, The Very Lonely Firefly and of course, the star of the show - The Very Hungry Caterpillar.

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Tickets from £27. The show lasts 50 minutes (no interval) and is suitable for children 3 years and up. Babes in arms, aged 12 months or under, will be permitted access without a ticket. Babies must be securely strapped to their parent or carer by way of a baby carrier, sling, papoose or similar. Children over 12 months, or in pushchairs, will have to purchase a child ticket.

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Dick Whittington
Dec
9
to Jan 14

Dick Whittington

An enchanting new production of Dick Whittington produced by Qdos Entertainment, the world’s biggest pantomime producer, and the team behind Cinderella. 

Starring Julian Clary (Spirit of the Bells), musical theatre royalty Elaine Paige (Queen Rat), Ashley Banjo & Diversity, Paul Zerdin (Idle Jack), Nigel Havers (Captain Nigel), Gary Wilmot (Sarah the Cook) and direct from Half A Sixpence – Charlie Stemp as the title role of Dick Whittington.

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With an all-star cast, spectacular sets and plenty of laughs, you’ll need to book early to secure seats.

Tickets from £27. The show is suitable for kids aged 5 and above - under 3s will not be admitted.

Book here.

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Pop Up Screens Winter 2017
Dec
9
to Dec 24

Pop Up Screens Winter 2017

Pop Up Screens provides a pop-up cinema experience to moviegoers where they try to bring brilliant movies to cool locations. Over the summer they're outdoors and in the winter they try their hand at some more immersive cinema experiences.

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This month they're screening Christmas classics including:

  • Love Actually
  • Frozen
  • Toy Story
  • Home Alone (1 and 2)
  • La La Land
  • The Lion, The Witch & The Wardrobe
  • Muppets Christmas Carol
  • Sleepless in Seattle

Children’s ticket prices start from £5, adults from £10 and can be booked at popupscreens.co.uk.

 

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Penguin
Dec
9
11:00 AM11:00

Penguin

Ben is delighted when he rips open his present, inside is a penguin. ‘Hello Penguin’ says Ben. Penguin says nothing.

Ben tickles Penguin; he pulls his funniest face; he puts on a happy hat; sings a silly song and does a dizzy dance. Penguin says nothing. So Ben fires Penguin into outer space. Penguin comes back to earth without a word! It isn’t until a passing lion intervenes that Penguin finally speaks and when he does, Ben discovers something that was really worth the wait.

Based on the award-winning book by Polly Dunbar, Penguin is exiting, surreal and full of surprises.

The show lasts 30 minutues and is suitable for kids aged 2 to 8. 

More info here.

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Biscuiteers Icing Café
Dec
9
to Dec 20

Biscuiteers Icing Café

Biscuiteers will be running a range of classes during the festive season at their two Icing Cafés on Northcote Road and in Notting Hill, where you can experience everything from icing their Christmas holiday biscuit collection, to gingerbread houses as well as the Little School of Biscuiteers event for the kids.

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Below are a selection of classes that will be taking place over the Christmas period:

The Little School of Biscuiteers 

  • Sunday 9th December (10.30 - 11.30)
  • Notting Hill and Northcote Road - £36
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Biscuiteers are hosting their very special School of Icing for your little Biscuiteers. Biscuits, icing and edible decorations will be provided to teach kids how to ice like a Biscuiteer. At the end of the lesson they’ll receive a certificate of excellence as well as a Biscuiteers apron.

Christmas Holidays

  • Wednesday 13th December (15.00 - 17.00) Notting Hill - £78 
  • Wednesday 20th December (10.30 - 12.30) Northcote Road - £78

Learn how to ice the Biscuiteers Christmas Holiday collection in this 2 hour class. At the end of the lesson you’ll be able to pack your biscuits into one of the Biscuiteers gift tins to take home, along with a 100% cotton Biscuiteers apron.

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Gingerbread House

  • Sunday 17th December (11.30 - 13.30) Notting Hill - £78
  • Sunday 17th December (10.30 - 12.30) Northcote Road - £78

Learn how to ice Biscuiteers Gingerbread house in a 2 hour class. At the end of the lesson you’ll be able to pack your biscuits into one of the Biscuiteers gift tins to take home, along with a 100% cotton Biscuiteers apron.

More info and how to book here.

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Light​s​ Switch On
Dec
7
4:00 PM16:00

Light​s​ Switch On

From 4pm, you can meet and pet the reindeer who will be on site and hug a moomin to celebrate the opening of the market's new Moomin & Littlephant store.

Stay toasty and warm and watch as Camden Market's Chin Chin Labs create theatre blow torching their homemade marshmallow fluff to top their hot chocolate, or check out Cereal Killer Cafe for their indulgent stacked hot chocolates !

Throughout the afternoon and into the evening, pianists of all ages and abilities are invited to release their inner performer and play carols and pop songs.

Free entry. Find out more here

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Alice in Winterland
Dec
7
to Jan 7

Alice in Winterland

Alice has been brought up to believe in wonder, but life takes an unexpected turn when her
wounded father returns home from the Great War. Confronted with losing her home, she is visited by a White Rabbit who propels her on a quest to save Winterland, a world of ice and imagination, of mad hatters and cruel queens, curious cats and strong-minded dodos, a frozen world inhabited by the mysterious Bandersnatch and the terrible Jabberwock, where only the most intrepid of girls can make the impossible seem possible.

Featuring evocative music and imaginative designs, puppetry and projections, this new stage production of Lewis Carroll's timeless books takes the audience into a fairy-tale land of wonder and adventure. The production features professional actors alongside members of the Rose Youth Theatre.

Suitable for kids age 5+, the show lasts 2 hours (including interval).

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Tickets from £10. Book here.

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Guess How Much I Love You
Dec
6
to Dec 31

Guess How Much I Love You

Watch Little and Big Nutbrown Hare settle down after a bedtime story and re-awaken to discover the delights and colours of each season as they compete to measure their love for each other in this timeless loveable story. 

Explore this playful story of love and nature as it unfolds on stage through puppets, live music and interactive play.

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The show lasts 50 minutes (no interval) and is suitable for children 3 years and up. Babes in arms, aged 18 months or under, will be permitted access without a ticket. Babies must be securely strapped to their parent or carer by way of a baby carrier, sling, papoose or similar. Children over 18 months, or in pushchairs, will have to purchase a child ticket.

Tickets from £12.50. Book here.

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Zeraffa Giraffa
Dec
6
to Dec 17

Zeraffa Giraffa

Zeraffa Giraffa is a new play by award-winning poet and writer Sabrina Mahfouz, based on the picturebook by Dianne Hofmeyr and illustrated by Jane Ray.

The play is inspired by the remarkable true story of a real giraffe called Zeraffa, and her epic journey from the plains of Ethiopia to the Jardin de Plantes in France.

Set in 1827, the story begins when the Pasha of Egypt decides to present this magnificent animal as a gift to the newly-crowned French King, Charles X. A young boy called Atir is tasked to look after Zeraffa and together they embark on a 2000 mile voyage sailing up the Nile and across the Mediterranean Sea and finally walking from Marseilles to France.

The stage adaptation of this well-loved picture book includes a cast of three performers, an
array of puppetry styles from shadow puppetry to object manipulation and live music. The
beautifully designed set and originally composed music, celebrates the cultural heritage
influencing the tale, and transports the audience from Ethiopia to Paris. The use of scale
and perspective adds a fantastical and surreal quality to the play.

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Performances run from Wednesday to Sunday at 10.30 am and 1 pm on weekdays and at 11.00 am and 2 pm at the weekends.

Tickets from £8.

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Ugly Duckling
Dec
4
to Dec 31

Ugly Duckling

The Ugly Duckling is based on the Hans Christian Andersen classic and is brought to life by tutti frutti and York Theatre Royal. The actors are accompanied by live music and the play focuses on the importance of identity and self-worth.

Teased and called Ugly by his siblings, our hero goes on an adventure in search of a place to fit in. As the woodland trees change from dark weathered branches to silver sticks of frost, the lost and lonely fledgling hides in brushwood and stares skyward at the migrating swans, yearning to belong and marvelling at their beauty.

The show lasts 50 minutes and is suitable for children age 3 and over. 

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Tickets from £8. Book here

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Wheelchair Ballroom Dance
Dec
3
2:00 PM14:00

Wheelchair Ballroom Dance

To celebrate the UN International Day of Persons with Disabilities, the Design Museum will be hosting a wheelchair ballroom dance performance in their gorgeous central atrium. This free-to-attend family event will be followed by a ballroom dance workshop for all ages and abilities. 

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This unique event is being presented in partnership with pioneering inclusive dance company Step Change Studios, which provides opportunities for disabled and non-disabled people to dance together and achieve their dancing ambitions.

Following the performance at 2pm in the main atrium, the workshop will provide a taster of Latin and Ballroom dance. The workshop will take place in the museum’s Design Studio on the first floor at 2:30pm.

More info here

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Recce Racers
Dec
2
to Jan 7

Recce Racers

Learn about army reconnaissance and have a go at making your own mini-vehicle to take home in this free family workshop. 

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You’ll discover how the army uses vehicles for its reconnaissance missions and can have a go at making your own rubber-band powered vehicle to see how fast it goes on the track. Will your time be the one to beat?

Drop in anytime between 10.30 am and 4.30 pm.

More info here.

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Winter Arts Fair
Dec
2
10:00 AM10:00

Winter Arts Fair

Taking over the entire Half Moon building, this celebration of winter gives you the opportunity to get your hands on something that will make your home look beautiful. It’s also the perfect place to buy some truly unique and fabulous gifts, cards and other crafts directly from the maker.

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Alongside the art and crafts on sale, there will be a series of free events in the theatre. From 2 pm - 4.30 pm some of the featured illustrators in the Pictures at Play exhibition will lead an impromptu artist group drawing with suggestions from the audience. 

Half Moon’s patron, Linda Marlowe (EastEnders’ Sylvie Carter) will also be reading from some of the featured books. 

Find out more here.

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Pinocchio
Dec
1
to Apr 10

Pinocchio

On a quest to be truly alive, Pinocchio leaves Geppetto’s workshop with Jiminy Cricket in tow. Their electrifying adventure takes them from alpine forests to Pleasure Island to the bottom of the ocean.

This spectacular new production brings together the director of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child and the writer of Matilda the Musical.

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For the first time on stage, featuring unforgettable music and songs from the Walt Disney film including I’ve Got No Strings, Give a Little Whistle and When You Wish upon a Star in dazzling new arrangements, Pinocchio comes to life as never before.

Half-price tickets for under-18s are available for all performances (excluding £15 tickets). Additional family tickets for the run will be released in a ballot closer to the performance dates – see the NT website for more information.

Suitable for kids aged 8+. 

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The Snowman
Dec
1
to Dec 31

The Snowman

Twinkling with festive spirit and based upon the book by Raymond Briggs, this much-loved classic has transported a generation of children and their families into the wintery world of a boy and his magical snowman.

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With music and lyrics by Howard Blake, including Walking in the Air performed by a live orchestra, The Snowman is a tale of friendship and adventure including a visit to the North Pole and a thrilling escape from Jack Frost.

Tickets from £18. Book here.

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Hi-diddle-dee-Tea Pinocchio Inspired Afternoon Tea
Dec
1
to Mar 31

Hi-diddle-dee-Tea Pinocchio Inspired Afternoon Tea

After taking in a performance of Pinocchio, try the unique afternoon tea experience inspired by the show.

Your limited edition Hi-Diddle-Dee-Tea includes specially created treats from Stromboli calzones to blue fairy cakes and a glass of fizz for grown-ups. 

Prices: £26.50 per adult (includes a glass of fizz) and £19.50 per child. £35 for Afternoon Tea and a Backstage tour package

Book here

 

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Southbank Centre Wintertime
Dec
1
to Jan 4

Southbank Centre Wintertime

This month, the Southbank Centre transforms into a Nordic wonderland for Wintertime with a Finnish Rooftop Sauna overlooking London’s skyline.

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There's plenty to choose from including:

  • Danish children’s theatre company Teater Refleksion and theatre artist Andy Manley invite families and young children on a magical, poetic journey through the dark and beautiful night with Night Light from 19 – 31 December
  • The multi-award-winning international sensation Slava’s Snowshow returns for a fifth season of festive magic combining theatrical clowning and stunning visual spectacles from 18 Dec 2017
  • Pram Jam returns for the season with singing and dancing sessions for children under 5 on 13 and 20 December)
  • Rave-a-Roo brings a clubbing mash-up of fun for the whole family with old skool rave tracks and kids chart toppers to get all ages dancing on 21 December
  • East London's Drag Star Ginger Johnson brings her unique take on storytelling with Glamorous Gran! and other tall stories, a free family show with songs, sequins and a load of glitter on 30 December
  • An afternoon of Nordic themed activities for all the family brings Southbank Centre’s year long exploration into Nordic arts and culture to a close, with music, storytelling and craft on 23 December.
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The Gruffalo's Child
Dec
1
to Jan 7

The Gruffalo's Child

The Gruffalo’s Child is to follow in her father’s giant footsteps with a Christmas season in the West End. It’s a big step - just how brave is she? Find out for yourselves by joining her at the Lyric Theatre, Shaftesbury Avenue.

This festive season will showcase the production’s new set and costumes, and is the first time The Gruffalo’s Child will play at the Lyric.

One wild and windy night the Gruffalo’s Child ignores her father’s warning and tiptoes out into the snow. After all, the Big Bad Mouse doesn’t really exist… does he?

This magical, musical adaptation of Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler’s award-winning sequel to The Gruffalo (published by Macmillan Children’s Books) has songs, laughs and lots of fun for children aged 3 and up and their families.

Tickets from £18. Book here (children under 18 months go free).

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