It’s well and truly Christmas time. Get into the spirit with our pick of festivities going on in and around London.
Sail with Santa
Cruises at 10am, 11.15am, 12.30pm, 1.45pm and 4pm weekends from Saturday 28 November and daily from Saturday 19 December to Thursday 24 December.
The perfect chance for children to tell Santa their Christmas wishes, while sightseeing all the London landmarks.
Admission: Child £12, adult £22.
Tower Pier, London
020 7740 0400
Adventure to Santa’s Grotto, A DreamWorks DreamPlace at Westfield
Opening Monday 9 November
Follow Shrek and Donkey on an immersive cinematic adventure to Santa’s workshop. Once at the North Pole, children have their ‘passports’ processed at the Customs Shop. As children wait to visit Santa, they will be able to earn extra ‘nice points’ with a unique tablet game.
Admission: £10 at peak times or £35 for a family of four, and £8 and £28 off peak.
020 3371 2300 Westfield London
0208 221 7300 Westfield Stratford City
Ice Skating in Wembley
Friday 20 November until Sunday 3 January, from 11am to 9pm (last skate at 8pm).
A new ice skating experience for the whole family, including little ones.
Admission: Children from £5.50, adults from £7.
London Designer Outlet, Wembley Park Boulevard, Wembley HA9 OFD
020 3780 8666
The LEGO Santa Express
From 26 November to 29 December 2015
The LEGO Santa Express has puffed into the Covent Garden Piazza to add some Christmas magic. Made with 500,000 LEGO bricks, it features three carriages, the engine and driver’s cabin, a carriage full of presents, a final carriage delivering the Christmas Tree and a Christmas Elf in charge! The LEGO Santa Express is complete with special effects, including smoke from the funnel, sounds and lights.
Covent Garden Piazza, London WC2E 8RF
From 19th November
Hunter Regent Street will be transformed into a festive pit-stop this Christmas, where you’ll be able to purchase from the AW15 range, sip mulled wine and nibble mince pie-pops. Saturday 12th December will be a dedicated kid’s day where children will have the opportunity to personalise their boot socks, listen to Christmas storytelling in the gift grotto and enjoy special festive refreshments.
Hunter, 83 – 85 Regent St, London W1B 4EW
New Year’s Day Parade
Friday 1 January.
Starts at noon at Piccadilly and finishes at 3.30pm in Parliament Square.
London’s New Year’s Day Parade has evolved into a great street spectacular with up to 10,000 performers from across continents and hundreds of thousands of spectators.