20 awesome things to do with your little Londoners in December 2021

  1. From the 1st, Covent Garden will play host to LEGO’s ‘Christmas Carousel of Creativity’. This free, drop-in experience will include a rocket race car, a dragon and a cactus Christmas tree. Finish with a trip to LEGO’s pop-up Christmas shop, which will be next to the installation.
  2. The Little Prince is on at Woolwich Works on the 4th. Based on the much-loved story by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, this live, spoken and sung stage show for all ages follows the Little Prince as he journeys through the exasperating world of grown-ups.
  3. Pickled Pepper will introduce two productions to its Enfield theatre space this month: kids aged 3+ and their families can check out Moon on a Stick’s magical Jack Frost on the 4th, while 0-7s will love Chickenshed’s vibrant Christmas Tales on the 11th-12th.
  4. Winter-Fest comes to Aldenham Country Park from the 4th. Experience a Dance Tunnel, Play Tractors, Elf Hunting and Santa-Oke at the Festive Farm, then head to the Drive-Thru Grotto and take part in an interactive show, before visiting Winnie the Pooh’s Baking Bonanza. 
  5. Head to the Albany this month for two festive productions for ages 3+: from the 4th-31st, enjoy a vibrant musical re-telling of The Snow Queen, and from the 10th-12th sing the blues with a polar bear, jam with puffins and beatbox with an arctic fox with The Ballad of Rudy.
  6. This month, Barbican’s Family Film Club will include Jingle Jangle: A Christmas Journey and Shaun the Sheep: The Flight Before Christmas (for LIAF) on the 4th, The Muppet Christmas Carol on the 11th, and Royal Opera House: The Nutcracker (2020) on the 18th.
  7. The Gingerbread City returns to Museum of Architecture from the 4th-9th, inviting leading architects and designers to create a futuristic city made entirely of gingerbread. Children’s gingerbread-house-making workshops are also available to book during the exhibition.
  8. Museum of London Docklands is hosting festive, frost-themed play sessions for 0-5s from the 4th-19th. Imagine how the frozen River Thames was used for frost fairs in days gone by, enjoy sensory exploration, role play your own food stall, or put on a puppet show.
  9. Somerset House will be hosting Hotel Chocolat Children’s Workshops on selected dates between the 4th and 31st. Kids aged 5+ will learn all about the history of chocolate and how it’s made, before decorating their own chocolate masterpiece to take home.
  10. Royal Museums Greenwich is running a Family Fun Weekend aboard the Cutty Sark from the 4th-5th. Children of all ages and their adults are invited to meet characters from the ship’s past, sing along with traditional sea shanties and gild their very own Christmas decoration.
  11. Doughnuts and Dreidls: Hanukah Family Day is on at the Jewish Museum on the 5th. Make your own doughnuts before exploring the museum with a Hanukah activity trail or playing a game of dreidel. Then collect your doughnuts in time for the Hanukah Candle Lighting.
  12. Enchanted Eltham Palace is back from the 9th-30th. Explore the grounds to discover a magical world of illumination, sound and colour before grabbing a glass of mulled wine, toasting a marshmallow or hopping on a traditional fairground ride.
  13. Little Feet: Wintery World runs at the British Museum on the 10th. Experience an exciting sensory journey, wandering through cold, beautiful landscapes, before returning to the warmth of light and colour, and creating a wintery masterpiece to take home.
  14. Half Moon has two exciting shows popping up this month. Go on a sparkling immersive journey in Glisten (0-18 months) on the 10th-11th (also on at Jacksons Lane from the 13th-17th) and join two lovable clowns for a chaotic picnic in We All Wobble (4+) on the 18th.
  15. William Morris Gallery presents Young Poland Family Day on the 11th. Explore the art of paper folding and make your own Christmas decoration to take home, then join in with a special storytelling session from children’s author and spoken word poet Uncle Kweks.
  16. V&A is hosting an Enchanted Fabergé Dance Workshop for ages 5+ from the 17th-19th. join dancers Colleen Joseph and Kerri De Aguiar for a participatory drop-in workshop where you’ll explore Waacking and Jazz Fusion. Be brave, celebrate and become a dance pioneer.
  17. Head to the Whitechapel Gallery for Reading is Fundamental, a celebration of children’s books by authors of colour and with LGBTQAI+ themes, on the 18th. Enjoy a storytelling session, socialise with other families and explore the gallery’s children’s book library.
  18. The magnificent drawing room at Gunnersbury Park House will play host to A Magic Lantern Christmas Show on the 29th. Embark on a visual journey of delights, from burning ships to exploding volcanoes and spectacular fireworks to the Man who eats Rats.
  19. FUN DMC’s New Year’s Eve Party is back on the 31st. Count down to 12pm instead of am, and celebrate with a balloon drop, glitter cannons and party poppers. Resident DJ Spin Doctor will be on the decks, while mums and dads can shake a leg to the anthems they miss.
  20. Kids’ Countdown with Ida Barr returns to the Southbank Centre on the 31st. Start your family’s New Year revels early at a daytime party with the ex-music hall singer turned hip-hop goddess, featuring sing-songs, fashion shows, dancing and Auld Lang Syne at midday.

Babu and Ro taste Bompas & Parr’s Flavour Rainbow at the Royal Docks in October. For more December inspiration, check out our 22 festive things to do with your little Londoners for Christmas 2021 post.