The Ultimate Guide To Free Festive Fun this Christmas!

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Here at Kidadl, we know that Christmas isn’t just the most wonderful time of the year, it’s also the most expensive! From presents to meals out to entertaining the kids, it can all add up pretty quickly. But don’t worry! We’ve found some of the best free Christmas activities so you can enjoy the festive season without breaking the bank.

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Oxford Street

Head to Oxford Street for a huge dose of Christmas cheer! They’ve got beautiful new lights for the first time in 6 years and the shop windows are some of the city’s most impressive.

Victorian Ghost Stories

This is a great story-time session based on the Victorian tradition of telling spine-tingling tales around the festive season. It’s happening at both The Museum of London and The Museum of London Docklands.

Kingston Christmas Market

Head to Kingston for an afternoon or evening to soak up the atmosphere at this traditional local market. It’s a great excuse to get out of the city and explore somewhere new.

Pop-up Performances at the V&A

The V&A are putting on interactive pop-up performances over the Christmas holidays. They’ve got one all about Christmas in Victorian times and a slightly less educational but just as fun dance show!

Eccleston Yards 

Eccleston Yards is tucked away in Victoria and has some Christmas lights with a difference. Chromotherapy Christmas is an art installation made up of individually lit vibrating orbs!

Chromotherapy Christmas

Charlie and Her Magic Ukulele

If you’ve got some budding musicians in the family, this is the free activity for you. Join Charlie at The Museum of London or The Museum of London Docklands to jingle your bells and have a singalong.

Winter Wonderland

People often worry about the cost of Winter Wonderland but did you know it’s actually free to enter? Wandering around the market is a great was to soak up some festive fun.

Festive Play at the V&A

The V&A are putting on free festive play sessions for under-5s. These sessions are a great way to get out of the cold and into the Christmas Spirit.

Carnaby Street

Carnaby Street is a little bit of magic tucked just behind Oxford Circus and Regent Street. Their Christmas Lights always have a fun twist and this year they’ve got an underwater theme. It’s a great place to do a bit of window shopping too.

Christmas Jokes 

Calling all budding comedians! Head to this workshop to learn how to build your own jokes and perfect your puns. We’re sure you’ll come up with some Christmas crackers!

Southbank Winter Festival

As always, there’s plenty happening at the Southbank Centre this Christmas. Their Christmas Market is free and there’s always a great atmosphere. If you do fancy treating the family and paying for something, we love Circus 1903.

The Great Christmas Pudding Race

If you haven’t ever seen hundreds of people in festive fancy-dress running around an obstacle course in Covent Garden, now’s your chance! You can take part in the Great Christmas Pudding Race but it’s almost as much fun to watch for free.

On your marks, get set, GO!

A Docklands Christmas Carol

Watching a performance of A Christmas Carol is always a great way to feel festive. Even better, this one is free! There’s an arts and craft activity to go with the show as well. Make sure you take full advantage of the rest of The Museum of London Docklands while you’re there.

Regent Street

The famous Christmas angels are flying back over Regent Street to light the way for shoppers. Go and have a look at the beautiful lights and some of the stunning window displays.

Cake Collages

Learn about different festive cakes from around the world at this interactive and creative workshop. Get creative and bring cultures together by creating your very own cake collage. 

Covent Garden

You can’t get more festive than Covent Garden at Christmas Time. From the huge tree to the reindeer and Christmas buskers, it’s definitely worth a visit. 

The Peter Pan Cup

This one is actually for Christmas Day Itself! Wrap up warm and head to the Serpentine Lake in Hyde Park to see people brave the freezing waters for the annual Peter Pan Cup Race! If you’re kids have been up since the crack of dawn, it’s a great way to get out of the house.

Design a Christmas Decoration

Take inspiration from the V&A architecture at this drop-in design workshop and create your own tree decoration! Mould your ornament from clay and take it home to hang in pride of place on your Christmas Tree.

Christmas By The River

This Christmas Market by Tower Bridge has an incredible backdrop of the Tower of London and the city’s iconic skyline. The views, combined with the market’s vintage ski theme make it well worth a visit.

Chelsea’s Christmas Lights

Chelsea’s Christmas lights are always worth a visit but we definitely recommend saving the date of the switch-on event. From 2pm on the 18th of November there’ll be plenty happening, from reindeer to roasted chestnuts to horse and carriage rides.

Beautiful Christmas Lights in Chelsea

Festive Folk Tales

Sometimes you can’t beat a good story time. The Lord of Misrule is telling the tale of Dick Whittington in an interactive and fun way for the whole family!

Carols at Trafalgar Square

Trafalgar Square is home not only to arguably the most impressive Christmas Tree in London, but some of the best carols too. Over 40 performers take to the square’s stage over the festive season to spread Christmas joy and raise money for good causes!

Dia De Los Reyes

The celebrations continue into January with Epiphany. If you don’t know much about Dia De Los Reyes, head to The Museum of London or The Museum of London Docklands to learn more and make your own traditional bread.

Leicester Square Christmas Market

Leicester Square is home to one of the city’s most central Christmas Markets. Although it can get quite busy, it’s a great break from the surrounding high street shops and definitely a good way to feel festive.

India Garrett

India is a recent graduate who loves to explore, laugh and eat! Growing up as the eldest of 5, her family were always filling their weekends and holidays with activities to keep everyone entertained. Her favourite childhood memories involve running around big open spaces with her siblings and special trips to the theatre.

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