12 Days of Christmas in Kensington and Chelsea

This Christmas, Kensington and Chelsea has a host of festive events and attractions on offer, ideal for sharing with your family and friends. From skating on Swarovski ice to festive afternoon teas at Royal Garden Hotel, see the full list below!

1. Winter Wonderland at Hyde Park

Visit London’s most spectacular Christmas destination in the heart of London – Hyde Park’s Winter Wonderland. There are few places that offer a more festive atmosphere with its own Christmas Market made up of 2000 Bavarian-style chalets. Also within the spectacular destination is the magical Santa Land, Zippos Circus and an ice skating rink.

Open every day (except Christmas Day) until January 3rd, entry is free, with varying prices for the main attractions.

For more information, visit www.hydeparkwinterwonderland.com

2. Swarovski Ice Rink at the Natural History Museum

At one of the most magical places to be this winter, why not skate against the backdrop of the Natural History Museum.

Image 2Surrounded by fairy lights on frost-covered trees and with the smell of toasted marshmallows filling the air, the rink is open every day (except Christmas Day) until 3rd January.

Tickets are available for £12.65 for adults and £8.80 for children.

For more information, visit www.nhm.ac.uk

3. Silent Films with Live Music at the Royal Albert Hall

Cosy up with a mince pie and glass of mulled wine on Sunday 6th December and watch silent films at the Royal Albert Hall.

Image 3Accompanied by Neil Brand, the world class silent film pianist and host, films include Laurel and Hardy’s ‘Big Business’ and a 1901 adaption of Charles Dicken’s ‘A Christmas Carol’.

Tickets are available for £16.

For more information, visit www.royalalberthall.com

4. Festive Afternoon Tea at the Royal Garden Hotel

This December, treat yourself to a festive afternoon tea at the five-star Royal Garden Hotel.

Image 4Served from the stylish Park Terrace Lounge, overlooking Kensington Palace, the tea will include mini mince pies, chocolate truffle Christmas pudding and chestnut cheesecake, with an impressive selection of 15 fine loose leaf teas.

Festive afternoon tea available 1st – 24th December. Prices from £26.

For more information, visit www.royalgardenhotel.co.uk

5. Spiced Up at the Royal Garden Hotel

Warm yourself up with the hotel’s cocktail of the month ‘Spiced Up’. The festive cocktail is a blend of Scotch whisky, apple, lemon, honey, elderflower, cinnamon and ginger.

Image 5Available from 1st – 30th December for £12.

For more information, visit www.royalgardenhotel.co.uk

6. A Victorian Christmas at Kensington Palace

Immerse yourself in the smell, sounds and tastes of a traditional Victorian Christmas at Kensington Palace. With beautiful seasonal decorations covering both the Palace and Gardens, join in with special tours, sample seasonal foods and drinks, and carol singing in the evenings.

Open every weekend during December and every day from 27th December – 3th January, with tickets from £15.40 for adults and free for children.

For more information, visit www.hrp.org.uk/kensington-palace/

7. The Chelsea Christmas Gift Fair at Chelsea Old Town Hall

Looking for a unique gift this Christmas? Then why not go along to the indoor gift fair at Chelsea Old Town Hall, bringing together over 80 handpicked exhibitors selling unique and high quality items. With stalls ranging from fashion, homeware, food and toys you won’t be disappointed.

With admission free this year, the fair will be held on Saturday 5th and Sunday 6th of December.

For more information, visit www.chelseachristmasgiftfair.com

8. ‘Curtain Up’ Christmas Market at St Marys Abbots Centre

It’s that time of the year again when actors from much loved TV shows such as Emmerdale and Coronation Street leave their dressing rooms and host an annual market. This year TV star Julian Clary will open the market, with refreshments provided by MasterChef semi-finalist Julia Gray. There will be more than 40 stalls offering collectables, vintage clothing, accessories and artwork.

Held on Sunday 6th December, tickets are £1.50 with all proceeds going to the Back Up spinal injury charity.

For more information, visit www.curtainupevents.co.uk

9. Panto and Performance Talk with Kate Howard at Kensington Palace

“He’s behind you!” Pantomime lovers are welcome to join historian Kate Howard at Kensington Palace for an insight into the Victorian world of theatre and entertainment. Learn about the cross-dressing actors and backstage shenanigans that brought entertainment to the masses.

On Saturday 5th December, tickets are £12 for HRP members and £15 for non-members – includes a glass of Bucks Fizz and entry to Kensington Palace.

For more information, visit www.hrp.org.uk/kensington-palace

10. Father Christmas at the Hall

A magical experience awaits at the Royal Albert Hall with Victorian-themed stories and activities.

Image 10The journey begins with a children’s tour of the beautiful building, followed by card and decoration making, and finishes with a visit to Father Christmas in his grotto where children receive a special gift.

From Monday 7th December to Thursday 24th December, tickets are £26.50 per child with children under 2 going free.

For more information, visit www.royalalberthall.com

11. Christmas Carol Singalong

Sing your heart out to your favourite Christmas carols and pop hits at the Royal Albert Hall. Led by British pianist Jonathan Cohen and with special guest, the West End’s Wicked star Louise Dearman, this is sure to get you in the festive spirit.

Tickets are available from £17.80.

For more information, visit: www.royalalberthall.com

12. V&A Christmas Tree Installation

Finally, it wouldn’t be Christmas without the anticipation of the V&A’s designer tree for the Grand Entrance, for all visitors to enjoy as they enter the world leading museum. Last year Gareth Pugh was commissioned to create nine golden pyramids – watch this space for this year’s designer and display date.

Image 12V&A entrance is free.

For more information, visit http://www.vam.ac.uk/

About Royal Garden Hotel

Celebrating its 50th anniversary having opened in 1965, the Royal Garden Hotel is an independent 5-star hotel located in the heart of leafy Kensington. Offering guests a luxury escape in one of 394 bedrooms, award-winning dining in all-day dining Park Terrace restaurant or renowned Chinese restaurant Min Jiang and a prestigious London meeting venue for conferences, award-ceremonies and glamorous events, the Royal Garden Hotel is the perfect destination for any occasion.

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