London’s Free and Affordable Christmas Events

Dec 22, 2016 by

Dear London Baby and Kids,

Firstly, thank you for an amazing 2016.  My sponsors have helped pay for web hosting, anti-virus vigilance, train tickets and entry fees; your support of these small businesses is very much appreciated.

Apologies for the delayed Christmas Guide … the baking, cards, gift buying and general malaise induced by geopolitics somehow got the best of me this month.   If you are in in town, check out these picks, most events are £15 and under and are of good quality.

Wishing you all a very happy holiday season and a joyous new year!



Nutcracker, The Coliseum:  This is one very special London Christmas tradition, the Edwardian sets are just gorgeous and the hot air ballon ride over London is spectacular.  Tickets start at £14, call for children’s discounted tickets.  Check out my review from last Christmas 


Unicorn Theatre:  The leader in quality children’s theatre has three shows on this season.  Baddies: The Musical, ages 6+. Sleepover – Magical Midnight Mischief, ages 8-12.  The Snow Child ages 3+.  Once Upon a Christmas ages 2-5.  Check performance times and pricing.


Little Angel Theatre: A unique theatre experience for children and grown ups alike.  Head over to Islington A Very Old Man with Enormous Wings, ages 7+.  Me, ages 2-6.  Santa’s Little Workshop ages 2-8.  Tickets start at £12.


Puppet Theatre Barge, A Christmas Carol: Head over to Little Venice and watch a magical retelling of the classic tale with puppets whilst floating on the canal.  This is so special and an excellent value.  Tickets £8.50 kids, £12.00 adults.  Running December 22nd, 23rd and then 27th – 3rd at 3pm daily.  Check out my review from last Christmas


Peacock Theatre, The Snowman: The Snowman magically retold as a ballet, complete with flying snowmen – a wonderful production to inspire the most reluctant of children with an appreciation for ballet.  Tickets start at £24 (and all seats have great views).

Lilian Baylis Studio, The Little Match Girl: Bring the kids to see this endearing tale retold through dance.  Tickets from £18.

Christmas Carols and Services for Families:


St. Paul’s Cathedral Family Carol Service:  Bring the warmly welcomed (and perhaps warmly dressed) children to St. Paul’s to listen to the Christmas Carol Service on Friday 23rd, 4pm.  The service will also be televised by big screen in Paternostre Square – a perfect way to enjoy the service in a more relaxed way.

Westminster Abbey: Crib Service, Thursday 24th, noon. No ticket required.

St. Martin-in-the-Fields Festive Family Carols :Tuesday 22nd, 4pm.  Bring the kids and enjoy this classic Christmas carol concert.  Tickets from £7.  On Friday 23rd, there will be a special performance of The Snowman accompanied by the Brandenburg Sinfonia and Angus Benton as the soloist.  Tickets £12 per child, £16 for adults.

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