London Christmas 2016: Christmas & New Year’s Activities that won’t break the bank

Dear London Mums London Christmas looks amazing and entertainment does not necessarily cost a fortune. I have listed lots of things to do over the festive period that won't break the bank. lego-covent-garden-xmas-installation-2016-a Take a selfie at Santa’s Workshop, LEGO latest Christmas installation in Covent Garden Piazza    

FREE LONDON: Children's book signing and meet the author event at the London Transport Museum

london-transport-museum_resized-_-book-signing Beatrice and the London Bus  - Attend and win colouring books and complimentary tickets for a TOUR on a real ROUTEMASTER BUS with THE CLASSIC TOUR! THE EVENT is FREE but to confirm attendance and to book a one-to-one 5-10 minutes chat with the author send an email to Cheryl@dailyfairytales.co.uk Register here https://www.eventbrite.com/edit?eid=29518160613=1#preview   Meet Francesca Lombardo, the author of the newly launched children’s book series Beatrice and the London Bus, on a one-to-one 5-10 minutes session: she will talk about how to use imagination to write stories, about what inspired the creation of the book series and the fictional characters and of course, about Beatrice’s dreams and adventures about town with her bus friend. You will also have a chance to take part to a prize competition and win a spin off Beatrice and the London Bus’ London Map or the book series spin off colouring book: The The London Map Colouring Book and a magical tour on a real ROUTEMASTER BUS with THE CLASSIC TOUR! Wrap up this exciting experience with a visit to the London Transport Museum! Free entry for KIDS. "TRAVELLING ON A LONDON BUS, WILL NEVER BE THE SAME!" Nine-year-old Beatrice has a dream: she wants to become a bus driver but she also wants to turn a model of an Routemaster Bus into a real talking London Bus only special people can hear. Together, they' ll travel around the city, discover its most hidden secrets and meet its very mysterious inhabitants. To find out more about the universe of Beatrice and the Bus and its amazing characters, read more reviews and articles, visit the website: www.beatriceandthelondonbus.co.uk/characters To find out more about the London Transport Museum visit the website www.ltmuseum.co.uk  

Christmas Gifts ideas: 60% off deals on Shows Tickets and Attractions

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Top 20 Family Activities For Winter Weekends

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New London themed Lego store opens in Leicester Square

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Eddie Catz Toddler Christmas Party

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Frozen Themed Christmas Party at Eddie Catz Wimbledon

Eddie Catz Frozen Themed Christmas Party in Earlsfield

 

What to expect from STAR WARS Identities: The Exhibition

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Christmas in Victoria

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Celebrate Christmas in Victoria with a charity carol concert at Westminster Cathedral and Christmas market

Alongside the angelic sounds of the Westminster Cathedral Choir, a breath-taking brass band will help to spread festive cheer within the Cathedral. Londoners will also be treated to readings from stars including David Dimbleby, Alex Jones, Sol Campbell, Fiona Barratt-Campbell and Cathy Corcoran OBE, Chief Executive of Cardinal Hume Centre. Plus, following a competition involving Westminster primary schools, one lucky school child will win the chance to read their own story to the audience of more than 1,300 people. Shepherd’s Markets will also return to host a special Christmas gift & artisan food market in partnership with Partridges across both the Cathedral Piazza and Cardinal Place. This year 12 different market stalls will be selling artisan crafts & gifts, food gifts and grab & go food including The Royal Collection, gingerbread houses, hampers, hot chocolate & more. You can also enjoy roaming entertainment and late night shop openings across Victoria. The market will be open all day for anyone passing through Victoria from 12pm-9.30pm. Where: Carol Concert in Westminster Cathedral Piazza and Cardinal Place, Victoria, SW1 When: Wednesday 7th December 2016, 7.30pm with FREE Christmas Market 12pm-9pm Cost: Concert, £15 (100% donation to Cardinal Hume Centre) + booking fee) Tickets: https://createvictoria.com/christmas-carol-concert  

NATURAL HISTORY MUSEUM ICE RINK - UNTIL 8 JANUARY 2017

 London Christmas 2016 Natural History Museum ice rink 2015 London’s most enchanting ice rink, against the picture-perfect backdrop of the Natural History Museum is set to return for what will  be a spectacular 2016 festive season. This winter, the Natural History Museum Ice Rink will open to skaters until 8 January 2017, running for an extra week due to popular demand. Tickets are now on sale at www.nhmskating.com. Welcoming over 130,000 visitors every year, the Natural History Museum Ice Rink, will be bringing back the glittering 40ft Christmas tree decorated by Swarovski. Decked with 6,000 twinkling fairy lights and adorned with over 1,000 precision-cut Swarovski crystal ornaments, the Christmas tree is sure to bring that Swarovski signature sparkle to the middle of the ice rink this winter. Also returning is the Swarovski ice photo-opportunity, which allows guests to take a touch of sparkle home with them. As the ice rink glistens alongside the South Kensington streets all winter, the Café Bar and open-air balcony will be open for seasonal treats providing a place to stay warm out of the winter chill. Visitors to the Café Bar, which overlooks the rink from the first floor, can watch the skating action from a prime viewing spot.

TICKET PRICES:          From £8.80 for children, £12.65 for adults, £39.60 for family (all include booking fee)

TRAVEL:                      Cromwell Road, London, SW7 5BD - Nearest tube – South Kensington THE MAGIC OF CIRQUE DU SOLEIL ROLLS INTO ST PANCRAS

london-christmas-st-pancras-international-amaluna-christmas-tree The stunning, 12-metre-high tree includes Amaluna’s famous Water Bowl at its centre, featuring moving underwater projections from the cast and acts from the show. Taking pride of place on the concourse at St Pancras from 21 November until 3 January 2017, the tree will also bring the Cirque du Soleil spectacular to life for visitors and commuters through a program of exclusive activities www.cirquestpancras.com . london-christmas-st-pancras-international-amaluna-christmas-tree-2 The most popular Cirque du Soleil show in its 20-year UK history, Amaluna will roll into London’s Royal Albert Hall from 12 January 2017, inviting audiences to a mysterious island governed by Goddesses and guided by the cycles of the moon. Amaluna is a tale of castaway romance and the challenges that true love presents, and draws on the theme of female empowerment with a cast made up of predominately women and featuring an all-female band. As such, Oxfam was selected as this year’s charity partner due to its essential work fighting extreme poverty in support of women’s rights around the world. Sara Cox switched-on the Amaluna lights in St Pancras International as part of her ongoing work with Oxfam as one of the charity’s supporters. St Pancras International is renowned for its unique Christmas tree creations, having partnered in previous years with Disney Junior, LEGO and Fortnum & Mason making it a must-visit destination on London’s festive shopping scene. This year’s Amaluna tree is the largest and most ambitious yet, featuring a special fibre optic display which will light up each time the public donates to Oxfam during its residency. Every donor will also be entered into a prize draw to win a box for 12 people, with 50 pairs of tickets for Amaluna’s London premiere at the Royal Albert Hall 12 January 2017 also up for grabs. Throughout the Christmas period St Pancras International will have extended shopping hours from 7.30am until 10pm to allow shoppers extra time to hunt down their perfect presents. For the full range of retailers at St Pancras International and Christmas offers visit www.stpancras.com/christmas  

FREE ICE SKATING AND BIG CHRISTMAS SAVINGS @ LDO

London Christmas 2016 ice-rink-wembley_xmas-5832 To celebrate the festive tradition of ice skating under the stars, London Designer Outlet (LDO)’s sparkling ice rink will be open from 18 November until 2 January 2017, where savvy shoppers spending £50 or more at LDO will receive two FREE tickets to the rink, worth up to £25. Based at Wembley Park, novices and experts alike have the chance to skate next to the iconic arch of Wembley Stadium and SSE Arena, whilst also packing in a bit of bargain Christmas shopping in one of the Capital’s most vibrant locations. Keep an eye out for the latest events and festive activities by following London Designer Outlet on Facebook or by checking the LDO website: www.londondesigneroutlet.com

Scuba Diving in London

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Christmas movie - read London Mums and kids' reviews

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