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Festive Fun for all the Family

November 9th, 2022 | by kelly.bliss
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Festive Family Fun

Christmas is a time to be shared with loved ones and across South Bank this winter, we’ve got a fantastic feast of entertainment for the whole family to enjoy.

Here’s a quick round up of the top things to do.



  • Soak up the festive atmosphere

    A stroll along the Queen’s Walk is lovely in itself and great for kids as you wander under the twinkling lights festooned along the riverside. Grab a hot chocolate to keep you warm and be sure to take a walk in front of Southbank Centre where you’ll see Loomin by David Ogle, the brilliantly coloured light sculpture in the trees that bathes the promenade in stunning neon lights.

    When the little ones need to run off some steam, stop by Jubilee Gardens underneath the London Eye where you’ll find a large, (and free!) adventure playground. Plus, you’ll also find the South Bank Carousel and numerous street artists to keep you entertained!

  • Christmas Experience at Shrek’s Adventure!

    At Shrek’s Adventure! London this Christmas the big green ogre has taken over from Santa to create a festive misadventure the whole family will love. Kids and grown-ups looking for some much-needed yuletide cheer will love stepping into the story and flying on the 4D magical bus all the way to Far Far Away! Plus on selected days this December, guests will get the chance to meet our very own Shrek Santa and pose for a picture with him to mark the special occasion. You’ll also be gifted a candy treat made by the elves –and it’s all included in your standard ticket price!

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  • The London Eye Panto Pod

    For a truly unique pantomime experience, take a very special trip on The London Eye! Opening on 14 December, the ‘Christmas Panto Pod’ will see one of the attraction’s 32 pods given a magical theatre-style makeover – decked out with velvet seats, spotlights, and mini stage, all with a festive twist creating an intimate theatre, 135m above the London skyline.

    Guests at the Panto Pod will be given the chance to sit back and watch the unique performance of London-themed legend Dick Whittington, performed by the stars of the world-famous Phoenix Arts Club of London’s West End.

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  • Hey Duggee: The Live Theatre Show

    Showing at the Southbank Centre from 14th December to 8th January, kids will love this stage adaptation of the hit CBeebies show. Join Duggee and the Squirrels in this vibrant interactive production bursting with music, puppets and barrels of laughs.

    Hey Duggee: The Live Theatre Show is going to be huge! Betty wants to make costumes, Happy wants to sing, Tag wants to make music, Norrie wants to dance, Roly wants jelly and they all want you to join them at the Clubhouse.

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  • Hex

    Returning to the National Theatre this winter, this ground-breaking original musical production retells the story of Sleeping Beauty that goes beyond the waking kiss. This is the true story of the bad fairy, which flips the whole fairy tale as you know it on its head. Based on the book by Tanya Ronder, Rufus Norris directs with music by Jim Fortune. Expect some big musical numbers, magic and mysticism and a story with a big heart. Exactly what you need during the festive season.

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  • Get into Christmas at Gabriel's Wharf

    Every Sunday from 27 November to 18 December, Gabriel's Wharf have got a fantastic line up of family fun, complete with a visit from Father Christmas himself!

    If you love to shop independent, Gabriel’s Wharf is the perfect place to find that unique gift for your loved one this Christmas. Think handmade knitwear, personalised jewellery, rare vintage finds, vegan skincare, and much more. Choose something from the festive menu at one of the fabulous restaurants or street food vendors while you enjoy some cosy live music, especially curated to get you into the festive spirit! 

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  • Help Save Fish-mas at SEA LIFE London Aquarium

    Calling all polar explorers, it’s penguin-ing to look a lot like Fish-mas! Father Christmas has lost all of his presents at SEA LIFE London Aquarium and needs your help to find them to help save fish-mas.

    Go on a journey to find the missing gifts scattered around the aquarium, whilst learning a thing or two about the world’s oceans and the creatures that call it home. Keep your cool as locate each of the missing presents, and waddle through to Penguin Point to get up close to London’s cutest colony of Gentoo Penguins.

    Once you have found all the gifts, reveal the secret message for your chance to win special prize! Are you up for the festive challenge?

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