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There are some great low cost and free Christmas events on this weekend in Lambeth and other parts of London, here is a full list:


‘O Christmas Tree’ - Geffrye Museum

FREE (All ages)

Kingsland Road, E2 8EA / www.geffrye-museum.org.uk / 020 7739 9893

Nearest Tube: Liverpool Street / Old Street

Sat 10th Dec, 10.30am-12.30pm & 2-4pm

Create crazy Christmas decorations to hang on your Christmas tree.


Somerset House

FREE (Ages 6-12)

Somerset House, The Strand, WC2R 1LA / 020 7845 4600 / www.somersethouse.org.uk

Nearest tube: Charing Cross

Sat 10th Dec, midday-3pm. 

Through the eye of the lens we question what shapes who we are? Before creating a collage using photography, memory, and your own real or imagined experiences.


Norwood FEAST Winter Lights

FREE (All Ages)

West Norwood, SE27 / www.westnorwoodfeast.com

Sat 10th Dec, 4pm-8pm

A chance to snap up some unique Christmas gifts in an indoor market with Carol singing and a selection of free Christmas craft activities for kids.


Christmas Family Fun Day - Vauxhall City Farm

FREE (All Ages)

165 Tylers Street, London, SE11 5HS / 020 7582 4204 / www.vauxhallcityfarm.org

Nearest tube: Vauxhall

Sun 11th Dec, 10.30am-3.30pm

Take part in a day of festive crafts and activities for the whole family also visit the Farm’s Living Nativity!


Messy Church is at St Paul's & St Saviours in Brixton

Sun 11th Dec 3.30 – 5.30pm / FREE (All ages)

St Paul’s with St Saviour’s Community Centre, 24 Blenheim Gardens, Brixton, SW2 5BZ

Arts, crafts, games, stories, songs and food; messy fun for the whole family, all welcome!


Christmas Market and Christingle Carol Concert - Myatts Field Park

FREE (All ages)

Cormont Road (Knatchbull Rd), Camberwell, SE5 9RA / www.myattsfieldpark.info

Sun 11th Dec, 2pm-6pm

Christingle Market, 2-5pm, Christingle Making for Children 4pm-5pm & Carols around the Bandstand from 5pm.


Festive Light Ride - Clapham

Adults £3, Children FREE (All ages)

Starting from and returning to Polygon, Clapham Old Town, SW4 0JG

Sun 11th Dec, 4pm-6pm

A wonderful opportunity for people of all ages to get on their bikes for some festive fun around some fabulous local landmarks, safely escorted by cycle confident marshals. You will see fireworks, lanterns and entertainers and you will hear music, singers and travelling soundscapes, there will even be a little present at the end.


Family Carols at St Paul’s Cathedral

FREE (All ages)

St Paul’s Churchyard, EC4M 8AD / 020 7236 4128 / www.stpauls.co.uk

Nearest Tube: St Paul’s

Sat 17th Dec, 11am-noon

Enjoy a short Christmas service with carols for the whole family – due to the popularity of this service, it will also be screened in the neighbouring Paternoster Square. Children especially are welcome.


Christmas Celebrations Festive Decorations - National Portrait Gallery

FREE (Ages 3+)

St Martins Place, Westminster City, WC2H 0HE / 020 7306 0055 / www.npg.org.uk

Nearest tube: Leicester Square

Sun 18st Dec, 1pm-2.30pm

A special Christmas activity - make a range of sparkling and twinkling decorations for the festive season. Free, ticketed event; tickets available one hour before the event on a first come first served basis. Free refreshments for families attending.


Pop Brixton

(All Ages)

Sat 17th Dec, 12pm – 5pm

49 Brixton Station Rd, SW9 8PQ / 020 7274 2903 / www.popbrixton.org

There is a whole host of fun for the whole family. Fantastic face painting, and lots more! Take a look at the website for a full programme of events.

See below all the kids activities planned.

All of them are free, except the facepaint (which will be £5 - £8)


Happy Drum workshop 11am - 12am FREE - greenhouse or main square  

Father Christmas + presents give away 12pm - 5pm 

Story telling snow queen 1pm - 2pm 

Decorate the live Christmas tree 2pm - 4pm 

K diva facepaint - (not free) 3pm - 5pm


Family Craft Corner - Greenhouse - 12pm - 4pm - FREE

Christmas sock stocking craft

DIY Christmas tree

Make your own Snow globe

Christmas cards 


Carol Singing in Trafalgar Square

FREE (All Ages)

Trafalgar Square, WC2N 5DN / www.chinatownlondon.org

Nearest Tube: Charing Cross

Sun 18st Dec, 2pm-6pm

Each day a different choir will gather to sing carols & raise money for a range of voluntary or charitable organisations. A beautiful atmosphere!


Festive Fun Day at Chelsea FC

FREE (All ages)

Outside West Stand, Stamford Bridge, Fulham Rd, SW6 1HS / 0871 984 1955 / www.chelseafc.com

Nearest Tube: Fulham Broadway

Wed 21st Dec, noon-4pmSupporters young and old are invited to attend a fantastic afternoon of festive fun and entertainment: feed a real live reindeer, meet Father Christmas and get your faces painted. There will also be an array of football-themed games to enjoy and a number of fairground stalls, featuring exciting games and treats.


A Date to Remember - Bank of England Museum

FREE (All Ages)

 (entrance in Bartholomew Lane), EC2R 8AH / 020 7601 5545/ www.bankofengland.co.uk/museum

Nearest Tube: Bank

Thur 22nd,   Fri 23* Fri 3o* Dec (closed 24-26th Dec & 1st Jan), 10am-4.30pm (*10am to 1pm on starred dates)

Get creative this Christmas with a selection of Museum inspired crafts to design and decorate. Gold bar moneyboxes, door hangers and masks. Theres a chocolate coin for every child.


Christmas at the Science Museum

FREE (Ages 5+)

Exhibition Road, SW7 2DD / 0870 870 4868 / www.sciencemuseum.org

Nearest Tube: South Kensington

 Mon 19st DecFri 23rd Dec, 11.30,14,30 (check website for exact times, closed 24-26th Dec)

Make it snow this Christmas! Join in this workshop to make and decorate your own snowflakes and find out why no two snowflakes are the same.


Southbank Christmas Market

FREE (All ages)

Along Queens Walk between Southbank Centre & London Eye / www.southbankcentre.co.uk

Nearest Tube: Waterloo

Daily until 24th Dec, 11am- til late

Eighty traditional twinkling wooden chalets along the Queen's Walk, presenting unique hand-crafted gifts and unusual Christmas presents with carol singing at 1.30pm each day.


Santa at Winter Wonderland, Hyde Park

FREE (All Ages)

Hyde Park / 020 8241 9818 /www.hydeparkwinterwonderland.com

Nearest tube: Hyde Park Corner

Daily until 5th Jan, 10am-6pm (closed 25th Dec)The Magic of Winter Wonderland can be enjoyed by everyone it is absolutely FREE to enter and there is no charge at all to visit Santa Claus! Located in the Santa Land area within Hyde Park, Santa’s Grotto at Winter Wonderland is free to attend, but tokens must be purchased for rides start at £2 each.


Exploring Egyptian Mummies (Digital Workshop) - British Museum

FREE (All ages)

44 Great Russell Street, WC1B 3DG / 020 7323 8000 / www.british museum.org

Nearest tube: Holborn/Russell Square

Sat 17th Dec (closed 23rd-26th Dec & 1st Jan), 11am-4pm

Uncover the secrets of the ancient Egyptians. Use digital microscopes to explore materials used in embalming, and view the CT scans of Egyptian mummies to make your own museum discovery.


Children’s Festive Activities - Canary Wharf

FREE (All ages)

Isle of Dogs, E14 4HJ / www.canarywharf.com

Nearest Tube: Canary Wharf

Sat 17th- Sun 18th and Thur 22ndSat 24th Dec,


Lots of free childrens activities including festive face painting & an enchanted mirror installation to marvel at yourself in bizarre shapes & sizes.


Museum of London

FREE (Ages 5+)

150 London Wall, EC2Y 5HN / 020 7001 9844 / www.museumoflondon.org.uk

Nearest tube: St Pauls / Barbican

Tue 20th Dec Sun 4th Jan (closed 24th -26th Dec), 10am-6pm

London is full of mysteries and mastery of disguise. Pop into the Museum of London for craft, object handling and stories about the citys secrets and those who detect them please check website for details and times of each days activities.


Museum of London Docklands

FREE (All ages)

Hertsmere Road, West India, E14 4AL / 020 7001 9844 / www.museumoflondon.org.uk

Nearest tube: Barbican/St Pauls/Moorgate

Tue 20th Dec Sun 4th Jan (closed 24th -26th Dec), 10am-6pm

Solve a mystery and get creative with crafting, storytelling, drama and art workshops during the holiday - please check website for details and times of each days activities.


A Cracking Wallace Christmas! - Wallace Collection

FREE (Ages 5+)

Hertford Hse, Manchester Sq, W1U 3BN/ 020 7653 9500 / www.wallacecollection.org

Nearest Tube: Bond St

Thur 22nd Dec, 11am-1pm

Pop along and make a fun Christmas cracker inspired by the collection dont forget to bring a cracking joke!


Christmas & New Year - V&A Museum

FREE (All Ages)

Cromwell Road, SW7 2RL / 020 7942 2000/ www.vam.ac.uk

Nearest tube: South Kensington

Sat 17th  Dec-Sun 18th Dec, 10.30am-5pm

A special Christmas activity Victorian Christmas cards create your own fun contemporary design to take away.


National Gallery

FREE (Ages 5-11)

National Gallery, Trafalgar Square, WC2N 5DN / 020 7747 2885 / www.nationalgallery.org.uk

Nearest tube: Charing Cross

Sun 18th Dec, 11am- repeated 2pm

Be inspired by the Rembrandts that you find in the Gallerys paintings and then create a mini clay portraits of your own family members.


Natural History Museum

FREE (All Ages)

 Cromwell Road, SW7 5BD / 020 7942 5000 / www.nhm.ac.uk

Nearest Tube: South Kensington

Sat 17th & Fri 30th Dec, 10.15am-3.30pm

Come and explore the hundreds of real nature specimens that form the evidence Museum scientists use in their daily work.


New Years Day Parade - Trafalgar Square

FREE (All Ages)

Trafalgar Square, WC2N 5DN / www.chinatownlondon.org

Nearest Tube: Charing Cross

Sun 1st Jan, 12pm -3pm

The New Year's Day Parade is a spectacular way to kick start your new year and features more than 10,000 performers representing the London boroughs and countries from across the globe.  Dancers, acrobats, cheerleaders, musicians and performers assemble in the heart of the city for a colourful celebration that combines exuberant contemporary performance with pomp and ceremony.


Geffrye Museum

FREE (All ages)

Kingsland Road, E2 8EA / www.geffrye-museum.org.uk / 020 7739 9893

Nearest Tube: Liverpool Street / Old Street

Fri 6th Jan, 3.30pm-5pm

Join the traditional burning of the holly and the ivy, with carol singing, stories about Epiphany and a taste of Twelfth Night cake. Please note that this event takes place outside, you would be advised to wrap up warm.


Twelfth Night Celebrations - Bankside

FREE (All ages)

Bankside, SE1 / 020 7902 1400 / www.thelionspart.co.uk/twelfthnight/

Nearest tube: London Bridge

Sun 8th Jan, from 2.30pm

Twelfth Night is an annual seasonal celebration of the New Year, which mixes ancient seasonal customs with modern day festivities offering loads of entertainment to help beat the January blues!