I love this time of year and I love the magic that kids experience through Christmas. It truly is the best time of year.
And yet with gifts to buy, shows on offer, grottos and markets galore, the budget can certainly get stretched at this time of year. In fact, we barely make it to the big day sometimes as last minute shopping can certainly do my wallet in.
I want my children to take in as much as they can this season- the lights, the markets, meeting Santa. But we honestly can’t do it all. We’d bust.
And I know we’re not the only family out there feeling the pinch at Christmas. The challenge? How do we ensure our kids can experience the magic without breaking the bank?
Well, here it is…
1) Free Christmas Activities for Kids in London: Sloane Square Christmas Lights Switch-On!
See Chelsea light-up at the magical Christmas Lights Switch-On on Saturday 17 November.
Meet the real reindeer and even see Father Christmas turn on the lights with his special helper! Entertainment and Christmas treats will be available across the area from 2pm – Duke of York Square, Pavilion Road and Sloane Square. Visit the Festive Food Market to pick up delicious treats and explore the area with complimentary horse & carriage rides taking place throughout the afternoon. Enjoy magical performances from local choirs – the Chelsea Pensioners and Holy Trinity Church, as well as Salvation Army Band – singing carols leading you to the switch-on moment on Sloane Square at 5pm.
2) Free Christmas Activities for Kids in London: Family Day Children’s Christmas Party at the Benjamin Franklin House
Saturday December 8, 10.30am-12noon
Children will discover the magic of the holiday – 18th century style – with crafts and treats. Sing along to festive classics like Jingle Bells with accompaniment on the glass armonica, the instrument Franklin invented at Craven Street. Enjoy holiday treats and deck the halls with Christmas crafts to make and take home! Suitable for children aged 5-11
3) Free Christmas Activities for Kids in London: Snow Ball at the Royal Festival Hall
Show off your best fancy dress and learn dance moves to your favourite seasonal hits at this winter ball, featuring games and festive fun for the entire family. Those who want to show off their costumes can join in with the Penguin Parade, a People’s Catwalk with a festive twist.