Possibly the largest global celebration of the year, New Year’s Eve is a time of nostalgia for the previous 12 months and hope for the 52 weeks to come. For many, the traditional way of marking the occasion is with a night of drinking alcohol until the early hours. Of course, London has plenty of venues to accommodate such inebriated escapades.
What you may be unaware of though, is that the city can also provide some great entertainment for New Year’s Eve family breaks.
Below you will find 5 activities to enjoy on New Year’s Eve in London with kids. As these events are extremely popular, you are advised to plan and book your tickets and apartment as early as possible.
Big Fish Little Fish at Winterville
Located on Clapham Common, Winterville is home to a plethora of fun family activities throughout December. As well as an ice rink, there is a Christmas market, fairground rides and a UV indoor golf course. On December 31st it is playing host to three-time Family Arts Festival award winners for ‘Best Family Event’ Big Fish Little Fish.
Developing the idea of a family rave back in 2013, the act consists of famous DJs playing dance music that the whole family can bop along to all afternoon. Tickets are £10 and £8 for adults and children, respectively.
Magic Lantern Festival
A great opportunity for family photos is the Magic Lantern Festival at Chiswick House and Gardens. A spectacular fusion of art and culture, the event includes a gingerbread house constructed entirely from candy-shaped lanterns, Father Christmas and his reindeer in lantern form, a handcrafted lantern trail, and fairground rides. Tickets for New Year’s Eve are £12 for children (under 16) and £18 for adults. Family tickets are also available.
Guess How Much I Love You
Go on a journey through the seasons and explore the nature of love as Sam McBratney’s famous bestselling children’s book Guess How Much I Love You is brought to life on the stage. Watch in awe as interactive play, live music, and puppets bring the story of Little and Big Nutbrown Hare to life at the West End’s Arts Theatre. Tickets range from £12.50 to £21.
Christmas at Kew
If you find dazzling colours and lights appealing then Christmas at Kew is one of those ‘must see’ London attractions. The Victorian carousel will have you believing the following day will be 1820 rather than 2018. Ticket prices for under 16s are £12 and adults cost £18.
The final day of Hyde Park’s Winter Wonderland is New Year’s Eve. Featuring the UK’s largest outdoor ice rink, Zippo’s Circus, rollercoaster rides and a tower offering 360-degree views of London, there can be few ways better to end the year than this. Although entry is free, the various attractions are charging.
New Year’s Eve family breaks can be extremely tiring, and the last thing you’ll want is to be ending 2017 cooped up with excitable children in a cramped hotel room. With a serviced apartment you’ll be ending the year comfortably with plenty of space, and waking up to 2018 in a relaxed and stylish home away from home.
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