Make sure your family has the best Christmas with illuminated trails in Kew Gardens, wonderful panto, rides with huskies and much more.
Hansel & Gretel
6 Dec – 6 Jan
As Hansel and Gretel set off through the forest, they battle magical beasts with the help of fairy tale bandits and face the Wicked Witch who has lured them to the gingerbread house. Learning the secrets of their past, they must save their town from the Witch’s Curse – all in time for Christmas! Box office: 020 8174 0090. Tickets £20-£35. rosetheatrekingston.org
Syon Park – Enchanted Woodland
9 – 25 November
Go for a walk in the park after dark. The 600-year-old gardens are transformed into a glittering display of lights and music as you walk the trail, lit up with an array of lights, from high tech lasers to flickering candles, ending in the spectacular Great Conservatory. Fridays, Saturdays & Sundays only. Timed entry 5-9pm. Adults £10, children £5. enchantedwoodland.com
London Wetland Centre
Enjoy a Husky sleigh ride through the wetlands, saddle up for a ride on a donkey in all its Christmas finery, or help the elves in their workshop, creating your own Christmas gifts. Santa, of course, will be in his Grotto ready to hear about that wished for present. Christmas events weekends only. Events 10am-4pm. All rides free with admission, book in advance for Santa’s Grotto. wwt.org.uk
Hampton Court Palace Ice Rink
23 Nov – 6 Jan
With the spectacular backdrop of the Palace lit up with psychedelic lights, try your skills on the ice rink. Skate hire included in the price, plus perfect penguins for little ones to hold onto as they traverse the rink. Tickets £12.50-£14.50, family tickets available – time slots must be booked in advance. hamptoncourtpalaceicerink.co.uk
22 Nov – 5 Jan
One million twinkling lights and thousands of laser beams will light up the night at Kew this Christmas. A flotilla of floating boats, fire garden, water lights on the Palm House pond, plus spiced cider, mulled wine and hot chocolate. An evening to remember. Tickets: children £12, adults £19.50, family £57. kew.org.
Can’t Wait for Christmas!
14 Dec – 5 Jan
Jessie’s dad has brought her a small, beautifully wrapped present. But, of course, she can’t open it until Christmas Day. He suggests she opens her advent calender to keep her occupied and Jessie is in for the unexpected. Live music, audience participation and a joke or two. A perfect day time treat for little ones.
Daily performances at 11am or 2pm. Box office: 020 8940 3633. Tickets: adults £15, under 18s £10. Running time 40 mins. orangetreetheatre.co.uk