Twixtmas? What’s that? It’s that time of year betwixt Christmas and New Year when you’re off work, everything’s closed and you don’t know what to do with yourself. Well, since this is London, you can rest assured that everything isn’t closed. The Resident has teamed up with KidRated to suggest some fun things to do with kids during Twixtmas…
Lead image: The skating rink at NHM
1 Medieval Christmas at the Tower of London
Don’t have a winter of discontent and head to the Tower of London instead to discover how people in the medieval times celebrated Christmas. Don’t forget to have a spin round the ice rink too.
Kids will love: seeing the actors act out some of the most famous scenes from history
Parents will love: the combination of pageantry and history
2 Winter Wonderland
In its tenth year, Winter Wonderland just seems to get bigger and better. The queues are testament to this but still, if the weather is nice, there are few more festive places to go in London.
Kids will love: all the rides
Parents will love: a quick drink in the beer tent
3 The Natural History Museum Ice Rink
It’s one of the biggest in London and it’s so enchanting. Don’t forget to say a fond farewell to Dippy the Diplodocus who is leaving the Natural History Museum on 1 January 2017 to go on a national tour.
Ice rink K-Rating: 9.5
Museum K-Rating: 9.1
Kids will love: whizzing around the ice
Parents will love: warming up on the sidelines with a mulled wine from the pop-up ski chalet-style café.
4 Take a ride on a Thames Clipper
If there’s a clear day, take a Thames Clipper down the Thames. You can board from Putney but the real fun starts after seeing the sights on the city when you start to speed up as you pass Tower Bridge.
Kids will love: sitting outside at the back and spotting the sights!
Parents will love: the fact that you can use your Oyster card making it one of the cheapest ways to sight-see in the capital.
5 The Geffrye Museum of the Home
Christmas or Twixtmas is the perfect time to visit this hidden gem on the Kingsland Road. Not only can you walk through history seeing different living rooms from the seventeenth century to the present day, but at this time of year, each room is decorated in the style of the room’s era. The museum is set to close on January 7 for a two-year transformation, so pay a visit while you can!
Kids will love: all the arts and crafts
Parents will love: the fabulous café and the fact that the museum is free
6 Christmas at Kew Gardens
Move over Oxford Street, Regent Street and Bond Street, the best Christmas lights in the city can be found in Kew. From sundown the gardens are transformed into a paradise of light.
Kids & parents will love: everything – the lights are truly spectacular whatever age you are.
7 ArcelorMittal Orbit
This was KidRated highest rated new attraction of the year (Stanley gave it 15/10) and it’s open everyday apart from Christmas. If you are yet to experience the thrill of sliding down the longest and highest tunnel slide in the world, then now is your chance!
Kids will love: speeding down
Parents will love: unleashing their inner child and braving the slide themselves
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