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Weekend Round Up - 24th and 25th November

If you're not already feeling festive, this weekend should ensure you soon do with Christmas and Chanukah fairs galore going on around town. This weekend also sees the start of Hyde Park's Winter Wonderland (pictured above), fast becoming a Christmas staple and lots of great theatre and family museum events. Have a great weekend.

Saturday

Royal Academy of Music has a great family day called A Christmas Carol - Christmas was Charles Dickens’s favourite time of year and he wrote many stories describing the food, mood, music and parties associated with it. Hear readings from some of Dickens’s novels before creating your own Christmas-themed composition. We round things off in festive style with a jolly-good sing-song around a historic piano and maybe even some dancing. This event complements the Dickens and Music exhibition at the Academy’s Museum. 2pm for aged 8-11 year olds.

Vintage Christmas Fair at Bruce Castle Museum, Tottenham -  Browse our vintage, vintage-inspired and designer stalls for wonderful items and bag some early Christmas gifts. Enjoy tea, delicious cakes and sandwiches.

Phoenix Cinema Kids Club is showing Framed: When Santa Fell to Earth - Moving to a new town is tough for Ben, but when Niklas Goodfellow – the most unusual Santa you’ll ever meet – comes crashing down to Earth, Ben plunges headfirst into a whirlwind yuletide adventure.There's a workshop before hand at 11am but you must book in advance to attend.

This week's kids show at Lauderdale House, Highgate is Rosie and The Seagull -  Rosie, an obnoxious 8 year old, is snatched by a mischievous seagull to a land of naughty children. With the help of her island companions Rosie is transformed from a horrid girl into everybody’s best friend. Performed with larger than life characters, plenty of puppets and poetry, original music and storytelling. For ages 3-8 at 10am and 11.30am.

Tricycle Theatre is showing The Jungle Book at 11.30am and 2pm suitable for ages 5+.

UCL has a free family astronomy day called Your Universe - children can use telescopes learn about stars, rainbows and much more in this fascinating day.  

There is a Winter Fayre at the North London Steiner School 12-4pm - homemade food, crafts and gifts, story telling, complementary therapies and more.


Sunday

Primrose Hill Christmas Fair returns for another year of festive cheer. This year David Milliband will be turning on the Christmas lights and reading poetry so if that doesn't convince you to head along, nothing will! (Also lots of stalls, fairground rides and pony rides for those who don't love DM as much as I do).

There's a Chanukah Gift Fair and Fun Day at the London Jewish Cultural Centre today - lots of great shopping opportunities, doughnut decorating, arts and crafts and face painting and much more. 1-5pm, entry for adults £2.

Zabludowicz Collection, Camden has a drop in Families Create session 2pm-5pm - get creative, playing with the ideas and images used by the artist. Led by Helen Roberts.

Sutton House a National Trust property in Hackney has a Family Day called Let's Get Cracking For Christmas  - Meet one of Santa's helper elves, make Christmas stockings and design Christmas cards and decorations. Help decorate Sutton House for Christmas and enjoy some traditional games.

Jacksons Lane, Highgate has Rapunzel on today - this production is suitable for ages 2-7 and is on at 12.30pm and 3pm, cost £8.95.

Victoria and Albert Museum has a special family day to celebrate Diwali - Join in with Rangoli making, see dance inspired by Jina sculpture and take part in a giant musical game of Snakes & Ladders. 10.30-17.00 and suitable for all ages. 

Bruce Castle Museum has a free family arts and crafts session at 2pm called Painting Trees. For children aged 5-13.  

All Weekend

South Ken Kids Festival is a great annual festival and this year's line up is superb with Quentin Blake, Axel Sheffer and lots of other well known children's authors and illustrators. See the full line up here.

Winter Wonderland, Hyde Park is back again. It's free to enter but you have to pay for rides and attractions. There's loads to do including ice skating, circus, christmas stalls and much more.

The Danish Christmas Market is in Hampstead again this year - 43 Maresfield Gardens, Hampstead, London NW3 5TF running from 11-5 on Saturday and 12-4 on Sunday for all your Scandinavian Christmas treats.

This Week

Our highlight of the week ahead is the West London Tots Christmas Fair in Queens Park on Tuesday at the Alice House - there will be gorgeous jewellery, handbags, nursery decor, cushions, art work, boxer shorts!, great gadgets, kids' and women's clothing, crafts, toys and lots of other gifts ideas as well as entertainment from School of Rockabye Babies and Jems Fairies and facepainting for the kids. All proceeds go to Great Ormond Street.



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Have a great weekend.

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