Christmas Activities to Do in London Under £15

Let’s face it, Christmas isn’t exactly the cheapest time of year. Once we’ve bought presents, taken the kids on a few outings and fed everyone their festive fare our wallets are often feeling rather empty. But, that doesn't mean the festivities have to end there! There are plenty of free and cheap and cheerful activities to do in London that will get you and the whole family in the Christmas spirit without breaking the bank. Today we're listing a few wonderful places to visit for under £15. Let us know if you've been and if the kids enjoyed it in the comments below!

Winter Wonderland in Hyde Park

A very, very, VERY large Christmas extravaganza which is free to enter! You can wander around for hours on end, and little ones will be entertained with mystical lights, an ice skating rink and food beyond comprehension.

When: End of November until the 1st January

Where: Hyde Park

How much: Free entry, while many attractions require tickets


The Christmas Lights (Carnaby/Regent Street)

London’s main shopping streets have a wonderful display of lights that kick-up that extra festive punch.

When: Beginning in December, through to January

Where: Central London

How much: Free entry


Christmas Carols at Trafalgar Square

The build up to Christmas is always the best part after getting all your prezzies and baking hundreds of gingerbread cookies. At Trafalgar Square, 40 carol groups each sing for an hour beneath the world-famous Trafalgar tree. These free carol concerts raise funds for voluntary and charitable organisations.

When: On most days from December 11th until December 22nd

Where: Trafalgar Square

How much: Free entry


Blackhorse Sideshow Makers Presents

Enjoying all the crafts of Christmas, from hand constructed gifts and amazing decorations. Makers Presents promise to be an educational fun and festive event that is suitable for all ages.

When: Unknown

Where: Blackhorse SIDESHOW (E17 Postal code)

How much: Free entry


Make Some Noise

A slightly different take on Christmas activities as this only takes place over a three-day period. It consists of a winter celebration of music, singing and making lots of noise! I bet you’re thinking ‘That’s right up my kids alley!’ There’ll be performances, and chances for you and the whole family to explore musical instruments all while Christmas songs blare in the background. What a way to get into the festive spirit!

When: Wednesday, December 27th – Friday, December 29th

Where: V&A Museum of Childhood (E2 Postal code)

How much: Varied from free to £3 per person depending on age/height


Tea with Santa

This mini theatrical scene performed by the Children’s Theatre Company (Tea Dance for Little People) will join Mr Clause and all his elves for a magical cooking and eating experience. Then you and your little ones will do a spot of singing and dancing – elf style! You’ll help in the preparation; children will love to help stir porridge, create cakes and even edible snowballs. Then, you’ll help the elves wake up Santa before he sleeps through Christmas! This is recommended for ages 3+.

When: Weekends from Saturday, December 9th until Sunday, December 17th

Where: The Horniman Museum (SE23 Postal code)

How much: Children £8 and Adults £5


Christmas Past: 400 Years of Seasonal Traditions in English Homes

The Geffrye Museum has an exhibition each year that gives visitors a special glimpse into how Christmas has been celebrated in English homes over the past 400 years; talk about a detailed history lesson for your little ones! It features festive décor, lighting, seasonal music and foliage that transforms the museum’s period living rooms. I think this little gem will be high on the Christmas ‘must do’ list!

When: Lasts until January 7th

Where: The Geffrye Museum (E2 Postal code)

How Much: Free entry