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21.11.2023 – 01.01.2024

Family-Friendly Festive Fun

Find a treasure trove of family-friendly activities in the City this Christmas.

A Roman Saturnalia-inspired workshop, a vibrant lantern parade, an immersive inflatable snow globe, Christmas classics singalongs and much more.

Aldgate in Winter Festival

8 December / Free

Join the community at Aldgate Square for a jam-packed festival programme including lantern parades, live performances and creative workshops.

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The Snowman Trail

From 21 November / Free

Explore the magical trail "Walking with The Snowman™" that pays homage to the animation and the original picture book by the late Raymond Briggs. Discover 12 decorated Snowman sculptures throughout Fleet Street Quarter each individually painted and designed by British artists.

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Immersive inflatable snow globe in the Eastern City Cluster

From 5 to 8 December / Free

Capture a gorgeous, insta-worthy picture moment in this giant inflatable Winter Wonderland snow globe at Fenchurch Street Station.

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Make your Victorian style Christmas decorations at Guildhall Art Gallery

9 December / Free - drop in

Get into the festive spirit by joining Guildhall Art Gallery in making beautiful Victorian style Christmas decorations, just like the ones adorning their 12ft tree. Entry is free but booking is recommended.

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Make a Roman Saturnalia-inspired mosaic at London Mithraeum Bloomberg SPACE.

22 December 2023 to 7 January 2024 (excluding 25 & 26 December and 1 & 2 January) / Free - drop in

During the day, the whole family will be able to participate in making a colourful mosaic, perhaps inspired by the Roman’s love of a party at Saturnalia. Come and explore your artistic by making your very own mosaic masterpiece.

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Raymond Gubbay Christmas Festival at the Barbican

16 December 2023 to 1 January 2024. Free / £

It's the most wonderful time of the year, as the Raymond Gubbay Christmas Festival returns to the Barbican Hall. Expect festive family fun with some of the very best Christmas songs and seasonal classics, a Horrible Histories Christmas show and more.

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My Neighbour Totoro

Tue 21 Nov 2023 to Sat 23 Mar 2024 / £

Find your spirit with the “awe-inspiring” (Time Out) and “dazzling” (Guardian) My Neighbour Totoro, as this five-star, award-winning production returns to the Barbican for a strictly limited season.

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See the full Christmas in the City programme


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