Top 10 Things to do this Festive Season

The festive season is fast approaching! With Christmas just around the corner, we've put together a list of the best things to do in Camden to get you in the festive spirit. Including markets, family activities and more!

1. Swiss Cottage Winter Festival 


swiss cottage winter festival


Swiss Cottage will be transformed into a festive zone with community stalls, mulled wine, food, arts and crafts, children’s activities, music, sports, bouncy castle, story- telling, retro games, henna painting and much more. Click here to read more.


2. Time Traveller's Christmas at Fenton House

Christmas decos


A warm welcome awaits at this beautiful old house and walled garden. Wander delightfully decorated rooms, find a window seat and listen to early keyboard music, visit the pop-up shop for gift ideas, and enjoy festive cups of mulled wine and warmed apple juice. Traditional and nostalgic indoor family games and toys to play with, and a return of the much-loved Spot the Robins house trail. Something for everyone. Only a couple of minutes' walk from Hampstead tube and surrounded by the atmospheric lanes of the old village. Read more here.

3. Skate at the JW3 ice Rink!


ice skating


Whether you want to practice your Double Lutz or just your Double Klutz, come and skate on North West London's favourite pop-up ice rink at JW3. With a skating area of 200m2, our outdoor ice rink comes complete with glimmering lights, vibrant music and an electric atmosphere. For those who aren’t as steady on the ice, our helpful penguin stabilisers can be pre-booked as can our seated banana toboggans for less confident little ones to have fun on. Read more here.


4. See Hansel and Gretel at The Place

Hansel and Gretel holding hands


The Place, 14th – 24th December, £14.00 adult l £8.00 Child

This is the first year The Place, in collaboration with DanceEast, the Rural Touring Dance Initiative and Strike a Light Festival, has commissioned a family show for the festive season, but one unlike any other Christmas show around. This fearless dance adventure will offer a different kind of experience for families looking to try something new.

Told from the children’s perspective, our two young heroes brave a big journey and find themselves lost in the city, overwhelmed by the sights, sounds and smells. Separated from their kind guardian, the clever duo must use their smarts and determination to outwit the adults and find a way for their little modern family to stay together in a show where kids are number one! Read more here.

5. Interfaith Christmas Gathering

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Rosslyn Hill Chapel, 6th December, 7.00pm – 9.30pm


Join for a gathering to celebrate the Christmas season with music, poetry and reflections from diverse religious traditions. FREE but donations welcome: they are raising funds to sponsor a refugee family through the Community Sponsorship Scheme. Register here.

6. Go on an improvised fantasy Quest with the Parentheticals

merry questmas form the parentheticals


Etcetera Theatre, 7pm – 8pm, 11th & 12th of December


The Parentheticals are bringing their improvised fantasy quests to Etcetera Theatre for a very special holiday show!

What do The Parentheticals want for Christmas? That’s up to YOU! Your suggestions inspire the festive tale and help our heroes along the way. Shout out locations, write down advice, and move players around the stage. Whatever happens, the adventure will be epic - and completely made up on the spot. Read more here.


7. Create some Gingerbread men at the Christmas Grotto in Camden Market


Santas gingerbread grotto


Camden Market, 11am – 5.15pm

£15.00 (for one child).

Camden Market will be hosting an enchanted activity themed Christmas Grotto this year, a magical doorway to The North Pole. Join the elves in their workshop making toys and preparing Santa’s favourite gingerbread with this magical, fun and interactive experience. The grotto has been imagined by Ministry of Fun, renowned for producing some of London’s greatest grottos. Little ones will need to roll up their sleeves and help the elves decorate a new batch of gingerbread ahead of Santa’s return, before meeting Father Christmas himself to fill the wish-o-meter with their Christmas wishes. Read more here.


8. Go to a Christmas Concert (with a folk twist!)

Cecil Sharp House, 16th of December, 7.30 – 9.30pm

£15.00 standard l £10.00 Under 26s

Cecil Sharp House Choir, led by Sally Davies, will perform joyful a cappella arrangements of traditional, seasonal songs and wassails from Britain and beyond. As ever we welcome you to join in with the communal carols.

With special guests, the spellbinding storyteller and compere Hugh Lupton, exquisite folk singer Rosie Hood, and more acts TBC, this evening promises to be full of festive magic and cheer! Read more here.


9. Do some Christmas Shopping at the West Hampstead Christmas Market.

west hampstead xmas market


West End Green, 8th December, 10am – 4pm

Annual local Christmas Market with something for all the family. Free children's activities inside Emmanuel Church. Stalls selling a variety of arts & crafts, unique jewellery, cards, gifts and seasonal edibles. Brazilian drumming, singing and dancing, make Christmas wreaths and ornaments, face painting, a magician, hot mulled wine and more…! For more information see our website for details of all the events and stallholders. Don't miss out! Come and enjoy the fun!


10. Enjoy some festive poetry at Keats House

christmas tree


Keats House, 9th December, 14:00 – 15:00


Join Keats House for their annual festive selection of poetry, featuring poems for every one of the 12 days of Christmas. Including Lord Tennyson a-leaping, three French poems and five golden poems on bells, it's sure to warm your heart this December.