5 Festive Things To Do In London This Weekend (14-16 December 2018)

11 Dec 2018 | Updated on: 27 Sep 2022 |By Abi Sritharan

What's on in London this weekend (14-16 December 2018)

Christmas Films at Kensington Palace (from Sunday)

The popular Luna Cinema is taking over Kensington Palace this weekend for a festive-fuelled series of screenings. Watch films including The Holiday, Love Actually and Home Alone within the dramatic setting of Kensington Palace Pavilion on the Orangery Lawn. Guests can also warm up with mulled wine and hot chocolate from the onsite Luna Bar.

Date: 16-21 December Time: 5pm and 8.30pm Price: From £18.50 (adult) and £13.50 (child) Location: Kensington Gardens, W8 4PX Closest Station: Queensway

Website: thelunacinema.com

Philharmonia Orchestra’s Christmas at the Movies, Waterloo (Sunday)

Don’t stay Home Alone this Sunday; join the Philharmonia Orchestra at the Southbank Centre’s Royal Festival Hall for an afternoon of melody-filled merriment. Singalong to timeless Christmas classics, as well as music from cult festive films, including Elf, The Polar Express, The Chronicles of Narnia and The Snowman. It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas…

Date: 16 December Time: 3pm Price: From £16 Location: Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road, SE1 8XX Closest Station: Waterloo

Website: philharmonica.co.uk

Looking for more festive events: Read our complete guide HERE

Tate Britain’s Winter Fair, Westminster (Saturday)

Discover unique gifts, pick up a new skill in a creative workshop and enjoy a bounty of festive food and drinks at the Tate Britain Winter Fair this Saturday, sure to make you feel merry and bright. There will be a performance by the National English Opera at 3pm and live storytelling sessions throughout the day. It is also an opportunity to see the Tate’s winter commission by Turner Prize nominee Monster Chetwynd, who has transformed the facade of the building (pictured below).

Date: 15 December Time: 10am-6pm Price: Free entry Location: Tate Britain, Millbank, SW1P 4RG Closest Station: Pimlico

Website: tate.org.uk

Beyond Reality Exhibition at Opera Gallery, Mayfair (all weekend)

Need a break from Christmas content? Some of the most well-known hyperrealist artists in the world are displaying their work at the new Beyond Reality exhibition in the Opera Gallery. The exhibition features astonishingly life-like sculptures and paintings, including a few well-known famous faces. Artists on display include Michael Moebius, Marc Sijan and Mike Dargas.

Date: 13-28 December Time: 10am-7pm (Monday-Saturday) 12pm-5pm (Sunday) Price: Free Location: 134 New Bond Street, Mayfair, W1S 2TF Closest Station: Bond Street

Website: operagallery.com

Dickens’ Christmas Housemaid’s Tour, Camden (Sunday)

The Charles Dickens Museum is hosting an intimate Christmas tour this Sunday, which allows guests to step back in time to the 19th century. Meet the Dickens’ housemaid and enjoy an immersive, guided tour around the author’s historic home, bedecked with festive greenery.

Date: 16 December Time: Varies Price: £18 (adult) £10 (child) Location: Charles Dickens Museum 48-49 Doughty Street, WC1N 2LX Closest Station: Russell Square

Website: dickensmuseum.com