This winter, the Southbank Centre is pulling out all the stops in order to throw their biggest and best ever Christmas celebration.
From now until Sunday January 11 2015, there’s a sack-load of Thames-side festive fun planned including an expanded Christmas market, where shoppers can bag gifts, festive produce and sweet treats, a Christmas tree maze, where you can happily lose any miserable family members shunning the festive spirit, and seasonal shows such as the acrobatic spectacular La Soirée and family favourite, Slava’s Snowshow.
Along with all the usual Yuletide entertainment, the angel on top of the tree is 2014’s new programme of seasonal pop-ups and activities. This year, you can chillax and sip cider in a cosy Scandinavian Lodge, munch mince pies in the Christmas Tree Café, take a ride on the Southbank Centre Express or squeal louder than kid on Christmas morning on the Festive Flyer ride.
When is Southbank Centre Winter Festival open?
The majority of the Winter Festival’s outdoor attractions (including the cafés and bars) will be open from 10am-10pm daily, with the market closing at 9pm Sun-Thurs. The Southbank Centre will be entirely closed on Christmas Day, and all outdoor attractions will be closed on New Year’s Eve. All attractions will be open on Christmas Eve (10am-6pm), Boxing Day (noon-10pm) and New Year’s Day (1pm-9pm).
Sheepskin rugs, local mead, door wreaths and even lobster mac ‘n’ cheese will all be among the goodies on sale along Queen’s Walk this winter
Mon Nov 24 – Sun Jan 4
Set in the courtyard directly behind the Royal Festival Hall, this market serves up its regular selection of ethically produced fine foods plus added seasonal goodies
Fri Dec 19 – Tue Dec 23
How do I get there?
The nearest train and tube station to the Southbank Centre is Waterloo (Bakerloo, Northern, Jubilee and Waterloo and City Underground lines), though Embankment (Circle and District) and Charing Cross (Northern and Bakerloo) are just a short walk across a big river away. Many bus routes stop nearby, with the RV1 stopping immediately behind the centre on Belvedere Road, or you can even arrive by boat to Festival Pier.