Family Fun in Leicester Square This Christmas
Families seeking show-stopping entertainment, fun-filled shops, mouth-watering food and dazzling Christmas lights will find it all in London’s iconic Leicester Square this festive season.
The Square’s gardens will be home to a beautiful Belgian Spiegeltent, where kids will be spellbound with a programme of live performances running from 10 November 2017 to 6 January 2018. Highlights include The Showstoppers Christmas Kids Show, an improvised musical for all ages, and laugh out loud antics at Roald Dahl’s Marvellous Medicine. The whole family can take to the floor during Monski Mouse’s Christmas Baby Disco Dance Hall – a first ever Christmas dance party for children aged 0-5 (and parents of all ages) featuring an array of festive songs, dances and games. Tickets from www.christmasinleicestersquare.com
The Square’s impressive cinemas are the perfect place to catch those festive films and, half price theatre tickets for top shows like Thriller and the Comedy About a Bank Robbery, can be picked up at the Leicester Square TKTS booth.
Sweet loving families will not want to miss Europe’s biggest sweet shop, M&M's World, which is large enough to house 100 double decker buses. Here visitors can personalise these delicious chocolates for the ideal Christmas gift or stocking present. Opposite is the largest LEGO Store on the planet, home to a 200,000 brick model of Big Ben and the LEGO Mosaic Maker photo booth, a nifty machine that creates possibly the best Christmas present ever - a personalised LEGO portrait.
There are plenty of unusual gifts to be found at the Square’s Japan Centre, a haven of Japanese food, cooking and cuisine. Gifts range from Hello Kitty goodies to calligraphy and sushi sets plus, for a present with a difference, items can be wrapped in an authentic furoshiki cloth.
Having built up an appetite, youngsters can create their own pizza and enjoy it with a dessert pot for just £10 at Mod Pizza or for only £20 they can take part in an hour long pizza making session – pizza and drinks included.
Plus, for Santa fans, there’s not one but three opportunities to see the big man. He’ll be in residence at his own Santa’s Grotto, located within the Leicester Square Gardens daily from 10 November until Christmas Eve, while from 18th to 23rd December between 1 and 5pm, children can whisper their last minute present requests to Planet Hollywood’s very own table-hopping Santa. He will also make a daily appearance in the depths of jungle at the Rainforest Café from 18th November to 24 December; at which he and his elves have a special ‘magical experience’ lined-up including a meet and greet, special gift and two course lunch.
Once the light fades, the centre of the Square will sparkle with star themed lights reflecting its star-studded history. The perfect place for an instamoment or a festive selfie.
Families wishing to make a night of it can book a break at the Haymarket Hotel, which will be tastefully decorated for Christmas and boasts a vast, yet somewhat hidden swimming pool. Book the winter family-fun package from £444 per night based on two adults and two children sharing two rooms with breakfast, champagne on arrival for mum and dad and ice cream for the kids. Alternatively stay in a family room at Leicester Square’s Premier Inn from £128.