New Year’s Eve: 10 Family Activities To Book Now | My Baba

If you’re thinking of spending New Year’s in the London this year, but don’t want to stay inside check out our fantastic family-friendly options taking place around the city. We know New Year’s is still a couple of months away, but tickets always sell out months in advance so here’s your October heads up!

Mayor’s London New Year’s Eve Fireworks

If your children are old enough, London’s New Year’s Eve Fireworks is an event not to be missed.  Hundreds of thousands of people from around the world descend on London for this New Year’s celebration. We understand it isn’t for everyone though as it’s very loud and busy, so you can always tune in and watch the display on TV!

WHERE: Victoria Embankment, Westminster, London, SW1A 2NS, United Kingdom

New Year’s Eve Gala Dinner Cruise

Go one step up from joining the crowds on Victoria Embankment and cruise down the Thames watching London’s famous fireworks display. Welcome in the new year with a glass of Champagne, a four-course dinner and a live band. This event is suitable for children ages 5+. Book tickets very soon as this cruise always sells out fast.

WHERE: Tower Millennium Pier, Lower Thames St, London EC3N 4DT

Dick Whittington at The London Palladium

We adore panto around Christmas time so why not work it into your New Year’s plans. This year Dick Whittington will be taking centre stage at the London Palladium until 14 January 2018. Expect ventriloquism, comedy, self mockery and much more in the enchanting tale of Dick Whittington.

WHERE: London Palladium, 8 Argyll St, Soho, London W1F 7TE

Jack and the Beanstalk at the New Wimbledon Theatre   

Join comedian Al Murray and Olivier Award winner Clive Rowe in this huge performance of Jack and the Beanstalk. Everyone knows the famous story of Jack and his adventures up the beanstalk, but this is your chance to see the show come to life in this laugh-out-loud side splitting performance.

WHERE: New Wimbledon Theatre, 3 The Broadway, Wimbledon, London SW19 1QG

Seasonal Illuminations at Kew After Dark 

Throughout the festive season until 1 January, Kew Gardens are hosting a magical illumination event with singing trees, ribbons of light and a fire garden. Perfect for cosying up on New Year’s.

WHERE: Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, Richmond TW9 3AB

Skate at Somerset House 

Get your skates on and end 2017 with a perfect winter day out at Somerset House. Choose from day and evening sessions and spend some time with the family skating about. Children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult.

WHERE: Somerset House, Strand, London WC2R 1LA

ZSL London Zoo 

London Zoo is open every day except Christmas day, so is a great place to while away a day between Christmas and the new year. With over 750 different species and so many daily activities, including Penguin Beach Live and Lunch With The Otters, they’ll be something for all the family to enjoy!

WHERE: ZSL London Zoo,  London NW1 4RY

The Velveteen Rabbit at Unicorn Theatre 

This charming tale about a boy and his velveteen rabbit who is loved for a few hours then discarded in place of other toys is something all the family will love. The toy rabbit spends days on the nursery floor waiting to be rediscovered, something you and the children will be able to relate to.

WHERE: Unicorn Theatre, 147 Tooley St, London SE1 2HZ

Featured image credit: James Bryant, Somerset House with Fortum and Mason

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Lauren Hyland
Assistant Editor

Lauren keeps our readers up-to-date with the latest London events: from family outings to workshops for children to date nights in the city, she knows exactly what’s on and where. To get in touch at

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