The Royal Albert Hall has been at the heart of Christmas in London for over a century. This December, the Hall presents its most immersive and theatrical Father Christmas experience yet.
This Christmas experience will see young visitors make their way through the Hall’s captivating spaces, transformed into a winter wonderland full of the sights, sounds, and smells of Father Christmas’ bustling world.
Santa’s sleigh is parked at the Royal Albert Hall, but he has run out of Christmas Spirit fuel. He and his magical friends from the North Pole need little helpers to visit the Hall and collect enough Christmas Spirit, to help him fly his magic sleigh in time for Christmas Eve.
On this Christmas adventure, children and their families will be taken on an interactive journey through enchanted spaces within the Hall, guided by magical characters including a musical Snow Queen, before meeting Santa himself at his sleigh.
Santa’s little helpers will be captivated by a series of interactive games, hear stories and songs, and enjoy activities that each tie into an essential part of this Christmas adventure – while meeting fantastic characters and letting their imaginations run wild.
Mehdi Aoustin-Sellami, Head of Programming and Corporate Partnerships at the Royal Albert Hall, said: “The festive season is such a special time of year at the Hall, but we really didn’t expect Father Christmas himself to make an emergency landing here! Luckily, we’ve got dozens of little helpers on our side, so his sleigh should be up and running in no time. While he’s here, we might as well enjoy the wintry transformation of our beautiful venue!”
“This concept will take the normal Father Christmas experience and weave it together with theatrical storytelling, magical immersion, and interactive games – an exciting, enriching, and joyful experience for young explorers and their parents, and a Royal Albert Hall Christmas like never before.”
Christmas at the Hall has delighted generations since its opening, from Christmas Day Messiah in the 1870s, to doll and toy fairs, whirling dances, and joyful carols. In 1931, the Hall hosted the World’s Largest Christmas Pudding, and, in 1989, the Queen’s Christmas Message live in person.
This year’s experience offers a new take on the Father Christmas tradition, while remaining true to the spirit of Christmas. The little helpers will meet Mrs. Claus in a cosy winter grotto, who will help them get Santa’s sleigh working again before they meet Father Christmas himself for wishes, photos, and a simple Christmas gift.
Father Christmas at the Royal Albert Hall will run from 5-24 December.
Father Christmas at the Royal Albert Hall
5 – 24 December, every 30 minutes
Tickets £25, including gift
Accompanying adults go free
Royal Albert Hall, Kensington Gore, London, SW7 2AP
This experience is recommended for children aged 2+
The experience will last up to 1 hour
All children must be accompanied by an adult at all times
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Royal Albert Hall
The Royal Albert Hall is the world’s most famous stage. Over the past 146 years, it has hosted everyone from Winston Churchill, Albert Einstein and Edward Elgar to The Beatles, Bob Dylan and Adele. Last year, its breathtaking auditorium presented 390 events by the world’s greatest performers – taking in rock, pop and classical music, dance, films, Cirque du Soleil and even tennis – with the magical setting and inspired artists creating amazing memories for audiences.
Opened in 1871 to fulfil Prince Albert’s vision of a central hall to promote the arts and sciences, the Hall is a registered charity that remains true to his founding ambitions within a modern context. It hosts over 1,000 events a year in its secondary space, the Elgar Room, and beyond, broadening the Hall’s appeal to incorporate younger and more diverse audiences.
Its Education & Outreach programme reaches more than 195,000 participants each year, working with schools, young people and the community, as well as other charities such as Music for Youth, as part of its extensive public benefit remit. It creates memories, changes lives and provides inspiration through music for all, regardless of age or background.