Southbank Centre Winter Festival

Southbank Centre Winter Festival

Southbank Centre - Winter Festival Returns

The Southbank Centre Winter Festival is set to return this year on Thursday 3rd November until Sunday 8th January 2023. Get ready to immerse yourself in the festive spirit as Southbank Centre is transformed into a magical place for all. You can expect family orientated activities, joyous shows, brilliant art, pop-up bars and twinkling markets, there really is a gift that everyone can enjoy this winter season.

Below we’ll give you a bit more of an in-depth look into what to fully look forward to next month.

Winter Market & pop-ups

As you wander down the Thames you will be immersed in sparkling lights and taste extravagant drinks and delicious streets food in the Winter Market, whilst you’re there the seasonal pop-up stalls you will be able to participate in activities such as toasting marshmallows and alpine-themed curling and you will also be able to enjoy a wide array of goodies from some fantastic food and drink stalls that will suit your mood.

Joyous shows

If you’ve ever been curious about what would have happened if Dicken’s was born in Tennessee then you’re in for a treat because at the Southbank Centre Winter Festival you will be able to witness a brand new twist on the classic Dickens tale as it is reimagined by the Queen of Country at Dolly Parton’s Smoky Mountain Christmas Carol. If you’re looking to do something with younger kids then join in the fun with Hey Duggee: The Live Theatre Show - perfect for fans of the much-loved CBeebies show.

Art & exhibitions

This year the Hayward’s Gallery have an exhibition titled Gallery’s Strange Clay: Ceramics in Contemporary Art as well as the free exhibition curated by Ai Weiwei - Koestler Arts: Freedom. Once you’ve warmed up and decide to venture outside again you can really take in the atmosphere as you take a stroll through the outdoor Winter Light exhibition.

Sparkling New Year’s Eve party
With the return of our New Year's Eve Spectacular, the best party in town is back for you to welcome in 2023. Party through the decades as our Royal Festival Hall is decked out in all its glory, with five floors of festivities featuring music from the 1920s through to the present day and breath-taking views of the UK’s largest annual fireworks display.

A truly classical Christmas

Traditionalists will thoroughly enjoy the succession of festive classical music performances suitable for audiences of all ages: Handel’s MessiahChristmas at the MoviesChristmas Carol SingalongA Dickensian Christmas and Christmas with the Philharmonic Cellos.

Planning on coming to London over the Southbank Centre Winter Festival and need somewhere to stay? Look no further than Mercure London Paddington, where we have fully customisable amenities and extras enable you to have the perfect festive family holiday in London.

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