Is it that time of year already? The reindeers are back in Covent Garden, the ice rinks are opening and the Christmas countdown has begun. And with the Lord Mayor’s fireworks finale, it’s set to be a spectacular weekend for London kids and families.
Wishing peace to the veterans on Armistice Day. See what’s happening at the RAF Museum.
And shout out to my fellow hoopers around the globe on World Hoop Day (11/11/11)!
Sat: Reindeer Petting in Covent Garden, East Piazza, WC2 (Covent Garden tube)
Kids can get up close and cuddly with Rudolph and his buddies at this popular annual event for all the family. Call 0207 240 5781 to confirm reindeer appearances in bad weather. FREE (Sats until Dec 24)
Sat: Lord Mayor’s Show and Fireworks Display, various locations in and around City of London (Bank, Mansion House, St. Paul’s tubes)
The bonfire night hangover continues with a show-stopping fireworks display (5pm) rounding off an action-packed family day out. There’s a procession featuring Camden’s own Paraiso School of Samba (11am-2.30pm), local attractions to explore and of course the new Lord Mayor in all his finery. From 11am; fireworks 5pm, FREE (Nov 12)
Sat-Sun: Discover Dogs at Earl’s Court Exhibition Centre, SW5 (Earl’s Court tube)
You’d be barking mad to miss the furriest, fluffiest meet and greet of the year featuring more than 3000 dogs on display, including 200 breeds of purebreds. Plus special Kids Zone and Young Kennel Club for two-legged pups. 10am-5pm; adult £11-14, ages 12-15 £8-11, under 12s free (Nov 12-13)
Sat-Sun: Canary Wharf Ice Rink, Canada Square Park, E14 (Canary Wharf tube)
Get your skates on for hour-long sessions on the rink against one of London’s most impressive back drops. 9.45am-11pm (Mon-Sat), 9.45am-7.30pm (Sun); adult £10-£12/under 12s £7.50 (Nov 12-Feb 19)
Sat: Designer Crafts Market Launch at Chapel Market, off Liverpool Rd, N1 (Angel tube)
Do your Xmas shopping early as dozens of stallholders flog their unique and handmade designs in interiors, fashion, jewellery, ceramics and more. 10am-4pm, FREE (Sats, Nov 26/Dec 10 & 17)
For more Family Events including the Country Living Fair (N1) this weekend, check our November Calendar