Friday 12 November 2021

Royal Museums Greenwich - Festive fun in Greenwich

Christmas in Greenwich
Christmas is coming to Greenwich in style.
Whether you want to soak up the festive spirit at the Queen’s House Ice Rink or explore the wonders of the night sky at our stargazing evenings at the Royal Observatory, there are plenty of magical experiences in store.
To add some sparkle to your season, don’t miss the Christmas lights switch-on at Greenwich Market. Starting at 4pm on Wednesday 17 November, the spectacle includes a light procession through the area. 
For the ultimate winter treat, head to the Parkside Café at the National Maritime Museum or our Ice Rink food truck this season, for a range of Christmas offerings, including Baileys coffee and festive sandwiches.
Below, read our round-up of some of the unmissable events taking place in the Royal Borough. Expect glamour, glitter and plenty of festive fun.
Spread the festive cheer at Royal Museums Greenwich
The Queen's House Ice Rink
The Queen's House Ice Rink
18 November-9 January 2022
Set within the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Maritime Greenwich, our outdoor ice rink is the perfect place for a winter adventure. Grab your skates and get ready to glide around the ice. 
Cutty Sark Family Fun weekend
All that Glitters
Cutty Sark | 4-5 December
Gilding decorations and singing along to traditional sea shanties are just some of the activities on offer at our family-friendly weekend.
Evening with the stars
Evening with the stars
Select evenings in November and December
Look through the telescopes at the Royal Observatory and uncover the wonders of the night sky at our special stargazing evenings.
Christmas at Sea
Christmas at Sea
7 December, 5.15pm
How is Christmas celebrated on board? In this free online talk, our panel of experts reveal how the festive season has been marked at sea throughout history.
Royal Observatory Christmas lecture
The Royal Observatory's Christmas lecture
11 December, 7pm
Listen to the latest research on planets outside our solar system – and find out about the launch of the James Webb Space Telescope.
Christmas Collection at Royal Museums Greenwich
A special discount
To thank you for being a valued subscriber, get 10% off* your online Christmas shopping with code SHOPXMAS10. From nautical-inspired to astronomy-themed presents, we’ve got a variety of gifts for the festive season.
Visit Greenwich
Greenwich Market
Greenwich Christmas lights
17 November, 4pm
Get in the festive spirit and head to Greenwich Market for the annual Christmas lights switch-on, featuring a lantern procession and musical performances.
A Christmas Carol
A Christmas Carol
Select dates in December

Make the Christmas season even more special and visit the Painted Hall, within the Old Royal Naval College, to watch a new adaptation of Charles Dickens’s festive work.
Competition time
Christmas competition at Royal Museums Greenwich
Christmas competition
Win the chance to celebrate a Christmas getaway in Greenwich. Enjoy one night’s stay and Festive Champagne Afternoon Tea at the InterContinental London – The O2, a visit to the Queen’s House Ice Rink and a sight-seeing trip on the river provided by City Cruises.