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Family Friendly New Years 2018

by Sally Foster (follow)
Fireworks and festivity for New Years 2018

The New Year is fast approaching, which means it's time to start planning how your family will celebrate. There are some fantastic places and events to take the whole family to celebrate this New Years Eve and to kick off your 2019 with a bang!

Check out these fantastic ideas for bringing in the New Year:


If you have younger children who may not be able to stay up late to see the New Year in, these fun daytime activities could be the perfect way to celebrate:

1. Watch a Show

London's West End hosts many fabulous family friendly shows, many of which have daytime and evening performances happening on New Years Eve. Take your pick from one of these great shows:

Snow White, London Palladium - 8 December to 13 January
A Christmas Carol, The Old Vic - 29 November to 19 January
The Snowman, Peacock Theatre - 24 November to 4 January

2. Ice Skating

Over the Christmas period, London has many beautiful outdoor ice rinks for you and the family to enjoy, which could be the perfect way to celebrate New Years Eve. Try one of these great locations:

3. Museums

Visiting one of London's many fantastic museums is always a fun way to spend a family day out, so why not enjoy one of them for a memorable New Years Eve. Here are some of the best:

4. London Zoo

For a "roarsome" day out on New Years Eve, head to London's spectacular zoo, London Zoo. Enjoy visiting a huge variety of animal species, watch an animal feeding session and even experience becoming a keeper for the day. Plenty of family fun to be had!


Enjoy a family friendly evening out to celebrate the up coming New Year at one of these fantastic locations:

1. Family Friendly Restaurant

Why not book a table at one of these delicious London restaurants, which are very family friendly, to celebrate 2018:

2. Magic Lantern Festival

The wonder that is the Magic Lantern Festival in Chiswick, is open New Years Eve and ready to provide the whole family with a truly magical experience of lights and colour. Prepare to be wowed by beautiful hand-sculptured lanterns, enjoy funfair rides, souvenir marquees and a food and beverage area.

3. Winter Wonderland

What's Christmas without a visit to the amazing Winter Wonderland at Hyde Park. With a huge list of attractions and things to do, you'll have a task trying to fit it all into one visit! Check out the many attractions such as the ice skating rink, the Cinderella on Ice show, the Ice Bar and the Christmas circus, to name a few. Test your nerves on one of the many thrilling rides, enjoy some tasty food and drink and visit Santa in Santa Land.

4. View the Fireworks

London's spectacular fireworks display on New Years Eve has become a ticketed event for safety reasons and unfortunately all tickets have now sold out. However, here are some ideas for firework viewing locations a little further out of the city:

Cannon Street
Nearest tube station: Cannon Street

Hampstead Heath
Nearest tube station: Hampstead

Alexandra Palace
Nearest tube station: Wood Green

Richmond Hill
Nearest tube station: Richmond

Primrose Hill
Nearest tube station: Chalk Farm or Swiss Cottage

Greenwich Park

Whatever you decide to do to celebrate, London Mums Group wishes you a very happy New Year.

Do you know of any other family friendly New Years Eve activities? Please let us know about them in the comments below. We would love to hear from you!

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