Free things to do this Christmas at Southbank Centre

Thursday, November 30, 2017 - 14:36

Looking for fun things to do in London for free this Christmas? At Southbank Centre we can help you with that. 

With so much going on we’ve written this post to highlight a few of the events this winter that will cost you absolutely nothing to attend and will make the world seem like a better place. So get your diary, some coloured markers, a cup of tea and a mince pie, and start planning your winter. We've got free fun for all ages and abilities at Southbank Centre this Christmas.

Choirs & singalongs


Monday 4 – Friday 22 December

Expect the unexpected with pop-up Wintertime Choirs

Every evening at 6.30pm in the run up to Christmas there’s a free choral performance popping up somewhere on site. Expect everything from gospel to pop, and seasonal songs from choirs in all styles. Feel free to join in. After all, everyone is happy when they sing.

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Tuesday 12 December

Joyful juniors present Southwark Winter Splash

Few things are as joy inducing as children singing, so we’re confident this will put a big, big grin on your face. Over 250 children from Southwark primary schools bring you a high-energy show featuring seasonal songs old and new.

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Thursday 14 December

Lewisham children herald the Turning of the Year

More joyful children’s singing, this time drawn from Lewisham school students, as they mark the end of 2017 and the arrival of the new year. Expect festive songs delivered in a very lively manner, leaving you in a Christmassy mood.

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Monday 18 December

Raise your voices at the Heart n Soul Singalong

The perennially fabulous Heart n Soul are always a hit with Southbank Centre audiences. At this event, they want you to join in with their performance of pop classics, with a healthy dose of cheesiness. Verve is more important than vocal mastery, and all are very much welcome at this inclusive event.

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Music & performance


Friday 10 & Thursday 21 December

See the stars of the future with Tomorrow’s Warriors

Tomorrow’s Warriors mark their 25th anniversary with events including a jam with current and former students and a performance of Duke Ellington’s Nutcracker Suite on Friday 10 December. If you love what you see then come back for another free performance on Thursday 21 December where the Tomorrow’s Warriors House Band perform with the wonderful Floetic Lara.

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Witness the extraordinary with Ice Music

Iceconcert live on TV - 2012.Terje Isungset & Mari Kvien Brunvoll

Friday 15 December

This isn’t music inspired by ice, it’s music played with ice. Beautiful contemporary music composed and performed by Terje Isungset on instruments made out of solid blocks of ice. Watch one of his earlier performances (above) for an idea of what to expect, and don’t miss what is sure to be a breathtaking performance.

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Thursday 21 December

Join the all-ages fun of Rave-A-Roo

Rave-A-Roo Wintertime creates a chill club vibe for everyone from babies to grandparents and beyond. You relive your raving days with old skool tracks while the kids bop away to their favourite chart toppers. Come along and join the hoopla!

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Saturday 23 December

Crafting with the whole family at Nordic Wintertime

Drop in between 11.30am and 3pm for crafts, storytelling and other activities with a Scandinavian influence. Perfect for families – come along and make a mess and let us do the cleaning up!

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Social dances


Sunday 24 December

Get your dance on at Five Go Jiving

Live music, spectacular dancing, jiving and jumping and plenty of laughs with bandleader extraordinaire John Bayley. Can’t dance? Come along anyway and prove yourself wrong! All ages and abilities welcome as we send you off into Christmas with a smile.

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Tuesday 26 December

Live out your foxtrot dreams at Strictly Winter Ballroom

The presents are unwrapped, Strictly Come Dancing is over for another year, but we’ll give you a reason to be cheerful – our popular Boxing day event is back! Expect live music, demonstrations, workshops and social dancing, and the chance to join in even if you’ve never danced before.

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Wednesday 27 December

Learn to lindy hop at Swing, Hop and Shuffle

We’ll get you a-hoppin’ and a-boppin’ in no time at this fun social dance, where you can learn some steps, hear live music and terrific recordings, and maybe even witness – or get involved in – a dance off. Fancy dress is encouraged!

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Thursday 28 December

It only takes one at our Tango Workshop & social dance

Yes, it’s true! No need to bring a partner, and beginners are welcome at our free tango workshops. We’ll show you all the steps you need to know, give you time to practise them, and get you ready to join in our social dance at 3pm where you can  expect tango performances, DJs and live music.

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that’s not all!

This blog post highlights just some of the free events to keep you entertained during winter, but you can find a full list by searching the ‘free’ events in our What’s On section.