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Winter

8 Nov 2019 – 5 Jan 2020

Fun-filled family shows, festive goodies at our markets and pop-ups, twinkling lights, dazzling comedy and cabaret – with more seasonal delights than you can shake a stocking at, Southbank Centre in winter is truly magical.

Experience the thrills and daredevil entertainment of a turn-of-the-century circus at Circus 1903, returning with new acts for 2019 including the Brazilian Wheel of Death.

Saddle up for our five-star retelling of Black Beauty. Blending storytelling, music and puppetry, it’s a must for fans of the book, lovers of the classic TV show and those brand new to the tale.

Plus, sensory play installation and family favourite Soundpit is back, and we’ve got a world premiere from Fascinating Aïda, a new photographic exhibition London Is Love and our New Years Eve Spectacular, with a front-row seat to London’s iconic fireworks.

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Free

Free

Various times
8 Nov 2019 - 5 Jan 2020
Various times | 8 Nov 2019 - 5 Jan 2020
Eat, drink and be merry beside the River Thames at our Winter Market
Eat, drink and be merry beside the River Thames at our Winter Market
Various times
23 Nov 2019 - 23 Feb 2020
Various times | 23 Nov 2019 - 23 Feb 2020
art & exhibitions
family & young people
Play in giant sandpits illuminated by beautiful graphics, creating music with your own movements
Play in giant sandpits illuminated by beautiful graphics, creating music with your own movements
1:30 pm
Sat 07 Dec 2019
1:30 pm | Sat 07 Dec 2019
classical music
courses & workshops
Start the festive season with a flourish at a singing workshop with world-renowned vocal coach Mary King
Start the festive season with a flourish at a singing workshop with world-renowned vocal coach Mary...

Free

Free

Various times
9 Dec 2019 - 19 Dec 2019
Various times | 9 Dec 2019 - 19 Dec 2019
Embrace seasonal cheer with our carol-singing community choirs, and join in with the classics
Embrace seasonal cheer with our carol-singing community choirs, and join in with the classics
Liza Pulman, Dillie Keane and Adèle Anderson  holding  martini glasses
Various times
10 Dec 2019 - 5 Jan 2020
Various times | 10 Dec 2019 - 5 Jan 2020
accessible events
british sign language
The songs are mostly topical, the glamour unstoppable: Britain’s greatest cabaret trio are back!
The songs are mostly topical, the glamour unstoppable: Britain’s greatest cabaret trio are back!
A man looking at puppet horse in Black Beauty production
Various times
14 Dec 2019 - 5 Jan 2020
Various times | 14 Dec 2019 - 5 Jan 2020
accessible events
british sign language
A five-star children’s show retells the much-loved tale of a courageous horse
A five-star children’s show retells the much-loved tale of a courageous horse
Carnival at the Southbank Centre

Free

Free

4:30 pm
Sat 14 Dec 2019
4:30 pm | Sat 14 Dec 2019
gigs
folk & world
Soak up the spirit of the islands at a festive family party featuring traditional music and performances
Soak up the spirit of the islands at a festive family party featuring traditional music and...
Drag Syndrome at Southbank Centre

Free

Free

6:00 pm
Sun 15 Dec 2019
6:00 pm | Sun 15 Dec 2019
accessible events
british sign language
Get glitzy this winter with the world’s first collective of drag kings and queens with Down’s syndrome
Get glitzy this winter with the world’s first collective of drag kings and queens with Down’s...
Gamelan Dancer at the Royal Festival Hall

Free

Free

5:00 pm
Wed 18 Dec 2019
5:00 pm | Wed 18 Dec 2019
Ring in the festive season with beautiful gamelan music and dance from Java, Indonesia
Ring in the festive season with beautiful gamelan music and dance from Java, Indonesia
Circus 1903 at Southbank Centre
Various times
19 Dec 2019 - 5 Jan 2020
Various times | 19 Dec 2019 - 5 Jan 2020
performance & dance
family & young people
Roll up, roll up for the daredevil entertainment and sensational animal puppetry of this circus
Roll up, roll up for the daredevil entertainment and sensational animal puppetry of this circus
The LOL Word, illustrative image

Free

Free

9:45 pm
Fri 20 Dec 2019
9:45 pm | Fri 20 Dec 2019
comedy & cabaret
accessible events
Queer comedy collective The LOL Word outdo your Christmas crackers with jokes to suit the season
Queer comedy collective The LOL Word outdo your Christmas crackers with jokes to suit the season
Audience members and performer smiling

Free

Free

4:30 pm
Sat 21 Dec 2019
4:30 pm | Sat 21 Dec 2019
performance & dance
comedy & cabaret
A yuletide hooley of high-heel-stomping, glitter-romping fun celebrating London’s older LGBT+ community
A yuletide hooley of high-heel-stomping, glitter-romping fun celebrating London’s older LGBT+...
Audience members at Southbank Centre

Free

Free

6:00 pm
Sun 22 Dec 2019
6:00 pm | Sun 22 Dec 2019
british sign language
accessible events
Peel the paper off tales, poems and seasonal anecdotes in a festive celebration of storytelling
Peel the paper off tales, poems and seasonal anecdotes in a festive celebration of storytelling
Audience at performance in the Clore Ballroom

Free

Free

Various times
23 Dec 2019 - 30 Dec 2019
Various times | 23 Dec 2019 - 30 Dec 2019
family & young people
We’ve got some crackers for you at our free lunchtime gigs over the holidays
We’ve got some crackers for you at our free lunchtime gigs over the holidays

Free

Free

12:00 pm
Tue 24 Dec 2019
12:00 pm | Tue 24 Dec 2019
family & young people
dance
Jump, jive and wail at a free festive dance class and party to start your holiday in style
Jump, jive and wail at a free festive dance class and party to start your holiday in style
Queer Tango at Southbank Centre

Free

Free

2:00 pm
Thu 26 Dec 2019
2:00 pm | Thu 26 Dec 2019
courses & workshops
dance
Dance cheek to cheek at an afternoon of Argentinian tango lessons, social dancing and performances
Dance cheek to cheek at an afternoon of Argentinian tango lessons, social dancing and performances
Various times
17 Nov 2019 - 29 Dec 2019
Various times | 17 Nov 2019 - 29 Dec 2019
tours & activities
film screenings
Nothing says the festive season is here like cosying up for a Richard Curtis romcom
Nothing says the festive season is here like cosying up for a Richard Curtis romcom
Kids Count Down, two girls in purple light

Free

Free

11:00 am
Tue 31 Dec 2019
11:00 am | Tue 31 Dec 2019
british sign language
accessible events
Start your family’s New Year revels early with ex-music hall singer turned hip-hop goddess Ida Barr
Start your family’s New Year revels early with ex-music hall singer turned hip-hop goddess Ida...
Southbank Centre, views of the London Eye lit up by fireworks on New Year's Eve
7:00 pm
31 Dec 2019 - 1 Jan 2020
7:00 pm | 31 Dec 2019 - 1 Jan 2020
Party through the decades in one unforgettable night at Southbank Centre
Party through the decades in one unforgettable night at Southbank Centre

Free

Free

1:00 pm
Wed 01 Jan 2020
1:00 pm | Wed 01 Jan 2020
gigs
folk & world
A rip-roaring, thigh-slapping, pavement-stomping, heart-thumping, blood-pumping hoedown
A rip-roaring, thigh-slapping, pavement-stomping, heart-thumping, blood-pumping hoedown

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Beat the cold and keep the little ones entertained with us
See reviews of Rumpelstiltskin from those who’ve seen the show
See how puppetry is used to recreate the wonder of turn-of-the-century circus
The performer talks to us about the family show, and relishing his own role in it
Hear from the director, designer, composer and principal actor of this very special family show
Enjoy champion cooking with a winning view

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