Must-See Exhibitions in London This Christmas Holiday

06 Dec 2023

by ArtRabbit

Whilst some galleries and museums take a break over Christmas, plenty are open for those seeking visual culture and family fun.

Giving enough visual delight to rival even the best winter wonderlands, immersive arts experiences are great for all ages. Discover incredible exhibitions in historic gallery settings and let awe-inspiring installations inspire you well into the New Year. Here’s where we’re heading.

Christmas at the Old Royal Naval College

With Coalescence arriving at the magnificent Painted Hall on 9 December, you cannot miss a visit to the Old Royal Naval College this December. From family-friendly performances throughout the whole month to unique Carol concerts in the Chapel, there will be a range of incredible events for all ages this festive season.

Special holiday hours: The Painted Hall, Chapel & Visitor Centre are open daily, 10am-5pm
Price: £15 for adults, concessions from £2, free for children. Buy Tickets to Christmas at the Old Royal Naval College

Van Gogh: The Immersive Experience - Step into a Master's Universe

Van Gogh: The Immersive Experience offers an extraordinary chance to immerse yourself in the world of Vincent van Gogh. This 360º digital art exhibition in London is a breathtaking journey through the universe of the Dutch master, brought to life by the organizers of globally renowned exhibitions.

Special holiday hours: Open throughout the holiday season, closed on 25 December
Price: From £15.90 for adults, £9.00 for children. VIP options, family, and group bundles are also available at various prices. Buy Tickets to Van Gogh: The Immersive Experience

Dopamine Land: Your Sensory Wonderland

Experience an explosion of joy at Dopamine Land, where interactive displays trigger the happiness hormone. With attractions like pillow fights and infinity digital landscapes, it's an ideal escape for families and a unique adventure for adults.

Special holiday hours: Closed 24-26 & 31 December
Price: £14.99 adults, £11.50 children. Buy Tickets to Dopamin Land here

Delight: Media Art Exhibition - A Journey to Seoul

Explore Seoul's vibrant culture without leaving London at Delight: Media Art Exhibition. This immersive showcase at Borough Yards features 25 interactive installations, blending cutting-edge technology with the legends and modern realities of Seoul. It's a mesmerizing trip for the senses, perfect for visitors of all ages.

Special holiday hours: Open throughout the holidays, closed on 25 December and 1 January 2024
Price: From £20.50 for adults, £12.30 for children. Buy Tickets to Delight here

Orleans House Gallery’s Winter Programme

The stunning Orleans House Gallery sits in a beautiful woodland setting and works at the heart of the community. Winter Show sees the stables filled with art by local artists, all available for sale. Meanwhile, the main gallery has been transformed by swathes of organza in a rainbow of colours, inventive objects and peculiar props. Created by Assemble Play, Play Works invites children of all ages to let their imaginations take flight!

Special holiday hours: Tuesday - Sunday 10am - 5pm. Please check the website for holiday opening.
Price: Free admission. Book your slot.

Future Stars Xmas Edition at The Holy Art Gallery

This special festive edition of Future Stars acts as a beacon of inspiration, illuminating the path for new artists while offering art enthusiasts a chance to discover fresh talent and, perhaps, the art world's next big thing. It's not just an exhibition, but a celebration of artistic potential, the magic of the festive season, and the enduring vibrancy of London.

Special holiday hours: 29 December 2023 - 7 January 2024. Opening 29 December 7.30pm.
Price: Free admission. More information on Future Stars Xmas Edition here.

Pope.L’s major show at South London Gallery

Pope.L's wide-ranging practice spans writing, painting, performance, installation, sculpture and video. Hospital is the artist's first solo exhibition in a London institution, revealing contradictory and provocative themes in language, gender, race, economics and community.

Special holiday hours: Closed 25, 26 December 2023 & 1 January 2024. Closing at 4pm Sundays 24 and 31 December 2023
Price: Free admission

Resistance, ecology and loss at The Barbican

Three exhibitions at The Barbican draw upon rich, timely themes. Free to view at the Curve, multidisciplinary artist Julianknxx brings together disparate moving images with a collective chorus. The major group exhibition RE/SISTERS continues in the gallery, and a newly opened installation by commissioned artist Ranjani Shettar blossoms in the conservatory.

Special holiday hours: Closed 24-26 December only.
Price: Free admission to the Curve, tickets for the Gallery and Conservatory from £15.

Accidentally Wes Anderson. The Exhibition

Experience the whimsy and meticulous aesthetic of a Wes Anderson film by stepping into “Accidentally Wes Anderson: The Exhibition”. This real-life Instagram marvel and best-selling phenomenon transports you across all 7 continents, showcasing enchanting locations that echo the distinct style of Anderson's cinematic universe. Perfect for fans and newcomers alike, it's an immersive journey into a world of symmetrical beauty and quirky elegance.

Special holiday hours: Open Wednesday to Sunday. Closed on 24 & 31 December
Price: From £12.99 for adults, from £8.99 for children. Buy Tickets to Accidentally Wes Anderson here.

Frameless: London's Immersive Art Experience

Dive into the UK's most expansive immersive art exhibition, Frameless, until 9 January. Moments from Marble Arch, witness timeless art reimagined with 479 million pixels of light and a symphony of sound. Frameless is an enchanting journey that transforms classical masterpieces into a multi-dimensional spectacle.

Special holiday hours: Open through 9 January, closed on 25 & 26 December
Price: From £25 for adults, from £15 for children. Buy Tickets to Frameless here.

Bubble Planet: A Whimsical World of Bubbles

Embark on an enchanting adventure at Bubble Planet, a unique immersive experience that surrounds you with bubbles in a way you've never seen before. Featuring VR technology, themed rooms, fantastical landscapes, and a hot air balloon flight simulator, this experience will captivate your senses and imagination.

Special holiday hours: Open throughout the holidays, closed on 25 December
Price: From £21.90 for adults, £16.90 for children. Buy Tickets to Bubble Planet

Monet: The Immersive Experience - A Journey Through Impressionism

Step into the enchanting world of Claude Monet with Monet: The Immersive Experience. This 360º digital art exhibition in London offers an extraordinary opportunity to immerse yourself in the masterpieces of one of the greatest artists of the nineteenth century. Dive into the colors and brushstrokes that defined Impressionism, bringing Monet's art to life in a truly unique way.

Special holiday hours: Open through 4 February 2024; closed on 25 December 2023
Price: From £17.00 for adults, £10.00 for children, with discounts for seniors, students, NHS, and family bundles. VIP options are also available. Buy Tickets to Monet: The Immersive Experience here.