Winter at Southbank Centre

Nadiya Hussain © Dan Kennedy; Southbank Centre's Winter Market © Belinda Lawley; Black Beauty © Mihaela Bodlovic; Rufus & Martha Wainwright's A Not So Silent Night


From 8 November 2019 to 5 January 2020, Winter at Southbank Centre presents a bumper celebration for the holiday season packed with concerts, events and culinary delights for all ages including a festive programme of free events.

Winter highlights include:

Concerts, shows & events

  • Black Beauty brings fun and adventure to Southbank Centre’s Purcell Room in a five-star show combining storytelling, music and puppetry (14 Dec 2019 – 5 Jan 2020)
  • With new acts including the Brazilian Wheel of Death, Circus 1903 returns to transport audiences to the golden age of circus (19 Dec 2019 – 5 Jan 2020)
  • The perfect mix of glamour and laughs, Fascinating Aïda is back with the World Premiere of a brand new cabaret show (10 Dec 2019 – 5 Jan 2020)
  • Enjoy carols and festive hits at Christmas with Alan Titchmarsh (14 Dec), Organoke: The Alternative Carol Service (8 Dec) and Jonathan Cohen’s Christmas Carol Singalong (14 Dec)
  • Nadiya Hussain celebrates the publication of her memoir, Finding My Voice (1 Dec)
  • The Queen Elizabeth Hall foyer plays host to free events throughout Winter including Caribbean Christmas with Just Vibez (14 Dec), Gamelan Winter Chimes (18 Dec), Kids Countdown with Ida Barr (31 Dec) and Winter Choirs (8 – 19 Dec)
  • New Year’s Eve Spectacular presents five floors of themed club nights, six bars, live acts, fifteen DJs, continuous dance lessons, and outdoor spaces offering the perfect view of the UK’s largest annual fireworks display (31 Dec)


The Winter Market returns offering a range of winter pop-up bars, restaurants and opportunities to shop under a canopy of twinkling lights. Each trader brings their own spin to the feast, with stalls offering Asian, Indian and Greek cuisines, traditional winter classics like raclette, baked camembert and bratwurst, and sweet treats including waffles and pancakes. The Circus Bar and Bar Under the Bridge are perfect for a mulled wine and a warming cocktail, and the ever-popular glowing igloos run by Jimmy’s Lodge give London a dinner experience like no other. Jimmy’s Lodge also features a canopy-covered bar where visitors can enjoy an alpine fondue upstairs and grab-and-go street food downstairs. Applebee’s Fish present a Winter version of their pop-up restaurant offering fish and chips and lots more, and taking comfort food to a whole new level, Mac & Cheese Truck are a brand-new offering.


Presented by Red Bridge and Traverse Theatre Company, Anna Sewell’s timeless novel Black Beauty is reinvented for a new generation. Blending vivid storytelling, joyful music and inventive puppetry, this is the perfect show for families this winter (PUR, 14 Dec – 5 Jan). Fascinating Aïda is back with the World Premiere of a brand new show. The three-time Olivier Award nominated cabaret trio are sure to bring the house down with their unstoppable glamour and sass (QEH, 10 Dec 2019 – 5 Jan 2020). Circus 1903 returns with acrobats, contortionists, life-sized elephants created by puppeteers from War Horse, jugglers, high-wire performers and more. With new acts for 2019 including the Brazilian Wheel of Death, audiences can expect the daredevil entertainment of a turn-of-the-century circus (RFH, 19 Dec 2019 – 5 Jan 2020). Carving out a place for themselves as one of the UK’s prominent trans voices, Travis Alabanza presents Burgerza performance that is both timely and unsettling, exploring how trans bodies survive and how audiences can address their own complicity (PUR, 29 Nov – 1 Dec).


Caribbean Christmas with Just Vibez present a family-friendly party with traditional music and performances (QEH Foyer, 14 Dec). Drag Syndrome at Christmas sees the world’s first collective of drag kings and queens with Down’s syndrome return for the festive season with lip syncing, dancing and cabaret (QEH Foyer, 15 Dec). Opening Doors London and performance artist XNTHONY join forces at The Legends and Legacies Yuletide Special to celebrate London’s older LGBT+ community in a one-off festive variety show (QEH Foyer, 21 Dec). Kids Countdown with Ida Barr is a daytime New Year celebration of sing-songs, dancing and Djing with ex-music hall singer turned hip-hop goddess Ida Barr (QEH Foyer, 31 Dec). Other musical treats include Gamelan Winter Chimes ringing in the festive season with beautiful music and dance from Java, Indonesia (QEH Foyer, 18 Dec) and Winter Choirs presenting 30-minute concerts from community choirs (QEH Foyer, 8 – 19 Dec).

For those looking to dance their way through the winter months, both seasoned experts and total beginners can join in the Five Go Jiving dancing extravaganza of jive, jazz, jump, dancing and humour (CBR, 24 Dec). Queer Tango London presents an afternoon of Argentinian tango lessons, social dancing and performances in collaboration with Tango on the Thames and Tango Terra (CBR, 26 Dec). Finally, New Year’s Day Ceilidh with Cut A Shine is a pavement-stomping barn dance and Ceilidh show for all ages (CBR, 1 Jan 2020).

A free Pop-up Cinema provide further entertainment under the showman tents of The Circus Bar featuring films for all the family from Toy Story and The Lion King to Beauty and the Beast and Frozen, all in the comfort of a warm fire and a selection of snacks and refreshments (11 Nov – 29 Dec).


Full listings are available here

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Southbank Centre venues 

RFH – Royal Festival Hall

QEH – Queen Elizabeth Hall

PUR – Purcell Room

HG – Hayward Gallery
CBR – The Clore Ballroom

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