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Happening at the Horniman: December 2018

Deck the halls because the Christmas magic has arrived at the Horniman.

Christmas at the Horniman


Indulge in our special Christmas Market shopping experience Saturday 1 December and Sunday 2 December with homemade gifts, stunning jewellery, vegan skincare delicious food and much more from local traders and fantastic designers.

You can also pop into the conservatory on Friday 30 November for our special late night opening. This jolly knees-up will have a Brewers Market and a festive mash-up of tunes from DJ Anna Greenwood.

Why not treat someone special to a Horniman Membership? It includes a year of unlimited entry to exhibitions, special events and offers. Order by 17 December to receive this in time for Christmas.



See beautifully crafted, life-size crochet animal sculptures, inspired and informed by natural history in EVOLUTION of The Artist and The Exhibited Works by artist Shauna Richardson.

Visit The Lore of the Land, an immersive exhibition that considers our relationship with the natural world in The Studio.

Also on display in the Natural History Gallery is Horniman Noses by Joshua Sofaer, a series of false noses inspired by the curiosities in our collections as part of Artquest research residency. Don’t forget to say hi to the Bengal Tiger on loan to us from The Natural History Museum.

It’s your last chance to see the photography display Yamal: The Stream of Life by Bryan Alexander which closes 6 January 2019. The exhibition displays aspects of the Indigenous people of Yamal’s daily life and how technology can integrate into traditional Nenets existence.

Coming up this month

  • The Snow Queen, Elena Ringo
    , Elena Ringo

Come to see a story-telling performance of Hans Christian Andersen’s wintery classic, The Snow Queen on 15 and 16 December. The performance is accompanied with song and puppetry from Sandal Sticks Theatre.

Experience the Horniman in a way never seen before with our first ever Horniman Kids Sleepover Saturday 8 December. It will be an evening full of exploration, story-telling and camping out in our exciting galleries.

Meet face to face with the Kuikuro indigenous people of the Xingu, 15 and 16 December in Xingu Village. In this immersive experience of augmented reality, you will get close to the everyday lives and activates of some of the 800 people of the Ipatse village, in the heart of the Brazilian region.

Regular Activities

  • Busy Bees, Megan Taylor
    , Megan Taylor

Pop-in the Farmers Market every Saturday for goods from local traders and artisans. On 22 December there will be a collection only market and the market will be closed on 29 December.

Our Library is open to the public every first Sunday of the month with no need to book an appointment.

Our Busy Bees sessions for under 5’s are still running every Tuesday and Wednesday until 18 December. It then takes a short festive break until 2 January. Be sure to stop by for arts and crafts and creative sessions inspired by stories from across the globe.

Please note

The Museum will be closed 24 – 26 December over the Christmas period and the Gardens will be closed on 25 December.