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Happening at the Horniman: December 2017

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas at the Horniman.

Christmas at the Horniman

Enjoy a special late night Christmas shopping experience with gorgeous gifts, mulled wine, workshops and your favourite festive tunes, at the Horniman Christmas Market on Thursday 7 December.

Join in the festivities and get into the spirit of the season at our Christmas Fair on Saturday 16 December. Pick up your seasonal produce at our Farmers’ Market, take part in festive themed craft workshops, and enjoy a carol concert with mince pies and mulled wine.

Our Tea with Santa has already proved so popular it's sold out. 


  • Peeking Red Fox Cub, 'Peeking Red Fox Cub' which appears in the 'Portraits' category, Luke Wilkinson
    'Peeking Red Fox Cub' which appears in the 'Portraits' category, Luke Wilkinson

Be sure to visit our display of photography from the British Wildlife Photography Awards 2017A free exhibition of over 100 photographs that showcase the beauty and diversity of wildlife in Britain.

  • CoralFabricoftheReef (c) KarenDodd. Photo by SophieGladstone_, Karen Dodd's woollen coral intrigues and delights in equal measure, Sophie Gladstone− © Karen Dodd
    Karen Dodd's woollen coral intrigues and delights in equal measure, Sophie Gladstone

Inspired by the Horniman's Aquarium and Natural History collection, artist Karen Dodd's exhibition, Coral: Fabric of the Reef, will open on Saturday 9 December. Karen uses woollen fabric to draw attention to coral and coral reefs.

Don't miss your chance to see India UnpluggedThis photography exhibition showcasing traditional music making in Punjab, Arunachal Pradesh, Assam, Odisha, and Kerala will be leaving the Horniman in January.

Drop into the Natural History Gallery to see a new taxidermy loan from the Natural History Museum, a stunning Bengal tiger

Check out the Wind Organ by Ali Miharbi in the Gardens, this incredible musical installation sure to impress you will be leaving the Horniman Gardens on Wednesday 6 December.

Coming up this month

Our weekly Farmers' Market will be running up until Saturday 16 December, so you can purchase all your festive grub from local and independent traders.

Our Libary will be open on Sunday 3 December for the Library Open Day. There is no need to make an appointment - just pop in to browse our collection to chat with our Librarian and see some of the Library's treasures. 

Regular Family Activities

Busy Bees returns to take place every Tuesday and Wednesday until 13 December.

Be whisked away to far off places with A World of Stories.

Art Makers will give you the chance to create some amazing art.

The Hands on Base will be open for the first two weekends of December for you to explore.

  • Laura Mtungwazi - Boy with sharks teeth, Laura Mtungwazi
    , Laura Mtungwazi

Please Note

The Museum is now open from 10am every morning for visitors. The closing time remains 5.30pm.

The Gardens open at 7.15am from Monday to Saturday, and from 8am on Sundays, and close at 4.20pm.

Our African Worlds and Centenary Galleries remain closed as we undergo major new development as part of our Anthropology redisplay. Find out how these changes might affect your visit.

The Museum will be closed from 24 December to 26 December. The Gardens will be closed on 25 December.