12 things to do this Christmas

Have yourself an art-filled Christmas by following our suggestions for the festive season

1.See the giant Slugs on Tate Britain's façade

Home for Christmas: A Commission for Tate Britain by Alan Kane Photo credit: Photo © Tate, Joe Humphrys

Tate Britain Winter Commission: Monster Chetwynd
Photo © Tate, Matt Greenwood

This year's Tate Britain Winter Commission by Monster Chetwynd has transformed the iconic façade into a surreal wonderland. Two giant leopard slugs have slithered around the main entrance. Come and see their bodies and trails glimmer with blue and white lights.

2. (Don't) Climb the Liverpool Mountain

5 pieces of colourful rocks sat on top of each other

Ugo Rondinone Liverpool Mountain 2018. Photo Rob Battersby.

Head to the Royal Albert Dock in Liverpool to see Liverpool Mountain by Ugo Rondinone. This 10-metre high sculpture is inspired by naturally occurring Hoodoos (spires or pyramids of rock) and the art of meditative rock balancing.

3. Get Creative with the Kids

Rocket Backpack at Tate Liverpool

Rocket Backpack at Tate Liverpool © Tate Liverpool, Rachel Ryan

There's plenty for all ages to enjoy at Tate during the holidays. Kids can explore Tate Liverpool's Constellation display with their Rocket Backpacks or design their own moving patterns in our make and create station.

Kids can also eat for free in the Tate Liverpool Café when an accompanying adult buys a main course from our seasonal menu.

4. Get dizzy looking at stunning patterns

Anni Albers, ‘TR III’ 1969–70
Anni Albers
TR III 1969–70
© 2019 The Josef and Anni Albers Foundation/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York/DACS, London

Wander in the beautiful world of Anni Albers at Tate modern. A long overdue retrospective of the artist who combined ancient weaving methods with the language of modern art.

5. Get something special for your loved one

a gif showing hands making Christmas present

Want to give your loved ones something different this Christmas? Perhaps have a look at the Christmas gifts at our shop. How about wrapping it in a paper designed by yourself? Take some inspiration from Sir Terry Frost. Follow this guide on how to make your own wrapping papers.

6. Share stories with others


Arthur Boyd Houghton Mother and Children Reading


Bring the kids and read together in Tate Exchange. Discover lots of new books and exciting stories celebrating voices of colour. Blast off stories! is our storytelling oasis for families of all ages, inspired by BLAST OFF – the 1973 pioneering children’s book about a young black girl who dreams of becoming an astronaut.

7. Take a journey through otherworldly imagery

Sir Edward Coley Burne-Jones, Bt, ‘Sidonia von Bork 1560’ 1860
Sir Edward Coley Burne-Jones, Bt
Sidonia von Bork 1560 1860

In the stunning Edward Burne-Jones exhibition, step into the world of medival myths and legends.

After the exhibition head to the Rex Whistler restaurant and try something from our Christmas menu.

8. Explore London's lively market life

Marketa Luskacova, ‘People around a fire, Spitalfields Market, London’ 1976, later print
Marketa Luskacova
People around a fire, Spitalfields Market, London 1976, later print
© Marketa Luskacova

There is often a market to visit in London, especially at Christmas time. Marketa Luskacovas took photographs of the market scene and everyday life in London over a couple of decades. Visit the spotlight display at Tate Britain.

9. Write a poem of your own

Ford Madox Brown, ‘Mauvais Sujet’ 1863
Ford Madox Brown
Mauvais Sujet 1863

Brush up on your writing skills. Drop by Tate Exchange Liverpool to learn how to create your own poem using an interactive poetry game.

10. Find your winter wonderland

Elliott Seabrooke
Landscape with Castle under a Stormy Sky
© reserved

How will you get yourself in the mood for the festive season this year? Go on a wintery adventure and make art together in our Festive Art Zone at Tate St Ives.

11. Step into a dream land

Joseph Mallord William Turner, ‘Snow Storm: Hannibal and his Army Crossing the Alps’ exhibited 1812
Joseph Mallord William Turner
Snow Storm: Hannibal and his Army Crossing the Alps exhibited 1812

Learn about art that encourges dreaming with our Art of Dreaming podcast, the perfect companion for a wander on those crisp Christmas afternoons.

12. Enjoy sky-high sightseeing

L10 © Herzog & de Meuron

© Herzog & de Meuron

Watch Santa doing his rounds 63 metres above ground from the Tate Modern viewing level. If you don't spot him, there's still the 360° view of London to keep you entertained. Head down to Level 9 restaurant afterwards to try our special Christmas menu.