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Meet Father Christmas

and step into a painter's winter wonderland.

Tickets
Children under 12: £20 incl. gift
Adults and children 12+: £10 incl. refreshments

Dates and times
12–13 and 17–23 December
10.15am–8pm

Local restriction: Tier 4

The Gallery is temporarily closed. Find out more here.

If you had a ticket booked, you don’t need to do anything, we'll be in touch with you as soon as possible. 

A Christmas Experience

Father Christmas is making a special appearance at the National Gallery this year.

Step into a painter's winter wonderland, meet Father Christmas and his elves, enjoy a tasty treat, and take home a gift. 

Tickets booked for visits before 5pm include free access to the National Gallery Collection.

The grotto

Come and meet Father Christmas with his elves, step into a winter wonderland inspired by Avercamp’s 'Winter Scene with Skaters near a Castle', and enjoy a gift from Father Christmas to take home. 

Avercamp's 'Winter Scene'

Journey with us as we get to know the characters in Avercamp’s little town having fun in this wintry scene.

Learn about the characters as they play, show off, laugh and fall over, all overlooked by the luscious pink castle that looks almost like a giant, iced Christmas cake!

Step into the picture by taking photos of yourself in our life-size seasonal scenes.

Tasty treats

Enjoy tasty treats in our Christmas café where you can stay warm and toasty.

Adult (12 years+) tickets include a mince pie and tea, coffee, or a soft drink.

Please note children's (under 12) tickets do not include refreshments, but you are able to purchase them in the Christmas café.

Have a peek at the menu.

After the event

Christmas shopping

Stop off at our festive gift shop for some Christmas shopping. 

Or shop online

See the painting in real life

Tour the collection and see Avercamp's original painting for yourself in Room 25 on Route B. 

Download the art route map (PDF) 

Explore the painting online

Or, with our online zoom tool, get up-close to the painting's tiny details from the comfort of home.

Zoom into the painting

Elf and safety

Santa’s little helpers will make sure you and your family are kept safe and socially distanced.

Entry to the event is staggered one household at a time. 

This event is suitable for children up to 12 years old. All children must be accompanied by an adult.