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Time: 16:21 23 May 2011

London museum gets festive

10th December 2012

London's Natural History Museum is embracing the festive period with a number of special events.

Visitors enjoying stays in central London hotels should consider a trip to the popular attraction as part of their holiday plans.

Close to South Kensington London Underground station on the Circle, District and Piccadilly lines, the museum is well placed and perfect for families.

This year, the museum has installed a temporary ice staking rink in its grounds to encourage the festive spirit. Skating sessions start from £8 for children and £11.50 for adults and skate hire is included.

There is also a fairground carousel beside the rink as well as a balcony cafe offering hot chocolate, tea and mulled wine for those who watch to just watch the ice action.

The museum is also holding a number of great exhibitions during December including the Veolia Environment Wildlife Photographer of the Year.

Another new attraction at the museum is the new Treasures Gallery. Opened at the end of November, the gallery located in the upper mezzanine floor of the Central Hall and overlooks the museum's famous Diplodocus.

A total of 22 of the museum's most extraordinary specimens are on display and have been hand-picked by expert researchers to represent key discoveries made by scientists and explorers.

Festive displays include the famous Diplodocus skeleton in the museum's main hall – known as Dippy as this year visitors can make the dinosaur light-up in different colours by donating to the I Love Dippy appeal. The appeal is hoping to raise a total of £8.5 million to revamp the Central Hall and continue vital preservation work at the museum.

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