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Things To Do In London In December

Posted:November 28, 2023 at 11:24 am

Christmas in London has well and truly begun. Tis the most magical month to fill your cup with mulled wine, wear your thermals and shop for homemade gifts. Read our guide for the best Christmas events that London has to offer, ensuring you have a very merry time.

Winter Wonderland

Kicking off our festive tour is Winter Wonderland in Hyde Park, one of the most visited Christmas attractions in London. Typically running from late November to early January, it features:

  • Magical Ice Rink: Lace up your skates and glide around the grand ice rink surrounded by the stunning backdrop of Hyde Park.
  • Ice Kingdom: Step into a world of ice sculptures, an enchanting experience that will delight visitors of all ages.
  • Christmas Market: Stroll through charming wooden chalets offering unique gifts, festive treats, and hand-crafted goods.
  • Fairground Rides: Thrill-seekers can hop on exhilarating rides, including the Giant Observation Wheel.
  • Food and Drink: Warm up with some mulled wine, savor traditional German sausages, and indulge in international cuisine.

When: 18 Nov- 2 Jan 2024


Christmas Lights Bus Tour

See the capital’s landmarks glitter and sparkle for the festive season with a London by-night tour on an open bus. This 90-minute tour with a live guide takes you through the heart of the city.

You’ll get to see London’s most iconic landmarks and locations come to life with over 5,000 thousands of sparkling lights, sensational Christmas displays and enough sparkle and glitter to light up the blackened night sky. And with plenty of opportunities for impressive nighttime photography, 

18 Nov – 2 Jan


Christmas at Kew Gardens

If you’re looking for a more botanical experience, the Christmas at Kew Gardens event is an absolute must-visit. The Royal Botanic Gardens are transformed into a mesmerising light trail, with highlights including:

  • Illuminated Installations: Wander through a stunning landscape of lights and sculptures.
  • Palm House Light Show: The grand finale is a breathtaking light show within the iconic Palm House.

When: 17 Nov- 7 Jan 2024


Catch a festive show

Celebrate Christmas in style at The Royal Albert Hall. This year’s programme is full of heart-warming live events to be enjoyed with your loved ones.

There’s something for everyone, from Home Alone in concert and Elf in concert to traditional jazz, drag, soul, classic ballet and so much more.

When: Various dates


Christmas Markets

London’s Christmas markets offer a diverse range of products and culinary delights. Must-visit markets include:

When: Various dates


Get your skates on

Ice skating season is back and London has more than enough slabs of ice to pick from. Winter Wonderland’s rink is the biggest; Canary Wharf’s is open for the longest period (18 sweet weeks!); Somerset House’s is the most fabulous; and Glide at Battersea Power Station is the shiny new kid on the block. Lace-up your boots!

When: Various dates


Miracle at Henrietta

The Henrietta is bringing the festively famous Miracle pop-up bar to London. It’s the perfect pitstop for a cocktail, and a chance to escape the inevitable Christmas craziness. Hidden away on the mezzanine, guests are transported back in time to Christmas past, with a nostalgic take on festive décor.

When: 13 December – 23 December

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