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Visit London During Christmas Time



December is the most magical month to visit London, with lots of festive things to do and enjoy as Londoners celebrate Christmas.

London's shopping streets are decorated with sparkling Christmas lights, and the stores are full of gift hunters finishing off their Christmas shopping. Christmas markets make an appearance all over the capital, offering charming crafts, seasonal food and warming mulled wine in a festive atmosphere.

A focal point of Christmas in London is Trafalgar Square, where the capital’s biggest Christmas tree – donated each year as a gift from the city of Oslo – glistens. Carol services are held around the tree throughout the month.

Another winter highlight is the outdoor ice skating rinks that pop up across the capital, many of which are situated in striking locations such as Somerset House and the Natural History Museum.

Things To Do In London during Christmas time

Hyde Park Winter Wonderland

The biggest festive festival in the capital is high on most people’s winter hitlists. You can skate, browse Christmas markets, see a circus performance and drink mulled wine, all in the same place.

It does get busy (especially the ice rink) so if there’s something you really want to do, book tickets in advance.

Drop into the Geffrye Museum

This free Shoreditch museum is a great place to discover how Christmas was celebrated in the past. Go and have a peak into authentically decorated living rooms, stretching back 400 years.

Walk around London’s parks

Wrap up warm and visit one of London’s parks this winter. You might not be able to picnic, but you’ll definitely be able to pick up a hot chocolate on the walk round.

Southbank Centre Winter Festival with Nat West

Few places in London are as magical as the Southbank, even on a cold, grey day. And if a Christmas Tree-shaped-cafe and maze gets your winter pulse racing, then this free festival is the place to be.

With chalets selling crafts and winter goodies, along with live entertainment featuring community and school choirs every day, get wrapped up and head to the river.

Go ice skating at Somerset House

For something a little different to previous years, try the new late club nights. Put on in partnership with Fortnum and Mason, the Ministry of Sound are among those taking to the decks as you try and stay upright.

Browse crafts and gifts at Greenwich Market

Royal Greenwich has beautiful buildings, romantic riverside pubs and a fantastic market selling unique arts and crafts. Visit the market at the weekend in December and you can even find Father Christmas putting in a shift.

Christmas in Covent Garden

Pride of place in Covent Garden is a giant 22-foot silver reindeer, but you can also pet a live one (every weekend until Christmas) in the square. The market is good for crafts and gifts, plus you’ve got all the top stores in the vicinity. To help you make the most of your time there, we’ve put together a digital guide to the best places to eat, drink and be merry in Covent Garden.

Spitalfields Music Winter Festival

Musical performances in eye-catching venues in Spitalfields and the City of London are a must-do if you like your sounds a little less mainstream. Market Live will see jazz and folk musicians and singers entertaining the Christmas shoppers at Spitalfields Market. You can see baroque masterpieces and the beginnings of a new opera at other unique events. For potential carol singers, there is a Sing Out workshop (£10) so children aged seven plus can learn how to carry a tune.


Success stories


Jan 02 at 21:40 pm
I'm here all the time...

Mira De Greve

Dec 31 at 19:26 pm
I loved the Christmas atmosphere ♡. I visited large markets and a fair. In the dark, the Christmas lights created an unforgetable 3 days.

Darren Jansz

Dec 19 at 19:17 pm
Going there in 48 hrs

Rami Ben

Dec 08 at 00:35 am
an unforgettable day with my lovely fiancée

Bach Van

Aug 10 at 22:59 pm

Milanka Gostić

Jun 29 at 00:33 am
Lived there

Carrie Ann Millard

Jun 28 at 23:08 pm
Met my best friend and goddaughters to Christmas shop

Ivett Lesko

Mar 01 at 21:01 pm
Beautiful city!

Michelle Eide

Feb 07 at 08:27 am
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Clarissa Russell

Jan 16 at 21:11 pm
went to winter wonder land with college! such a nice evening!!

Gemma Brewer

Dec 31 at 19:47 pm
winter wonderland

Tia Lees

Dec 31 at 11:57 am
It was amazing

Bambi Traoré

Dec 31 at 03:13 am
Living the London Life

Laura Dodds

Dec 24 at 19:04 pm
Christmas shopping with Debs

Billie Andrews

Dec 06 at 23:40 pm