London is a magical place to be at Christmas. Embark on an adventure with a plethora of activities ranging from Christmas markets and shopping, to ice skating rinks and family friendly festivals. The days are getting shorter and colder so chuck on your winter woollies and soak up the festive atmosphere!
Winter Wonderland at Hyde Park
A family friendly festival filled with Christmas activities including a magical ice kingdom, big ice-skating rink and a giant Ferris wheel. You can also indulge in delicious winter warmers under the sparkling Christmas lights.
Open until January 6th 2019 (except Christmas Day) from 10am-10pm
Featuring shows, rides, games, Santaland, ice skating, food, drinks and much more!
We suggest booking in advance - https://hydeparkwinterwonderland.com/
For something similar, but a little less busy, try Winterville at Clapham Common - https://winterville.co.uk/
Visit one of London’s many Christmas Markets
Who doesn’t love a Christmas market? Find the perfect trinket and savour the live music, street food, theatre and entertainment.
- Southbank Centre
- Christmas By the River at London Bridge
- Leicester Square Market
- Greenwich Market
- Kingston Market
Go Ice Skating at one of the many ice rinks
Ice-skating is the perfect opportunity to pull on your winter woollies on and soak up the Christmas atmosphere.
- Somerset House
- Natural History Museum
- Tower of London
- Canary Wharf
In Winter, London’s most famous shopping strips are transformed into sparkling forms of art with huge decorations and spectacular displays. What better way to do your Christmas shopping? If you prefer to be indoors, Westfield in Shepherd’s Bush has also adopted the Christmas spirit.
- Regent Street
- Carnaby Street
- Oxford Street
- Westfield Shepherd’s Bush
Go to Christmas Carols at St Pauls
Step into London’s iconic St Paul's Cathedral for a season of carols, services and recitals. Attend with the kids for the annual Family Carol Service, or just enjoy a traditional carol concert and soak up the incredible acoustics of Sir Christopher Wren’s masterpiece.
Go to the theatre or a pantomime
The Snowman and Slava's Snow Show at the Royal Festival Hall are always worth a look to get that festive feeling. This year's Pantomime highlights include a star-studded production of Dick Whittington at the London Palladium, Cinderella at the Hackney Empire and Jack and the Beanstalk, which is on at the Hammersmith Lyric.