Things to do on Boxing Day in London

Christmas Day might be over but the festive fun doesn't have to stop just yet...



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  1. Events in London on Boxing Day
  2. Attractions open on Boxing Day

What's on in London on Boxing Day?

Southbank Centre Winter Festival

  • Free

Alongside its array of festive shows and performances the Southbank Centre will be celebrating the coldest season with a fistful of fun pop-ups and activities. The annual Christmas market will be bigger and better than ever, there'll be a Scandinavian Lodge courtesy of Rekorderlig Cider, the Christmas Tree Café will be serving treats for all ages and thrills come courtesy of the Festive Flyer ride. The Southbank Centre Express will be providing bankside train rides, and you can

  1. Southbank Centre Belvedere Rd, SE1 8XX
  2. Until Sun Jan 11
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  • Free

Forget the frozen north – the place you’ll want to be this Christmas is the cool east or, to be more specific, Winterville in Victoria Park. Never heard of it? That’s not surprising as this magical temporary kingdom isn’t set to come into existence until December 2. When it materialises, though, it’ll make you feel all warm and fuzzy right through to New Year’s Day. Combining east London’s creative energy and talent drawn from across Europe, this new winter

  1. Victoria Park Victoria Park Rd, E3 5SN
  2. Until Thu Jan 1
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Christmas at Kew Gardens

Kew's annual seasonal makeover is back. For 2014, a glittery, mile-long trail, guided by snowflakes, will wind its way through the landscape. French studio design team TILT are creating 27 botanically-inspired light installations, which will be dotted along the route. The large-scale pieces (the biggest is 12 by 12 meters), designed to give the appearance of fireworks frozen in time, include giant luminous lily-of-the-valleys and light-up thistles. We're imagining something like

  1. Kew Gardens
  2. Sun Dec 21 - Sat Jan 3
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Hyde Park Winter Wonderland

  • Free

The Grinch would have a real job stealing all the Christmas from Hyde Park's massive tribute to festive fun, which is back for 2014 from Friday November 21 at 5pm. Entry to Winter Wonderland is free, and a wander past the fairground rides, around child-friendly Santa Land or through the Christmas markets is a real treat for anyone feeling the spirit of the season, as long as you're ready to hear all those songs as you potter.

  1. Hyde Park
  2. Sun Dec 21 - Sun Jan 4
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  1. Events in London on Boxing Day
  2. Attractions open on Boxing Day

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Bryn Dentinger
Bryn Dentinger

I'm disappointed that you didn't include Kew Gardens as a destination for Boxing Day. A welcome respite from the post-Christmas shopping madness!

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