Christmas in London

Feeling festive? With our guide to Christmas events, activities, winter markets and cosy pop-ups in London, you’ll have a holiday so jolly that it’ll make Santa jealous

Covent Garden Christmas lights
Photograph: Rob Greig

There are so many things to do in London at Christmas. Seriously, who needs heaving German markets, pricey alpine resorts or far-flung tropical beaches at Christmas when we have our city in all its twinkling, fairy-light embellished glory? There’s no better place to be at this most enchanting time of year. Frosty park walks, hot toddies at festive markets, ice-skating with friends, fireside pub lunches, carol concerts, impressive light displays, spectacular West End shows – there’s simply no end to the Wintery entertainment offered up by our capital.

Whether you prefer your Yule jam-packed with parties or super mellow, our round-up is bursting with ways to celebrate. Tempted to forgo the home-cooked turkey and dine out on the 25th? We have that covered too, with a list of fabulous restaurants serving up festive fare on the big day itself. Go forth and be merry!

Keep checking back to find out about the latest events for Christmas 2018 as they're announced and let the good tidings roll. 

RECOMMENDED: Plan an awesome New Year in London too. 

 

Festive things to do in London

Christmas events in London
Things to do

Christmas events in London

We’ve got your plans wrapped up in a bow

Christmas parties in London
Clubs

Christmas parties in London

Soak up as much festive fun as possible 

The loveliest Christmas lights
Things to do

The loveliest Christmas lights

See London at its most bling

Christmas markets in London
Shopping

Christmas markets in London

'Tis the season to buy Christmassy tat

Ace places to skate in London
Things to do

Ace places to skate in London

Glide in style at these iconic ice rinks

Unusual festive events in London
Things to do

Unusual festive events in London

For santa-lovers and scrooges alike

Planning Christmas in London?

Quintessential Christmas activities
Things to do

Quintessential Christmas activities

Christmas in London is unique 

The most festive hotels in the city
Hotels

The most festive hotels in the city

For magical sleepovers

Restaurants open on Christmas Day
Restaurants

Restaurants open on Christmas Day

Where to dine out on December 25

Where to buy a Christmas tree in London
Shopping

Where to buy a Christmas tree in London

It’s a crucial part of the festivities

Christmas shopping in London

The best Christmas shops in London
Shopping

The best Christmas shops in London

Tackle your Christmas shopping the joyful way

Christmas pop-up shops in London
Shopping

Christmas pop-up shops in London

Because London loves a pop-up

Feeling festive?

Check out this illuminated deer made from 2,000 plastic bottles
News

Check out this illuminated deer made from 2,000 plastic bottles

Sometimes life in plastic can be fantastic

Take a look at Christmas at Kew’s dreamy lights trail
News

Take a look at Christmas at Kew’s dreamy lights trail

There’s over 1 million lights 

Things you only know if you’re a Crisis at Christmas volunteer
News

Things you only know if you’re a Crisis at Christmas volunteer

…according to Lloyd Wylde, 49

See this snow globe pit filled with thousands of golden balls
News

See this snow globe pit filled with thousands of golden balls

We’re dreaming of a gold Christmas 

Festive fun with kids in London

Christmas activities
Kids

Christmas activities

Who’s excited?

Santa’s grottos
Kids

Santa’s grottos

Meet the man himself

Christmas pantomimes
Theatre

Christmas pantomimes

They’re behind you!

Festive family shows
Theatre

Festive family shows

For the whole family

Get into the Christmas spirit

The 50 best Christmas songs
Music

The 50 best Christmas songs

Not all festive tunes are totally naff

Favourite Christmas memories

Favourite Christmas memories

20 Londoners share stories

Things to do when it snows in London
Things to do

Things to do when it snows in London

Did someone say snow? 

The 50 best Christmas movies
Film

The 50 best Christmas movies

We count down our favourite festive films

Perfect Christmas outings in London

Wintertime at Southbank Centre
Things to do

Wintertime at Southbank Centre

There's a sack-load of Thames-side festive fun planned 

Winter Wonderland
Things to do

Winter Wonderland

Find out about Hyde Park's hive of Christmas activity

More festive things to do in London

Christmas pop-up cinema in London
Film

Christmas pop-up cinema in London

Nothing says Christmas like your favourite festive films

Christmas pantomimes in London
Theatre

Christmas pantomimes in London

Are the best ones behind you? Nope: they’re in this list

The twelve shows of Christmas
Theatre

The twelve shows of Christmas

Want to see Danny and Dani Dyer on stage together?

Christmas shows in London 2018
Theatre

Christmas shows in London 2018

The best festive shows out there