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Christmas in London

It's beginning to look a bit like Christmas in London. These festive events, markets and cosy pop-ups will provide enough festive cheer to see you through the rest of the year

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Almost as soon as the temperature drops and the clocks go back, London is transformed into a wintery wonderland. Ice rinks appear in squares, on rooftops and outside London icons while the city glitters with Christmas lights and creatively decorated trees. Suddenly, you can fill your free time sipping hot booze in kitsch pop-up bars (like this Miracle on Ninth Street one), wandering through an Enchanted Woodland or following your nose around an intricate gingerbread city

Of course there are pantos, parties and countless Christmas markets – the Southbank Winter Market and Hyde Park’s enormous Winter Wonderland need no introduction – but the point is, London is stuffed like a stocking full of magical things to do at Christmas. 

Oh, and talking of gifts, we’ve got Christmas shopping in London all wrapped up too – check out our 2019 Christmas gift guide and our pick of Christmas shops in London. Trying to cut back or give back? We’re with you. Find out how to have a sustainable Christmas in the capital this year. 

RECOMMENDED: Plan a spectacular 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

London's loveliest Christmas lights
Things to do

London's loveliest Christmas lights

See our city at its most bling

Ace places to skate in London
Things to do

Ace places to skate in London

Glide in style at these awesome ice rinks

Where to find winter igloos in London
Things to do

Where to find winter igloos in London

These boozy domes are still as popular as ever 

Find the cosiest winter pop-ups in the city
Things to do

Find the cosiest winter pop-ups in the city

Snuggle up under a blanket, it’s hot chocolate season 

Christmas parties in London
Clubs

Christmas parties in London

Soak up as much festive fun as possible 

Festive news

The Shard Christmas lights will illuminate the skyline from Monday
News

The Shard Christmas lights will illuminate the skyline from Monday

Get ready for an eyeful of LED 

A ‘Snowman’ sculpture trail has popped up in London
News

A ‘Snowman’ sculpture trail has popped up in London

Each sculpture is based on ‘The 12 Days of Christmas’

A 24-hour ice skate-athon is coming to Somerset House
News

A 24-hour ice skate-athon is coming to Somerset House

Want to feel festive at 4am? Try skating in central London 

Windsor Castle has a super snazzy Christmas tree
News

Windsor Castle has a super snazzy Christmas tree

Time to dish out the decorations, according to the Queen

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Christmas shopping in London

The best Christmas shops in London
Shopping

The best Christmas shops in London

Tackle your Christmas shopping tasks in the most joyful way

Christmas markets in London
Shopping

Christmas markets in London

Swap Oxford Street for one of these festive fairs

Planning Christmas in London?

Quintessential Christmas activities
Things to do

Quintessential Christmas activities

We love the uniqueness of London's festive season 

The most festive hotels in the city
Hotels

The most festive hotels in the city

For truly magical sleepovers

Restaurants open on Christmas Day
Restaurants

Restaurants open on Christmas Day

Where to dine out deliciously on December 25 

Where to buy a Christmas tree in London
Shopping

Where to buy a Christmas tree in London

We've got you covered for this important festive task

Get into the Christmas spirit

The 50 best Christmas songs
Music

The 50 best Christmas songs

Not all festive tunes are totally naff

Things to do when it snows in London
Things to do

Things to do when it snows in London

Snowball fight, anyone?

The 50 best Christmas movies
Film

The 50 best Christmas movies

We count down our favourite films of the season

Favourite Christmas memories

Favourite Christmas memories

20 Londoners share their festive stories

More festive things to do in London

Christmas pop-up cinema in London
Film

Christmas pop-up cinema in London

Book up screenings of all 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
Theatre

Christmas shows in London

The best festive shows out there

Perfect Christmas outings in London

Winter Wonderland
Things to do

Winter Wonderland

Get the lowdown on Hyde Park's hive of Christmas activity

Christmas in Leicester Square
Things to do

Christmas in Leicester Square

Visit Theatreland's outdoor festive frenzy

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

Christmassy fun for the whole family