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Christmas in London

Happy the holidays are (almost) here? With our guide to Christmas events, activities, winter markets and cosy pop-ups in London, your days will be jam-packed with enough festive cheer to see you through the rest of the year

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London is the ultimate place to be during the festive period with there more Christmassy things to do and places to go than you can shake a Christmas candy cane at. There’s nowhere merrier for sure – and it's undoubtedly one of the best places in the world to go ice skating or on a wintry park walk with pals, to hit up a festive market, devour a pub lunch by an open fire, take in a festive West End show or some beautiful light displays.

Whether you’re someone who listens to Christmas songs year-round or are a bit of a scrouge, London is the gift that keeps on giving during the most wonderful time of the year.

So this December, sack off the aprés ski or sunny escape for Christmas and check out our round-up of all the coolest festive activities take place in London this year. 

 

RECOMMENDED: Plan a spectacular New Year in London too. 

Get into the Christmas spirit

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Music

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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

Festive things to do in London

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 

A guide to Winter Wonderland 2019
Things to do

A guide to Winter Wonderland 2019

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Christmas events in London
Things to do

Christmas events in London

We’ve got your plans wrapped up in a bow

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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

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 pop-up shops in London
Shopping

Christmas pop-up shops in London

We Londoners can't resist a pop-up

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

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

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