Christmas in London

It’s beginning to look a bit like Christmas in London. These festive films, songs and online events will provide a much-needed dose of festive cheer

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Almost as soon as the temperature drops and the clocks go back, London is transformed into a wintry wonderland. The city glitters with Christmas lights and creatively decorated trees. Suddenly, you can fill your free time sipping hot booze, watching festive shows and pantos (even if it’s just online), or venturing out on a beautiful winter walk through the city’s most picturesque parts.

After the announcement of the Tier 4 restrictions for London, Christmas 2020 will be unlike any Christmas in London before it. Current rules have put a stop to Christmas parties and get-togethers. And many annual events were called off, from panto at Hackney Empire to the annual icon of London’s Christmas calendar, Hyde Park’s Winter Wonderland

Still, against all odds, there’s enough Christmas spirit in the capital to find a way through. Whether that’s checking the Christmas lights, grabbing a takeaway mulled wine, getting mince pies delivered to your door, watching our pick of the best Christmas films or seeing seasonal shows from some of London’s best theatres online. Despite all the last-minute changes, we hope you can still go forth and have fun this Christmas in London. 

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Festive things to do in London

Christmassy things you can still do in Tier 4 London
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Christmassy things you can still do in Tier 4 London

Have a safe yet Christmassy time! 

London’s loveliest Christmas lights
Things to do

London’s loveliest Christmas lights

See our city at its most bling

Online Christmas events to make you feel festive despite it all
Things to do

Online Christmas events to make you feel festive despite it all

Get your fill of the festive feels from the comfort of your home  

The 50 best Christmas movies
Film

The 50 best Christmas movies

Pick from our top 50 festive flicks 

Christmas shopping in London

Time Out’s Christmas gift guide
Shopping

Time Out’s Christmas gift guide

Support local boutiques and indie makers this season

Independent London shops delivering Christmas decorations to your home
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Independent London shops delivering Christmas decorations to your home

Ethically deck the halls

Six of the best Christmas hampers to see off 2020
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Six of the best Christmas hampers to see off 2020

Feelgood foodie swag

 DIY Christmas wreath kits to have delivered
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DIY Christmas wreath kits to have delivered

Fill the dark winter evenings with Christmas crafts

Planning Christmas in London?

Where to buy a Christmas tree in London
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Where to buy a Christmas tree in London

We’ve got you covered for this important festive task

Amazing events in London this December
Things to do

Amazing events in London this December

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How to get Christmas dinner delivered
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How to get Christmas dinner delivered

Disaster-proof your Christmas with a restaurant-quality feast

How to fill your home with festive foliage
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How to fill your home with festive foliage

London’s florists and Christmas tree specialists give their tips 

Get into the Christmas spirit

The 50 best Christmas songs
Music

The 50 best Christmas songs

Not all festive tunes are totally naff

The best green spaces for winter walks in London
Attractions

The best green spaces for winter walks in London

Make the most of the daylight with a bracing winter walk

The best mince pies you can still get delivered
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The best mince pies you can still get delivered

Is it even Christmas if you haven’t overdone it on the mince pies?

The 50 best Christmas movies
Film

The 50 best Christmas movies

Pick from our top 50 festive flicks. 

More festive things to do in London

These London pubs are serving takeaway mulled wine
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These London pubs are serving takeaway mulled wine

The hottest trend to come out of 2020 

Book a musical theatre show for your doorstep
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Book a musical theatre show for your doorstep

Proof that in 2020 you can literally order anything online 

Check out this year’s lights on London’s most Christmassy street
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Check out this year’s lights on London’s most Christmassy street

See the glitzy south-west London strip 

The best virtual events from around the world
Things to do

The best virtual events from around the world

From world-class performance to one hot priest. 

Festive fun with kids in London

YouTube is streaming shows from London’s best theatres this Christmas
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YouTube is streaming shows from London’s best theatres this Christmas

Little Angel Theatre and Unicorn Theatre will be providing kids’ entertainment.

11 amazing local parks in London
Things to do

11 amazing local parks in London

The city’s best little patches of green

The 100 best animated movies
Film

The 100 best animated movies

Family film sesh, here you come!

The best Disney movies
Film

The best Disney movies

The ones worth watching this Christmas 

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