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 Market Hall with mistletoes decorations at Christmas.
Tedz Duran

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

The loveliest Christmas lights
Things to do

The loveliest Christmas lights

See London at its most bling

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

Christmas markets in London
Shopping

Christmas markets in London

'Tis the season to buy Christmassy tat

Planning Christmas in London?

The most festive hotels in the city
Hotels

The most festive hotels in the city

Christmas in London is magical

London’s best Christmas shops
Shopping

London’s best Christmas shops

For beautiful baubles and original gift ideas 

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

Feeling festive?

An ‘Xmasbox’ light maze is coming to Wembley Park
News

An ‘Xmasbox’ light maze is coming to Wembley Park

Ready for a lit Christmas

Help London’s homeless by eating out this Christmas
News

Help London’s homeless by eating out this Christmas

Enter StreetSmart

London is officially one of the best cities to visit at Christmas
News

London is officially one of the best cities to visit at Christmas

Obviously

Walthamstow is getting its own winter wonderland!
News

Walthamstow is getting its own winter wonderland!

Move over Zone 1

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

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

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