Christmas in London

It’s beginning to look a bit like Christmas in London. These Christmas light shows, winter pop-ups, festive markets and ice rinks will provide a healthy dose of Christmas cheer!

Natural History Museum Ice Rink, 2016 competition
Photograph: Natural History Museum

Christmas in London really is magical. Almost as soon as the temperature drops and the clocks go back, the city is transformed into a wintry wonderland, glittering with Christmas lights and creatively decorated trees, with winter pop-ups and Christmas markets around every corner.

When December comes around, everyone suddenly seems to be that little bit friendlier, and you can fill your free time sipping hot booze, watching festive shows and pantos, revisiting your favourite Christmas films, gliding around picturesque ice rinks and having a proper knees-up at all the Christmas parties.

And after last year’s Tier 4 restrictions meant that the festivities were somewhat more muted than usual, you can expect Christmas 2021 to be bigger, sparklier and more filled with festive fun than ever before. Gone are the socially distanced park meet-ups clutching a takeaway cup of mulled wine for warmth, and back are the Natural History Museum ice rink, Hyde Park’s Winter Wonderland and Christmas at Kew. Boy did we miss em! 

Get the lowdown on those, and all the other fun festive things to do for Christmas 2021 in London in our comprehensive roundup. And be sure to check back regularly as we continue to update the list with newly announced markets, pop-ups, ice rinks, parties and other festive events happening in London. 

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Festive things to do in London

London’s loveliest Christmas lights
Things to do

London’s loveliest Christmas lights

See our city decked out in all its best bling this winter

Ace places to skate at Christmas
Things to do

Ace places to skate at Christmas

Glide (or fall over) in style at these awesome ice rinks

Christmas events in London
Things to do

Christmas events in London

We’ve got your plans wrapped up with a bow on top

London's cosiest winter pop-ups
Things to do

London's cosiest winter pop-ups

Snuggle up under a blanket, it’s time for some spicy wine!

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The city's prettiest Christmas trees
Things to do

The city's prettiest Christmas trees

Whether traditional, unique or somewhere in between

Christmas parties in London
Clubs

Christmas parties in London

Soak up all the festive fun at these holly jolly nights out

London pantos and Christmas shows
Theatre

London pantos and Christmas shows

Find a festive play or panto that your lot will love

Where to sing Christmas carols in the city
Music

Where to sing Christmas carols in the city

Find somewhere to belt out ‘Oh Come All Ye Faithful’

Christmas shopping in London

Christmas markets in London
Shopping

Christmas markets in London

Swap Oxford Street for one of these festive fairs

Time Out’s Christmas gift guide
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Time Out’s Christmas gift guide

Support local boutiques and indie makers this season

London's best Christmas shops
Shopping

London's best Christmas shops

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

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

So much to do, so little time...

How to get Christmas dinner delivered
News

How to get Christmas dinner delivered

Disaster-proof your Christmas with a restaurant-quality feast

How to fill your home with festive foliage
News

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
News

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
News

These London pubs are serving takeaway mulled wine

The hottest trend to come out of 2020 

Book a musical theatre show for your doorstep
News

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
News

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
News

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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