Our December 2018 highlights
What is it? Kew's incredible gardens get another magnificent seasonal makeover as illuminations light up the botanical gardens and bring the buildings and plants to life. Why go? Follow the mile-long past a million sparkling pea-lights, tree canopies flooded with festive colour, a moonlit Laser Garden hidden in the woods, a festive flotilla of hundreds of glowing boats, a fire garden and glorious kaleidoscopic lights dancing over the grand Palm House.
What is it? ‘A Christmas Carol’ returns for Christmas 2018 with Stephen Tompkinson as Ebenezer Scrooge.
Why go? It's is the Coldplay of festive theatre: big, bombastic and happy, and overwhelmingly winsome.
What is it? The Harry Potter studio tours get a festive makeover once more this Winter, with Christmas trees and a seasonal feast in the Great Hall, decorations in Gryffindor common room and snow drifts in Diagon Alley.
Why go? Even if you've seen the experience before, seeing it at Christmas time is even more magical.
What is it? The Grinch would have a real job stealing all the Christmas from Hyde Park's massive tribute to festive fun, which is back for an twelfth year in 2019.
Why go? For fairground rides, a child-friendly Santa Land, Christmas markets, ice rink, Victorian bandstand, family-friendly Christmas shows, snow and ice sculptures and plenty more festive fun.
What is it? London’s most enchanting ice rink, thanks to the beautiful backdrop of Alfred Waterhouse's buildings, a row of trees dripping in fairy lights and a majestic Christmas tree in the middle of the ice.
Why go? To have some fun on a London Christmas classic.
What is it? You’ll find plenty more than baubles and gingerbread to tempt you in the wooden chalets that make up this iconic Christmas market.
Why go? Stock up on festive food and tipples, unique gifts, stocking fillers and treats.
London at Christmas time is pretty darn magical. Discover ideas for fun family outings throughout the Christmas period, plus fun things to do on Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and Boxing Day in the capital.
Dazzle your eyes be taking a peek at London's twinkling Christmas lights. The illuminations give London an instant festive makeover. Plan a wintery outing with our guide to all the main lights in London for Christmas 2018.
Swap stressful Christmas shopping in busy department stores for something a little more laid back. We've got you covered with our guide to London’s loveliest Christmas markets and festive fairs.
What is it? Somerset House's grand 18th-century courtyard is the stunning setting for an ice rink again this winter.
Why go? No matter how unimpressive your skating skills a trip to this 900-square-metre outdoor rink will be the very definition of festive fun.
What is it? Strictly a spectator event - unless you happen to be a member of the Serpentine Swimming Club - the Peter Pan Cup race through the Serpentine's icy waters takes place each year on Christmas morning.
Why go? To cheer on the hardy swimmers as they race to the finish line.
Whether your ice skating skills are jaw-droppingly magnificent or utterly non-existent, you'll still find London's ice rinks as enchanting as ever.
What is it? The magnificent fireworks display that showers the Thames with light each New Year's Eve is back.
Why go? For an impressive display featuring more than 12,000 fireworks and Big Ben’s famous bongs, which will sound for the special occasion.
London is one of the best places in the world to be for New Year celebrations. Fact. Never one to miss out on a party, the capital is fully prepared with loads of New Year's Eve parties and events up its sparkly sleeve, as well as the mighty NYE firework display over the Thames.
New Year's Eve parties are ten to the dozen in London, from quirky fancy dress events to heads-core raving. Our definitive list of events rounds up the many nights taking place, making it easy to track down your perfect NYE bash, whatever you're looking for.