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Things to do on Christmas Day in London

Don’t fancy spending Christmas Day indoors? Here's a handful of great things to do on December 25 in London

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By Time Out London Things To Do |
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December 25 (which falls on a Wednesday in 2019) is the only day of the year when the capital grinds to a halt (except for a few of the city's kitchens, that is). But fear not: you don't have to stay glued to the telly, or stuck indoors with your least favourite relatives. There might be no public transport to speak of, but a bracing walk is often just the thing after all that stuffing, so pull on your festive knitwear and get out there. Here's our guide for how to turn London into your own private playground come Christmas Day... 

We’ll be updating this page with more events for Christmas Day 2019 as they are announced. 

RECOMMENDED: Find more festive fun with our guide to Christmas in London

Christmas Day in London ideas and events

Sport and fitness

Go for a dip in Hampton Pool

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Shake off that hangover and work up an appetite worthy of Christmas lunch with a morning swim in (mercifully heated) Hampton Pool, which is open from 8am to noon on Christmas Day. Waterproof Santa hat optional. 

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Shiver in sympathy at the Peter Pan Cup

There’s nothing to make you feel snug and warm inside like seeing a bunch of brave/mad souls dive into icy water at 9am. The Serpentine Swimming Club’s Christmas Morning Race, held every year since 1864, is open to members only, so there's no risk of being tempted to join in/catching hypothermia on Christmas Day. 

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See London's streets sparkle

You won't find many people on the street on December 25 but the capital's stunning Christmas lights will still be sparkling. Empty pavements and bus-free views will only make a tour of the capital's best crimbo decorations all the more magical.

Enjoy Christmas dinner in London's top restaurants

You can either keep things traditional and find one of London's top restaurants serving up fat turkeys with all the trimmings on December 25, or use the opportunity to graze in one of the capital's more international offerings. Whichever way you choose to take your Christmas dinner, here's our selection of London restaurants allowing you to sit back, relax and forget about the figgy pudding.
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Walk off all the turkey and trimmings

There's no better way to walk off a big meal (or work up an appetite for one) than by taking a brisk stroll. Step outside this Christmas Day and soak up sights of festive lights, deocrations and maybe even a sprinkling of snow. Check out our guide to London's scenic walks, all perfect for a festive stretch of the legs.

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Volunteer your time to help other Londoners

There are heaps of charities supporting the homeless, elderly and those with disabilities, and although they need extra hands all year round in order to support the brilliant work they do, they’re always looking for more volunteers over Christmas. 

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Enjoy the peace and quiet

Have you ever walked around London on Christmas morning? It’s like stepping into a zombie movie before the plot kicks in. Here's how to embrace London without the crowds. 

See our full guide to Christmas in London

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Things to do

Things to do on Boxing Day in London

Father Christmas may have been and gone, but the fun doesn't end there. Boxing Day in London is a great time to visit some of London's best attractions, who fire things up for the festivities. 

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