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Things to do on Christmas Eve in London

’Twas the night before Christmas, and all through the city... there was still plenty of (socially distanced) fun to be had

By Time Out London Things To Do
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We may be living through strange times, but London’s Christmas spirit remains indestructible. From twinkling lights to online events, take advantage of Christmas Eve before you find you well-fed and well sleepy in your favourite armchair on Christmas Day. 

In this uncertain time, make this night before Christmas the best one yet and take a look at our top picks for things to do on Thursday December 24 2020

RECOMMENDED: Our guide to Christmas in London

Spending Christmas Eve 2020 in London?

See London’s Christmas lights

Things to do

Need to liven up your daily walk? If you live in central London, why take in some of the city’s Christmas lights, which make the capital dazzlingly beautiful each year. Remember, try not to board public transport to see any light displays and always try to stay at a 2m distance from anyone outside your social bubble. 

Tracey Emin's Christmas Tree at the Connaught
© Mark Arrigo

Check out London’s loveliest Christmas trees

Things to do

London is all dressed up for Christmas, with festive lights hanging on almost every street. But that’s not the only thing to gawp at this time of year, it’s also dotted with lovely firs and pines. There are trad firs in places like Trafalgar Square, plus quirky spruce imitators, like the terrarium-filled epic at Coal Drops Yard. They are free to see and a safe stop-off point on any socially distanced walk with one other person outside your bubble.  

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English National Ballet Nutcracker Delights at Coliseum Theatre, London on December 17 2020. Photo: Amber Hunt
Photograph: Arnaud Stephenson

Watch the English National Ballet’s ‘Nutcracker Delights’

Is it even Christmas if you haven’t watched ‘The Nutcracker’? English National Ballet is giving us a Christmas gift. It’s making a recorded performance of ‘Nutcracker Delights’ – a whirlwind tour of the ballet’s most popular moments – with Tchaikovsky’s famous score played live. It’s available to watch on YouTube and Facebook from 2pm on December 24. 

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