Christmas in London


The weeks before Christmas are absolutely magical in London – the city is full of energy, there are beautiful lights everywhere, warm pubs to have a drink with friends in, and all kinds of markets and shows to attend! Here is a brief overview of things to do in December in London!


Of course with the holidays coming up, everyone is thinking about shopping! You could go to one of London’s big department stores such as Selfridge’s, John Fraser, Harrod’s, Liberty, or Harvey Nichols. They decorate their stores so beautifully, don’t forget to look in the windows before going inside!

If you don’t feel that the big department store experience is for you, why not shop at a traditional Christmas market? There’s a huge one at Winter Wonderland at Hyde Park, and another one at the Southbank Centre. They’re both free and sure to be serving mulled wine and hot cider to warm you up while you shop!


Have you ever heard of a Pantomime? Informally people call it a “panto” and it’s a type of musical comedy stage production, designed for family entertainment. It was developed in England and is generally performed during the Christmas and New Year season. There are dozens of different performances to choose from, and you can even find “adults only” pantos! Grab a friend and head to your nearest theatre!

Ice Skating

The London Eye, Somerset House, Hampton Court Palace, Natural History Museum, Canary Wharf, and Westfield London. These are just a few of the places around London which have outdoor skating rinks. Show off your skating skills, or perhaps try it for the first time! Either way, make sure to have a hot mug of hot chocolate afterwards! It’s the perfect treat to warm you up!

See the bright lights

London is lit up during the month of December, and here are a few of the best places to appreciate the luminous decorations: Trafalgar Square, Carnaby Street, Covent Garden, Oxford Street, Regent Street, and  St. Christopher’s Place.

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