With our flight back to London for the holidays getting nearer and nearer, I decided to sit down and share my favourite things to do to celebrate Christmas in London! Tell us about yours in the comments below and have a wonderful Christmas!
Found in Hyde Park every year, Winter Wonderland is a free attraction full of stalls selling Christmas decorations, trinkets and gifts, pop-up pubs and food vendors, waffles galore, fairground rides and complete with a Bavarian Village.
You can also pay an additional cost to go Ice Skating, see the Ice Kingdom, visit the Ice Bar, watch a Circus or Ice Skating show and enjoy the giant wheel for views of the city.
Need to know:
This is by far the most popular Christmas market in London so it can get busy very quickly. Head here on a weekday to avoid the crowds and earlier in the day is generally quieter but doesn’t quite have that same magic. We find 4-7pm a good time to visit because you get that festive atmosphere before it is too crowded.
Entrance is FREE
Tickets for special events or attractions can be purchased online to avoid disappointment.
The nearest underground station to Winter Wonderland is Hyde Park Corner but you may prefer to use Marble Arch, Green Park or Victoria to avoid the crowds and queues.
Wintertime Christmas Market Southbank
Head to the river and enjoy some time exploring the market at Southbank. Head to the Sauna, drink mulled wine and get merry all night long.
Southbank is the festival you want to head to if you are interested in festive shows – from a retelling of stories like Rumplestiltskin to Circus performances, drag shows and child-friendly Caribbean Christmas performances, Southbank go above and beyond with their attractions and this market seems to get bigger and bigger every year.
Need to know:
- The festival runs throughout November and December, up to the first week of January.
- The nearest underground is Waterloo but Embarkment and Charing Cross are also nearby.
Ideal home Show – Christmas
For anyone who loves shopping, the Ideal Home Show Christmas at Kensington Olympia is a perfect choice. I went last year with my parents and spent far too much money! BUT you do get to sample lots of free food and drink – my mother definitely enjoyed the flavoured vodkas!
Need to know:
- Arrive early as can busy, fast!
- Cheaper tickets are available from websites like Groupon.
Christmas at Hogwarts – Warner Bros. Studio Tour
Who doesn’t want to see the enchanted Hogwarts covered in snow? Or walk through the Great Hall; adorned with Christmas Trees and festive delights?! Yes, I am a Potter Geek and YES this was perhaps the best day of my life!
I promise I won’t talk for hours about WHY you should visit the Making of Harry Potter tour but if you are visiting then Christmas is the best time! Calum isn’t a big Potter fan but even he loved seeing the Christmas decorations and Hogwarts in the snow.
Buy all your Christmas treats at Greenwich market; stocking fillers, vintage items and seasonal street food = Christmassy Heaven!
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Magical Lantern Festival at Chiswick House
Visit the illuminated gardens at Chiswick House, head to Santa’s Grotto and eat your way around the food stalls – A great choice for those with children!
Christmas in Leicester Square
A fairly new market that I for one, am VERY excited to visit this year! In the heart of London, you can find Christmas markets full of Baileys and Hot Chocolate, crepes and all things Christmassy. I will be heading here before watching a West End Show so watch this space!
Matthew Bourne at Sadlers Wells
So this is one of my own traditions with my mum, but one of the most magical and Christmassy things to do when in London is Matthew Bourne! Who?! He is an incredible choreographer and his company perform at Sadler’s Wells every year – a Christmas must!
Of course, a trip to London wouldn’t be complete without a bit of shopping! Head to Oxford Street for the chain stores, explore Covent Garden for boutique stalls and shops or walk down Carnaby Street for everything fashion. After a long day of shopping, why not stop for afternoon tea at Sketch; not too far from Oxford Circus.
Christmas at Kew
Kew Gardens is one of my favourite gardens to visit from around the world and at Christmas, it comes alive with sparkling lights and enchanting decor – a must see!
So those are my favourite things to do in London at Christmas! What are yours? How to you celebrate Christmas in London?
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