Forget Times Square, Trafalgar Square is where it’s at this Christmas, as London is again transformed into a magical winter wonderland. The charming capital city bursts with Christmas spirit throughout December, sprinkled with glistening ice rinks, festive street lights, traditional markets, and decked-out trees. True to character, it serves up a plethora of both traditional and alternative seasonal activities for all ages, ensured to melt the hearts of Scrooges or Grinches for miles around. Make this Christmas memorable with our guide to London’s jolliest events and activities around.
Why not visit the UK’s largest open air ice rink at Hyde Park Winter Wonderland? The annual Christmas carnival rivals Lapland with its snowy grottos, wooden huts, and guest appearances from Santa himself. Whether you’re in the mood to watch a show, ride a ferris wheel or sip your way through hot chocolate and mulled wine, Hyde Park is a quintessential day out for the whole family with no shortage of things to do. Or if you’re looking for something kookier but equally charming, Winterville is the ultimate alternative with its backyard cinema, street feast and range of festive drinks.
London’s fabulous theatreland is also a must-see during the holiday season. Sing along to your favourite carols with tickets to the Royal Albert Hall’s annual Christmas concert, or treat yourself with tickets to see an award-winning play at one the many theatres in the city’s West End district.
From endearing pantos to Christmas concerts, traditional themed parks to alternative experiences, Christmas in London really is the most wonderful time of the year. Browse our list to find out more about what the pulsating hub of the UK has to offer.