The Best Christmas Events in London This Year
London is a magical city at Christmas time, (and even more so with this snow!) playing host to various activities and events for everyone to enjoy during this holiday season. Here are some of our favourite Christmas events in London that you won't want to miss.
Winter Wonderland in Hyde Park
This annual event is a must-see for anyone visiting London during the holiday season. The park is transformed into a winter wonderland with ice skating rinks, Christmas markets, festive shows and performances, and plenty of food and drink. The event runs from the end of November until early January.
The Christmas lights at Oxford Street
One of the most popular Christmas events in London is the Christmas lights at Oxford Street. Every year, the iconic Oxford Street is illuminated with over one million twinkling lights, creating a magical atmosphere that draws thousands of visitors. This year's display features a stunning new design, with the lights arranged in a series of arcs that stretch from Oxford Circus to Marble Arch. The lights will be switched on at 5:00 PM on November 12th, and they will be on display until early January.
The Nutcracker at the Royal Opera House
The Nutcracker is a classic Christmas ballet, and the Royal Opera House in Covent Garden is the perfect place to see it. The production is beautiful and the dancers are talented, making for a truly memorable experience. The ballet runs from early December until early January.
Christmas Carols at St. Martin-in-the-Fields and St. Paul’s Cathedral
If you're looking for something a little more traditional, you can't beat the Christmas Carol Concerts at St. Martin-in-the-Fields. Located in the heart of London, this beautiful church hosts a series of festive concerts throughout December. You can enjoy classic carols and seasonal music performed by the St. Martin-in-the-Fields choir, as well as guest musicians and soloists. The concerts are held on select dates in December, and tickets can be purchased in advance.
Another traditional Christmas experience is a visit to the Christmas Carols at St. Paul's Cathedral. This beautiful cathedral is filled with the sounds of festive carols, performed by the Cathedral Choir and other special guests. It's the perfect way to get into the holiday spirit.
Christmas at Kew Gardens
Kew Gardens is a beautiful spot in London, and at Christmas time it's even more special. The gardens are illuminated with thousands of twinkling lights, creating a magical atmosphere. There are also Christmas markets with food and drink stands, making it a great place to spend an evening during the holiday season.
The Christmas Market at Southbank Centre
Located along the banks of the River Thames, the Southbank Centre Christmas Market features more than 100 wooden chalets filled with festive food, drink, and gifts. The market is open from mid-November until Christmas Eve, and also features a variety of entertainment, including live music and performances.
These are just a few of the many wonderful Christmas events happening in London. No matter what you're interested in, there's sure to be something to enjoy in this vibrant and festive city. So why not plan a trip to London this holiday season and experience the magic for yourself?