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Christmas in London: What to see and where to go

Spending Christmas in London can be truly magical – there are endless things to do to celebrate the most wonderful time of the year.

From ice skating around Christmas trees to the markets and glittering lights, you’ll be spoilt for choice with the many festive activities London has to offer.

Christmas markets in London

Everyone looks forward to visiting the Christmas markets every year, and London has plenty to choose from. Find a unique gift for your loved ones or enjoy a selection of street food and festive drinks to keep you feeling merry!

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Winter Wonderland

Winter Wonderland is one of the biggest Christmas markets in London, covering a huge section of Hyde Park every year with people all over the country visiting. 
Offering a variety of attractions, entertainment, food and drinks, as well as a huge outdoor ice rink and The Giant Wheel, it’s often considered the ultimate Christmas destination in London. Join the festive fun this year – there’s something for everyone to enjoy!

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Covent Garden Christmas Village

Covent Garden is a must when choosing what things to do in London at Christmas. Its beautiful decorations, traditional markets and iconic central Christmas tree are guaranteed to get you into the festive spirit.

The place is covered in dazzling lights and offers a delicious food market, a forest of Christmas trees and bauble-themed dining domes, perfect for all the family.

Christmas Lights

Celebrate the festive season by going to see some Christmas lights in London. The twinkling decorations are sure to immerse you in the festive spirit – a magical experience for everyone.

Christmas at Kew

Visit Christmas at Kew this year and be enchanted by the spectacular light shows and glistening wonderland that is Kew Gardens.
This popular London Christmas activity enables you, your family and friends to follow an illuminated path around the gardens, watching the incredible displays.
Walk through the sparkling tunnels and watch the stunning light, music and water shows in front of the legendary Palm House.

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Oxford Street Christmas Lights

Admire the Oxford Street Christmas lights as you get through your last-minute shopping. Watch the street illuminate with rows of sparkling lights, perfect for getting you through the crowds.
You can enjoy the wonderful seasonal displays the shops on Oxford Street have to offer – they capture everyone’s attention and may even distract you from your shopping!

Other Christmas activities in London

London is full of things to do at Christmas – we’ve listed a few more ideas to help you and the family get into the spirit this year.

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Ice skating

Ice skating at Somerset House is an iconic London Christmas activity that’s a must every year.
You’ll be skating around a 40ft Christmas tree covered in bright lights and festive decorations with the magnificent view of Somerset House as your backdrop. Get ready for a sprinkle of magic as you glide across the ice – it truly feels like a fairy tale.

Christmas shows

What better way to get in a cheerful mood than to visit the West End and see a Christmas show? Whether it’s a festive favourite at the theatre or a family-friendly pantomime, Christmas shows in London guarantee fun for everyone.
Theatres at Christmas often perform holiday classics such as The Snowman, A Christmas Carol and The Nutcracker, so keep an eye out for tickets to see a spectacular production.

Getting to London

Avoid the Christmas traffic this year by choosing to book with Southern – it’s never been easier to catch one of our trains to London, delivering a simple and hassle-free way to visit the city this Christmas.

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