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Amazing Things to Do in London in Winter

Updated: Jan 13

⛸️ Skate at Somerset House

📆 Wed, Nov 15, 2023 - Sun, Jan 14, 2024. 🎫 Details & Tickets

Show off your best ice-skating moves and share hilarious, unforgettable, and life-affirming moments with your loved ones. The 20th annual festive ice rink experience decks your inner halls with the ultimate nightlife DJ sets, skating lessons, Skate Lates, and gourmet dining. For champagne and cocktails, visit the luxurious rink-side lounge by Moët & Chandon.

🎄 Light up Your Christmas at Kew Gardens

📆 Wed, Nov 15, 2023 - Sun, Jan 7, 2024. 🎫 Details & Tickets

The most immersive magical winter trail lights up the evening skies at Kew Gardens! The must-visit after-dark festive attraction enriches the most wonderful time of the year with an enchanting visual phenomenon of the Aurora Borealis, a show-stopping dome of lights suspended over a reflective pool of water, and many spectacular shows lighting up the iconic Temperate and Palm Houses. All seasoned with mulled wine, spiced cider, hot chocolate, and flavourful street food to get you in the Christmas mood. More details & photos here.

🎡 Have (family) Fun Hyde Park Winter Wonderland

📆 Fri, Nov 17, 2023 - Mon, Jan 1, 2024. 🎫 Details & Tickets

If huge funfair festivals are your thing, Hyde Park is your dream destination this December. Featuring heaps of festive entertainment, a Christmas market, two circuses, live music, a gigantic ice rink, the Magical Ice Kingdom, an observation wheel, and themed bars for the thirsty grown-ups, this extraordinary selection of festive activities will keep all ages fully entertained for hours.

🍄 Go for a Magical Walk in Syon House's Enchanted Woodland (back in 2024)

📆 Fri, Nov 11, 2022 - Sun, Nov 27, 2022 . 🎫 Details & Tickets

As the nights draw in, Syon Park’s 600-year-old gardens and Great Conservator are transformed by a spectacular display of lighting effects and music. Both high-tech lasers and low-tech candles will illuminate your way through the arboretum. The best part? The Syon staff will be there to answer your questions about the trees.

🕯️ Indulge in a Victorian Christmas at the Charles Dickens Museum

📆 Sun, Dec 3, 2023 - Sun, Dec 24, 2023. 🎫 Details & Tickets

Each year, the Museum provides a unique glimpse into how the festive season was celebrated by the great Victorian author, with the historic interiors transformed into a true embodiment of Christmas Past. A rich selection of talks, tours, and performances with all the magic of Dickens. Full programme of events can be found here. Don’t miss The Housemaid's Christmas Tour, The Finding Father Christmas Trail, and my personal favourite: Christmas Eve at the Charles Dickens Museum, plus Live performances of A Christmas Carol.

🎶 Sing Your Heart Out At the Royal Albert Hall

📆 Sun, Dec 17, 2023 - Sun, Dec 24, 2023. 🎫 Details & Tickets

Sing along to beloved classics at London’s finest carol concerts of the season. From Let it Snow, Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas, Silent Night, Winter Wonderland, and 12 Days of Christmas, the famous Christmas Carols Singalong repertoire makes a special night out. Make sure you’re wearing your best Christmas jumper. Apart from Christmas carols, you can also treat your nearest and dearest with traditional concerts, jazz, drag, soul, classic ballet and so much more. See all the Christmas events here.

🎻 Get in a Sublime Festive Spirit at the Barbican

📆 Fri, Dec 8, 2022 - Sun, Jan 1, 2022. 🎫 Details & Tickets

Are you a fan of opera, ballet, and classical music? Then get your highly-cultured Christmas fix at Barbican’s Christmas Festival. Hear sublime carols sung by the angelic voices of chapel choristers at Christmas with King’s College Choir. Join the Mozart Festival Orchestra and Chorus for an awe-inspiring evening of seasonal classics, staged in full 18th-century costume in an evocative candle-lit style setting at Christmas by Candlelight. Hear epic music from Game of Thrones, The Hobbit, Lord of the Rings, and beyond as the worlds of TV, film, and fantasy are brought to life by a stunning choir and a full symphony orchestra.

👑 Experience a Royal Christmas at Hampton Court Palace

📆 Wed, Dec 7, 2023 - Mon, Jan 2, 2023. 🎫 Details & Tickets

Discover captivating luminous displays in the after-hours light trail, inspired by the Royal Beasts. (Palace Of Light takes place between 07 December 2023 and 02 January 2024, excluding 12-13, 24, 25, and 26 December. More info here). Do some last-minute Christmas shopping at the popular Festive Fayre weekend (02-04 December). Set in the magnificent palace courtyards and grounds, this is a food lover's Christmas wonderland, full of delicious artisan food, drink, and perfect gifts to pick up for loved ones. Soak up the jolly atmosphere with festive entertainment from the East Front bandstand, then glide around the Palace’s biggest-ever outdoor ice rink.

🏃‍♀️ Run Dressed in SANTA for a Charitable Cause

📆 Mon, Dec 4, 2023 - Tue, Dec 5, 2023. 🎫 Details & Tickets

Join London’s most festive Santa Run - Santa in the City 5km takes place on both the 4th and 5th of December. Every runner gets a one-size-fits-all 5-piece Santa suit – jacket, hat, beard, trousers, and belt. The route begins and ends at the Tate Modern Museum and includes London’s most iconic views: Tower Bridge, St Paul’s Cathedral, Millennium Bridge, the Globe Theatre, the City Skyline, and the Shard. More Santa-themed races happen every week in December in many of London’s beautiful parks. Check out more info here or here.


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