At Christmastime, all of London is transformed into a twinkling Christmas tree. Well, maybe not all of London, but it’s crazy how much euphoria and passion the Brits put into the Christmas season every year. We show you what you should not miss in London in December.
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Everywhere in London is magnificently decorated in December and even the urban sparrows seem to whistle Christmas Carols from the rooftops. Christmas markets pop up on almost every corner and red-nosed people feast on hot “Mulled Wine” or take a few laps on the ice rinks.
London in December – under the sign of Christmas!
Some people claim that Christmastime is the best time to travel to London. If you’re into Santa, the reindeer and the rest of the Christmas stuff, you’ll be enchanted by the evocative atmosphere on the Thames!
London’s weather in December: Is there snow?
We wish we could give you a certain yes. Well, there is unfortunately not soo much reliance on the snow probability in London in December. But in any case, it is quite cold with temperatures between 5 and 9° Celsius, which makes you look forward to warming pastries and cozy socks.
The best events in London in December
The Alexandra Palace Christmas Carnival (28. November 2023 - 8. January 2024)Street Fair in North LondonAdd to myTravel added
Ally Pally is probably primarily known for the annual mega fireworks, but that should not be it this year. The Alexandra Palace Theatre celebrates the most beautiful time of the year extensively. The Ally Pally Christmas Festival:Everyone is welcome here who is into absurdly Christmassy festivities and can’t get too sick of lights, kitschy Christmas decorations and singing angels. The Victorian Theatre is definitely not missing out on the fun either, bringing Bugsy Malone, Ice returns and Rapunzel to the stage. A true feast!
The Nutcracker by the English National Ballet (14. December 2023 - 7. January 2024)Performances in WestminsterAdd to myTravel added
It doesn’t get much more festive at the London National Ballet than in the run-up to Christmas, when E.T.A. Hoffman’s Nutcracker is traditionally brought to the stage.
Tchaikovsky’s musical masterpiece to Wayne Eagling’s choreography is a Christmas classic!
Ice skating at the Somerset House (Mid November 2023 - mid January 2024)Cultural Center in Covent GardenAdd to myTravel added
Londoners love to lace up their skates at winter time and glide across the rinks in the open air. The ice rink in the courtyard of Somerset House is particularly atmospheric.
The house alone is already spectacular, but in winter, when the giant Christmas tree is set up there and the many lights create a pre-Christmas atmosphere, the facility is simply stunning!
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Don’t worry, you don’t have to jump into the ice-cold Hyde Park water yourself, but the members of the Serpentine Swimming Club won’t miss the chance to take a dip in the lake on Christmas Day. This sounds life-weary, but has tradition and belongs since 1864 firmly to the Christmas days in London.You can watch when the madmen from 9 o’clock in the morning at the south side of the lake at the Peter Pan Cup swim around the race!By the way: The Serpentine Café with warming coffee is not far from there!
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London’s fireworks on New Year’s Eve is literally a blast! And everyone, really everyone seems to rush to the Thames this evening to be able to look at the spectacle from close up.And because there is of course no place for everyone, you have to buy a ticket in the meantime. Sounds weird, but only in this way you can secure the possibility of a good viewing place on the Thames, on the Waterloo or Westminster Bridge. The tickets are gone faster than you think!
The Oxford Street shimmers in christmaslights (November 2023 - January 2024)Street in Piccadilly CircusAdd to myTravel added
The city is known for the Christmas staging of the streets. A walk through the festively decorated Oxford Street with its hundreds of thousands of lights and many ornaments is a must at Christmastime. Things are similarly spectacular (but more special) on Carnaby Street.
The walk through the richly decorated streets is one of the highlights in London in December. By the way, there’s also the more leisurely option if you’d rather wrap up comfortably instead of running your feet off – the bus tour. You will be driven to the decorated spots and can lean back and relax.
Dine in a igloo under Londons starry skyRestaurant in City of LondonAdd to myTravel added
Those who like it more exclusive will love the igloos under the London night sky. Whether with a view of Canary Wharf or decorated in Narnia style, London’s igloos are diverse and spread throughout the city.
In some you can dine princely, in others it is more about drinking. Depending on the location, the price varies. One of the most beautiful locations with a view of the Thames and Tower Bridge is the Coppa Club.
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In December there’s also a very special treat for Harry Potter fans in London:
It’s “Hogwarts in the snow” again at the Warner Bros. Studios: the Great Hall will be festively decorated for the Yule Ball, the Gryffindor common room will be Christmasy and Hogwarts (the model) will disappear under a thick layer of snow.
Unfortunately, tickets are always sold out incredibly fast, so better not hesitate too long!
Cruise through christmasy London in a vintage bus!Theme bus in WestminsterAdd to myTravel added
Basically, we recommend bus tours to visitors in London. Firstly, because you have a really good view of the sights of the city from the buses and secondly, because it is very convenient. After all, there is a lot of walking and it is good to take rest breaks when sightseeing in London.So if you want to spend Christmas in London and see the famous Christmas lights in peace, the bus tour is a great option. You will be driven 90 minutes to the most important places of the city like Piccadilly Circus and Big Ben and also see the fulminant Christmas decorations of Harrods and Oxford Street. Accompanying the tour, Christmas music is played according to the occasion.
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At Christmastime, the famous luxury department store Harrods dresses up and turns into a winter wonderland. Or in other words: the Christmas department of Harrods looks as if Santa’s workshop had exploded.
Every corner is lovingly decorated with Christmas baubles, garlands, and nutcrackers. There you can find everything you might need for Christmas in your own four walls – and even much more.
Take a boat cruise with santa claus!Boat tour in WestminsterAdd to myTravel added
The Sightseeing boat trips on the Thames are one of the most popular activities in London. After all, you’re not only cruising comfortably through the city, you’re also seeing many of the landmarks from a completely different angle.
Why this is not only attractive in summer, but should also be on the itinerary in London in December?! Well … Santa Claus rides along. While adults can enjoy the view and feast Christmas cookies and mulled wine, there is also a small gift for the kids from Santa Claus himself.
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The classic of Christmas classics: A Christmas Carol. This beautiful Dickens Christmas story is one of the shows that nobody should miss in London at this time of year.
Ebenezer Scrooge, a grumpy and bitter man, is visited by four Christmas spirits who help him realize the true meaning of the holidays and find the goodness in his heart.
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You always wanted to know what is so exciting about curling and why the Olympic game is also called chess on ice? Then head on over to Roof East in Stratford.
You can have a quiet curling stone there yourself for once! Groups of up to eight people can book a slot. That goes however only in advance and not spontaneously.
Sipping mulled wine at the Christmas markets
Winter Wonderland in the heart of Hyde Park is arguably the most popular Christmas market in all of London. However, it doesn’t make it difficult either. After all, Winter Wonderland combines all the elements that make up the magic of a Christmas market: Stalls, rides, ice rink and shows.
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