It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas! Now November is here, London is well and truly starting to turn into a winter wonderland with a whole feast of festivities right on our doorstep. Whether you’re making a day of it or are popping by for an afternoon, there’s plenty on offer to get you and your family in the Christmas spirit this November and December. Read on for the best things to do in London at Christmas this year…
8 best things to do in London at Christmas
1. Go to a Christmas cinema
It simply wouldn’t be Christmas without watching at least one staple Christmas film. Get cosy in some of London’s most impressive buildings with The Luna Winter Cinema. Hosted at Kensington Palace and Battersea Arts Centre, snuggle up in your biggest jumper and enjoy some of the finest festive flicks they have on offer. From The Holiday to Home Alone to Love Actually, there’s something for everyone and makes the perfect winter’s evening in London.
2. Get your skates on at Somerset House
No matter if you’re like Bambi on ice or you’re a pro skater, it’s almost time to lace up those boots and head to Somerset House! One of the best things to do in London at Christmas, you can enjoy an afternoon or evening ice-skating at this iconic London spot, with their stunning courtyard ice-rink. Opening to the public on 15th November, why not make an evening of it and book into their Skate Lates with a DJ and some feel-good festive food to top it off – the perfect winter’s evening filled with Christmas cheer.
3. Immerse yourself at Christmas at Kew
Next up on our list of the best things to do in London at Christmas is Christmas at Kew. Unmissable and outstanding, you can feast your eyes upon incredible illuminations from glittering tunnels of light to dancing lakeside reflections as you take wander through the famous gardens. The perfect Christmas family day out and a bucket-list item for any Christmas lover, make sure you don’t miss out on this festive London staple.
4. Make your own Christmas wreath
Wreaths may have become a thing for every season, but who can deny a festive Christmas wreath stacked with cinnamon and oranges?! Kind on all the senses, you can create your very own Christmas wreath with Grace & Thorn’s wonderful workshop where you’ll learn wreath-making and styling skills so you can hang yours with pride…Just the thing to make your front door festive!
5. Sing along to Christmas carols
Get into the Christmas spirit and belt your heart out to some Christmas carols this December at the Royal Albert Hall. One of the best things to do in London this Christmas, you can sing to your hearts desire and soak up that Christmas magic by singing along to some of the most well-known Christmas carols around in a spectacular surrounding to boot!
6. Decorate your own Christmas baubles
Deck the halls this Christmas with your very own decorated baubles! Try your hand at something creative with a marbling workshop where you’ll learn techniques such as Suminagashi and Ebru. One of the best things to do in London this Christmas with friends and family alike, you can choose your own colour palette to match the rest of your Christmas decs!
7. See a Christmas inspired theatre show
Who doesn’t love a trip to the theatre?! With festive favourites such as Elf the Musical, The Snowman and Christmas Actually, these reimagined and revered films to musicals are a sure way to soak up that Christmas magic. One of the best things to do in London this Christmas, these theatrical treats are only on for a limited time so are not to be missed!
8. Check out a Christmas market
Get a taste of the traditional Christmas markets found in Germany, Austria and Switzerland in the heart of London! From the South Bank Centre to Borough Market, London is home to plenty of wonderful Christmas markets to help you discover plenty of artisan gifts, all whilst snacking on festive delights and warming drinks. Sounds cosy!
We hope this list of the best things to do in London this Christmas inspired you to enjoy a wonderfully wintery and festive day in London! Do let us know your favourite things to do at Christmas time in the comments below.
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