Christmas lights London
Christmas lights London

Things to do in London for Christmas 2020

 

Looking for festive things to do in London? From ice skating to Christmas markets, there are still plenty of things to do in December in London! Wrap up warm and make your way to any of these fun and festive activities in the capital to round off 2020.

 

Ice skating

ice skating

Ice skating

Every Christmas pop up ice-rinks appear in some of London’s most picturesque open spaces. There are fewer ice rinks in London this year, but you can still get your skates on at Hampton Court Palace and Queen’s House. Be sure to book your tickets in advance and wrap up warm!

Christmas Markets

couple at a christmas market

Christmas Markets

A steaming mug of glühwein, carol music playing and stalls chock-full of festive trinkets and treats, there’s nothing quite like a Christmas market in London to get you in the mood for the holiday season. Christmas by the River at London Bridge City stretches all the way from London Bridge City Pier to The Scoop at More London, with a stunning backdrop of Tower Bridge and the Tower of London.

 

Christmas lights

Christmas lights regents street

Christmas lights

From Covent Garden to Regent Street, London’s Christmas lights are some of the best displays in the world. Make an evening (or afternoon, since it goes dark at 4pm…) of it and go for a stroll through some of London’s most famous areas to see the sparkling lights, enormous Christmas trees and creative festive displays. While you’re there why not partake in some…

 

Christmas shopping

christmas shopping central london

Christmas shopping

The high street has reopened, just in time for the Christmas rush! Indulge in some retail therapy and pick up gifts for the whole family from your favourite retailers. Many shops are even running sales and discounts to entice shoppers back and make up for the time they were closed. While you’re Christmas shopping in London, don’t forget to support the independents and local stores, who need our custom now more than ever.

Winter walks

winter walk

Winter walks

At a loose end? Get out in the winter sunshine and explore some of London’s most picturesque parks, woodlands and nature reserves on a winter walk. We’ve chosen some of the best walks in London in winter, all you need is some warm socks and comfy boots! Or why not visit some of these deer parks near London and see if you can spot Santa’s reindeer?

Festive theatre

festive theatre production with dancers

Festive theatre

From Christmas classics like the Nutcracker and pantomimes to sell-out shows like Les Miserables and Mama Mia – theatre is back with a bang! With limited and socially-distanced theatre tickets available, lucky ticket holders should prepare for the performance of a lifetime, as artists return to the stage with gusto following a long hiatus.

 

Stately homes

view from a stately home

Stately homes

The historic manor houses and stately homes surrounding London usually put on an impressive display at Christmas, and 2020 is no exception. Wander through enchanted forests and admire stunning Christmas decorations at some of the National Trust locations near London. Just hop in a Zipcar and you’ll be there in no time. 

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