Holiday season in London: Things to Do

by | Dec 1, 2022 | Explore London

Christmas in London is the perfect time to get into the spirit of the season. Whether you are looking for a romantic escape or want to celebrate in style with friends and family, there is something for everyone in London this holiday season. Here are just some of our favourite things to do over Christmas:

Soak in London’s Christmas lights

London’s famous Christmas lights can be seen all over town, but some of our favourite spots include Regent Street and Oxford Street. For those who don’t want crowds or long lines, Westminster Abbey is another great option as it has been decorated with festive greenery since 1897. You can also enjoy the festive sparkle on Christmas Lights London by Night Bus Tour. Tickets are available for £24 for adults and £13 for children. The bus ride is free for children aged up to four years.

Christmas at Kew Gardens

Kew Gardens is one of the most beautiful places to visit in London during Christmas. The gardens are decorated with thousands of lights and decorations, which makes it look like you are in a fairy tale world. There is also a Christmas market and food stalls where you can buy gifts from local vendors. You can also see the gardens lit up at night, which makes them even more magical. There are special events and activities throughout the festive period, so check out what’s on at Key Gardens website.

Ice skating at Somerset House

If you want to catch some winter air, Somerset House is the perfect spot. Skating at Somerset House with Moët & Chandon returns, promising a spectacular season of celebration in the heart of London. There are cafes inside Somerset House as well as outside on its grounds. You could even get out of the cold by going for a drink at one of the bars or restaurants. Needless to say, there is no better way to spend Christmas Eve than with friends who love ice skating.

The Nutcracker at London Coliseum

The Nutcracker on Ice is a spectacular show that will delight you and your family. It is a true Christmas classic, a great way to get into the holiday spirit. Over 100 dancers and musicians bring Nutcracker to life with exquisite dancing and beautiful sets. The audience loves it because they get what they came for – spectacular entertainment. Check out their 2022 programme on their official website.

Winter Wonderland in Hyde Park

Winter Wonderland is a London institution that has been attracting visitors annually since 1973. Located in Hyde Park, the attraction sees over one million people attend its festivities each year. Winter Wonderland is open from 18th December to 2nd January and features over 100 experiences including Real Ice Slide, Rides, Magical Ice Kingdom, Santa Land and much more. You can also enjoy delicious food at the new buzzing street food area, The Sleigh-By!

Christmas at The Crown London Hotel

Our 4-star luxury hotel is the best place to spend your Christmas in London. The hotel is perfectly located to explore London with great transport links to Wembley Stadium, Paddington, King’s Cross & St Pancras International. Whether you are looking for a party that’s got everything, or just looking to have some fun and get into the spirit of the holidays, we’ve got you covered. We have planned a wide variety of festive activities including Christmas parties, festive dining, festive afternoon tea and a New Year’s Eve party. Learn more here. Contact our events team at sales@thecrownlondon.co.uk!

We hope that this list has inspired you to get out and enjoy Christmas in London. If you want more information about what else is going on around town, check out Visit London’s list of 101 things to do in London.

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