Ultimate Guide to Christmas in London

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Ho ho ho… with the temperature outside taking a nose-dive it’s time to wrap up warm and head out into the frost to sample what London has in store this festive season. There’s events, markets, grottos, activities, parties and a heck of a lot more; so sit back, grab a mince pie and a cheeky sherry and start planning your Christmas itineraries with our Guide to Christmas in London.

Santa’s Grotts in London
When: Monday 14th Nov 2011 to Tuesday 3rd Jan 2012
Where: Various locations across London
What could be more exciting than meeting the real-life Santa? Well, lucky for kids all over London as Santa has set up camp in spots all over the capital – from Hyde Park to Selfridges, Westfield and even the London Wetland centre. Read our guide

Christmas Markets in London
When: Friday 18th Nov 2011 to Saturday 7th Jan 2012
Where: Various locations across London
Could any one thing put you more in the mood for Christmas than a stroll through a Christmas market? Gingerbread, glühwein, festive music, food stalls and more present ideas than you could shake a stocking at. See our list of the best Christmas Market in London

London Ice Rinks This Winter
When: Friday 4th Nov 2011 to Sunday 19th Feb 2012
Where: venues across London
It just doesn’t feel like winter in London unless you’re hobbling around the streets because you’re bruised your arse after taking a tumble at one on one of the capital’s many rinks. It’s time to get your skates on in London this winter with the capital’s coolest ice rinks, whether it’s the Tower of London Ice Rink, the Natural History Museum rink or the ice at Winter Wonderland take a look at our London Ice Rink Guide

Hyde Park Winter Wonderland
When: Friday 18th Nov 2011 to Tuesday 3rd Jan 2012
Where: Hyde Park
Arguably the mother of all of London’s Christmas attractions.The UK’s most spectacular winter event returns to Hyde Park for the 5th year running with free admission and even more entertainment and new attractions including the iconic Giant Observation Wheel, Angels Christmas Market, Santa Land, Zippos Circus, Alpine Adventure and more. Take a look here

Trafalgar Square Christmas Tree and Carols
When: Thursday 1st Dec 2011 to Friday 6th Jan 2012
Where:Trafalgar Square
Every year Trafalgar Square sprouts a wonderfully large Christmas Tree – a gift each year from the people of Norway as a thank you for support and friendship during World War Two – and this is a focus of the Christmas season in central London. See more here

A Very Covent Garden Christmas
When: Thursday 10th Nov 2011 to Thursday 5th Jan 2012
Where: Covent Garden Piazza
Covent Garden is embracing tradition this Christmas, making it the most festive neighbourhood in the West End. A hand-picked, British grown Christmas tree will light up the West Piazza, whilst a 15 foot topiary reindeer will be the centre piece of the East Piazza. See more here

Shop West End VIP Weekend
When: Saturday 10th Dec 2011 to Sunday 11th Dec 2011
Where: Regent Street and Oxford Street
This shopper’s paradise is the seventh edition of Shop West End VIP Day (Very Important Pedestrian) – the World’s Biggest Christmas Shopping Day. Traffic free Oxford Street and Regent Street will come alive with entertainment. Read more here

Westminster Abbey Christmas Concert
When: Tuesday 13th Dec 2011
Where: Westminster Abbey
An evening of Christmas music featuring festive choral works sung by the Abbey Choir with seasonal readings and traditional carols for all to sing. See more here

Christmas Pantos in London
When: varies
Where: theatres across London
Here’s a Christmas idea: Let’s get the kids all hyped up on sweets and fizzy pop and get them to yell things at celebrities as they tread the boards this Christmas.
Everyone loves a good panto – and this year there’s plenty to chose from in London; so take a look at our guide to Christmas panto and productions for kids this year… See more here

Christmas Carols
When: various
Where: various
You’ve just stepped in from the cold and there’s a glass of mulled wine and some mince pies to greet you. What could fill you more full of Christmas cheer than a sing-song with all your favourite carols?! See our list of Christmas carol events in London

Christmas Restaurant Offers
Why not treat yourself and head out for a slap-up feast this Christmas? Well, you’ll be glad to know that it doesn’t have to break the bank… take a look at this great range of dining offers.
All London’s Christmas-themed events
Obviously we can’t fit all of London’s Christmas events into this one article – there are literally hundreds going on; if you haven’t found what you’re looking for in the list above then take a look at our full guide of Christmas-themed events in London here
… but if you’re being a bit of a Scrooge and don’t want to join in the Festive Fun – then take a look at our comprehensive guide to all the other events in London here
Merry Christmas!


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