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The Top 10 Christmas Activities in London [2022]

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It’s that time of year again when everyone begins to hum Michael Bublรฉ and moves with a tad more vigor.

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We start drinking gallons of hot chocolate as the nights grow cooler! Christmas is what makes the world cheerful and makes towns come alive with glistening lights, storefront decorations, and infamously ornate coffee cups.
London is also not exempt from the Christmas magic!

With a variety of events, ice rinks, and traditional markets, the holiday season will soon be among us. Do you want to know what the top Christmas activities in London are?
Well, look no further!

1. Visit the Natural History Museum to go ice skating.

Location: South Kensington, London SW7 5BD, Cromwell Rd.

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Telephone: 020 7942 5000

There are many of ice skating rinks in London, but the Natural History Museum’s rink has to be the most picturesque.

You will find a massive 30 foot Christmas tree in the centre of the old structure with cafes providing hot chocolate, cream teams, prosecco, and cake.

A viewing platform offers a sight of all the glittering activity below if you don’t enjoy sliding up and down on the ice.

Except for Christmas Day, it is typically open daily from 10 am to 9 pm till January.

2. Enjoy Hyde Park Winter Wonderland’s holiday festivities.

Location: W2 2UH
Over two million people visit this traditional Christmas celebration each year since its establishment in 2007.

You can’t truly understand Christmas in the city’s capital without visiting Hyde Park, one of the top things to do in London during the holiday season.

Mid-November to early January, Winter Wonderland offers festive markets, more than 100 attractions, a gigantic wheel, live performances including a circus and figure skating, live music, and a wide variety of bars and restaurants.

While admission is free, not everything is. This implies that you can adjust your experience to fit your financial constraints.

Try the Winter Wonderland bar if you want a fun spot to drink where everything is made of ice, including the chairs, tables, and martini glasses.

You can take pleasure in the several chalets that make up the Christmas markets in the Bavarian Village.

And in the Bavarian Hall, you can dance until your heartโ€™s content with live music and DJs all day and night long!

3. Go for coffee at Elan Cafรฉ

St Pancras International, Euston Road St Pancras Station, Unit 32-33, London N1C 4QP
020 7833 9546 is the phone number.
This pink explosion can be found in five Elan Cafes throughout London. Its rather impressive pink Christmas tree can be found in St Pancras International Station. The ‘tree of hope’ shines a magical pink light over St Pancras.

It’s adorned with 1,200 meters of festive ribbon printed with love and hope quotes from St. Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust, NHS Ambulance Service, and the Royal Mail to honor key workers’ dedication, compassion, and selflessness.

You can visit the station and enjoy Elan’s grab-and-go menu options from the Arcade’s newly opened cafรฉ. You can also go to one of its other locations.

4. Wander around Kew Gardens

Address: Richmond TW9 3AF
Phone number: 020 8332 5655
As you walk around the Christmas trail, you can marvel at Kew’s stunning array of light and sound displays.

There are approximately one million lights twinkling in the tree branches and a glittering tunnel of bells along this two-kilometer trail.
Along the way, there are mini doughnuts and marshmallows to snack on, as well as cakes, roasted chestnuts, and hot chocolate. Apart from the lights, there are vintage fairground rides, as well as Santa and his elves!

5. Eat at 34 Mayfair

Address: 34 Grosvenor Square, S Audley St, London W1K 2HD
Phone number: 020 3350 3434

34 Mayfair is one of the most unusual places to eat in London, with one of the most spectacular Christmas installations ever seen! Seriously, this isn’t an exaggeration.
‘Miracle at 34’ features 14,000 decorations, including 8,400 glittering baubles that cover every inch of the walls and ceilings!

The Christmas menu at this steakhouse includes Japanese Wagyu fillet steak, white truffle and fontina pizzas, and Peking duck with pancakes. Weekend brunches and private dining parties are also available.

6. Visit the Southbank Centre’s Winter Market.

Address: Belvedere Rd, London SE1 8XX
Phone number: 020 3879 9555
As the days grow shorter and the weather turns colder, the Southbank Centre’s Winter Market transforms its surroundings into a winter wonderland, bringing some warmth into the cold and wintry nights.

It’s where you’ll find spiced mulled wine, cinnamon treats, and handcrafted gifts. Wander between the cozy alpine lodges and take in the adorable fairy light lit view. After a long day, most stalls are open until 10 p.m., giving you plenty of time to grab a hot drink and a bite!

7. Attend a holiday movie at Luna Drive-In Winter Cinema.

Nothing beats cozying up on a chilly night to watch a beloved holiday film! Why then not do it in a vehicle? The Luna Drive-In Cinemas, which have locations all around England, let you watch a variety of films while still sitting in the luxury of your car.

One of the best Christmas activities in London is going to Luna, which plays holiday classics including It’s a Wonderful Life, Elf, Love Actually, and Home Alone!

8. Listen to Christmas carols in Trafalgar Square

Address: Trafalgar Square, London WC2N 5DN
Phone number: 020 7983 4750

Trafalgar Square’s Christmas carols will fill the air with cheer as they ring out across London.
In the weeks leading up to Christmas, more than forty carol ensembles perform for an hour to benefit charitable organizations.

Make sure you are warmly dressed before going to the impressive Christmas tree in the center of the square. It’s the ideal location to hear the lovely Christmas music!

Since 1947, the city of Oslo has donated a tree each year to the city of London. This enormous Norwegian present is given as thanks to Britain for its support during World War II.

The tree, which is typically 25 meters (82 feet) tall, is decorated with hundreds of glowing lightbulbs strung together in a vertical arrangement. You won’t want to miss it.

Around the square, there are frequently food and drink kiosks. So why not get a hot chocolate, cuddle up to the tree like penguins, and listen to some Christmas music?

9. See a Christmas show

London has a thriving artistic community.

You won’t be let down by the talent on offer in this city, which is home to the West End! Favorite programs include:

The London Coliseum presented A Christmas Carol, a story of Ebenezer Scrooge’s life in the past, present, and future. The Nutcracker, which can be seen in the London Coliseum and the Royal Albert Hall, is a ballet that is set in Edwardian London and tells the tale of a little girl who receives an enchanted nutcracker as a present.

The Snowman, a play about a snowman who comes to life, was presented at Sadler’s Wells’ Peacock Theatre. In London, a Christmas pantomime is a must-see event!
Since the Commedia dell’arte plays in the 16th century, pantomimes have had a lengthy theatrical history in Western culture.

John Rich, known as the “father of pantomime,” is credited with creating it since he was the first to recognize the possibilities of the Commedia figures.
Today’s pantomimes are based on well-known fairy tales or folklore, including Snow White, Aladdin, and Cinderella.
The Palladium frequently hosts pantomime performances.

10. Admire the holiday lights

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Photo by FOX on Pexels

London undoubtedly offers some of the best installations in all of Britain, with an amazing variety of light shows. Simply admiring the Christmas lights is one of the nicest things to do in London during the holiday season.
Some of our favorites are listed below:

Oxford Street
Oxford Street, London’s most recognized lights for good reason, is one of the best streets to find these stunning blasts of dazzle! In addition to offering over 1700 installations for admiration, this lengthy street is a great location for holiday shopping.

Regent Street
Regent Street, which hosts a star-studded switch-on event, is another place to go.

The street is closed to traffic for the evening, and nearby shops host events, so keep an eye out for information about the performers.

Carnaby
Carnaby Street, one of the coolest shopping areas, is lined with boutiques.
Every year, they collaborate with a charity to raise awareness about the cause they support. They have previously collaborated with ‘choose love.’
They covered the street in pink neon lightboxes with positive messages on each box, hoping to spread joy and encourage people to be kind to one another.

Bond Street’s
Finally, London’s luxury shopping district, Bond Street, is famous for its legendary peacock-inspired Christmas lights. According to rumors, there are approximately 250,000 individual lights.

They quickly rose to prominence as early fashionistas or ‘peacocks’ of their era, inspiring the stunning peacock lights we see today.

The designer stores’ extravagant window displays are also worth a look!

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