Top things to do in London this Christmas season
Every December, London becomes a hub of festivities, but there’s so much going on that it’s hard to navigate. That’s what we’re here for! Check out the top things to do in London this Christmas season.
Ice Skating at the Natural History Museum
Located right in the heart of South Kensington, the iconic Natural History museum has a festive transformation every winter. Skate on the open-air rink under an expanse of twinkling fairy lights and a sparkling 30ft Christmas tree. Don’t forget to check out Benugo’s alpine style Café-Bar in the museum for a hot drinks from tea to mulled wine. To add to the magical atmosphere, the café has a host of acoustic performances from emerging UK talent. Open until 20th January.
Christmas at Kew
Don’t miss the Royal Botanic Gardens at Kew turn into an enchanting Christmas wonderland this December. The after-dark event runs every evening from 22nd November until 5th January, so make sure to take your family and friends through the trail which illuminates your journey through the entire garden. The 1 mile long trail lights up the world famous botanical gardens with 1 million lights. Highlights from this year include 300 sparkling origami boats floating on the lake, a light, music and water display outside the Palm House, and the Field of Light.
A Christmas Carol at the Old Vic
See Dickens’ iconic play A Christmas Carol at the Old Vic, and get into the festive spirit. Follow the story of Ebenezer Scrooge as four ghosts take him on a journey through his past, present and future to teach him a life-changing story about the meaning of life and giving.
Christmas movie screenings
You can’t beat watching classic Christmas films, and this winter London has has some amazing ways you can make an evening of it. Check out the Christmas Floating Film Festival at St Katharine Docs, Home Alone in Concert (with a live orchestra) at the Royal Albert Hall, London based rom-com Love Actually at Theatre Royal Drury Lane, or the Frozen Island at Neighbourhood Cinema, Covent Garden
Finally, let’s not forget that London has an abundance of Christmas markets you can enjoy. North West or South East, no matter where you’re staying there’s a classic Christmas market nearby. Worth checking out – Winter Wonderland, Southbank Centre Winter Market, and Winterville. Don’t forget to check out the Churchill Arms in Notting Hill, London’s most festively decorated pub!