Christmas Season in London: The Best Activities Happening in December 2021

As you walk around London and take in the Christmas cheer all around you, you’ll notice that there’s so much to do that you don’t even know where to start. The good news is that there’s something for everyone; no matter what you like, you’ll find an event to attend. To help you narrow down your options, we’ve compiled a list of our top choices for events in London during December.

Christmas at Kew: 

The Royal Botanic Gardens of Kew know how to bring in the Christmas spirit. It boasts a trail illuminated by lights and immersive exhibitions for an annual after-dark event. It takes about 75 minutes to walk the trail, which is 2.6km (or 1.6m) long. Some highlights of the trail include a beautiful light, music and water display in front of Palm House, the Cathedral of Light (made up of thousands of fairy lights!), and Father Christmas himself. There are also lots of delicious treats and drinks along the way. Book your tickets in advance to make sure you get your preferred date and time. Christmas at Kew will be open between Wednesday 17 November 2021 to Sunday 9 January 2022. 

 

Winter Wonderland in Hyde Park:

Winter Wonderland in Hyde Park is the perfect way to celebrate the Christmas season. With festive activities ranging from circus shows and ice skating to a Christmas market, you don’t run out of things to do, day or night. And of course, there are always the wild roller coasters (as well as the tame rides). If you’re looking for something beyond the regular activities, you’ll want to visit Ice Kingdom. There, you’ll find yourself surrounded by impressive sculptures, made of 500 tonnes of snow and ice! This attraction runs from 19 November 2021 to 3 January 2022. You need to book a ticket ahead of time, no matter which activities you’ll be taking part of once inside.

Christmas Tree and Carols in Trafalgar Square:

Trafalgar Square is a unique place to celebrate Christmas, as its tree is actually steeped in history. Since 1947, Norway has given London a Christmas tree every year. This is to express gratitude for Britain supporting Norway during World War II. There is a special tree lighting ceremony that will take place at the Square on Thursday 2 December 2021, from 6-6:30 pm. This will be the first in-person lighting ceremony in two years due to the Covid-19 pandemic. It will include speeches from the Lord Mayor of Westminster and the Mayor of Oslo, as well as performances from the Salvation Army, the Poetry Society, and the Choir of St. Martin-in-the-Fields. After this, there will still be more to see throughout December, with over 40 carol groups singing for an hour each beneath the tree to raise funds for charity. You can usually find the carolers performing between 4pm and 8pm on weekdays and between 2pm and 6pm on weekends. 

Hogwarts in the Snow at Warner Bros. Studio Tour London: 

If you’re a Harry Potter fan, you’ll enjoy this annual feature of the Warner Bros. Studio Tour. Running from 12 November 2021 to 16 January 2022, you’ll find yourself swept up in the magic of the tour. The studio is transformed into a wintery Hogwarts. The Great Hall will be decorated for Christmas the way it’s decorated for the seasonal feast in Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, and the Hogwarts castle model will be covered in snow in honor of the season. For the first time this year, you’ll also be able to explore the Forbidden Forest, as well as Diagon Alley and Hagrid’s hut. Book your tickets here.

These are just a few of the events going on in London this December, so don’t worry. If you’re looking for something else, there will always be more to see in the city! Explore what London has to offer with all-in-one living. Not only is it hassle-free, but our all inclusive flats to rent in London give you the opportunity to see the best of the city. If you’re new to the area, it will also give you the chance to meet people and enjoy the Christmas season with friends. 

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