What To See And Do This Christmas In London


There’s no doubt about it – the UK capital London is a magical place at Christmas time, with endless opportunities to enjoy the festive season whatever your age and interests. It’s packing it all in before the festive season is over that is more of a problem! Shopping, concerts, pantos, markets, ice-skating and carol services to name just a few – there is something for everyone to enjoy.

One un-missable part of Christmas in London and also free of charge is to simply go and view the giant Christmas tree in Trafalgar Square. The tree has a long history; it is given each year as a gift by the people of Norway, in a tradition that started in 1947 as a way of showing gratitude for Britain’s support of Norway during World War 2. The tree is always beautifully decorated in lights and will help to stir up all those wonderful Christmassy feelings.

Christmas isn’t Christmas without the shopping and whether you love it or hate it there is no getting away from it. Bustling and busy, London’s main shopping areas are beautifully lit-up and adorned with festive decorations for the Christmas season. So even if you hate the dreaded Christmas shopping it’s hard not to get into the festive spirit when you see the city all lit-up. It is possible to book guided Christmas Light tours that take you on a walk around the city to admire some of London’s famous architecture that has been specially lit up for the Christmas season.

For a truly magical shopping experience a visit to Hamleys, London’s most famous toyshop, is a must. This enormous toy store is literally a children’s paradise at this time of you and you should not be short on ideas for what to buy any little ones after a visit here. Then there is the Christmas Shop, which is located at London’s Hays Galleria. This wonderful place is devoted to all things Christmas, all year round!

London’s Southbank Centre houses the very popular Cologne Christmas market throughout December and is well worth a visit. With German Christmas Markets increasing in popularity in recent years the Cologne market is a fine example of this wonderful Christmas tradition. You will find traditional German wooden crafts here and all kinds of foods from Bratwurst to gingerbreads and deliciously warming mulled wine.

Of course Christmas would not be complete without listening to some traditional Christmas Carols. There are various Carol Concerts held all over the capital with the Royal Albert Hall’s Candlelight concert being one of the most famous. There are usually around five Carol Concerts held at the Royal Albert Hall in the run up to Christmas Eve.

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