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Top things to do in London this Christmas

things to do in london christmas 2016

 As it’s such a big city London is perfect for finding something fun to do this Christmas. Whether it’s buying cute handmade gifts at Winter Wonderland or making a figure of eight on the ice you won’t be short of places to go in the capital this year.

London Wetland Centre – Saturday 3rd December – Sunday 4th December 2016
Get festive with London’s Wetland centre wonderful winter weekend. Perfect for kids they’re offering husky sleigh rides, a visit to santa in his grotto and a ride on a donkey. Kids can even help elves get ready for Christmas in the Elves workshop making festive decorations or small gifts to take home and throw wellies in the Stonz Wellie throwing competition.
See London Wetland Centre for a full list of prices

The Advent Sleepout Challenge 2016
Christmas is of course about giving, so why not help raise money for charity in the Advent Sleepout Challenge. In 2015 they raised £93,450 to give hope to the homeless and marginalised. This year they hope to raise £200,000.
Get involved here

Southbank Centre Winter Festival – Friday 11 November  2016 – Wednesday 25 January 2017
This year the Southbank Centre are pulling out all the stops to be the best festive attraction around. Supported by Natwest they’re offering lots of festive things to do including a fabulous christmas market with lots of sweet, gifts and seasonal treats and seasonal christmas shows. Highlights include Rekorderlig Winter Lodge and NoFit State Circus: Bianco. The festival is generally open for 10am-10pm daily,  although it will have a few variations over the Christmas period, these include:

Get more information on the festival and prices here 

Winter Wonderland – open from Friday 18 November 2016-Sunday 2 January 2017
When you think of London at Christmas you probably think of Winter Wonderland. The annual festive event at Hyde Park which celebrates its 10th anniversary this year has a whole host of treats for you and your family to enjoy. Entry to the show is free although you will have to pay for additional stalls and attractions inside. Highlights include ice skating, the Magical Ice Kingdom, Zippos Circus, The Giant Wheel, Bar Ice, Cirque Berserk and the Sooty Christmas show.

Get more information on attractions and prices here 

Christmas Carol services
I don’t know about you but when I hear Christmas carols I can’t help but feel a bit emotional. London has lots of carol events for you to enjoy this year to make sure you get into the festival spirit.  Events include:


ice skating in london

Ice skating
There are so many beautiful backdrops for ice skating this Winter including Hampton Court and Natural History Museum. Whether you’re as graceful as Torvill and Dean or hold onto the edge like your life depends on it, ice skating can be great fun. Here’s a full list of rinks you can enjoy:

Christmas in Leicester Square open from Friday 11th November 2016-Sunday 8th January 2017
A new addition to the annual festivities is Christmas in Leicester Square. The latest destination for Christmas 2016 includes a grotto, traditional Christmas market and a vintage Spiegeltent (a wooden venue home to a whole range of Christmas shows). Highlights include shows from The English Gents, Hamish McCann’s pole act and the world famous La Soiree circus. Even better once  you’ve visited the market you’re a stone throw’s away from London’s theatres and shops. Entry to the event is free although you will of course have to pay for events like Santa’s grotto and the La Soiree.
Find out more on prices here

Christmas markets
Christmas isn’t Christmas without the annual visit to the fairy light adorned magical world of Christmas markets. With everything from sweets to quaint homemade gifts you’re bound to find something unique for your family to enjoy. Here’s a breakdown of the markets you should put top of your list.

Christmas Lights
Do you like seeing how the capital is lit up at Christmas? Whilst you may have missed the turn on you’ll certainly have plenty of opportunity to visit London at night and drink in the fabulous festive light displays.


santas grotto in london

Christmas at Kew Gardens – open from Wednesday 23rd November 2016- Monday 2nd January 2017
Delve into a magical glittering wonderland at Kew Garden’s Christmas at Kew. The event runs after dark and has a mile long trail through the famous botanic gardens which is lit up with more than 60,000 lights. As you and your family follow the illuminated path you’ll hear the choir of Christmas tree sing and the scented gardens of blazing fires. Enjoy the giant crystal, colour changing reed and crystal flowers art installations whilst singing along to classic Christmas tunes. Your journey will end with a spectacular light, music and water display in front of Palm House. You can even catch Santa in his grotto or take a ride on the Victorian Carousel and helter skelter.
Find prices and specific opening times here

Hogwarts  In The Snow, Warner Bros Studio Tour  – open from Saturday 19 November 2016 to Sunday 29 January 2017
Experience the famous studio tour with a festive tinge this year at Hogwarts In The Snow. The tour has been transformed with a christmas feast on the long tables, special effect fires and lots of Christmas treats in the Gryffindor common room.
Find out more on prices and how to book here