Things to do in London on Christmas and New Year

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As the winter chills are at its peak, the gorgeous city of London transforms to a dazzling ‘snow white’ getting all decked for her wedding. The end of a glorious year is just around the corner and the Christmas and New Year cheer is pouring all over the majestic city. What bliss it would be to be part of this white Christmas and bid the year adieu in the enthusiastic city! London doesn’t fall short of activity especially during this time of the year. Let us take a look at the million ways you can amp the Christmas and New Year fun in the capital city.

Check out the Fun Things to Do in London at Christmas Eve and New Year : 

Romantic Adventure


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Ever thought of cruising through a river on Christmas or New Year eve? Beautiful! Wouldn’t it be? Cruise down river Thames in London during the Christmas week. Hold your breath while you witness the dolled up city with bright colors, shimmer, and lights under the starry sky. Grab a meal with your loved one here. You’re having a piece of the blissful city, the Christmassy atmosphere, and the lovely food in London all in one go. This is sure to be a one of a kind experience. There can’t be a better Christmas gift.


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Whether you’re craving the traditional turkey, smoked salmon, Hereford beef, or the seasonal array of deserts, there are plenty of cheap restaurants in the capital city of London that serve finger licking delicacies. You can plan a romantic lunch or dinner with your significant half at quite a few places like Hubbard & Bell, Grazing Goat, Dean Street Townhouse, Orange Public House & Hotel, Bar Boulud and many more.

A foodie? Check out these best foods in London

Sports and Events

Ice Skating: A Winter Favorite!


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London is rich with both indoor and outdoor ice skating rink. You must be familiar with the say, 'cold kills cold?' Visit an ice skating rink this freezing winter and enjoy a round of skating in the capital city. The seasonal rinks are open through New Year as well.

Check out the best ice skating places in London!

The Peter Pan Cup


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Watch a swim race this Christmas while swimmers swiftly glide through the cold 4 degree Celsius water to win the race. The race is held on Christmas Day on the south bank of the lake, close to the Serpentine Café.

Catch a Show


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During the Christmas and New Year week, London hosts a couple of interesting shows like; Slava's Snow show, Goodnight Mister Tom, La Soiree, The Snow Man, and many more. There are interesting performances held on Christmas Eve and Boxing Day as well.

A Music Concert

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If the fun and frolic is not your cup of tea attend a soothing music concert to relax your senses. Many churches in London host music concerts and carol singing on Christmas Eve and Boxing Day.

On the 26th of December, there is a Baroque music concert hosted by St Martin in the Fields at 7 pm



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There are plenty of places to party at in the capital city. There are lots of pubs and clubs open to young blood set to have one hell of a night. The Dove, The Flask, and many other pubs are a fun spot on a New Year night in the city. Farringdon, Hoxton and the Shoreditch area is replete with that play house music, trance music, bass music and more. Leicester Square and Camden are also home to the most happening clubs and pubs in town. The crowd is classy and the parties are fun. Mayfair is another place with elegant clubs in London. On a Christmas and New Year night these places are at their best.



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There are plenty of places to shop at in London. Right from Markets to malls the city has a lot of fancy things up on sale.

Broadway Market, Hackney: A huge market selling vintage clothes, food, drinks and fresh produce.

Camden Passage, Islington: A market selling antiques, vintage outfits, and other fascinating things.

Bermondsey Street: There are a lot of activities for kids here. There are lots of kids wear and toys for sale at this market.

Neal’s Yard, Seven Dials: Another market selling farm cheese, organic products, skincare products and more. Seven Dials offers huge discounts during the evenings.

Oxford Street: This Oxford Street has over 300 shops, designer stores, and branded outlets. The best shopping happens here.

Regent Street: The best place to find fairly reasonable stuff. You’d come across popular stores like Hamleys, Liberty and The Apple Store here.

Jermyn Street: You find the best lot of men’s clothing here. Gifting your husband/father for Christmas or New Year? You know where to go now.

There are a lot of things to do in London with family and kids. The fun only triples if you happen to visit during the Christmas season.


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