Top Things To Do In London During Christmas And New Year

By Fedora Lobo on Dec 02, 2015
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As the winter chills are at its peak, the gorgeous city of London transforms into 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 in London and bid the year adieu in the city so enthusiastic! London doesn’t fall short of activities especially during this time of the year. Let us take a look at the million ways you can amp all the celebratory fun in the capital city. These interesting things to do in London between Christmas and New Year are bound to make your time memorable!

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 on a river on Christmas or New Year eve? Beautiful! Wouldn’t it be? Cruise down the 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 will be 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 one of a kind experience. There cannot be a better Christmas gift for 2019 your loved ones.


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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.

Are you a foodie? Check out these best foods in London

Sports and Events

Have fun at the Winter Wonderland 

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Hyde Park Winter Wonderland in London is the most popular annual Christmas event that is organized from mid-November to early January. From a giant Ferris Wheel to rides and from live music and food, this event is a must when you are in London in December.

Ice Skating: A Winter Favorite!

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London is rich with both indoor and outdoor ice skating rinks. You must be familiar with the saying 'cold kills cold?' Visit an ice skating rink this freezing winter and enjoy a round of skating in the capital city. It is one of the best things to do in London in December. 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 in London while swimmers swiftly glide through the cold 4 degree Celsius water to win the race. The race is held on Christmas Day at the famous Hyde Park. 

Catch a Show

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During the Christmas and New Year week in London, the city hosts several interesting shows and events including Goldilocks and the Three Bears at the London Palladium, English National Ballet’s Nutcracker at the London Coliseum, Nativity! The Musical at the Eventim Apollo, and Circus 1903 at Royal Festival Hall. There are different performances arranged 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, then 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.


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There are plenty of places to party in London between Christmas and New Year. 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 London. Farringdon, Hoxton and the Shoreditch area are 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.

You can also welcome 2020 with the famous London New Year’s Eve fireworks at Coca-Cola London Eye. 


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There are plenty of places to shop at when you are in London in December. 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 lots of kids wear and toys for sale at this market. And of course, specially planned activities for kids make this place all the more interesting.

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 is one of the best shopping streets in Europe with over 300 shops, designer stores, and branded outlets. The best Christmas shopping in London 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 will find the best of men’s clothing here. Looking for gifts for 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 during this time. The fun only triples if you happen to visit London during the Christmas season.

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